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The Weekend Debate: How did you get into video games?

Weekend Debate

UPDATE: Thanks to everyone who posted this week – you had me scouring eBay for impulse buys! The following posters can expect to find a Ragnarok Odyssey PS Vita code in their PMs on the official forum: A_Nonny_Moose (post 6), hobomotel (19), Kradiation (20), declan__watson (44), papajoons (65) Dennilicious (106), bLaiSe_HUN (111), m3gaman2020 (120), novurdim (176) and deena93 (192). Congratulations to the winners – and everyone else, better luck next time.

ORIGINAL POST: Is everyone up for taking a stroll down memory lane? I’ve been enjoying a few retro JRPGs while on the move in the past couple of weeks and they’ve had me reminiscing about my formative gaming days in the pre-PlayStation era, getting lost in early Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest titles.

Those were the first games that I really fell in love with, and it was all due to the influence of one particular school friend, who had Japanese family and regularly brought back the latest titles from his homeland.

So, your topic for discussion today:

How and why did you first start playing video games, and what were the titles that first captured your imagination?

Your prize is apt this week, as it’s exactly the sort of game that I would have fallen for back in the day. The 10 most entertaining responses, as chosen by our panel of independent judges, will win a download voucher for brilliant PS Vita RPG Ragnarok Odyssey, which launched last week. For the uninitiated, take a look at publisher GungHo’s beginner’s guide from earlier this week, and check out the trailer below. Good luck!

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manutreble 1 March, 2013 @ 5:10 pm   1

Easy sonic got me into gaming use to play that for hours still do thanks to Psn for getting those games on ps3

NiroseDK 1 March, 2013 @ 5:10 pm   2

In 2005 i got a ps2 on my birthday by my parents. I wanted one because every single one of my friends had one. Then i got star wars battlefront 2 and i couldn´t stop playing. That game was the reason i got into gaming back then, and it is still one of my favorite games. War of the monsters was also a game that i was playing alot. If only theese games got a sequel or a hd version on the store. Hint… Hint…

supersmith2500 1 March, 2013 @ 5:12 pm   3

Love to join, already have the game so I may have to skip this one. = (

pfe_drucifer 1 March, 2013 @ 5:15 pm   4

I’m old enough to have started with the arcades of the late 70s/early 80s. Space Invaders was huge fun but when Galaxian appeared – wow. If I hear the Galaxian sounds now, it brings back the smell of candy floss & bubble gum.

My first home system was a Pong-type game. It was 2 player but score was kept manually by moving a ball bearing along a rack on the unit.

Eventually I received an Atari 2600 & the arcade had arrived in my home. That’s when the video game addiction began. Whenever I could get access the one TV at home, I was gaming.

Many years later & I’m still here. Bring on the next generation.

As I recall it was when I was about 5 years old, I was in a cafe with my nan and running around the place because I was bored, so she put 10p in the Space Invaders cabinet that was in the corner, stood me on a chair and left me to it. The rest is history :)

@pfe_drucifer, Yep, Galaxian’s was and still is awesome!

A_Nonny_Moose 1 March, 2013 @ 5:26 pm   6

My first experience of videogames was at my grandmother’s house. She had a NES and a couple games, like Mario and Bubble Bobble. To this day those are still the only kind of games she can play.

Pretty sure it was bought for the family but she played it the most and would rope everyone into helping her.

Witcher70 1 March, 2013 @ 5:28 pm   7

My older brother had a ZX speccy and a huge library of games but the one i played most was ATIC ATAC, I was hooked on gaming ever since.

My taste in gaming has changed quite a bit over the years I play a lot of RPG’s i just love a good old grindfest, theres nothing quite like it, Oblivion and Ni No Kuni Are my absolute favourites :)

WolfiePL 1 March, 2013 @ 5:32 pm   8

I got my first playstation in 1997 from my uncle from Germany. Tomb Raider was one of my first games. When i completed it i wanted to be an archeologist, raiding tombs with dual pistols lol. Its 2013 now and while im not a “tomb raider” i still love the series. Cant wait to buy the reboot on tuesday, 16 years after the first one :)

Helfire13 1 March, 2013 @ 5:34 pm   9

It was the back end of the 70′s at a French holiday camp I entered the indoor amusement centre with a handful of one Franc coins to play on the pinball machines. After playing the first 3 machines I decided to give the noisy menace in the corner, a Space Invaders machine, a go at the encouragement of my older brother.

I have never seen the summer sun since.

won2winit 1 March, 2013 @ 5:36 pm   10

GrowIng up i foundthe joys of gaming through the Space Invader machine at the local swimming pool, from then I was hooked. Trying all the new games as the came and spending weekends at the Arcade at the Beach. After that it was time to save up my papermoney to buy my 1st home console the Atari, from there my collection grew through the SNES and then the PS1/PS2/PS3 and ultimately the PS4. this is not an Eggbox house !!!!

undergroundgr 1 March, 2013 @ 5:39 pm   11

1985 was 5 yo and my dad bought me an atari 2600.since then i fell in love with vg.

Nightmare966 1 March, 2013 @ 5:44 pm   12

Well, I got into gaming when someone allowed me to play to his/her (I was too young to remember) SEGA console. Sonic the Hedgehog was the one who brought me into gaming. However, it wasn’t that hwat made me the gamer I’m today. A good friend of my mother gave me for Christmas a brand new PlayStation with Disney’s Tarzan bundle. That game was the first serious challange I took. After that, I got another great present, a brand new GameBoy Color. It was then, when it all started. I got Pokémon, Crash bandicoot, MediEvil, played a lot of Tekken… And shortly after that PlayStation 2 was born — a console I seriously wanted. I even bought the games *before* owning the console :P But yeah, Sonic the Hedgehog, Pokémon and Crash Bandicoot for me :D

Burto83 1 March, 2013 @ 5:48 pm   13

I remember being about 9 years old waking up on a Christmas morning and my mum had brought me a nes with Mario 3 and Zelda i couldn’t believe how lucky i was i remember seeing games console on tv but this was the first time i had ever owned on myself.

Mario was awesome i loved the challenging platforming aspects of the game and making it to the giant world blew my tiny mind.

Zelda on the other hand was a bit of a tougher nut to crack but once i had grown a little and had a bit more patience i enjoyed adventuring around Hyrule.

pokersean 1 March, 2013 @ 5:48 pm   14

Back in 2003, when I was 3, My brother had a ps1. I have no clue how he got he. Probably as a present. We only ever had 3 games for it. The first of these was monsters inc scare island. It actually wasn’t a bad game. The other two were digimon world 3 (I think) and some anime brick breaking game.
Funny story. We never had a memory card. Never. So we would just have to spend all day playing just to get anywhere. My brother ended up beating Monsters inc anyway. But we never really ended up getting anywhere in digimon.
We really should have got a memory card. Then we got a ps2 with a memory card and jak and daxter. That was awesome.

PIREDERAS 1 March, 2013 @ 5:50 pm   15

I was just a kid, back in 1991, when my dad got me a Game Boy while on a trip to Canada. I remember playing Tetris and a Super Mario game, I can’t remember which one was exactly. I remember that at some point (back then no checkpoints existed and you had to beat the game in one go, so repeating each and every level became a routine), I started paying attention at the backgrounds of each level in the game. In the final stages of the game (for the record, I never managed to beat the final level!), there was one depicting ancient Egypt (deserts, pyramids, oasis, camels, whatever), and started thinking that I should visit someday Egypt. I finally did it 5 years ago. Paid a visit to the ancient Pyramids of my childhood’s memories!

Avengerrr 1 March, 2013 @ 5:50 pm   16

It was around 14 years ago and my Aunt and her children gave me a SNES which had belonged to them. I was young and didn’t realise how legendary the console was. All I knew was Super Mario Brothers 3 with beautiful colours and no save files. It was enjoyable because me and my brother took it in turns to play and get as far as we could in the game. It took ages to burn through, every new world and level was something new, entertaining, and full of joy. My brother helped me set it up, and he always got lots of new games for it. SMB 3 was the game that I loved to pieces and gave me some of the best memories ever. It wasn’t even split-screen play, just me and my brother enjoying the game in the ultimate goal to reach the end.

Happy memories. From there on, it was the Dreamcast, Sega Saturn (RIP Sega, I miss you), Gameboy, Gameboy advance, PS1, PS2, PS3, PSP, Vita. The reason I went in to gaming was because it was fun that both me and my older brother were interested. Me and my friends would talk, play, bring our controllers around. We enjoyed what the genres have to offer. There you go :)

My parents had a black and white TV game which got me started but my love of gaming really started in the arcades with classics like table top Space Invaders and Pacman.
It then moved back into the home with the purchase of an Atari 2600 and I became enthralled with both Defender and Pitfall.
After the release of the ZX Spectrum, and the veritable explosion of home gaming, my love for gaming just grew and grew thanks to games like Chuckie Egg, the Dizzy games, text adventures like Smuggler’s Cove and, as has been mentioned above by Witcher70, Attic Atac (which was one of the first Spectrum games I owned).
35 Years later and my love for gaming has not diminished at all.

kralik2288 1 March, 2013 @ 5:52 pm   18

First game I have ever played was Mario Party on my lovely Nintendo 64, but the truth is, that my first real game experience was a piece of cake called Road Rash. I was playing it with my oldest friend on his computer and it was epic! I was probably too small to play that game, but I loved it and I am sure that I would enjoy it now too. Great graphic, awesome fighting system and those motorcycles… fantastic. Hard game but I would never forget about it.

hobomotel 1 March, 2013 @ 5:54 pm   19

My Dad works in computer security. Growing up had a lot of computers in the house. Got into gaming because he got Duke Nukem 3D in 1996. I was 6 years old and it was the first game I ever played. Really good times with LAN parties and all. Really fun even though I thought that the game was scary as hell especially those octobrain things. Ever since then I have been gaming on the PC and eventually got into the console thing.

KRadiation 1 March, 2013 @ 5:54 pm   20

My dad worked coding games for the commodore and the Sinclair spectrum and used to bring his work home with him a lot. I got to see loads of unfinished, buggy and scrapped ideas. Then eventually I started to gain a collection of games that had been finished and it snowballed on from there. A few years later we had hundreds of cassettes of the most random games and a lot were unreleased shareware type stuff that they used to share around at work.
My mates and I tried coding things on the speccy following guides and the best we could produce where music games or pong/ space invaders clones.

When we saw the kinds of games that where coming on the NES and master system we were blown away by it all knowing just how difficult it was. I think we all appreciated the games we bought more than some of our other friends who just saw them as a bit of fun.

silmorat1 1 March, 2013 @ 5:55 pm   21

For me it was watching the star wars arcade back in the day,the sit down cabinet was surrounded but I was young and small enough to get to the front and watch and was mesmerized as the x-wings went into the trench of the death star and watch it blow up….the graphics were just lines but it was amazing, the sound was spot on. My first gaming experience was another cabinet at my local video store, the game was Donkey Kong jnr, I must have put most of my money in that!
My first home experience was pong on my friends Atari – that was a game! I have had a few consoles and computers through the ages, from my dragon32 which had 32k of memory (ahhh the good times playing the Cuthbert games), I had a nes, megadrive,PlayStation, dreamcast,Xbox,DS,PSP,ps Vita and now PS3. I wouldn’t say I am a great game player but I do love ‘em.

cyber_marco 1 March, 2013 @ 6:00 pm   22

I started my gaming journey at age 5, more or less, with the original PlayStation back in 1995. My parents bought to me and my older brothers.

My favorite games were Parappa the Rapper (kick, punch, is all in the mind…), Disney’s Hercules, I still boot it on my PS3, Tomba trying to beat those pesky evil pigs was really exciting and Final Fantasy VII. I couldn’t understand a single word of English back in the day and I was always spamming the O button in every battle until I died in the first Scorpion-like boss.

Long live Playstation! :D

robbond 1 March, 2013 @ 6:01 pm   23

This will show my age, REPTON on BBC, it took what seemed like hours to get going as you had to play it on tape. This was quikly replaced by REPTON 2 which came on floopy disk. Proper gaiming kicked in with the Amiga 500 and hours of Kick off 2 and Speedball

gentlemanjim 1 March, 2013 @ 6:01 pm   24

When i was kid early to mid 90′s my granddad bought me a Sega master system

lordloss-1994 1 March, 2013 @ 6:09 pm   25

how i first got into video games is a story all about luck and a generous friend. to keep it short we were kids and my friend had brought his gameboy round along with a really simple 16-bit (or 8-bit) racing game then i asked him if i could try and after half an hour he said i could keep it and the gameboy because he had the colour version =D (best day ever). as for what was the first title to catch my imagintion (and alot of my interest) i can say my first game on my second gaming device digimon world for the ps1. it was a game with a lot of depth that if i still had the disk i would even go back and play because of the fun of raising a creature you have to depend on to progress and trying to re-build a whole city by bringing the amnesiac residents back after their mysterious loss of memory by finding them in this huge open world. long story short remembering stuff further than 10 years back is fun

sentry-23 1 March, 2013 @ 6:13 pm   26

The amazing graphical leap from pong (well, its clones actually) to the 2600 got me in gaming.
The rest is (literally) history.

TheUncannyOne 1 March, 2013 @ 6:17 pm   27

GameCube. Sonic Adventure 2. Yeaya. Most fun ever.

vonhammer 1 March, 2013 @ 6:18 pm   28

I just remember playing a tank game were you could hide in trees vs my grandmother. It must of been mid 80′s and that was me hooked.

Solid_Snake1987 1 March, 2013 @ 6:20 pm   29

I started playing video games at a mere 18 months old, according to parents at least. The first game I can remember playing is River Raid for the Commodore 64. Back then, as those old enough to have played on the magnificent C64 know, you had to write in some code to get your games to run (and pray to the tape machine god that your cassette will work after its 15 minute load…).

