Your first PC and the games that first got you into PC Gaming??

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#1 Posted by elegance89 (61 posts) -

So I recently cleared out my garage to discover my first PC (a windows 95 machine with a 133mhz Pentium CPU, 24mb RAM and a 1.5gb hard drive!). I fired up the old girl and was pleasantly surprised to see it still working. I then spent the rest of the day nostalgically enjoying the old school games that were installed which included Age of Empires, KKND, Ace Ventura, Interstate 76 and Grim Fandango. Needless to say, most of them haven't aged well but it was a blast reliving my childhood.

Do you remember your first PC? And what where the games that first drew you into the wonderful world of PC Gaming?

#2 Posted by Ballroompirate (21804 posts) -

I dont remember what my first PC was since I got it from my dad back in 1999/2000. My first PC games though were Diablo 2 and Warcraft 3, got them at some PC swap meat.

#3 Posted by Maddie_Larkin (6187 posts) -

Were likely Wolfenstein 3D and Dune 2 that got me into pc gaming, back then it was the family pc, a year later I got my own first PC. The games that got me REALLY into PC gaming were:

Doom

Syndicate

X-Com: Defense

the ultima series

the Might and magic series.

Oh lord did I spend time on those games O.o

Given the time Id say, I was around 10 when I started playing on the PC the way I would on a console, and 11 when I got my own pc, and REALLY got into pc gaming.

#4 Posted by ankor77 (932 posts) -
Oh interstate 76, great game. Im 31 years old so the first games i remember falling in love with were sim city, wolfenstein, command and conquer. The game that absolutely solidified the pc as my primary gaming platform was the original Unreal. Still one of my fav games ever. After that, i always dumped a bunch of money building rigs.
#5 Posted by robertlie (866 posts) -

My first pc was a Pentium 100 mhz with the respectable amount of 16 mb ram. By that time i was already a long time gamer, but pc changed it all. I played games like Doom, UFO and c&c red alert. But my main genre is and have always been adventure games, so the games i hadnt already played on my Amiga, i got on pc. Having a harddrive was really a blessing. You guys who remembered Beneath a steel sky with its 15 floppy disks knows what i'm talking about :)

#6 Posted by mkaliaz (1979 posts) -

Heh, i'll really show my age here. My first computer was like an XT or an AT (long before 286, 386, 486, and pentiums). I remember my first game being Zork (its how I learned to type) and I also remember playing King's Quest right after that.

#7 Posted by whiskeystrike (12068 posts) -

I used to play the old Exile games a long time ago and the Swat series... didn't really get into PC gaming until this gen though. Dragon Age Origins on the PS3 is what pushed me to PC gaming. Horrid performance and controller wasn't working so that was my moment.

#8 Posted by Mazoch (2408 posts) -
My family got a PC back in the mid 80ies, that was my first computer. It was an 8086, running at 8 mhz (you could enable turbo to increase it to 10 mhz if I remember right). It had 2 5 1/4 floppy drives and one of the new, cool EGA monitors which allowed it to show 16 colors onscreen at once! Some of the early games I played was Ancient Art of War, Might and Magic 1, Test Drive 1, Kings Quest, Police Quest and Leisure Suit Larry and Star Flight 1.
#9 Posted by Peanut04_basic (722 posts) -
I started playing pc games in the mid 80ies. I played all of the usual suspect: Karateka, Leisure Suit Larry and the lounge Lizards, Prince of Persia. The games I have the fondest memories of playing is Heroes Quest: So you want to be a hero and it's sequel, Quest for Glory: Trial by Fire.
#10 Posted by Miroku32 (8666 posts) -
First PC I don't remember although I do remember I had to run games by using DOS commandos. First game was Doom. Then I continued with Doom2, Wolf3d and Heretic.
#11 Posted by glez13 (8501 posts) -

Don't remeber what it was. I believe it had SIS CPU and also integrated graphics from them. It was end of 98 or start of 99. The first game I played was Rainbow Six. Shortly after I got into Age of Empires 2, FIFA RTWC 98, Need for Speed 3 and Rogue Squadron. Good times.

