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The 40 Most Underrated Moments in Gaming History

September 18, 1980 

A young Todd Howard says “They should make a game where I go to space and visit one thousand planets,” on the bus ride home from school, thus technically beginning preproduction on Starfield

September 24, 2011

In an incident that still confounds authorities and programmers alike, a round of The Amazing Race on the Nintendo Wii gets out of hand and somehow results in Paul Flynn, 14, accidentally traveling to Peru. He is found months later playing volleyball with some locals. 

November 3, 2002

Legendary director Steven Spielberg makes the bold claim that “Top Gun Firestorm for the Game Boy Color saved handheld gaming forever.”

December 30, 1990

Mistaking her son’s requests of Street Fighter II and Final Fight, Kultida Woods mistakenly buys Street Fighter 2010: The Final Fight for her son Tiger’s 15th birthday, making him swear off of video games and take up the sport of golf.

March 1984

Before the requisite outrage from parents that demanded the adults in the game’s bar setting are now drinking root beer, Midway’s Tapper briefly conveys the accurate message to children that alcohol is indeed cool and should be obtained by any means necessary.

November 12, 1997

Emilio Bowers, 12, of Boston, Massachusetts successfully beats Pokémon Blue in the back row of church unbeknownst to anyone else. That is, until he screams “Oh I got you, you fahkin asses!”

December 25, 1999

A dour Harrison Ford reportedly stares at his nephew Gordon for six uninterrupted minutes upon receiving Indiana Jones and the Infernal Machine for the Nintendo 64 as a Christmas present from him.  

March 3, 2001

Playing NFL2K1 during the infancy of online play, Samson Payne is the first ever gamer to pour soda on his console rather than let the lopsided defeat he’s enduring reach the end of regulation. 

November 2, 1999

Taking a break from directing films, Martin Scorsese tries his hand a video games, penning the original story for Spryo 2: Ripto’s Rage. Though a modest success, Scorsese would immediately return to film, deeming the video game world “too intense, too cutthroat.” 

September 3, 1994

After having its existence heavily doubted by his group of friends, Vinnie Jordan brings his copy of Hotel Mario for the Phillips cd-i to school and is rewarded with a lifetime of servitude from his peers, as per the terms of their wager.

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