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Scream
08-26-2008, 04:23 AM
I think I was around 3 and a half or 4 on an Amstrad. That thing used cassettes yikes.. I remember having to fast-forward to play games on the second part of the tape.

Anyway the reason I ask is my 2 year old daughter (2 years last month) has started playing on my Nintendo DS. She's been playing Nintendogs and she really can play it well, she knows which toy does what, she can wash the dogs (which she finds incredibly funny) and how to access things in the menus (such as the voice recording part where it plays back your voice)... It's all down to the touch screen obviously - it's a good learning aid. She's also started to experiment with the keys next to the touch screen so maybe soon she can move onto my PS3 heheh. :lol:

How about you?

Helegad
08-26-2008, 04:42 AM
Tell your daughter that GTAIV will teach her about drugs, violence, swearing, and maybe even a bit of sex ed :P Lol, actually, don't.

My first memories of gaming were on my dad's very old computer, with Wolfenstein 3D and a golf game. I was terrified of Wolfenstein when I played it, but I was fascinated by my sister's gaming on it. Love Wolf3D now though, especially on GBA :)

I would have been about 4, I think, when we had that computer. Next came my good, ol' faithful mod-chipped PS1, which my aunty and uncle bought along with Crash Bandicoot. I think I was about 5 or 6. Loved Crashy, and still play that game even now. So you see, I'm 14 now, and the PS1 is practically mine (no one else has touched it for the past 3 years). It now gets a daily Tomb Raiding workout :P Never underestimate the power of retro gaming.

Mr. Spencer
08-26-2008, 08:22 AM
I remember fond memories of owning an Amiga 1200, or a Commodore. Something like that. That system was ahead of its time, had so many classics on it too. Beneath A Steel Sky, The Secret of Monkey Island, Fire & Ice, Zool, Crazy Cars, etc. Wonderful machine. I can still recall the day when they stopped making Amiga Power magazine, and Amiga Format. Such a great loss to us all. Then Generation-Xtreme moved in and took over. Game over, man. Game over.

Scream
08-26-2008, 08:40 AM
Yes the Amiga.. after my Amstrad and NES the next thing I got was the Amiga 500+. My favourite games were Syndicate, Sensible World of Soccer and Cannon Fodder. Also a lot of other good ones too like Theme Park, Simon the Sorcerer, Monkey Island, Speedball 2, Heimdall etc. Even Workbench was fun. I got a ton of those Amiga magazines in my attic rotting away, it was fun raiding the demo disks.

I got a mod-chipped PSX in '98 with Xenogears and Metal Gear Solid (both official US imports) that was a great Christmas.

TheSelfishGene
08-26-2008, 08:45 AM
http://www.the-horror.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1519

I knew I'd answered this one before. I wouldn't have been 2, but certainly not much older.
We had the 2600, and the Colleco-vision. As well as another one that had a HUGE 1-9 numberpad, with overlays. I still remember playing Big Birds egg hunt on it. It was really fun. I also remember another sesame street game, with the overlays.
It might have been for the collecovision. We still have the old systems. About 3 or 4 years ago I fired up big bird :D. As I said in the other thread, they were to help my brothers hand-eye coordination. His problem righted within months of buying the atari like the doctors advised my parents. And who said that games are bad :P

Every year or so my brother and I boot up Outlaw (I think it's called) on hte 2600, and swear and laugh and punch each other for hours.

Mr. Spencer
08-26-2008, 10:09 AM
Yes the Amiga.. after my Amstrad and NES the next thing I got was the Amiga 500+. My favourite games were Syndicate, Sensible World of Soccer and Cannon Fodder. Also a lot of other good ones too like Theme Park, Simon the Sorcerer, Monkey Island, Speedball 2, Heimdall etc. Even Workbench was fun. I got a ton of those Amiga magazines in my attic rotting away, it was fun raiding the demo disks.

I got a mod-chipped PSX in '98 with Xenogears and Metal Gear Solid (both official US imports) that was a great Christmas.