As a very young child I obviously couldn’t be expected to know how to type out the code as I couldn’t read at that age… or so my parents thought. As a young toddler (2 years old or so) they found me with the C64 and game loaded playing away, even though neither had helped me to set it up. They asked me to do it again and to their surprise I could type in the code needed to boot the game. I liked playing those games so much that I had paid close attention to my parents and how they did it so I could do it myself.

Thanks to my early gaming days I knew all the letters of the alphabet, could read and type and write my name before I even started pre-school. I even welcomed my younger brother when he was born with a message written on the C64. Who said gaming couldn’t teach you anything?

Mattbrad 1 March, 2013 @ 6:23 pm   30

I got into gaming in the 90′s. My first ever console was a sega mega drive. The game was a very quirky game called pugsy. Me and my dad played that game for ages. I can remember being woke up in the middle of the night because he had finished the game and wanted me to see the ending.

XboxDave360 1 March, 2013 @ 6:23 pm   31

The first game I played as a kid was gauntlet on the BBC master. 4 players huddled around a blocky keyboard trying to kill all the monsters. This was a brilliant solo and multiplayer game and even though i was too young to drink, it had all the ingredients and gameplay of our current day online games. Fantastic times…. who would have guessed it would have led to modern gaming of today??

The next game I remembered was battle tanks on the vektrex…. which my mum refused to buy me. A kid at school had one and I was sooo jealous.

In the 80`s I was blown away by sonic on the megadrive. This then led to the modern consoles.

H_69FurySw1pe 1 March, 2013 @ 6:29 pm   32

Hi guys, i got some problems with my ps3. It does not tur on the green light does but not the system itself. i still have warranty but i do not know how to send it to sony to get it repaired someone please help!!. :( thank you:)

CloudsurferTom 1 March, 2013 @ 6:31 pm   33

My first gaming experiance was also introduced to me by a friend, well sort of…. The first game I ever played was Final Fantasy VII after my parents bought me a ps1 for my birthday. The console came with this game I had never heard of, to be honest I was a bit dissapointed with their choice, man if I would of known the journey I would begin when I put the first disc into that little grey box haha. After failing a bunch of times to kill the scorpion boss at the start (I kept attacking him while his tail was up :-D) I gave up, until my best mate told me how good this game is….. And then Aerith died and I died inside a bit too haha Thanks for reading :-D Ragnarok looks awsome maybe a competitor of FF7?

dirtyhb46 1 March, 2013 @ 6:34 pm   34

Atari’s Pong. Back in 1975. Yes, I am an old dog !!!!!!!!

sabi8600 1 March, 2013 @ 6:35 pm   35

It began in the late 90′s. My father had the chance to borrow a Playstation from work in the weekends. The first game I really remember playing is Crash Bandicoot 3. Then at my 5th birthday I got a Playstation and that is the start.

The game that introduced me was ratchet and clank… I was just 8 years old when i first played it in my ps2. But i must say i felt the magic, i felt the fun and thats why today i still play my ratchet and clank 3 in my ps2. I will not forget that long sessions playing with my bro and how we laught. So until today no game has felt so fun and great as RATCHET AND CLANK.

chrisboers 1 March, 2013 @ 6:36 pm   37

Wow, this will REALLY make me look old… I actually started gaming when my parents bought me a PONG game system. It had two ‘controllers’ with only a rotating knob on it, to control the paddle. It had five or six game modes: single player against a CPU opponent, two-player, and some double-paddle variants.
I really played that system to death (yes, it’s really REALLY broken), but the gauntlet was set.
After that, I was lost. I chose my friends based on the computertype they had (C64, Amiga mostly), while I myself had a measly Philips P2000 system. But ever since I was old enough to visit the gamehalls, I was really REALLY lost. Pacman, Defender and all the other coin-ops, I spent all my pocket money on them. And when I ran out of money, I watched others play.

Yes, I was that obnoxious boy that was always blocking the screen :-)

dark_angel69 1 March, 2013 @ 6:39 pm   38

I don’t remember what age I was when I played my first game but I do know it was around the time I was a toddler. The only thing I do remember playing was Super Mario in the Super Nintendo. It was really the only game I had played or least remember playing.

After some time when I got older I moved onto the Sega Mega Drive and became a bit more addicted to games. Golden Axe and Street of Rage became the best most addictive games I had. Aswell as Taz Mania, Jurassic Park 2 and The Power Rangers. I don’t remember exactly what was my first game for this but I think it was Golden Axe and Street of Rage

When I got my PlayStation one, that’s when my hardcore gaming really came out :P

gforce-92 1 March, 2013 @ 6:44 pm   39

My dad got a SEGA mega drive for myself and my 2 older brothers. Thanks to Streets of Rage, to this day I am still unable to leave a trash can alone without expecting a giant turkey or gold bars in its ruins!

sazzrah 1 March, 2013 @ 6:48 pm   40

This will give my age away! I started my life-long love affair with video games when I was around 4 years old and my dad brought home a Phillips Videopac G7000, more commonly known as a Magnavox Odyssey 2.

The graphics looked like teletext lol but I loved every minute of it. Playing Quest for the Rings and Conquest of the World – some of the best nights in when I was a kid was spent sat with my brothers arguing over whose go it was next.

From there it was Amstrad CPC, then Amiga 500, Sega Saturn (don’t judge it was worth it for Panzer Dragoon Saga alone) N64, Dreamcast, PS2, PC and now PS3.

Gaming has been a huge presence in my life from the giant teletext pixels of the Videopac to the phenomenal realism of PS3. It’s amazing how things have changed in such a short amount of time… *cough* very short amount of time.

shaggy13645 1 March, 2013 @ 6:50 pm   41

My first gaming experience was when i started kindergarten at the age of 4 :D.The minute i understood how to use the controller and play the game,playstation changed my life forever.The reason i got the ps2,which by the way was my first game console,was because when my dad heard about how popular the console was my parents finally bought it!!!The game that i first started playing was sly cooper,I just loved how sly would make such lame jokes in the face of danger!Even crash bandicoot was a fun game i loved playing.

When I was four, me and my older brothers got a NES with Duck Hunt and Super Mario Bros. And as they say, the rest is history.

Although I have to point out that gaming was mostly for fun. A few years ago we only had a gamecube and Mario games were the only games I played (never got around to Resident Evil 4, Killer 7, Eternal Darkness).

When we got a PS3 (with GTA and Fallout 3), I hesitated to play Fallout because it was unknown territory and I normally didn’t play that kind of games. And I still wasn’t excited when I got out the cave and didn’t know where to go. But I went anyway (mostly because we had only two games, so I didn’t have a choice but to give it a shot). Two months later I finished it with almost 100 hours in. Well, that was when I really got into gaming and over the years I played over hundreds of different games and you could say I got a second start as a gamer.

Dermado 1 March, 2013 @ 6:58 pm   43

First game that we got was Rayman. playing it on a small CRT on the kitchen table, and my father saying “but heres the best part, you can turn off the tv, and the game will still be there when you get back!”
Hmm, but way back in the day playing without memorycards helped, you HAD to be willing to spend hours if not days on a game, writing down stupidly long codes , and there was simply nothing like it, the sheer creativity and control (all in blocky pixelated blehness >_>) and the (ok this is through memory vision, but Croc, Crash Bandcoot, Spyro 2 and A Bugs Life seemed to go on for days) amaze me from an early age.
also my uncle had an Atari and lived in England, so when he came back to Scotland he would put on Alex Kidd (brutally hard for a child, pretty sure there were very few continues which if you lost them all you went way back to the start. And super cheap “boss fights” with rock paper scissors, which I believe were 100%) so it let us spend time with him and experience something new.

declan__watson 1 March, 2013 @ 7:03 pm   44

Hello Fred
I hope youve had a great week and looking forward to the weekend anyway back to topic. My gaming experiances started when I was 3 in a year known as 2000, I was watching the tv one evening when sudenly a Sony Computer Entertainment ad came on tv with PSone my eyes were drawn to the tv like it was something I fell in love with ;) Then I saw games, Crash bandicoot, Tomb Raider etc. I jumped round and looked at my parents and said “I want that” they responded by youll have to see what you get ;)
It came true that christmas I got a PSone I was so happy and so excited I got Harry potter 1 as a game with the console, but ill never forget that day as I fell in love with somthing which no other console could beat and to this day it still remains the same.:) Enjoy a fun packed weekend of gaming PlayStation Blog Thanks Fred :)

buttedj 1 March, 2013 @ 7:07 pm   45

Showing my age now but I first got into video games when a local arcade got space invaders in 1980 then all the other cabinets followed. Centipede ,missile command ,and then Atari released their home console and all my arcade favourites became available at home. Then the ZX spectrum and Commodore 64 followed by the snes and mega drive era closely followed the saga Saturn and shortly afterwards the playstation I remember being blown away by Destruction Derby and how good it looked on the demo pod at game the next week when my wages arrived i went straight out and bought the console and game and I’ve not looked back since.

Lyonjak 1 March, 2013 @ 7:14 pm   46

Well back in the day during school holidays both my parents worked so I had to basically go to work with them and hang around most of the day. This generally meant reading comics and playing arcade machines (which fortunately had one located at both places of work). Space Invaders at one, Asteroids at the other so ended up playing both of those constantly. Sadly this never led to Billy Mitchell style fame and hair but did lead to getting an Atari 2600 and the combat game. Tanks/Planes multiple game types all on one cart which was look voodoo at the time, never looked back since then.

RossyWilson 1 March, 2013 @ 7:27 pm   47

For me it was when i first got a ps2 back in the day which came bundeled with jak 2: renegade. It was this game with its exciting gameplay, amazing story with charm and wit and its colourful cast of characters that made me realise the wonders of gaming. And I think the studio that created this game Naughty Dog seems to be targeted, coincidentally, at my age group starting off with Crash aimed at a younger audience then moving to younger teen games with Jak which I got when I was 11. Then to older teen games like Uncharted and now just after my 19th birthday they will release a distincly adult game with the last of us. Sony and the team at Naughty Dog spawned not only a great hobby but, as someone studying animation, a hopeful career in game development and a passion for gaming.
Something that i am trying to pay with my loyal service as a Sony fan ;)

Stonesthrow 1 March, 2013 @ 7:31 pm   48

It started very naturally for me and my brother (’86 and ’87). Our parents (our mother mostly) were very modern and openminded compared to some of the other parents back then, and games were a lot more child-friendly too. In any case, we got a Nintendo as soon as we knew of its existence – there was no internet back then.. The game that stands out most from that time is Super Mario Bros. 3. I just loved how much the graphics and the general feel of the game had improved since the first one. And how they began to fill a whole ‘world’ around it, which resulted in the side scroller, as opposed to the arcade game it once was. I remember Teenage Mutant Ninja Turles (which came out in 1990, so I must have been 4) as one of the first games we owned on it, and even my father liked playing it once in a while. He whines about games sometimes but secretly he loves games like Tetris and Mariokart too. It was also the first, and only, console we ever sold. To get the Super Nintendo, which was even better. My passion for gaming grew stronger with each console. I even remember having a little scrapbook full of pictures of the PS1 and its early games, I wanted one so bad.

BluSpykz 1 March, 2013 @ 7:32 pm   49

A torrid childhood, with my mother in a pretty bad relationship led to me finding solace from other outlets.

At the time we had an Atari and a Spectrum ZX laying around, so I hooked them up, and let the good times roll.

Very soon after, I got my mother into playing games with me such as Daley Thompson’s Decathalon and other suitable multi-player games. We grew closer as mother and son, she finally moved on and dumped the lowlife, and as a sorry to me, bought me a Ps1 – new from launch week, and I’ve never looked back!
Going through school, juggling a social life, school marks, and my PlayStation was the most fun I’d ever had!
And then PS2. And then PS3. And then PS Vita. And then…

Islamic_Prince 1 March, 2013 @ 7:41 pm   50

A close mate thats regrets it like crazy loll

Troutbridge 1 March, 2013 @ 7:50 pm   51

First ever game I played was Lemmings, I knew how to boot the PC, all the DOS commands to get into the game and a big list of codes I built up to access the levels. But I had more fun inventing ways to annhilate the little green haired dudes. ;)

sk8r1066 1 March, 2013 @ 7:51 pm   52

Huddled in the corner of the school playground at lunchtime playing super Mario land or Zelda: links awakening on the old brick sized gameboy… Those were the days, we must have burned through so many AA batteries back then :-)

Thane64 1 March, 2013 @ 7:58 pm   53

I first started playing videogames when my parents surprised me and my younger brother by buying us a PS1 and a copy of Crash Bandicoot. It was a particular level in Crash Bandicoot that captured my imagination; upon returning home one day from school we discovered my mum had spent most of the afternoon on Crash Bandicoot and had found a level she thought we would like. When she turned the TV on I couldn’t believe what I was seeing, Crash was riding a warthog. My brother and I couldn’t stop laughing as Crash rode the warthog around and hopped back on every time he died; and although other games have come close to catching my imagination this way, Crash Bandicoot sticks out the most.

And even now, all these years later I still laugh and think back to that moment whenever I load up Crash Bandicoot on my PS3/PS Vita :D

Tempus_Fugit86 1 March, 2013 @ 8:09 pm   54

The one with the cassette tape games zx spectrum. NES the lynx, game gear then THAT advert with Mr Stick for playstation 1 came along and my dad suprised us with a playstation on launch day. Id say it began in the womb i came out with flat thumbs and carpel tunnel syndrome. Wipeout and Tomb raider ignited my interest and im still hooked. Zelda occarina of time tho on N64 for best game EVER!!!!

gamertwins90 1 March, 2013 @ 8:12 pm   55

My mom made me and my brother get into gaming World when we was 3/4 years older , with the SNES and my first games was Super Mario World and Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo

gamertwins90 1 March, 2013 @ 8:13 pm   56

and now thegamertwins are proud to be gamers :D

winged_one 1 March, 2013 @ 8:13 pm   57

First console was a sega Mega Drive, first game (that i can remember) is The lion King back was I was tiny! :D Such a challenging and yet rewarding game to play. The challenge and beating that challenge is what got me into playing games, and now in my adult life it has directed me into game programming, so I can give challenges to the new generation of little gamers.