#12 Posted by dkvel (9 posts) -
Fallout 2. Easy.
#13 Posted by Avenger1324 (16344 posts) -

Heh, i'll really show my age here. My first computer was like an XT or an AT (long before 286, 386, 486, and pentiums). I remember my first game being Zork (its how I learned to type) and I also remember playing King's Quest right after that.

mkaliaz

lol - my first was also an IBM XT ( 88086 I think it was). I can remember playing games like Frogger, Sokoban, Xenon 2 megablast, Tapper, Impossible Mission, Alley Cat. There was a tank commander game where each level randomly generated a hill between two tanks that you had to shoot over or through.

We had a lot of Sierra adventure games - King's Quest 3: To Heir is Human was the one I remember the most, while that, Space Quest: Sarien Encounter and a few others helped encourage me to learn to type.

We had a sort out earlier in the year and found boxes of old 5.25" disks that brought back memories. We did laugh finding a King's Quest game that came on 9 floppies - to think it was barely 6MB (720k disks) or similar to an MP3 today, yet took 9 disks and needed changing just about every time you moved off the side of the screen.

#14 Posted by broken_bass_bin (7514 posts) -

First PC:
66MHz AMD 486 DX2
16MB RAM
I think a Cirrus Logic VESA card with like 2MB of memory
80MB hard drive
Creative Sound Blaster 16
Windows 95

Games:
Doom II
SimCity 2000
The Secret of Monkey Island
Command & Conquer: Red Alert
Ultima Underworld 1 & 2
Duke Nukem 3D

#15 Posted by Cobra_nVidia (1391 posts) -

My first PC that was my own was a 386.

When I got Wing Commander: Privateer, Doom 2, and Simcity 2000, I stopped wanting a Sega Genesis instead of a PC.

#16 Posted by BPoole96 (22769 posts) -

I am currently still using my first PC. I built my first one in Spring 2011. The first game I played was Crysis

#17 Posted by 8-Bitterness (3707 posts) -
Damn well I don't remember my first PC, I kind of remember I played some silly educational games on it when I was young as hell (and actually young... not 8 n s***) BUT I do remember Halo CE got me into PC gaming, still one of my favorite games to date, back then it was all I played along with Doom wads.
#18 Posted by 2uneek4u (2548 posts) -

C&C, Red alert, Diablo, Baulders Gate. These games were around 1995-1997

Diablo was my first multiplayer experience on pc as well.

#19 Posted by PublicNuisance (4580 posts) -

So I recently cleared out my garage to discover my first PC (a windows 95 machine with a 133mhz Pentium CPU, 24mb RAM and a 1.5gb hard drive!). I fired up the old girl and was pleasantly surprised to see it still working. I then spent the rest of the day nostalgically enjoying the old school games that were installed which included Age of Empires, KKND, Ace Ventura, Interstate 76 and Grim Fandango. Needless to say, most of them haven't aged well but it was a blast reliving my childhood.

Do you remember your first PC? And what where the games that first drew you into the wonderful world of PC Gaming?

elegance89

My first PC was a prebuilt HP. It had an Intel PIII Celeron at 400 Mhz, 64MB of RAM, an 8GB hard drive, and 1MB of onboard Intel graphics. I got that in 1998. I started upgrading it in 2002 as I had been introduced to Counter-Strike. I upgraded that PC to 320MB of RAM, and a GeForce 4 MX440 graphics card before finaly building my own computer in 2003. Counter-Strike was the biggest influence on my turning to PC gaming. After that it was just a slow shift from playing some console games to using my PC to be my only source for playing games. Other games I played back then was Need For Speed III: Hot Pursuit, and Delta Force 2.

#20 Posted by Byshop (10969 posts) -

IBM PCjr. Kings Quest 1 and Jumpman.

-Byshop

#21 Posted by jun_aka_pekto (15850 posts) -

My first PC was a Tandy 1000SX similar to this with 2 x 360k floppy drives and an ISA-slot 10mb hard drive ($500 in 1986 for the hard drive alone).

