questionswhat's the first video game you remember playing?

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I'm so old I don't remember playing any video game. Vacant stare. Wanders off to yell at children in my yard.

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First game I played was definitely something on Nintendo. First one(s) I remember playing was NHL Stanley Cup, Aladdin, and Super Mario World when I got my Super Nintendo on Christmas morning.

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@soboehmer: I used to love that Aladdin game, Except for the part where you're on the rug escaping from the lava cave!

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Donkey Kong Country for Super Nintendo. I was four when it came out, so maybe I played it when I was five or six.

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@gideonfrost: haha yea but after sucking it up for that level you got to enjoy the genie level! I need to stop these specifics are giving me nostalgia that's going to make me venture over to ebay

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in the 70's I remember my dad taking me to an arcade where most of the games were still mechanical/optical, and pong, space invaders, and asteroids were what we all wanted to play. Then in the early 80's I remember pouring quarters into defender, galaxian, and missile command. God I'm old.....

On careful consideration, I'd have to say the first I remember is either Pong or Lunar Lander. (I still love playing lunar lander to this day)

GET OFF MY DAMN LAWN!

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Sitting in a dive bar in Flagstaff AZ.plopping quarters into the only game in town -- Space Invaders. The kind you sat at the table and played against your opponent. Handy to set your beer on. Probably something cheap like coors on tap. "Ain't no flatland beer, ain't no city beer-- it's Coors ! " lolololol
The weird things my brain retains.

And then my roomie was all the hit, cause she got a home game of Pong!! woo haa. We had some fun. Cutting edge stuff. But no table to rest one's beer on. Spilled a lot on the rug. Spaced invaders way more fun.

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pong at bars, and i was sooo bad at it. sonic first home game.

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Castlevaina on the NES. I'm 22, for reference.

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Add me to the pong users as well as Sega's "Altered Beast." Didn't play for years after that until I had kids of my own. Wasted many, many hours playing Lemmings" & "The Legend of Zelda" on SNES. Don't think I've picked up a controller in over a decade, but I've done my share of stupid games on the computer.

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Probably Pacman at a local arcade.

Also, there was one game (Asteroids?) that had a vector-mapped display, rather than raster-mapped. Outstanding graphics for the early '80s!

Then there was Pacman and a bunch of other games on the home Atari 800 (great little 6502 processor-based machine).

Follow that with Snake on an NEC 8201 notebook. (circa 1986)

Next generation was Bouncing Babies (where someone throws babies out of a burning building, and firemen on the ground have to run around and try to position a net so the babies will land on it and bounce off... otherwise splat!). That was a DOS game on my NEC 286 portable. (circa 1988)

After that there was Tetris, then it all becomes boring...

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I got my SNES when I was about 7, it came with Super Mario Bros and Donkey Kong Country. I also got the origional gameboy about the same time, Zelda: Link's Awakening was the first game I had for it. Those were better days.

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Pong here as well. I think we bought ours from Sears many years ago.......

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Definitely Mario 1, likely followed closely by the also-included Duck Hunt and Track & Field (with the PowerPad? Anyone remember that gem?)

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My sister picked up Pong at a garage sale back in the 70's. We were amazed at the technology! Not very good at playing it, but so very impressed at the high tech!

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Super Mario Bros. for me. I don't recall having access to any game systems or computers before that, although I may be wrong, as I do recall playing Pong at some point as well.

I'd say it was one of those two.

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It was either a game called Heretic, which as I got older I realized it was basically Doom with different skins, or Super Mario Brothers for the NES. Oddly enough both of which were my grandfathers doing; he was super into the latest tech back in the late 80's and early 90's. Im pretty sure he still has that NES; the Gateway (remember the cow boxes?) is long gone.

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I was going to say Pong but then remembered playing Lunar Lander on the IBM 1032 at our High School... You had to type in the thrust value and direction on the key board and the computer would print out a location point on the printer... I also remember using a lot of paper...

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Does a little handheld basketball game count? That was first, followed by Pacman.

Gosh, I miss a real pinball machine!

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Does a hand held basketball game count? That was first, followed by Pacman.

Gosh, I miss a real pinball machine!

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Another Vote for Pong, but Space Invaders was the first one I really got into.

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In the arcade.... QBert (1982?)

On a console.... Burger Time or Frogger (1986?)

