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What game did you first fall in love with?

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vanderner
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We all remember the first game we fell in love with and spent countless hours playing, that got us into gaming. I'm curious to other peoples games which you couldn't wait to get home from school or work to play. What was it about that game you found so enticing.

I think for me it was an old amstrad game game, which was my first computer that used tapes lol waiting for about 30 minutes to load up and wishing it would load up quicker. The name of the game was Dizzy, it was so different from all the other types of games I guess in many ways it was like the first point and click game. The main character was an egg which for some reason I loved.

I still love the old point and click games, I'm currently working through the first two Monkey Islands.


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The very first game I remember being very obsessed about was Defender. I played that in the arcades of the time. I dread to think how much money I used to pour into those machines <img src="' http://spacesimcentral.com/forum/public/style_emoticons//icon_redface.gi f"' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='' />

Are you aware of this thread vanderner? http://spacesimcentr... ... =47&t=1058


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ooops no I'm not if I knew something like this existed I wouldnt of made this thread. The bad thing about being a new member is that so many threads and topics have been made that it would take me forever to trudge through them all to make sure I don't make duplicates.

So unfortuantly chances are I'm going make more than one mistake, but thats life........We live we learn........We become worm food.


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Hey, it's no big thing vanderner. Nothing wrong with making mistakes, heck I have made tons on this forum! <img src="' http://spacesimcentral.com/forum/public/style_emoticons//icon_e_biggrin.gi f"' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':D' />


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Off hand the ones I can remember Get dexter , Elite and Frontiers Tomb Raider the GTA games, Hitman games.

I Don’t remember any 8 bit game taking 30 mins to load, I think the average was about 5 or less.


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The first game that occurred to me while reading your post was my first game. i had 5 years and ATARI rig. and im pretty sure that this is the one:

http://www.stageselect.com/10879--Revie ... iders.aspx.

The first Dizzy game that i remember playing was the third part, AND THAT GAME WAS A BLAST!.

Also i must mention 2 more games that i remember from time to time on commodore 64 are "Camelot warriors" and the GOD DAMN swamp map. it is funny now coz i remember of drowning in that swamp for countless of times even with a map. And the other that i really liked was ZORRO but it was buggy 🙁 but still great games!!


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tindrli wrote:
And the other that i really liked was ZORRO but it was buggy 🙁 but still great games!!

Was that the 8 bit game seem to remember that it was pretty good platformer.


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Some of the best games I have every played were on my C64.

Loved playing..

1. Ultima 4

2. Pool of Radiance

3. Legacy of the Ancients

4. Maniac Mansion

5. Defender of the Crown


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PINBACK wrote:
tindrli wrote:
And the other that i really liked was ZORRO but it was buggy 🙁 but still great games!!

Was that the 8 bit game seem to remember that it was pretty good platformer.

yes yes.. one of the best.. but as far as i can remember you could get to certain part of the game and then your main character starts falling down endesly

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Shit... .those was great days

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Loved playing..

1. Ultima 4

2. Pool of Radiance

3. Legacy of the Ancients

4. Maniac Mansion

5. Defender of the Crown

Holy crap i forgot about Defender of the crown completely!!!!!...


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Big fan of isometric game back in the day with Ultimate Play The Game and Jon Ritman batman/head over heels games being really good.

The commentary is in French so no idea what they are saying but it show the Amstrad version of batman/ head which is the ones I owned.


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oh well addicted to...

many, but the biggest thing WAS FRONTIER

of course i had some fav. coinops like "Phoenix" or "Mooncresta" and like Geraldine i spent every nickel in these "one armed bandits".

until i thought, "this can't go on no longer, i need a console, if i save up just a little of what i spent in those coinops i can buy one".

so i bought a "Intellivision", it was already late for this system (but back then everything was "late" in switzerland, inty was presented to us in europe when it was already going down on the us market.

