Paper Fox's Brief History of Games- Vol. 1: Metal Gear Solid 3
I blame the chicken burger.
I'd had a cavity in my back tooth for a while, and after biting into a chicken burger* and feeling the sharp, horrible pain of an exposed nerve, I finally decided to stop stalling and go and see a dentist. One appointment later and I was booked in for dental surgery to have the offending back tooth pulled out, along with all 4 of my wisdom teeth. Once the surgery was completed and the numbness went away and my face no longer resembled a squirrel storing nuts in their puffy little cheek-pockets**, I was left with one week of nothing to do. Up until this point, my gaming life had mainly consisted of arcade fighters and beat-em-ups. I was still very fond of gaming, but I was growing gradually bored of the "mash x to kill bad guy" mechanic that dominated these genres. I wanted something fresh, something new. Then I remembered my boyfriend had been obsessing over this game I had never heard of. That's when I was introduced to Metal Gear Solid 3. That's when my whole world was turned upside-down.
Ok, well maybe I'm being a tad over-dramatic, but I really was blown away by this game. Everything about it was foreign to me, but it still sucked me in. It made me wide-eyed and innocent, naive and curious. This game had it all. Naked Snake- a protagonist with a personality, a kind of quiet charm that made me melt. The playful banter between Snake, Sigint and Para-Medic that stuck with me long after I had stopped playing. A story that, to this very day I'm still trying to wrap my head around. And of course, the battle with The End, which is by far the Best Boss Battle Of All Time.