What game first got you hooked on gaming?

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Smartpixel

I remember my first game is Super Mario, I used to play all day long with my friends.Later I play gameboy games.
 

cliffordcooley

TS Redneck
Has it really been over 6 years? Damn!
We need to add a few more pages to this great thread. :)

Who else has a contribution to the list?
 
Pac-Man was the first in 1981.
Wizardry was the first computer game obsession, '83 for me.
Ultima IV was the first (lengthy) computer game I finished (summer '86)— obsession required, my Shepherd was Lvl 7.
Was off gaming for years though I played the Tekkens and Tomb Raiders.

And then... Minecraft, oddly enough. Kids played it, watched some YTers. Started myself on a computer which could barely play it.

Now have a 8400/1080. Back in the swing 4 decades later.
 
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BlackCatRokusho

TS Rookie
Initially it was just something to pass the time, to continuously challenge reaction timing but what really got me hooked was JRPGs.

The first major one I can remember playing was Legend of Legaia, I spent so much time playing that it was crazy and I've been hooked on them since.
 
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Route44

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I don't know how I missed this thread but for me it was Thief: The Dark Project. I still have vivid memories of playing it all those years ago. An amazing game.
 

MaikuTech

TS Evangelist
Double dragon 1 and 2, bad dudes from data east.
Life force and super Mario Bros 2 got me hooked into gaming in 1988.
My cousins were playing it when I visited them for the first time.
 

Niner21

TS Rookie
For PC Gaming I'd have to say the original Unreal Tournament. As far as gaming goes that would be anything on the original Atari.
 

BillHanselman

TS Rookie
Well, there are various game that I am hooked on. Has anybody know about the old Mario. I still remembered in my childhood I played this game on the big system. Currently, I am playing various multiplayer game,
FIFA
PUBG
Destiny 2
COD
 

neeyik

TS Guru
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Gaming full stop - Asteroids (arcade unit), early 80s
Home computer - Manic Miner (ZX Spectrum), mid 80s
Console gaming - Bomberman (SNES), early 90s
PC gaming - Doom, early-mid 90s

Ah, fond memories...
 

Burty117

TechSpot Chancellor
Unreal Tournament 2004. That game is what convinced me to get a PC to play games and is what truly got me into gaming.

I played a lot on PS1 / PS2 before then, but it was Unreal Tournament 2004 that truly got that spark going.
 
It was the original Halo when it first came to the pc. That game got me to buy my first desktop pc. It got me posting for the first time on an online board, buying my first graphics card and memory upgrade parts too. I had used computers long before that but they were ancient dumb and not fun. Sadly every Halo after the first one was a big disappointment for me. The first one was what got me hooked though.
 

Knot Schure

TS Addict
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...
Win7 supports C&C3 just fine. Head on over to Steam and spend a whopping $5 or less for an additional copy.

I'll see ya online for a heads-up... :)
 

Knot Schure

TS Addict
Consoles were SO bad when I was a kid, I didn't care for the Coleco's / Ataris etc. I was an arcade gamer for sure though. (Probably cheaper in the long run then too).

So it was Galaxians, Frogger, 1942 etc.

Later is was Chase HQ, 'The Main Event', etc.

I didn't even care for the NES.

I remember beginning addiction when the Mega Drive my brother had with 'Super Monaco Grand Prix', when I found myself in front of the TV at 3am.

Virtua Racing at the arcade blew me away. I hated consoles even more then.

So back to the arcades it was until I tried an SNES.

Contra, SF2, Mario (a little bit), Open World, and that SFX game I forgot.

Ridge Racer at the arcade was another jaw-dropper.

N64's Wave Race was amazing. A stand out game.

At the arcade, Hydro Thunder soaked up lots of my coins.

Dreamcast was fun, Crazy Taxi, shooting with the gun accessory, Hydro Thunder (though no arcade quality).

Xbox & Halo for a little while.

And then a looong break. C&C3, then MW3.

MW3 on the PC feels like an arcade game, very past paced, acceptable graphics, whilst not too demanding means loads can play it. Shame about the hackers though.
 
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mbk34

TS Member
I'm another one that initially got addicted to Unreal Tournament when it first came out. GTA 3 was the next big hit for me. Nothing since has really done it for me :(

As a teenager I used to love watching people play Defender on the arcade machines but I didn't have the money to play so it could never became an addiction. A few years back I built my own MAME arcade cabinet to play the game (and others). It turned out I was completely useless at the bloody game :)
 

isamuelson

TS Booster
Space Invaders was the first video game I played, but the game that really got me hooked was Pac Man, especially after I figured out the patterns and could get past the 9th key on one quarter.