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My first DIY PC with AMD 386DX-40 (photo taken in 1993) assembled in 1992. The monitor is a Packard Hell 14" VGA.

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The very first PC games I can recall playing on a PC were:

Sublogic's Jet!

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and Sierra's Gold Rush. Gold Rush supported Tandy 16-color graphics. So, Gold Rush on the Tandy looked like the one below. Jet! only did CGA. So, it looked like the above on the Tandy.

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#22 Posted by hrt_rulz01 (5501 posts) -

The first PC I ever played games on was our family one which we bought when I was a kid (15-20 years ago). I remember playing games like the first Need for Speed, which totally blew my mind. I wish I could remember the specs of it but I was too young to notice. But it did start my love of PC gaming.

The first PC that I personally owned was back in high school (I bought it in 2004 I think). Again, I can't remember the exact specs but it had a Radeon 9600XT graphics card and an AMD 64 bit processor. It was awesome! And the first game I bought for it was Half-Life 2... and I was just amazed. HL2 is still my favourite game of all time by quite a margin.

#23 Posted by BPoole96 (22769 posts) -

My first PC was a Tandy 1000SX similar to this with 2 x 360k floppy drives and an ISA-slot 10mb hard drive ($500 in 1986 for the hard drive alone).

My first DIY PC with AMD 386DX-40 (photo taken in 1993) assembled in 1992. The monitor is a Packard Hell 14" VGA.

The very first PC games I can recall playing on a PC were:

Sublogic's Jet!

and Sierra's Gold Rush. Gold Rush supported Tandy 16-color graphics. So, Gold Rush on the Tandy looked like the one below. Jet! only did CGA. So, it looked like the above on the Tandy.

jun_aka_pekto

Wow you have loved flight games for a looong time :P

#24 Posted by jun_aka_pekto (15850 posts) -

Wow you have loved flight games for a looong time :P

BPoole96

It's the one genre that keeps me on the PC.

#25 Posted by Cwagmire21 (5886 posts) -

Wolfenstein 3D. My dad played it when I was 4.

#26 Posted by JigglyWiggly_ (23379 posts) -

jedi outcast

Playing the MP is where I learned about computers

neat


I've read the game is a breeding ground for trolls, strangely accurate

Although my first game I really played was probably x wing vs tie fighter or tie fighter

#27 Posted by Toxic-Seahorse (4081 posts) -
I don't remember the PC since it was so long ago but the games I played were C&C Red Alert and Sim City 2000.
#28 Posted by spaceninja818 (415 posts) -
I got my first pc in 2004. I don't remember the specs that well, but I think it was pentium 4 with dual x600's running windows xp. My first game on it was Half Life 2. It wasn't smooth, but it was playable.
#29 Posted by trastamad03 (4852 posts) -
My first PC was a Pentium 1 200mhz with 64MB ram and a Voodoo Banshee GPU. First games were Command and Conquer and Diablo 1
#30 Posted by pelvist (4485 posts) -

Amstrad CPC 464. ( I still have it and it still works! )

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Harrier Attack

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Jet Set Willy

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Roland on The Ropes

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Renegade

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Target Renegade

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CONTRA

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Midnight Resistance

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Green Beret

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...good times.

#31 Posted by Fizzman (9869 posts) -

Expo 486

33mhz intel CPU

forgot the rest.

First game i ever played was, "Commander Stryker." My dad also made me play Math Blaster in the hopes that i would stop sucking at math. I still sucked at math, but i started to love video games even more. After that i progressesd to Commander Keen in Keen Dreams. The rest is history.

#32 Posted by G-O-A-T (244 posts) -

Stalker is what got me into pc gaming

#33 Posted by Elann2008 (32953 posts) -
Mechwarrior, Starcraft, Command and Conquer, Half-Life 1, Counter-strike.
#34 Posted by elegance89 (61 posts) -

oh man that looks awesome-o!

