What was your intitiation into gaming world (Frst game and platform)?

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#1  Edited By Magnum3000
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Max Payne 1 Cousin's PC - Year 2002.

Well?

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#2 adsparky
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The first memory i have of playing a videogame is with an Atari 2600, it was a tank game, in 1991, probably, don't remember crearly, i was like 2 or 3 years old; but the one that made me fall in love with them was a few years later in a cousin's of a cousin house with Donkey Kong Country.

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#3 JasonOfA36
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My dad's old PC. Played Doom 2. It was nice.

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Gameboy color. My first games were Mario bros deluxe and Warioland 2. My parents did right.

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My first system was the Atari 2600 with Pac-Man in I think 1982 but I had played some arcade games prior to that.

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#6  Edited By WitIsWisdom
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Man I know I played and saw the Atari 2600 when I was really young, but the first experience I ever truly remember is seeing Super Mario Brothers on the tv in the living room when I was probably about 3 or 4 (88-89) and it absolutely blew me away. I have loved everything about games ever since.

Perhaps the reason I want everything at launch later in life is tied to me always being a year or so behind the curve up until the PS2 (first console I bought myself). Don't get me wrong, I always had a good selection of games but my parents didn't get consoles when they first released and I used to beg them.. lol. Now my spoiled ass children don't have that problem :P

I remember asking every day for months for a SNES for Christmas, even though I was told no many times. Christmas came and my last gift was what appeared to be an SNES and I freaked out before my mom said "now you know that's not a Super Nintendo right? That's the new top loading NES." My heart sank and I said I knew even though a piece of me died inside as I lied about not being disappointed. She must have known though, because a couple months later she surprised the family with one. I feel like a jerk looking back on that now, but I was a kid with a dream in his heart and getting a NES type 2 on Christmas was a low blow since it looked a LOT like the SNES that you could really only see in magazines back in the day.

Anyways now that story time is over, I just want to say that kid still lives in me today and I want to share the experiences with my boys as they grow up. I'm hoping it will be something that keeps us together long after they move out. It's something my whole family enjoys (even my wife) so why break tradition?

This thread and the "Are you getting a console at launch" thread seem like good therapy :P

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#7 MirkoS77
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E.T. for the Atari 2600.

It’s remarkable I’m a gamer at all.

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Either Combat or Jungle Hunt on 2600. At least those would be my first games, but mainly played that console out of complete boredom.

Arcades and NES are when I really got into gaming. Stuff like SMB, Punchout, Zelda, Castlevania, Double Dragon, etc. are what really locked me in.

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#9  Edited By BassMan
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I can't remember the first game. I have cousins that are 7-10 years older than me and I remember going to their house when I was a few years old and playing Atari 2600. My parents later bought one for us and we had plenty of games to play thanks to our cousins. We had access to all the classics like Pong, Asteroids, Defender, Space Invaders, Missile Command, Combat, etc.. :)

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DOS stuff on one of the millions of computers in my house at the time. My father kept stealing them from his workplace.

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Sega Master System Transbot tough shoot-em-up never managed to get past the second level as a kid.

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Super Mario World as well as Street Fighter II: Turbo, both on the SNES.

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#14  Edited By Yams1980
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First system my family had was the Atari 130xe which was an 8 bit computer/console hybrid type system able to play the older Atari 2600 cartridge and floppy disc games and the newer ones after that.

First game I can't say for sure, it was maybe Dig Dug, Miner 2049er, Moon Patrol, Donkey Kong or Asteroids? Maybe all of them at once, I kinda remember having a few all at once at the start. I remember seeing Dig Dug before I even had the Atari on my neighbours commodore 64.

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Atari 2600 I had a ton of games for it because my parents got it from a friend. Don't remember the first game I played on it but it had a lot of great games. First game mighta been Combat! A tank/airplane game tho.

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#16 mrbojangles25
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Not sure, but my earliest gaming memories are:

  • Tetris, which came out the year I was born. I was late to it though, and it was on a PC and I don't think we had a PC in our family until I was like 5 or 6, so probably 1989?
  • Chips' Challenge. Ahhhhh good ol' Windows 4.1
  • Duke Nukem. Not 3D, but the platformer.
  • Skifree
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#17  Edited By onesiphorus
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It would be around 1982 when I was seven years old (I was born in 1975 which makes me 45 years old), but since it was more than thirty-eight years ago I could not remember the details and what game drawed me into gaming.

This makes me one of the older active users on this forum, as I started gaming shortly before the video game crash that affected the U.S. in 1983. I personally was unaware of the crash until around 1985 when I saw stores stop selling video games or selling them at bargin bins. Had Nintendo did not enter the U.S. market and revived it, we Americans would have followed Europe and most of the world in playing games on the PC today. Console gaming would have survived only in Japan due to the release and popularity of the Famicom.

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#18 Grey_Eyed_Elf
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Sega Mega Drive - General Chaos.

I adored this game as a kid, me and my brother played it religiously it was our default MP game for the entirety of the time we had a Mega Drive.

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#19 Litchie
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NES, Super Mario Bros. 3, 1990.

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#20 Grey_Eyed_Elf
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@Litchie: Mario was probably the first game I ever played, unfortunately the first console I owned was a Sega so I didn't grow up playing it only when I went to my cousins house was I Mario'ing it up.

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#21 Litchie
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@Grey_Eyed_Elf said:

@Litchie: Mario was probably the first game I ever played, unfortunately the first console I owned was a Sega so I didn't grow up playing it only when I went to my cousins house was I Mario'ing it up.

Hehe, I had a friend with a Sega, so it was the opposite for me. :)

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First game I have no idea. First system a ZX Spectrum around 82/83.

