What was the first video game you remember playing?

SWard

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I'm an avid gamer, but I've been trying to think of the first games I remember playing and really loved. I remember sneaking into my cousins dad's study to boot up his mac to play Monkey Island, where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? And Myst (which I wasn't very good at). If you're a gamer, what do you remember playing and why?
 

Lauren Morton

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The first thing I actually remember attempting was a sidescrolling Star Wars game on the SNES. I was very young, probably only about 4. My father worked at an ad agency at the time handing Nintendo of America's account and apparently a few of them got sent home with the product.

I was very bad at it. I can guarantee my father was very bad at it because he did not then nor does he now play video games. But I remember passing the controller to him absolutely convinced that he could beat it for me when I died jumping into those sarlacc holes over and over.
 
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we had some cassette games in sre house and think first one I remember was dizzy and a game of tv series trap door but truly first game I remember spending a silly amount of time on was the first populous. We may have had a pirate copy >-> so at time it use to be fun trying to work out the shield passcode as the game book had not been not greatly photocopy. We also had the first sim city what me and mine sisters use to lose hours to . After that I have to say the bbc computer at school.It crazy to thing the witch in granny Garden used to scare me 😅.
 

PCG AndyC

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First one I remember playing at home is an old text adventure called Bedlam. The first arcade standup I remember pumping quarters into (not necessarily the first I played, but the first that stuck in my memory) is Eagle. Goes back a little bit.
 

Colif

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I don't know what the first game I ever played was. Probably pong or a variant as we had cheap TV games back in the 70's. I know a friend had an Atari VHS but I cannot remember playing it.

First game I remember playing a great deal with WIzardry - Knight of Diamonds, or perhaps the original Castle Wolfenstein (not the 3d one) on an Apple iie in early 80's I guess - would have had to be as I didn't see a computer until 1982.
 

CParsons

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Rad Racer, it was before my parents got me my own NES but the video store near my grandparents used to rent them and I somehow convinced them to rent me one and Rad Racer. I vividly remember sitting in front of the TV and playing it after watching a VHS tape of old cartoons.
 
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Treasure Island Dizzy, ZX Spectrum. It took ten minutes to load from cassette - IF it loaded. You're an egg trapped on a desert island, you've got one life and everything killed you instantly. Great, but not as good as Fantasy World Dizzy, which expanded to involve the whole Yolkfolk tribe. Aside from that, the original Mario Bros. I'm 'classically' trained.
 

JSimenhoff

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This is still a very clear memory in my mind. I not only remember the first video game I played, but when and where I played it. The game: Super Mario World, the age 3-4 years old. I was at a pool party with my parents (obviously), and very, very bored. They stuck me in a room with one of the children. We had never met before, so instead of talking he fired up his SNES. The second I touched the controller a radical transformation took place. I no longer was just a boy: I was a gamer. And that my friends is what we call history!
 
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Paratrooper, Karateka and Captain Goodnight on an Apple II that my father brought back from the United States, back in '84. In that green and black monitor, lived every God there ever was.
 
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spvtnik1

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The first game I really remember playing was LucasArts Battle of Britain: Their Finest Hour. Or maybe some other LucasArts title, like Monkey Island or Indiana Jones... Or a Sierra game like Knight's Quest, Space Quest, The Black Cauldron. But those game were tough for my 4 year old brain, it felt more like banging my head against the CRT monitor than playing! I took to dogfighting over the Enligh Channel much better.
 
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