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Title: Your first gaming experience!
Post by: Nuriboy on May 17, 2005, 05:43:45 pm
Hey all,

Was just wondering about people's very first system or very first game they played. How old were you when you played it? Do you still play it today?

I am 18, but I was 6 or 7 when my dad brought home a shiny new amstrad CPC computer, complete with games! I can't remember which specific one it was (either 464, 664, or 6128) nor the specific titles of the games, Just that they were incredibly fun.

The next system I had when I was still 7, but I can remember it alot clearer. It was a ZX spectrum.. and my all time favorite game was "chucky egg" I would play and play and play. Also text/graphic based adventures were a whole lot of fun like the original LOTR games for it.. got a real immature kick out of typing in swear words I had learnt.

It's really weird to think that the games used to run off those little audio tapes! I really can't for the life of me understand how that works. Also games would take FOREVER to load, and you were treated with a strange screen full of coloured rectangles moving up and down followed by a total carcaphony of electronic screeches. I'd just sit infront of it eating my fishsticks afterschool, so patiently. ;D

You think the load times are bad now? back then they were maybe half an hour.
Title: Re: Your first gaming experience!
Post by: DevilMachine on May 17, 2005, 06:20:29 pm
I think it might have been 'Empire' on the commodore 64.
But the first game I ever owned was Commander Keen 4, which I played on my Dads laptop from work.
And soon after that it was Alex Kidd on the Sega Master System 2.
Title: Re: Your first gaming experience!
Post by: syphonbyte on May 17, 2005, 06:23:59 pm
The earliest I remember is our old Apple ][, and playing Oregon Trail on that thing all the time. I had so many silly graves...

"Here lies poop

Boy it smells"
Title: Re: Your first gaming experience!
Post by: ankrit on May 17, 2005, 11:48:30 pm
My first game was Red Alert(PC).
I played it on a Packard Bell >:((good god, the blue screen of death! No wonder they are out of buisness!!) 486, I remember it cost $1086 in 1992 if you can belive it.
Title: Re: Your first gaming experience!
Post by: James Shields on May 18, 2005, 04:44:41 am
Dynamite Dux on the master system.
It was my birthday (5th 6th?) and my parents got me a master I had no idea what in the blue hell it was till my dad showed me how to use it, and it just so happened that the game he used as a demonstration was Dynamite Dux, and do consiquently it was the first game I played.

I still play it every so often on ROM (though my sega master system STILL works)
Title: Re: Your first gaming experience!
Post by: Cool AN on May 18, 2005, 06:02:04 am
The first Duke Nukeem.
Title: Re: Your first gaming experience!
Post by: Legodragonxp on May 18, 2005, 06:38:51 am
My first gaming experience would have been 'pong' on a Mongomery Wards home entertainment system. You know, I think I might still have it in the attic somewhere. It ran on 6 'D'-cell batteries and had to connect to the junction box with 'game-television' switch.

Title: Re: Your first gaming experience!
Post by: pfellah on May 18, 2005, 06:52:41 am
I think the original "Zork" is the first thing I can remember for the PC. A buddy had an Atari 2600, so some of those old-school games like Basketball, Adventure, River Raid... probably came a little bit before.
Title: Re: Your first gaming experience!
Post by: Sensei Jinx on May 18, 2005, 07:02:49 am
When I was about 4 my parents bought us a NES with Super Mario Bros. 3...
Title: Re: Your first gaming experience!
Post by: Cool AN on May 18, 2005, 07:54:45 am
Or lemmings don't remember.
Title: Re: Your first gaming experience!
Post by: syphonbyte on May 18, 2005, 08:55:12 am
Hmm, I was playing Zork about the same time as OT, now that I recall...

