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What are the things that made us first love video games?

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  • Jeshire FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    3 weeks ago

    We had pong, and later the odessey 2, though my first game i ever played was space invaders at the local grocery store,

  • EricHVela FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Be thoughtful and silly.

    1 month ago

    Pong. By Magnavox. Purchased from Sears. That's my first game, but I wouldn't say it's what got me into gaming.


    Then came the Magnavox Odyssey². It had a membrane keyboard where you could overlay plastic sheets to use with games. Learned how to enter a debug mode to access RAM and program in ASM OpCode. Learned about binary and hexadecimal before I even knew what the words meant. (Didn't know the words ASM or OpCode at the time, either. Learned MOV, ADD, SUB, DIV, PUSH, POP, JMP, CMP, RSH, LSH, and more, though.)


    Then, my dad got a Texas Instruments TI-99/4a. Before we were allowed to touch it unsupervised, we had to learn how to program in BASIC. We went through a month of lessons before we could "play" with it.


    The Odyssey and TI both had cartridges to play games. The TI also had a cartridge to expand its BASIC - "Extended BASIC". Yet, most of the games we enjoyed were text adventure.


    Then, the IBM PC Rev.B when I was in Jr. High. Once we got a 20MB hard drive (which required us to install an add-on card for it - it could hold 28 floppy disks worth of data!!), my brother used it for a science fair project to have an animated presentation on Einstein's relativity over a decade before PowerPoint was published for the first time. We learned about "page flipping" before we even knew the phrase - the predecessor to triple buffering. (Change a pointer to the drawing page. Clear the page. Draw. Change another pointer to that page to make it visible. Change the first pointer to the other page. Clear that page. Draw. Change the second pointer to that page to make it visible instead. Repeat.) Figured out how games worked by "DEBUG.COM" in DOS. Found ways to make games do things they weren't supposed to do. A lot of the games were also text adventures, but there were some graphic games, too. Kinda transitioned from text to graphics thanks to Sierra and Origin (before EA destroyed it).


    I guess that what got us into gaming was making games and breaking games, which consequently got us into PC repair - breaking more than games and fixing it all before Dad got home. I still remembering making "orphaned directories" to hide stuff from him - not "hidden" directories but directories that didn't have a record in its parent, but looking back, it was nothing worth hiding. We were just doing it because we could.


    Online gaming was 'bulletin board systems' (BBS) with some space-based commerce game where you'd give commands to your resources, wait until the next physical day, log back in, find out what happened with everyone, give more commands. I don't remember the name of it. It had "fancy" ANSI graphics (which was just colored ASCII text positioned around the screen to look like graphics - animated even by overwriting text with more text).


    The next machine was a DIY PC that I bought and built specifically to play Wing Commander. Then, it was PC after PC. Eventually, I got an XBox 360, a Nintendo Wii (can't remember which of those two came first for us - not an early adopter here), then an XBox One. That's where I am now. (Sony's credit card hacks and certain business practices [rootkits anyone?] have prevented me from jumping on the PS bandwagon even still.)


    This prompted so many memories flooding into my head (that I probably will forget again in under 15 minutes).


    Re: ELIZA. A very, very simplified version of RACTER (which was never published but supposedly published a book - The Policeman's Beard is Half-Constructed, which opens with a very short dissertation on "love"). Predecessors to chatterbots in chat rooms that try to fool people into listening to their spam.


    Re: Tiny, bearded Adam. RTAA needs to get on that.

  • Ryokugan FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold 俺はのんびりやるために生まれてきた。

    1 month ago

    I don't remember the details that well since I was probably about 4 or 5, but my dad got a Super Nintendo from somewhere. I think one of his coworkers at the time was punishing his kid for something, and offered it to my dad for like $50 or so. It came with about 30 games as well, most of which I was awful at. I remember being really into a Jurassic Park game that came with it, though I never beat it. I don't think it had passwords for progress either like a lot of games did back then. A few others I remember are just about every platforming Mario game, The Simpsons: Bart's Nightmare, Alien 3, some Star Trek game, Super Empire Strikes Back, and Ultraman. Good times.

  • DavidtheWavid FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    I only got to play games at friends' houses growing up since we were poor and my mom was one of those "video games fry your brain and make you violent" people. Played KOTOR on my dad's computer once my parents got divorced, but my Bionicle nerd friends constantly talked about RvB so I got into it at 15, then played Halo 2 on PC. I wrote 2 seasons of a machinima and directed and acted in it with friends while I saved up for a 360. Then that spiraled out of control and here I am. 

  • LHprs FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    Sonic the Hedgehog, all the way.  It was a combination of two installments:

    -Sonic 3, on my older brother's Genesis.  He inherited it from a friend, but I wasn't as interested in it as I was.  He'd get about halfway through the first level, but that's it.  And it drove.  Me.  NUTS.  I HAD to see what was next.  And damn it, I did.

    -Sonic Triple Trouble and Sonic 2 for the Game Gear.  THAT console was "mine" (all us siblings shared it), so I got enough time to actually get good at it.  I took it as a point of pride that I was the only one to get past the first level of any of them, which on the Game Gear port of Sonic 2 is an absolute BITCH.  It was to the point where I ended up running through that Act the EXACT SAME WAY every time, just to lock in the pattern for the final boss to make it easier.  Not easy- easiER.

    Never got into the PC side of things, but Myst blew my mind.  And once again, I was the only one to put the time into actually finishing it.  And it was GREAT.