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#23 Ghosts4ever
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Street of Rage 1 on genesis

This is the first game i actually played. before that i only played handgame tetris but this was first official game i played. playing as Axel i feel badass even as kid.

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Shit, it's been a long time. I guess friends had gaming systems when I was a kid so I played with them. But the one game that made it my sincere hobby is Metal Gear Solid!

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Can't be sure of the first, but I remember playing Doom, Wolfenstein, the 2D Duke Nukem, Jill of the Jungle, Commander Keen, and a few others when I was really young. Also played my dad's Atari 2600.

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Atari it was either Centipede or Asteroids.

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#27 jcafcwbb
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My first one was a ZX81 with 1k memory. You young'uns will have to google it.

My first game was Bomber.

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#28  Edited By ps5rulez
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ATARI2600 AND FROGGER AND PITFALL AND SOME RACING GAME AND LIKE SOME TANK GAME COMBAT AND QBERT MANY OTHERS FORGETTING.

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Texas Instruments 99/44a

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#30 Fedor
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NES Mario/Duck hunt 1989

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I don't recall, TBH. Something on Apple II or DOS. But what game was the first... I grew up around computers so I was quite young.

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#32 VagrantSnow
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Can't remember what game exactly but the earliest game I remember playing was Fantasy Island Dizzy for the Commodore 64

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@onesiphorus said:

...Had Nintendo did not enter the U.S. market and revived it, we Americans would have followed Europe and most of the world in playing games on the PC today....

We were so close to all being Master Race PC Gamers...

DAMN YOU NINTENDO! DAMN YOU!

/s I think it's pretty great we have options

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#34 SUD123456
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Pong. Home TV version. Probably 1976/77

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@mrbojangles25 said:
@onesiphorus said:

...Had Nintendo did not enter the U.S. market and revived it, we Americans would have followed Europe and most of the world in playing games on the PC today....

We were so close to all being Master Race PC Gamers...

D*** YOU NINTENDO! D*** YOU!

/s I think it's pretty great we have options

Nintendo was wise in adopting the Famicom as the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) and marketed to retailers as a toy and not as a video game system, as I remembered reading somewhere that retailers were burned by the video game crash and were reluctant to sell anything video game-related. I also read that after the crash, the video games in general were seen as a fad that just passed. Nintendo changed that attitude and the home console market was revived and was saved in the U.S.

If the PC had the chance to dominate the U.S. market and keep it that way, it would have been around the video game crash. The PC around the time of the crash was agressively competing against consoles and consoles were suffering from disasters like the Atari 2600 version of Pac-Man, the sales flop known as E.T. Extraterrestial (unsold copies of the game burried in a New Mexico landfill), over-saturation of consoles released in a short period of time, and a flood of really poorly-developed games. These things were the many reasons of the video game crash.

Let us hope that the industry today learned the lessions of the crash and not repeat it.

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#36  Edited By amillionhp
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Random arcade encounters at various stores, laundromats, restaraunts, bowling alleys, etc.

My memory of exact games are sketchy but certain ones stick out like Spy Hunter, Double Dragon, Altered Beast, several top-down shooter types, TMNT at ShowBiz or the Simpson's game clearly designed identical by the same devs. Somehow i remember Art of Fighting... being everywhere, but i think that was a lot later in time.

My first home console was an NES with the Mario/Duck Hunt/Track Meet bundle. I also had Rad Racer at about the same time. Obviously Mario was the mvp but i frequently played all of them.

I cant place the exact time my arcade encounters compare with home consoles except that i was playing arcade games first generally speaking.

I had an uncle with an Atari and countless games that i had access to eventually but that was much later and only certain times.

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Probably the Commodore 64. That's going back. I also played a lot of NES games at a friend's, but never got heavy into gaming until PS1-ish and FF7.

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#38 jaydan
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The first game and system for me was Sonic the Hedgehog on Sega Genesis.

When I was little my dad had a handful of Game & Watch's and I got to play those as well.

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For me, it was a combination of the PC/Windows 98 with some old school Fisher-Price point & click games. As well as the PS1 playing Atlantis: The Lost Empire & Monsters, Inc. Scream Team.

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#40 Ibacai
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My first experience was Joust on the 2600 but the one that really made me a gamer was Trog! For NES.

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#41 regnaston
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Pong .. I forget the year probably mid 1970's

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I believe it was C&C Red Alert on PC

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Super Mario Bros on the NES

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#44  Edited By dzimm
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I don't remember the first game I ever played, but it was most likely a coin-op arcade machine in the mid-70s.

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#45 Chozofication
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I played ninja turtles at someone’s house on snes

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A Pong clone on, well, a Pong clone. (A member of Coleco's Telstar line, I think, sometime around '75-'76.)

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#47  Edited By pelvist
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It was either Pong, River Raid, Joust, Combat or Pitfall. Cant tell you which one as I was so young, but I remember those were the games we liked to play most on the Atari. Im thinking Pong because I remember playing it with the paddle controller.

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Sonic The Hedgehog 2 - Sega Mega Drive

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Most likely one of these:

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@onesiphorus said:
@mrbojangles25 said:
@onesiphorus said:

...Had Nintendo did not enter the U.S. market and revived it, we Americans would have followed Europe and most of the world in playing games on the PC today....

We were so close to all being Master Race PC Gamers...

D*** YOU NINTENDO! D*** YOU!

/s I think it's pretty great we have options

Nintendo was wise in adopting the Famicom as the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) and marketed to retailers as a toy and not as a video game system...

And that's what I like about Nintendo. They're toys. And I mean that in a sincere way, not in any sort of belittling sense. I Genuinely think it is awesome they still build things that encourage "play" in the traditional sense, don't conform to the general console styling and execution, and in some sense innovate.