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