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#1 Posted by falserelic (5407 posts) -

For me 1997 or 1998 when I was alittle kid. I remember growing up playing Sega, Nintendo, PC and PlayStation games. Thinking about those days brings back alot of good memories. I remember playing alot of games on the PlayStation such as Metal Gear, Syphon Filter, Alundra 2, Vagrant Story, Fighting Force, Nightmare Creatures a whole bunch of games. I use to replay games alot back then too.

#2 Posted by ajamafalous (12166 posts) -

Like 93.

#3 Posted by joseffthered (85 posts) -

I've been playing video games my entire life, but I can't really remember when I started. I guess sometime in the mid to late 80's.

#4 Posted by Akeldama (4257 posts) -

What's up with all these not proofread thread titles?

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#5 Posted by GnomeonFire (785 posts) -

In 96, the game was Wave Race 64.

#6 Posted by BerserkingGuts (80 posts) -

I can't remember the exact year but it must of been late in the 80's. I wasn't introduced to game's until I was about 7 or 8 and my first console was a NES with the Mario Bros/Duck Hunt bundle.

Awesome times.

#7 Posted by Aronman789 (2671 posts) -

Tekken 1 for the Playstation in like 2000/01.

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#8 Posted by Dimsey (967 posts) -

Around 92 I got a NES for my 5th Birthday, so that's when it really kicked off. @BerserkingGuts said:

I can't remember the exact year but it must of been late in the 80's. I wasn't introduced to game's until I was about 7 or 8 and my first console was a NES with the Mario Bros/Duck Hunt bundle.

Awesome times.

Those were my first games too.

#9 Posted by Sayishere (1840 posts) -

Sonic 2 for genesis

#10 Posted by OllyOxenFree (4988 posts) -

'92/'93 with the usual Mario & Duck Hunt combo.

#11 Posted by zyn (2591 posts) -

1990? Sometime around there.

#12 Posted by Viking_Funeral (1922 posts) -

@BerserkingGuts said:

I can't remember the exact year but it must of been late in the 80's. I wasn't introduced to game's until I was about 7 or 8 and my first console was a NES with the Mario Bros/Duck Hunt bundle.

Awesome times.

My first games as well. Must have been '88 or so.

#13 Posted by Vexxan (4614 posts) -

Around 1996.

#14 Posted by Ninja_Welshman (500 posts) -

Jesus you guys are making me feel old. Started 85/86 and have been playing ever since. First computer was a Zx Spectrum +2. Had games like Dizzy, Jack the Nipper and Renagade to name but a few. It's been amazing watching technology progress. I often wonder what it's like for you youngers guys who started on PSone and later. Do you ever look back and play games that were around before some of you were born?

#15 Posted by Owlright (117 posts) -

Barring the few sort of simple games like Oregon Trail or Pitfall that I played on PC since before I can remember, I want to say 'ninety...seeeven? Thereabouts, my family acquired an N64. No games though, we'd just go to Blockbuster and rent whatever they had.

When I was even younger though my family frequented a dentist that basically had an arcade in their waiting lobby, which was cool as fuck and I played a ton of games there.

#16 Posted by falserelic (5407 posts) -

@Ninja_Welshman said:

Jesus you guys are making me feel old. Started 85/86 and have been playing ever since. First computer was a Zx Spectrum +2. Had games like Dizzy, Jack the Nipper and Renagade to name but a few. It's been amazing watching technology progress. I often wonder what it's like for you youngers guys who started on PSone and later. Do you ever look back and play games that were around before some of you were born?

LOL! Sorry for making you feel old. I was born in 92 I had brothers who was born in the early 80s. They showed me abunch of games they played when they was kids. I never really got into the original NES system much. But I did play alot of sega games like vectorman, X-men 2, shinobi 3, revenge of shinobi and other games. I also remember playing a few arcade games and Super Nintendo games. Now and then I might download afew older games just to try them out.

#17 Posted by MyNiceIceLife (635 posts) -

it was either 1990 or 91, as I was 4 when I started playing some arcade games and my parents atari 2600. kinda scary thinking about how long I've been playing games.

