Discuss Time! Issue 148

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Discuss Time! Issue 148

Post by Darran@Retro Gamer » Thu Sep 24, 2015 12:45 pm

Tell us what the first videogame you ever played was and the impression it left on you.

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Re: Discuss Time! Issue 148

Post by markopoloman » Thu Sep 24, 2015 1:36 pm

Combat on the Atari 2600.

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Then the old man turned up with an Atari 2600 with one game... COMBAT.

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Re: Discuss Time! Issue 148

Post by Hiro » Thu Sep 24, 2015 1:53 pm

Ghostbusters on the C64. With its digitized speech, music and graphics it blew me away.
And it is responsible for my love of videogames.

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Re: Discuss Time! Issue 148

Post by Bub&Bob » Thu Sep 24, 2015 2:17 pm

Probably the Binatone TV Master but my lasting impression (along with my first) was why does the gun only work when it's touching the TV screen!
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Re: Discuss Time! Issue 148

Post by ncf1 » Thu Sep 24, 2015 2:43 pm

"Little Brick Out" on the Apple II in the late '70s, using the original Apple paddles and being absolutely enthralled at this new technology, enabling me to manipulate objects on-screen rather than just passively watch. And it has easily been my longest addiction as I have not stopped gaming since!

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Re: Discuss Time! Issue 148

Post by Retrobussola » Thu Sep 24, 2015 4:20 pm

Mole Attack for Vic20. I bothered my mother to buy it and when at the end I convinced her, first time I put the cat ridge on computer I was really...disappointed. I thought it was very different from what was actually...

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Re: Discuss Time! Issue 148

Post by theantmeister » Fri Sep 25, 2015 3:23 am

Galaxian in an arcade. I'm still playing video games today, so it must have made quite an impression! Although I can't say it imbued me with any skill, I still suck at shmups.

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Re: Discuss Time! Issue 148

Post by yakmag » Fri Sep 25, 2015 4:21 am

Probably my Grandstand TV game console, that took 6 D Cell batteries.

Loved it!

Even on a b/w telly!!

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Re: Discuss Time! Issue 148

Post by Mayhem » Fri Sep 25, 2015 5:33 am

The very first video game related item I played would have been one of Binatone's many Pong clones, in around 1978. It sadly died due to that old cause, battery leakage!

After that, I'm not sure. We went to Cornwall on holiday in 1980, and near where we were staying, was this huge underground cavern (built into a hillside I think) filled with arcade machines and pinballs. Probably smaller than I recall, being little, but I'd love to be able to go back there in time and see it again. Definitely remember playing Galaxian and Space Invaders.

We also got an Atari 2600 in 1980, with a few games (I think my father had bought it from a work colleague). Combat was definitely in there, as was Sky Diver.
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Re: Discuss Time! Issue 148

Post by Big Shoes » Fri Sep 25, 2015 7:29 am

Jet Set Willy on the Spectrum 48k, I used to play it with my dad in the evening and listen to Queen on the stereo in the background, I was only about 7 but I remember it well.

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Re: Discuss Time! Issue 148

Post by Elgin_McQueen » Fri Sep 25, 2015 1:17 pm

Rocketman on the ZX81 on Xmas day many years ago. Still have fond memories of it now, haven't touched it in decades but can almost still visualise the sprites and all the level layouts.
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Re: Discuss Time! Issue 148

Post by sirclive1 » Sat Sep 26, 2015 5:01 am

Gun Fight - St Annes Pier - 1975 , left me stunned.
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Re: Discuss Time! Issue 148

Post by The Laird » Sat Sep 26, 2015 8:12 am

I am pretty hazy on this but I am pretty sure that the first arcade game I ever played was Asteroids at the local youth club where my mum taught dance classes. I have memories of watching my dad play games at the seaside well before that though, Pole Position always sticks in my mind. The first computer/console game I played though was Manic Miner on the Spectrum at my friends house.

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Re: Discuss Time! Issue 148

Post by stvd » Sat Sep 26, 2015 12:55 pm

Arcade game would be Space Invaders in the local cafe.

Home videogame would be Combat and/or Defender. Got both at xmas with my Atari VCS.

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Re: Discuss Time! Issue 148

Post by General Opulence » Mon Sep 28, 2015 5:10 am

First experience was the cocktail version of Space Invaders, at the time it felt really space age and futuristic in all senses!

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