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Strangeday
07-20-2014, 07:06 AM
The other night the wife and I were watching the movie Jobs....

it reminded us of when we were kids. If someone in the neighbourhood had Pong then that was a huge deal...soon the home computers started coming along....

Our first was an AppleII in which my first games on 5 1/4 floppies was Lode Runner and Cannonball Blitz...it took about 10 minutes to boot up and another 10 minutes to load...

My father the early adopter would later agree with other guys on the street that they would buy Texas Instruments TI99 4/A's together and then swap game cartridges and programs....needless to say the Commodore's wipe-out the TI's.

I still remember the load command for the TI's using a cassette tape storage device: OLDCS1

What was your first computer game and systems?

Petamocto
07-20-2014, 07:36 AM
First console was Atari 2600, and the best part about cartridge-based consoles was their immediate nature. Put the thing in, power/reset, and the game is there. "Combat" was the game I remember playing most, but of course others like Frogger.

The first actual computer I had was the Commodore 64, and the good old "LOAD"$",8" commands. Strange, because even though that was later (1986-88), I remember playing the Atari more (1984-86), I think.

What sucks now about consoles is that they patch things every few weeks with massive downloads, and I only ever play it once a month or so. So every time I turn on my PS3 to play it, I have to sit there for an hour for things to download and patch. It's ridiculous.

Anyway, have you seen the movie "The King of Kong, a Fistfull of Quarters"? It's awesome, it's about guys today who go for the world records on 1980s-vintage arcade games. They do a good job of making two top guys going after the Donkey Kong high score seem like a great guy and a terrible guy.

coastal
07-20-2014, 07:36 AM
Kings quest, space quest, police quest and we somehow had leisure suit Larry. Lol apple computers were for teachers and hippies. ;)

blaxsun
07-20-2014, 08:17 AM
Atari 2600.

kennymo
07-20-2014, 08:22 AM
The old man was a science teacher, went out and bought a Vic 20 as soon as they were on the shelves, anybody remember that system? Plugged into the TV, it was a novelty, I recall some sort of bank robbing arcade game and a 'mug shot' face maker. Craziest thing it had was a modem and telephone connection way back in the early/mid eighties. You could dial up and check out the stock market...it hadn't been discovered that you could use it to share porn at that point.
Next up was an IBM 286. Space War, King's Quest V, and some sort of Indy racing game.

lone-wolf
07-20-2014, 09:18 AM
I think Jones in the Fast Lane & Simfarm were one of the first computer games I owned or played. Delta Force was the first online multiplayer game I played.
First console was a NES. Good ol duck hunt, still have the system, not the original one I owned - but one I bought off ebay a few years ago.

Strewth
07-20-2014, 09:29 AM
Tandy TRS-80 with a tape drive, I remember some sort of choose-your-own-adventure game that you read off the monochrome screen...

mikpen14
07-20-2014, 09:46 AM
My grandparents Atari 2600 - PacMan

Brordo
07-20-2014, 10:37 AM
Couldn't afford one so went over to a friends house who had a Commodore VIC-20...however, we used to play Lemonade Stand with an Apple II slightly before that (in school). I still remember that 60% chance of rain almost always meant you were getting a thunder/lightning storm...so don't make any lemonade that day or you'd lose it all...

Petamocto
07-20-2014, 11:00 AM
Lemonade Stand FTW!!!

I am now off the look for a modern emulator.

9x19p
07-20-2014, 11:22 AM
I don't remember my first computer, but my introduction was in 1984, grade 8.
I do remember my first game console, was a hand-me-down 2600 and a handful of games. My younger brother still has it. It has the wood veneer front.
On a 80's Christmas morning, we got a new Colecovision. I remember thinking we were rich ;). Venture, was my favorite game.