but, i prefered the many sports games that was available and the available extensions for it, like the keyboard, the ECS memory expansion, and a possibility for a then revolutionary speak module. (later i reckon it was the most advanced cpu they used at this time a CPC1600, there exists still a developing platform for it, crazy no? programs was written in plain assembly language, that's why some still work with that, to get teached)

if it wouldn't have cancelled by Mattel, the devs was working on a "supermachine" using the brand new M68000, we found it later in the SEGA master system. guess why... many of the "riders of the blu sky" foundet and moved to SEGA. (not to forget the amiga, but later on more)

many words, short sense.

i was completely addicted to this Console, i played day and night, single, with my friends and even with my parents, Golf is suitable even for "Daddys".

some favorites (it would have been more now since all is available on the web, but back then the selection of games was very low here in switzerland, prices was extremely high and this was going on in this way even with the "miggy", until the rotten PC changed it all in '95/'98. so i was lucky to find SimCity or Railroad Tycoon in the Game shop we had, his personal flavor was different and was reflected in his selection).

- PGA Golf, still i like it and remade the course for TWPGA2000, it's the first proper golfing game i know

- Star Strike, stupid but was always good to have a break...

- Astrosmash, which is also a very simple Asteroid like game. what i didn't knew then, is that Asteroids was on the cartridge to, but banned because of

copyright, so it was only reachable with a complicated keypress (since Mattel never named the devs, they created later many such "Easter Eggs",

just not to get forgotten in time, often you can display the names of them with a special keypress to).

i guess my record is about 8hours of continous playing a single game, but i never reached the final screen which should appear at a astronomical value

of points.

- Vectron, i guess i'm the sole lover of this game and i loved it much, really a different thing to most other games.

- Soccer and Tennis, mostly played with my Friends, you couldn't play them single back then (no power left for a AI).

- Armor Battle, a tank battle, still a classic and 1000 times remade.

oh, and not to forget "Space Battle", this was my "frontier" back then, it used a strategic screen to command your fleets and a battle screen

when you got engaged to a fight. i was expanding this game much in my fantasy and dreamed of something that came close to Frontier or Elite.

some i never owned, but would have always liked to get,

- Advanced Dungeons and Dragons, wasn't available here (why?)

- Games Factory, a revolutionary idea, even when it was on a very simple level

and the games you could have made with it used only one screen/level.

- Space Spartans, like Space Battle a (even more) strategic space shooter, with voice! i neither could get the intellivoice here nor the games for it

(well guess if Frontier would have used voices instead printed messages, enemies which can also attack you verbal.... not only "Ha, Ha, Ha".

i know a 700k floppy is far to small, and it was only possible on the "inty" with a expensive piece of hardware. the restriction of Frontier to one floppy because statistical seen games with more then one floppy sold badly, was a bad decision, i belive they wouldn't have sold one copy less if they put all ideas in it, on which they was working on then. because Frontier is somekind of a niche game, either you loved it or you hated it, but it was the best sold and widest spread niche game!).

but well it get's reasonably hard if i should tell the game i was first falling in love with...

perhaps "lunar lander" on a C64, i guess that was the first non coin op, i played, but the C64 was very expensive then, SFr 900.- if you compare, you get a very nice Lap-Top now for this amount of money. you could have get both (C64 and ZXspectrum) as a kit for roundabout SFr 300.-.

i decided for the console back then, because i was told that a gaming machine offers more power for gaming rather a so called "Home Computer".

which is still true, you can use a cpu that is only for gaming and the structure of all peripherals is made only for gaming,

without messing it up with a user interface.

many C64 games looked very "homemade" compared to the console games.

apart from putting a cartridge into a slot takes seconds, reading a tape with a program on it..... let's see if it's finished tomorrow.

children like to play, i mean they play around change games often and and and... and most of all children have no (or little) patience.

reading a floppy on the "miggy" took far to long for my son 😉

the A500!

i bought my first one from a friend who bought himself a brandnew A1200, shortly after i bought a A2000 used, with a vast amount of software.

"Home Computers" can be very good for gaming, the A500 showed that clearly, and games that used a boot loader, instead of the AmigaOS

got a quality then exactly like their big sisters in the Arcade. who's wondering the M68000 lived on in coin ops a long time the A500 was vanished already.

i can't imagine a processor with a greater reliability and stability.

no or only very few coin ops used a x86 technology, to unstable, to low in performance.

the most used is the M68000 or the little older CPC1600

everything was fine until...

