Do you remember the first time you heard a video game talk?

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That game for me was the title screen for blades of steel. That shit blew my fucking mind. Mind you my only exposure to games up until that point was crappy nes games, a random assortment of atari games and some pirated coleco games on cassette tape.

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think it may have been super metroid, but im probably wrong.

the game blew all sorts of mind in every way of course.

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Musashi on the PS1 is the first game that comes to mind that I remember specifically noticing there was voice acting, but technically Sonic would probably have been the first, since it was the first game I owned on my Sega Genesis. Hearing "SEGA" wasn't exactly mind blowing though.

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Yeah, I think it was some early PC Golf game. What was awesome was that it came through the PC speaker, no Sound Blaster back in those days.

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Don't know for sure, maybe...

"Dubble Dwibble."

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possibly Warcraft 2... hard to say.

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@korwin: Playing space quest and police quest using the pc speaker was the shit.

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Starfox 64, though that was also basically the first game I owned, so I guess it wasn't as mind-blowing as if I had played a bunch of text-only games before it.

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#9  Edited By Hailinel

If Ganon's laughter on Zelda II's Game Over screen counts, then it was that.

Also, fuck that laugh. It scared the shit out of me as a kid.

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@korwin said:

Yeah, I think it was some early PC Golf game. What was awesome was that it came through the PC speaker, no Sound Blaster back in those days.

Yep, this might be the same for me too.

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Command & Conquer , I think .

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Super Mario 64. I've never known an age of non-voice acted games.

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May have been this.

http://youtu.be/ccrLkOF58Vo?t=5m22s

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I want to say maybe Wolfenstein 3d if that counts?

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#16  Edited By Vuud

The original Castle Wolfenstein; actually what I played was Castle Smurfenstein, sort of a hacked version of Wolfenstein. That's my first game that talked back.

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#17  Edited By Hamst3r

@wjb said:

Don't know for sure, maybe...

"Dubble Dwibble."

I too think it might have been this game.

edit: oh, but I can't forget Skate or Die 2:

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Die die die die die.

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#18  Edited By Teoball

Pretty sure it was this. Jeff has also referenced this a lot.

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I want to say Wing Commander

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@korwin said:

Yeah, I think it was some early PC Golf game. What was awesome was that it came through the PC speaker, no Sound Blaster back in those days.

Yep, this might be the same for me too.

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Yeah that was mine too. "It looks like it hit the tree, Jim" has been burned into my memory, a stupidly obvious comment i will never forget.

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#21  Edited By SpaceInsomniac

@hailinel said:

If Ganon's laughter on Zelda II's Game Over screen counts, then it was that.

Also, fuck that laugh. It scared the shit out of me as a kid.

Long before that, there were the bosses in Kung Fu.

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You Tube really does sometimes seem to have a video of anything that you can remember. But for actual speech, my first was probably Bad Dudes.

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#22  Edited By Rowr

@teoball said:

Pretty sure it was this. Jeff has also referenced this a lot.

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Yep totally this.

HE SLIMED ME!

I feel like there were a few others at the time but none i can think of off the top of my head.

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#23  Edited By bacongames

I'm not old enough to have the comparison of video games not talking be meaningful growing up so when they did it felt normal and not terribly noteworthy. So no to answer the question.

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#24  Edited By Yummylee

Resident... Evil.

It would have been poetic if that was the case, though it was damn close. But nah, this was the first bit of intelligible voiced audio I ever heard in a video game. Specifically since this was the second game I ever played; Pacman came first, with Resident Evil as my third.

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Berzerk, the arcade version, back in 1980 or '81. I still love hearing "stop the humanoid". It's been many years, but I think the first time I played it was at a Chuck-e-Cheese birthday party. I horded my handful of tokens until I found something amazing. Berzerk was a little slower than most games, so I could play for longer and it talked!

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I believe Spyro the Dragon for PS1 is the earliest I remember.

