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What Was Your First Gaming Experience?

Zonk posted more than 6 years ago | from the oh-christmas-mario dept.

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Stephen Totilo, at the MTV Multiplayer blog, recently put up a piece that asked a number of notable games industry folks all about their first time gaming. Several had some unique answers, with Peter Molyneux (Black and White, Fable) probably taking the cake: "It would have to be the original Pong. I can clearly remember seeing it in a shop window on Guildford High Street and being utterly transfixed - I had never wanted anything so much - in fact I stole money from my grandmother's purse to buy it. I got it home, took it apart, and never got it to work again - but from that moment on I was hooked on all things to do with computer games." What was your first experience with gaming? d20s on a kitchen table? A Nintendo Entertainment System under the Christmas tree?

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I was 14 (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22052698)

It was in the back of the van. It was painful and awkward, and I'd rather not talk about it.

Re:I was 14 (5, Funny)

Cornflake917 (515940) | more than 6 years ago | (#22053028)

Yeah, Daikatana was also my first gaming experience.

Re:I was 14 (4, Funny)

Nimey (114278) | more than 6 years ago | (#22053062)

Hey! I remember you!

Steve Jobs, quit jobbing us... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22053138)

Get to the part about Leopard 10.5.2 already. I'm sick of the memory leaks and crippled Airport in 10.5.0 and 10.5.1.

Pong (2, Funny)

$RANDOMLUSER (804576) | more than 6 years ago | (#22052716)

I bought one when they first came out. Before that, it was chess.

Space invaders on an Atari 2600 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22052962)

where were the rest of you in the late 70's?

My first game (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22052718)

I started playing with my wang about 30 seconds after being born. I haven't stopped since, and to this day, it remains the most entertaining thing to play with.

Zork (4, Interesting)

Thunder_Princes (688516) | more than 6 years ago | (#22052764)

1978, MIT, Zork ~ yay for the DMG! I nearly failed out of school figuring out the carousel room. i had such an elaborate map. ZORK STILL RULZ! :)~

Colossal Cave Adventures (2, Informative)

spun (1352) | more than 6 years ago | (#22053024)

It was 1976 or '77, and I was six years old. My friend's dad was a comp-sci professor at UNLV. He had a teletype and a dial in account to the university PDP 10. He would dial in and set up a restricted shell for us, basically a menu of games. Colossal Cave Adventures was the best, but we also played Lunar Lander, Hunt the Wumpus, and other simple games, wasting reams of paper. That was what got me into computers. Been hooked ever since.

My first experience (4, Interesting)

DrMrLordX (559371) | more than 6 years ago | (#22052778)

. . . was when I was three and my dad still liked going to arcades (games were simpler then, so he could still enjoy them). I would stand on a stool or box or whatever they had provided for kids to use to reach the controls on arcade machines and try playing PacMan, though I was only messing with the controls during the game's demo. Eventually I figured out that the game did something different if you put a quarter in it, so I'd beg quarters off my dad and then plunk them in, only to spend the entire game eating power pellets to turn the ghosts blue. It was a long time before I ever cleared the first stage.

IBM PC (1)

syrinx (106469) | more than 6 years ago | (#22052784)

ASCII games on an IBM PC.. I believe the original Compaq "Portable", which my dad used to bring home from work occasionally.

Can I preemptively tell anyone thinking of writing a post that contains the name "Playstation" to just not do it? Please? I'm feeling old enough today...

Re:IBM PC (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22053160)

"I'm feeling old enough today..."

I know the feeling. My fist game was a Pong type (don't even remember its name) connected to a TV set with hand controllers back in, around, 1973. And we thought it was the greatest thing since sliced bread.

Re:IBM PC (3, Informative)

yo_tuco (795102) | more than 6 years ago | (#22053278)

Luxury! We played Tennis for Two [] on an oscilloscope back in 1958. And we liked it!

Re:IBM PC (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22053246)

Is the Playstation 2 fair game?

Board Stiff (1)

Stanistani (808333) | more than 6 years ago | (#22052788)

Candyland, natch.

Queen Frostine was the bee's knees.

choplifter (1)

sucati (611768) | more than 6 years ago | (#22052792)

on a friend's apple II. also played lode runner, and castle wolfenstein

Atari 2600 games (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22052794)

Probably Carnival or Tanks or one of those old Atari 2600 games. My parents had an original wood box Atari that we used to play when I was little. My grandparents had one too that we played when we were over there, but they had more games.

