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Post by sscott » Sun Nov 02, 2008 6:24 am

This machine was my first, using a dial to change games, quite common at the time, in about 1979/1980?
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photo from an e-bay sale. They were asking nearly £40 for it though.

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Post by bvivers » Sun Nov 02, 2008 6:50 am

I remember playing the original Pong arcade cabinet while on holiday in Kent in the early 70's. I was only little and was a bit perplexed by it (so was my Dad) and returned my attentions to the pinball machine they had in the hotel (it was called Teacher's Pet).
I'll never forget the first time I encountered a Space Invaders machine though! I can only liken it to the ape men in 2001 A Space Odyssey encountering the monolith for the first time. From that day on, video games became a life long obsession!

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Post by avoidz » Sun Nov 02, 2008 7:29 am

I managed to find a picture of the Interstate TV games console we had in our house in 1978:

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Image courtesy: http://www.binarydinosaurs.co.uk/Museum/Pong/index.php

The one we played had black fire buttons.

Wow, memories... :)

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Post by bonerlaw » Sun Nov 02, 2008 11:08 am

First game was a "Pong" derivitive that had football, and squash...also a shooting game!

First proper computer was an Acorn Elelctron, which shall always hold a place in my memories!

First console was the SNES! Took me a while to badger my parents into buying a console (they would only buy me computers as they thought they would help with my education.......did they not see my game library?).

First handheld was the Atari Lynx......could have been a world beater that one, if the Gameboy had never existed that is!
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Post by avoidz » Sun Nov 02, 2008 7:50 pm

Unfortunately for the Atari Lynx, it suffered the same problem as most colour handhelds of the time (circa 1990): short battery life. The Lynx also had poor software support from outside the US.

I remember seeing a display model in a shop in 1990 running California Games.

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Post by Seadog74 » Mon Nov 03, 2008 7:53 am

My brother in law came around in 1982 with his Intellivision console and stuck on Astrosmash. A cross between Asteroids ans Space Invaders. Been hooked ever since.

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Post by GarryG » Mon Nov 03, 2008 8:14 am

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Post by Olds-kool gamer » Mon Nov 03, 2008 2:37 pm

Fist arcade machine: Pong (table top) circa 1975

Fist home machine: Pong variant circa 1976

First console: Atari VCS circa 1978

First computer: VIC20 circa 1980

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Post by JD! » Mon Nov 03, 2008 5:43 pm

My earlies gameing memory is of playing the Sega Master System for the first time at a mates place when I was about six. It was his birthday party and he had Spy Vs Spy and where where all taking it in turns at playing in two-player games. I was rubbish at it becasue i had no idea what I was doing but I fell in lvoe with games that day. <sigh> :wink:
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Post by EnglishRob » Tue Nov 04, 2008 12:47 pm

First computer I had was a ZX81 but I vaguely remember back to when I went with my mum to visit some of her friends. IIRC they had a 2600. They were older kids about 9 or 10 and I was only about 3 or 4 at the time. I got the ZX81 when I was about 5 for Christmas and my best friend got a fancy Commodore Plus 4.

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Post by EvilArmourKing » Wed Nov 05, 2008 6:21 am

Earliest I can remember is possibly Colin the Cleaner and my Spectrum 128K+2 which I received on Christmas day. Then I remember playing a lot of First Blood Part II.
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Post by psj3809 » Wed Nov 05, 2008 6:29 am

sscott wrote:This machine was my first, using a dial to change games, quite common at the time, in about 1979/1980?
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photo from an e-bay sale. They were asking nearly £40 for it though.
Thanks a ton for the photo !

I had one of these as well, superb back in the day ! The 'games' were very addictive, great laugh playing 2 player on these. Damn brings back memories

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Post by sscott » Wed Nov 05, 2008 2:56 pm

Yeah, it was a really good system the two player footy was ace, my brother had ours up until a few years ago and threw it out (shame!)

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Post by Nic-20 » Wed Nov 05, 2008 3:01 pm

The first game I really played to death was Mickey The Bricky on Vic-20

First ever contact with a game was probably Pong on the VCS

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Post by killbot » Fri Nov 07, 2008 7:07 pm

First computer was an Acorn Electron and the first (and for a long time only) game I had was Killer Gorilla, a brilliant Donkey Kong clone. Loads of good memories tied up in this machine but alas my mum sold it after we upgraded to the Amiga, and I haven't been able to find a replacement in good nick. Only recently has emulation filled the Electron-shaped hole in my life, and it even eliminates those 20-minute load times.
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