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    • Video games have been such a big part of my life ever since I was a child. There are so many different eras to choose from, each with their own highlights.

      There was a time around the late 80s or early 90s where I first had access to any sort of console. It was at an after school daycare situation and we would all huddle around the TV, watching and playing games like Kid Icarus, Mega Man, and Ninja Gaiden.

      I didn’t yet have my own console so this was when I became first mesmerized by video games and their mysterious worlds.

      But I think the most cherished memory I have was getting an NES console for Christmas one year around that time. I was probably 8-10. I remember it coming with Mario and being absolutely obsessed. I would play that game for weeks or months until I finally beat it. I was lucky that I was able to enjoy that experience as a kid and am thankful for that.

      What are your favorite video game memories?

    • I have quite a few video game memories that stand out. Playing old computer games like Veil of Darkness (one of my all time favorite gaming experiences, though it's only available on old PC gaming formats) & The Dagger of Amon Ra. I'd gotten a copy of the hard disk from a friend and spent endless hours playing the point and click mystery game. Veil of Darkness was this great story of a pilot who crashes in a sort of Transylvania and has to fight Dracula while figuring out who in the town is a werewolf. I haven't been able to play it in forever, but recently looked it up on YouTube and got hit with a bunch of nostalgia listening to the opening music.

      Getting my Nintendo when I was a young kid was such a big moment. We had gotten it with a 3 pack of games: Super Mario, Duck Hunt and an Olympics themed running game with a running pad. Sometimes we'd cheat and use our hands on the running pad just to beat the AI based opponent, because we couldn't keep up with it.

      Another great video game memory is of when I stayed up all night playing the newest Batman game while my future wife slept beside me on the couch.

      My all-time favorite memory is of me and my high school best friend coming home after school to play the two player parts of Conker's Bad Fur Day. They don't really make games like they used to. Now two player games are done with separate consoles and far less interaction.

    • I still remember the first time I played Wolfenstein 3D, shortly after it was released. As I recall, I played it all the way through in almost one sitting. It felt like the future. It also felt a little subversive. It was so violent compared to other video games of the time. But I didn't feel bad about the violence because I was killing Nazis.

    • Oh, wow, this seemingly simple question really took me down memory lane! :)

      Some games and the situations I played them in immediately came to mind - and seeing how all of them were games I played on different platforms, I tried to also identify the most important games I played on the remaining consoles I owned over the years. I have a list of seven items in front of me, and each one is really meaningful for me. If I may, I'm going to spend several posts to go over them all.

      The chronologically first one is Maniac Mansion for the C64:

      I never owned a C64 myself, but some friends or their parents did. We would often meet at their house and then play some games, some fun and some pretty boring. There were many sports games, for example, where you had to just tap a button or move the joystick repeatedly to gain speed - those were silly.

      One day, we found two boxes in the basement office where the friends' dad had his C64: Maniac Mansion and Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders. Those games were amazing: you had an actual person (or several) that you could move around, you could pick up stuff and otherwise interact with the environment, and there was an actual story being told by the game. We had never seen anything like that - and we spent most of the summer holidays in that basement to find out what exactly was going on in Dr. Fred's mansion.

      I don't think we ever finished the game (I first saw the ending playing through my own copy of the game on an AMIGA 500), but we had fun nonetheless. All the hours debating where we might find fuel for the chainsaw, for example - priceless! :)

    • Oh man that brings back memories for sure! I kind of forgot about all the PC games that were such a big part of my growing up. One game that to this day I still think about was the Indiana Jones and Last Crusade. That game frustrated me so much since I couldn't get past the part where he was in the catacombs in Venice. To this day I think about trying to play it again to get past that part.

      The other super cool thing about that game was that it came with a physical copy of Henry Jones's diary. And as far as I remember, it included every single page that appeared in the film! I could be wrong, but I think it was a 1 to 1 copy and even included things that weren't featured in the movie. I kind of want to find one of those on ebay.

    • One game that to this day I still think about was the Indiana Jones and Last Crusade. That game frustrated me so much since I couldn't get past the part where he was in the catacombs in Venice.

      I remember that! I played that game at a friend's house immediately after watching Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade for the first time.

      And yeah, I loved it when PC games came with cool extras like that. One of my favorites (slightly before my time, but I got to enjoy a hand-me-down copy) was the Infocom Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy game, which came with extras like a "Don't Panic!" button, an Official Microscopic Space Fleet (which was just an empty plastic bag), and Peril Sensitive Sunglasses (which were made of completely opaque black cardboard). 😄

    • most games for the commadore 64.

