Two memories that stand out for me:
Playing Starcraft campaign mode - I had loaded up a couple drop ships with marines and prepared to drop them into an enemy base on another island. Crossing the water on the map, I thought I had scouted the perfect site, but as I came in, I uncovered a missile turret I’d missed by a couple pixels, and one of my ships was quickly shot down. I got the other one away heavily damaged, but still in one piece. But I distinctly remember being crushed at losing all those good men in the first dropship. I really took it personally, and I think it’s because Blizzard did such a good job of bringing the Starcraft universe to life. Still my favorite Blizzard universe, and my first RTS game.
The one time I had friends to play games with was back when AOE ll launched and I had co-workers who were gamers. Over two nights, we had a 2v2 match going. Night 1 ended after 5 hours of play, with the game pretty much even, although one opponent, who was very good, had built a pretty solid turtle retreat. I managed to screenshot the entire map and exit the game. You could save the game-state and come back to it. I took that screenshot and projected it on our giant training screen at work and plotted out a 2-pronged strategy to crack the defenses and win. When we finally got everyone together again, my teammate and I executed the strategy, broke through the walls and started our pincer move. Unfortunately, one opponent just decided to surrender instead of retreating to his “good” teammate’s position and left the game. It was just a matter of time until we 2v1 pounded down the good player’s walls. I felt bad for him, because his teammate left him hanging, but it was still the most fun I think I ever had playing AOE ll.