#1 Posted by Unilad (698 posts) -

When did it begin? Can you remember the first game you played, or merely the time that a game just 'clicked' with you and you began playing more and more etc?

For me, I started playing games late, but I was around 10 and it was a Pokemon on the GameBoy Colour. I was on a flight to Sydney (23hours) and I played it on my brand new Colour for probably 20 hours straight. Other than that...Crash Bandicoot/G Police on the PS1 which I played at my cousins.....


#2 Posted by falserelic (5721 posts) -

For me sega or nintendo. Its kinda hard for me to remember.

#3 Posted by ajamafalous (12447 posts) -

Super Mario Bros. on my NES when I was like 2-3.

#4 Posted by doosmacleod (190 posts) -

@ajamafalous said:

Super Mario Bros. on my NES when I was like 2-3.

Same, SMB and Life Force for the NES. Around the same age too. In a half-finished basement on a table that, when I think back, was probably the biggest table in the universe. My dad and I sat in high-backed chairs, he with a snifter of brandy, me with orange juice, we flew like Vic Viper and killed some sort of... cyber... space... dragon... cancer thing.


#5 Posted by kmdrkul (3499 posts) -

My first gaming experience was watching my older brother and dad play the SNES before joining in. I got owned at Street Fighter II, Super Mario Kart, Mortal Kombat, and just about every other game we owned. Good times. I don't know how you guys could possibly remember anything at two years old - my earliest memories are around age four or so.

#6 Posted by Funkydupe (3458 posts) -

I don't remember my first experience with video games.

I do remember my first experience of co-op multiplayer with two computers though. My brother and a friend of his had their computers linked through a hub cable and played Doom. I remember how I was amazed at this. When they were out, me and a friend got to borrow their computers and I was immediately hooked for life on multiplayer gaming. :)

#7 Posted by RustySanderke (117 posts) -

My first game was either Gravity Wars or the original Prince of Persia on MS-DOS when I was about six.

#8 Edited by spartanlolz92 (520 posts) -

supermario world for the original gameboy

#9 Posted by Pink_o_mat (220 posts) -
#10 Posted by Superkenon (1556 posts) -

Would've been Commodore 64 for me, maybe even as early as 2 years of age. Though I can't remember which games specifically would have been my first... at that age it was mostly just watching my brothers, but I played a lot of it in the years to come.

I'm thinking of a game now I used to play on it... I want to say it was called Time Bandit, but that's not listed as a Commodore title. It indeed involved time travel and stealing shit, though.

#11 Posted by Tesla (2005 posts) -

I cut my teeth on the NES with SMB and Duck Hunt.

#12 Posted by Apparatus_Unearth (3515 posts) -

It was something on the SNES, we had Super Mario World, Street Fighter II, and Starfox for sure. One of those.

#13 Posted by CountMacula (246 posts) -

Hard to tell since I was less than three years old, but it was definitely on the Zx Spectrum, probably Sabre Wulf or Atic Atac.

#14 Edited by believer258 (12820 posts) -

Original Game Boy. Gradius: The Interstellar Assault. My dad brought it home when I was four or five years old. Someone had left it in a car they'd sold to a dealership and never came back for it, so he brought it home to me and I played it all of that day, was finally forced to bed, and then got up at 5 am (as a 4 year old with no alarm clock) and played it again until the batteries died.

I got an SNES with Donkey Kong Country that Christmas, and an ad for Super Metroid, which I begged for but my parents wouldn't get because they thought it looked "evil". After a year of begging for it in every single store they got it for me the next Christmas and that was it - I was a gamer for life. Never not gonna own one, unless I lose a hand or go blind.

#15 Posted by Seppli (11233 posts) -

An Ego Shooter... but... see for yourselves...

The Eidolon on C64

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Yep. I'm officially old.

#16 Posted by TwoLines (3055 posts) -

Two years old, playing Atari. Don't remember anything.

#17 Posted by HatKing (6453 posts) -

Oh boy, can't quite remember what was first. I probably had some experience playing some Ms. Pac Man at the laundry mat down the street. But as far as stuff I owned goes, it'd either be this random old ass PC game simply called 'Fokker' or Super Mario Bros on NES. I can't find any information on Fokker anywhere, but it was an early flight/dog fighting game with a first person view and 2D graphics. I remember shooting up some zeppelins.

#18 Posted by Atary77 (578 posts) -

When I was a kid my dad let us play his Atari 2600, it was the first console of any kind I played and one of the first games I remember playing on it was the 2600 version of Donkey Kong. I'm sure some folks would argue about whether or not if it's as good as it's arcade original but it was fun enough for us to be playing it for hours, just wanting to get to the top and see how far we could go. It was a magical time.

#19 Posted by nerdsbeware (255 posts) -

Atari in the kitchen, hooked up to this POS like 12 inch TV or something.

Other than that, it was my birthday, I was probably like 6-7? I don't remember how they revealed it to me but essentially my parents had bought me an NES (the one that came with Mario/Duck Hunt/World Class Meet, Zapper & Power Pad. I can remember chasing my dad around the house because he was teasing me about giving it to me. I finally caught him, we hooked it up to an old Commodore 64 monitor and I played Mario for a while. I used that C64 monitor for years to play games, probably up until PS1.

#20 Posted by Melvargh (555 posts) -

The earliest I remember is my babysitter bringing over games to play. Back To The Future Part II and III is one I keep recalling as being an early experience. SMB/Duck Hunt were obviously very early as well, but I don't really remember those.


