VICE: Ask someone who's not seen one for several years to describe an average video game and chances are there'll be guns, explosions and non-stop action involved. It's an understandable conclusion to come to: watch any sitcom or movie scene in which someone plays a game and you'll see them frantically jabbing away at a nondescript controller while bleepy-bloopy sound effects from the '80s ring out.
As any regular gamer will tell you, though, whatever their platform of preference or dedication to the cause, the world of video games offers a hell of a lot more than mindless shooty-bang-bang action. For decades this constantly growing medium has also delivered some truly memorable moments that stick with us long after the credits have rolled. Here are some of the most beautiful moments – some visually stunning, some heartwarming – in gaming history. SPOILERS AHEAD.