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Discussion in 'Retro & Arcade' started by elvis, Jun 23, 2018.

  1. elvis

    elvis Old school old fool

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    What's your very first game, or gaming memory? Not necessarily your favourite, but the earliest you can remember.

    For me, it's Vortex Blaster on Sega SC3000:

    https://stickfreaks.com/sega-sc-3000/vortex-blaster



    My dad came home with a Sega SC3000, which was the first computer and/or console (it was kind of both) that we ever owned. I'd never even touched a computer before then, and certainly never been to an arcade yet, and dad sat me down and showed me how to use this one, load up games from tape, and play them. "Vortex Blaster" was on those tapes, and I remember being blown away by the game.
     
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  2. Speculator

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    Well it'd have to be a Colecovision game for me. Like you the console my Dad came home with when I was a kid was the first computer/console I was exposed to.

    I'm going to say one of the first games we got was Cosmic Avenger and that's one of my earliest memories (it's so hard to say what the actual first was), and has stuck with me.



    L8r.
     
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  3. fredhoon

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    Pong and Skeet shooting on a PC-50X clone matching the Prog TV Game SD-050 Audio Sonic PP-790 picture (top right in the link below)

    http://videogameconsolelibrary.com/pg70-pc50x.htm#page=models

    PC-50X_Models-Programmable_TV_Game_SD-050C.jpg
    [Edit] form the colour of the cartridge it was definitely this one. I vividly remember the orange buttons and control joysticks.


    I can't recall if I discovered pinball and tabletop coin games before or after this console mysteriously arrived in our home (pretty sure someone gave it to Dad, parents wouldn't have bought it). It didn't work for long but we kept playing with it as a "spaceship" cockpit control for many years after.

    A good friend of mine had a B&W Vetrex which we dusted off a few years back.
     
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  4. JidaiGeki

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    Great thread idea elvis!

    My first gaming memory is from about '82/'83 (I was 5 or 6) in the UK, my parents acquired a Binatone MK6 colour TV system - by then we'd moved past B&W TV. The only game I remember was the Pong-like 'Tennis' game, and being rubbish at it. There was also a measure of frustration because we didn't get the light gun with it, and I do recall setting it to the shooting game and nothing happening. Probably what gave rise to some completionist tendencies ;)

    Anyway, that system travelled with my family for a few years, and then as a foolish 11 year old, I changed the voltage setting on the transformer from the safe 9V, to 12V, not realising the low tolerance of its innards, and released the magic smoke :( binned everything except the power pack, that thing pops up every so often when I'm moving stuff in the garage to remind me of my shame. In the past two years I have happily acquired some of the old MK6 consoles again, and even better, got the light gun as well. Not sure if it will work with my TVs though, I remember it didn't work with the 68cm Phillips. In any case, there's a composite mod that can be done on these units, will give that a go one day.

    [​IMG]

    Example of the gameplay:
     
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  6. HyRax1

    HyRax1 ¡Viva la Resolutión!

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    My first was Gammaron on the C64.



    Way back when I was 7.
     
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    Lode runner and I am thinking it was on an Atari? It was definitely before we bought our C64 but was pretty young then.
     
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    Jet Figher (DOS)

    Played months and months of this, not sure how...
     
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    I hope you could turn the sound off!
     
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    Great thread. Made me think about good times.

    My first game wasn't a game, but it was all I had.
    My dad bought a 486, and gave me a disc with Banner Mania on it. I had to work out how to navigate DOS, and absolutely loved making signs and remaking the logos of brands and comic book front pages using it.



    After that, my first actual game was the original prince of Persia. I still love that game. Although I'm not as good as I used to be. I could finish it in one go.

     
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    Quake II on Pentium 1 system with Win 3.1 :leet:
     
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    The "first" IBM game I played was called Art of War



    The of course Kings Quest 1!
     
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    Quake II required Win95 or WinNT4 as a minimum.
     
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    Honestly it was the turn of the century time. Might have been Q1,
    Human memory is imperfect. :lol:
     
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    Quake II was a bundle with my Diamond Voodoo 2 along with Interstate 76 and another game I can't remember but might have been a Tomb Raider game.
     
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    2player co-op with firendly fire !
     
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  18. Fitzi

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    My earliest memory is Pacman or Frogger, not really sure what the system was because it was a family friends. I guess it could have been an Atari or C64, I think it had cartridges that plugged into the keyboard/system and joysticks with the one button on the top of the stick. I would have been lucky to be about 5 or 6 at the time or maybe younger cause I remember throwing a tantrum or getting upset when I had to stop playing...who knew my bad attitude started so young :lol:
     
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    Played a lot of this at my grandad's house. Can't remember why he had it (he wasn't much of a gamer, but liked tinkering with things I guess). Would keep me entertained while adults did boring adult things.
     

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