What game first got you hooked on gaming?

By Dawn1113 ยท 175 replies
Apr 7, 2012
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  1. Tekkaraiden

    Tekkaraiden TS Evangelist Posts: 997   +93

    Dig Dug for my Atari 65xe
  2. mike1959

    mike1959 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,034   +55

    I do remember trying to get past screen 4 of Manic Miner by Bug byte on the Spectrum 48k, I couldn't leave that alone.
    On the Amiga A500, R-Type, and the PC, EA Sports F1 2002, and Simbin's Race 07, (now I'll have to have another go...Race 07 WTCC still so good if you like driving games.)
  3. treeski

    treeski TS Evangelist Posts: 990   +233

    Everquest was probably the game-over title. There were a few other notables prior though...
    Load Runner
    Kings Quest
    Quest for Glory
    Heart of Darkness
    ... A few I can't remember atm
  4. alexandrionel

    alexandrionel TS Enthusiast Posts: 94

    First I had a console that I would connect to my TV. It was called Terminator 2.
    I had a lot of nice games on that console: Marios, Bomberman, Pac-Man and something with Tanks. I got hooked on games because of that console.
    The first PC game that hooked me was Wolfenstein 3D.
    Other games that made sure I wouldn't let go were Age of Empires 1 and Half Life 1.
    Those were nice games.
  5. Trevor Vant

    Trevor Vant TS Rookie

    Super Mario. The original was the first game I really played and very much enjoyed. Many years later I played the original Quake and after that I was super hooked on games. Quake 2 for PC was the first game that I ever owned and I went nuts on MSN gaming zone. Dominated on the railz mod and co-operated the Quake 2 division of AoHx clan. Good times :)
  6. Mintograde

    Mintograde TS Rookie

    The first game I remember getting hooked on was Sonic the Hedgehog 2 on the Sega Genesis. I'd play it any chance I got (though being 5 years old when I started, I didn't progress past the Chemical Plant zone ;))

    Probably the biggest gaming event in my life was playing Halo: CE on the original Xbox. I still play it to this day (online through XBC), and have met some great friends through the years by playing this game.
  7. Adhmuz

    Adhmuz TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,829   +634

    Can't remember far enough back to when I didn't play video games, started out with DOS, Prince of Persia, Frogger, and some Racing game I can't remember the name of. Then came Win95 with Worms 2 and my first go at the Need for Speed series which got me hooked on racing games for a while. My best memory would have to be Starcraft however, got the Starcraft battlechest for my 9th birthday and played that for years before moving from a P1 to a P4 and getting in to FPS games the likes of CS and UT2K3.
  8. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,286   +903

    Commander Keen did it for me, couldnt stop playing!
  9. Jivex5k

    Jivex5k TS Rookie

    Oh man, what game got me hooked?
    I'd have to say Duke Nukem 3D....now it wasn't the first game I ever played, but it was what got me really hooked.
    I remember they included a level editor with an absolutely cryptic manual.
    I found a bible-sized third party manual eventually which really helped me make levels.
    It was neat learning the tricks they did, like stairs were just teleporters to different areas because the engine didn't support 2 stories or more in a building.
    Ah the sprite based fun I had!

    Actually that's what got me hooked on messing with games, not really gaming itself I suppose, though the game itself was great for me as a child.

    Well I gotta say that it's either Ultima Online...man that game was like a new world in an age of no MMORPGs...well besides AOLs neverwinter but it never reached the success of UO.

    UO hooked me on mmorpgs...
    Goldeneye for the 64 hooked me on competitive shooters.
    Halo took it to a new level, halo 1 that is with 2 xboxes and 2 tvs and 7 other friends....Man the nights we had it was amazing.
    It was like all of a sudden you could use surprise because the enemy was on another tv instead of yours.
    And let's not forget the Sega games my neighbor had.
    Anyone whose played toejam and earl...man that game was a trip. Road rash was awesome, the Mortal Kombats of course, Sonic, so many classics...
    WWF Royal Rumble was the one we played most though. Good times...

    Switching the to PC....
    I also played CS at one point religiously, my cousin got really really good and it pushed me to reach his skill. I never came close though lol.

    PC games had their own hook on my young life.
    Games like The Incredible Machine were simply amazing to me. It was definitely a brain workout.
    Lemmings was pretty awesome too I saw that listed earlier.
    Also the Indian Jones Holy Grail game from lucasarts was awesome.