First Gaming Experience (1)

daveymcmillan (1220332) | more than 6 years ago | (#22052800)

Hmmm, well my first gaming experience was when I was about 3 years old. This was a dawn of a new era in my little simple life. My Uncle first brought a Nintendo. I was hooked for hours playing Ninja Gaiden, Super Mario Brothers, and Super Punch Out. My first REAL, gaming experience was when I was 9, and got to play Doom II. WOW, that got me hooked into PC's, let alone PC gaming. Thank you ID Software for turning on to PC's and getting into coding/networking/support. If it wasn't for you I wouldn't have a job right out of high school banking money without certs ;)

Re:First Gaming Experience (1)

kc2keo (694222) | more than 6 years ago | (#22053084)

My first gaming experience was when I was around 6 or 7 years old. Originally I was pretty resistant to gaming and just wanted to play outside but my father got me into computing and gaming. I was exposed to the Atari playing Space Invaders, Pacman etc... Then we got Nintendo. I kept up with all the Nintendo console gaming systems all the way until the N64. Next to Console gaming I also was PC Gaming. Some of my most memorable experiences were from PC gaming not console gaming. Games such as Mystic Towers, Commander Keen, Doom, Aldo, Muppet adventures, MyGrandPiano, were great fun (still run with dosbox :-)). I stopped wasting money on Console gaming and stuck with PC Gaming after the N64.

spelling (1)

TheSpengo (1148351) | more than 6 years ago | (#22052802)

For me it was this weird spelling game for MS-DOS where you had a mouse and this maze and little cat heads chased you around and dog heads were there that would temporarily protect you if you spelled a word right. Mazes got harder and more evil cat heads as the game went on. I used to play that game a lot as a little kid... I have no idea what it was called though.

Made me blind (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22052804)

..made me blind.

IIgs (1)

jockeys (753885) | more than 6 years ago | (#22052810)

Gertrude's Chase on a monochrome Apple IIGS

NES (1)

hellfish006 (1000936) | more than 6 years ago | (#22052828)

Duck Hunt/Super Mario Bros./World Class Track Meet Bundle as well as Rad Racer in all its "3D" glory. A few months later I got Wheel of Fortune and Operation Neptune for my IBM, mmmm DOS games.

First Game (1)

MagusZeal (1156955) | more than 6 years ago | (#22052848)

Dunno if it's sad or not but it's either Pole Position or Combat, not sure which though since I quickly hit the can't remember anything past that point save for quick flashes of images.

Nintendo (1)

TitusC3v5 (608284) | more than 6 years ago | (#22052850)

Christmas at the age of 5, a shiny new Nintendo sitting under the Christmas tree, the bundle that included the Super Mario Bros./Duck Hunt combo, complete with gun. To this day, I can still imagine the smell of the styrofoam and plastic it was housed in, which never fails to remind me of that Christmas when I smell something similar.

Re:Nintendo (1)

Lulfas (1140109) | more than 6 years ago | (#22053140)

Same as mine. We were the first people on the block to have one, so all Christmas and every Friday night after everyone was at our house, drinking beers and playing Duck Hunt.

Donkey Kong (2, Interesting)

Hellad (691810) | more than 6 years ago | (#22052852)

DK on the Colecovision. I wanted to play as the monkey. This was a great system to grow up on, ton of fun games and great graphics. The one thing that I seems so strange now is that we only played for an hour or two (tops) at a time! We still played outside. I wonder if that is because of the pickup and play nature of those games versus the new games which take 50 hours to complete and completely envelope the person...

Almost 30 years ago... (1)

rapett0 (92674) | more than 6 years ago | (#22052856)

Looking back, its hard to remember in my new found "old" age. While maybe not exactly right, I do remember a game called Crossbows and Catapults. I doubt that game would have been sold in 20 years due to our new nanny state were everything that can put out an eye is banned.

As for video games, I would think Atarti 2600 probably. I remember switching the RF switch box and firing it up while listening to whatever tapes I recorded off the radio! [I am sure someone will tell me thats nothing, they stuck transitors in potatos while walking uphill both ways to get music.] Oddly enough, I got my Atari 400 and 800 many years after my first systems (2600, 7800, Odyssey, NES, etc).

Computers, um...I know I died many times on the Oregon Trail. However, what covered wagon was I in? Tandy something or other, or Commodore 64? Apple 2 maybe at my elementary school's library perhaps.

Re:Almost 30 years ago... (1)

gad_zuki! (70830) | more than 6 years ago | (#22053100)

>I doubt that game would have been sold in 20 years due to our new nanny state were everything that can put out an eye is banned.

