Metroid Prime 3 was the first game to show me that a female protagonist can be just as valid as a male protagonist. In addition, she's a character living with mental illness who is capable of overcoming her obstacles. Whenever you seem to be on your own it doesn’t mean you’re helpless. And even when you’ve lost everything life is still worth fighting for.
BioShock proved to me that games could be something I never even dreamed of. They could be dark, scary gruesome but at the same time beautiful, sophisticated and yes… fun. So BioShock changed me -- games were once little more than a way to waste some time. Now they are something more. Games are a form of art.
Guitar Hero taught me that I can do it, that I don't have to fear failure. It wasn’t a magic potion but it was a crutch through hard times, and both inspiration and distraction when I believed I was worthless.