Weekend Open Forum: What was the first game you ever played?

By midian182 ยท 68 replies
May 19, 2017
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  1. Hard as it is for some people to believe, video games have been around for quite a few decades now. Depending on a person’s age, definitions of a truly retro game can vary from something like Half-Life 2 or Grand Theft Auto 3 to the original Doom, Chucky Egg, Q*bert, and Pac-Man.

    Most gamers have played literally hundreds, often thousands, of titles since they first picked up a joystick/gamepad/paddle/mouse, but that first ever time is often the one that sticks in the memory longest.

    As someone fast approaching forty, I vividly remember the first game I ever played was Galaga on the Atari 7800. To my very young self, it seemed like the most amazing, wonderful experience in the world, even though I was useless at it, and led to a life-long passion for gaming.

    For this weekend open forum, we want to know what was the first game you ever played, or at least the first one you remember playing. Did it have a lasting effect on you? Do you look back on the memory with a sense of watery-eyed nostalgia? Or, like me, did you recently try playing it again and discover it’s really not as good as you recall. Do let us know in the comments below.

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  2. Brock Kane

    Brock Kane TS Addict Posts: 183   +104

    First was Pong. But the one I remember most was Asteroids! I spend many a quarters in the local arcades. More carefree lifestyle then. No Wireless phones, and no Internet! So the arcade was the place to be!
  3. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 2,040   +678

    I'm pretty sure it was something on a friends' ColecoVision system.
  4. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,724   +3,697

    Oh my! You might as well be asking us, if we remember the color of our first birthday cake.
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  5. Spudnation

    Spudnation TS Rookie

    Mario Bros on the NES
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  6. merikafyeah

    merikafyeah TS Enthusiast Posts: 84   +36

    Probably Oregon Trail was the first. Back when displays were just black and green.
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  7. JKnight

    JKnight TS Rookie

    Wavy Navy on Apple II.
  8. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 7,668   +988

    I think it was Pacman on the Atari 800XL.
  9. Cycloid Torus

    Cycloid Torus Stone age computing. Posts: 3,016   +658

    Hammurabi - text based, CPM program which I typed in on my 1st PC (64kb 5mhz 8088).
  10. ShadowDeath

    ShadowDeath TS Booster Posts: 92   +23

    Stadium Events for NES with the Power Pad.

    Edit: Correction.
  11. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 1,923   +756

  12. Tgard

    Tgard TS Booster Posts: 87   +26

    Pong at the local 7-11 until they got a Galaga machine! Then I was hooked on it.
  13. m4a4

    m4a4 TS Evangelist Posts: 955   +515

    Can't remember. Pretty sure I played NES at someone's house before I started playing other games (no arcade machines near me and no console in my house until Sega Genesis).
  14. Thorney

    Thorney TS Enthusiast Posts: 35   +10

    It would have been Pong but the first game I ever devoted time to was Galaxians
  15. misor

    misor TS Evangelist Posts: 1,283   +242

    Battle City on a cousin's NES.

    pacman on a friend's 486 PC.
  16. highlander84

    highlander84 TS Booster Posts: 108   +30

    The first game I remember playing was Wolfenstein 3d. However I know for a fact I played NES and SNES before that. its been to long ;)
  17. mcborge

    mcborge TS Guru Posts: 426   +278

    Atic Atac on a friends ZX spectrum.
  18. CortyDK

    CortyDK TS Addict Posts: 102   +53

    Those Nintendo Game & Watch handhelds. Donkey Kong, and I also had one "car" race game, cannot remember the name, but the car was stationary in the bottom at the screen and I could only move it left or right between 3 lanes, and the road moved... increasing in speed and opponents between levels. Those were the days.
    My very first computer game was Big Rig (a DOS text based game ), but the first graphic game I remember was Bubble Bobble (Bubble Shooter) and Bomb (Tank Wars) before moving to Wolfenstein 3D, Sim City and so on. Lemmings, Day Of The Tentacle, and the rest is history...as they say.
  19. R00sT3R

    R00sT3R TS Enthusiast Posts: 31   +31

    Life...from the moment I was born.
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  20. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    I can't remember, I was far too young but I guess whatever it was, it had to be with my mom while lying in my crib. One of the first games (apart from finding out how far I could throw my rattle) that I can remember was the board game, snakes & ladders. Computer game? I dunno, it was either Pong or Space Invaders, I can't remember and it's not important. The most fun computer game I've ever played til present is GTA Vice City and I doubt that'll ever be beaten... for me that is.
    Last edited: May 20, 2017
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  21. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    "As someone fast approaching forty".
    Still busy losing your baby teeth eh?
  22. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 3,336   +1,985

    Star Trek .... but that was on the mainframe computer at University of Louisville, about 10 years before the first PC's started showing up. It was on an old Western Union TTY running at 110 baud ..... and we thought it was "lightning fast" ...... LOL
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  23. emmzo

    emmzo TS Booster Posts: 142   +37

    I think Dan Dare on ZX Spectrum or was it ... Dizzy?
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  24. EClyde

    EClyde TS Evangelist Posts: 1,304   +429

  25. Pretty sure it was a Lunar Lander game on a Texas Instrument calculator that had red numerals on the display and could read these magnetic strips (that the game was on). I believe all you got was the rate of descent and distance to the surface on the red display. Goal was to type in whatever to change rate of descent so Lander landed, not crash landed.

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