    Currently I'm hooked in LoL...it's free and very high quality with a lot of depth.

    Anyways, a bit of a rant, thought I'd share.
  10. kalgon

    kalgon TS Rookie

    King's Quest 1 (PC)
  11. Vicu9mx

    Vicu9mx TS Rookie

    Pacman, Goonies 2, Fighting Fantasy(Hippodrome), Bad Dudes vs. Dragon Ninja, snowbros, pang!!

    In PC StarCraft
  12. ETF Soldier

    ETF Soldier TS Evangelist Posts: 463   +136

    The six earliest games I can recall playing, but not the order of which I played, all happened to be PC games; Age of Empires, Dungeon Keeper 2, Carmageddon, Crash Bandicoot, Doom and Harry Potter & the Philosipher's Stone, each of these games has gone on to represent the genres that now entice me:
    I remember playing each of them around 4 yearss old? Some a bit later.
  13. hitech0101

    hitech0101 TS Guru Posts: 451   +34

    Contra and Super contra.
  14. Skoobs

    Skoobs TS Rookie

    Quake 2 then 3 then everything and anything in between :p
  15. Raswan

    Raswan TS Enthusiast Posts: 279

    Late bloomer here. It was either Command and Conquer, or this wicked awesome game called Rune. Anyone know it?
  16. TorturedChaos

    TorturedChaos TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 839   +29

    First game I played a lot of was Super Mario World: Yoshi's Island. I got it and and crappy baseball game with a used SNES for my 10th birthday a bit after the Playstation came out. I played it a lot (and still have that exact system in a box somewhere).
    But what got me really hooked on video games was Final Fantasy 7 for the PS. A friend had the game and let me try it one day and I was hooked for life. JRPG's have been my favorite genre ever since.
    Also played a lot of Street Fighter Alpha 3 for the SNES rubbing my thumb raw with all the quarter slides on the SNES controller :p. Street Fighter games (and ones that use a similar control setup) are still my favorite style of fighting games.
  17. Neojt

    Neojt TS Addict Posts: 223   +56

    Well like alot of people I started out with the good old Mario on the classic Nintendo and also Super Mario
    BUT I got hooked to PC gaming when I first played Red Alert and the funny thing is that verry same game got my Dad hooked as well... the good old "Computer are not for gaming" my dad use to say flew out the window.

    In 2002 however I got hoked to FPS with Americas Army played that game until 2010 (AA3 was a total failure) !!!


  18. ceejay949

    ceejay949 TS Rookie Posts: 17

    Way back in the age of DOS. The game's name is frogger. :D
  19. Jawshh

    Jawshh TS Enthusiast Posts: 392

    Dino Crisis on PS1. It came bundled with my system and I spent hours playing it-was really awesome. After that, I kept on looking for similar games and never stopped.
  20. mattfrompa

    mattfrompa TS Evangelist Posts: 553   +57

    Mega Man 2 was one of the first games I ever played on a console and was the only game I played more than Mario bros, which also hooked me on platformers. My Dad, brother and I played it together for countless hours and it reflects a time when we were much closer. I plan to get a Mega Man 2 related tattoo to commemorate that special time in my life.
  21. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,718   +860

    Ha! I'm the oldest here - got all of ya beat. The game that got me hooked on gaming was the original Pong. First the arcade version, then with the console hookup.

  22. posermobile89

    posermobile89 TS Rookie Posts: 72

    I remember playing my brothers Super Mario Bros 3 all the time, and occasionally the original Legend of Zelda but then when I got my own, definitely pokemon yellow and super mario advance 2. I played both of them for hours, beat Mario 100% multiple times.
  23. tacobfm

    tacobfm TS Rookie Posts: 59

    In general, Sonic adventures 2 got me hooked on video games when I was 5.
    Runescape was the start for PC gaming and UT3 was the start for FPS.
  24. stbecker

    stbecker TS Rookie Posts: 32

    I never had a console (such a sad story) but King's Quest was what really sparked my imagination back in the day.
  25. Ma_ga

    Ma_ga TS Rookie Posts: 39

    uff, I have to google it, the first game that got me hooked was Pitfall for the Atari 2600 (as far as I remember), when I was 3 years old *nerd*.

    Then a lot of good games come along, I have beated Contra, Super C, Contra 3 like 50 times (each), Super Mario World, Metroid 3, Deus Ex, and so many others.

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