Tell Us Dammit: When Did You Fall In Love (With Video Games)

How did you fall in love with games? Do you actually them? I have a couple of moments where I remember feeling wildly and uncontrollable ecstatic about them — Street Fighter II in the arcades, Monkey Island on the PC, A Link to the Past on the SNES. Now I feel as though me and video games are like an old married couple. Occasionally we get it on and interface in a wild and frantic manner — but for the most part the sit in the background, constantly there. We have conversations and stuff. And drink peppermint tea.

Alright, that analogy got a little bit weird. But my question is — when did you fall in love with video games? And do you feel like you're still in love with them?

Answer me!


    I would say that while gaming stuff plays a fair sized roll in my leisure time i wouldn't say i love them. I mean i am not ready for that kind of commitment. I want to see the world.. I dont want to look back in 20 years and be full of resentments for games at what i could of done instead of being with them.

    All my living memory, video games have been part of the landscape. The old married analogy is pretty much spot on. Every now and again, I'll see a game that reminds me why I stick around :P

    Most recently, and breaking almost a decade of various levels of meh, Demon's Souls and Dark Souls have rekindled my passion .

    Mark, I think you accidentally a word with that second question.

    I grew up playing video games so I can't really say there was a particular time I fell in love with them. They've just always been a part of my life, like TV or books.

    Holy sh-t, you actually guessed mine already! Monkey Island on the PC (specifically The Curse of Monkey Island) was one of the first PC games I played that I fell in love with. The art style , voice acting and humour were all top notch. The Monkey Island series are still some of the funniest games I've ever played.

    My parents got an Amiga 500 when I was 7 or 8.
    Monkey island used to have this cardboard wheel... ppl who played it know what I'm talking bout.
    Leander, Stormlord, sotb, walker, silkworm... man the games were so much better back then, the atmosphere of them too. Inserting 12 froppy disks before the game would even get going... but it was worth it.
    I don't think I love it as much as when I was a kid, it doesn't feel the same.

    Alex Kidd in Miracle world, built into my Sega Master System 2, 1990. This game was my first true gaming love, beating it for the first time as a kid was epic, and set me up for a life long affinity for all things gaming. I have a japanese mark III copy in the gold cardboard box on the mantle piece in my games room!!

      This ^, i'd played games before Alex kidd, but that game was like love at first punch

      Yeah - I'd probably have to nominate this, or Wonder Boy. Mostly because they were the only games I had.

    Got my grubby mitts on the 4 floppy disks containing the original DOOM... Nuff' said.

      Ah man, happy days for the Amiga 500 (+)! I got the Batman pack and if I think hard enough could remember the cheats still. They certainly dont make 'em like they use to... and certainly not as hard. New Zealand Story was epic and challenging.

    ... I could see this turning into a "How I met your Mario" type show where Player 1 sits his kids down and tells them about all the ups and downs of playing video games till he found that one perfect game.

    playing sonic 2 a my cousins place was the seed, my parents buying me a ps1 with crash bandicoot was my blossoming, but it wasn't until about year 9 or 10 when i realised "i'm a mega nerd for video games, and i don't care what anyone else thinks"

    I was always competitive and inquisitive as a child, so when i saw and played my first game of Pong, a TV show you could interact with, albiet, very basic interaction, I knew i was hooked for life. So, 33 years of games in my life to date and no signs of that love waning. In fact, seeing all the changes over the years has only made it stronger.

    Somewhere between Alone in the Dark, Monkey Island, Star Wars: Dark Forces, Duke Nukem, Rise of the Triad and a whole lot of other stuff in the early days. Sure were some great games when I was growing up.

    What am I talking about... I still am growing up. "I'm a 30 year old boy."

    I was thinking today how my life can sort of be divided into sections where I'm obsessed with something and spend almost all my time/money on books, music or sewing. But throughout all those phases there's been a constant. Games. So hells yes, I believe I do love games. :D

    First time I fell in love was when my parents bought an Amstrad and I played Down The Mine and The Neverending Story. Both text-based adventure games. Both had game-breaking bugs but they were still enough to get me hooked on games.
    Then I discovered the King's Quest series and fell in love all over again. But there ended up being a long few years when we didn't have any type of computer and I would always dream of the day when we'd finally have something to play games on again. I didn't even know Nintendo existed at this point so I was basically just dreaming of an IBM-type computer.
    When my parents bought another computer I fell in love all over again. Quake, Diablo, Duke Nukem...a whole new world was opened up to me and I disappeared into it with joy and complete abandon.

    But for me the most important time in my gaming life was when I discovered consoles. Even though I'd been playing PC games for most of my life, the thought of consoles puzzled me. I didn't pay them much attention because I didn't think I could work out how to use a controller after playing with keyboard and mouse for so long.
    But then I bought my (then) boyfriend a PlayStation for his birthday. After watching him play it for a while I decided to try it out and played Abe's Oddysee and Tomb Raider 2. Thus began my transformation into what I am today...a console gamer. I had no idea what games were good, and no friends at the time I could ask so I'd just go down to the local pawn shops every payday and grab whatever took my fancy. Games like Final Fantasy VII and Soul Blade were discovered this way and I would lock myself away all day and night, mastering them.
    After typing all this out I think I can now safely conclude that games have been my one true love. :P The kind of love that never leaves you, even when trying new and different hobbies. Games are always there for me, sure in the knowledge I'll always return. <3

    It's hard to say. Games have more or less always been there as far as I can remember. Dunno when we first got a computer or games on it, but they've always been there. It wasn't til some time when I was in Kindergarten when my friends started getting these Nintendo things (NES), and I guess I became hooked from there.