Man, Sensible Soccer was quite possibly the only football/soccer game that I ever enjoyed. I loved the Amiga, and it's a shame that I can't find it now. I think it somehow ended up in the hands of my next-door neighbours for some reason. Foolishness on my part.

The Dude
08-26-2008, 10:20 AM
My answers in that linked topic above.

Project Omega
08-26-2008, 11:34 AM
1986. My first console was the Oddessy 2. Then a few years later when the price of the NES came down, my parents bought me that. I remember using the Zapper as a regular toy gun since I didn't have any toy guns as a kid. Probably inspired by Captain N if anything...

http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Captain_N

Scream
08-26-2008, 11:44 AM
A lot has happened since SS and SWOS :P Maybe you should try FIFA 09 when it's released. Yes it's EA but FIFA 08 was pretty damn good. Konami, unfortunately, are going downhill with the ISS/Pro Evo/Winning Eleven series.

Stars1356
08-26-2008, 01:31 PM
I think I was three or four. My parents bought a nintendo when I had chicken pox and it was the only way I would stop scratching myself. My dad had a Commodore 64 but I didn't start playing that till I was a little bit older.

ZERO
08-26-2008, 01:41 PM
i start playing games in my friend's snes in 1998,later on my dad gave me a psone.

Gideon Quinn
08-26-2008, 10:04 PM
I've been playing games since Christmas 1991, my parents bought me a Megadrive/Genesis and i was hooked on the first Sonic game for months... When you are that young (I was 6) it's very rare you get new games so i made Sonic last a damn long time.

JcFFx
08-26-2008, 10:46 PM
We had a borrowed a genesis from a family friend or something back when I was like 2 and Sonic 2 is pretty much one of my earliest memories.

Besides that, the first game console I actually owned (besides handhelds like the original Game Boy and a Game Gear) was a Sega Saturn.

Edit: Well after checking some dates, the second half of my post (which I've since deleted) was kinda wrong / conflicting. Oh well. That's why I put 'IIRC' xD

rewak
08-27-2008, 01:46 PM
I've pretty much been gaming forever. We had a Commodore 64 when i was little, and a friend of the family had an Amiga. Then moved onto a Mega Drive (or Genesis, whatever you wanna call it). My brother also had a Game Gear. Another friend of the family had a SNES. The MD was traded in for a PS1 years later. A friend had a N64, and we'd trade consoles sometimes. We got a PC shortly after the PS1 and i'd play stuff on that. Then the PS2, Gamecube, then went backwards a bit to my own N64, then Dreamcast and a Saturn, then forwards to a 360 and here i am today.

Biocore
08-27-2008, 02:50 PM
4.

Rombie
08-27-2008, 06:09 PM
Apple II first comp I ever used, Commodore's and Amiga's second. No idea when, sometime in the 80's. Ditto on first console was Atari 2600 (I believe elevator action was likely my first among many others!). NES second.

Upgraded to PC gaming in the early 90's, mostly Lucas Arts' SCUMM titles, Leisure Suit Larry, and later Doom. Consoles played a lot of Genesis, Saturn, PlayStation, for consoles mostly (Nintendo was never, and aside from GB/DS, still not massive in NZ but I did play games on NES, SNES, N64 during this time) dropped PC in 98-99.... consoled it since (DC, PS2, XB, GC, PS3, PSP, WII... not 360 as yet of my own, play friends when I can).

Gradon
08-30-2008, 01:15 PM
3. PS1. Tomb Raider 2.

Spera01
08-30-2008, 08:29 PM
When I was about 4-5, I used to sneak into my older brother's room when he wasn't home and play some super nintendo and playstation. Then eventually like a year or so later, my parents got me a playstation for christmas. The earliest games I rememeber playing are The Lost World: Jurassic Park for PS1 and Super Mario Brothers.

Stu
08-30-2008, 08:35 PM
I think I was around 3 and a half or 4 on an Amstrad. That thing used cassettes yikes.. I remember having to fast-forward to play games on the second part of the tape.

YES!!

