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Posted by Burzmali

First, Pitfall and Pitfall II on the Atari 2600. My dad and I would take turns playing that when I was 4 or 5. After that, Final Fantasy on the NES. I got that for Christmas when I was 8 and played that for hours every weekend.

Posted by Outbr3ak

As a youngster, Simon's Quest. For awhile around that time, video games were an obsession. I probably didn't start actually start thinking about specific taste in games, and the fact that I really liked some far better than others, and what made thos games tick until Super Metroid though. Most of my friends still stare blankly at me when I start discussing gameplay evolution and why Symphony of the Night is probably one of the finest human accomplishments though.

Posted by FinalDasa

Most likely its Pokemon Blue. I ended up eventually having multiple gameboys just so I could trade with myself since my friends didn't care about collecting them all.

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Edited by Nocall

I lost "THE GAME" so many times reading the first post of this thread.

Edit: and my game was "Purple Saturn Day"

Posted by TheHumanDove

Perfect Dark 64. I had been playing games for longer than that (am 23), but that was the first game that made me pretty excited about the future of my hobby

Posted by InsidiousTuna

Commander Keen 4: Secrets of the Oracle.

Posted by TehFlan

Probably Super Mario 64. Maybe Pokemon Blue. Hard to say.

Posted by sanchopanza

I can't really boil it down to one game, it was all the games I had for my Mega Drive: Sonic, Dune, Beyond Oasis, Sunset Riders what awesome memories.

Also, is it wrong for me to instinctively mentally blacklist anyone who mentions a game made after like 2000 to ignore their opinions in the future? Anyone below the age of like 18 can't know 'bout no games!

Posted by Fajita_Jim

Super Mario Bros. The Arcade game. Sooo many quarters. When the NES came out I nagged my parents to buy it just for this one game. SMB was the only game I had for a long time, and Metroid and Zelda were the next purchases in line. It was a trifecta of gaming goodness.

Posted by Redbullet685

Halo and Call of Duty 1.

Posted by Largo6661

For me it was panzer dragoon saga for the sega saturn, that game was hard man.

Posted by Swoxx

My most vivid memories are probably from Half Life 1

Posted by Still_I_Cry

I have no idea. Something on the NES though.

Posted by Deeveeus

@BeachThunder: hahah, I remember that game...for being STUPID hard at the time lol. My brother had his computer for university, I was about 7 and I could not figure that out past the first handful, but even then I remember that game as being so clever!

Posted by Deeveeus

I had this kind of obsession...only it was for the Master System.

Same deal, older brothers, although I was allowed to touch! haha I used to be allowed to play, I would play on my brothers TV, sat on his bed while he slept, he was none to concerned. But one day (I was actually getting old enough to begin figuring out Wonder Boy 3: The Dragons Trap, I had gotten the piranha at this point and was loving every minute), I realized my brother had the NES hooked up. So I begin hoking up the Master System to try for taking on the Pirate Dragon yet again...but I plugged in the NES adapter and fried the damn thing...I spent YEARS trying to find one with WB3...finally came the emulators though, and damn I still love that game!

Posted by BeachThunder
Posted by Bloodgraiv3

Metroid or Battletoads.

Posted by TheGreatGuero

I guess it was probably Mortal Kombat for me.

Edited by GunstarRed

From the moment I played the first Mario I knew I had found my thing, but the game that changed everything was also Sonic The Hedgehog. No other game made me strive for better completion times or perfect runs of the story. I would write down my times, leave notes for my next playthrough and hum the music all the time.

I loved that game so much that before a school day trip to France I left the game on pause because it might be that perfect run I was looking for. The last thing I did before leaving my house to drive hundreds of miles on a bus and get on a ferry was pause the game and turn off the TV. The first thing I did when I returned was finish the game.

Posted by AndrewBeardsley

gauntlet legends for n64.

Posted by Simplexity

Legend Of Zelda Ocarina Of Time, I actually learnt to read English and type it because of this game.

Posted by BoG

This is a very tough question. The game I played most as a little, little kid was probably The Legend of Zelda. I had absolutely no idea what I was doing. My first video game love was the Mega Man series. We never actually owned any Mega Man games, though. Every weekend, we would rent a movie, and I would pick out a different Mega Man title. There were 6, so it didn't get old. I think the earliest memories I have are of playing Mega Man and Metroid with my dad.

The biggest mistake of my life came when my dad was going to let me buy a game. I spent a week intending to buy Mega Man, but that Thursday, I played Turtles in Time with my friend on his SNES. loved it, and wanted it, so I picked out Teenage Mutant Ninja turtles on the NES when my dad let me get a game. How was I supposed to know it was a completely different game?

Gaming became a hobby when my parents bought me a Game Boy Pocket. I think I played Donkey Kong Land 2 religiously at that point. Then, Pokemon came along. I didn't want Pokemon, as my peers did. I needed Pokemon. I got it for Christmas. Not much time past, and I reserved my copy of Yellow version at K-Mart. The game shipped late, and when the clerk at K-Mart told me I needed to wait another day, I bawled.

When 3D came along, I begged for a Nintendo 64. We got a Playstation. I played all of the Crash Bandicoot games, but my first 3D love was Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage. It still amazes me to this day that I actually got 100% in the game. I think it's one of three games I actually finished under the age of 12. I was also really into Symphony of the Night, Metal Gear Solid, Breath of Fire 3, and Mega Man X4.

Oh man, I miss those days...

Posted by Dagbiker

My what ever game it was it would have been my first, ether Tetris on dos or Super Mario Bros. for the Nintendo. i dont remember what it was but i was 5.

