Ohhh, the stories I could tell. I have very fond memories of my gaming days, from the very beginning to this very day. It's overwhelming sometimes.
When I was a kid, I would watch my father play Prince of persia (the original, of course). Every time he made mistake, I would basically look away from the screen, because I could perfectly visualise the prince being impaled or sliced in half. The other game was Alone in the dark. Once the first zombie entered the room, I would flee behind the corner and just peek out at the screen. Of course I was very vocal in encouraging my dad to punch it in the face, and he still remembers that with a smile. Punch it! Kill it! Nooo, don't die!
The first time I got my hands on a Shogun:TW, it was just magic. 3D battles in great detail (for the time), ninja cut scenes, great strategic and tactical depth... one time, I got cornered with my army and was facing a superior enemy. He had about a 1000 warriors, commanded by a strong general daimo, while I had somewhere around 400 of badly beaten, but honorable warriors and archers. Luckily, we were based in a province with a river, and you know that means a great defensive advantage. And what a battle it was. For the better part of an hour (didn't speed up time even for a second), he would advance over the river, and I would pray that my archers could rout their formations before they got over the river. Just before my arrows were depleted, he would march over the river with his best warriors, the buddhist monks. They got across, and a pitched battle took place. I was sweating like never before, managed to outflank him, and kill the daimo. His army routed, and my general started to pursue them, putting most of the fleeing warriors to the sword. In the end, I lost around 150 men, and practically destroyed my opponent. I quickly got fresh men to the stationed army, and proceeded to occupy his lands. It was my second game, after being defeated the first time, and I felt just awesome.
While we were waiting for class in high school, some of our classmates got access to the computer room. There was only one game there, but what a game it was. Jump 'n bump. The battles were supreme. Four of us were using the keyboard at the same time, while the others were waiting their turn. As soon as someone was killed, another took his place. Sometimes people were changing so fast, that three second later a complete new pack of players were playing. We laughed like crazy, it was so fun playing such a simple game hurdled up like that. No really, we were barely breathing for all the laughter, like when someone was just waiting with his bunny in the corner, and someone would try to jump on him, and getting 'offed in mid air by someone else, all the while getting taunted by all the remaining players. That's how a game should be played, I think.