x0ra
07-20-2014, 12:33 PM
Dune 2

Steveo9mm
07-20-2014, 12:44 PM
Pong

blacksmithden
07-20-2014, 01:35 PM
My first computer"iszed" game was a hand held called Merlin. The first computer "game" I ever played was on a Timex Sinclair that a friend of my dad's bought. It was a half second ASCII animation of a bomb falling and the word "boom" came up when it hit the bottom of the screen. It had no storage at all other than the 1 k of RAM. It took about an hour to type in all the code, and as soon as you turned it off, it was all gone and you had to start over. At some point, I had an Atari 2600 console with the crappy joysticks that always wore out. MY first computer was a Commodore 64 with a tape drive. The only game I had for it for the longest time was called V-Max. It was a primitive flight simulator of a WW2 bi-plane that you flew and shot down bad guys. It took about 30 minutes to load that game. I saved up and bought my 5 1/4 inch 1541 floppy drive. God, it was so much faster than the tape drive it was like the world was on fire. I swapped games with friends like mad at that point. I spent a ton of my money just buying blank floppys at Grand and Toy. LOL.

Strangeday
07-20-2014, 02:05 PM
My first computer"iszed" game was a hand held called Merlin. The first computer "game" I ever played was on a Timex Sinclair that a friend of my dad's bought. It was a half second ASCII animation of a bomb falling and the word "boom" came up when it hit the bottom of the screen. It had no storage at all other than the 1 k of RAM. It took about an hour to type in all the code, and as soon as you turned it off, it was all gone and you had to start over. At some point, I had an Atari 2600 console with the crappy joysticks that always wore out. MY first computer was a Commodore 64 with a tape drive. The only game I had for it for the longest time was called V-Max. It was a primitive flight simulator of a WW2 bi-plane that you flew and shot down bad guys. It took about 30 minutes to load that game. I saved up and bought my 5 1/4 inch 1541 floppy drive. God, it was so much faster than the tape drive it was like the world was on fire. I swapped games with friends like mad at that point. I spent a ton of my money just buying blank floppys at Grand and Toy. LOL.

Dennis.....my dad still has my Merlin

Tic Tac Toe

Armorman
07-20-2014, 02:19 PM
Vic 20 with those data cassette tapes, playing space taxi and other games I can't remember right now. My parents in the mid 70's had one of those big consoles that played about 10 versions of pong. It weighed about 20 lbs and had the beautiful (lol) fake dark Chestnut wood paneling on it. Had two controlers with dials on it. Ah the memories.....

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Doug_M
07-20-2014, 03:36 PM
My Dad was a teacher in the neighbouring town. The staff were given C64's to take home the summer the school bought them so the teachers could learn to use them. Think this was 1983. Only had a cassette drive and so the games were pretty basic. I remember one called Westward Ho. Completely text based "graphics". We bought our own C64 and I think Jumpman was the first game I bought. Never had a console but my friend across the street had an Intellivision (the first gen wood grain one). I remember liking a naval game on that. Sea Battle I think.

blacksmithden
07-20-2014, 04:13 PM
Dennis.....my dad still has my Merlin

Tic Tac Toe

....and the "repeat the pattern from memory" thing as well. Things sure have come a long way. LOL



Vic 20 with those data cassette tapes, playing space taxi and other games I can't remember right now. My parents in the mid 70's had one of those big consoles that played about 10 versions of pong. It weighed about 20 lbs and had the beautiful (lol) fake dark Chestnut wood paneling on it. Had two controlers with dials on it. Ah the memories.....

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I REMEMBER SPACE TAXI !!!! :)

Gaidheal
07-20-2014, 04:24 PM
I had and advanced pong console in the mid 70s. It had plastic sheets that got taped to the TV screen for different games.

HA

As for a computer? Aagain mid-late 70's we had an Intel MDS 220 with a single-sided 8" floppy. I remember when 5" floppies hit and they looked TINY.

That computer primarily ran CP/M and the 1st games I played on it were text-based adventure games.

I still play rougue-like games like NetHack. It uses advanced graphics characters like "@" for people, 'd' for dogs, etc.

@ <<--- FTW!

Curly1
07-20-2014, 05:59 PM
Battle Chess on a Intel 8086 with 2k RAM and a 8" Floppy and Keyboard contols.

mrg372k9
07-20-2014, 06:19 PM
Tandy coco2.. It was a beast!


