Hey denizens of the giant bomb forums. This is my first post so I went with something basic. What was your guys first game console? Or if you're a pc gamer when did you build your first pc? My first was the gamecube. I was born in 2001 so I wasn't really around during the 64 bit era.
My parents had an Atari 2600 that I messed around with when I was real young so technically that. The first console that was all mine was the SNES though. Still one of my favorites. As it happens I also built my first PC last year (Best Value!) but we've had a few non-gaming PCs growing up that I managed to run a few games on. Had a gorgeous and monstrous IBM Aptiva that I played a ton of Mechwarrior 2 on.
Oh you missed the "64-bit era" (not really a thing because only 1 console claimed to be 64 bits). Let me tell you what it was like. We had to push the analog stick uphill both ways through the snow. We didn't have games larger than 8 megabytes or so and we LIKED IT THAT WAY! We paid $80 in 1997 dollars for games like Mace:the Dark Age and WE THOUGHT IT WAS A BARGAIN!!!!
My first console was the old-school NES with Rob the Robot and I got it so early that that was the only way it was sold. I played gyromite for hours and I loved it!
Now let me tell you about a game called Final Fantasy and how when it was released we thought "oh this is the Final Fantasy. Guess there won't be any more in THIS series so I better enjot it..."
The 2600, we also had a Nintendo in the other room that seemed too intense to me. I enjoyed it a whole lot, but had no idea it'd become one of my primary hobbies eventually.
First one I bought myself was the PS2. Starting with last-gen, I buy every damn thing that comes out.
First thing I used for gaming was the family 386 PC. I think I could navigate DOS before I could write. I was almost entirely PC throughout the 90s, although I wanted a console badly.
First console I played was the NES. First I owned was the N64 (if you don't count the Game Boy and Virtual Boy, or a pile of Tiger LCD games).
SNES. I know most people look back at their first console fondly, but the SNES has always been the most disappointing console to me. No other game I ever played on it was as good as the game that came packed in with it (Super Mario World). A fairly good catalog overall, but it was a shame that the best was likely the first thing you played.
Atari 2600. But didn't play a whole lot of it since I was a little too young. NES is what I remember the most.
Since I have my PC Master Race membership card, first computer was a 386. First PC I dumped all of my meager savings into was in 2004 so I could build a rig to handle Doom 3 and HL2 as they were right around the corner at the time.
Man, I feel old now and I'm only 32..... thanks.
my parents had a Pong console I barely remember when I was young. My first console was an Intellivision II, Burger Time got the most play. Night Stalker and there was like an air land sea battle game (that had biplanes and tanks and boats or subs) were the next most played.
After that I got a Commodore 64 that I remember playing text adventure games, DR. J vs Larry Bird, Transformers, an Aliens game of some sort, and a ton of others. Got a NES after that. Played the first two Zelda games to completion (still the only two that I have beaten) O.G. Metroid, Final Fantasy, Star Tropics, Ninja Gaiden, Karate,
Next was a Genesis, Then Playstation, Then Xbox, 360, Ps3,wii, PC, 3ds,vita, wii u, xbox one, Ps4,
The first console I played was probably my parents' pong machine. Though I might have played the woody Atari 2600 first and found the Pong machine in the attic later. My memory is a bit hazy. The first console that was officially "mine" was a Sega Master System I got for my birthday along with the disappointing Alex Kidd: The Lost Stars which was horribly inferior to the first Alex Kidd game I had played at my babysitter's house. I loved it anyway.
@spencer: You came into video gaming with a bang. Wonder Boy III The Dragon's Trap is still one of my favorite games ever. It's probably the best Metroidvania released in the 80s. Better than Metroid even. It holds up really well. Too bad Westone went bankrupt a few years back, we'll probably never see another with the weird licensing issues with the Wonder Boy name and the main developer being gone.
Pretty sure the first console I owned was a Sega Genesis. The only games I ever played on it were frogger and some racing game I will never remember the name of. I was super young; like 4 or 5. Also, the first handheld I owned was a Gameboy color. Pretty sure I got that before the genesis.
First console that I ever played was my brother's SNES but I was pretty young at the time and definitely didn't appreciate the greatness of that system until much later through the joys of emulation. So the first console that I really sunk any significant amount of time into was the N64.
Funny enough though, the game that I most associate with that system isn't Mario or Ocarina or even Goldeneye (all of which I played and enjoyed to one degree or another) but freaking Beetle Adventure Racing. I poured god only knows how many hours into that damn game with my brother and will love it to pieces forever because of it. I haven't a clue how it would hold up today (not that well I would imagine) but at the time it blew my mind with how much fun it was.
I remember playing the SNES and Mega Drive a lot but I don't think I actually owned either of them. I recall owning a GameBoy and a Game Gear (which I think I broke, oops) and I definitely owned a Nintendo 64, so those seem to have been my first handheld/consoles.
I remember the day we sold my N64 because me and my dad didn't play it much after Goldeneye, Turok & Mario 64. I was more of a Power Rangers toy person until I was around 7 or older, still got those things around somewhere.
Fondest childhood gaming moments were watching my dad play Resident Evils and Tomb Raider on the PlayStation. Who knew watching people play games would take off, we could have made YouTube bucks.
I was mostly playing games on the family computer so I didn't get my own console until pretty late. I had played some NES and Mega Drive before, and my older sister had a SNES, then I got my own PS1.
I guess technically the Game Boy was my first console, though I didn't play it nearly as much as my PS1 which I still have.
First I remember playing in the house was the ColecoVision, but that was technically my dad's. Then we finally got an NES for Christmas in '88, but had to share with my sister. In between I just played arcade games. First I ever owned myself was a PS1 that I washed dishes part-time to save up for.
Side note on the NES. Instead of getting a version with pack-ins, my dad got the base console and let my sister and I each pick out a game. My sister took the safe pick of Super Mario Bros. I took a gamble and picked Bionic Commando, simply based on the box art and screenshots. Turned out I had a good eye as it's still my favorite NES game to this day. I'm just glad I never came across it in the arcades, because I probably would have written the NES version off.
PS1, my parents bought it for me with credit card reward points alongside Crash Team Racing and Spyro 3 (which are still some of my favourite games ever). I actually didn't especially want it to begin with, and I'm not entirely sure why my parents got it for me specifically as opposed to my brother. It's definitely the best gift I've ever received.
We had a Pong console when I was a kid with the most amazing light gun attachment I've even seen. The gun could be completely broken apart like it was a sniper rifle. I would play the Atari 2600 at my cousins and the Intellivision at a friend's place. The first console I could truly call my own though was a Colecovision.
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