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My grandfather found a pong type game console and was able to it up and running. I remember there were four different games (all variants of pong, just with different options of paddle position and movement). We hooked it up to the little black and white tv we had and played a bunch with the kids in the neighborhood. I know I was in early elementary school but don't remember my exact age. That was my first at home computer gaming experience.
I probably played some games on the Apples and Apple IIs, maybe an Apple IIe at school before that. I don't remember the names of many of those games. Oregon Trail was one. There was one where you made the bunny hop around and get the carrots. There was another where you used the arrow keys to point some character in the right direction to eat the little apples that came towards you.

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My dad had an Atari 2600. We used to play that a fair amount. I remember playing Frogger (which even today is fun) and Pac Man (which isn't anywhere near as fun as the arcade version). Joust too.

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Some helicopter cave game on the TRS-80. Can't remember the name for the life of me. Oh, and the bustout cartridge for the same computer.

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Some sort of Pong game...it was supposed to have 3 different game types, but they all played the same.
Before that, I vaguely recall playing some computer games on a green screen monitor...I don't remember the games, but I remember it took a long time to load the disks up and I got bored of the games very quickly.

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Pong was the first video game I played. But the first computer game I played was Hunt the Wumpus.

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No idea what I played first, but it would have been around 1975-1976, so possibly Pong.

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My grandmother took me to a local pizza chain and, after we ordered, I passed a really neat glass table with SPACE INVADERS written on the side. That table had a little slot that was asking me for a quarter. I had a quarter, so we made friends. Everything else since then has been learning as I go.

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Spy Hunter, the coin-op version which was in a department store, possibly JCPenney. A lot of folks miss the days of arcades, but I also miss the days when every random store, restaurant, bus station., etc had at least a game or two. I was about 5, so I was probably too little to spend time in an arcade by myself anyway, but I'd always enjoy playing while Mum shopped.

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I am not sure what I played first, Super Mario Brothers on the original Nintendo, or else SkiFree.

That was always on a friends console or computer though. My first console was an N64 and it came with "Wayne Gretzky's 3D Hockey" - so many good hockey fights.

Seriously though, anybody remember skifree?

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Pong. On Atari. Yeah, I'm that old. Disco Fever Forever!

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teh first game i remember playing was "Jackel" for the original nintendo. I played that game for hours at a time

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I want to say the first was the trifecta Mario Bros/Duck Hunt/Track Meet that we played for hours when we got that as our shared Christmas gift.

But in reality, it would've been Janitor Joe (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Janitor_Joe) on the old computer, god, what was that, 16 bit, pre x86? I don't know, I was young, can't recall, all I know is we had a stack of 5" floppies to hold a single game.
We thought we were so cool, we had a copy of Jive, which changed a sentace into street talk,(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jive_filter)
Makes me laugh with fondness :)

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Pong for me too,when it first came out.
It cost a dime to play.

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Another Pong, here. Followed by a handful of cartridge games on the Commodore. I later spent uncounted hours on Super Mario and Zelda.

What was the computer game that you controlled a nuclear plant? I did not play but a couple friends were really into that one. Castlevania was popular around the same time.

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OMG wasting so much time playing lunar lander. What have you people done to me? This game is amazing!!

PS: decent version on chrome web store (atari.com supposedly has it on their site too, but their arcade section appears to be broken right now)

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First video game for me is probably Gauntlet (Blue Wizard needs health badly!). First console video game would be Pitfall on Atari.

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Pitfall on Intellivision!!
Or it might have been B17 Bomber on Intellivision.

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My oldest video game memory is of Super Mario Land for the Game Boy. I was actually on a trip in Israel with my family. My father took us to visit his rabbi who taught him in college. My dad was always very strict about no video games, but when we got to his rabbi's house, his son was sitting in the corner playing Super Mario Land on his Game Boy. I asked if I could try and was told it was ok. After my father saw all that, it was only a matter of time before I got my Game Boy Color.

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Pong on the Atari, Pacman on arcade game, and Oregon Trails/some Greek mythology-based game on the Apple IIe. Anyone else remember that mythology game?

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@crowbite: space duel?

Anyway, just remember an old favorite on early computers... artillery. there were two opposing canons at different elevations, and you had to enter a firing angle and the amount of powder, then fire a single shot. After which, if you missed him, your opponent got a shot. Sometimes there would be a mountain in between, which either had to be blown up bit by bit, or fired over at a high trajectory. Kinda similar to this http://www.gamemew.com/arcade-games/artillery.html

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@msklzannie: haha! totally forgot about Oregon trail. now that i think about it, it is very possible that was the first game i ever played. "you have died of dysentery"