      Little computer people, spent a weekend with the system up trying to test the system

      Elite - long hours trading and fighting.

      BMX racers - all the kids on my street played this.

      But my first was the atari with mouse trap. My dad worked for a tech company and would rent the games then clone the chips. We had a circuit board and all the games in a static safe case. Only young kids around which knew how to identify pin1 on a circuit board. Just pop the chip and plug in the new game.

      The cat and mouse would have the whole family laughing as we freaked out getting chased.

    • I have too many to pick one, so I'll just list some of them out.

      - Discovering the secret maze game built into the Sega Master System's firmware.

      - Blowing air on NES cartridges.

      - Going to Toys "R" Us, in hope that there were "slips" left for the game I wanted. Grabbing said slip and checking out using Geoffrey Bucks. Handing the slip with the stapled receipt to the person sitting in the magical room within the store to get the physical copy of the game. Man that process was the best as a child.

      - Up, up, down, down, left, right, ... you probably know the rest.

      - Always wondering why Super Mario Bros. 2 looked so different than the other Mario games.

      - Spending weeks (probably months?) making my way to Mike Tyson, then getting destroyed within minutes.

      - Seeing the movie The Wizard where they debuted Super Mario Bros. 3 and the warp flute.

      - Saving up for a Game Genie so that I could do super weird stuff with my NES games.

      - Riding my bike to the local comic book shop several times a week to place my quarter on the Street Fighter II machine.

      - The Sega Genesis start up sound.

      - Buying Mortal Kombat for the Sega Genesis and putting in the "blood code" as soon as I got home. I'm 99% sure my parents didn't know the game had this when they allowed me to buy it.

      - Turning on our household Macintosh computer, turning off the lights, putting headphones on, and getting super lost in the game Myst.

      - Turning on the N64 for the first time, playing Mario 64, and thinking I was in the future.

      - Proximity mines and 4-player split-screen battles in Golden Eye.

      Ok that's all for now! I have so many more video game memories (especially for computer games and arcades). It's been such a big part of my life and I really want my kids to enjoy a similar experience.

    • Haha! Yeah I remember that thing being extremely pointless, despite it looking super cool. Was it’s only real effect that you just had to play games with one hand instead of two? That’s kind of what I remember about it.

    • Anyone remember QuakeWorld?

      It was a special version of Quake designed to support online multiplayer deathmatches via modem, as opposed to the normal build of Quake which only supported LAN deathmatches. It was the first real online FPS I played, and it came out a few months before GoldenEye, so while the rest of the world was freaking out about 4-player local GoldenEye matches (which I also loved tbh), I was playing QuakeWorld online with (if I remember correctly) 8 to 12 random strangers.

      QuakeWorld also spawned mods like the original Team Fortress. And it was the first multiplayer FPS I can remember having a spectator mode, so you could join a match and just spectate to enjoy the action and learn by watching other players.

      One of my favorite things to do in QuakeWorld was to camp underwater and wait for other players to jump in, then fire off the lightning gun, which would instantly electrocute everyone in the water. It was such a jerk move, but it never got old. 😂

    • Not sure about favourite, but I do fondly remember my early video game years. First console I ever played on was the Sega Genesis, which was at my grandparents' house. The first console my brother and I had in our own home was the SNES, followed by the first gen PlayStation. I'm more of a PC gamer now, but with so many awesome PlayStation games, I'm thinking of picking up a PS4 Pro soon.

    • I remember that game! I was pretty obsessed with it for a while. I don’t think I had the multiplayer version though. I don’t really remember a ton about it either, like whether I beat it or not, or what the story even was about.

      I do remember the rocket launcher being pretty gnarly and blowing enemies to bloody bits.

    • My earliest years when I could get my hands on video games coincided with times when we could finally build clones of ZX 81 and ZX Spectrum, with substitute components available back in eastern European block at those times. Because obviously the original's availability were out of discussion in societies where even owning a typewriter needed to be registered with the state officials. I spent countless sleepless nights soldering components, debugging my rigs, and learned a great deal in doing so. I loved it, and played all the crude games I could get my hands on, that were available on audio cassettes.

      Where it all started and also how the games looked, it's pretty nicely described in this clip.

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