ankrit, my first PC was a Packard Bell also. :) I got this hardcore dream machine with a Pentium 133 mhz processor. It came with a printer and costed about $2,500 new.
Title: Re: Your first gaming experience!
Post by: Tr0n on May 18, 2005, 09:19:49 am
Super Mario Bros for the original Nintendo.  I was 6 at the time... I didn't understand how to make Mario jump, but I had a blast running into the first Goomba in World 1.
Title: Re: Your first gaming experience!
Post by: Gil on May 18, 2005, 09:30:25 am
mmm, I remember playing the first warcraft, and scorched earth (man, that was a fun game) and a two player tank game, split screen. I played a mario game (mario world something) in hospital on a snes I think.  The first game I played on my own computer (p75, all the other games I played by friends) was simcity 2000 :)
Title: Re: Your first gaming experience!
Post by: zaphod on May 18, 2005, 09:56:18 am
Would have to be on my Apple 2c back in the 80s.  Remeber playing Load Runner and Wings of Fury.  Those were great.
Title: Re: Your first gaming experience!
Post by: Psilontech on May 18, 2005, 12:02:02 pm
I think I was 5 when I first played Aces of the Pacific... Lol, I was god of the sky, especially with my infinate health and unlimited bullets/rockets...   :D
Title: Re: Your first gaming experience!
Post by: The Evil Blob on May 18, 2005, 04:46:01 pm
My first gaming experience was Super Mario Bros. on the NES, which was probably about 10 years ago when I was about 3.
Title: Re: Your first gaming experience!
Post by: Tr0n on May 19, 2005, 10:20:36 pm
The first game I ever played at length was in 1989, when I got my NES and Galaga.... but I quickly picked up the Zelda games and it was all downhill from there.

The experience was... mindblowing.  Never before had I so much control over anything.  Oddly enough, I had an old 8088 NCR computer collecting dust (I had ZERO interest in it).

More importantly was the following experience with my PC.  It was an EGA wonder... back then, I didin't even know how much RAM it had.  It came equipped with DOS 6.22 and Windows well as a splattering of my Uncle's software and games.  In 1991, I fired it up and looked around.  It was an enigma compared to the Nintendo.  All you had to do when your NES screwed up was blow into the cartridge and it was good for another three months.  I had to call my Uncle and firuge out the basic DOS commands.  I learned the PC all by myself... I supposed the few weeks I spent running old CGA games that were akin to Pong in complexity was my first experience.  Imagine, however, being a young boy with a treasure trove of great stuff that NO ONE else in your immediate family had no idea existed.

I continued my hunt until I happened upon Space Quest.  It was an oooooold Sierra game that featured a space Janitor by the name of Roger Wilco.  I dodn't understand the humor at the time, but I proceeded to fire it up and play it.  It wasn't like the NES.... I actually had to TYPE to tell Roger what to do and where to go.  Like the Nintendo two years ago, I had unparalleled control.  I WAS Roger Wilco....but a poor one.  In my megamaniacal glee, I managed to kill Roger fairly quickly.... over and over and over.  Every time, I tried new things.  I didn't know how to save, so I go wasted constantly but spent DAYS playing Space Quest.

That's my story.  I learned of video gaming with the NES.  I learned the PC with Space Quest.  Here's the kicker though.

For cumulative knowledge and the most fruitful experience, I would have to say that my quest to play WILL WRIGHT'S SIMCITY 2000 had to take the cake.  Dad paid 60 dollars to buy it at Radio Shack (I still have the two 1.44mb floppies, with original Little Ceaser's pizza stain on disk 2).  Back then, I didn't know what minimum specs were, so I had a vastly underequipped computer.  No mouse.  No SVGA card.  No Sound Card.  No CDROM.  8mb RAM.  I spent weeks and into months finding out EVERYTHING about computers and what made them tick.  I never did get SC2K running on that computer (I inheireted a 486 later), but it taught me everything I knew about computers and set me on my path to "glory".  I graduated college with a Degree in Computer Engineering. 

So, Will Wright, if you're reading this.... YOU are responsible for me being who I am today.  If it weren't for your Godforsaken SimCity2000 and it's insane computer specs, I would have just been happy with consoles.  But NOOOOOOO!  So all in all.... Will has been there since I started computers and still, I drool over the stuff that he makes.  I think that should pass me as a fan.  If I ever got a chance to see him, I'd shake his hand and tell him that he's got at least one person who holds him as his personal role model.
Title: Re: Your first gaming experience!
Post by: Zealousy on May 20, 2005, 12:33:40 am
The first games I remember playing are the original Mario and Duck Hunt. I was never the best at Mario, but I loved Duck Hunt. I remember always getting pissed at my cousin because he'd cheat by holding the gun against the screen, killing ducks whether he was aiming at them or not. ::)