DooD1969 1 March, 2013 @ 8:13 pm   58

Pong. Played on a Sony black and white portable TV, I’m proper old school.
Then it was a Commodore 64 sold for a 16bit Sega mega drive, also a Sega Game Gear, then a Playstation One, then I had to grow up for a bit (became a Dad) and then I got my PS3 and am now looking forward to getting a PS4. My gaming experience has come a long way.

BBear_27 1 March, 2013 @ 8:18 pm   59

Alex the kidd in miracle world, Sega master system 2. Brutally hard, could never get past the Castle level 3 hours in… but I never stopped trying, and I will beat this game after recently downloading the psn version :-)

lefskisofiq 1 March, 2013 @ 8:21 pm   60

When I was maybe at the age of 4 my parents were playing the game Chip’s Challenge on our home computer but I was too little to play a game, I didn’t even touch the computer back then, I just watched. I don’t remember exactly how but we sold that computer and I didn’t see a pc again until I was around 5th grade.
But before that (around 3rd grade) my dad got me a Playstation 1 from Dubai. It came with a bowling game and it was kinda boring so I didn’t really get into it all that much. And then I got the game that changed everything – Crash Bandicoot 2! I loved that game so much! I didn’t have a memory card at the time so I would play the game every time from the beginning and get to the first boss fight and lose. But I kept trying over and over again( that didn’t change the fact that I was loosing every time).
Now that I have the game from psn I realized how easy it actually is. It turns out I was quite a bad player when I was younger. But reliving those moments was priceless for me! :)

mdogg91 1 March, 2013 @ 8:23 pm   61

my first experiences was with the sega mega drive, but as a honest answer i didnt start to really get into gaming intill my nan bought me a ps1 for christmas and never looked back. as a kid during those days i had a huge imagination of creating my own stories within my head while playing populous and theme hospital. such classics i still play to this day

why i starting gaming is a tough one, i guess i just loved the fact u could have fun in new ways.

Well, thats my best shot on the subject, hope i win as am dying to play something like this on my vita

Kaspar_K 1 March, 2013 @ 8:25 pm   62

I got into gaming when my dad bought his first computer. It was the year 1993 and I was 3 years old. It was an old IBM running DOS. From somewhere he got some games on to it. Ski or die, prehistorik, yolk, supaplex, digger, etc. Those were the best days when he brought me to his office and I got to play for hours. The next year he brought the computer to our home and that’s when I really got into it. And now after 20 years I’m a proud owner of a PS3 and can’t be happier. The true essence of gaming. :)

Oh, and holy mother of god, am I excited for the PS4, or what?

TequilaUK 1 March, 2013 @ 8:29 pm   63

My father was the reason why I started playing video games. He introduced me to the SNES as a child and it was one of the greatest things to ever happen to me. Not only did it mark the day that I became a gamer but I never had the best relationship with my father and being able to play alongside him in Mario Kart and experience games like final fantasy together made our relationship so much stronger.

Because of franchises like Final Fantasy, I’ve always wanted to become an illustrator in game design. So throughout my life, I’ve pursued that dream career and right now i’m proud to say that my dream is now a reality.

Laventor 1 March, 2013 @ 8:39 pm   64

My parents bought me a NES back in the day with Super Mario Bros Mario/Duck Hunt along with Mega Man 2. Of course I would start with Super Mario, and later try Duck Hunt with the NES gun (which kind of ended up shooting at the dog grinning at one’s failure of shooting the ducks instead of shooting the actual ducks), but it was Mega Man 2 that really got to me.

I could use the boss’s powers after beating them? How amazing was that? Being able to stop time, shoot bombs, charging up and shoot a giant fireball, shoot metal blades in all directions and more! For a child, that was truly amazing compared to the rather limited power of Mario, being the only real comparison I had at the time.

RPG’s would later grow to become my favourite genre, but that wouldn’t start until the SNES & PS1, mostly because as a young child that isn’t native English it’s pretty hard to understand those games. But those RPG’s I did have on the NES…I just made up what people said and failed miserably to ever finish one until I learned English.

papajoons 1 March, 2013 @ 8:42 pm   65

I started playing video games from 2006. Before that i didn’t know anything about video games. I was just 11 years old back then. My father had visited singapore back then and psp had not released in india at that time. So he bought it for me as a present. It was my first gaming console. A few days later i got a gameboy advance sp from my uncle as a gift. I loved them both a lot. Before psp the only games i ever played was those prince of persia mobile games! So i consider the psp as my first true gaming experience. My first game on it was GTA liberty city stories which my father bought with the system. Now a word of note here my father never knew what games were like so he bought me gta as the shopkeeper there recommended it to him otherwise who would want to give their 11 year old an 18+ game:)))) like my father even i didnt have any idea so i played gta only to ram my car here and there or burn some cars by shooting.(i was a kid back then what do u expect!) I played battlecity and pokemon emerald on my advance sp. soon i came to know my ps3 and purchased it in 2010 and now i have a vita as well. Well playstation has got me hooked now and i just cant leave it!looking forward to ps4 and the ragnarok voucher too!:)

pineanas 1 March, 2013 @ 8:42 pm   66

My gaming days started on the PC in the 90′s, when you still had to boot Windows 3.1 from DOS.
I remember booting up DOS, type in the command “cd C:\Game\PoP”, running the game.bat and playing my first game:
the original Prince of Persia!

I was six back then. I remember finding the first sword on the heap of bones, fighting the baddies in the turbans, the level that started with you falling and having to grab a ledge, the wonderfull 8bit sounds of spike traps and trap gates… and how shocked I was when at the end, after a fierce struggle with my doppelganger, I just ran through him and won…shocker…

After that came dune II, lotus challenge, wolfenstein3d, duke nukem, until i saw playstation at a friends house. Couldn’t afford it back then, but by ps2 i jumped on the playstation bandwagon, while still gaming on pc! (i did love RTS…)

But now, having bought ps3…and psp, and vita…PS+… i left the pc scene and havent looked back since!

Project2insanity 1 March, 2013 @ 8:54 pm   67

A lot of women get cravings when pregnant and so it was only natural that my mum, whose name is Ms Pac-Man, would also get cravings. When I was a Pac-embryo, she ate a Commodore 64. Now, I was in luck that Bionic Commando was already inserted and that the C64 was still hooked up to a tv and a generator so I, a child of an era of Robocops and Terminators, could marvel at this guy with a bionic arm shoot bad guys.

The action was intense, the soundtrack is timeless and we continue moving towards a bionic future. Everything can take a lesson from the classics.

R3dC3llTran3 1 March, 2013 @ 8:56 pm   68

PART I

I started very very long time ago.. Still remember playing arcades with my dad in the coffe shop haha. But the first game that really called my attention was Crash Bandicoot, seriously i was so addicted to it that i only saw orange in my front even my dog looked orange D: just needed the blue shorts and sneakers haha.

The actually way i started playing was with the atari 2600, it was not mine my cousin owned it, also i still remmember playing duck hunt so many times aww.. good old times, we should get one like it but with the creatures from GOW hahaha would be hillarious Kratos or Zeus laughing in the bushes xD. Anyway like i said Crash was the first one to fully get my attention, then Croc, maybe almost no one knows that game.. Spyro, Micro Machines,Final Fantasy
etc.

R3dC3llTran3 1 March, 2013 @ 8:57 pm   69

PART II

And i saved one of my favourites to the end.. Medievil, oh god how i loved to play with Sir Daniel Fortesque, that when i started to like skeletons and dead stuff haha, i think this games made who iam today. I like dark stuff because of Medievil also i like Medieval stuff all kind and Final Fantasy helped there too. I like florests and that kind of stuff and Crash and Croch helped there haha. My first drawings were about games and they continued to be and sometimes i still make some and because of them iam working to be a game designer.

So thanks Video Games and offcourse Playstation for making me how iam today

swinster08 1 March, 2013 @ 8:59 pm   70

Two words…… MOOORTAAAL KOOMBAAAT!!!!(dun dun, dun, dun, da dun!)

R3dC3llTran3 1 March, 2013 @ 9:01 pm   71

@swinster08

Hahaha i forgot to state that one xD also tekken that i played on the coffe in the arcades xP and Street Fighter.

woodypride 1 March, 2013 @ 9:10 pm   72

I pushed the Start button and boom, I was blown away ! Video games entered into my life. Not a bad thing though.

AeonsDead 1 March, 2013 @ 9:10 pm   73

My first memories of video games is my older cousin playing Treasure Island Dizzy on his Spectrum ZX+2. Obviously as it was his console, his game i think i got to play it once, and from then on i was completely envious of my big cousin for having a Spectrum.Years passed and much to my disappointment i never owned a Spectrum or Commodore:(.

I played some of my friends games – the duckhunt/mario cartridge for the NES, the Master System with Alex Kidd built in, but the first console i owned was the MegaDrive with Sonic 1. I loved that game and played it non-stop, infact i can remember one of my 1 year old brothers first words being the “SEGA” intro i played it that much.

Although i’m slightly embarrassed to admit i could never get past Labyrinth Zone. I remember in frustration getting to the 1st level of it and asking my mum to “complete this zone so i can see the next”, obviously she was worse than me and promptly died.

AeonsDead 1 March, 2013 @ 9:10 pm   74

All that changed when my primary 3 teacher was giving the morning speech and informed the class that her boyfriend too played Sonic 1… and that she’d watched him put in a cheat! Up down left right a and start. That day i thought “forget about school! i need to memorize up, down, left, right, a, start”, so that’s what i did for that day.

When i got home i started sonic up, put in that cheat and bam! level select appears “Oh yes! i can do anything!!! thank you god, THANK YOU MISS GORDON! …now let’s see.. Starlight Zone, Scrap Brain Zone… FINAL ZONE?! that sounds like the zone for me” and that is how i “completed” Sonic 1.

Thankfully now i’m a bit better at video games but cheats in a game is one of the things i miss most from back in the day.

darkerviper 1 March, 2013 @ 9:13 pm   75

i remember me and my brother getting a master system 2 for christmas and the first game i played on it was sonic the hedgehog i spent hours on it but couldn’t get to the end of the game came close a few times tho, i only know that because me and my brother watched him do it and was cos of him that i love playing video games so much.

Leewom69 1 March, 2013 @ 9:15 pm   76

Though games were already in the household, I remember very fondly the day that my fascination and life long addiction to gaming really started…

…because it was my 5th birthday.

We went to Wimpy to have lunch, a weekly tradition once dad got home from work every Saturday.

As we walked back to the car (tummies full) we passed Dixons as we always did, and as I always did I pressed my nose against the glass and watched the Super Mario Bros demo run on the NES display… but this time was different. My dad knelt down beside me and whispered in my ear…

‘shall we go get one?’

I still to this day do not remember exactly what I did upon hearing those joyous words but I like to believe there was a little me shaped cloud where I had previously been pressed against the glass… (glass fog included)

From that day onwards a passion was born so deep and I have never looked back and am proud to have a hobby that has grown up with me.

To this day my dad always gives me a little contribution towards a game for my Birthday*. Which is this month….

*and I like to reciprocate every xmas by getting him my PC game of the year.

TheFistsOfAnElk 1 March, 2013 @ 9:32 pm   77

I, too, started playing video games in the pre-playstatioon era. I was five or six years old and I used to nag my mum to death to get her to drive me to my aunt. I told her that I was so eager to meet her and that she was my favourite person in the whole world (She was not, my favourite person in the world was actually Batman).

When I got there I just sat on the sofa and did nothing, except throwing an occasional glance on the Super Nintendo next to the TV. My great, secret plan was of course to get my aunt to suggest that we should play some Super Mario World, Donkey Kong Country or Treasure Island. It succeded everytime. MOHAHAHA!

I realize now that the brilliant plan cooked up in that six-year-old of mine, probably wasn’t as discrete as I thought at the time. On the other hand, it doesn’t matter. It got me a playstation 1 for christmas just a few years later and now, fifteen earth-rotations round the sun later, I have quite a few well spent hours of gaming under my belt.

VenomousAlbino 1 March, 2013 @ 9:46 pm   78

The Sega Mega Drive is where gaming grabbed me by the scruff of the neck and refused to let go, transcending hobby status and morphing into a full blown obsession. Sonic 3 & Knuckles is – and always will be – one of my all time favourite games, mixing the joyous feeling of whizzing around at breakneck speeds with meticulously and intricately designed bosses and an expertly crafted and brilliantly paced variety of levels. It was also the first game I eve played that made me feel like I was embarking on a globe – or in this case, Floating Island – trotting adventure on an epic scale..

