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What game first got you hooked on gaming?

By Dawn1113 ยท 198 replies
Apr 7, 2012
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  1. Do you remember which game first got you truly hooked on gaming?

    Mine was this PC game called "Deerhunter": a hunting game. My dad was an avid hunter and he liked that game a lot. I was around 12 or thirteen years old when I first played it and was immediately hooked. I would be in school and I'd be thinking about the game. I could hardly wait to get home. I remember there was this happy anticipation that I still look for when I try new games out.

    So which game first turned you into a gamer?
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  2. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,284   +532

    Probably the arcade game Breakout or else Space Invaders for me.
  3. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,422   +635

    The original version of Homeworld.
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  4. abe10tiger

    abe10tiger TechSpot Paladin Posts: 612   +16

    Warcraft : Reign Of Chaos and Frozen Throne was what got me hooked to gaming.... ahhh the good ol' days. :)
  5. Marnomancer

    Marnomancer TS Booster Posts: 709   +52

    Nice thread, Dawn. :)
    Multiple games which I played at the same time: viz.
    WarCraft III: RoC
    WarCraft III: TFT
    Battle Engine Aquila
    and the most significant,
    the most iconic,
    the most impactful,
    Halo: Combat Evolved.
    Even after 7 years, I can't stop playing, playing, and replaying it.
  6. Doctor John

    Doctor John TS Enthusiast Posts: 200   +16

    Probably either hide & seek, or piggy-back fights.
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  7. Zen

    Zen TechSpot Paladin Posts: 765   +49

    My "hooked game" goes way back, I first knew I was hooked on video games when I played Pitfall Harry for the Atari 2600, so I began with Pitfall and ended my video game career with Call of Duty 4 "modern Warfare". It was very hard un-hooking myself from serious gaming, but I would like to think I'm a better person for it.
  8. fimbles

    fimbles TS Evangelist Posts: 1,194   +209

  9. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,378   +68

    Mine was the original Grand Theft Auto for the Playstation.

    Every lucky weekend i would get to visit my auntie's house and sneek a go on my cousin's console. Absolutely loved that game, thought it was funny as hell.
  10. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Posts: 8,912   +630

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  11. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 11,581   +5,140

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  12. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,284   +532

    Great list clifford - I was severely addicted to all of those as well!
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  13. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,696   +432

    Pacman on the Atari 800. Classic, first home computer game I had, and instant addiction.

    Digdug, Galaxians, Qix. So many that were so simple but so much fun...
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  14. Bluebarry

    Bluebarry TS Rookie

    Medal of Honor: Allied Assult!

    Not to many people play it now... :(
  15. khill0930

    khill0930 TS Rookie

    Ocarina of Time

    Insert Legend of Zelda fanboy comment here
  16. ronaksworld

    ronaksworld TS Rookie

    wolfistine (DOS)
    prince of persia (DOS)
    Sky (DOS)
  17. Drumma

    Drumma TS Member Posts: 30

    SWIV ( Silk Worm 4 ) from Amiga.
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  18. Relic

    Relic TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,372   +17

    First time I ever played a video game I was hooked, and I believe it was either the first Super Mario or 3. Don't remember exactly, just that it was at a neighbors house and I was amazed at how awesome gaming was.

    For the PC specifically I played several games in the early 90's, Populous, Lemmings, Settlers, Dune 2, SimCity 2k, but I don't recall which one started it. But I like to credit the first Command & Conquer (Tiberium Dawn) as the PC game that really hooked me to the platform.
  19. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,552   +437

    PC Gaming, probably Warcraft II. Although I did enjoy Shufflepuck? on a Mac, and I did have a Marathon demo that came with my parent's Performa 550.

    Gaming in general, Super Mario Bros (1) for NES.
  20. Dawn1113

    Dawn1113 TS Booster Topic Starter Posts: 319   +69

    Oh, yeah. Super Mario. I remember playing the game on Nintendo a lot, too, for a while. I had thought the theme music kind of odd and unnerving. But it wasn't long before I could not stop humming the tune.:D
  21. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,552   +437

    I still play it occasionally. Still able to beat it both ways (warping and no warps). Although it helps immensely if you can get to 8-3 without being small.
  22. monrayl

    monrayl TS Member Posts: 60

    Wow, I remember playing mario bros. as a child. I loved Contra and Street Fighter as well.
  23. Relic

    Relic TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,372   +17

    One of the most recognizable gaming themes for sure :) .
  24. funguseater

    funguseater TS Rookie

    First addictive game was probably Maze Craze for the Atari 2600, I stared at that flashing screen for hours.

    First computer games were definitely HERO QUEST 1 So you want to be a Hero? And of course NetHack and EGATrek awsome games that I STILL play...

  25. Havingphun

    Havingphun TS Enthusiast Posts: 83

    Ratchet and Clank 1.

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