First Game Played and First Game You Fell in Love With

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Carmine
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I don't care how that sounds it feels like love!

What was the first game you ever played (and enjoyed)? Do you still believe it to be good? Did it stand the test of time? And what was the first game you fell in love with? As in, what was the first game you played which made you think to yourself, "my goodness where have you been all my life?"

The first game I ever played was on my first "family" computer, a hot item known as a Packard Bell home computer. Laugh all you want! It ran DOS like Michael Jordan early in his career! It came with a free game, a glorious racing shooter called Megarace. Megarace is a sweet game, perhaps even worthy of a Matt Chat one day, and it stars your host Lance Boyle! I beat this game on a weekly basis, but I instantly abandoned it when some shady man at my dad's office gave me the Doom Shareware. And so the glory days of DOS gaming began. I can't say I fell in love with any in particular, although Doom II, Mechwarrior 2, and The Dig all made it into my top 25 games of all time list. I came very close to letting Dark Forces II: Jedi Knight sweep me off my feet. I remember saying "this is the best game I've ever played," but I wouldn't call it love. When it's love, you know.

It wasn't until a couple years later when rapture struck my heart. Shigeru Miyamoto gifted to my N64 (my first console) a little game known as The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of time, the first game I fell in love with.

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Definitely not the first fighting game (it came out in 1987), but certainly an early one with many elements you'd find in later fighting games. I don't recall ever playing the C-64 version, but I enjoyed the enhanced Amiga version a great deal.

off topic.. First Fighting Game.. I alwasy considered it Karate Champ. Of course that is becuase it was two player with the same exact skills, it all came down to how well you exacuted. I still say its the insperation for al the fighting games.. Not Street Fighter II...

Karate Champ in 1984 was definitely one of the first recognizable POPULAR such games and should be given due credit, but there have been one-on-one fighting games (boxing, sword fighting, dueling, karate, etc.) going back to the arcades of the 70's and into the consoles of the early 80's. It was certainly a logical development. My friends and I certainly loved it in the arcades and it seemed relevant for quite a number of years before Street Fighter II and its ilk dated it...

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Bill Loguidice wrote:

Definitely not the first fighting game (it came out in 1987), but certainly an early one with many elements you'd find in later fighting games. I don't recall ever playing the C-64 version, but I enjoyed the enhanced Amiga version a great deal.

off topic.. First Fighting Game.. I alwasy considered it Karate Champ. Of course that is becuase it was two player with the same exact skills, it all came down to how well you exacuted. I still say its the insperation for al the fighting games.. Not Street Fighter II...

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True Love...

Yep, Pong was the first for me.

I played all the Atari 2600 games as a kid, but didn't start until I was a teenager.

During my early years in the Fed Gov't I was in a year-long training class where they had Asteroids and Pac-Man arcade machines in the rec room. I dumped alot of quarters into those!!

Dungeon Masters was the game I truly came to love as I bought it for the Amiga 500 and played it while stationed overseas in Africa. It was simply amazing. I just watched some YouTube vids of the ending of the game and I'm not sure it would stand up today, but was fun back then. I think that's why I came to love Oblivion and all its DLC's. That game ranks as my alltime fav since I've been playing games.

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The first game I've played....

I think, like most here, the first game I played was Pong.

And perhaps the first game I probably fell in love with, as far as I remember is Pyramid 2000 for the TRS-80....or space invaders....I can't exactly date which came first.

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Barbarian

Barbarian was first released in 1987 by Palace Software, initial releases were C64, Spectrum, Amiga, Atari St and Amstrad CPC. I also urge people to have a look at the cover-art which features the model Maria Whittaker:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/f/f1/Barbarian_-_The_Ultimate_W...

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First gaming "loves"

My first “love,” like Bill and Mark, was PONG! I played the coin-op probably when I was around 10 or so, but didn’t get to play it as much as I’d liked, since everyone else (usually adults) was playing it. Then my friend Kenny got a home Pong console, and I spent many a time playing that at his house! Now, Pong is dead boring, but then it was amazing stuff! I was entranced, and between Pong and Star Wars, my turn toward the dark side (of geekdom) was complete.

The REAL love, though, was when “Space Invaders” hit! Space Invaders was such a craze in Japan (as if Japan needed more help being crazy), that there were Space Invaders machines everywhere, or even whole “arcades” devoted to just this game at first! I couldn’t get enough, and there’s no telling how much money I spent playing it. And where I got that money, I have no idea, although I do admit to stealing money from my mother’s purse on at least a couple occasions to play it! (*Gasp*) No, I don’t steal money from my mother anymore.... not in the last week, anyway.... :-)

There was something about Space Invaders that really was a game changer. The chapter in “Vintage Games” covered this very well. Space Invaders really was just plain addictive! The pulse-pounding “heartbeat” sound effects just heightened the frantic thrill of the game. It was like no other game before it that I’d experienced!

Another thing to consider about “coin-ops” is that coin-ops existed before “video games” arrived. Besides pinball, there were other mechanical coin-ops that played much like a typical videogame, except without the video part. I liked pinball, but I preferred other types of coin-op amusements.

There was a “skeet shoot” game, which was covered in an AA post (I think by Bill) a long time ago that I used to play at the Pizza Hut in Minot, North Dakota, back in the day. I forget what the name of it was, but my friends and I played a lot of it. It was kind of a videogame, but not quite; it was somewhere in-between mechanical and video.

The ONE mechanical game that sticks out in my mind, though, was a game where you shoot down flying saucers invading a town with a cabinet-mounted gun. I only played it over a vacation weekend in South Dakota, but I couldn’t get enough of it! What was notable about it was that, instead of video, an entire PHYSICAL miniature town was built inside the large cabinet! Alien saucers, supported by wires, would rise up over the town and you’d shoot at them! The bullets weren’t physical; I don’t know how “they” knew when you’d hit the target, being that this was so primitive a technology (surely it wasn’t some sort of light sensor?!?!)

I can’t say that there was ONE game that I loved more than any other game, overall, but I think Space Invaders is the closest to fit the bill.

“To all the games I've loved before
Who travelled in and out my door
I'm glad they came along
I dedicate this song
To all the games I've loved before.”

-Julio Iglesias, with lyrics butchered by me....

Carmine
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The only fighting game I've

The only fighting game I've ever really gotten into would be Soul Calibur for the dreamcast, unless you would count the Super Smash Brothers series. Had many an all night session with both of those.

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I brought Barbarian with me

I brought Barbarian with me during a summer program at a college, and boy did we ever have fun with that. I guess it must have been the summer of 1992 or so. We'd have all-night marathons.

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Definitely not the first

Definitely not the first fighting game (it came out in 1987), but certainly an early one with many elements you'd find in later fighting games. I don't recall ever playing the C-64 version, but I enjoyed the enhanced Amiga version a great deal.

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I just youtubed "Barbarian

I just youtubed "Barbarian C64" to see this Decapitation and goblin cleaning service for myself. Was this the first Fighting game? It looks as though you duke it out with another Barbarian, with a life meter at the top, finishing moves, dodges, etc.

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