    But then, I don't know if that was the "in love" part. I can pinpoint a pivotal moment in my gaming life where everything changed for me. Mid-2001, arriving back at the airport from a holiday to New Zealand. As I usually did at the time when walking past a newsagents, I browsed through the gaming mags there to see if there was anything interesting (ie any good cheats in the back pages). But then I spotted this new magazine I hadn't seen before, something called Nintendo Gamer. And it had all this awesome stuff about this fancy new GameCube thingo that had just been shown off at E3. I got mum to buy it for me because zomg awesome, and I read the whole thing cover-to-cover, a first for me. Doing that kind of made me suddenly realise that these games I'd been playing all my life were actually something that could be appreciated, and it gave me a whole new perspective of them. It was pretty much from there that I kind of "switched on" as a gamer, trying to keep up with what was new and what was good, what was unheard of and should be checked out - as opposed to what I'd been doing up til that point, which was just basically getting whatever my friends had that was cool.

    It also triggered the vast money drain that is my collectionism :P

    Custer's Revenge.

      I lol'd

    I must of started off with a NES I can't remember at all what I played on it I was so young and and along my raising I went from that to SNES, Megadrive, N64, PS, PS2, GameCube, PS2, Wii Xbox, PS3 Xbox 360, I've even had a few consoles during this time like Gameboy, Gameboy Advance, DS and played the PC alot I guess I love video games because I was raised by them.

    I don't know how or why we got an Atari when we did, perhaps I played one at a relatives house first, but we did get one.

    From there...
    River Raid

    got me hooked! (Also Activsion were beasts back in the 80s!)

    TIE Fighter...

    That first moment when the music came through my 'Sound Blaster' and the space whirled as I barrel rolled... that was the moment.

    I was about 4 or 5 years old... this would have been 1979/80 I think... hard to remember anything exactly from that age, especially 30+ years later :P

    Anyway, my family moved into a new house and just after we did that my parents had the entire kitchen re-done. For a while there they were unable to cook at home, so my dad would take me to this place just down the road for dinner. I forget what it was called, but it was a hamburger type restaurant, a bit like McDonalds - this is back in the days when there actually were such places that were independent, before all the big chains like McDonalds, Hungry Jacks etc wiped them out. So my dad would take me down there for dinner and they had a few of those table type coin-op cabinets, one of which was the original Space Invaders. We would have our dinner then we'd sit there and have a game of Space Invaders (20c a game!), and video games became an obsession for me from then onwards.

    First game ever played was Pokemon Yellow. Straight up a classy, classic entry into the world of vidyagaems.

    I'm not in love with games per se. I will admit it takes up a large chunk of my life today. I hope to find something else to entertain myself in the future; I'm all for having multiple hobbies. But I'm always sure that wherever I go in life, I'll always be up for a video game.

    Not really sure... I remember my parents shuffling me off to play golf on their friends computer whenever we visited... and I remember saving up a whole $40 to buy a second-hand SNES (in '98 - my parents couldn't justify the price of a N64, so I had to save up)... but it'd be either when a friend introduced me to Monkey Island and Worms 2 in the late 90's... or when I got an Xbox and a copy of Halo. I suppose with respect to the analogy, the SNES was the first date, and the Xbox became the life-partner... well, at least until I upgraded. :P

    Prince of Persia on a friend's computer when I was about 8. Loved it. It was many years before I had my own gaming system (was given an old C64 in about '96 when I was 12), but I was completely hooked from the start.

    I used to draw game designs on paper when I was little, before I ever had a computer or knew how games were made.

    I'd also try to convince my brother to play "Prince of Persia" in the backyard with plastic swords, him as the guard and various toys being spikes that I had to jump over.

    I've been playing video games since the mid-80's, so I've been hooked on them for quite some time. I can't really narrow it down to any specific game, though owning an Intellivision and then later an Atari 7800 were big contributors to that. Games like Donkey Kong, Q*Bert, Centipede, Joust and Karateka were all right up there, as were the late 80's and early 90's Apogee PC games like Commander Keen, Wolfenstein, Rise of the Triad, Monster Bash, etc. One of the earliest memories of a game I played to absolute death was Pinball that game rocked! I still fire it up in Dos box from time to time. Shadow of the Beast on my Atari Lynx was a big one for me too. The original Mortal Kombat and Mortal Kombat II were also big influences on my gaming life.

    It was definitely that period of mid to late 80's to early 90's where my video game love was established, but I can't narrow it down to one particular game or experience.

    When i was young, i took every opportunity to play anything i could. I had a commodore 64 and have fond memories of summer games and skate or die. I had friends who owned Sega master systems and NES/SNES, so i was introduced to all the greats, sonic, mario, double dragon, etc. When i was a bit older i had a PC and got into things like Duke Nukem (2D), Commander keen, One Must Fall, and many many other games.

    But when did i fall in love with Video games - I would have to say in 1997, when the N64 came out and my Aunt bought one for me (up until this point my parents refused to let me have a console). Still to this day i have never enjoyed gaming as much as i did then. I finished every game i got, something that never happens these days, Goldeneye 64, 1080 Snowboarding, Super Mario 64, Starfox 64, these were the games that i fell in love with.

    In the womb. My parents met at an arcade playing Galaga.
    I apparently was always around games, and played them from toddler age onwards. I got a Commodore 64 for my 4th birthday, and a Sega Master System when it launched.

    The last game that got me mega ultra uncontrollable ecstatic was Tales of Monkey Island. And I was not disappointed.

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