Err, I was just at target and saw a box of crossbows and catapults. It was rebranded a bit and was in the clearance isle. I think people need to stop tossing the term 'nanny state' its getting annoying.

C64 (2, Interesting)

Pojut (1027544) | more than 6 years ago | (#22052862)

A commodore 64, in which my dad was playing a wrestling game (I THINK it was called Bebop Wrestling, or something like that). He let me take control of the keyboard, and thus my obsession with gaming had begun (I was 4 at the time)

Re:C64 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22053232)

"Bop 'n Wrestle"

IBM 360 - 1968 - Hangman (5, Interesting)

Radius9999 (1220338) | more than 6 years ago | (#22052900)

I was probably the first kid to ever play a game on a computer. My father worked for IBM, and I played hangman. In those days there were no monitors, so every time you chose a letter it would print up the picture all over again.

Coleco (1)

BirdDoggy (886894) | more than 6 years ago | (#22052902)

I was born in 1980 and at some point in my childhood, we got a colecovision. I must have been pretty young because I don't remember a lot of it, but I think I remember playing Donkey Kong, Mouse Trap and Qbert. I more vividly remember my NES with SMB/Duck Hunt, Zelda and Final Fantasy.

Not that old, but still (2, Interesting)

techpawn (969834) | more than 6 years ago | (#22052908)

My first video game experience was NES playing super Mario brothers on the cartridge that had SMB/Duck Hunt/Track and Field. Before that it was various little kid board games but what really got me interested in games was my older brother teaching me chess.. To this day I still love the challenge of the game and a good match between him and I. Thinking moves ahead of the other players and trying to respond in your predictions where wrong. Other games that deserve mention:
1)Online gaming: MUDs
2)TTRPG: AD&D at a friends house playing a psyonic Dwarf... Badly...

Atari 2600 (1)

gad_zuki! (70830) | more than 6 years ago | (#22052928)

I remember spending hours playing against my brother in Ice Hockey. I cant imagine people today thinking the graphics and gameplay would be remotely acceptable.

Then there was the disappointment with ET. Not only was it bad it was pretty damn hard for a 8 year old.

Then there was the disappointment with the Atari 5200. I think they had 5 games for it. The controllers fell apart too.

Then the big move to Apple //, PCs, etc. Hell, I think somewhere in that mix there was a game or two we bought on tape from Radio Shack and loaded into a TRS-80. Then later came the Sega Master system and the beginning of the modern age, with the occasional oddball device like the lynx (which I brought on a trip and loved), turbographix 16, mega drive, and the Jaguar.

woo (1)

nomadic (141991) | more than 6 years ago | (#22052936)


My high tech calculator watch.... (1)

Kazrath (822492) | more than 6 years ago | (#22052940)

My first gaming experience was the 3 lane car racing game on my watch. The screen would scroll 1 pace toward you every time you moved left are right. You would have to avoid cars coming at you.

This was back in probably 1985-87ish.

Wolf 3D (1)

Broken scope (973885) | more than 6 years ago | (#22052946)

On an old p/s2 computer running does 5.x I think.

Ahhh, a simpler time.

And early start in video games (1)

Endymion (12816) | more than 6 years ago | (#22052948)

Vanguard on the Atari 800XL []

I think I drove my parents insane with that square-wave theme song when I was 4.

Oddyssey (1)

kneemoe (1042818) | more than 6 years ago | (#22052958)

did I even spell it right? I remember the crappy keyboard and the old school joystick more than the games (actually, I can't even remember the exact games we had, but that box is still packed away in my father's attic somewhere.)

Re:Oddyssey (1)

Fallingcow (213461) | more than 6 years ago | (#22053276)

Mine was an Odyssey2 and an NES at my grandparents' house. I tracked down an emulator and some roms a few weeks back... man, memories. Several of the games were still pretty fun.

Then it was Pac Man (some weird version where you could hit your moves in advance. Man, did that ever ruin me for the normal ones) and, IIRC, Avoid the Noid on a Tandy at home.

First Video Game? Pong (1)

PipingSnail (1112161) | more than 6 years ago | (#22052960)

First Video Game? Pong, In a hotel in Wales. I must have been 7 or 8 years old.

Then nothing more until we moved house several years later and I discovered Space Invaders and Asteroids at the local inland holiday resort :-) of Stourport on Severn.