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kennymo
07-20-2014, 07:56 PM
Battle Chess on a Intel 8086 with 2k RAM and a 8" Floppy and Keyboard contols.

Holy crap, battle chess! We had that for the old 286 too! Many happy hours spent smashing each other...I had completely forgotten about it...

Curly1
07-21-2014, 12:45 PM
Holy crap, battle chess! We had that for the old 286 too! Many happy hours spent smashing each other...I had completely forgotten about it...


It was kinda like living out the best part of the Holy Grail...

Swampdonkey
07-21-2014, 01:51 PM
386, Aces of the Pacific, Simcity, Lemmings, Great Naval Battles, Silent Hunter, Steel Panthers.

Petamocto
07-21-2014, 04:28 PM
Battle Chess is so old that in 1994 when I was running a brand new Pentium 100 MHz with Windows 3.1, I bought it as a retro game at Big V.

Aprilia Man
07-21-2014, 06:30 PM
Pac-Man on ATARI 800 XL.

Somewhere around 1986 - 87 ish

lone-wolf
07-21-2014, 08:26 PM
Starcraft is one of the first great games I was exposed too, as well as Xcom/Ufo Defense.
Xcom is still a better game then most that come out nowadays.

JustBen
07-21-2014, 08:37 PM
Starcraft is one of the first great games I was exposed too, as well as Xcom/Ufo Defense.
Xcom is still a better game then most that come out nowadays.

XCom is a classic!

TPK
07-22-2014, 09:56 AM
Golf on a Toshiba T3200 (I think that was the model ..) laptop with that orange gas plasma screen (before colour screens).

L33CHW33D
07-22-2014, 12:20 PM
Chip's Challenge

THE_SASQUATCH
07-22-2014, 01:20 PM
My grandparents had a celico vision that came with what i believe was called an 'Atom' computer

had original frogger on floppy disk - that was my first 'computer' game

harbl_the_cat
07-22-2014, 01:50 PM
Gamer 4 life!

Whatever laptop my Dad brought home for work (I think late 80's), as a kid I was totally mystified by the concept of typing - and literally spent hours just typing random stuff in whatever word processor my Dad had (I think it was Lotus Notes).

Not sure if they were my first, but they were prominent ones:

Super Mario Brothers (1 and 2) on the NES.
Megaman, Zelda: Link to the Past, Mario 3, Final Fantasy 2 and 3, Contra (Jap edition) on the SNES (My parents bought a Super Famicom one summer when they went to Hong Kong, along with a ripper module, that ripped games to a 3.5" Floppy disk... I had over 100 games and was the most popular kid on the block at one point).
Cruisin USA, Turok: Dinosaur Hunter, Star Wars: Shadow of the Empire, Golden Eye, and Zelda: Ocarina of time (best video game EVER) for the N64
First PC games were Doom and Aces of Europe.
Final Fantasy 8 (damn, Rinoa was hot) for PS1
Final Fantasy 10 (damn, Rikku and Yuna were hot... and Rikku was voiced by Tara Strong, the voice of Twilight Sparkle in My Little Pony) for PS2
There were some text based strategy games I played, back when the internet was starting to go mainstream - you basically were a commander of a nation, had to chose a political system, build up industries, build up a military, form alliances with other players, and attack them to expropriate land and resources.
First serious real time online game was Warcraft 2... damn was that epic. Ogre Magi Bloodlust or 4 Grunt Rush FTW - human players never stood a chance.
Then came Aliens versus Predator, Half Life (straight multi-player, Counter Strike, Team Fortress, Day of Defeat and Natural Selection), Starcraft. I was such a smack talking little b-tard... You should have seen it when I got on Ventrilo with voice chat.
DDR I HAVE to throw it in there to win over all the cute little Asian girls (ping them on ICQ: "Wanna go for some DDR and BBT?")
Among most perverted (with a 3 foot tall stack of porno mags) also the nerdiest Sig in CFB Kingston: gets weekend pass, buses to Toronto, buys Warcraft 3, installs on laptop, plays every night.
First and only MMORPG was World of Warcraft during the University Years.
Dead Space and Silent Hill were the only serious games for me on the XBox
LOTS of Starcraft 2 when around the time my oldest daughter was born... still a bit to this day
Now a days, I'm playing LOTS of mobile games on my iPad - War of Nations, Rivals At War 2084, Plants versus Zombies, and one I'm playing a lot lately which is really good is Evolution:The Battle for Utopia

Curly1
07-22-2014, 03:57 PM
Anybody remember Liesure Suit Larry?