#18 Posted by Daiphyer (1352 posts) -

1998. I was 4 when I first started gaming. The first game I played was the home-computer version of Pac-Man.

To make up for my young-ness, I actually started with the oldest console possible at the time, and bought my way up each year. So 1999 I got a SNES, 2000 I got a Genesis, and 2001 I got a PSOne. I also had a PC throughout the years to keep up with the newer titles, too.

I used to live in Iran, so hardware availability was kind of limited.

#19 Edited by MeierTheRed (4941 posts) -

84-85 or so.

#20 Posted by ZeForgotten (10397 posts) -

88? 89? .. one of those. 

#21 Posted by Morrow (1823 posts) -

1992. I was 5 :)

#22 Posted by CaLe (4058 posts) -

God you make a lot of threads. I don't remember.

#23 Posted by falserelic (5407 posts) -

@CaLe said:

God you make a lot of threads. I don't remember.

I have been lately. I usually don't but I've been in the mood to make topics, and I don't know why.

#24 Posted by Vestigial_Man (311 posts) -

Christmas 2002 I think. My parents got me a PS2 with Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4 and then like most people here I was hooked.

#25 Posted by Tim_the_Corsair (3065 posts) -

1988

#26 Edited by Th3_James (2579 posts) -

92-93

#27 Posted by scarace360 (4828 posts) -

96-97 Blew my mind.

#28 Posted by scarace360 (4828 posts) -

@Ninja_Welshman said:

Jesus you guys are making me feel old. Started 85/86 and have been playing ever since. First computer was a Zx Spectrum +2. Had games like Dizzy, Jack the Nipper and Renagade to name but a few. It's been amazing watching technology progress. I often wonder what it's like for you youngers guys who started on PSone and later. Do you ever look back and play games that were around before some of you were born?

Ya ive gone back and played games before i was born. It's a nice lesson in how far we have come.

#29 Posted by ProfessorK (829 posts) -

@BerserkingGuts: Same here, though I still wish I got the bundle that came with the track pad :(

#30 Edited by Chop (1998 posts) -

1991

SNES. Super Mario World.

To be fair, I didn't care much about games until Donkey Kong Country, but yeah.

#31 Edited by Fillem (35 posts) -

Around 1984. A friend of mine had a commodore 64 which was brilliant. We only had a MSX, not even an MSX2. Still played a shitload of games on that greenscreen though.

I was blessed with parent who understood little to nothing about computers yet kept up with PCs. Starting with a x86 (086?) with a green CGA screen and working our way up to a 386 with a colour VGA screen and playing Doom for the first time. Simply amazing. Also 7th Guest on cd-rom was....at the time, pretty impressive :).

Oh man, the glorious hassle of memory management and separate floppy disks to boot up. The golden days of the SSI RPGs. Yeeeearn. :)

edit: damn, also feeling old now I'm reading back these messages. :)

#32 Posted by AhmadMetallic (18954 posts) -

Born 1991, started "casually" with Commander Keen and Doom in 1995-1996, a little more dedication through Max Payne and San Andreas 2003-2006, religiously 2007-present starting with Crysis and Gears of War.

#33 Posted by NoelVeiga (1135 posts) -

I don't remember the first time I played a game, but it must have been 83 or 84, either an arcade game or some Speccy game at some friend's house. The first time I owned a gaming system (actually a PC) was 90-91, and I got my first console in 92.

#34 Posted by sungahymn (1038 posts) -

...'99?

#35 Posted by NoelVeiga (1135 posts) -

@scarace360 said:

@Ninja_Welshman said:

Jesus you guys are making me feel old. Started 85/86 and have been playing ever since. First computer was a Zx Spectrum +2. Had games like Dizzy, Jack the Nipper and Renagade to name but a few. It's been amazing watching technology progress. I often wonder what it's like for you youngers guys who started on PSone and later. Do you ever look back and play games that were around before some of you were born?

Ya ive gone back and played games before i was born. It's a nice lesson in how far we have come.