From that point on I wanted a home computer. I got a VIC-20 and learned 6502 and wrote a joystick controller (whoopee doo!). After the a C64 and wrote many games, plus games for a prototype Commodore C-16 (provided by Commodore via a game company with no manuals, nothing - we had to find the joystick, video and sound hardware by disassembling the BASIC ROM and a lot of guessing what bits did what in which register), Atari 400s, Acorn Electron, BBC Model B, Atari ST, IBM PC-AT, all in assembler.

Best game ever? Defender (Williams, Arcade), closely followed by Robotron (Williams, Arcade) and Sheep in Space (Llamasoft, Commodore C64).

Atari 2600 (1)

Nimey (114278) | more than 6 years ago | (#22052964)

I was... two or three years old and played Space Invaders on the 2600 with my dad. This must have been 1981 or 1982.

Atari (1)

DRAGONWEEZEL (125809) | more than 6 years ago | (#22052970)

I think it was either Pac-man, Combat, or Frogger... not sure which. I was about 6 maybe at the time...

Still waiting . . . (2, Funny)

cashman73 (855518) | more than 6 years ago | (#22052980)

I haven't had a "first gaming experience" yet. I'm still waiting for Duke Nukem Forever to come out!

Star Fleet Battles (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22052998)

Star Fleet Battles: Designer's Edition, when I was 10 back in 1983. Expansion 3 (WYN Star Cluster) just came out.

Sure, there were lots of rules, but they just made sense. Kind of like computers back then, too, before we let losers program them because they work cheap.

CAPTCHA: hexagon. Heh.

Odyssey 2000 (2, Interesting)

meta-monkey (321000) | more than 6 years ago | (#22053010)

My first memory in life. I was 3 years old, and "helping" my brother and sister rake leaves so they could earn money to buy an Odyssey 2000. Pick Axe Pete was awesome!

PONG! (1)

AntEater (16627) | more than 6 years ago | (#22053020)

I guess that's revealing my age.
Pong then Space Invaders, Atari2600, Leisure Suite Larry in CGA graphics.

We didn't worry about frames per seconds.

Re:PONG! (1)

KittyPrincess (953993) | more than 6 years ago | (#22053302)

My experience pretty much matches yours with the exception of the Atari2600. After Leisure Suit Larry, I graduated to Castle Wolfenstein. It was the first game I played until I beat it. I have spent three decades looking for the ultimate PONG experience. I remember Moraff's software in the early '90s. They were a little shareware operation. Their Pong offering (can't remember the title now, darnit) was something to which I became quickly addicted. They earned my money and then some!

ah, the old atari.... (1)

emeraldfoxx (1193353) | more than 6 years ago | (#22053030)

My first gaming experience was on the Atari playing Combat. My brother and I would sit and play that game for hours....We were on the top of the world with our Atari gaming system...It was great.

I think the experience i had playing that game and console overall may be better than any game experience you can get today. Then again we didn't have high hopes for what technology could do back then...

It was Simple, Easy, and Fun.....what more could a guy ask for!

Amiga cartoon classics pack (1)

sakdoctor (1087155) | more than 6 years ago | (#22053036)

Amiga 500+ with Lemmings, Captain planet and Bart Simpson vs the space mutants.

Soon after that someone gave me a pirate copy of monkey island. Arrrggg

Frog (not Frogger) (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22053040)

The C64 came with a demo disk which had that game on it. There's a big frog on the left side of the screen. The player presses numbers to control how high the frog "jumps" to catch flies which move about on the right side of the screen. []

Jizz Commando (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22053048)

I mean your mom.

TRS-80 Model 100 - I had to type it in (1)

corsec67 (627446) | more than 6 years ago | (#22053052)

I found the laptop my parents had bought before I was born, and wanted to play a game with it. My parents gave me a book of source code for applications that could be put on the Model 100. I looked for a short one, and started typing it in. (It was a space invaders type game)

Also my first experience with programming.

It was on a dial-up TTY keyboard...Star Trek (1)

PatSand (642139) | more than 6 years ago | (#22053054)

My dad brought home one of those TTY keyboards with built-in modem (looked like a typewriter with mutant ears growing out of it for the phone) to do some weekend work. He showed me the game they had (ASCII, definitely) called Star Trek. Think it was `75...

Happily, he didn't have much work to do over the weekend and I could play it for hours at a crack.

When I got to college, it was ADVEN...

Oh the old times (1)

mariushm (1022195) | more than 6 years ago | (#22053056)

When I was about 6 or 7, I used to go with my brother and my father to a family friend who had a computer built in my country similar as performance with a Commodore. We loaded games from tapes and played while we were there. That guy sold the computer and with the money started a radio station.

