Earthbound well.... it's a lot of things. A place to go back to when the times get rough ad a place to go back to your childhood times, however are probably the biggest things that go in my mind when I play the game.
As for finding this game, I found it through none other than starmen.nets most inflated (in number of pages that is) webcomic the chosen four. It was a great read for me back in the summer of 8th grade, and it still is, now a junior in high school. Once I saw the comic I knew I had to play the game. There was just so much whimsy and charm to it, and I had never seen a game that could replicate that feeling ever since. Once I actually got the game, I found it to be quite the adventure. Everything in earthbound just clicked together, the npcs and their silly off the walls dialouge, the bizarre enemy list and the quaint towns all gave off a feeling of realism and imagination at the same time.
So I steamed through the game, playing exterminator in Onnet, dashing Indiana Jones in Twoson to rescue Paula (she's my favorite character, I just love her weapon choice and her destructive PSI, and her pearsonality as depicted in the fanbase helps too), getting mugged at threed, fourside, you name it! I loves it all!
The final boss of course, was scary as all the world the first time I played this game, and I terrified and also excited for the end, battles to the climax.
But with Giygas gone, I felt.... sad.
Not sad about giygas no, but sad that this game was going to end.
As I watched the credits (this is the only game I've watched credits for), I felt a thorough longing, as if my mind said "Aww? It's over?".
I sat there with my emulater phone, until I saw all the credits roll, and then saw my name on the page.
With this, I sat down with my phone, and smiled a sad smile until I put it away. To this day, not one game has made me do that, except.this one.
It's been many a year since my first playthrough, and what a change its had on me! The games whimsy wound up making me want to write, and sure enough I'm writing stores for the fun of it now! I'm not sure where life will take me down the line, but I can always remember this:
When life's gives you lemons, give them fuzzy pickles.