What game first got you hooked on gaming?

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

    ghasmanjr TS Booster Posts: 363   +86

    Definitely the Mega Man series. I loved that little sprites. Also, Super Mario Bros 3 ate up a lot of my youth.
  2. Mavrickx888

    Mavrickx888 TS Enthusiast Posts: 64   +9

    The first game that truly got me hooked on gaming was the original Age of Empires. The lengths I would go just to play that game still makes me question my sanity...

    Rewind the clock a few years... (Ok, maybe a little more than a few). My dad gave me an old HP laptop that was from the late 90s running Windows 95, a processor that had less clock speed than a bottle of water, and just enough hard drive space to squeeze the OS and maybe one or two low-end games. The screen was no more than 7 inches and it had one of those pop-out mice attached by a flimsy piece of plastic. It didn't even have an integrated CD-ROM drive! The only option I had was a battery powered (Yes, that's right, 6 AA batteries!) LPT CD-ROM drive that lasted all of about 10 minutes at max speed before the batteries went dead. If I even wanted to install the game, I had to do extra chores for an entire week just so I could go and buy the batteries required to power it. I had my house, my backyard, and front yard looking pristine just so I afford the batteries to play what may have been an hours worth of that damned game.

    Looking back, it was all worth it, as gaming has been a big part of my life ever since and I wouldn't trade a second of it for anything.
  3. Satish Mallya

    Satish Mallya TS Maniac Posts: 150   +118

    This one's actually a multi-way tie for me;
    Metal Gear (NES)
    Gato-1 (PC)
    Stunts (PC) - the only make-your-own-track racing game I've sen to date..
    Prince of Persia (PC)
    Doom (PC)
  4. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 1,870   +1,291

    I was totally hooked the first time we fired up the Pong console. Not long after came the 2600, and I actually got one for Christmas (with Combat, of course..think they got me Space Invaders, too). Only those who came of age in that era understand how magical a time it was. All this video game stuff was new and there was <b>always</b> something just hitting the shelves that you desperately wanted. Nowadays you almost have to fund a Kickstarter project to get a game you'd actually want to play.
  5. AJS129

    AJS129 TS Rookie

    Tribes Vengeance was my first online game, that one got me hooked.
  6. smekzor

    smekzor TS Rookie

    Lost Vikings on PC, I was 4 years old so it was a bit hard at first :D
  7. RareApo

    RareApo TS Rookie

    For me was The Legend of Zelda: A link to the Past. Is STILL awesome!!!
  8. numitors

    numitors TS Rookie

    Super Mario World on SNES, also Half-life on PC
  9. summermick

    summermick TS Rookie

    red alert
  10. Xterm

    Xterm TS Rookie

    Everquest or should I say Evercrack took over my life for years! I still have so many fond memories of that game.
  11. WildEast

    WildEast TS Rookie

    Team Fortress 2, was about my first online shooter I play and it really got me into it. Have like 3k hours in it right now. :)
    Too bad its starting to be ruined by the trading system.
  12. abysal

    abysal TS Booster Posts: 114   +40

    It's a tie between Quake II and Freespace. Also the original Diablo was big.
  13. KG363

    KG363 TS Guru Posts: 515   +9

    Command & Conquer.

    C&C set the bar for me. I grew up with C&C 95 and all of its subsequent iterations. Westwood set the bar so high that I've never really been able to enjoy any other RTS as much, save the first two Age of Empires. I still go back and play as the GDI looking to stop the terrorist NOD organization, or I play as the right-hand man to Kane in a bid to dominate the world. I'm getting way too nostalgic to keep on writing. The only thing I dislike about it is that Win7 doesn't support it.

    Where's my XP disk...
  14. jsquirre

    jsquirre TS Rookie

    Yars revenge on atari 2600.... damn game made me a "will mow lawn for video games" kid
  15. I would have to say Total annihilation. Counter-strike and starcraft are close seconds though.
  16. CryVer

    CryVer TS Enthusiast Posts: 38

    Multiple games in fact:
    Road Rash 2, Max Montezuma's Return and Donkey Kong 64. Still play DK64 sometimes using emulator :)
  17. Omnificent

    Omnificent TS Rookie

    Hey there, the first game that got me hooked was Super Mario Land (the one with the little dots on the map and the secret star world) for the Super Nintendo.

    My dad bought me it when I was real little 5-6 and I loved the game and the console. It was a great addiction for my friends and I. Other notable mentions are quake 1 and rise of the triad, and doom, all of which I played while sitting on my dads lap using our Win 95 machine. LOL

    Anyways I'm glad I was introduced to the world of gaming and I continue it to this day.
  18. DarKSeeD

    DarKSeeD TS Booster Posts: 95

    ZX Spectrum - Harrier Attack
  19. Axiarus

    Axiarus TS Maniac Posts: 253   +124

    Excite Bike on the NES. I would play it at my grandmas house. It was my uncles.
  20. Tomorrow_Rains

    Tomorrow_Rains TS Enthusiast Posts: 156

    Star Wars Dark Forces for PC. big star wars fan, so I got hooked on video games since that day
  21. taea00

    taea00 TS Enthusiast Posts: 102

    The first game I ever played was called Midnight Madness on the Atari, I was probably 5. It was a pinball game separated into a top and bottom screen if I remember correctly. My father actually bought the Atari with Midnight Madness to take with him when he went on the road. Well he was playing it very late one night and I woke up. Him and I sat there for a few hours mesmerized by the graphics, being Atari they were just blocks, but I was amazed.
  22. lalaman06

    lalaman06 TS Rookie

    Warcraft 3 when I was in grade 7...I would sneak into my dad's library just to play it because I remember back then, his computer was the only one that could handle such a "high graphics" game =]
  23. shadow1thorek

    shadow1thorek TS Rookie

    Well, as far as I remember it was Civilization I running on 4 floppy discs on Intel 286 processor in DOS system. Ahh good old times.
  24. mrtraver

    mrtraver TS Guru Posts: 381   +86

    We had a Pong clone hooked up to our TV back in the 70s, and I was instantly hooked by the interaction. Space Invaders (arcade and Atari 2600) is probably what cemented my lifelong love of playing video games.

    I had always wanted to fly, so when I got an Atari 800 computer I immediately bought Star Raiders, and later I played the snot out of F-15 Strike Eagle. I also immensely enjoyed The Great American Cross Country Road Race on the 800, and have always had at least one racer on every platform I have owned.

    I bought my first (and every subsequent) PC for gaming, and played a ton of Freespace 2 and Crimson Skies. Unreal Tournament got me hooked on FPS games, and much later, Command & Conquer 3 got me going on RTS.
  25. TS-56336

    TS-56336 TS Addict Posts: 609   +109

    I have Gameboy Advance. I play Pokemon and was particularly addicted. I have about 12 versions of Pokemon. But I got switched to PC because my Gameboy was wiped out by Typhoon Ketsana. So then, I give PC gaming a shot. I started to play Fallout 3 and it's still very good past-apocalyptic genre.

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