Other (more recent) games that have really captured my imagination and perfectly exemplify how perfect games are as a form of escapism and as portals into events far beyond the mundanity of everyday life is the Uncharted trilogy, which marries gobsmacking visuals, superb acting, intense gun battles, edge of your seat platforming and just-about-hard-enough-to-make-you-feel-clever puzzle solving. The fact that I didn’t play Drake’s Fortune, Among Thieves or Drake’s Deception until last year is something I’m actually a little ashamed of… although I did play through all three one after the other.

link1983 1 March, 2013 @ 9:48 pm   79

My first gaming memory was playing Dizzy on the ZX Spectrum 48K, I remember being equally excited when we got the 128K. I remember being no older than around 3. It wasn’t until my cousin came to live with us for a while that I really got taken by gaming. He brought over a Super Nintendo with The Legend of Zelda: A link to the past that was the start of my obsession. I was 9 years old and although my parents couldn’t afford to buy me my own SNES they did get me a Nes with the first Zelda and Pinbot. Right up until 2007 I had always preferred Nintendo although I had brief spells of owning Sega and Sony platforms. Parappa the Rapper forced me to trade my N64 for a PSone, I loved that game and wish every Wednesday that it would appear on the store, I haven’t looked back since playing Motorstorm on the PS3 and I have enjoyed many titles such as Heavy Rain, PS Allstars and all of the God of War games since. A very special mention has to go to Ni No Kuni, it brought back the same feelings I had when I first played Zelda: A link to the past.

ducky1549 1 March, 2013 @ 9:52 pm   80

Master System with Wonderboy, Alex the kid and Sonic the Hedgehog just blew me away when i first started with it’s difficult gaming and endless playability.

dav2612 1 March, 2013 @ 9:53 pm   81

As a kid I had gaming devices like the Pong machine and a Grandstand FireFox-F7 (with stereo sound!) but it all started with the Atari 2600. I was at a school friend’s house and he had just got an Atari. We spent the afternoon playing Millipede and Moon Patrol. I was hooked and ran straight home to ask for an Atari for christmas. My Atari was a few months off so I had to make do with trips to my friend’s house for my gaming needs. That came with the hazard of hugs from his very friendly mum who was always delighted to see her son’s friends. Turns out she was actually an alcoholic and plastered all the time but I was too young to notice.

tweelinkje 1 March, 2013 @ 9:54 pm   82

I started gaming when I was 5 years old on my gameboy advance. The first game I ever played got me into gaming and that was The land before time. My gameboy was just a present for my birthday but it was just the start. Later I got my PS2 and so it continued.

RetroSteveUK 1 March, 2013 @ 10:00 pm   83

I was 8 (it was 1982) and my sister’s boyfriend brought his brother’s 48k Speccy round with copies of Jetpac and Chequered Flag on tape. I begged for a Spectrum for Christmas that year. My dad told me the novelty would wear of within six months.

Final Fantasy VII was the first video game I played. I’ve been hearing about Final Fantasies all the time back then. Friends told me pior the PS3 launch, people would queue in Japan for the playstation and Final Fantasy launches. I thought they were crazy and silly, to go to another country just to buy a game. Still, that caught my attention. Then one summer, some classmate called me: Hey, I’m playing an very interesting game and you are a girl in that game. I didn’t pay much attention.

Several days later, he called again: we set off to rescue another girl together. Just like that, I was more and more draw into the fantasy story of Cloud and Tifa, without even knowing their names – apparently my classmate used our names to replace theirs. I ended up start playing the game myself, and see how their story goes. I was bad at control so JRPG was the perfect type for me. Until now, I still love all Final Fantasy games and alike. I’m playing Persona 4 Golden now and I highly recommend it.

strikes_wy 1 March, 2013 @ 10:09 pm   85

It all starts with NES games. And then moved to PC gaming in the 90s. Mostly RPG/JRPG games. Still love them. Very good childhood memories. Now mainly on PS3 and Vita. Play some Kinect games with my wife from time to time. I really want to see more RPG/JRPG games like Final Fantasy, Ni No Kuni coming to PS Plus.

strangeplaice 1 March, 2013 @ 10:23 pm   86

The first game I ever played was “PGA Tour Golf” on a Windows 3.1.1 business computer in the 90′s. I was instantly hooked and spent hours and hours trying to get through it. I was only around 7 at the time though so found it virtually impossible!

From there, I played return of arcade (DigDug, Pacman, Galaxian & Pole Position) on our Windows ME computer and that did the job for a few months.

One month, I was given a Nintendo 64 as a present and my first truly inspirational games, GoldenEye and Banjo Kazooie. Two of the first “real” games I played and I loved every minute of both. All in all I must have raked up several hundred hours of play time on both and completed them both 3 or 4 times.
The original characters, fun and innovative story line of Banjo Kazooie and creative way of retelling the GoldenEye story. (Both by Rare :3)

Jonsaan 1 March, 2013 @ 10:31 pm   87

My Dad bought home the Atari VCS and changed my life forever. I can only wonder what might have been!
We had Combat ( which came as a pack in and was two player only) and Dodge ‘Em, which to this day remains a firm favourite of mine. Strangely, we never owned Space Invaders which was the Atari VCS system seller, and in my opinion, the best version of that game.

I got one game a year for my Birthday!

Adventure arrived one year. Again, a game I still play now and then to this day. I honestly believe Zelda would never have existed if it weren’t for Adventure.

My other bestest game was the coin op conversion ‘Phoenix’. A superb game that I managed to clock. As in take the score all the way round back to zero. Something that has disappeared in modern gaming!!

tiago-kun 1 March, 2013 @ 10:32 pm   88

I played a few games on my uncle’s computer like pacman, and I did got a NES and played quite a while, and Mega Drive was pretty amazing too… I even had a brief time with a Saturn.

But if I have to choose a single moment (which I am, so I don’t turn this comment into a book of memories) it is the moment I completed Metal Gear Solid.

It showed me everything that games could be. The story, the graphics, the trick of looking the codec for Meryl on the box, Psycho Mantis “reading my mind” and the climatic finale, worthy of a blockbuster movie.

After that, I always went for games that showed me something new, something different, the great feeling that comes from playing something unique still lives to this day.

With PS4 on the near future and, as the name of the ending song of Metal Gear Solid is called:

The Best Is Yet To Come.

Miro33no 1 March, 2013 @ 10:39 pm   89

My very first game I played was Neverhood. My dad brought it from his workmate and told me: “Hey son, look what I have for you to play with”. At first it was weird to me. How was I supposed to play with some shiny disc ? But after he put it into computer, installed and launched I finally found out. That game is so memorable for me that I still remember the 31204 bottle combination from the first part of the game xD (after 10 years to be exact). But the biggest “first step in gaming” for me was Crash Bandicoot for PS. When I first got the game, I was totally astonished by the graphics (it was something unbelievable in that age) and by the gameplay itself. I spent countless hours with my best friend trying to beat that game, just to find out that there are 2 more sequels ! Oh i miss those times :(

RunningManUK 1 March, 2013 @ 11:12 pm   90

Got a c64 one year, but Elite was the game to really start off my love of video games. Only game that has approached this was Tomb Raider on the ps1. The T-Rex scene was a seminal moment in gaming. A close second was the original wipeout, couldn’t believe a home console could produce not only the graphics but such an awesome sound track.

antwerpo 1 March, 2013 @ 11:18 pm   91

Formula 1 was what got me into video games. Some advertising said I could be Shumacher so I bought a PS1. But it really took the PS3 to unleash my full gaming potential ;)

Alestes 1 March, 2013 @ 11:21 pm   92

My father bought a Commodore 64. At first I wasn’t really interested in gaming, I thought the games my father showed me were ok for a few minutes but got quickly bored at them.

That, however, changed with Wizard of Wor. Play together with a friend to shoot and kill monsters? Yes please!

Midway Arcade Origins was recently released for the PS3, which included the arcade version of Wizard of Wor and it was still very fun to play! Had a blast playing it with my cousin, just like how we used to play it on the C64 30 years ago.

The C64 version is actually better than the arcade version as far as I’m concerned (the arcade version got some very poor and annoying digitised speech), so it’s unfortunate that they didn’t use that one.

maximalcheetor 1 March, 2013 @ 11:24 pm   93

First foray into gaming for me was one of the very early waves of home Pong clones in the 70s – a Binatone one that was one of the earlier colour models. I was really excited at the time because my parents went out and bought me my first TV (a big deal for a kid at primary school back then!). It was a large black and white TV and within about 30 minutes of getting it home, he managed to blow it up connecting the Pong system to it!

Moved on a couple of years later and got my first computer in 1981 – a Commodore Vic 20. The first game I got was the text adventure game Adventureland by Scott Adams, who influenced most of my early gaming and got me hooked on the whole adventure / RPG genre. Been a fan of his games ever since on every format he worked on from all his classic 8-bit games including the Marvel Questprobe tie-ins then moving away from his work to the Infocom games, graphic based adventures such as Monkey Island and it snowballed from there but if I’m honest I owe everything to that one game…

Azuardo 1 March, 2013 @ 11:31 pm   94

This subject always brings a smile and fond memories back to me. It was my father that got me into video games, many years ago when I used to watch him playing games like Super Mario World on the SNES. I was probably around 3-5 years old. I’d stay up watching him play, and pretty much became the addict I am today once he gave me the SNES once I was a little older. Those first games will always hold many memories for me. Games like Donkey Kong Country, Zelda: A Link to the Past and Super Metroid.

But I was always more amazed at just how my dad continued to buy such brilliant games for me. There was no Internet back then, yet he was the one that bought me such fantastic titles as Shenmue on the Dreamcast, Banjo Kazooie on the N64 and, of course, Final Fantasy VII on the PS1.

And I’d say FFVII is where my life took a big turning point. I’d never been so influenced and attached to a video game in all my life before, and I owe it to my dad that he bought it for me. I think I owe a lot of my video game memories and high points to my dad. If it wasn’t for him, I wonder if I’d even be into video games like I am today.

GRS0n1c 1 March, 2013 @ 11:33 pm   95

I was around 5 years old when my uncle had an Amiga 600 or 1200. I wasn’t sure which one, but whatever it was, it was an Amiga he had. I was at first just watching him playing some games on it and at a later time, he let me play some couple of games I was curious about.

One of my fond memories of games I played on Amiga was “The Great Giana Sisters”. To be honest, I actually preferred that game than Super Mario Bros. on NES.

But the game that really got me hooked on video games was when my uncle had Sega Mega Drive, and the first game I got to play was “Sonic the Hedgehog”. I really had a blast as a kid when playing that game and back then, I was a bit scared when Dr. Robotnik along with the boss music showed up, so that I had my uncle help me out with the boss.

It was a really good time playing games, both alone and with friends/family, and it helped me getting away from those “bad-wibes” of the world easily. So I’m glad that my uncle introduced me into the video games that I still love to this day.

polynski 1 March, 2013 @ 11:39 pm   96

I first got into gaming 13 years ago playing a game where you had to shoot birds with a gun that was connected to what i think was a sega genesis/atari via a wire i know it was the the first console to have micheal jacksons moonwalker on it then my second console was the ps1 which i playedsome of the best games ever created such as spyro crashbandicoot a bugs life tarzan oddworlds abes oddysee star wars phantom menace bugs bunny lost in time rayman monsters inc and rugrats search for reptar then i move on to ps2 with sanandreas the summoner2(should be added to ps2 classics) vice city gta3 need for speed most wanted and just cause 1

My first game I played where I played it by myself without getting stuck, and giving the controller to my sister, was Final Fantasy 9.

I was only 9 and other games around that time scared me as the 3D graphics were like moving cardboard boxes. With FF9 I felt for the first time I was able to relate to the characters and understand what they were feeling. It also helped me to read with a deep story driven game without voice acting.

GOOD TIMES!!!!!!!!!

Mattiebo123 1 March, 2013 @ 11:52 pm   98

It all started when I was very young, playing with a new and exciting toy called the PlayStation. At this age I didn’t really understand what was going on, but I have distinct memories of playing around with the T-Rex tech demo from a demo disc and playing a variety of Official PlayStation Magazine demo discs with games such as Tombi and WipEout.

As I grew up I started to connect games to the franchises they belong to, playing a mixture of PS1 and Nintendo 64 games until the PS2 was released. This is the generation in which I really became a gamer, with games like Star Wars: Battlefront 2 and TimeSplitters: Future Perfect proving to be great social games.

hanzo1980 2 March, 2013 @ 12:06 am   99

the whole video games love affair started way back in 1986 , my dad in an effort to keep us indoors , got me an ATARI 2600 and it was the first time i had a console that was hooked to a TV since we only used to play game and watch video games.
it was love at first sight , many joysticks were smashed from me and my brother along with my dad playing those atari games like PITFALL – PACMAN -SPACE INVADERS – TANK….
later in 1988 , my uncles from the states came to visit and got me something that no one ever saw in my country yet…an NES…it was that day that my life turned upside down , it was the day that i discovered there are other worlds besides our own , that i could be a hero in that world and escape reality in order to save the princess and be a real hero.
from 1988 until today , my passion never stopped but got fuelled more and more , even now , a grown man , i am still passionate about video games and it is not just a hobby , it is a way of life , i spent my time and my money on this and i have no intention of backing off.
thank u , every single video game developer and console manufacturer for making me who i am , a GAMER , thank u.

VarHyid 2 March, 2013 @ 12:09 am   100

I could almost say that I came into video games through the TV show “Wheel of fortune”. I liked the show as a kid and then I saw a friend having it as a game on his Commodore 64. This was the time I knew I HAD to get a Commodore 64.

From then on it simply became a great way to spend free time for me and followed by an Amiga 500+, then the original PSX, a PC, PS2, now PS3 and soon PS4 it’s just what I do for fun :)

To answer the question what titles capture my imagination, I have 3 such “milestones” from my gaming history:

1. Elvira II – Jaws of Cerberus, an RPG game for the C64. Great game, I never actually finished it, but it was just awesome.

2. Final Fantasy VII – I remember leaving Midgar after hours of gameplay thinking that’s it only to discover that this was just a small part of a journey that’s about to begin.

