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Peacenik

Am I really that old?

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#11 14 years ago
Mr. MattI think the first time I ever played a video game of any kind was on a system called the 'Dragon 64'. We still have that thing in the loft somewhere. With a 0.9Mhz processor and 64kb of RAM, it was... actually pretty old and crappy by the time I used it. Still, it had things like Space Invaders and Pacman and the like on it. We're talking very, very young here, though, so I didn't spend too long on it. I think I was something like 3 or 4 years old. dragon64_.gif I guess the next computer I used was an old Nixdorf laptop -- A.K.A. 'The Lapcrusher'. It was more of a portable PC than a laptop, really. It had a normal glass screen (with amazing 1 colors!), a printer on the top and a full-size keyboard, with two old-style floppy disks. This is a picture of an IBM computer of similar design. It's not the same as the Nixdorf one, but it's similar. I tried to find a picture of the Nixdorf one but I couldn't. pc5155.jpg That had games like virtual golf on it, not to mention Zork. As it couldn't really render very much in yellow, it wasn't very interesting. So Pacman, Zork and golf were pretty much the only things I did on it, as well as using the incredibly simple word processor it had installed. A very old version of WordPerfect I think it was. I was still in primary school though, so I had the attention span of a chicken. We still have this computer somewhere in the loft, as well... Not long after, my dad later brought home a 486 PC which was, at the time, extremely powerful. That had all sorts of cool games on it, from a Chuck Yeager flight simulator to Out of this World (A.K.A. 'Another World', over the pond). OotW was, and still is, one of my favourite games. It took a while, but I finally got bored with this computer as well, primarily because my folks never bought any new games for it. So I went off and did what all young boys still in primary school do -- I started to break things again. And discovering louder ways to break things. We still have this computer too, actually. I'm starting to see a pattern. Anyway, a while after that I played on Sonic 2 at my cousin's house. Co-op mode on that game leaves an impression on you that is unmatched by any game before or since, and I was hooked. I got a Mega Drive 2 for Christmas that year. That was probably the first time I actually spent potentially unhealthy stretches of time playing on a computer game. I played on that thing for ages, loads of games, before I finally got bored with it too. The release of the Playstation 1 saw Mega Drive games slowly stop being produced, and as I was only just starting high school by then, I didn't have enough money to upgrade to the Sega Saturn. The Mega Drive still gets used surprisingly often, though. It's hooked up to the TV downstairs right now, in fact, as my sister wanted to play on it. megadrive_ii.jpg And then I went into a computer gaming dark age, of sorts. Until one day, my parents bought a brand new PC to replace the ailing 486. Star Trek: Generations game with it, and thus because the first FPS I ever played, to my knowledge. I'm sure this historical account changes somewhat every time I tell it... I played that game for hours, and I loved it. I then moved on to Worms 2, which was fun for a time, and assorted other things. But I got bored of those too eventually. Until finally, I saw my dad and my sister playing a demo of a game called 'Urban Assault'. They couldn't figure out how to fly the helicopters, or even drive the tanks without crashing in to things. And they were only on the training missions. I'm sure you all know the sense of frustration that gives you, so I commandeered the computer and figured it out for them. And then I got hooked. And then I bought the full version. 30983978-2-200-0.gif Being hooked, I then started playing other game demos, modern game demos, until I finally hit upon a demo called 'Half-Life: Uplink'. And I obviously bought the full version of that as well. And it went from there, until I finally got my own PC and thus have the freedom to install stuff and do whatever I wanted. So you can technically thank 'Urban Assault' for me being here, as that was the one which finally lured me in to become a full-time member of gamingland.

What a brilliant gaming autobiography - :bows: I see I missed out all the eary stuff you had and pretty much got hooked from the word go, after seeing those Half Life demos. But I was in my thirties by then - so I started really late.




Agent_0range

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#12 14 years ago

What a brilliant game Urban Assault was. I wish those style of games were continued, I really enjoyed Hostile Waters and Carrier Command. Those games were awesome :D




MissMayhem

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#13 14 years ago

Well I remember playing on Pong before the old Atari came out. My whole family was into it and we kept the blackboard (ment for phone messages) full of our high scores so we could each try to beat each other. Not that we're a competive family or anything :-) I remember our favorites were Bezerk (you walk around and try not to hit walls and get zapped or shot by another) and breakout. Later in life I got the Saga and played Lost Vikings to the very last level and never could finish it. I think I called in to work a day or two for that one. Then the comupter came along and it was all about Heroes of Might and Magic. Then HOMMII, and III and late nights by the glow of the monitor. But it all goes back to Pong.




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