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Games that impressed your parents

Post by jdanddiet » Thu Sep 15, 2011 10:59 am

Maybe something for those in their 30's when parents weren't quite so up with games.

I remember when I first played Metal Gear Solid on the PS and showed the old man the stealth elements, using the binoculars outside the base, sneaking around, he was quite impressed that as it was different from the usual shoot shoot shoot.

However he wasn't so impressed with the also-stealthy Tenchu and the buckets of blood :lol:

Spectrum Games, he always used to like Stonkers bizarrely.

But generally my folks couldn't be less interested :|
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Re: Games that impressed your parents

Post by theantmeister » Thu Sep 15, 2011 11:38 am

The only game my dad has ever shown any interest in is Wii Sports Golf.

And I think that explains how they sold eleventy billion of them.

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Re: Games that impressed your parents

Post by joefish » Thu Sep 15, 2011 11:50 am

My Mum likes Boom Blox. I did have the second one, but swapped it for the original as I much preferred the Jenga towers and the one simple control mechanism. A party game is no good if you're going to spend all your time in the tutorials for different control schemes.

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Re: Games that impressed your parents

Post by Cthulhu » Thu Sep 15, 2011 12:16 pm

Amazing topic, brings back astonishing memories.
My father is not really the gaming type, he's already 61. However, I do remember him being addicted to a game called Pinball Fantasies, about 15 years ago.
Also, I do remember him playing Price of Persia a few times, one of the first PC games I ever had.

My mother used to play Solitaire. :lol:

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Re: Games that impressed your parents

Post by ulala » Thu Sep 15, 2011 12:18 pm

My parents absolutely hated video games of all kinds (bar the 'TV games' of the 70s).

Now my mother plays club house games on her DSL!

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Re: Games that impressed your parents

Post by davyK » Thu Sep 15, 2011 12:45 pm

Pong, 2600 Combat, Pilotwings (SNES), Tetris (NES).

My old man liked Fishing Derby on the 2600 too. He was a crane driver so the mechanic suited him well.

Not bad judges at all.

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Re: Games that impressed your parents

Post by GunstarHero » Thu Sep 15, 2011 12:53 pm

I remember my mum finding Duke Nukem 3D amusing when she had a go on our first ever PC. She also loved listening to the Chemical Plant theme when me or my brother played Sonic 2.

Also I remember my old man watching me fighting Green on the final stage of Gunstar Heroes and saying that the game looked interesting. Damn straight it does!

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Re: Games that impressed your parents

Post by ipmarks » Thu Sep 15, 2011 1:10 pm

I have very happy memories of playing Manic Miner with both my parents when I was a boy... probably the only game my mother ever played (apart from DS Scrabble). Later on I really remember my father being really impressed by the reflections on the cars paint, and the way the wheels strobed on Gran Turisimo.
Other than that gaming was not really their thing.

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Re: Games that impressed your parents

Post by Sel Feena » Thu Sep 15, 2011 1:33 pm

Remember my mum really liking Altered Beast's music, and my dad cared more about getting somewhere in Cauldron than I ever did!

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Re: Games that impressed your parents

Post by sscott » Thu Sep 15, 2011 1:38 pm

For my mum it was Mr. Do! On the Colecovision, she played the game loads too. For my nan it was Wii Sports(once she realised what the controllers did).

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Re: Games that impressed your parents

Post by Hitman_HalStep » Thu Sep 15, 2011 2:22 pm

rage racer and gran turismo convinced my dad to buy his own ps1 and then when i got the ps2 and he saw gran turismo 3 he bought his own ps2.he couldn't get into any game that wasn't left,right,accelerate and brake controlled,everything else was overcomplicated.
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Re: Games that impressed your parents

Post by thevulture » Thu Sep 15, 2011 3:12 pm

Music on Driller C64 impressed my old man (a feat in itself..... :lol: ).He was gobsmacked computer music could sound so good, he expected white noise and bitty jingles (Damn racket etc).

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Re: Games that impressed your parents

Post by paranoid marvin » Thu Sep 15, 2011 3:15 pm

My mum was better at Foundations Waste (a shoot em up on the ST) than I was. Also my parents both thought that Smurf on the 2600 looked 'just like a cartoon'
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Re: Games that impressed your parents

Post by Lord Innit » Thu Sep 15, 2011 3:28 pm

My old man absolutely loves Donkey Kong on my Colecovision. Unfortunately, my console got wrecked in an accident so I am looking for a replacement.For some reason he can't get on with the NES version.

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Re: Games that impressed your parents

Post by mrmarvelxiii » Thu Sep 15, 2011 3:47 pm

What a wonderful moment it was when I watched my Mum complete Kororinpa, brought a tear to a young gamer's eye it did.
Chazz it up!!!

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