3. Grand Theft Auto 3 – a milestone not just for me, but for gaming itself. I can’t say if it was the first sandbox game in a 3D environment, but definitely the most popular one. After enjoying the original GTA and seeing how more and more games were in a 3D environment at that time I was so looking forward to see GTA taking this leap… and they did.

mazegami 2 March, 2013 @ 12:15 am   101

Started casually gaming on my cousins snes, we’d take it in turns playing through levels on mario (the one with many yoshis :) ) and then one day went to my friends house and was like WOAH what are you playing!? It was final fantasy 7 on ps1 :) so talked my mums ear off about it and we got a console, ff7, crash warped, tomb raider and discworld noir and played pretty much every day. Mum would play tomb raoder and id sit there shouting “medi pack!!” Then we’d take turns on levels of crash and play our own saves on ff7. Id be eating breakfast before school and she’d say “well I got onto the second disc last night” and I told her she wasn’t allowed on it again until I’d caught up! :) and well thats how it all started for me. Probably at about 4/5 years old. I’d also run down to friends houses sometimes after school to play theme hospital and broken sword on their pcs :) now I’m all nostalgic

mazegami 2 March, 2013 @ 12:20 am   102

Actually I think theres a picture of me as a baby “playing” on the vetrex with my dad :) haha it had a sort of pacman game and coloured plastic clip on screen things… so ignore the 4/5 been gaming since I could hold my head up to look at a sceen! :D

sixxdogg68 2 March, 2013 @ 12:21 am   103

All started for me a long time ago in galaxy far far away. Mum brought home one of those TV consoles that had pong on it and a few other games – but mine was special it had a gun. You shot a square that bounced around the TV. I thought it was pretty great at the time. Next up was the Atari 2600 with Space Invaders. Then moved onto the intellivision – had a great add on component called the intellivoice which gave speech to the 4 games they released that had speech on them (even if it sounded very digitized). Spent hours playing B-17 Bomber on that. Next up was the Sega Mega Drive – favourite games on that where Sonic and Madden!! Along the way there were the handhelds like game & watch (the ones that had a clock on them and simple game like catching fish) and galaxy invader 2000. Long hiatus then found the love again with the PS3 & vita. OOPS almost forgot – Radar Rat Race on the commodore 64!!

r2dave2 2 March, 2013 @ 12:42 am   104

My 1st console was an old Radofin (a pre-atari cartridge console) I remember playing grand prix, superstars & stunt rider, after that was the spectrum, I remember playing Horace goes skiing, Franknstein, and fighter pilot, after that was the ps1 and I’ve been with playstation ever since. Any chance of getting some old spectrum games on the store for us oldies,

Black-xpto 2 March, 2013 @ 12:45 am   105

Hi.
Well, the first game i remember playing was Tetris. My mother gave me that game and i played it everywhere i went. I played in the city garden, at school in class, in the bathroom… you name it.

I just stopped playing when i got sick from playing many hours straight and got to go to the hospital lol So.. no more tetris for me.

But after that, gaming got me hooked and i always had a console to play with.
One thing I also remember very well from my first years of gaming was playing alien trilogy in my PS One… man… my mom shouldn’t have gotten that game for me. I remember being so scared playing, that it took me several months just to clear level one! Yeah.. i was really a pussy in that time.

Just to finish I would like to say that my first really emotional game was metal gear solid for PS One. That game blew me away back then.
When i think of those moments, it still give me the chills, it feels like it was just yesterday that i was playing it in my bedroom and watching Meryl being shot by Sniper wolf… and i was all like.!! I got to save her!!!

Those were real good moments….

Dennilicious 2 March, 2013 @ 2:26 am   106

I always had a fascination for videogames, but we didn’t have a PC or console at home, so despite being a very shy kid, I’d always ask my uncle to let me play games on his computer. I remember playing some old motorbike game and I’d be flailing my legs about the entire time from being so into the game.

Lcslick 2 March, 2013 @ 2:29 am   107

When i was little i always wanted to have a time machine so i could go into the future….. An thats basically what my saga megadrive was… started playing sonic at about 10am and poof i was about 5 hours in the future without even realizing and i was probably only on the 3 level haha.

After sonic, Quackshot was the game that really captured my imagination because i could play as my favorite Disney character and shoot PLUNGERS at things, which wouldn’t kill then but stop them from moving so i could jump past. Won’t find that kinda game anymore…………………. PLEASE GET THIS GAME ON THE STORE.. so that i can relive this epic tale… i will love you forever :)

Winter-Dragon 2 March, 2013 @ 3:53 am   108

My first experience was back when I was a kid just as the NES was released. I got invited to a friend’s house and he showed me Legend of Zelda.

I instantly fell in love, being a sword wielding hero who would fight his way up to rescue the world and the princess and the evil Ganondorf.

This set me up for life for my love of fantasy and videogames and I’ve never stopped loving them since.

Shi_Neko 2 March, 2013 @ 7:37 am   109

When I was younger I liked to play games like Doom ’95, Duke, Captain Claw, though it wasn’t anything serious. I’ve always dreamt about having a notebook to play ‘everywhere’. As I started training martial arts I met a friend, who made me understand that notebooks are not really good for gaming and I should buy myself a console. So after getting an agreement with my mum, we’ve bought PS2 with NFS: Most Wanted and LotR: The Third Age. Then there were Ratchet&Clank, Devil May Cry 3… and it continues till now – with PS3 and Vita.

ChazzH69 2 March, 2013 @ 7:55 am   110

My dad went out to get fireworks and came back drunk, with an Amstrad CPC 464. At the time I wasn’t happy, as the fireworks were going off in our street we set up the Amstrad and waited whilst our first game loaded.. and waited.. Seven minutes later we were playing and I fell in love.

Over 25 years later and I still remember that night perfectly. Oh & the game was Electro Freddy.

bLaiSe_HUN 2 March, 2013 @ 8:25 am   111

It feels really pleasant to remember how I got into gaming. I was in a summer camp when I was 10. There was this German kid Christian who couldn’t really speak the language. On the way to the camp he sat by himself playing his Gameboy Advance. When we stopped for a bit I went and asked him what he’s playing because I didn’t know what a GBA was. He owned 3 GBAs so he lent me one for the time we stayed there. We shared a tent and we got to know each other really well over the two weeks. When the camp was close to the end we made an a agreement that we give each other a souvenir to remember our friendship. I bought him a T-shirt and he gave me one of his Gameboys with THPS2! I was so happy I couldn’t believe it! He promised he’ll come next year, but he didn’t. :( 
Since then I’m in love with handheld gaming.

The first game that really got me was Soul Reaver on the PS1. There was a demo of the game at the local mall and I went there every day just to play that demo until they changed it to some other game. Probably that’s why the LoK series are my favorite.
Ah, good old times!
It even feels great to write this down, good question guys! 

Cheers!

Raduga 2 March, 2013 @ 9:30 am   112

I don’t really remember how I got in to gaming purely because I’ve always had a system around. Back when I was only a toddler, my Dad brought home a wood veneer Atari 2600. Unfortunately the unit was faulty so I had to wait a little longer for my first video game experience. Games like Frogger and Space Invaders were the entertainment of choice.
I probably really took to gaming with the ZX spectrum 48K. A multitude of cassettes lying around the room but again, space invaders was a favourite – but games such as Ikari Warriors and Jetpac were so addictive. Through the years Sega Master System, NES, Mega Drive, SNES, Amiga, (sensible soccer still a masterpiece,) and Jaguar all came and went until the Playstation in around ’96.

Osahi_be 2 March, 2013 @ 9:34 am   113

I started pretty young on Gameboy. I was about 3 years old I guess when I started playing tetris and Mario.

But the true conversion to a game afficiado came when I was 11. Me and my brother were asking for a PlayStation for months in a row, but my parents kept their NO. But after I went to summer camp for 10 days in ’97 or 98, there it was. The PlayStation, bought because my brother was so bored while I was gone. The first game they showed me was Resident Evil. It took one dog trough the window to not wanting to touch that Playstation ever again. Not soon after I got my own set of more 11-years old friendly titles, like Crash Bandicoot, which kept my clinging to that controller like an addict. But the true love came when Final Fantasy VIII arrived. As I was and still am a big movie buff, that game was a marvel. Playing from one beautiful cinematic to the other, learning the ropes of a quite tough game just to see that beautifull CGI and the moving story. That was the game that convinced me that games could tell bigger stories then movies, and have that awe-inspiring effect of moving pictures too. Since then, gaming, and especially story driven games and RPG’s have never let me go.

Pralaya 2 March, 2013 @ 10:09 am   114

Now instead I will share you a story that helped me to develop my non affective, nihilistic nature.
My parents didn’t give me money at all when I was a child or a teenager, neither bought me any king of game, and they were totally against videogames or computer related stuff.
I was the freak among my friends.
My parents were not poor, only retarded.
So to buy my first console, a Nintendo64, I had to wait my first job, and then my first salary.
I was crazy about videogame so was dreadful for me to no play until the age of 18+.
It happened very rarely that I was able to play at my friends, for complicated reasons.

Many years after, when internet has become important and common place in everyday life, as well as a computers, my father asked me to help him, and I answerd to go fu-ck himself, because I’m a vengeful person who don’t forget and don’t forgive.

So this is my sad story about how I did not enter into videogaming.
“Thank you for you contribution”.

TCrookz 2 March, 2013 @ 10:27 am   115

Sega > N64(best time) > Gameboys/PS1 > Gamecube/DS > Wii > 360/3DS > PS3/Vita

my journey.

Catkiller1 2 March, 2013 @ 10:47 am   116

PART1: My father was the major influence. He bought a ZX Spectrum back in 1985 and although I was only 5 at the time I remember how colourful the games were. The game my father played the most was Avalon and I remember he would get stuck at certain points and couldn’t figure out how to progress. My mother drew a map to aid him so they knew where certain items and key areas were. Now that’s dedication!

The most memories I have are of Hungry Horace, Horace goes skiing, Manic Miner, Jetpac and Ant Attack. Me and my sisters would compete on who could get further in Jetpac, Horace goes skiing and Manic Miner until one day the power pack overheated and started smoking. My father wasn’t impressed as we weren’t old enough to play it by ourselves…..but we did :)

Catkiller1 2 March, 2013 @ 10:48 am   117

PART2: We moved to Canada when I was 7 and my father bought a Commodore 64 with the floppy discs and occasionally we would hire a NES for a couple of days and that’s where my major love for gaming started. Nintendo really knew how to add entertainment to a household, that’s for sure! It wasn’t until we returned to the UK when I was 10 that my father then decided to buy a NES for me and my sisters and that’s where the real competition started. So many great memories and now my children enjoy gaming too but mostly the Wii and MOVE titles.

Kind Regards

CAT

jimiparkerexp 2 March, 2013 @ 10:58 am   118

I first started playing games with games like sonic, but thats not the game that really started me playing. Shining Force 2 was the first real game that started a lifetime of love.

I felt that when you are watching a film you try and put yourself in the main protagonists shoes. But when you play a game like shining force its more like you are the person because you are controlling everything they do. when you are a kid you want to be a super hero and you can live in your own fantasy world.

When you are young you don’t care about reviews or game glitches. You just sit back and get lost in the game and your own mind

Now I am older not much has changed, after the stress of work and life playing games is a great way to loose yourself in another world and let my imagination loose in my virtual world.

People say that games are getting worse but I think that people are just growing up and loosing that imagination they once had

silent_strike95 2 March, 2013 @ 11:14 am   119

I remember when I was pretty young my dad would bring round his PS1 for me to have a an hour or too on it. I don’t remember much, obviously, since that was so long ago, but I do remember the one game that really captured me and likely turned me into the addict I am now.
Something about Vagrant Story captivated me as a child, and looking back, I can’t have been very good, but I sure did love it.

From there I had my own PS1 bought for me a few months later, and ended up truly getting into video games through playing titles like Rayman, Jade Cocoon, and one of my favourite all time games, Medievil. I remember being horrified by the town of people who essentially become zombies, but even when scared I just couldn’t pull myself away from video games.

Something about them pulled me in, and won’t let me go. But honestly, I don’t think I ever want them to. It will be a sad day if I ever have to give up gaming for some reason.

m3gaman2020 2 March, 2013 @ 11:16 am   120

My first real gaming experience was on the first playstation as a kid. i was never really into video games as a child but i got a playstation for christmas one year and one of the games that came with it was final fantasy vii and i couldnt belive how good it was. the graphics, the cut scenes, the story it was all great and from that moment on i was hooked on video games and the jrpg genre. to this day jprgs are still my favourite genre and the playstation my favourite console

MA76_666 2 March, 2013 @ 11:20 am   121

my 1st love:
Track & Field (1983 Konami) :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKRkIMgFAfE

i loved & hated the game for different reasons : loved it when i played it alone & dislike it when my brother kept beating me again & again …..every weekend the music of this game was the 1st thing you’d hear as soon as you wake up ….until Atari river raid showed up

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zYLA_uO-XH0

amazing games & good times …..

massivephilg 2 March, 2013 @ 11:39 am   122

SEGA master system

chad1990 2 March, 2013 @ 11:41 am   123

I don’t remember much of my childhood, although I do remember consistently playing Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Battle 22 on the PS1.

I specifically remember, at the age of 6, this game influenced me to believe I had my own super human powers. When I was alone in my bedroom one day I stood with my back bent over, clenched my fists and started to shout building up louder and louder, feeling the anger and power run through my veins, my face turning red.
However, to my dismay, I don’t have super powers and didn’t transform into a super saiyan =[…we really do grow up with alot of dissapointments lol

monkeyfunker_OAP 2 March, 2013 @ 11:43 am   124

ZX spectrum that my Dad bought for “Family accounts” and “Thorin sits down and starts singing about gold”. Nuff said :)

dogwalker4000 2 March, 2013 @ 11:48 am   125

I used to love stopping over at my nans at the weekend. My uncle used to have an Amstrad and me and my brothers used to take turns playing Viz: The Game. I didn’t really know what the hell was going on but I remember one of the characters had giant balls he had to carry whilst racing. He also had Ninja Turtles, it was awesome.

We had an Amiga at home and of course had Daley Thompson’s Olympic Challenge, got through more than our fair share of joysticks by waggling them too hard (har har). Another couple of games that stood out were Ducktales and Trivial Pursuit, the latter mainly for a now infamous family moment where I cried because I couldn’t be the pencil character…

Then there was the Mega Drive! This machine…just wow…it was awesome. My uncle had one and yet again nan’s house was the best house. Stand out games were the Sonics, Streets of Rage, Road Rash, Desert Strike, Toejam & Earl…the list is just immense. But my all time favourite was Shining Force I & II, the first time I was introduced to RPGs and I just fell in love. I still play these 2 games now, every so often I’ll have the urge to jump back in and they’re still as enjoyable now as they were then.

ak456456 2 March, 2013 @ 12:08 pm   126

I started in the mid-nineties. One of the first games was the classic Prince of Persia for the PC. For many years I have been a fan of the PC, and I’ve never played on any console. In 2008, my wife won Playstation 3 :) My PC was getting too old to play on it, so I started using the PS3. And that was it. My first game was Prince of Persia for PS3 – a return to childhood memories.

hfred123 2 March, 2013 @ 12:53 pm   127

I’m fairly new to gaming. The game that started my enthusiasm for this hobby was the first Deus Ex game on PC. I was blown away by the depth of the game. There were literally hundreds of ways to play the game. The conspiracy story was such an intriguing plot. I had played a few games before Deus Ex, but nothing that managed to make me a gaming hobbyist.

