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« on: October 10, 2005, 06:44:40 PM »

What was the first game you ever played on the PC?  (This doesn't necessarily mean IBM-PC, it can be Apple, etc.)
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« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2005, 06:57:31 PM »

I bought an Atari 800 for Christmas one year to play Star Raiders.

I was really clever about it: purchased it as a present "for my wife." This was 1980 I believe, and the 800s were in short supply. Or I couldn't get one locally, or there was some problem getting one. Therefore, I purchased it mail order, but due to some sort of mixup, it didn't come in until AFTER Christmas - like the 27th. In fact, I got a call from a Freight carrier at Dulles Airport saying it was in, and could they get directions to my house. I asked them when it would be delivered, and they said it would take two to three days. "Not good enough!" I said. "If I drive out there, can I pick it up?" "Sure thing".

So I hopped in my car at around 6 in the evening and drove to Dulles Airport - a trip of about 25 miles from where I lived in Springfield, VA. I found the freight terminal, got the package and made it back home around 8 or 8:30. I unpacked it, and carefully put everything together. I then opened the Star Raiders box, plugged in the cart, turned on the power... and there it was in all its' glory on the TV. Score!

I then went upstairs to my wife, who was in bed at this point (it was probably 10 or 10:30 PM by this time). "Honey, your Christmas present is here, and I put it together.. do you want to see it?" "Unghhhhh... no, I'll just look at it tomorrow."

If only I could share with you the look on her face when she saw her "big present." Well, maybe that's for the best... suffice to say, she was not what you call "overwhelmed" by getting a computer and video game for her big Christmas present (note to self: girls like jewelry and clothes!)

The next year, on my birthday in May, I came home from work to my "big present": an antique high chair that converts to a stroller. As I looked at it, she leaned towards me and said "we're even now for that computer you gave me last Christmas"



P.S., The Atari 800 is long gone, but we still have the stroller, sitting in our dining room.
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« Reply #2 on: October 10, 2005, 06:59:13 PM »

Wheel of Fortune on a Tandy 1000.
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« Reply #3 on: October 10, 2005, 07:03:38 PM »

Charlatan, that is the best story ever! haahhahah
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« Reply #4 on: October 10, 2005, 07:03:59 PM »

Zork on the library computer heh..
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« Reply #5 on: October 10, 2005, 07:20:01 PM »

Uh...I think I wrote the first PC game I played.  It was on a Tandy Model II. smile
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« Reply #6 on: October 10, 2005, 07:22:12 PM »

This is the first one I remember playing, but there were others.  So long ago, it could be any of a number of games.

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« Reply #7 on: October 10, 2005, 07:31:02 PM »

Brickout at the end of an Apple 2+ tutorial. It was Breakout turned on its side basically.

Soon to be followed by classics like Lemonade Stand and OREGON TRAIL~!
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« Reply #8 on: October 10, 2005, 07:36:18 PM »

Oregon Trail > *.*
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« Reply #9 on: October 10, 2005, 07:39:33 PM »

Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord.

Such an awesome game at the time.
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« Reply #10 on: October 10, 2005, 07:39:37 PM »

man, I'm trying to remember.... it was on a Commodore 64...  Maybe Temple of Apshai?  Or was it Lode Runner....  I dunno, I remember there was a C-64 users group on the base we lived on at the time and it was basically just an excuse for everybody to get together and copy each others games unibrow

I think I filled up 10 5.24 floppies that first time I went, so I had a bunch at once.  Hard to remember....

First PC game, tho, was the original Pool of Radiance biggrin
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« Reply #11 on: October 10, 2005, 07:41:34 PM »

It was some kind of Star Trek game but I don't know if it even had a title.  My Uncle worked at Xerox and it was on their mainframe.   The goal of the game was to search a meteor field for Klingons.  We played by dialing into Xerox and since this was in the days prior to monitors being common each turn was viewed by printing out the gamefield.   Okay, I guess this is not really a PC game.
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« Reply #12 on: October 10, 2005, 07:43:27 PM »

Son of a bitch...I've always tried to remember this game and I think I saw it on Icons on G4 one time...it's really old.