Haywire1
07-22-2014, 07:00 PM
^ god yes.

First game I played was "karateka" in school. On some funky computer made by apple (all I remember about it) that had the moniter, keyboard and hard drive all in a one piece unit

Kevin M.
07-22-2014, 07:03 PM
BangBang! on Microsoft 95.

LB303
07-22-2014, 10:39 PM
Actually it was Pong. In the arcade. You sat at a glass table with a CRT pointed up. Most of my misspent youth was in pool halls where pinball machines lined the walls. Also air hockey was pretty popular too. Believe it or not, once I got a look at Pong, I figured right then that the world was changing. For the better? I still don't know. A neighbour bought the ColecoVision home unit so naturally we played it until the novelty wore off. I don't recall what he paid for it, it must have been pretty dear. I remember a 4 function calculator from Eaton's was around $100 at that time. My first home unit was one I bought for my own kids, an Atari 2600.

Strangeday
07-23-2014, 09:35 PM
The Arcade....

A place where a roll of quarters was a fortune and immortality was the high score on Galaxian or Asteroids

stevebc
07-23-2014, 10:33 PM
On an Atari of some kind:

- a submarine simulator game called Silent something or other,
- Jet

Both were hours and hours of fun.

RobSmith
07-24-2014, 05:34 AM
First console was a gemini (my friends had colecos, ataris, intellivisions etc so there was no game sharing, you had to physically go to where the game was), I remember playing a lot of pacman and such, then had a Sega for awhile. Had to wait till I had a job to be able to afford to buy my first PC in 1991-2, a 286 with 40mb hard drive, 1mb RAM and 16 color VGA graphics, paid 1200$ for her, what an absolute beast it was ! First game I bought on that was F15 II.

Doug_M
07-24-2014, 05:46 AM
On an Atari of some kind:

- a submarine simulator game called Silent something or other,
- Jet

Both were hours and hours of fun.
My friend had an Atari. I remember liking Jet but my favourite was that tank game. Not like Battlezone in the arcade, it was a top down two player shootneach other game. Lot's of fun despite the blocky graphics.

OITC
07-24-2014, 07:13 AM
First game i can remember playing on computer was "decent" on a 386. It was the cats ass when i could finally get it to load.

Plasticman
07-24-2014, 09:10 AM
StarCraft and rollercoaster tycoon!

Merllin
07-24-2014, 09:20 AM
Street Rod (always been a fan of racing games)

JD3
07-24-2014, 11:07 AM
I had a Vic 20 first game i bought or maybe it came with it was a lander game.

http://www.mobygames.com/images/shots/l/202481-jupiter-lander-vic-20-screenshot-game-beginnings.jpg

If there is any interest for collecting old arcade games check out www.maaca.org

Curly1
07-24-2014, 01:56 PM
When the 386 came out I started playing Doom and it's been first person shooter ever since....

Mozzer
07-27-2014, 07:46 PM
Choplifter

Sabio
07-29-2014, 12:46 AM
VIC 20

Sinclair ZX81

Commodore 64

Commodore Amiga (s) Many of them.



First game.... 1976. Radio Shack (Tandy) TV game that let you play PONG, etc. LOL

ColecoVision was our first console.

Then a SegaVision and a Turbo Grafix-16 at the same time. Spoiled

Steyr
07-29-2014, 08:16 AM
Pong console to Vic-20 to C-64.
Can't think of games other than Moon Lander and Jumpman, though I had 10 or 15 games altogether...

chuckbuster
07-29-2014, 08:17 AM
I can't remember what it was called, but it was played on the same old Atari system as was Pong. It involved two biplanes dogfighting. The graphics sucked hard by today's standards as the planes looked like they were made of Legos.