FRONTIER (i can't make this as bold as i like, it needs a 30pica font)

i lost my mind, i lost the feel for time...

and for the first time i had a real feel of extreme height in a game, when i tried to scoop fuel for the first time, i was sweating everywhere, from the soles of my feet to the tip of my hairs, i swear!

i mean loosing a life was like you die for real! unlike other games where you lost lives often and didn't cared much about.

but loosing your life in Frontier, means loosing your whole career in Frontier. even when you can load the game always, it's not the same.

well this will stay my first "real" love, no other game i spent so many hours with, no other game has put wings on my mind.

i played and dreamed of Frontier, i guess i woke up with it and did go to bed with it.

Braben the bold (i have read today)

but i have read also, that people aged over 30 who still play videogames are WEIRD.

and you should read all the crazy comments to this statement, that's FUN.

yes they are weird, strange girls and boys.... i have no problem with that, I AM WEIRD!

Geeks, to use the proper term

and thanks D1 that we weirdoz have a forum here, i visited some other gaming forums, but SSC is the most neat (that's true)

and the community seems to reflect your nice character, BRAVO!

mostly i like that it's not overloaded with commercials, they are needed i understand, if you like to earn a little money for the effort you put in.

but compared to most it's only little and very discret. if i think of all the banners others have on top, on both sides and bottom area, sometimes it's hard to find a article because of all the advertises 😡

now i move to my most disliked, you will see...


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Oh yes, Frontier. Still a great game after all these years. 😎


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wee..

crazy i can't tell right which i like most.

but i know my dislikes at least


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What a great thread, but so hard to choose!

I think I have to seperate them into different platforms

ADVENTURE on the old atari when I was about 7 or something.. Trying to out run dragons that would eat you, a bat that kept flying by and stealing the key you were carrying to the gate of the black castle.. Ah the memories

hmmm doesn't look as good as I remember...

Then on the spectrum, this is really tricky cos I must have had over a thousand games but one that stands out is Lords of Midnight. A turn based Lord of the Rings inspired strategy war game where Luxor the Moonprince has to defend against the evil Lord Doomdark and his armies as they try and take over the... er land? Or something like that. I even have the the pc dosbox emulation of it now and the pc remake. I'd still recommend it!

Oh the other speccy game of course was Elite. Countless times I'd glance at my window to realise that somehow, the sun was coming up...

On the Amiga its got to be Civilization 1. 4 Floppy disks and a lifetime of waiting for the map to be generated but it was awsome.

Guess I should stop there as I'm quickly moving off the thread getting carried away!


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There were a lot of games I liked as a kid on my Philips Videopac, but I think it would have been Starflight 2 because of it's box art. Or Ultima V?

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A classic game and some gorgeous box art 😎 , make you realise how a lot of modern game box art is really dull.

Good idea for a thread (fav space sim box art) if no starts it I will in a couple of days.


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Geraldine
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Best box art? How about this K240 follow up?


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Geraldine wrote:
Best box art? How about this K240 follow up?

😯 scary!

Here's more recent one: (Space Opera DS 😆 )

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Geraldine wrote:
Best box art? How about this K240 follow up?

No a bit too messy for me.

Now this one just screams boring economic simulations 😮 oh wait a minute it is a boring economic simulation 😆

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😆 the reason I never bought it. The box art I mean.


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PINBACK wrote:
Now this one just screams boring economic simulation 😮 oh wait a minute it is a boring economic simulation 😆

Daa Da Daaaaa! Pinback strikes again!! 😆 😆


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I remember Batman.......though that was a long time ago.......the game that i truly actually fell in love with was Stronghold Crusader.....

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Privateer (the one from the old wing commandeR)


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My very first game on the Commodore Vic20 "Adventureland", just a simple text adventure but I spent many hours at a time playing it

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What shal I do now? lol 😆

Beam me up Kirk and don't forget to bring the Vic20 with you 😆


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And only $300, 😕 Vic20 was the second computer I ever owned remember the Scott Adams adventures as being a bit tricky to play.


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