I just loved going back and forth in time. The game itself was so strange though.

#21 Posted by SpaceRunaway (891 posts) -

I think Duck Hunt was the first video game I have memories playing, around age 3 or 4?

#22 Posted by CosmicBatman (322 posts) -

I honestly can't remember first gaming experience, but it was probably with the NES or one of those simple hand-held LCD games.

#23 Posted by Godlyawesomeguy (6420 posts) -

When I was 6-8, I remember playing Sunset Riders and absolutely loving it.

#24 Posted by 500xp (69 posts) -

I think I was around 8 years old when I got my first SNES with Yoshi's Story on it.

#25 Posted by TooWalrus (13332 posts) -

Not specifically, but I remember being so young that I needed my dads help to get Super Mario Bros. to work in our NES (which was finicky as shit). Probably 2 or 3.

#26 Posted by eroticfishcake (7856 posts) -

I played Chevy Chase for the Commodore 64 with some other dirt bike game. It wasn't until I got a SNES and a DOS PC when I actually got a bit more serious about games though.

#27 Posted by gaminghooligan (1697 posts) -

I was little and my dad was playing DOOM on our PC, I had watched him play it all the time, and he finally let me play since my mom was at the store. It was awesome, and right after we played it for a bit we played sonic the hedgehog all day. The next best was when my uncle who was like 20 at the time showed me age of empires, I was hooked and I've loved strategy games ever since.

#28 Posted by RandomInternetUser (6805 posts) -

I'm almost positive the first time I remember playing Super Mario World is the first time I played a vidja game.

#29 Posted by csl316 (10862 posts) -

I came to America when I was 5 and my brother showed me his NES and his Atari. The NES was the crazy high tech system in the house.

But as for actual game I played? Pretty sure it was Defender. And it was awesome.

#30 Posted by CJduke (846 posts) -

Yup SEGA Genesis, Lion King and Jungle Book. It was fucking awesome! (I was like 4)

#31 Posted by sawtooth (529 posts) -

I was probably about 6 and I believe it was Bubble Bobble for the NES at a neighbors house.

It was fantastic.

#32 Posted by HadesTimes (885 posts) -

Sure the first game I ever played was Karate Champ at a hotel when I was vacation with my parents. Played for like three hour bursts and fought all comers. I was 8.

#33 Posted by Grimhild (761 posts) -

Cobra Command seated arcade cabinet (with the help of my brother) at Chuck E. Cheese. I was 4.

#34 Posted by glyn (390 posts) -
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#35 Posted by Zekhariah (700 posts) -

NES Duck Hunt.

#36 Posted by Franstone (1211 posts) -

Think it was Pitfall on my uncle's 2600.

#37 Posted by Redbullet685 (6198 posts) -

I wanna say that I was like 3-4 and first played Super Mario 64. Can't remember for sure if that is right, though.

#38 Posted by loiv (46 posts) -

My first gaming experience was playing Pong for the Atari 2600.

#39 Posted by Terramagi (1168 posts) -


I ran right and died to the goomba for a couple days until I realized there was a jump button.

I was 2. Sue me.

#40 Posted by MyNiceIceLife (660 posts) -

my first gaming experiences were playing stuff like Adventure, Dig Dug, Haunted House, etc. on my parents Atari 2600 and some games on their Intellivision when I was like 4. I also played some arcade games around that time, but really didn't get into playing games that much until we got the NES and Super Mario Bros/Duck Hunt combo. I played the hell out of that and yet still haven't beaten SMB till this day lol

#41 Posted by Gamer_152 (14284 posts) -

I'm pretty sure my first gaming experience was playing a little of Disney's Hercules on the PS1 at some kid's birthday party when I was in primary school, although I also remember around that time there being a lot of talk about Pokemon at school and at least once seeing other kids playing Pokemon on their Gameboys. It just fascinated me

#42 Posted by mandude (2670 posts) -

Been gaming longer than my effective memory extends. My first memories of gaming that weren't blurry, were of Sonic the Hedgehog on the Megadrive.

#43 Posted by Morningstar (2321 posts) -

At my fathers knee, at the age of three. Some old helicopter game, he moved the helicopter and I was responsible for shooting. That was 26 years ago.

#44 Posted by RandyF (188 posts) -

Playing Contra with my Dad when I was 2. I remember him getting super angry at me when I would move the screen up (thus getting him killed) on the third level. My mom would come in and say "He's only 2... Calm down."

My parents are separated. I'm not saying the two are directly related, but...

#45 Posted by TheDudeOfGaming (6116 posts) -

Age of Empires, I was 6 and didn't know a word of English but I managed to pick it up...somehow.

#47 Posted by AlexanderSheen (5148 posts) -
#48 Posted by Marino (5285 posts) -

Not specifically, but I know that it was on a TI-99/4A. Hence the picture on my profile page.

TI-99/4A circa 1985

If I had to guess, it was probably TI Invaders or Pac-Man.

#49 Posted by wordfalling (205 posts) -

Impossible Mission on a C64 back in '85 and I don't remember a thing about it.

#50 Posted by BigDaddyDre (20 posts) -

I don't remember the exact game. My parents bought my brother and I a crap load of games with our Atari in 1984, and it's hard to pinpoint which was first. I'm pretty sure it's between Moon Buggy, Asteroids and Space Invaders. Even had a Chuck Norris game. Even when he was comprised of 10 pixels, he still kicked ass.