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My earliest memory of computer games was playing on my dad's old ZX spectrum. My dad had made a version of a game called Wall that was quite fun. There were these bricks hanging in mid air and this ball that bounced around destroying any brick it hit. The object of the game was to destroy all the bricks but the tricky part was you had to catch the ball when it reached the bottom of the screen so that it bounced back up to hit the wall again. If you missed you lost.

The ZX spectrum was also the first time I ever coded anything. I was too young to make anything as advanced as my dad could but I made a few simple programs.

That was it as far as gaming was concerned until my older brother got a PC. He saved up his own money from doing a paper round to buy it (which took years I think). I don't know what the first game I played on it was but the first I remember is the shareware version of Raptor: Call of the Shadows. Not only was this on of my first PC games, it was also my first introduction to hacking. You see a PC mag at the time came with instructions of how to hack it so that you could get access to the best shareware weapon right from the start. I can't remember the details now but I remember you had to copy down a sequence of number and letters from the magazine. It was probably a hex change to the save game, or possibly even the binary (though that's more unlikely).

The other thing I remember was after my dad had bought a PC for him and all the family to use (I think he got jealous of my brother having a modern PC :D). When I was playing C&C on this new PC my brother came in and told me he had just got Red Alert and did I want to see him play it on his computer? I was more interested in carrying on playing C&C at the time but curiosity soon got the best of me and I went to his room to watch. I think I eventually played Red Alert far more than I ever played C&C.

Well there you go; thems my earliest gaming memories. Do you have anecdotes from your early gaming years?
My earliest memory is playing Adventure on my 2600. I'm sure I played other stuff, but it was the first that I'm sure of. My mom bought me the 2600 off some local kids that were selling stuff to buy "That new Nintendo thing that is coming out"

About 6-9 months later I played Super Mario Brothers at their house and liked it. At first I was scared of a controller with that many buttons on it, and I walked right into the goomba. Eventually I started getting the hang of it and my gaming addiction spiraled out of control from there.
Earliest gaming memory...

Playing Rogue in the very late 80's or possibly very early 90's, like 89 to 92, certainly no earlier or later.

One of my favorite moments, leaving Midgard in FFVII for the first time the day after it was released in the UK.
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ChrisSD: ...
Many moons ago I created a post on this subject. There are some interesting responses there, check 'em out when you get a chance. :)

http://www.gog.com/forum/general/great_or_significant_gaming_memories
This picture pretty much sums up my earliest gaming memories and well as most of my childhood.

That's me on the left.

No the right.

Wait, maybe I'm in the middle.

Hold on.....

Shit we all looked exactly the same in the '80s! Fuckin' Ronald Reagan! :-(
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tfishell: Many moons ago I created a post on this subject. There are some interesting responses there, check 'em out when you get a chance. :)

http://www.gog.com/forum/general/great_or_significant_gaming_memories
Ooh interesting! Thanks!
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tinyE: This picture pretty much sums up my earliest gaming memories and well as most of my childhood.

That's me on the left.

No the right.

Wait, maybe I'm in the middle.

Hold on.....

Shit we all looked exactly the same in the '80s! Fuckin' Ronald Reagan! :-(
Thanks Obeagan.

Are you serious about the picture, though? That's an actual picture of you and peers?

If not, maybe this is actually your earliest gaming memory: http://i.imgur.com/VMWfwCh.jpg
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tinyE:
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tfishell: Thanks Obeagan.

Are you serious about the picture, though? That's an actual picture of you and peers?

If not, maybe this is actually your earliest gaming memory: http://i.imgur.com/VMWfwCh.jpg
No I just found that on Google. There are no pictures of me, I don't show up on film.
I recalled that I played games on Atari when I was 3, 4. But I broke the joystick, hahaha. So I played a lot of games on Nintendo system whenever I'm at my cousin's house.

But I played a lot of PC games when my family received a computer for the first time. I was 10 and I was hooked on various games like Chip's Challenge and Ski Free. Good times, good times.
First gaming experience... Sokoban in beautiful CGA colors on my dad x386...
c:\sokoban.... I miss it
Anyone in my age bracket ever have one of those mini-arcade cabinets? They were identical to the real thing only teeny tiny (by 80s standards, monstrous and bulky by today's standards), only had the one game, and if I'm not mistaken had the "still" graphics where everything was already on the screen and the correct image would light up at the right time to simulate your guy moving etc.
My first game was King's Quest III, on my roommate's PC - we bought Sierra games together for a couple of years, and played them on a very-cool-at-the-time amber monitor. This would be in the early to mid-80s. My girlfriend's brother was at MIT and had access to fancy tech, and we went over there one day and played Rogue with a color monitor, which was mind-blowing. I mean, when it said you found a red potion, the potion was red on the screen. We talked about that one for quite a while. It was the beginning of my love of rogue-likes, which extended onward to Hack, Nethack, ADoM, and finally the new generation of graphical roguelikes.

I took a few spins on Adventure on the UNIX VAX college mainframe, but it was pretty impenetrable for the layperson.
First game I really played was DooM II: Hell on Earth.... first game I beat aswell (played chips challenge sparingly) It was on a computer that I'm pretty sure had like a 512mb harddrive (don't remember really, was sooooooo long ago).

One the best game memories was already mentioned, Leaving Midgar for the first time in FFVII and realizing that wasn't the whole game or gameworld (first game I really played with an overworld and the magnitude blew my mind).
... and Bahamut Zero, can't forget the 6 winged super dragon from space
First games:
Pong: played it till the console broke.
Space Invaders: played it till the cartridge broke.

My early gaming memories were *thats an very expansive hobby*
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Schnuff: First games:
Pong: played it till the console broke.
Space Invaders: played it till the cartridge broke.

My early gaming memories were *thats an very expansive hobby*
XD I tended to get, "That's rotting your brain."