Who Remembers Their First Gaming Experience?

This Tuesday was a very important day. It was the first day my one-and-a-half-year-old son played his first video game.

The game? Wii Sports baseball. And by playing he held the Wii Remote and kinda swung his arm. My older son doesn't really play that many video games - instead, he likes to fold paper and play with LEGO. But when he does, Wii Sports is something he likes to play. And now something he can play with his little brother.

Say what you will about the Wii. When you're a one-year-old, flailing about makes for a delightful gaming experience. Watching your child flail about with a Wii Remote, even more so.

I don't really remember my first gaming experience. As a kid, I do remember the Magnavox Odyssey and Pong. My cousin had an Atari 2600, and I still have very vivid memories playing that. But I don't quite remember which was first. You know, that exact moment in which I became exposed to video games.

I'll never forget, though, when my youngest son did.


    This combo cartridge on NES that had Super Mario Bros/Tetris/Nintendo World Cup on it... many hours were lost there in my childhood.

    First gaming-related thing I remember is waking up in the middle of the night and going towards my parents' bedroom (as you did as a young child) and I found my mum playing Mario All Stars, struggling on that stupidly hard jump at the first underground stage in The Lost Levels. I offered to help her and she told me to go back to bed. She said it was a dream when I asked her about it the next day.

    A few weeks later, lo and behold, my parents had won a SNES in a competition and decided to let us have a go at it. Not too sure what I played first. It came with Punch Out, Mario All Stars and Killer Instinct (quickly confiscated), so I guess the first game I played was one of the ones on All Stars.

    My boys like the Wii boxing, Every time they play I have to constantly move them back from the TV. My first game was a game where you was a balloon and you floated across the sky trying not to get popped. I played it on the Tandy computer my dad one in a drinking competition back in 1984.

    Playing chip's challenge on my older brothers friends atari lynx

    Whilst it has been a while, I believe the first game that got me addicted was a Pac-Man clone on the Commodore 64 called 'Hungry Horace'. It's been over 25 years and I can still remember the tunes and graphics like it was 25 years ago, but what made it different from its predecessor was multiple level designs and less villains (but who were super hard to outrun). Then came Ghostbusters on the C64 and I was gone forever.

    F1 Racing on Atari, but i was crap so the first games i played properly were alex the kid and battletoads

    About 1979/80, I was about 5 years old. We'd just moved into a new house and my parents were renovating the kitchen. For a few days there it was completely unusable, so my dad would take me down to this local burger joint (this is back when there were actual burger restaurants that weren't giant chains like McDonald's). They had a bunch of those table-type arcade games, so my dad would get the two of us burgers and then we'd play a few games of Space Invaders (20c per game, which was a lot of money back in those days, kids). Haven't stopped since :)

      Going by your comment I think we're about the same age. I remember as a kid in the '80's going down to the corner shop with $1 and buying a 20c bag of mixed lollies and four 20c games of Double Dragon. Ahhh memories. These days you're lucky if you can get a pack of gum for $1.

    First game I ever played was a shareware version of Doom at the ripe age of 3. Ah, Good ol' DOS. Those where the days.

    3 years old, my father and i used to play Battle Chess on his Kapro II PC that ran Windows 2.0.

    I'd sit on his lap, point to the screen and he'd move the pieces for me.

    Now my first INDIVIDUAL experience? (as in not supported), 1989. I snuck onto my Dad's Kapro while he was out, copied all the instructions he provided and started the 5.25" copy version of Star Trek 25th Anniversary and played it for about 2 hours before he knew what i'd done.

    At 5 or 6 I'd saved up enough money to buy my dads Amiga. I played the Secret of Monkey Island and Eye of the Beholder.

    Hard to determine which was my first memory of a game but I'll go with:

    1. Tank Wars (I think that is what it was called) on the Spectrum (Which I still have, 20 years on). It would take a billion hours to load a cassette, and I'd play it for hours with my dad on a little 12" TV that we'd set up in my bedroom. I would imagine the colours of red and green were visible even though the screen was black and white.

    2. My Colecovision (Which I still have, despite trying my hardest to sell it at a hospital to fund getting a Neo Geo, which I also now have)... Carnival I believe.

    I still remember being about 4 years old and trying to play civilization on my Dad's computer. I probably wasn't any good at it, but he had plenty of fun and turned moving around squares on the screen into a story for me.

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