I was four, first game i ever played was Dizzy: The Ultimate Cartoon Adventure.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/5/57/Dizzy_inlay.jpg/256px-Dizzy_inlay.jpg

Was only a demo tape from Amstrad Action, but i still loved the game. Even featured in-game advertising for other Codemasters titles (up yours thinking your're all that for in-game ads, Valve! haha) on some of the screens. Gameplay was brilliant, a cute 2D platformer, where you'd gather objects (sometimes combining them) and backtrack across the map to use them correctly. It's one of the things that has always kept me going back to Resident Evil.

http://tacgr.emuunlim.com/downloads/loadscr/d/dizzy1.png http://tacgr.emuunlim.com/downloads/gamescr/d/dizzy11.png

http://tacgr.emuunlim.com/downloads/gamescr/d/dizzy12.png http://tacgr.emuunlim.com/downloads/gamescr/d/dizzy13.png

Scream
08-31-2008, 08:30 AM
Heheh yeah good old Dizzy. Not sure if I first played it on the Amstrad or Amiga though. The games I remember on the Amstrad are Robin Hood, Postman Pat (that game was frigging glitchy, you could drive through certain walls) and some other platform games I can barely recall. I also remember the command prompt screen on boot had some basic AI (IIRC), I used to type things like hello, what is your name etc.. Fun :P

Stu
08-31-2008, 08:55 AM
SYNTAX ERROR! SYNTAX ERROR!

That's all i ever remember getting in reply haha

Helegad
08-31-2008, 07:34 PM
Zork is fun because it's so goddamn frustrating.

Twist
09-01-2008, 06:51 AM
I think I must have been around 6-7 when I started gaming. My first game was Abe's Oddessy. My second was Resident Evil 2.

Yzak
09-01-2008, 05:10 PM
I was 4-ish. The NES was still new, and me and my sister got one and played it together. Playing the original Mario is one of my earliest memories. Sadly she fell out of gaming while I on the other hand became a giant gaming hooker.

Colicab
09-04-2008, 01:24 PM
Can't remember very well, i have some blured memories of me playing Atari, but when i was like 5~6 i started with the NES

Helegad
09-04-2008, 11:12 PM
SNES is awesome. We have one in one of the classrooms at school, but its not in good shape. Still works though :P

SlurmsMackenzie
09-11-2008, 05:01 AM
I can't exactly remember. I have vague memories of games like Doom,Wolfenstein and Total Annihilation.

Probably 4,maybe 3.

mamock116
09-11-2008, 09:03 AM
i think the first game i got was Age of Empires which would make me about 9

randomwab
09-11-2008, 11:23 AM
I probably started gaming at around 2 or 3. I have very fuzzy memories of playing my brothers Amiga and MegaDrive/Genesis from around that time. I know I was bought a GameBoy and Master System at a very young age probably when I was around 3 or 4.

There was never really a restriction put on what I could play when I was younger, perhaps because I was usually playing games with my brothers and my dad, or perhaps because all I was really playing was Sonic or Another World at the time.

Enigma_632
09-11-2008, 01:34 PM
I was maybe 3 or 4.

That would make it 23 years ago, damn I'm gettin old. :'(

alf717
09-11-2008, 04:51 PM
I was five when I started gaming. My first game was Super Mario Bros. Since then I've been hooked on gaming. ^_^

Enrico Marini
09-11-2008, 07:06 PM
about 4~6 years old on a good old Sinclair spectrum. God that think took ages to load my Dizzy games.

Enigma_632
09-11-2008, 07:20 PM
about 4~6 years old on a good old Sinclair spectrum. God that think took ages to load my Dizzy games.

I know what you mean, sometimes, it would take longer to load the game, than it would to finish it. :lol:

SlurmsMackenzie
09-12-2008, 01:11 AM
Hehe,i still play the original gameboy today.

abbatoo
09-12-2008, 02:31 AM
I was around 4 years old when I played my first game. It was Who Framed Roger Rabbit, but I have no idea what system it was on (maybe DOS, C64). All I remember is it had a side scrolling driving mission, which looked pretty nice.