What game first got you hooked on gaming?


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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 :)
Defender in the arcade was tough. I never really got used to the reverse and thrust buttons to control lateral movement. But I played it a lot on my Atari 1200XL, where the joystick controlled the direction and speed as well as elevation.


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(sorry to dig up an old thread!)

For me, it was probably GTA: Vice City. The open world concept combined with the outstanding modding potential really opened up a new door. GTA: San Andreas solidified that and then the original Crysis opened up an entirely new door for me, as it was the prime motivator behind my decision to build my first gaming rig (and from there, I was off to the races........)
For me it was Warcraft 2. I played the campaign when I was a kid and didn't have a taste for the competitive multiplayer side of it, I just enjoyed building my base, controlling units, armies and exploring the map. Later I started fiddling with the map editor and started making my own maps to play. It was a bit silly in hindsight, but I enjoyed it as a way of self expression I guess.


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This is dating me but the original Space Invaders in the arcade was my first true arcade/computer game I played. However the one that really got me hooked on gaming was Pac-Man in the arcade. I dumped countless quarters in that game and knew the patterns up to the 9th key. I could make a quarter last forever on that game. I was hooked from then on. Owned an Atari 2600, NES, Sega Genesis, original Xbox and a Nintendo Wii. But my favorite has always been pc gaming on an Apple ] [ and on PC. Still game on a PC this day.
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NFS most wanted, GTA San Andreas and Project IGI were my first games on a PC. There was also Road Rash, Pinball and Minesweeper(I never learned this game till today)

Kaj Hansen

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Well, I started as a 6 year old on a dos machine that had to boot dos from a 5.25 at each start up...

Beer tapper
Test Drive
Kings Quest
then at some point Civilization 1 came and I was done for.