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Your first game / gaming memory

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

  1. MUTMAN

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    (I think???) it was Hoopstar that made or refurbished one. there's a worklog somewhere in the forums here, and yes, it is amazing :)

    Both of these were awesome, but grundy's had a ticket style of paying for everything. what a rip-off they were. but still, an amazing place with the crazy water slide outside and arcade heaven inside.
    There was an amazing (for the time and place) arcade in Toowoomba too. It had "everything" pinballs lowboys uprights cocktails by the dozens. I got dragged out of there by my screaming parents more than once :D
     
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    Atari 2600 - Grand Prix and Double Dragon. Rich kid neighbour had a console... was amazed...

    Didn't get a family PC till early 1991. First game I owned was Gods which was bundled with the PC! Played the shit out of that game lol
     
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    Ah the water slide. That'd be the one that gained infamy when some prick put razor blades in it and cut some kids up.

    From memory, 'Top's', the theme 'park' at the top of the Myer Centre in Queen St had a decent arcade as well.

    Lived in rural Northern NSW as a kid. So trips to the GC and Brisbane were always an event! :D
     
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    Urban legend. Never a single news story about this, anywhere, ever.
     
  5. power

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    yeah as above, fake news.

    Tops had an awesome arcade. I experienced Dactyl Nightmare there two they had 2 machines in - EPICness.

    https://www.giantbomb.com/dactyl-nightmare/3030-38723/

    Yes it was stand up multiplayer VR.
     
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    Ha, I remember reading about that - when VR was going to be the next big thing! (And wasn't. And still isn't. :p )
     
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    I'm still angry I never got to go to SEGA world when it still existed. I think my first trip on a plane was to Sydney and I was devastated to find out it had closed a few months earlier.

    As for my first game, it would have been on the old 286 we got from our friends dad, with some version of DOS on it. It was in this series, but I think it was more of a platformer:

     
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    those machines were there in '93, i took a non-gaming mate he giggled like a school girl he had so much fun. A real gaming highlight.
     
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    First actual game? Don't know. Pong or space invaders arcade. Hard to tell would have been early 80's.
    Some apple II stuff early 80's visiting a friend, I don't think I was allowed to touch it..

    First game I played might have been something for the XT.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bouncing_Babies_(video_game)
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alley_Cat_(video_game)

    I definitely remember both of those being new and fancy. Games before that I think were really only text character based on the PC.

    First game we played at home. I think dad bought home one of those telecom thingies, and it could let you play hang man. But really it was the C64 Lemans with Paddles. It was the first game we loaded up (cartridge no basic commands required) and blew our minds. Colour, sound, paddle action. I think I might have played Donkey Kong on the Vic20 at someones house before that.
     
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    Pretty sure it was a colecovision with zaxxon and mouse trap but I do have vague memories of playing a game with elevators in a borrowed mac
     
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    My 10th birthday party present from my parents was my first plane trip... and to SEGA world about a week after it opened :leet:

    Loved it.
     
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    impossible mission? was that even on Mac?
     
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    Of course it's all myth/legend/hearsay. The GC Bulletin does have a look-back article though that indicates there may be some truth to it.

    Back on topic, trying to remember if console or PC came first for me....probably PC in the mighty Microbee and Taipan!
     
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    Alley Cat for when the parents were in the room. Astrotit for when they weren't. :lol:
     
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    I think that was a story just to freak kids out, and it worked :)

    Tops was good, but I still preferred the Albert St arcade that was closest to the mall... there were two, timezone and ???
    I think timezone had ourun for $1 a game. what a bargain :)
    they also had the laser disk game with the knight and the dragon ... the name escapes me
    both were in high demand :thumbup:

    Magic Mountain however, was lame city for games. cool magic show, but that was all
     
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    Dragon's Lair
     
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    thats the one !
    timing was EVERYTHING in that game. hardest game I ever played
     
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    first QTE based game I can remember - and it predated Quicktime by many many years!

    absolute dollar muncher which is why the home ports were the way to go. The Amiga port was surprisingly good.
     
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    Elevator Action at the local bowling alley.

    Still play the remaster on the PS3.

    - Bear
     
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    I could never enjoy that game. Sexy as hell, but the whole "Interactive cartoon" thing just left me annoyed.

    Top game. Check out "Elevator Action Returns" too. It's a brilliant sequel, available as part of the "Taito Legends 2" pack.

    http://www.hardcoregaming101.net/elevator-action-returns/

     
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