  • sakurastar FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    Does anyone remember Commander Keen on the PC? It came out in 1990 or 91 and I played the shit out of it when I was little. There were 6 episodes I think and it was a platformer where you also had a pogo stick and had to collect these things that looked like lollipops or chocolate bars or soda and avoid little green aliens or slugs.

    EDIT- Also Crystal caves and The Secret of Monkey Island!

    • LHprs FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 month ago

      Only by reputation.  And for the bit of trivia that he's (apparently) related to B.J. Blazkowicz (of Wolfenstein fame) somehow.

  • MoHawKacHo FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold MoHawKacHo

    1 month ago

    I play a lot of games when I was younger, but test drive for ps2 was the game where my problem started, then Madden and FFX and the best ps2 game Dragon Quest 8.  I fell out of it for a time then this small indie game Call of Duty MW3 came out. It's why I got internet for the first time and then I found Inside Gaming, and now I'm a first member. 

  • Jwake FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    I think my dad bought a snes in 1995 with a few games. Remember watching him and my older brother play them. Actually had more fun watching then playing at first, my bother helped me through mario brothers (carried me really lol) and had a lot of fun when I finally started getting decent at it (was maybe 6 at the time). First game that made me really think 'I'm a gamer' instead of just playing this stuff cause it was there and fun, was Final Fantasy 10 on the ps2 when I was 11. So many memories with that game. Have something like 2k hours into that thing. I seem to replay it once every 4 to 6 years, never gets old to me.

  • trexfelix FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    first game i played was one of the final fantasy's for the first playstaion. then got hooked on crash bandacoot.

  • PureMatty FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    at a friends house, her little brother had just got final fantasy 7 and i watched him play it for 2 hours. and whabam! i felt my life change

  • shmanel FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    "You don't have to sell crack.  Crack sells itself. You never hear about drug dealers sittin' around goin' 'Damn, how am I gonna get rid of all this crack?' "


    The Chris Rock bit Ryan was alluding to.


    edit - also holy fuck, I had the same reaction Adam did about Island of Dr. Quandary.  I used to play it at my cousin's house all the time as a kid, never knew what the hell I was doing.  I wonder if I'll be back here in the future to try and remember what the hell that game was called again.

  • RT_Fullmetal FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    I totally relate to favoring one side even though I was playing against myself. That extended beyond video games too. I would sometimes play myself in chess and favor one side making better moves. I was a lonely kid sometimes.

  • SteveTheODST FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Solo Player

    1 month ago

    Never really cared for Number Munchers when I was a kid. Back in the day when I was in elementary school and during computer lab I always played Math Blaster. The only game that I enjoyed doing math for lol. And then when I would spend the night at a friends house his dad would boot up their pc into DOS mode and we would play doom! Some good memories there lol.

  • OniZonda FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Hokage

    1 month ago

    I have a natural progression into gaming as well, but it was definitely a slow burn for years. I started with the NES, as most people born in the late 80s/early 90s had. But I only had about 4 games. I've had a life changing event (appendicitis nearly killed me) so most of my memories are wiped away. I have glimpses before age 9 tho. 


    I know I had Excite Bike, RBI Baseball, Mario Bros, and Duck Hunt. Beyond that, I couldn't tell you if I played anything else. I got the SNES and Mario World, of course. Other than that, I'm not sure cause I would always go to other kids' houses to play games. I got the Pokemon edition of the GBC and I played basically only that for the majority of the time I owned one. At some point I got the N64 and played Super Smash, but never really got anything else. 


    Somewhere in these years I got a PS1 and played Spyro and Crash Bandicoot nonstop. I might have played Croc? Maybe it was a demo disc with it on there. Tony Hawk was pretty sweet. PS2 comes around and I played SSX and most racing games like Need for Speed cause my friend was really into them. Gamecube, again SSB. GBA was for Pokemon again. 


    Although this is around the time I took a camping trip and played Mario Tennis for GBC to death. I was great at it, as I said in another comment from some other video. I didn't know I had completed the game tho. It just ended after a match and the whole "story" was set during the training camp. After that, you just stop. The sequel just jumps ahead and assumes that those characters won because they're the champs that you have to beat since you're the newcomer again. 


    Anyway, that aside- I got an Xbox a little after the rest of those and Halo was about the only thing I played from then on. Wasn't too into Halo 1 cause I didn't have many friends but Halo 2 could go online and I've always been connected to a gaming community ever since. A couple people I could probably have lived without but I wouldn't do anything different. Halo was the only series I touched for probably 6 years. 


    Then I branched out and tried some others, CoD was an easy transition, FPS games in general weren't too hard to get used to but Assassin's Creed has been the series that I latched onto the most. About 8 years ago I started trying other games and my profile has a pretty good list of titles to it with a moderately respectable amount of gamerscore/trophies. There hasn't been a game that's really frustrated me because of how long I've been playing.


    tldr- I haven't had many games, but I have been a gamer all of my life. My variety isn't very widespread but my years of experience have made me capable of learning any game quickly.

  • theladi FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold lah-dee-dah

    1 month ago

    My first memory of gaming was when I was 4 or 5 and would watch my older brothers (3 yr and 10 yr older) play SNES games. They wouldn't let me play until I was a year older because they said I didn't know how to play. The very first game I actually played was either Contra III or Street Fighter II Turbo.

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