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Old 12-01-2009, 10:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Your Very First Computer Game?

The thread about the Apple II dungeon game got me thinking about the first computer games I ever played.

The very first one for me was Adventure, the classic text based game that was running on a DEC PDP 11/70 at my local community college. (circa 1981) "You are in a maze of twisty little passages, all alike"

I hacked around with Wizardry a bit, but never owned a copy myself.
The first MS-DOS Game I remember playing was a free BASIC game called Midway, that was going around college campuses circa 1984.
Secondary explosions!

By 1985 I was a confirmed Rogue addict.

Other games I've owned and played a lot:

688 Attack Sub
Wing Commander
Aces of the Pacific
X Wing Fighter
Warcraft
Starcraft
Age of Empires
Age of Empires III

These days I mostly play online games - primarily RuneScape.

To answer the first obvious question, yes I played AD&D in college.
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Old 12-02-2009, 05:16 AM   #2 (permalink)
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The first computer games I played were typed into a Sinclair ZX81 from a magazine.

I can't remember any ZX81 games (always on cassette tape) that I bought besides Sinclair Chess, but I think I had 90% of games in existence for the ZXSpectrum by 1984. Jetpac, Jetman, Manic Miner, Jet Set Willy, Atic Atac, Knightlore, etc.

The very first video games I played were in a café near to my childhood home. I must have been about five years old. They had a Crazy Climber cocktail table, and thanks to Mame, I still play it now and then.

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Mine was a text adventure game called "Adventure", I played it on a Commodore PET computer at the Pacific Science Center.

Some of my favorites on the Commodore 64, my first computer, were:

Bruce Lee
Mission On Thunderhead
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Gianna Sisters
Star Paws
Montezuma's Revenge
Everyone's A Wally
Gates Of Dawn
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Ha. Bruce Lee. I'm pretty sure that was my first C64 game. Great stuff.
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My very first Videogame was 'Wonder Boy' for the SEGA Master System. Very frustrating game back then and still I played it for hours.

My first actual computer game(s) came much later. 'Mad TV' on a 386 PC, shortly followed by 'Kings Quest V', although I did go backwards in time from there .. playing classics like Wizardy, a lot of games by SSI (still one of my all time favorite producers!) and a lot more. Such fun times, were games were about having fun instead of pretty graphics!
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In Hawaii in the early 80's on evenings when Mom was busy with something Dad would take me to the University and I got the chance to play "Empire" (and some other games as well) on the PLATO system.



It was a online multiplayer game but we in Hawaii had a lag disadvantage since the game was hosted in Illinois.

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My First was The Dungeon Master (ZX Spectrum) Iused to play it for hours at a time.


Second was Manic Miner


And the third was Outrun (Yayyyy I loved this game)


I LOVE how things progress. From Outrun on the speccy to Forza on the eggbox ..... how much further can it all go?? I can't wait to find out.
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Actualy first computer game I remember playing (and getting me hooked on RPG games) was either Ultima Underworld or Wizardry 7





and on the super nintendo Final Fantasy 6 (japanese version of FF3)

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Second was Manic Miner
To this day, Manic Miner reminds me of a well known Goth girl at High School being killed in a car crash because it was announced on the radio news the first time I sat down to play it. I can even remember playing MM on the BIG (probably 22" or 24" lol) telly which was an ultra-rare treat. Most of the time my Spectrum was plugged into my b/w portable. :/

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And the third was Outrun (Yayyyy I loved this game)
Me too! Can you remember that it came with an audio tape containing the music of the arcade version? I totally played that tape during every. game.

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Backgammon ... on a family friend's Radio Shack TRS80 (1980)

This does not count those console type games like Odyssey (I had this one) and the Pong-type games (our neighbor had this one).
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Me too! Can you remember that it came with an audio tape containing the music of the arcade version? I totally played that tape during every. game.
OMG I had forgotten about the audio cassette. It came in a double cassette box and I was forever putting the wrong tape in the machine and getting the 'fax/modem' sound blaring through the stereo. My mum used to go apeshit
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I had Outrun on the Amstard CPC. It was so bad you had the sensation of going backwards. One of the worst games ever. Total rip off. I spent a week's wages from my paper run on that.

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Zork on the PC and Pong was my first console. I wish I still had Pong.

I even had leather Goddesses of Phobos.

I think my first graphics game was King's Quest.
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For the Commodore 64. I remember thinking we had the best computer ever since it was such a leap over the Vic20. 64 kB!!! Now that was power
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My first computer game was either Frogger or some very basic maze game that came with my C64.




But the first game that got me hooked was this one:

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First console was Pong when they were new, but I didn't get into computer games until playing Zork on an IBM XT followed by Qbert on a C64.
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My first computer was one my dad designed and built for me, so it was never released anywhere, hence no games. I played Space Invaders on his work computer, though

Two of the games I most fondly remember from days gone by were Skooldaze and Back 2 Skool

They stunned me that you could rename all the main characters, write on the blackboard, open desks and attend classes, etc Not to mention the water pistols, bike, stink bombs, fighting, getting other kids blamed for your actions... the list goes on

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My first PC game was either Tie-Fighter or Wing Commander and my first console game was Adventure on the Atari 2600. Which I still have and the last time I checked it still worked.
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Combat on my 2600. Unsure on my Apple II. I think it was Zork.
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