It's like, you're a ninja guy...and you duel against other ninja-type people and on the bottom of the screen are the hit points, and they're like, little sideways triangles?  Anyone know what game I'm talking about?
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« Reply #13 on: October 10, 2005, 07:50:36 PM »

That would be Karateka.

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« Reply #14 on: October 10, 2005, 07:54:41 PM »

I remember  playing Kareteka on the Apple IIc.  God, I loved that game.  Same guy who designed the original Price of Persia, btw.
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« Reply #15 on: October 10, 2005, 07:55:03 PM »

All I remember is that the first PC we owned was an Apple IIc, soon followed by an Apple IIGS.

Then we came to the light and switched to an IBM PC Compatible. biggrin

While I can't remember my first game, I do remember this one classic on the IIGS called Task Force or something. It was a side-scroller where it was you as the cops verses waves of baddies. Had excellent sound (voices!), graphics (people that looked like people), and lots of weapons (machine guns, pistols, rocket launchers, a tazer weapon, etc), and it even supported two players.

That was a classic.
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« Reply #16 on: October 10, 2005, 08:06:08 PM »

Some kind of Lord of the Rings,Fellowship of the Ring game from around 1993.
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« Reply #17 on: October 10, 2005, 08:54:46 PM »

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That would be Karateka.



Heck yes, nice!  That game was fun.  I remember seeing it on the Prince of Persia "Icons" show biggrin  w00t, thanks guys!
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« Reply #18 on: October 10, 2005, 09:06:44 PM »

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That would be Karateka.


Wow.  Add stylus input and that could be a Nintendo DS game!

Ba-dum-dum!

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« Reply #19 on: October 10, 2005, 09:09:13 PM »

It really depends on your definition of "PC" -

ADVENT (The original "Adventure" by William Crowther) on the VAX mainframe system at the local community college was probably first...

Pirate's Cove and Adventure on my friend's Vic-20 (lucky stiff won it in a raffle)

Jumpman Jr. on my own Commodore 64

Anacreon or Kingdom of Kroz on my dad's 386SX/20
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« Reply #20 on: October 10, 2005, 09:12:05 PM »

Jumpman!  that was it! That was the first game I played on my C-64!  Laner jogged my memory.
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« Reply #21 on: October 10, 2005, 09:22:43 PM »

Jumpman was one great game.
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« Reply #22 on: October 10, 2005, 09:25:18 PM »

My first was this bad boy:


Played on one of these badboys:

4.77Mhz baby.  That's how I rolled.  Or, how my brother rolled in college.  He would bring it home during break and I would play the shit out of KQ, Zaxxon, Beer Tapper, the original Test Drive, and a few others I can't remember.  

King's Quest had the biggest impact on me.  I remember doing this horrible, horrible map for it on a nasty piece of notebook paper, carefully marking down the contents of each screen.  I can't describe how much I loved all those old Sierra adventures.  I played just about every one.
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« Reply #23 on: October 10, 2005, 09:28:13 PM »

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Jumpman was one great game.

i think Jumpman may have been my first as well.  it was either that or Lode Runner...both on a C64 Cool
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« Reply #24 on: October 10, 2005, 09:32:53 PM »

Hell, I think the C64 almost should be counted as a console- best games library for it's time
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« Reply #25 on: October 10, 2005, 09:59:44 PM »

Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves on an Atari 800. An obscure turn-based RPG-type of game that allowed four player cooperative gameplay. My best friend and I would stay up all night playing that.

