Love at First Play

What was the first video game you played, and how did it make you feel?

Did anyone start playing video games late in life and why?


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31 responses to “Love at First Play

  1. Kariyanine

    I honestly don’t remember what the first game that I actually played was but it was on the Atari 2600. My guess would be either Soccer or The Empire Strikes Back. I do remember that playing a game with moving images on my television was a magical experience.

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    • I also remember it being a magical experience but don’t remember the first game. Perhaps, and It feels so cliche to say this, it was Super Mario Bros. I remember watching my brother play it, and then he left the room, saying I could try it. I remember thinking I must play this, and I probably didn’t even know why I was interested. I just had to play.

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  2. According to my brother, we played Friday the 13th for the NES. We both got scared. I honestly don’t know how we got a copy of the game because my parents did not like us watching or playing anything scary.

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    • That’s a cute story. I remember playing NES games with my brother too. Playing with him was so much fun, even if the game wasn’t very good.

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      • It was the music and Jason’s appearance that scared us. Even though game is not good, I think the game succeeded at scaring children. My brother told me we ran out of the house as soon as we saw Jason popped up. Glad to hear you had fun with your brother playing the game. 🙂

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  3. The Otaku Judge

    My first game was probably Space Invaders on the Atari 2600. It must have made quite the impression because I still am playing consoles to this day.

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  4. I think it was Galaxian or something similar on BBC. But I’m really not sure of that as it was a game collection on a disc.

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  5. The first game I played was SMB on the NES. My babysitter’s son had gotten the console for Xmas the year it launched in the States. I was awful at it, didn’t get the appeal, but I was determined to get better. I ended up getting obsessed, though, and here I am 31 years later still gaming at 36.

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  6. It was either Donkey Kong or Pitfall on the Colecovision- though my first vivid memories are of Super Mario Bros on the NES (and some arcade machine at rhe laundromat down the street). Like one of the replies before, I remember thinking that playing what the television had on it rather than just watching it was such an amazing experience. I was hooked from there.

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  7. LightningEllen

    Taz-mania on the good ol’ SNES when I was 5. It was a really bad time and that’s when I first discovered the power that video games have to give me an escape from depressing reality 🙂

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  8. Mine was Astro Wars. My dad was really addicted to it – the first and only game he ever really played. Not for me though after my first go I am still playing games some 30 years later

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  9. The first game I played was The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. I was 5 years old, and I was terrible at it. I could figure out how to save, so I keep having to restart over and over again.

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  10. It was either Super Mario Brothers or Super Mario Brothers 3 on NES when I was in elementary school. I was immediately hooked!

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  11. I think I played NES at my neighbor’s house before I had any of my own systems, but the first game I remember receiving and playing is Tetris on the Game Boy when I was 6. I was immediately hooked, and almost 27 years later, gaming is still my favorite hobby!

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  12. I played SNES at my cousin’s house. We play Mortal Kombat and even Power Rangers non-stop.

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