#35 Posted by slabber44 (978 posts) -
I was a console gamer till 1998 when I bought my first PC and first two games I purchased were Deus Ex and Half-Life. Have not owned another console since. Exact specs I don't quite remember, but I know there was 256 mg ram, 10gig hd, and a graphics card that I believe had the Diamond (something) name on it. Did alot of illegal substances back then so memory is not quite what it should be. :)
#36 Posted by Fire_Wa11 (416 posts) -

A little Starcraft and battlenet here and there. Then...City of Heroes...blew my frickin' mind.

I religiously played that game every month for close to 4 years. It was great. It was the only game I played so I wasn't concerned with $15 every month. Hell, it was saving me from drinking $7 Heinekens and hanging with metrosexual types, a veritable financial windfall.

Late in 2008 I was still in Cali and the wildfires were finally affecting my area. It was a tad smokey and even my landlord, who was always outside on the main street sipping a happy cappuccino in his golden years, was heading to a dark movie theater to get a break from the smoke. I know this because Best Buy and the movies had the same parking lot.

I couldn't breathe either so I picked up Grand Theft Auto San Andreas for $19 and Fallout 3. I haven't looked back. At one point I was dating this beautiful girl who was much younger than I. Neither of us had a car at the time so I was on the bus with her seeing her back to her place. Here I was hanging out with and getting to know this young beautiful girl who any man would be lucky to be with and I just remember thinking about "Buffout, Psycho, Mentats" and how they would affect my combat stats in Fallout 3. I'm not saying that's cool. I'm just saying it is what it is.

#37 Posted by SovietsUnited (1780 posts) -

I don't remember my first PC's specs. These are the first two games I ever played:

quake 2

and

rednecks

#38 Posted by Byshop (10969 posts) -

I don't remember the PC since it was so long ago but the games I played were C&C Red Alert and Sim City 2000.Toxic-Seahorse

If those were the games you were playing, then it wasn't -that- long ago.

-Byshop

#39 Posted by SPYDER0416 (16736 posts) -

Does Ski Free count?

#40 Posted by slimjimbadboy (1729 posts) -

Doom, Tanarus and Total Annihilation pretty much sold the idea of gaming on PC for me.

#41 Posted by Elann2008 (32953 posts) -

Does Ski Free count?

SPYDER0416
It better!
#42 Posted by darksusperia (6898 posts) -
it was an early pentium. cant remember the specs. I remember playin RoTT, cannon fodder, monster truck madness. I had a compilation disc that had like 50 games on it including the original railroad tycoon. Shame there hasnt been a modern version of that game :(
#43 Posted by SKaREO (3161 posts) -
My Dad bought me my first computer, a 486DX2-66. I played Monkey Island, Wing Commander and Indianapolis 500, and many more. Later on, maybe a couple years later, I got his Pentium and started playing Quake. That's when I decided I was a PC gamer primarily, and I started playing online games of QuakeWorld in '96. Counter-Strike was the next best thing to hit PC gaming. Since CS it's been pretty lame, to be honest. Most games play out like a hold-your-hand adventure for autistic children. Boring as f***.
#44 Posted by elegance89 (61 posts) -

omg ski free!!! to this day that yeti still gives me nightmares ^^

#45 Posted by EliteM0nk3y (3382 posts) -
Red Baron 1 (or Red Baron 3D can't remember) was my first PC game. No idea what specs were other than it ran Windows 95. However I didn't really get into PC gaming until last year when I built my first rig. I still play consoles from time to time, however the PC has become my main platform.
#46 Posted by PetJel (3722 posts) -

I didn't own a pc until later, I was a console guy, so I always played it at friend's places. First pcgames I played there were cheap floppydisk dosgames. My local general store had a huge selection of those. It only had a sticker on the front with some artwork, no box, screenshots, manual or anything. I'd go there with friends and buy some random games that looked cool based solely on the artwork and title lol

.

Then later came Tomb Raider, GTA and Commandos. And I finally got my first P1 in '98 or something, and the first pc with games around '00, a PII, around 120 mhz I think, and I could just about play Red Alert 2 on it and it blew my mind.

