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When I was in junior high, I was obsessed with Mystical Ninja starring Goemon for the N64. It required a memory pack to save, which I didn't have, so restarting the system meant starting over completely. I left my N64 on for a week straight, playing it religiously, and finally got to the final boss. As I fought valiantly, my mom lurched by my door with a pile of stuff in her arms, all about to fall out. When she called out for me to help her, I stammered "b-but there's no pause button!" She still brings it up as my most disappointing moment as a son, but I did finally beat the game.-Jon

I met my wife at a Star Trek convention. She was study abroad from France and spoke little English, and I didn't know a lick of French. So, for the first few months of our relationship, we communicated by speaking Klingon.-Max

To help combat a thesis I had procrastinated writing all semester, I dosed myself with an Adderall. I figured I would stumble on the internet a bit while I waited for it to kick in. I stumbled upon a Pokemon Crystal emulator that I couldn't pass up playing – unfortunately the Adderall kicked in after I chose my first Pokemon. I didn't eat, sleep, or begin writing my thesis until I had defeated the Elite Four about 40 hours later.-Jake

When I was a kid, I was a huge fan of Legend of Zelda: Orcarina of Time – even though I didn't have an N64. I would take any opportunity to see the game, so I would beg my parents to go over to my cousin's house just to watch him play. One day, we got internet at my house, and the first thing I could think to do was check out Zelda stuff online. I anxiously went to Zelda.com and had a heart attack when the first thing I saw was 2 naked women covering my entire screen (Nintendo had not created a Zelda-themed website yet – it was just a porn site at the time). I probably wouldn't have been a few years later, but at the time I was devastated.-Sumit

In my first week of football training, I was kinda skinny, so my coach sent me to a gym he used to go to. After one of the most exhausting days of training, I went to the gym to do some weight lifting. I was done for, but then, out of nowhere, Killer Instinct's Main Theme started playing really loud on the gym stereo. I was so full of nostalgia, I kept going for as long as the song lasted. Turns out I overdid it – I'll be on a hospital bed for the next 2 weeks or so. Playing Killer Instinct, of course.-Eric

When I was a teenager I would go to Boy Scout camp for a week every summer. There I would do all the normal things you would expect: swimming, hiking, archery, etc. Then one year, a short time before camp was to start, PSOne was released. That was the smaller one with attachable screen and battery pack that you could travel with. I spent all my savings on it and brought it to camp. I only showed my one tent mate and we enjoyed the first night rolling through Metal Gear Solid. By the end of the week, I had become the host to a massive Tekken Tag Tournament that involved 4 scout troops of about 5-10 kids apiece and at least half a dozen camp counselors. It became such a well known event that at the closing ceremonies me and the winner of the tourney were given a fake badge for "Videogamery."-Alex