A few months later, there was a shop at the lowest floor of my flat and I used to peek through the window and was amazed by the game Supaplex. It was a computer/tv repair shop and the owner was staying after schedule and playing.

After that, we convinced our father to take us with him at the chemistry lab at his work place (he worked in chemistry) and used to play on the computers Heretic2 and Mario (those were Compaq's 486 at 66Mhz - this is about 8-10 years ago).

At this time I was still in highschool... one of the guys used to own a Nintendo Gameboy and the guys in the classroom used to borrow it one day at a time... have good memories about that game, used to eat 12-16 batteries each day until I used a pocket calculator ac/dc adapter to feed the Gameboy power.

Then the first computer came (an AMD K6-2 at 333Mhz) and managed to find Supaplex, Prince of Persia... Half-Life was the most played though.

Pong (1)

skuzzlebutt (177224) | more than 6 years ago | (#22053068)

We had the single-use pong console...upgraded to a 2600 a year or two later...I figured out you could fly in the clouds in Defender without being harmed so you could continue your game the next day. I rolled the score over doing that.

First PC game: probably ASCII D&D in the late 80s on my brother-in-law's old (I believe) 80186. (late bloomer on computers obviously). We used to make cheesey little BASIC programs like Party Quest (modeled after some freeware quest game he had) where you had to find the weed, trade it for keg taps, ask the bum for directions to the pawn shop, sell your belt buckle, fill the keg, learning experience. Super-cheese ASCII graphics of the mulletted hero "Dude" walking around the city.

Best game memories: Myst was mind-blowing, and Metroid on the SNES was always one of my favorites, although after months of trying I could never stay on the platform to kill the Mother Brain.

Cards (1)

Bigbutt (65939) | more than 6 years ago | (#22053070)

I helped my grandma. She had polio and was paralyzed from the neck down. She was in an adjustable bed. My aunt and uncle would come by with my mom and dad. I'd stand on the platform next to her bed where she had a tray with slots for cards. I'd put the cards in the tray and she'd tell me which ones to discard.

I played Rack-o and that was the first game that I owned that I was careful about collecting cards and making sure it was all back in place before putting the game away.

Battle ship, monopoly, chess.

Then Outdoor Survival. I picked up more A/H games like Richthofen's War, and Wooden Ships & Iron Men which were my favorites.

From there it was original D&D.


Re:Cards (1)

techpawn (969834) | more than 6 years ago | (#22053324)

And here I thought you where admitting to playing Magic: The Gathering with a comment title like that...

Two firsts at once! (3, Funny)

LibertineR (591918) | more than 6 years ago | (#22053080)

It was Silent Service on my Commodore 64. Joyful.

I got laid for the first time while waiting for the fucking tape drive to load the game. Less Joyful, more Silent.

A long time ago, before Windows ... (1)

ChefInnocent (667809) | more than 6 years ago | (#22053088)

There were these pieces of printed cardboard paper called 'cards'. They look similar to the images in Windows "Solitaire", but we called the game "Klondike", as there were many forms of "Solitaire". We also used these 'cards' for "Go Fish", "Rummy", "Cribbage", and many other games.

Bar Pong (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22053102)

Pong in a bar in Costa Mesa, CA. I got creamed in my first game.

Apple Trek and Little Brick Out (1)

StCredZero (169093) | more than 6 years ago | (#22053118)

Apple Trek in glorious ASCII! And before dad got the Disk II's, we would wait what seemed like a whole half hour for Little Brick Out to load from the cassette tape.

Elementry school... (1)

CFBMoo1 (157453) | more than 6 years ago | (#22053122)

On a TRS-80 that was black and white text display. The game was a text graphic based dungeon crawler

Definitely pong (1)

OnceWas (187243) | more than 6 years ago | (#22053124)

My father was lent a Pong unit. Ugly black and brown console, two rheostats. Semi-crappy B&W display on the tube TV. And that's about all. Looked like a rejected sci-fi prop.

And it was the coolest thing I had ever seen.

Roll forward a few years (past the Atari 2600, which was much like the Pong console, in retrospect). I walk by a computer store, and they're selling Apple II's. Every machine on display had a game running on it, and a line of kids waiting for their turn. It was at that moment that I knew that computers would be a pretty big thing in my life.

Not that I knew at the time that it would lead to a career in IT. But it was games that did it.

Tag, I think. (1)

Hognoxious (631665) | more than 6 years ago | (#22053134)

Tag, I think. Then cowboys and indians and army.