First real gaming pc after that was a PIII 550 mhz and I could just about play Battlefield 1942 and CoD 1 and 2 on it and that blew my mind again.

#47 Posted by FowlBeast (98 posts) -

My first PC was a Commadore 64. But the games that really got me into PC gameing were.....

Hero's Quset series

King's Quset Series

Doom

Police quest series

Wolfenstien 3D

#48 Posted by Mrcod11 (3059 posts) -

First PC my family owned was some 486 desktop. First game I was hooked on was Ultrabots for DOS, and later Doom.

#49 Posted by NamelessPlayer (7729 posts) -
I can't even remember my first PC game. It was definitely something on my father's computer from the early 1990s, back in the age of desktop tower cases that make today's full-towers look small time while packing turbo buttons (remember those?), and DOS and Windows 3.1 were the OSes of the day (unless you were running OS/2 or some flavor of UNIX). All I really knew about the specs were that it had to have a VGA card and a Sound Blaster of some sort, given that it ran games like the typical Apogee and Epic shareware releases, Wolfenstein 3D, Doom, etc. with good graphics and sound. That first game could have been a 3D take on Tetris or one of the old Microprose flight sims for all I can remember...
[QUOTE="BPoole96"]Wow you have loved flight games for a looong time :Pjun_aka_pekto
It's the one genre that keeps me on the PC.

It doesn't help that consoles don't have any proper flight sims whatsoever, let alone peripherals to really do them justice (unless they commit financial suicide by pulling a Steel Battalion). Meanwhile, the PC has enough peripheral options to the point that you can build yourself a simpit if you've got the time, money and space. Seriously, ever seen some of the home cockpits out there? I'm almost surprised they didn't outright buy an F-16C or A-10C pit in some cases. Also, speaking of old flight sims, whatever Microprose sim I cut my teeth on to begin with (probably F-117 Stealth Fighter or F-15 Strike Eagle II) was initially flown by some strange-looking beige joystick with a single button on the handle and two more on the base. Good thing Thrustmaster and CH Products got the ball rolling on proper flight controls, because now I can't go back to something so basic, especially with today's complicated sims of very complicated aircraft...
#50 Posted by Byshop (10969 posts) -

I can't even remember my first PC game. It was definitely something on my father's computer from the early 1990s, back in the age of desktop tower cases that make today's full-towers look small time while packing turbo buttons (remember those?), and DOS and Windows 3.1 were the OSes of the day (unless you were running OS/2 or some flavor of UNIX). All I really knew about the specs were that it had to have a VGA card and a Sound Blaster of some sort, given that it ran games like the typical Apogee and Epic shareware releases, Wolfenstein 3D, Doom, etc. with good graphics and sound. That first game could have been a 3D take on Tetris or one of the old Microprose flight sims for all I can remember... [QUOTE="jun_aka_pekto"][QUOTE="BPoole96"]Wow you have loved flight games for a looong time :PNamelessPlayer
It's the one genre that keeps me on the PC.

It doesn't help that consoles don't have any proper flight sims whatsoever, let alone peripherals to really do them justice (unless they commit financial suicide by pulling a Steel Battalion). Meanwhile, the PC has enough peripheral options to the point that you can build yourself a simpit if you've got the time, money and space. Seriously, ever seen some of the home cockpits out there? I'm almost surprised they didn't outright buy an F-16C or A-10C pit in some cases. Also, speaking of old flight sims, whatever Microprose sim I cut my teeth on to begin with (probably F-117 Stealth Fighter or F-15 Strike Eagle II) was initially flown by some strange-looking beige joystick with a single button on the handle and two more on the base. Good thing Thrustmaster and CH Products got the ball rolling on proper flight controls, because now I can't go back to something so basic, especially with today's complicated sims of very complicated aircraft...

I prefer the driving games. I have a buddy who went with a full Ubunto cockpit but I settled for this:

https://skydrive.live.com/#cid=D736F28A994DAF71&id=D736F28A994DAF71%21353

https://skydrive.live.com/#cid=D736F28A994DAF71&id=D736F28A994DAF71%21354

-Byshop