I can say that I pretty much grew up with Ecco the Dolphin.
Being only a year older than him, I often feel very close to the games.
The first game was an official part of my life since I was 6. Being a lover of animals, the ocean, dinosaurs, and of course dolphins, this was the best thing I could ever imagine. It was my cornucopia.
The Tides of Time and DotF came into my life when dreamcast first came out when I was 9. I can’t recall which I played or found first (I actually found Tides of Time by accident in some Toys R Us bargain bin! I hadn’t even known about it. And I’m still grateful to my dad for buying it.)
The great depth of all the games shaped me a lot in my interests. Or maybe I should say that the games were already shaped to a lot of my interests and felt like a perfect addition to my life in every way.
Their puzzles made me a critical thinker, and the great objectives, frustrations & difficulties made me patient.
Their character and environment designs were perfect to me in every way.
Their long caverns and mysterious creatures filled my taste for exploration and mystery, and the music became a centerpiece of interest to my life and was like no other I’ve heard, even to this day.
I can say I’ve still never seen any game franchise as unique, artistic and compelling as this one. I hold the memories I’ve made with these games in high esteem, and wonder at times if anything can ever compare.
Its true that I do often hope for another game, but I can at least say for now that even if that never happens, I think that these adventures were enough.
(submitted via spazztastic-muffin)