Seriously, we had some console that basically had variations on pong, plus a pistol/rifle attachment that you could do clay pigeon shooting with. I don't remember the name.

We than had an Atari 2600. Must see about getting an emulator, I'd love to play Adventure [] again and kill that sodding bat!

Gaming Experience - Arcade (1)

Jack9 (11421) | more than 6 years ago | (#22053142)

Arcades were pretty much all that I was allowed to do when I was 5.
When I was 13 my parents bought me a full set of AD&D manuals.
How did they know the perfect gift, when I didn't know myself?

Startrek (2, Interesting)

grahammm (9083) | more than 6 years ago | (#22053148)

My first computer gaming experience was the ASCII game Startrek on an HP2000.

Proabably Outdraw (1)

LWATCDR (28044) | more than 6 years ago | (#22053152)

At the local Woolworths. Or maybe SpaceWars at the Melbourne FL Airport in the mid seventies.
First game system was Atari Pinball. It was so cool it had pinball and breakout and was a lot cheaper then the Atari 2600.
From there I got an Atari 2600, then a C64, ColecoVision, and an Amiga.
Now I have an N64, Dreamcast, XBox, PS2, Wii, Gamecube, and an atari retro arcade system.
On my PC I play with Fliight Simulator. Like I did on my C64, and my Amiga.

Re:Proabably Outdraw (1)

BrianRoach (614397) | more than 6 years ago | (#22053340)

First game system was Atari Pinball. It was so cool it had pinball and breakout and was a lot cheaper then the Atari 2600.

Oh wow ... We had that! I had completely forgotten about it. It had pinball flipper buttons on the side of the console.

- Roach

Duke Nukem Forever (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22053156)

Hi, my name is John Titor. []
I remember my first gaming experience with Duke Nukem Forever... it was wonderful
The graphics were better than anything I have ever seen, the fully enclosing sound made everything completely lifelike and the user interface... well goodness let's just say it revolutionized the industry. It's too bad the world ended.

Asteroids (1)

Fast Thick Pants (1081517) | more than 6 years ago | (#22053158)

Tabletop asteroids at the local pizza joint. Monocrome vector graphics. Joystick to turn and thrust, button to fire. Can't remember if that rig had a shield button or not. To this day, it still doesn't seem quite right to have a game without spaceships.

dude, there's a gun shop down there (1)

thegnu (557446) | more than 6 years ago | (#22053162)

while not strictly my first gaming experience (my brother's friend had an atari), the hidden gun shop that my brother assured me was down the last pit of the first level of super mario bros. is my most memorable. my brother has always been able to convey a sense of wisdom and honor when explaining things to people, and the subsequent enjoyment of watching him dupe all of our other friends into jumping into that hole is easily one of the highlights of my childhood.

no dude, really. guns. down the hole. you'll be sorry later if you don't.

Not Pong! (1)

Quiet_Desperation (858215) | more than 6 years ago | (#22053164)

Oddly enough (or not) it was Space Wars. []

For the life of me I can't recall where. A pizza parlor or something.

I remember the best strategy was "tap the buttons at random". It kept the enemy confused.

Frogger on an Apple][! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22053186)

I was 4 when I first played Frogger! It's still fun :)
But best video game ever, for me: surely SQ3!
Roger Wilco FTW!

Breakout on the Atari 2600 (1)

Schatten529 (958682) | more than 6 years ago | (#22053204)

I can't remember when, but I'd guess I was 4 or 5 (1984/85) at the latest. My parents picked one up after the prices hit rock bottom. I can remember going to Toys R us and they would rummage through the bargain bins when the games were dirt cheap. From there it was on to a Ti 99 (loved Alpiner), then the system that sealed my love of gaming forever...the NES. Sometime after that we got an Apple IIE...but it really only got any play because it was different. Almost 25 years later and I'm still gaming...and they thought I'd grow out of it!

I feel sorry for a lot of you (4, Insightful)

DNS-and-BIND (461968) | more than 6 years ago | (#22053206)

I really feel sorry for a bunch of people who will post here. I mean, what can you say to someone whose first video game experience was "Super Mario Brothers 3"? You lose so much by that. There are so many great games out there that don't require rote memorization or tens of hours of playing. Once upon a time, you could play a complete game in 5-10 minutes, and then let your friend take a turn. And there were no alternate endings, or fatalities, or secret moves that you could only find on the internet...heck, a lot of times, there were no endings at all. The game simply got harder and harder, and demanded more pure skill and downright innovation from you, until you saw your last man get destroyed, probably in a grossly unfair fashion, and then the inevitable "GAME OVER" appeared. No hacks, no save games, no shooting prostitutes in a spray of blood, no choosing Oddjob and gaining an unfair advantage.

