Before starting, I want to let you know that I wasn't sure of what thread category this could fit into, since it's about personal experience. So i'll just put it here for now. If any moderators have an idea of where this thread should be put into, then please let me know. And I apologize if i'm violating the rules somehow. If otherwise, please disconsider these last two sentences. And before anyone may come up with questions like "your point being?", just know there isn't really an actual "point". The purpose of this thread isn't to bring up any "intelligent, concrete, logical" arguments about the game. I'm really just going to tell about the experience i've had with this game, and how it affected me, in a subjective way. Truth is, I didn't know if this should be kept a secret, or if i should just share it with you guys. Sometimes it can be hard for me to open up about it. But here I am... Besides, I was wondering if this game also caused a significative effect in your lives. You may also feel free to open up about your experiences with this game here, and how this game affected/inspired you as well, if you want. I mean, it's Kingdom Hearts, right? This game is amazing. I remember seeing my brother(by father's side) play KH1 in his console, in my father's house. He was addicted to it. And although he didn't let me play it often(for some reason...), I still found it to be really cool. It was the first time i saw it and it was something completely new, yet very interesting and fun. I only got my PS2 in 2008, I'm afraid. My father gave it to me in my 14th birthday. My mom suspected that it would ruin my studies, since I was having a harsh time studying for the pre-military concours back then. But i managed to solve my school issues in the end. Anyway... As for how Kingdom Hearts affected/inspired me? I'll just say... It inspired me a lot. I mean, i'm not talking about creating fan art or doing cosplay, no. I'm talking about inspiration as a whole. About development of creativity, and perspective. This game has opened my eyes to MANY possibilities. The way they added Sora(a completely unknown character in comparison to the average Disney characters you often saw in cartoons/movies), who had nothing to do with Disney at all until KH's release, to the vast universe of Disney... Everytime i played this game, i would find myself seeing everything through Sora's eyes. His neverending search for his friends Riku and Kairi Spoiler (maybe Kairi is his girlfriend? Is it safe to tell?) , not mentioning his entire quest to save the princesses and lock all those keyholes, all the treasure chests and dalmatians that he found on the way, the many trinities, abilities and magic spells that he unlocked throughout his journey along with two silly Goofies Spoiler (like Donald and Goofy#YayBadPunsFTW) that were put there to fight for the sake of their kingdom, the many characters that he met on his way, the many friendships... It did inspire me a lot. It made me want to be a hero. To create connections with others, and it also gave me this sudden motivation and happiness. And this... Nostalgia, for traveling. Let's say it made me want to travel even more. ... You guys think my thoughts are too complicated? Well, let me resume "How I see Kingdom Hearts", with ONE simple question. Ever thought about how it would be like, if you could add your own plot to the game? If you could create your own player? Your own "Sora"? And then add your own worlds and characters, including your most favorite characters from cartoons, anime, and even movies? Imagine how it would be like, if you could add Pokemon world to it. Or the Digimon World. Or all those RPG Maker games' worlds, such as Ao Oni's, The Witch's House's, The Crooked Man's, Ib's, Yume Nikki's, Mad Father's, The Sandman's, and all that. Or the Earth from Dragon Ball. Or even Silent Hill, for example. And add characters like Naruto, Gaara, Sasuke, Luigi(yes, That Luigi), Samus, Link, Kirby, Courage the Cowardly Dog, Freakazoid, Pikachu, Androids 17 and 18(DBZ), Jack Walters(from The Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth), Eric Cartman, Venom, Ellen(from The Witch's House(or Viola, if you'd rather)), David Leatherhoff(from Afraid of Monsters), Gordon Freeman(Half Life), Simon Henriksson(Cry of Fear), Batman(from the LEGO Batman series), Iori(King of Fighters), Chrono(Chrono Trigger), Alucard(Castlevania), Megaman or Bass, Protoman, Shadow(from Sonic) or even Leon, from Resident Evil. That is just how much it really inspired me. And it also affected me. Sora's Antiform made me want to accept my duality. And also, just because Sora was covered in shadows doesn't mean i couldn't use his powers for Good, meaning that we don't have to be "all pure, nor innocent, nor correct", just to want to save ourselves and people that we love and care about. I mean... As humans, we are corrupted. Does that mean we can't choose and write our own path? Nor want love, nor friendship, nor to become stronger, enough to overcome our life obstacles and thus, eventually, get OURSELVES rid of the shadows, the Darkness that surrounds and covers us? Come on, people. I mean, Leon just said it all: Spoiler "And there is darkness within every heart." We can't really avoid it, right? Yet, we have the option to defy it, to fight against it, to control it, to lock it up in a cage and say "No, you WON'T beat me". Also, just check the beginning of KH1 itself, in which we players are given the option to create our own path, to identify with our virtues, whether they are Strength, Wisdom or Defense, our fears, our goals, our priorities; and with all our choices made, and our paths settled, to face the "Shadows", the odds and take risks in the lives that we now are responsible for. Whenever I grab the joystick and see it all through Sora's eyes, it makes me feel... free. It makes me feel what he feels, identify with who he is and why he struggles so much. It gives me independence. Strength. Determination. Faith. Hope. Devotion, towards my dear, and beloved ones. Overall... This game is incredible. It gave me the "painting board", and the "palette"(not literally, but still). Sorry if I drifted off a bit during the text. It wasn't my intention. And I apologize if i wasted your time with the TONS of words... I just really felt like i needed to put this all out. It was a bit hard at the start and it actually took me longer than I was expecting... lol Anyways, I guess that's pretty much it. If you guys ever happen to identify with any of the things i said, then once again, you may feel free to share your experience as well. After all, I really made this thread to vent. Well, and to anyone who read this... Regards.