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What game or event initially got you into gaming?

I remember playing arcades as a kid and finally my father bought me a NES system. The feeling of having an arcade system in my own house was surreal. I didn't really know that he was paying $100 (Yes, even more with inflation) per game. Those were the days. I never stopped gaming since.

7 years ago by canuck with 65 comments

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  • Konijn
    +10

    I've had an N64 since my toddler years and a Gameboy color since I was four, so I guess I was just raised into it. What held my young gamer attention the most was Pokemon and it was Pokemon that I obsessively played up until I was 17ish.

    • canuck
      +7

      We got a young buck over here, I was already in middle school when the N64 came out.

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  • manix
    +7

    $100 back then would have been around $200. and people think $60 is too much.

    • canuck
      +5

      Different time, different era.

  • Havear
    +7

    The original DOOM when it came out. So many lost hours...

  • Hydrozoa
    +6

    Super Mario World and a SNES when I had chicken pox as a kid. Amazing.

    • Splitfish
      +5

      I hope you found all the secrets and finished the game 100%.

    • canuck
      +4

      One of my favorites. I guess something good came with those chicken pox.

    • wickedmountain
      +2

      Great game good memories :)

  • mariogi
    +6

    I was one of the weirdos with a SEGA. Still had a blast although I hated the chunky controller.

  • PeopleShelf
    +6

    Back in the 80's playing video games was a harsh experience. When it worked, our commodore 64 was difficult to operate, and constantly being hogged by my older brother. When the Nintendo console came out, it was far from consoling; games like Rambo and Rygar were ruthless and unnerving. I know, "suck it up wuss!" Yeah, but telling an 8 year old why you have to start over from the beginning, after playing 6 straight hours was cataclysmic. But this all changed for me the day we received our first game genie. Gaming at this point became something that I wanted it to be, not a challenge, not an adrenaline rush, but something casual that I can enjoy. Gaming became a world that I can elope and get stranded to let loose, and return on my own accord.

  • TheMadMonarch
    +6

    My earliest memory of LIfe was getting an SNES and a copy of Super Mario Wolrd for christmas. I honestly don't know if I had gamed Prior to this. For me gaming has been something that I have always done. No part of my life can I remember where I didn't game.

  • ObiWanShinobi
    +6

    It was either Pokemon or Gauntlet Legends. I played the hell out of both of those when I was young. Then my brother showed me Morrowind and I was lost forever.

    • dynamite
      +4

      Morrowind is one my my top 3 favorites too

  • picklefingers (edited 7 years ago)
    +6

    Oh man, I'm a young buck here. I've gamed as far back as I can remember. My parents bought an N64 before I was born.

    • canuck
      +3

      Yep, this place is filled with old geezers! j/k

  • specialk16
    +6

    Probably Prince of Persia on PC. And Maniac Mansion.

    I still love the PC speaker intro of MM.

    • Splitfish (edited 7 years ago)
      +4

      I'm getting some flashbacks because you mentioned Prince of Persia. Did you mean this one by any chance?

  • Apocafist
    +5

    Local pizza shop got an arcade of Space Invaders. The owners son sat me on a stool and put in a quarter. I was fascinated. A couple of years later my mom gets me an Atari 2600 with Pac-Man. Been gaming ever since. Best part is friends coming over or going to a friends house to play for hours on end.

  • caelreth
    +5

    My dad bought an Atari 2600. Spent hours playing Asteroids and Enduro, among others.

  • sugartoad
    +5

    I remember there was a mini-golf game on the commodore 64 that I really enjoy. It's what got me into video games.

    • baron778
      +4

      Funny I just asked about that in another thread here not even an hour ago. I remember it as well.

      • sugartoad
        +4

        It was a game changer for me. Had to wait my turn and sometimes that few minutes felt like a century when having to share with 4 other kids.

  • CodeSoldier
    +5

    The N64 was the first console I was gifted, when I was quite young. Skyrim was the game that switched me over to PC and haven't looked back since. Still gaming, still on PC.

    • Splitfish
      +5

      I do most of my gaming in 3D on PC (3d vision) and the odd sports game (NHL MLB) I'll play on the PS4. I also sometimes play the PS4 exclusives that I can't get on PC. The only difference is that I started PC gaming back in the Quake 2 days. That railgun.

      • CodeSoldier
        +2

        Yeah I'm a fairly new-comer. 3D sounds awesome!

        • Splitfish
          +4

          It is, but it requires a lot of modding and patience nowadays. It's mostly in the communities hands to "fix" games so they work flawlessly in 3D, but that sometimes takes a long time, sometimes even 6+ months after release date. Many games also don't get a fix if there is not enough interest (popular games always get fixed). Some games are 3D ready "out of the box" but that's rare these days.

  • Autumnal
    +5

    Colossal Cave Adventure on my dad's Heathkit, Dark Castle/Beyond Dark Castle/Apache Strike on the Mac, and then my parents finally bought me a game boy. Gargoyle's Quest, Final Fantasy Adventure.

  • Vandertoolen
    +4

    I played Magic the gathering before any video games.. I then found my PS and the rest is history.

    • drunkenninja
      +3

      I used to love that game, too bad I don't still play it. Maybe I'll get back into it some day.

  • rhingo
    +4

    Snake and Oregon Trail back in elementary school on one of those oldschool Macs with the green and black display. 2 colors baby.

  • Winter
    +4

    Putt-Putt!

    • baron778
      +2

      Is that by any chance a mini golf game on the commodore 64?

  • AneiDoru
    +4

    My parents got a Macintosh when I was 5 and put it behind the couch, I would play Pac-Man all day on that, it was so much fun.

  • takai
    +4

    CS at the local internet cafe LAN party. So ancient comared to today.

    • Kysol
      +2

      I can remember going to internet cafe's with friends to play 1.3 all the time.

      • Splitfish
        +4

        I did even though I had a PC at home. We always walked over during lunch to play like 45 min, luckily it was really close to our school. I remember I would eat ramen (had to buy the damn hot water for like a dollar), and kick everyone's ass. The best thing was that because it was a LAN, it was lag free and everyone killed was in that room somewhere.

        • Kysol
          +3

          Yeah the place we went to was a little on the "I'm going to get stabbed if I kill one of those guys" type of feel. Your wins were not celebrated that loudly unless you knew you'd taken out a friend. Then the shit talking started.

          • weekendhobo
            +3

            I'd occasionally hang out but never play as I was too cheap to pay the $3/hr fee, and once some clown pulled out a gun and started pointing at people. He then left and later got arrested.

            • Kysol
              +3

              I totally envisaged an actual clown jumping up and pointing a gun at people. My mind hates me.

  • Kysol
    +4

    I'd been playing games most of my life from Apple ][e / C64 etc onwards. It wasn't until I met my partner in the late 90's when things got serious. Zelda: Link to the Past blew me away. I was a traditional RPG fan, but this added a new spin to it. Ever since then I can say that games have been a fairly central part of my life... what given that I'm an achievement farmer, I don't think it's ruined anything... much.

    • Splitfish
      +4

      LTTP was the game that got me into RPG games. It's still absolutely perfect in every way, and I replay it every 3-5 years. Same goes for Super Metroid.

      • Kysol (edited 7 years ago)
        +2

        I remember flying to Singapore once. There was a SNES in the back of the head rest and LTTP was on it. I was like HELL YEAH! but then I realised that I'd have to stop so I didn't even start. Forgot what I played that flight.

        Wasn't a metroid fan (didn't play it that much), GF is to an extent, that and Battletoads.

        • jasont
          +3

          fuck battletoads, seriously.