First Game Played and First Game You Fell in Love With

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Bill Loguidice
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Interesting, Mark,

Interesting, Mark, particularly about the impressive computer selection at your library. My local library had two Apple II's, and software at the time - like computer time - could only be checked out for specific periods of time. I remember distinctly they had several text adventures. I also remember people trying to copy programs off of the Apple II's as well. I checked out one of the Apple II's once or twice for fun (and my friend Brian had a IIe where I was first exposed to the Ultima games), but I was a Commodore 64 guy through and through, as was a good portion of the computer owning school.

My school had no computers in the libraries or classrooms. There was an Apple II or two that made the rounds on and off, but it never reached most students, me included. The first in-school computer labs I was exposed to had TRS-80 Model III's and 4's, which explains my present day fascination with the platform. We did all kinds of BASIC programming - even several games - and it was lots of fun. Later on they got Tandy 1000's and that was fun too, though starting to reach a level of complexity that was starting to elude me.

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Like, Bill I first feel in
Bill Loguidice wrote:

Like, Mark, I first fell in love with home Pong..... I genuinely love it all and want to experience it all, regardless of platform or country of origin!

Bill we are quite alike in this. Back in the day our local public library would have various systems out: PC, Philips P2000T, Vic-20, C64, C16, ZX Spectrum, MSX and quite a few others. I would always love to help out operate the various machines loading up and starting programs people wanted to check out. I remember the local library workers/librarian being absolutely amazed at my ' skill '. Well my ' Skill ' consisted of nothing more than a good memory and an obsession for technology. I would write small basic programs doing the exact same thing in the various basic dialects to show of the differences between the systems. Our library was pretty ahead of its time and even lent out disks and tapes with computer programs for quite a good number of years!

My knowledge about IT has always brought me in contact with IT and programming throughout my schooldays and professional career. Back in highschool the computerlab had TRS-80-IIIs and I helped converting a couple of basic programs and troubleshooting CP/M things. When the science department bought an expensive interface allowing the C64 do do realtime measuring but decided not to get the software - me and a friend actually ended up writing the real time oscillator software that used that interface. Quite funny, writing software for a subject that the teacher was actually teaching us that time. This prevented school from being boring for me.

When I ended up in Medical school/College I ended up working as a assistant teacher in the computer classes and statistics labs actually helping to teach the courses I was supposed to take at the same time :P Hilarious. When I became a medical intern I actually worked for the faculty too creating Computer Based Training Medical software and researching the effectiveness of CBT versus normal practicals.

And even now as a shrink I can't get away from the stuff. Of course playing videogames always playing those videogames on the side :P

Oh and in my case it was my mom being flabbergasted with videogames - still is actually - and my dad not so much. Although he's going through an obsession with Bejeweled on his old iMac right now trying to beat the highscores I casually drop on the systems for him to beat. Well I must say that each time he get's tougher to outrun. He may beat me someday soon! :P

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The first game I played.

The first game I can remember playing was when I was three years old. My dad took my brother, sister, and I to see Return of the Jedi at a local theater, and they had that Star Wars cabinet that you sat in like the cockpit of an x-wing and blew up the deathstar. After the movie was over my dad and I played the game with my brother and sister taking turns too. I remember my dad being this giant of a person and sitting in his lap and playing this game where the guy from the movie was talking constantly (yeah the voice synth was terrible but I could recognize it as Luke.) about different things. We ended up playing for probably for 2 hours. 3 days later, according to my mom, my dad moved out. They were in the process of getting a divorce and I guess that's why that memory sticks so lucidly in my mind. When my mom got remarried when I was 5, we were allowed to live with my dad again, and he moved into the apartment we lived in and my mom moved out. March of 1987 or so, we got a commodore Amiga. One of the first games we got for it was Space Quest. My dad and I played it every night. I loved that game. When we beat it, we bought King's Quest and played it. I didn't like it as much as space quest, but I still enjoyed it. So I would say the first game I truly loved was Space Quest on the Commodore Amiga.

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Bill Loguidice
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Like, Mark, I first fell in

Like, Mark, I first fell in love with home Pong. I must have been around 3 or so. I've had other must play/beloved games ever since, though the first system that was actually mine was an Atari 2600 that I got around age 7. My first computer was a Vic-20, that I got around age 9. I obviously went insane with the stuff ever since. I'd say a fairer statement for me is that I love it ALL. It's something of a cop-out, but it's true. It's a big part of the reason why I obsessively collect like I do. I genuinely love it all and want to experience it all, regardless of platform or country of origin!

If it's ONE game though to truly fall in love with, mean have a deep "relationship" with, it was definitely my oft-mentioned "Phantasie" from SSI for the Commodore 64. It's was exactly the type of RPG I desired after getting into pen and paper role playing games with my friends.

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to many good ones
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The first game I fell in love with was Barbarian (Death Sword - In Other Territories) on the C64.

I must say i played far to much of this game too.. Im old enouhg PONG was the big one, and I got a Coleco TANK for christmas one year ( that hte adults played all night and us kids watched!!!! wth.. it was my game, I can remeber being so pissed).

But while I thought all those where truely great.. Ulitma II (I believe) on my firends dads XT PC.. How could a game take so many hours, have so many cool spots to find, so much content!.. it was just amazing... That zinger moment when you know the game style you love most.

After that.. I bought an AMIGA just for populous.. Not the same love, but close.

The Dungeon Master, Eye of the Beholder, Black Crypt style RPG is clearly my favorite and most loved style of RPG.

And of course DUNE II when it came out... I still play though that game once every yer or two...

Tempest and Tron Deadly Discs are the 2 arcade machines I consider "if i could own any" those would be it.

In the last 10 years: Left4Dead, TeamFortress2, DEMONS SOULS (BUY IT NOW!!!!), and my guilty pleasure on the 360 Earth Defence Force ....

it is hard to pick just a game.. I have to say it would be close with ULTIMA II, DUNE II, Black Crypt (maybe Dungeon Master as it was the first of this type, but I stand by black crypt being the best). How come I feell its like sombody asking me which kid I like the most of my kids... (err that would be easy for me, onely one kid)..

man I totally forgot Dungeon Keeper (one and two)... I have played both through to completation at least 20 times each... Am so excited "clones" of it are comming in the spring this year.. two of um!

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It's a tough call. I really

It's a tough call. I really loved Elite and Pool of Radiance.

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Mark Vergeer
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Pong clone

The first video game I ever played was the Pong clone my aunt and uncle got showed us when we visited. We were so excited and enthralled by it my parents ended up taking the unit home with us. Two player mode still can be very fun as a party game.

The other game I played was KCMunchkin and Freedom Fighter on the Odyssey2 / Videopac G7000 which I still think are amazing games.

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Barbarian

The first game I fell in love with was Barbarian (Death Sword - In Other Territories) on the C64. Nothing was more fun to a 7 year old then decapitating your enemy and watching the little green goblin kick said decapitated head across the screen.

The game play was wonderfully simplistic with a well thought out control scheme, which is why it was one of the one game I could play competently as a youngster.

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