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« on: May 24, 2013, 02:22:13 PM »

For my Apple IIc:

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« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2013, 02:27:15 PM »

I bought 48 games with my Atari off my neighbor, though I'd been playing PC games for years before then.

C64 - Ghosts and Goblins was one of my first gaming experiences.

My first PC purchase (rather than copy, rent, or gift) was probably Wing Commander.
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« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2013, 02:29:31 PM »

General Gaming is thataway ------------------------>

First one I remember: Atlantis for the Atari 2600

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« Reply #3 on: May 24, 2013, 02:31:26 PM »

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« Reply #4 on: May 24, 2013, 02:39:00 PM »

Quote from: Moliere on May 24, 2013, 02:22:13 PM

For my Apple IIc:



This was also the first game I ever purchased.  I went over to a friends house and he introduced me to the series.  We ate dinner and then I looked up and he was asleep and the sun was rising.  I hadn't moved for hours and hours. 
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« Reply #5 on: May 24, 2013, 03:04:19 PM »

I'm sure it was something for the Atari 2600, but I'm not sure what.  Pac Man, maybe.
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« Reply #6 on: May 24, 2013, 03:11:40 PM »

Mine was definitely something for the Atari 2600, but I have no idea exactly what it was...maybe Asteroids?
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« Reply #7 on: May 24, 2013, 03:12:35 PM »

Hmmm...with my own money or the first game we ever got?  If first game ever got, it was Combat on the Atari 2600.  Trying to think which I might have paid for with my own money...it would definitely have been an Atari 2600 game.  Who knows.
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« Reply #8 on: May 24, 2013, 03:37:35 PM »



It was a good purchase.
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« Reply #9 on: May 24, 2013, 03:55:01 PM »

Hmmm.... first video game?  Probably Pong since it game with Atari 2600 if I remember correctly.

First computer game was probably M.U.L.E. for the Atari 800.

First PC game (IBM Processor, DOS OS) was X-Wing.

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« Reply #10 on: May 24, 2013, 04:00:56 PM »

Quote from: Moliere on May 24, 2013, 02:22:13 PM

For my Apple IIc:



not my first, but it was the first and only time I accidentally grabbed the wrong version of a game.  Meant to grab the C64 version but grabbed the Apple one.  Busted my ass to get back to the store before it closed, got lucky and got in 5 minutes after closing since Sears apparently didn't lock up their doors right away.  found out they didn't have an C64 copies, so I got a refund and ended up having to find another computer game store that took about 45 minutes to bike to in order to find a copy.  ah, the good old days of having 3-4 versions of software all jumbled together on the shelf.
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« Reply #11 on: May 24, 2013, 05:00:56 PM »

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« Reply #12 on: May 24, 2013, 05:03:29 PM »

If I recall it was the  Adventure Game Colossal Cave (I think it was called) for the Apple II+
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« Reply #13 on: May 24, 2013, 05:07:47 PM »

I can't remember the name but it came on a tape and it connected to my TI-99 4A via an actual tape deck. It was a simple text adventure game and I think it even had pictures. You woke up in the dark, on a boat ... or something like that.

Edit: I think I found it. 'Return to Pirate's Isle' from 1984.
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« Reply #14 on: May 24, 2013, 05:10:24 PM »

been thinking about it, and I think the first game I ever bought with my own money was for the C-64:

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« Reply #15 on: May 24, 2013, 05:22:14 PM »

Hmmm, old man BJ (we owned one of the Odyssey game systems in the mid 1970s, but there was only a few built in Pong-ish games) says...
-Well, technically my first cartridge-based videogame system was a Coleco Telstar Arcade (the triangular shaped one with the steering wheel and video-pistol built in) I received as an Xmas gift in 1978:
http://www.pong-story.com/coleco_arcade.htm

Alas, we could never find any of the cartridges in stores. I think my mom got it for me from a Sears, which never seemed to stock the triangular cartridges. She wasn't willing to pony up $199.99 for the then new Atari VCS 2600

I guess I'd probably have to say something like NFL Football or TRON: Flying Discs were my first actual video game purchases, for my Intellivision II, somewhere around 1982.  icon_cool
http://www.intellivisionlives.com/bluesky/hardware/intelli2_tech.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tron:_Deadly_Discs

I would still say that game -- which had some of the first digitized-sample (from movie) sound I remember encountering in a videogame -- was more fun than any of the Tron Evolution tie-in crap, or even Monolith's 2003 Tron 2.0 game.

Football sounded great in paper but there was no option to play against a computer opponent (Tron Flying Discs was "you against the machine," which seemed appropriate  icon_smile)

If you count PC, I think my first purchase for my new Vtech 486 PC in late 1992 was one of Sierra's early Police Quest games. I want to say it was the first in the series that used digitized imagery rather than pixel artwork.
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« Reply #16 on: May 24, 2013, 05:25:35 PM »

I mostly got games as gifts when I was young but I seem to recall my brother and I chipped in when we bought Indy 500 for the Atari 2600. It came with the special driving paddles.
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« Reply #17 on: May 24, 2013, 05:33:09 PM »

oh yeah,i had one of those TV Consoles Philips perhaps? with 8 orange buttons(pong,stick basketball etc)..late 70s,early 80s,forgot about that
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« Reply #18 on: May 24, 2013, 05:33:25 PM »

Quote from: Blackjack on May 24, 2013, 05:22:14 PM

I guess I'd probably have to say something like Football or TRON: Flying Discs were my first video game purchases, for my Intellivision II, somewhere around 1982.  icon_cool
http://www.intellivisionlives.com/bluesky/hardware/intelli2_tech.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tron:_Deadly_Discs

wow, I remember that game.   I wanted it but we never got the Intellivision console to play it on.  we were an Atari 2600 family.  One friend had an Intellivision and another a Colecovision, so I'd occasionally get to check out the games on those consoles.
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« Reply #19 on: May 24, 2013, 06:35:56 PM »

First game I got was Video Olympics for the Atari 2600. The box said it had over 50 games on it!!!!



