I've just finished watching Jeff's video of Pitfall 2. A combination of it being Christmas and watching this old-ass game reminded me of the first video game I ever played. It was an electronic tabletop game called Astro Wars that came out in the early eighties. If we assume (as I can't remember which year exactly) that I got it in the year it came out, 1981, I will have been eight years old at the time. My eight-year-old self loved that game and played the shit out of it over Christmas. It's very similar to Galaxian, although a much simpler version due to the limitations of the hardware but it was still fun to play. I also remember sneaking into my parent's bedroom and managing to get a brief glance at the box before it was wrapped, reading the title "Grandstand Astro Wars" and having no idea what it was.
What was your first video game?
Was it a Christmas present?
Did you actually enjoy it or was it a frustrating experience?