PARSEC!! The TI994/A Ruled!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22053214)

The first time I can remember playing a video game was in the early 80's. I was just maybe 4 or 5 years old, I was over at my Grandpa's house and he owned a TI 994/A. Of course most people who bought these ended up with Parsec, I think it was bundled with some of the base units. I remember thinking how incredible it was that I was using a computer to play games on a TV screen. I ended up getting my own TI 994/A as a present several years later, and this was my start into the professional computing world. Of course now I am much older and have become a big time h4x0r. But I still like to pull out the 994/A and play Parsec and Blasto with friends! ;)

5.25 floppies (1)

Warma (1220342) | more than 6 years ago | (#22053220)

My dad brought a computer home from work when I was very very young. He taught us to use DOS and I don't really remember a time when I didn't know how to use it. Along with my brother, we browsed his computer-related possessions and amidst the office and CAD software there were a couple of 5.25 floppies that contained the original Hack, Space Quest 1 and the first Larry. Of these, Hack was too hard and believe it or not, I think I was too young to appreciate Larry (we played it, but not until later), but Space Quest was a hit. I remember browsing an english dictionary (not my native language) and inputting words that seemed to fit. It would take a long long time and some hints from older people to actually finish the game, but we really enjoyed it nonetheless. The first games we bought must have been Star Control and Wing Commander. Damn those were good, even though Origin space sim required our father to purchase a little more ram to run it properly.

First computer game (1)

FreeBSD evangelist (873412) | more than 6 years ago | (#22053224)

"Hunt the Wumpus", on a 300bps dial-up and a Teletype ASR-33.

I still have the Teletype.

From what I can remember... (1)

stewartjm (608296) | more than 6 years ago | (#22053230)

Video game: Combat! on the Atari 2600, christmas morning, I was probably 8.

Other: Candyland or maybe go fish/old maid/slap jack somewhere in the 4-6 age range.

Oh and don't forget patty cake.

Hard to remember which came first... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22053234)

I remember playing pong and a shoot the square game on a b&w TV at home.

Also playing Space Invaders at the Corner Bar. A thin green piece of plastic was stuck over half of the screen, making it look like it was in color.

I don't remember which one of these came first, though.

Veritible PONG (1)

Like2Byte (542992) | more than 6 years ago | (#22053242)

Pong, of course.

However, after my father brought home the Commodore Pet/CPM with a whopping 64K of RAM my interest turned toward "Dungeon Of Death" or, simply, "Dungeon".

*That* game got me interested in not only gaming but programming and changed my life, in a positive way, forever.

Colecovision! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22053248)

Colecovision! []

And shortly after that an IBM PC Jr. Loderunner was way too much fun.

'Hostages' was the first game I bought (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22053254)

Somewhere back in 1988 (naturally on PC). It featured ega or was it cga craphics and nice beeper sounds. And lots of entertainment and addictive action. Wow, they have a wiki on it! []

Atari 2600 (1)

soulsteal (104635) | more than 6 years ago | (#22053268)

My dad's Atari 2600 in 1983. I couldn't play it well until I was five, but it cleared the trail for a long list of consoles I would later play. Yar's Revenge is STILL my favorite game.

As for PC gaming, my dad let me play casino gmaes on an Apple IIe. I liked watching the ANSI (dunno what else to call it) horses run. :3

It was Ludo! (1)

nozzo (851371) | more than 6 years ago | (#22053282)

Ludo thats a board game? yeah, but I guess we are talking electronic gaming here, so that would be the Lakeside Computer Perfection which I got in 1979 and recently got one on ebay for 4 quid for ol' times sake.
My first computer gaming experience was some 'move this pixel towards that pixel' £1.99 on the Sinclair ZX81 from W.H.Smiths.

"Flight" (1)

CannonballHead (842625) | more than 6 years ago | (#22053286)

I don't remember much else about it. We played it on a PC-Junior... everything had to be loaded from 5.25" floppies.

My first game experience on a hard drive that I can still distinctly remember was probably The Secret of Monkey Island, which I just got done playing again while on a plane.

Other game experiences... Baldur's Gate totally sucked me in, it was amazing, I'd never played anything D&D before. I loved it. Probably one of my favourite game memories.