The problem was it was just variations of Pong. And some of those variations had pointless minor alternative variations to make that "50 games" claim. Basically it was terrible and boring and you couldn't even play it solo so had to rely on my sister to play with me and she had little interest. Ugh. Damn if I didn't try to play solo though trying to use two of those knobby paddle controllers.

The first computer game I got was another mistake It was this:



I had a brand spanking new Apple //e and had played LoadRunner before on a friends C64 and figured Championship Load Runner would be even better! But I didn't quite put together that "Championship" meant very difficult. It turned out to be a very frustrating game for a first one. So I went back to the Apple store, yeah they had them back then, and explained the game was too difficult and I wanted to return it. They were actually ok with that reasoning! So I went to look at what games I could swap it with. I was pointing to one of the Wizardry games as I loved fantasy and the box art was cryptically ominous and intruguing. But the sales guy said that was a very difficult game too. So I looked at other fantasy games around and saw Ultima 3. He tried to warn me that it was also difficult but decided to go with it anyways.

It was difficult but I fell in love with that game and the series from that point. Even bought Ultima 4 from that same Apple store when it came out and eventually that Wizardy game which was frustratingly difficult and unforgiving too.
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« Reply #20 on: May 24, 2013, 06:42:54 PM »

My folks bought a Trash 80 and I purchased The Dungeons of Daggorath


That games was awesome, but sadly met it's end with my first genuine ragequit.
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« Reply #21 on: May 24, 2013, 06:44:17 PM »



Jumpman: one of the greatest, if not THE greatest platform game ever created. For my Atari 800 back in the day.
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« Reply #22 on: May 24, 2013, 08:15:19 PM »

I used to play Jumpman on the C64...awesome game!
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« Reply #23 on: May 24, 2013, 08:18:37 PM »

I think the first game I bought for my Tandy 1000EX was Archon, but I'm not sure. I had a few of those old EA games in the album-cover format. Starflight, 7 Cities of Gold, Pinball...all around the same time.



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« Reply #24 on: May 25, 2013, 12:27:21 AM »

First 2600 game I bought:



First Commodore 64 game I bought:

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« Reply #25 on: May 25, 2013, 01:04:03 AM »

For my Apple IIc, bought it at the same time as the system:

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« Reply #26 on: May 25, 2013, 01:32:41 AM »

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« Reply #27 on: May 25, 2013, 02:23:02 AM »

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« Reply #28 on: May 25, 2013, 04:06:59 AM »

I remember buying Haunted House for Atari before I had a c64 so maybe that (Would have been about 10). Had lots of other atari games but they might have been gifts, etc. Got haunted house at IGA grocery store and know I bought it by myself. Before that probably begged parents or something. Think gunship was one of the first c64 games I bought myself (My 13 yr old self would ride across town to Target). My kids would freak if they had to use keyboard overlays and long load times smile
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« Reply #29 on: May 25, 2013, 04:53:42 AM »

   
 
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Of course, a childhood of games (board, card, arcade, sports, etc.) had planted the addiction deeply in the first place.
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« Reply #30 on: May 25, 2013, 11:38:07 AM »

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What a bad purchase that was. I was hoping for something like King's Quest, ended up with crap and never got past the third screen at my age then. Which might have been a good thing considering my mother would have freaked at some imagery in later screens. Nothing today, but risque for a 1990 PC game.

I consider my first good game purchase to be Cannon Fodder, 3 years later.

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« Reply #31 on: May 25, 2013, 02:25:59 PM »

Quote from: Laner on May 25, 2013, 12:27:21 AM

First 2600 game I bought:




I loved that game. One night I ended up playing it till like 2 or 3 in the morning where I ended up flipping the score. Then kept on playing for like another hour before I realized it was all a bit pointless.

BTW, anyone know what that "Special Pedobear Feature" is mentioned on the bottom of this box? I don't recall noticing that before and can't place what that might refer to in the game.
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« Reply #32 on: May 25, 2013, 04:39:56 PM »

why do we still have gaming related threads in a non-gaming forum  retard
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« Reply #33 on: May 25, 2013, 08:23:58 PM »

Quote from: Roman on May 25, 2013, 04:39:56 PM

why do we still have gaming related threads in a non-gaming forum  retard

Because this is more of a nostalgia thread than a specific gaming thread.  It's a grey line, maybe, but grey enough that it fits in here just fine.
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Quote from: Crawley on May 25, 2013, 02:25:59 PM


BTW, anyone know what that "Special Pedobear Feature" is mentioned on the bottom of this box? I don't recall noticing that before and can't place what that might refer to in the game.

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« Reply #35 on: May 25, 2013, 08:38:33 PM »

Nice work, Teggy.  Cross-referenced here.
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« Reply #36 on: May 25, 2013, 08:41:18 PM »

First game:  Something on the 2600
First PC Game:  Pools of Radiance
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« Reply #37 on: May 25, 2013, 09:38:49 PM »

Lords of the Realm 2.

Edit: Wait, no! Super Mario World.
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« Reply #38 on: May 25, 2013, 10:29:45 PM »

Magnavox Odyssee system
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« Reply #39 on: May 26, 2013, 10:50:35 AM »

I was, I'm sad to say, rather much of a pirate back in the day. I got entire tapes filled with games for my C64 from friends, and while my parents knew about it, it was deemed no big deal by anyone. So, it actually was a while before I purchased my first game, but this was it.

Such a great game for its time!
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