I'd like to hear you elaborate further. How do you picture us playing those games? I know they seem barely functional today, even to me. It takes some effort to even remember how the hell we had the patience as pre-teens to wait for a tape to load for 25 minutes to play a broken game for a whole afternoon (because we would NOT go through that loading process again, damnit).

Especially for European people I'm very curious about what mental image that generates in a teenager today. A lot of that period has been overwritten by history with the NES classics, which were far more polished and paint a more rosy picture of 80s gaming. I wonder if you guys can conceive 5 straight hours of Atari or Spectrum gaming.

#36 Posted by Vextroid (1430 posts) -

'94-'95 with a second-hand Amiga (not sure which one but it may ne the 500 based on pictures and memory).

I loved that computer.

#37 Posted by TwoLines (2843 posts) -

1991... Or 1992.

#38 Posted by kogasu (148 posts) -

Sometime in the '90s I have no idea when.

#39 Posted by Grillbar (1914 posts) -

89-90 maybe i was about 3-4 maybe when i was 2 i really cant remember. think the game was Q*bert

#40 Posted by Rebel_Scum (783 posts) -

86 or 87. Used to love going to the arcades or local shops that had an arcade machine. 20 cents a game too. And I had an onion on my belt, which was the style at the time.

#41 Posted by HarlechQuinn (451 posts) -

1979/80 on one of the countless Pong clones for your television set... Great, now I am feeling really old again...

#42 Posted by StingerMK2 (386 posts) -

probably 89 or 90, I had an Atari ST with a shit load of games from my cousin (I imagine they were copies, but fuck if I can remember) stand out games from that were the Dizzy games, Dynamite Dux, Llamatron, Double Dragon, Newzealand Story and a couple I dont remember the names of, but were awesome non the less. Then a year or so later I played Road Rash and Sonic round a friends house on his Megadrive and never looked back, bugged my parents real hard to get me one for christmas in 1990, i would have been 5 at the time,

#43 Posted by ProfessorEss (7523 posts) -
Somewhere around 1979 or 1980. 
 
Endless hours of Combat and Space Invaders for the Atari 2600. 
#44 Posted by Canteu (2821 posts) -

Probably 92/93.

Good old nes.

#45 Posted by WinterSnowblind (7617 posts) -

89 or 1990. Good old Mario/Duck Hunt combo.

#46 Posted by bio595 (307 posts) -

I'm a younger guy, so about 99, but I didn't get hardcore into gaming till like 2007 or 2008.

#47 Posted by Brodehouse (10138 posts) -

Probably played my first game around 89 or 90, but I got my first console in 91. I was 5. Mario.

#48 Posted by Azteck (7449 posts) -

98-99 I think. Or rather that's when I bought my first game. Wasn't really a gamer until I hit around 13 though.

#49 Posted by laserbolts (5372 posts) -

1990 with Mario.

#50 Posted by Ninja_Welshman (500 posts) -
@NoelVeiga

@scarace360 said:

@Ninja_Welshman said:

Jesus you guys are making me feel old. Started 85/86 and have been playing ever since. First computer was a Zx Spectrum +2. Had games like Dizzy, Jack the Nipper and Renagade to name but a few. It's been amazing watching technology progress. I often wonder what it's like for you youngers guys who started on PSone and later. Do you ever look back and play games that were around before some of you were born?

Ya ive gone back and played games before i was born. It's a nice lesson in how far we have come.

I'd like to hear you elaborate further. How do you picture us playing those games? I know they seem barely functional today, even to me. It takes some effort to even remember how the hell we had the patience as pre-teens to wait for a tape to load for 25 minutes to play a broken game for a whole afternoon (because we would NOT go through that loading process again, damnit).

Especially for European people I'm very curious about what mental image that generates in a teenager today. A lot of that period has been overwritten by history with the NES classics, which were far more polished and paint a more rosy picture of 80s gaming. I wonder if you guys can conceive 5 straight hours of Atari or Spectrum gaming.

The worst was typing out a 3 page program in a magazine only for it to fail because you entered a value wrong or there was a misprint. Guh!!