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#27  Edited By Zlimness

No, but I remember the first time seeing an actual person in a game:

MegaRace (1993)

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Edit: Now, the "actual person" claim is debatable in this case. Hey, 1993 was another time. Standards were different when it came to FMV actors.

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I think it was Wolf3D. Or Dr. Sbaitso, but that doesn't really count.

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#29  Edited By falserelic

I can't remember man..

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#30  Edited By newmoneytrash

@zlimness: Holy shit! I forgot all about that game! IT blew my mind when I was, like, seven. Though it would always crash on my computer. :(

Mine was some US Gold (I think?) golf game on the mega drive.

It had a commentator dude that would always say "Looks like he... hit the tree, Jim" every time you hit it off of the course and that will be stuck in my head for the rest of my days.

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Edit: I didn't really look through this thread until after posting, and I am glad I wasn't alone. Haha. I guess they just used the same voice samples over different games?

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@ninessc2 said:

possibly Warcraft 2... hard to say.

Did Warcraft 1 have voice acting? I think it did, if so, then I think that's the first game I played that had voice acting.

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From the thread title I thought you meant hearing people talk about video games. It's hard to remember but a safe guess would be the talking portrait heads in fallout 2.

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NBA Jam I think. Video games talking was weird enough of a concept to me that I wasn't sure at first whether the announcer was saying actual words or if it was being faked.

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Sadly no.

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@tajasaurus: Actually, that's the version I played :o I literally just nostalgied in my pants. Sorry if that's too much info :|

I didn't even think to look up "Looks like he hit the tree, Jim"; I just did some searching around of DOS golf games. It really does seem that there was a lot of audio recycling going on.

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I remember a bunch of NES/SNES 5-second voice clips (NBA Jam, Mortal Kombat, etc), but for some reason, I remember 14-year-old-me being totally blown away by the opening scene in Turok 2 for the N64. Maybe it's because I jumped straight from SNES to N64; never had a disk based system until near the end of the ps1 lifecycle.

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#37  Edited By Franstone

First game to come to mind is Joe Montana Football on the Genesis.

I remember being amazed.

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The first time I heard a video game talk, my first thought was, "Should video games talk?"

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Yeah, I think it was Blades of Steel ("BLADEF OF FTEEL!", "WHAT A PAFF!") for the NES. If laughter counts, it was Kung-Fu. The bosses laughing at you always freaked me out as a kid.

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#40  Edited By TheFreeMan

StarFox 64, I think. That was some pretty cool stuff to me at the time, and many of the lines are embedded in my brain.

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SCARY A FUCK SON

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#42  Edited By ProfessorEss

I think it might have been Bomb Squad for the Intellivision ("Featuring Intellivoice!").

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The Dragon's Lair arcade game. Went into the sectioned off arcade section in my bodega. I thought it was the most amazing thing ever. For consoles it was Spyke on the Vectrex.

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#44  Edited By MikkaQ

@jams said:

SCARY A FUCK SON

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YEP it was this one.

"I hunger..."

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Youtube does have video of everything.

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Probably a game on the master system but I don't know for sure.

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It was probably one of those early arcade games, but this is what came to mind when I read the question.

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#48  Edited By billmcneal

it might have been Street Fighter II arcade for me

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@jaycrockett: Oh thank God there is someone else that was alive during the C64/Speccy/Atari ST/Amiga glory days as this is exactly what I was thinking of when I read the question.

The other one that always sticks in my mind is the ending of The Chaos Engine which I always remembered as being amazing. Watching it now, if really isn't!

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No. Because I'm not crazy. Video games can't talk. They are inanimate objects. I don't care what they say. I won't do what they ask. I won't. I don't want to hurt anybody so I'll just ignore them. They aren't really talking anyway. Because they can't. They can't. They can't.

They can't.

My earliest video game memories involve games like Madden and NHL games and Mortal Kombat for Genesis, so video games with voice acting never really was a big deal. I just kinda grew up with it.