Being a youngster... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22053300)

My first gaming experience would either have been watching some older kids play Metroid on the NES, back when it was new, or myself and my sister playing Q-bert, Track & Field and a few other games on a computer my father loaned from work. I can't remember which was first..

Atari 2600 (1)

Jason Levine (196982) | more than 6 years ago | (#22053304)

I had an Atari 2600 and my father knew someone who could *ahem* acquire *ahem* tons of games for us. The two that stick in my mind were:

1 - Star Raiders. A 3D space simulator back in the days of blocky blobs representing people. You would plan your route on a map, guide your spaceship through hyperspace, fight enemy warships, and defend and refuel at space stations (sometimes blowing them up for fun ;-) ). At the end you got a ranking. I don't think I ever ranked above "Garbage Collector" (or something like that), but it was always quite fun.

2 - Abuse. This was a text based "game" in which you typed insulting phrases into the computer and it responded with its own insults. I quickly found out that typing nice things really got the computer upset. Oh, and typing in curse words while my dad was anywhere in sight range of the computer was a no-no.

After the 2600, I remember getting the original NES system and looking at the Super Mario Brothers graphics in amazement. Still, the 2600 holds a special place in my heart. (I still have it too, though I haven't hooked it up in over a decade.)

Zork (1)

Lovedumplingx (245300) | more than 6 years ago | (#22053308)

I can remember being 3-4 and playing on someone's Pong they had for an Atari or something but I think the very first true game I played was Zork for an IBM/PC compatible that my Dad had. No graphics so at the age of 6-7 I wasn't totally engrossed but I can remember playing it and being like, "WTF?"

Shortly after that Paperboy and the Ancient Art of War at Sea left good impressions on me.

Skee Ball (1)

hal2814 (725639) | more than 6 years ago | (#22053320)

When I was a kid, my mom, dad, and I used to go to the arcade almost every weekend. Before I was old enough to play any video games, my mom and I would play skee ball. I remember being so proud when I was finally able to get the ball all the way down the lane. I didn't realize until much later that I wasn't scoring any points. I used to think I must've sucked pretty badly back then until I realized that most of today's skee ball lanes are much shorter than what I was playing on. (They also didn't have 100pt holes but my firm belief that 100pt holes are utter blasphemy doesn't belong in this conversation.)

Magnavox Odyssey 500 (1)

yali (209015) | more than 6 years ago | (#22053326)

The night before my 6th birthday, after I had gone to bed, I could hear my parents and sister talking downstairs. Their voices were too hushed to hear what they were saying, but all of a sudden I heard my sister say really loudly, "A TV...!" So I was convinced I was getting a TV.

The next morning I ripped open my presents. None of the packages looked big enough to hold a TV, which was kind of surprising. But I did get this weird black box with knobs [] that looked cool. When I asked where was the TV for my room to hook it up, my parents didn't know what I was talking about. It finally turned out my sister had started to say "A TV game!" but my parents clapped their hands over her mouth before she finished. I wasn't really disappointed, the "TV game" was much cooler than a TV would've been (and knowing my sister was jealous was cool too).

Man, I loved that thing. Three different versions of the same damn game, but I could play for hours. I was pretty sad years later when our pet bunny chewed through all the wires and it shorted out (but at least that helped build the case for an Atari 2600).

Paperboy or Asteroids (1)

dayid (802168) | more than 6 years ago | (#22053334)

Paperboy at age 3-4 on my brother's C64, or maybe Asteroids on the Atari. Don't remember which came first but I know it was before I was 3-1/2.

I guess my age shows now (4, Interesting)

Brummund (447393) | more than 6 years ago | (#22053336)

but back in the old days, my first memory of gaming is of me and a friend typing in some Battleship game on the [] . We had no cassette recorder (or at least didn't know we could hook up a standard one, as they claim on the Wiki-page), so we had to type it in every time we wanted to start a gaming session. Still was fun, though :)

Oregon Trail, Civil War, PLATO Empire (1)

kherr (602366) | more than 6 years ago | (#22053338)

My first ever gaming experience was playing the original Oregon Trail and Civil War on Teletype 33, two of them would come to our school for two weeks each year. I clearly remember sitting in an empty room with the two teletanks clanking away, trying to type "BANG" as quickly as I could. Civil War was much more fun, though, being a strategic warfare logistics game.

For my first video game experience I was extremely lucky as a kid to get to spend a day playing Empire on PLATO. Holy crap, I still can't believe that game. I think I spent more time designing my ships than actually trying to conquer the galaxy, but damn it was a lot of fun.

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