Well, after noticing the unduly amount of OLD, ANCIENT THREADS being brought back from the dead by folks I decided we needed a new one so that wouldn't have to happen. (Seriously, you people should make some new, interesting ones instead of posting after somebody who posted nearly two freakin' years ago, LOL)
So the question stands: How has The Most Excellent Game affected you? Inspired you? To make it simpler: Ever since first playing Psychonauts, has anything positive happened in your life due to that one event? (Yes, I'm a nerd.)
It all begins for me one fine day back in early 2005. I was fourteen years old and browsing Gamestop for a new game. Now upon finally finding something I was interested in, I brought it to the cashier and was asked that age old Gamestop question of: "Would you like to subscribe to Game Informer for only an extra 15 dollars?" to which I responded with a "nahhhh" or something of the sort. Well, I don't know HOW or why it happened, but he ended up charging me for a subscription and I didn't realize it til my receipt was handed to me. I was initially upset, but soon shrugged it off and only hoped that this magazine might be a good one.
Soon after I began receiving copies of the magazine and DID actually love it. Reading the reviews for all the new games became something really fun to wind down and do after a long day and I would await each issue excitedly. AND THEN ONE DAY IT CAME. The copy of Game Informer containing a review of PSYCHONAUTS, of course! I was immediately drawn to it, and after reading the positive review I set out to buy it about a week later after saving up the extra money from doing chores around the house, lmao.
ANYWHO, CONTINUING: Bought the game, loved it, was led here to the Doublefine Action Forums by it, which led me to meet Mr. Wakamakamu, Feddlefew, and a few others--and with the help of these folks I was pushed into making a Deviantart account. I was INTENSELY drawn to the art style of the game (Scott C's stuff rocks, man) and began to draw more seriously in hopes that I could perhaps one day make things as cool as his. I sent Scott C. some fanmail back in the day and he responded very positively and enthusiastically, which really, really meant a lot to little 15 year old me.
It's because of joining Deviantart due to Psychonauts that I have improved so drastically art-wise over the years and am now going to school to become an animator. <: Without Psychonauts and DFAF pushing me back into working hard at my art, I would have never gotten to where I am today. HAPPY HAPPY JOY JOY THE END.
BOY, AM I GLAD THAT CASHIER MADE A MISTAKE.