This has been a particularly good week too, as I read that a Deus Ex: Human Defiance trademark was filed!

furankku 2 March, 2013 @ 1:06 pm   128

My first experience with gaming was pacman on the atari 2600. How amazed I was when you could change the color of the screen. I would spend hours playing pacman and now I can’t even spent a whole hour playing it. Very different times. I can recall that I found all of the games very hard, especially missile command. I remember it was my dad that got me into gaming, because it was his atari. And he does not even play a single video game nowadays.

Golwar 2 March, 2013 @ 1:06 pm   129

Well my very first contact was indeed Pong, but I rarely played Arcade. In my area those were rare and I couldn’t really afford them anyway. Next contact with gaming was the C64, though not my own. I played sometimes on a friend’s computer and while some games were certainly neat, it didn’t set me on fire (yet).

That changed with the NES and Zelda in particular. World changing experience for the young me! :)
We lived surrounded by the Black Forest these days and I loved to spend hours in the woods, so Zelda with it’s exploration of the wild really nailed it for me. Thus Zelda 1+2 ended up being the very first games that I bought with my own money.

Super Mario Bros was pretty much the only game ever, that united my complete family for one video game. My dad played it, so did all my brothers. Even my mom enjoyed watching how we competed for High Scores!

The Gameboy offered me my first Multiplayer experiences. Those F1 racing session on the bus ride will probably remain burned into my brain, till the very end of my days! :)

The SNES era is what I consider the best days of gaming in my life. Games as Zelda III, Final Fantasy VI and Chrono Trigger are the best things that ever happened. Well for gaming that is!

bidbaldwolf86 2 March, 2013 @ 1:57 pm   130

I played my dads amiga on stuff like lemmings but for me it really started with the mega drive. Sonic and streets of rage were my favourites. When had a ps1 and n64 we would rent games from blockbusters and I would pretend to be ill so I could stay off school and play them. Mums aren’t stupld though so I it didn’t work for long.

fize4ever 2 March, 2013 @ 2:02 pm   131

My first real breakthrough to gaming was the original PlayStation, I say “real”, because as a wee lad, I used to play the Atari 2600, that which its library was nothing to compare, neither in quantity or depth, to the original Playstation’s.

Both consoles were bought by my father as a gift for my oldest brother, a tradition in our country that lives on to this day, where the parent gifts his son/daughter a prize for doing good at school, or should they achieve a specified performance set by the parents.

Why I played? Well, I was simply amazed with the technology! In Saudi Arabia’s 90s, there was barely a dial up (we definitely didn’t have one then at least). The idea that I could interact with virtual enemies, characters, and monsters, was like a dream world to me, it was simply surreal!

One of the first titles I played, was Crisis Beat. It was my first introduction to Japanese-styled games. The stylish attire, the attitudes, and the fast pacing of the game. They were truly astonishing. For retailers it was just some game they imported in wholesale and sold. For me, it was a most unforgettable experience.

Thank you, Sony, for this great opportunity!

broyds 2 March, 2013 @ 2:18 pm   132

I actually got into video games completely by a fortunate mistake (well for me at least). I was 6 years old and my parents brought a wardrobe, but somehow they were delivered a Playstation one instead. They kept it and gave it to me for Christmas when I was a little older. My very first game on it was Harry Potter and the Philosophers stone. I loved Harry Potter (still do)and I loved the game and kept playing it again and again. Since then I have never looked back and have come to be the video-gaming geek I am today. If it wasn’t for that wardrobe I may never have brought a videogame.

lords43 2 March, 2013 @ 2:21 pm   133

jeg startede med spille på min storebror ps1 selv om jeg ikke måtte. og spille Crash Bandicoot og METALGEAR og gta1

M3_sport_evo 2 March, 2013 @ 2:32 pm   134

I was a huge power rangers fan and wanted everything about it, which drove my parents crazy. Once in the store, i had seen a power rangers the movie game. A few weeks later i got a green gameboy and power rangers the movie game. The game was very short/bad but it took ages for me to finaly complete the game. 10 years later, i still have this game and i never will sell it. This is were it all begun.

Bovrillor 2 March, 2013 @ 2:45 pm   135

For me, it all began with the Apple IIe I was given as a child.

Only 3 shades of green, 2 dimensions and horrible 5″ floppy discs… but I was hooked nontheless. My first game was ‘Jungle Hunt’, a cheap Donkey Kong clone. I could list countless others but they’re so obscure nobody would recognise them anyway :P

Sadly the Apple no longer works, but my PSOne and Snes (my first consoles) still see regular use – proof that current-gen wizardry isn’t everything.

I don’t have a Vita BTW, just wanted to be a part of the debate :)

another_gamer195 2 March, 2013 @ 3:19 pm   136

Bravo.. have to ask though Fred, was it Your idea ?. or merely ‘another’ of sony’s wonderfully good, (at their Jobs) marketing branch, the undercover part, think sublimiminal images in films that caused more percentage of audience to think, hey, i really feel like a drink, ice-cream, snack etc, obviously there just examples we know of, as some believe it Was put to darker uses, those good ol Langley boys hey.
So i Have noticed this ‘fri debate’ veer of course before. But reading the replies in this one, added to the plain blatent ‘debates’ Question. either very slack, complancent, (nah) or just not trying to hide in same way, like sometimes hiding in plain sight is best. Whatever the reason, i am now convinced that this and many other ‘debates’ were plain old marketering researchers dreams. as the information ‘them’ people can glean from todays responses is just, well just Wow.
So was it Your (pet) project ?.. Are you who your ‘coming across’ as Or You just another company man with more erm, devious (can’t think of alternate word) ways than your predecessors..
Been bad enough ‘losing’ the debate bits of Our fri-debate. But seeing it in This light, really Sad.

Way back in the 90′s with the Daddy of first person shooters, Doom of course. My parents would drop me and my 386sx25 computer off at a friends house. My friend and I would then drink beer while trying to get DOS to network. This would take about 5 hours when it would mysteriously start working, we would then play for about 30 minutes before going to sleep, drunk and exhausted. We repeated that night many times and spent a small fortune in student loans on PC upgrades that were a lot less powerful than my mobile phone is today. Happy times :D

XnoobsquadX 2 March, 2013 @ 4:22 pm   138

My first gaming experience happend right after my circumcision :<
Got myself a gameboy from my guilt ridden parents with tetris and Turigun and the amazing spiderman wich was my personal favorite. Crawling the walls of new york in my bed with a diaper made out of bandages.;(
anyways that got me hooked on gaming and since i saved all my money from birthdays unlike my brothers Couple months later bought myself a snes with supermario allstars. Loved the multiplayer supermario 3:D
Never bought a console since then(my brothers allways bought them).
Looking back i preffer handhelds over consoles seeing that i bought most handheld consoles. GB,GBA,psp,ds,vita!

MissDreamer 2 March, 2013 @ 4:48 pm   139

I started gaming on my brother’s Commodore 64 and it was a Batman game as far as I can remember. A few years later after some SEGA and Nintendo consoles he got a Playstation and when I went to college I got myself a Playstation and that was my first console. My first big game was Final Fantasy VII. I am currently replaying that game on my PSP and it brings back memories of the first time I played it on the Playstation.

angusinthearoara 2 March, 2013 @ 4:50 pm   140

My first video game experience was on the C64, I played buggy boy every night mainly because it was the most reliable cassette. Also for a bit of multiplayer madness my sister & I played trivial pursuit. I had classics like spitting image but they would never load, i’d look endlessly at the black, red, blue, green, yellow, white & cyan striped loading screen. Those were the days eh?
Then came the sega megadrive & sonic , he saved our boring country lifestyle, I still remember the access all levels cheat. Up down, left right, ABC start & select xD

tonyXjini 2 March, 2013 @ 4:57 pm   141

The HOW is an easy one, i’m sure you can remember the things that i probably not, but some pictures can save those from being lost. i saw some pictures of myself playing on some home console that i don’t even remember it’s name, the best part, i am not alone there. from that little age of like 2 or 3 years old i just sat on the floor and enjoyed something great, video games and best part is that thing was the new experience and way to make friends and spend time with each other.
The how and the why are kind of the same to me, from that photo and to years after, most of the knowledge and gaming experience i had over my friends homes, what they got, i played.

tonyXjini 2 March, 2013 @ 4:57 pm   142

The WHY came a little further ahead on the road for me.
I will lie if i will tell about one reason of starting to play, especially because i think everyone will agree with me here that the true reason was… WE WERE KIDS!. We all just wanted the fun part of life, the different worlds that each game back then let us in, the characters that we saw on tv and comics, now we could play as one of them. I know that video games made a new bridge, a new opening for people to connect, getting inspired from each other, asking for help, spending hours together to beat a boss on fighting game when playing by turns.
The why is because of the excitement and amazement from something new and unfamiliar every time over and over again, when that calmed down, the challenging situations and the different tails kept me to it. (tell me that you didn’t tried to see the “what if i do that” theory. lol)

futsio 2 March, 2013 @ 4:57 pm   143

For me it was a man called Malcolm Evans.
Who?……
Waaaay back in the day, he programmed a game on the Sinclair zx81 called 3d monster maze. I still have fond memories of spending hours just trying to get the thing to load!
Anybody who has never heard of it should YouTube it and take a look. After the initial attitude of anybody under the age of twenty, they should have a go at trying to make something equally as playable with no graphics to speak of, and only 16k available memory. (via a dodgy wobbly ram pack, I have to add)
It had me hooked and engrossed. I wore my fingers out on the ‘touch’ sensitive keyboard and slowly burnt my retinas out, sitting ten inches away from my old black and white portable tv.
Thank you Mr Evans. Things have definitely moved on, but thanks to you I’m still playing ?? years later.
….just as an afterthought….
I should also thank my mum and dad for buying me the zx81 in the first place, and the manager of my local WhSmith for letting me type …
10 PRINT ” insert random childish words here”
20 GOTO 10
…. on the display model every Saturday.
;)

tonyXjini 2 March, 2013 @ 4:58 pm   144

I think it’s weird a bit but the title that took me by surprise was THE Kingdom hearts!
This game took my childhood and told me, “yes, you can get disney and your gaming in the same line”. I don’t talk about Lion king or Aladdin games that i played them too, THAT game brought creativity that from my point of view i never saw before.
Back then i knew about Final fantasy already and loved it too as one of the best games of those and now days, but what Kingdom hearts did was taking all the things that every kid wanted and made a new blossom.

tonyXjini 2 March, 2013 @ 4:58 pm   145

Last but not least, the mystery: “how can you talk about a single player as inspiring when you clearly talked about the gaming experience as connecting and sharing with friends?!?”
And my answer is that first thing, when i first played that game, one of my friends bought it and showed it to me and talked me into playing it. secondly, maybe in the game there was no multiplayer options, but in the other side of the coin, i can tell from myself that with this game and others, i just loved to watch and see how my friends played and the other way around,we took turns and when we got to a cutscene or something new, hey… we were there for each other to share that amazing thing.

WaylanderFWG 2 March, 2013 @ 5:37 pm   146

My parents had an Atari 2600 when I was a really young. Distinctly remember playing pacman for hours on end!
It started with that and was followed by an Atari XL and Commodore 64 and various consoles since. The gaming addiction has been there ever since.

Chijatsu 2 March, 2013 @ 5:51 pm   147

I started playing at my friends place first, in secret, since my parents never wanted me to get into the world of video games. But then I saved enough money to my very own GC. Man did I love to play Red Faction 2 multiplayer on that console. And that’s how the obsession started :)

GalapagosaraY 2 March, 2013 @ 6:11 pm   148

It was back in 89-91 i think. My parents would at most weekeends go to a mall with a bus that was pretty far away from where we lived, but was the citys biggest store and one of the few attractions you could say to the city.

There was a seperate new huge toystore thats today become Toys R Us, where they would have 5 NES consoles right next to each other to play. It was like a mini kidsclub, where i would even end up meeting some of the same boys the weekends i visited the place. The first game that caught my eye was Zelda 2, but alot of kids were hogging that game so i waited in line to another game that caught my interest, which was Mega Man 2. The kid playing it left after around 20 minutes due to his mother and for the first time i got a controller into my hands. It was a amazing moment, it is a game i still hold dear to this day and occasion aly pick up. The game was at its time the absolute peak on the console which was not a small feat in its generation where alot of NES games where notorious for having horrible unresponsive controls and a extremely unbalanced difficulty curve. After the 30 minutes or so i managed to play it in the store in about 2 hours time at the store while my parents where outt shopping

Lord_Azi_Dahaka 2 March, 2013 @ 7:18 pm   149

Lol I’ll always remember what got me into gaming I mean I have always played games but something changed that faithful day. One day I was 11 I even remember the month November 1997. two best friends and I went to one of their houses and he wanted to show me a new game he got. That game we all remember FF7 I still remember what they showed me he was running through the island of wutai an something about dealing thousands of points of damage intrigued me I fell in love with both that and RPGs in general. The next day I went and brought it and I am still playing it today (downloaded it on the psn store) this will be the 12th time I have played FF7. For 8 years after that day I played nothing but RPGs even today I still try to get my hands on any RPG I am currently playing no ni kuni at the moment.

the best thing about my story is my friends wanted me to play RPGs and now they regret their actions as I played nothing but RPGs after that. I just have to keep reminding them it was their fault.

oh telling this story brings back memories.