Posted by Saethir

For me it was either Sonic the Hedgehog (1+2), Pokemon yellow, or Jurassic Park for the Genesis. That game let you play as a GODDAMN Velociraptor! from that day forward, I have loved games that let you play from the "bad" guys perspective. Pokemon makes me want to collect everything in every RPG ever, damn you alternate paths, and fillable Inventory/Encumbrance! And to this day, I still love me a good platformer, side scrolling or otherwise.

Posted by supermonkey122

Croc

Posted by N7

Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons Of Liberty. It was like my coming of age or something. That game changed me.

Edited by Lazyaza

Although I suppose technically I wasn't "way in to" games until my later childhood with the likes of Starcraft and Resident Evil, Mech Warrior, Carmageddon. God the 90s were awesome.

Edited by Chop

That's one hell of an obsession.

I'm not afraid to admit I was a spoiled child, so I was never starved for any games like that. And honestly, until I bought my N64, there never were any games like that. I mostly just played whatever...I liked everything and didn't particularly love anything either. The first game I was obsessed with to a stupid degree was Harvest Moon 64. I don't know if I can really explain why or how that game grabbed me, but for a solid two fucking years, that was it I wanted to play. It was the first game that had me looking up stuff online, the first game that had me studying the mechanics, and the first game I put more than 100 hours into.

Until the moment I popped that cart in, games were just a passing thing to me. Something I enjoyed sure, but I would never pick them over my other, more..uhh outdoorsy hobbies. So I guess fucking Harvest fucking Moon managed to shape my life in a pretty significant way. Is that sad? It sounds sad in my head as I'm typing it out...

Posted by MaFoLu

Probably Pokemon. 
Maybe Spyro or Crash Bandicoot, but I played a whole lot of Pokemon...

Posted by jorbear

For me, it would probably be NBA Live 2002 or Final Fantasy X. I was too young to understand FFX, but I still played the shit out of it.

Posted by Turambar

Final Fantasy VI, easily.

Posted by ultimatepunchrod

sonic the hedgehog 2 was the first game i ever played and i will stand by every pile of shit that sega cranks out and hold my nose until its good again.

Edited by AhmadMetallic
@BulletproofMonk said:

For me it was probably GTA III.

GTA 2 for me 
 
That game taught me the meaning of addiction
Posted by SpencerTucksen

Crash Bandicoot 2 was my addiction. I was addicted to everything in it, and it was inevitably the first game I've ever finished.

Posted by SMTDante89

Donkey Kong Country got me started, Super Mario World chained me up and wouldn't let me leave.

Posted by benitobb

This. Along with this.

Posted by NowSayPillow

@Soapy86 said:

Yeah for me it was Zelda: A Link to the Past. Before that I'd received an Atari 2600 from my parents for one of my birthdays and I loved gaming on it but it was nothing compared to the feeling I got from playing through Zelda. Despite being "grown up" and married my brothers and I still make time to sit down together to destroy Gannon at least once a year.

From the very first day I played Zelda: ALttP I knew I wanted to make games for a living. I'd hope that my 9 year old self would be proud of me so far...

Posted by amir90

well the game that got me started off was super mario on the NES, but I think zelda and mario 64 on N64 was the big games :)

Posted by AckbarTheGreat

Donkey Kong Country and Super Mario World were my childhood.

Posted by awe_stuck

Zelda Gold for NES was THAT game (for me)

For friends Super Mario 3.

Edited by PenguinDust

Well, I was hooked from the get-go with arcade games from the late 70's, but when it comes to a significant amount of my time, then it was either Adventure or Megamania. I beat Adventure I don't know how many times and even found the Easter egg. Megamania was a Space Invaders clone from Activision that I was actually pretty good at. It was one of the few I could beat my cousins at and so I'd turn it on and just play for wave after wave after wave. Both games were for the Atari 2600 but I think Adventure came out first, so would be the more likely of the two for me. I wasn't in the habit of getting new games on release back then so which one I bought first is a mystery.

Posted by TobbRobb

I played a freaking lot of the first three Spyro games, completionist style. My first game was Sonic the Hedgehog 2 though. Throw in some Crash Bandicoot and Final Fantasy in there and BOOM gamer kid.

Its weird how many platformers I played once upon a time... Now it's just all hack'n'slash or RPGs.

Posted by BlinkyTM

I played Super Mario Bros. on the NES and Super Mario World. I wasn't around when either one was released but I still had fun playing them. The game I played the most when I was little was definitely Sonic the Hedgehog or Toe Jam and Earl. Toe Jam and Earl was an awesome game :P

I also played Mario Kart when I got an N64 when I was 7.

Posted by ShaggE

Wolfenstein 3D. The shareware version, at that. I couldn't even begin to imagine the hours I must have sunk into that game.

Posted by Soapy86
Posted by Commisar123

Battlefield 1942, but not even online just bot matches. Man I have no idea how I did that

Posted by fini_fly

It has to be a close tie between The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past or Chrono Trigger.

Posted by MetalMoog

My fondest gaming memories are with the NES and games like The Legend of Zelda, Wrestlemania & Contra. My Dad and I played them tons together and finished all of them. I was only 7 years old at the time and think I like Zelda the most for how awesome of a game it was and how cool it was to be bonding with my Dad and discovering Hyrule together. I remember we phoned Nintendo Power one night secretly without my Mum knowing to ask where the raft was on the second quest. She got the phone bill at the end of the month and was asking what the hell the Nintendo Power phone call was. lol

Posted by imsh_pl

I'm a fairly young gamer so you could say that for me "that game" was Airfix Dogfighter or Star Wars Battlefront.

Edited by BulletproofMonk

For me it was probably GTA III.

That was when I realized that video games are the real deal.