My answer is Xenogears. The game to me was not only as perfect as a game could be, but gave me something I never experienced until the first day I played it: A mature story bold enough to blend Christian themes with psychology, science, and questions about existence. But the game wasn't just bold in its endeavor: It did what it did well. Through its gameplay, I learned how rich a story could be, and always dreamed of creating a world as intricate and beautiful as the one in Xenogears.
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Thanks for your answer, Seth Tomko! I also agree video games have well moved beyond sources of entertainment because of their ability to elicit powerful emotions from us, and to sometimes even make us think deeper about the world.
Thanks for your answer, Amelia Griggs! I remember Space Invaders myself. There's just something simple yet appealing about old-school games. Maybe peeling away the graphics gives one a more pure gaming experience?
Interesting answer, Tim. Seeing a message in the game mechanics itself. I forgot we could do that with video games. It reminds me of those T-shirts with a Mario mushroom and free-man on them stating: Grow up; Get a life. Thanks for your input!