CherryChill 2 March, 2013 @ 7:48 pm   150

My gaming adventure began when I was ~6 six years old. I was visiting my cousins and played on their computers (Atari, Amiga etc.). Few years later I somehow managed to convince my parents to buy me Pegasus (clone of NES). Afterwards I received SNES. It got much easier when I chose to attend Computer Science class in high school :) Now I’m parent myself and my PS3, PS Vita (and soon PS4) are waiting for my daughter to grow up a bit ;)

And the very first game that got me totally addicted was Cannon Fodder.

i_am_locust 2 March, 2013 @ 8:14 pm   151

Well, I bought this laser-thingy from Tron and that’s how I got into videogames.

Can someone get me out of here, please? :o

BIH-iAmar 2 March, 2013 @ 8:15 pm   152

I got into gaming becuz of my dad, he bought me a ps1 while i didn’t know anything about playstation or sony, so is started playing some games and a couple hours later he came home with like 200+ games!
i couldnt believe it, but my fav was rollcage stage.

Nazar_Ops 2 March, 2013 @ 8:17 pm   153

Good question! It was back then when i got my first PSX console. I was so happy about finally having a gaming console i could play on. I was playing the PSX for hours because of how fun it was controlling an interesting character that plays throught levels. You get the ability to command you character! And for me it was the best part.

My first game was Crash bandicoot It was so fun to play it!

Lunastra78 2 March, 2013 @ 8:18 pm   154

I got into gaming when dinosaurs still walked the earth, aka 1983. My dad got a Spectrum 48K and some games. The first games I ever played must have been Manic Miner – a classic cave platformer, and JetPac – a jetpack flying shooter. Both were mind-boggingly difficult but also fun and addictive games to play.

I kept on playing ever since, in time changing platforms to Mac (the first b&w one), NES, Amiga 500, PC and finally to Playstation 1, 2 and 3. And I’ll keep on playing until they can finally put me in the ground and write GAME OVER on my gravestone. :)

L21KDY 2 March, 2013 @ 8:22 pm   155

Long long time again I remember 1st console I had was a commador 64 with a box full of tapes/games. Mom and dad set it up we waited for game to load (all them multi coloured stripey lines down screen/load times) after several minutes it was ready to play I remember dying straight away and then it started all over again them damn loadin screens. Were so lucky now we aint gotta wait so long for them to load. Second machine was searching sega mega drive with cd. My uncle brought back from America. Wow I thought desert strike that games was amazing!! Then he gave me a gameboy all of my my 1st console I owned out right.all I remember was a game on it to do with a space man shooting dragons if u no plz let .e no that game was epic the ever since ive been playing games. My daughter is 3 now and all she’ll remember will be a ps4. Wow how lucky is she no loadin time wow!!!

extermin8or_ 2 March, 2013 @ 8:28 pm   156

My friends got ps1′s and I didn’t- only had access to an old sega with sonic the hedgehog my dad had bought when i was like 1. Came home one day and he’d randomly bought a ps1 (which was for me to ‘use sometimes’-it ended up pretty much mine) as for 1st game well RAYMAN whichever way I go Rayman always appears I remember being stuck for weeks on end trying to get past that one section near the end or find all the cages no years even. I wasn’t able to get a PS2 but my best friend did he also got Rayman:Revloution- went round his house almost everyday during the summer and played that game :p we played it so much it glitched us part where we were stuck :) to the startof the next level haha. My 1st gameboy half a year after the ps1 i got also came with mario kart and rayman gba (same as ps1 game i still spent hundereds of hours on them both) oh and I must not forget 007:tomorrow never dies- got it for my 9th birthday, 3rd game on the ps1 loved that too along with spiderman but RAYMAN is what really got me gaming-probably why I had to get origins day one on my vita, and platinumed it straight away I hope Legends comes to vita ;)

whedonfan 2 March, 2013 @ 8:48 pm   157

It all started when my older sister gave me her old Game & Watch handhelds (Donkey Kong 2, Turtle Bridge and Snoopy Tennis), and I played them for hours on end as a little kid. That was followed by me buying a cheap ‘99 games in 1’ handheld (an unbranded ripoff I think, that had 99 variations of games like Tetris & Brick Breaker in black and white).

Then when i was 10 i visited my Cousin overseas, who owned a Playstation and let me try Wipeout 2097. I was absolutely enthralled (although terrible at it).

When I was 11 and had enough money in savings, I went out and bought myself a Playstation. While I loved the early games I played (mainly platformers like Crash), the real turning point came the next year when I happened to rent Final Fantasy VII (without really knowing what to expect). I then rushed out to buy my own copy, and became obsessed (even happening to “get sick” for a few weeks off school so I could play it more…).

Never looked back and been gaming since (having played my way through 2 PS1′s, a fat & slim PS2, a fat PS3 and my current slim PS3 and Vita). The fact that i am such an obsessive gamer surprises a lot of people in real life since i am female.

CatchYaDeath 2 March, 2013 @ 9:08 pm   158

Back in the early 80′s I got a Commodore 64 for Xmas. Sure the loading times were long and the graphics were crap but back then I was blown away. Spent many a day wasting hours on games like Yie Ar Kung Fu, Wizball, and The Last Ninja. And get this, there were no trophies or achievements, we just played for fun!!!

Those were the days…….

Opt1mus76 2 March, 2013 @ 9:44 pm   159

My first gaming memory is a Galaxy Invaders 1000 handheld. It fascinated me in the short time I had it before accidentally spilling a drink over it. A year or so later my brother bought a Commodore C16 and that kickstarted my gaming addiction. Xargon Wars, Tycoon Tex, Sword of Destiny and Climb-It all stick in my mind as I was transfixed with these amazing (at the time) games. After that my dad bought my brother and I a Spectrum 48k and it escalated from there. Robocop, Carrier Command, Midnight Resistance and many others stole my childhood and have shown little remorse for ever doing so. From there I moved on through many different systems which I still have in my loft and they all still work apart from the tape deck for my Spectrum 128k. I keep thinking I really should sell them to someone who will make more use than I do but then I remember all the good times I had and can’t bear to part with them.

appa-king 2 March, 2013 @ 10:01 pm   160

I got PS2 when i was 6 years old. First i didn’t have any PS2 games, but i used to play Crash Bash and Lion King: Simba’s mighty adventure. I still have the Lion King game and ironically that was the first game that i played on my PS3 (I didn’t have any PS3 games at first..)

My first PS2 game was SSX Tricky and goddam I still love that game!

CaZpeR 2 March, 2013 @ 10:19 pm   161

I really feel old by posting this. But here goes! Pong. This was an incredible experience! To control a moving block on the tv. It was some kind of magic there and then.

First game to really capture my imagination has to be duck Hunter on the 16 bits NES. I actually dreamt I was a redneck hunter after playing that game. How imbarressing isnt that?

Bezetos 2 March, 2013 @ 11:01 pm   162

When I was finally old enough to hold a gamepad, Sega Mega Drive was already available; a magical piece of equipment it seemed at that time (So many colours! So much speed! Quasi-3d!).

My dad used to borrow it from a friend of his and bring it home for a couple days a week. Playing Sonic the Hedgehog became a family tradition, my dad would always beat Marble Zone for me and I would take care of the rest of the game. Since I would only have access to the console every now and again, it felt very special.

A few years later my dad finally bought me my own console and I could finally play it whenever I wanted. It felt amazing.

The Sega Mega Drive collection for PS3 was a must-buy for me when it got released. So many memories.

Mistalya 2 March, 2013 @ 11:14 pm   163

I first got into video games when my brother bought a Vic 20. We would sit for hours typing games in from the back of magazines, play them then have to switch it off at bedtime. Next night – type it all in again. We didn’t have a tape drive to save the game. I don’t remember the games but I know I was hooked.
Next the commodore 64. Who can forget Impossible Mission “Destroy him my robots” and the classic “Stay a while. Stay Foreveerr!!!”
Then PC games started for me who can forget the classic Prince of Persia and Snake. Monochrome screens but great games.
Then Nintendos I’ve had them all from the SNES. Mario ruled the kingdom and Donkey Kong was a great hero.
PC games came back to the forefront. The Sims would depress me Lara Croft became my role model.
PS2 then burst onto the scene Ratchet and Clank and Jak and Daxter set me out on new adventures.
Now it’s PS3 and Uncharted captured my imagination. Tomb Raider is back and the Last of Us is going to be next on my list.
So how did I get into gaming? It’s a long story that spans over 30 years so I guess that I really did Stay a While. Stay Foreverrr!

solid--raiden 3 March, 2013 @ 12:18 am   164

The year was 1997 and my exposure to gaming was minor, duck hunt at a friends house and chips challenge in the windows entertainment pack… but my friend got a PlayStation with a little game called final fantasy VII. He invited me round to check it out, we watched his brother play but repeatedly got killed at the Guard Scorpion. Eventually we realised the translation was misleading us and we won. Then the whole game opened up, new characters, more magic, more bosses. So for the following Christmas I asked Santa very nicely for a PlayStation and final fantasy VII. He also brought me a copy of cool boarders 2 which went down a treat :P! Over the next few years my library expanded to include FFVIII, metal gear solid, crash bandicoot, spyro, soulblade and many more… I’ve never looked back… To this day FFVII is one of my favourite games of all time, having played it through entirely more than 5 times…. If my tale is worthy feel free to name me but I don’t have a vita so give the code to someone else :D.

Springey 3 March, 2013 @ 2:05 am   165

A long, long time ago, I was playing on the BBC Micro my dad had in his study as a tyke. Games like Bone Cruncher, and endearingly obvious (in retrospect) rip-offs of big name games: Snapper (Pac-Man), Planetoids (Defender) and so on. This led to heated playground arguments as I maintained the games I played weren’t rip-offs, but the genesis of these better known titles.

In short, I invented being a hipster in the 1980s.

Mostly, however, my lifelong love of games waw cemented by the Mega Drive at the turn on the nineties, and games like Sonic and Phantasy Star 2. They were awesome. Wish we had more classic Phantasy Star on PSN.

BlitzkriegMatt 3 March, 2013 @ 3:08 am   166

Sly Cooper was the one that got me into videogames. I went to my friends birthday party and played Sly 2 and immediately fell in love with it. Bought myself a PS2 and Sly 2 a few Weeks later. After that I started playing GOW and Jak. When Sly 4 was announced I was sad cause I don’t have a PS3 but then the Vita came and now I’m waiting to relive my childhood with the arrival of the Raccoon.

CaZpeR 3 March, 2013 @ 8:29 am   167

A Little addon to my post 161. The NES is of course 8-bit not 16-bit. Mye bad… .

pinkplaybunny 3 March, 2013 @ 10:24 am   168

one day in the 80′s I visited my younger cousin who had a NES. He was one of those kids who had all the best new toys first. We spent the afternoon playing track and field 2 and trying various house hold objects to improve our button pressing speed. I remember rocking a roll of Sellotape back and forth over the two buttons to try to run faster. We also played streets of rage, imagine a 6&8 year old playing a violent game like that these days, but there must of been no age rating on games back then as they didn’t appear very realistic with 80′s graphics! I was hooked and begged for my own NES which I finally got on my birthday with Mario and of course track and field 2 :-)

A few years later I discovered through my friends brother the Mega drive, it was always the boys that had the consoles, while all my friends did play on their brothers consoles it was dolls they actually got as presents. I always hated dolls :-) I soon acquired my second console with the first two Sonic games which sat next to my NES and which both built up a great selection of games. This was the sign of things to come for me!

AMDM-61 3 March, 2013 @ 10:30 am   169

My brother got me into playing games, he had The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past on SNES and after I tried it first time I was hooked on that game after that I have played every title on Zelda series. We bought our ps1 in 1997 with Final Fantasy VII and that was another game which got me hooked and same thing happened with FF series like Zelda series. Team Buddies were also very good. Now my four brothers is all playing videogames, we got almost every1 Nintendo and Sony consoles in our home, PsVita being latest and I’m going to buy Ps4 at launch.

THE_FORCE 3 March, 2013 @ 10:45 am   170

Like many others, it was the ZX80/81 and Atari that stole my childhood along with Star Wars, but it was ‘Adventure’ by Bug-Byte software (for the ZX81) that probably helped shape my gaming preferences of today.

It was the first text adventure I ever played, and even though the text parser was obviously extremely rudimentary back in 1982, it had me mesmerised. Naturally, I moved on to graphical/text adventures such as ‘The Hobbit’ on the Speccy (the image of that round green door will stay with me forever), and Level 9 classics such as ‘Red Moon’ and ‘Emerald Isle’. Then ‘Adventure International’ came along with some Scott Adams classics – ‘The Sorcerer of Claymorgue Castle’, ‘Hulk’ and ‘Spiderman’ all upping the ante with incredibly atmospheric graphics and locations.

A few bright sparks also wrote ‘The Quill’ and ‘Graphic Adventure Creator’ which allowed lovers of the genre, like myself, to even write their own adventures with little programming knowledge. Planning all your locations, possible exits and item locations on scrap bits of paper….aaah the memories!

THE_FORCE 3 March, 2013 @ 10:45 am   171

It’s a shame Graphical Text adventures then seemed to die a death with the advancement of technology. I think the last ones I played were ‘The Pawn’ and ‘Jinxter’, both which had beautifully drawn environments, on my Atari ST Mega 4.

‘Gaming Consoles’ materialised – and the rest, as they say, is history.

