When you get down to it, video games are all about pulling off a series of moves — everything else is just window dressing. Whether your genre of choice is fighting, car racing, RPGs or puzzlers, your primary role is to trigger a series of actions using the control interface at your disposal. But what is the best video game move ever?
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The first video game to take the world by storm was Pong. It could therefore be claimed that the table tennis 'serve' is the most important move in gaming. Similar big picture arguments could be made for 'shoot', 'jump' and 'accelerate', but all these answers are pretty boring. Instead, we want you to name your personal favourite.
For me, it would probably be the 'chargeable shot' mechanic made famous by shmups such as R-Type. The ability to hold down the fire button and charge up your weapon was immensely satisfying, particularly when it obliterated a wave of Bydo Empire scum just before they descended on my ship.
It also injected an extra dash of strategy to proceedings — releasing the fire button too soon would result in an underpowered shot, but holding it for too long could lead to an insurmountable wave of enemy bullets.
So what about you guys? What is your #1 video game move of all time? Have at it in the comments section below! [Note: specific weapons only count as 'moves' if they require the controller to be used in a unique way.]