Every week I ask my friends a question about video games. I take their responses and post them here as an article for you to read and respond with your own answers. This week, as we all get an extra day off from work and we prepare to eat pounds and pounds of stuffing and pumpkin pie, I had some very particular questions in mind.

Which game reminds you of Thanksgiving? What will you be playing this Thursday as you await the feast?

I think of Harvest Moon 64 and a shitty flash game I used to play as a kid that had you shooting at flying turkeys.

I remember the animations in the flash game were awesome for a small game and they really stood out. Unfortunately it’s been years since I’ve seen it and I can’t remember the name of it.

The Fall theme in Harvest Moon 64 is my favorite tune off of that game and it reminds me of thanksgiving.

And since I’ll be at family parties all day, I will most likely be playing Super Smash on Wii U at Ako’s house.

When I think of Thanksgiving and video games I think of GTA III.

My brother, cousins and I would always play until the food was ready then get right back to the game after eating. Nothing says Thanksgiving quite like murdering hookers and killing cops.

This Thursday I’ll probably be playing Battlefront all day considering I just got it. I’ll probably be stuck at my grandma’s house, so I may have to just toss a ball around in the alley like some sort of street rat…

The two games that I associate with Thanksgiving are The Legend of Zelda and Spyro 2: Ripto’s Rage!

The latter is etched in my memories of Thanksgiving due to the single year that I spent playing that game all day. No game stands out other than Spyro 2, as I can vividly remember sitting in front of the TV from the second the parade concluded and the TV could be mine. The game released a few weeks prior to Thanksgiving that year, but I hadn’t had the opportunity to dedicate time to it.

I recall playing the game up until dinner was served; the occasional relative saying something that didn’t matter and I didn’t pay any attention to. My entire day was served by the creation of Insomniac in the form of a little purple dragon and his adventures.

The former has ties to the day simply because of its traditional release timing. It’s seldom that a game in The Legend of Zelda series releases outside of November, more so outside of that weekend prior to Thanksgiving.

There are a handful of years where I can recall playing a Zelda game on Thanksgiving, simply due to the fact that the game had just come out and I couldn’t put it down. One in particular is The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, having just picked up a Wii a few days before Thanksgiving 2006 at launch.

This Thanksgiving, I’ll spend most of the morning and day playing Bloodborne, as I’ve still yet to complete the core game and I’m feeling left out not being able to touch The Old Hunters expansion. As I make my way to my mom’s, I’m going to use my distant memories to push me back toward The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D. I haven’t touched the game since a few weeks after its launch, and I feel guilty for not finishing it.

The game that comes to mind is Boktai. It was designed by Kojima and released for the Game Boy Advance. The game asks you where you are and what time it is, so that it can determine a sun cycle based on your location. It then uses the solar sensor on the console to equip you with ammo to kill vampires.

And honestly, I’ll be playing nothing on Thanksgiving.

At first I thought Super Smash Bros would be the obvious answer since I will play it with my family when they come over.

However, a couple years ago I had really fond memories with playing Tearaway. The game really spoke to me when it came out and I remember staying up late that Thanksgiving playing it.

This question made me remember that Tearaway for PS4 came out so I went out and bought it so it can be my Thanksgiving game again this year.

What will you be playing this Thanksgiving? What game memories are triggered when you smell turkey cooking in the oven?

Posted by Joe Dix

Joe is the creator of The Free Cheese. He eats a lot of pizza and takes thousands of pictures of his pugs Oswald and Earl every day.

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