What game first got you hooked on gaming?

By Dawn1113 ยท 175 replies
Apr 7, 2012
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  1. Ranger12

    Ranger12 TS Evangelist Posts: 621   +122

    Donkey Kong Country for the snes was probably the first game that got me addicted. Played a lot of snes for several years and then went on a gaming hiatus as I was really into outdoors stuff. Then I discovered Simcity 2000 and Rollercoaster Tycoon an I've been addicted to PC games ever since.
  2. danteoz

    danteoz TS Enthusiast Posts: 42

    my first game I played for hours on end was Super Mario Bros 3 on the NES I bought from my neighbor at their garage sale for $25. many a day were spent playing that so many years ago...shortly after was pokemon Red on the Game Boy I got at another garage sale haha...Pokemon in general just hooks me every now and again still to this day.
  3. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,264

    Probably Asteroids, Pac Man and Missile Command. They were on arcade tables at the local pool/snooker hall when I was just starting out on my quest for enlightenment and fulfilling the expectations of teachers and family.
    The arcade game started out a poor third (to 9-ball and pinball), but didn't take long to usurp pinball - being able to play while sitting was a pivotal factor when beer consumption inevitably increased...
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  4. boybrushdred

    boybrushdred TS Member Posts: 26

    I started on a handheld in the early 90s. Super Mario Land for the Gameboy was the first game I finished.
  5. skitzo_zac

    skitzo_zac TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 418

    I remember playing old school DOS games on a PC my family had a LONG time ago, I remember the likes of The Lost Vikings, Alley Cat and Cyber Dogs.

    The first multiplayer game I got into though would be the original Red Faction, man that was awesome blasting holes in the walls with the rocket launcher.
  6. Loren Soth

    Loren Soth TS Rookie

    I could probably list so many games, but the three that stand out most:
    Time Pilot
    Mr. Do!
    For the arcade and at home on the Coleco.
    Gamer all my life since I was able, my father got me hooked.
  7. Recipe7

    Recipe7 TS Booster Posts: 143

    Console gaming: First game I ever played was Super Mario. Succeeded by a Sega Genesis, then N64, PS1, PS2, PS3.

    PC gaming: The original Doom. Got it when I was 7, but was too scared to play unless someone was in the room with me, haha.
  8. prateek bagga

    prateek bagga TS Rookie

    "DAVE" - a game with only 10 levels, ridiculously addictive.. ran on DOS, and then it was Pac-Man, mario, serious sam, Vice city, age of empires, etc.. many !

    Loved games ! love games !
  9. milespower

    milespower TS Member Posts: 33

    Depends really. The first PC Game I got hooked was back in 2000 when I was given a gaming Compaq (!!!!) and a bunch of games. The very first game that I got completely hooked on PC was SimCity 3000. Literally spent the whole day building cities and whatnot and I looked at the window, there was daylight, "5min" later dinner time :D Of course, NSF Porsche Unleashed and Sonic CD were also big favorites, as well as GTA and GTA2.

    Gaming in general, Sonic & Knuckles (and Knuckles in Sonic 3) for the Sega Genesis. Literally every Sonic game is fun in my opinion, and somewhat addicting.
  10. Draghici Ionut

    Draghici Ionut TS Rookie

  11. Coodu

    Coodu TS Booster Posts: 173

    Commander Keen :)
  12. GoranGol

    GoranGol TS Rookie

    I am gamer basically last 20 years.
    And remember that Diablo, Championship Manager 01/02 and Commandos 2 were really addictive back in the days.
    But I must confes that EVE Online got me dreaming about the game, thinking about ship setups, economy, doing extra effort outside the game, like Corporation forum, excell spreeds for minning and profit.
    In 2 words TOTAL ADDICTION!
    It cost me real money, and I still have account just in case my addiction kicks in :)
    3 years in total
  13. sorin popa

    sorin popa TS Rookie

    My first game was LHX, a helicopter game, on a monochrome screen, in the early 90's. I barely managed to lift up the helicopter and shoot randomly some missiles and stuff, I was too little to actually figure out how to complete objectives and missions. Then, on the same monochrome screen (on a 286 computer I think) I played Wolfenstein 3D, Prince of Persia, Bumpy, Supaplex, an F1 game which I don't remember the name, Lamborghini, Lotus, Keen, Fire and Ice, Prehistorik 2, Jazz Jackrabbit, and lots of other games.
    After that I finally got a color screen together with a Pentium 133 Mhz computer. On that computer I played Doom, NFS, MK, Warcraft.
    But the games that really hooked me up to gaming were the Star Wars KOTOR games, Prince of Persia Sands of times.
    Other games that I really loved:
    EGATrek, a very simple, smart and addictive game
    USM 98, a soccer manager, really fun if you manage to get the ultimate winning scheme and win every match :D
    Comanche Gold
    Quake 1&2
    Alien Odyssey, an excellent atmospheric action/adventure game
    Gothic 1&2
  14. bozoisundead

    bozoisundead TS Rookie

    I would have to say the original age of empires got me started.

    Either that or commander keen!
  15. JMMD

    JMMD TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 854

    I was a child in the days of arcades so pacman, asteroids and galaga were some of the first games I ever played. Once I got an Atari console I was hooked. Most time spent playing was on the original NES. Super Mario, Zelda and some of the classic RPG's from those days kept me busy every day.
  16. spyindian47

    spyindian47 TS Rookie

    First games I remember playing are Mario Bros, Bomberman and Battlecity(not sure what its called but its the one with the tanks) all for NES or Famicom. And the first game I was able to finish was Wolfenstein 3D.
  17. freythman

    freythman TS Booster Posts: 113   +10

    The first one that got me hooked back in the day was Chopper Commando running on DOS 3.2. I would spend hours and hours playing that! My favorite quote after dieing was "Life goes on... for most of us anyways."
  18. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Posts: 7,674   +413

    You mention Mario ? :) http://www.rightthisminute.com/video/mario-fish-tank-land
    Sorry its only 18 seconds long:(
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  19. Richy2k9

    Richy2k9 TS Enthusiast Posts: 515

    hello ...

    don't really remember but I think that it was Lotus Esprit (DOS)

  20. rrplay

    rrplay TS Rookie

    I would have to say Doom and later on I liked the Doom 3, when I got into F.E.A.R I released that I needed to update some hardware.
  21. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Posts: 7,674   +413

  22. GyverX

    GyverX TS Rookie

    For me it would have to be Dungeons of Kroz from my DOS days. Wow. Just having color back then was awesome.
  23. thumbworn

    thumbworn TS Rookie

    Pong. Obviously certain games on various systems stand out over others but Pong is where it all started for me.
  24. emmzo

    emmzo TS Booster Posts: 142   +37

    Dan Dare on ZX Spectrum... ah, the good old days...
  25. Shalimar

    Shalimar TS Rookie Posts: 41

    D3 of course

    As for my addiction... I'll show my age: Castle Adventure aka Castle Quest on a Commodore Pet (pre-release originally)

    For those that don't know this classic: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castle_Adventure

    Oh and you can find a version online easily enough to play in a dos box :)

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