Even though it was not the first PC  game I ever played, I still hold Jumpman very dear to my heart. I can still hear the Jumpman theme in my head. I recently downloaded an Atari computer emulator and the Jumpman game image, and much to my surprise, I STILL remember the patterns I used on some of the levels.
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« Reply #26 on: October 10, 2005, 10:05:10 PM »

Omega Race on an original IBM PC in 1982 in my high school computer lab.
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« Reply #27 on: October 10, 2005, 10:22:15 PM »

Zork or Wizardry or  Ali Baba on the nieghbor's Apple II.  I can't rmember which was first, but I'm sure within a week of the first one I played the other two for the first time, so let's make it a three way tie.  It's the most fair way I can do it.
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« Reply #28 on: October 10, 2005, 10:48:53 PM »

If we call the atari 400 a computer, then pac-man on the 400 was probably my first. If that doesn't count, then Oregon Trail on an Apple something or other at school.
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« Reply #29 on: October 10, 2005, 11:09:19 PM »

I'm not entirely sure what was the first game.
I remember playing Lemonade Stand (not sure if I'll count that as my first real game).
Tai Pan was pretty cool.
I think the first real game I played and got hooked on was Wizardry 1.  Good times.
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« Reply #30 on: October 10, 2005, 11:20:51 PM »

I can't remember what it was called (Dungeon?), but it was a roguelike on cassette tape on a Commodore Pet computer at school.
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« Reply #31 on: October 11, 2005, 12:39:38 AM »

PC, or a computer?  I think my first PC game was 'Jill of the Jungle', or maybe Wolfenstein 3d.

My first computer game was some text based adventure on the Vic 20.  You wake up in a bed with bites on your neck  biggrin   Cool stuff, but I dont recall the name and am too lazy to look it up.
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« Reply #32 on: October 11, 2005, 01:10:25 AM »

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Not sure what it was, but it was a text adventure I ordered out of some catalogue and played on one of these bad boys.  Later programmed the D&D magic items table in BASIC on the same rig.

The earliest game I have distinct and fond memories of playing is F-19 Stealth Fighter.  GREAT game.
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« Reply #33 on: October 11, 2005, 01:29:20 AM »

The first one I can remember is Miner 2049er on the Commodore 64 (I think, either that or the Vic 20).
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« Reply #34 on: October 11, 2005, 01:52:06 AM »

Well the first game I played that I actually owned on my PC (not from school etc...) was "Quest for the King" from Sierra.

I never got past the fifth screen.
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« Reply #35 on: October 11, 2005, 04:08:46 AM »

I want to say mine was FS95 I started late 1992. Maybe it was not 95 what ever the first FS was I remember using a 3.5hard disk to copy it from my computer in the business classes. I would spend the whole lunch hour flying the Cessna around Chicago.
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« Reply #36 on: October 11, 2005, 04:32:42 AM »

Atari 800xl - Homemade cassette tape games. The later Buck Rogers Planet of Zoom cart. Then finally F-15 Strike Eagle in 5 1/4" floppy. Was double sided..Atari version on one side Apple on the other.

IBM compatible - Star Trek 25th Aniversary, Master of Orion, Privateer all in the same day.
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« Reply #37 on: October 11, 2005, 04:54:32 AM »

Ok There was some "Tunnels and Trolls" on some Tandy counterpart (Maybe a vic, I think it was like the original tandy)that played off a tape.

When I got my c64, I played a shitload of games for it....  I'ma go with o dear god... there was Karetka on the Apple, strip poker on the apple, this really goofy game where you were stuck had to escape from some place and to get the stuff you needed, you could only program robots to do things... you would get chips you could use to make it do things, like hit a wall and make a left... I never finished it and It had to have been 20 years ago+ so dont ask me to remeber it, lol

so many old old PC games i have played...

first PC Game I prolly played woulda eiter been lode runner when the apple first came out, or that Vic/tandy game..

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I thought about it and I did play space invaders/Pacman on a atari 400/800... that count? smile
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« Reply #38 on: October 11, 2005, 01:16:25 PM »

Top of my head...

Not a game (Logos was the name I think... was a little turtle that you programmed using coordinates to draw shapes).

Swiss Family Robinson text adventure, damn was it hard.

Where in the World/USA is Carmen Sandiago

Battle Chess

My most memorable early game was called 1882 I believe (or maybe it was 1886), was an rpg that had space travel.
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« Reply #39 on: October 11, 2005, 01:45:04 PM »

It was a TRS-80 Color Computer and the first game, to the best of my memory, was:

QUEST.  Here's a screenshot:



The TRS-80 Color Computer:
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