NOELOKEEFFE 3 March, 2013 @ 10:52 am   172

I remember playing mortal kombat,street fighter and Tetris in a small arcade in the back of a video shop when I was about sixteen but I didnt really get into gaMing until one day when I was 19 or 20 and my girlfriends brother borrowed his friends ps1 so that he could play ff7.I sat down to watch him for a little bit and got engrossed in the whole game just as a viewer that I HAD to play it for myself.so I got a ps1 and rented a copy of ff7 for a week andbl played it non stop.except,the week I rented it for turned into 3 weeks,and I STILL couldn’t make myself bring the game back to the shop.I ended up buying it and played it exclusively for about 18 months.ever since I have been hooked on PlayStation and rpgs.so I guess I should say thank you Sony :)…..my girlfriend on the other hand won’t thank you any time soon ;)

AgentChaos 3 March, 2013 @ 12:39 pm   173

Merlin: a games machine that looked like a giant red mobile phone. It was the early 80s, I was 11 and this was brilliant. It could play noughts and crosses, a Simon-like music game, blackjack, and a couple of other games. While it was my first games console, but I’m not sure it counts as a ‘video’ game, so…

My best mate’s parents were starting a holiday cottage business in Northumberland, and decided to buy a Commodore VIC-20 Color Computer. I’m not sure they fully understood what it could do, but realised that personal computers were a good idea. I was fascinated.

I bought a copy of a new magazine called Computer & Video Games and pored over every detail, including the games listings. The cover eventually fell off, as it was so well-thumbed, and in 1983 I got my own VIC-20, a 16k RAM pack, an Atari-style joystick, and a copy of Audiogenic’s Amok – a remarkably advanced version of Berserk for the time. Heaven.

Envirasu 3 March, 2013 @ 2:12 pm   174

We’re going back to the early ’90s here, but I’ll do my best! Being about four years old at the time, it’s hard to recall all the facts, but there was one fateful day when my dad came home (possibly for my birthday) with a Sega Master System, featuring the original Sonic the Hedgehog title built-in (I still love this concept; how about Uncharted 4 built-in with all PS4s eh, Sony? Hint-hint). It was my first encounter with video games, but according to my dad I spent 14 consecutive hours just on Sonic. Funnily enough, I repurchased it from the PS Store recently, and I’m terrible at it. My younger self would be disappointed.

It all snowballed from there! I went from Sonic to other Master System titles like Altered Beast and Golvellius, the latter of which is a Zelda-esque adventure title that neither my dad nor I were ever able to finish! In fairness, I was five years old and he wasn’t much of a gamer, but we tried! After that, I also acquired a SNES (Super Mario World!) before my dad got me a PS1 for my seventh birthday. I’ve been hooked on Sony consoles ever since, but I’ll never forget those vague memories of spending days chasing chaos emeralds and using passwords instead of save files!

sorathesavior 3 March, 2013 @ 2:21 pm   175

In 1999 I got my PS1 and Spyro the Dragon: Year of the Dragon. As a result I got Spyro 2 and Crash,1 and 3, then I got Rayman 1 and Rayman 2. I was not dissappointed, I became a huge gamer as a result of all this. Now here I am owning the PS1 to the PS3 with the PS4 soon to be added to my collection, I also have a PSP and a Vita which I love dearly.

novurdim 3 March, 2013 @ 2:45 pm   176

Well, when I was small and open-minded (and, as we all know, the trouble with having an open mind is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it) friends presented me with a wisdom which quite literally might have changed my life.
One of them was snooping around through his parent’s loads of doodaloo goods to discover an “original” gameboy sitting beneath the pile. Pretty soon we got into playing Tetris and Donkey Kong.
Setting child’s imagination on fire is one of the most dangerous things u could do. Every evening we were the participants of a great tournament followed by the fantastic prize. Well, maybe not, but then again prize doesn’t have to be big to seem fantastic, perspective is everything, and children’s perspective is usually very fascinating.
I think that experience is pretty much what has made me the gamer I am today. For better or for worse.

The funny thing is my father got me into gaming by giving me an ATARI, it’s funny because he later always complained that I was way too old to game. When I was a college student he used to say: look at the student playing video games. But now that I have a serious job, I’m still playing!

mugglewump 3 March, 2013 @ 3:29 pm   178

I remember playing Firefox, a plastic tabletop game that tried very hard to be space invaders without being space invaders! But it all really started with my trusty C64. Being able to (at least try) to program games as well as play them got me hooked. Since then I think I’ve ownedà almost every console going at one point or another with possible exceptions of a 3DO and a Jaguar. I’ve certainly owned every Playstationat one point or another. As far a as games go, I have fond memories of wizball on my C64, virus fighter on my mega drive and Secret of Mana for my Snes. But my fondest memory probably goes to the first time I loaded up final fantasy 7 on my ps. I remember being astounded that this was playing on something under my tv rather than on some sort of supercomputer.

orzelek69_PL 3 March, 2013 @ 3:44 pm   179

Back to 90′s when I got my first NES console with “Duck Hunt” (1984).
That was amazing game with pistols. Then I didn’t think that this graphic is ugly. It was for me just brilliant and the game itself. I hid behind the chair and shoot the ducks as if I was a true hunter. Those were great times.

tiru-fon 3 March, 2013 @ 3:57 pm   180

I remember playing an arcade machine with several Nintendo games when I was little and being completely fascinated with Super Mario Bros. I was so excited about this game that I tried to persuade my parent to buy me a NES as soon as I arrived at home. It was a tough task, because my parents were very stubborn, but finally they gave up and I achieved my goal after a lot of effort.
I even remember spending much time gazing at the box and user manual art fantasizing about the game world.

Superbuu3 3 March, 2013 @ 4:11 pm   181

I think the first game ever was frogger, and i’m still wondering if i imagined part of the game. I kept thinking that if you got to the top sometimes a crocodile ate you. Maybe i imagined that o_O. I for some reason thought the game was called leap frog and got very confused in school when people asked me to play leap frog and told me to jump over them.

Aside from that I have vague memories of playing double dragon and shinobi on a friend’s amiga. Those games really struck a chord with me and I had a huge passion for ninja games. I still do PS2 shinobi and the streets of rage series are still some of my favourite games right up their with yakuza as well. I guess it was the beginning of me loving sega.

AshishSahoo 3 March, 2013 @ 5:15 pm   182

I first saw video games on my friend’s house, and needless to say, I was very impressed. I was pretty alone in my childhood with none of my school friends living nearby and no child near my house of same age as mine, being single child only added to that sense of loneliness. But thanks to video games, that changed.I started playing video games with classics like Super Mario Bros. (a game which I remembered in my childhood not as Mario, but a game where at the end of a level you will go to a castle!), Contra (co-op with my best friend was a BLAST), and other gems like Snow Bros. and some other Japanese games. And obviously Megaman 3 (I still fondly remember the day I defeated Snake Man).
It would not be wrong to say that video games played a very major part in what I am today.

THE_FORCE 3 March, 2013 @ 5:36 pm   183

Real old skool gamers will understand the relevance of ‘HHH’. ;)

Al1979 3 March, 2013 @ 5:43 pm   184

It was Christmas 1987 when I was 8, and I unwrapped my presents to find a Spectrum 48k and a box of around 100 games. Needless to say, I spent the rest of Christmas day discovering the joys of gaming, and pretty much all my life after that! I still remember the joy of finding a game that looked fun, loading it into the cassette player, waiting for 5 minutes just staring at the loading lines and listening to the loading whine with anticipation. On that Spectrum, the games that really captivated me where the early Codemasters titles Dizzy. I played the first Dizzy to death, and when the second came out the following year that was completed also. I eventually bought and completed all 9 Dizzy games that were released (not counting the silly spin offs). That’s one video game character I would love to get a reboot – and I’m surprised it hasn’t happened given the games popularity in late 80′s/early 90′s. I envision a hybrid RPG/platformer…. come on Codemasters :)

Shinoda_2qx 3 March, 2013 @ 8:34 pm   185

I owe my status as a gamer to my older brother. He looked after me a lot when I was young and my parents had to work all the time. He bought me a SNES, Mega Drive, and Master System out of his own money, and each week would treat me to a new game if I behaved well. The earliest game I remember playing was Taz-Mania, and that provided me with so much fun during my childhood!
A couple of years later, he came home from work one day with a PlayStation! Most of the games were a bit beyond me at the time though, being only 7 or 8. However, Spyro was an ultimate favourite of mine (and I’m loving playing the trilogy on the vita currently). I remember also, each day I would come home from school, and wait for my brother to get home from work, and then demand he play Resident Evil while hiding half-behind his chair. It’s from my brother I developed my traits as a gamer, and now I even have 2 Resident Evil platinum trophies! – No more hiding for me ;)

michaelf-74 3 March, 2013 @ 8:58 pm   186

I was eight and my cousin showed me the newest game out for the Spectrum – Manic Miner. I was captivated … thirty years on I’m still gaming :D

DoYouLikeMyID 3 March, 2013 @ 9:10 pm   187

It all started on my sister’s 5-year birthday… I was only 3 back then.

My dad had bought my sister the original PlayStation, which she had wished for. We plugged in the PS, and by “we”, I mean my dad, and I can still remember seeing the PS logo and sound popping up on screen as we were about to play Monsters Inc. for the first time. Oh the nostalgia…

After a while, my sister grew tired of playing, so she handed the controller to me, and I ended up pretty much playing the entire game while my sister was watching me play it. And before I knew, I was hooked on gaming.

The fun thing is though, I guess, in a way, my sister was the one who got me into playing video games, but about 4 months ago, she briefly watched me play Assassin’s Creed II, and she really liked the feel of the game. So then eventually she wanted to play it for herself, and now she’s completed every game in the franchise (excluding the first one and the spin-offs). And that got her hooked on gaming for herself, so now she’s playing all sorts of games, like Prince Of Persia, DmC and Deus Ex. And it’s only been 4 months!

So I guess, in a way, my sister got me into gaming, and I got her into gaming. Heh, funny how things work out… ;-)

Well it’s refreshing to find so many of us ‘oldies’ still into video games. My first console was a Grandstand from the very early 80′s, bat and ball with a huge 4 colour resolution. 30 plus years later and I’m still into them having collected almost every major console in that time. :-D

Lucreto 4 March, 2013 @ 12:03 am   189

My parents were really strict about me playing any video games. My friends all had Gameboys and Super Nintendo systems and I was not allowed to own one. Years later the original Playstation was released and I managed to convince my parents to rent one for a week from a video shop. We rented 2 games Crash Bandicoot and Final Fantasy VII. These games started me into gaming. We didn’t have memory cards so we only played up until it was time to turn it off.
One memory was in Final Fantasy VII I could play up until the first boss of the game and died every time. The main reason was that I didn’t know what the word counterattack meant and I kept dying until I gave up.
Crash Bandicoot was not much different. I played up and passed the first boss but lost all my lives and since I had no Memory Card I had to start again. It was a painful experience to hand back the Playstation on the end of the week.

Lucreto 4 March, 2013 @ 12:03 am   190

A few years later I actually won a Playstation with Formula 1 98. The first game I bought was the wondrous and legendary Rugrats: Search for Reptar. Fortunately, Spyro soon followed.
I eventually got Final Fantasy VII again this time I knew what counterattack meant.
The one that meant the most to we was Final Fantasy VIII. It was the first game I completed. The story was amazing and helped me get into gaming more.

skatepunk36 4 March, 2013 @ 1:12 am   191

started back in the late 80s with a C64.. a couple of games I remeber are summer / winter games -> playing that together with my little brother are gre memories and they brought a lot of joysticks to the end… I also remember kaiser, a round based stradegy game, that i simply loved and played hours, als well as maniac mansion… nowadays nobody probably would try to solve a game like that, being tuck for hours… but back then we did…

last but not least there were magazines that had basic assembly codes to type, normaly a couple of pages and compiled it was a mostly simple game.. we spend hours on that, just to see the result then… as I started playing with 11, its now 24 years of gaming and a lot of memories, but thats who it started…

deena93 4 March, 2013 @ 1:35 am   192

I first got into gaming when i moved in with my fiance, He was always playing his PS3 and 1 day i asked if i could quickly have a try. This ‘quick try’ turned into a 2 hour session of ‘Dragon Age Origins’I immediately fell in love with the game and i became a huge fan of ‘Decision making’ games, like Mass effect and The Walking Dead. It has now been almost 2 years since that day and im proud to say, that i have recently completed my 3rd playthrough of the Mass Effect Trilogy,Defeated the ‘Ur Dragon’ from Dragons Dogma and i am somehow managing to scrape my way through Dark souls =D Gaming has become a huge part of my life, and i spend so much of my free time on the PS3 that my fiance rarely gets a chance anymore, although, he still insists that he is a better gamer than me,but my motto is, ‘You dont have to be a guy to be a gamer’ =P

mojobrew 4 March, 2013 @ 8:12 am   193

My dad was in software sales in the mid 80s and so we always had a PC around; therefore my first experience was DOS games. I loved arcadey games like Willy the Worm, Moon Patrol and Cat, but the one that really captured the imagination and brought the family together around the PC monitor was Sierra’s “King’s Quest”. Spectacular game, which I’ll never forget.

Mark917 4 March, 2013 @ 9:15 pm   194

Oh, I remember it as if it were yesterday. The year was 2000, I was four years old (and extremely smart for my age). I was with my mam and dad. My dad had the controller, and I’d sit watching him play that dinosaur of a PlayStation. He had just gotten the first game we’d ever had on the console, “James Bond: Tomorrow Never Dies”.

After a few hours of watching him, he was stuck on a mission. The objective was to use bombs to destroy four jeeps hidden around an enemy base. After he found the jeeps and planted the bombs, I told him to use the phone in his inventory. He wouldn’t listen, trying to shoot the bombs, search for a detonator, walking, waiting, clearing out the base.

After 20 minutes had passed, all the while me telling him to use the phone all the while, he finally gives in to my idea and uses it. A small cutscene played, the bombs blew up, and I felt victorious. I remember so much from that game. The levels the music, the skii chase. Later victories would soon follow, like the way we beat Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone for the PS1 (without the rest of the families knowledge). The Gringotts minecart levels still haunt me to this day. From thereon, Spyro, Rayman, more Harry Potters, EyeToy, ect.

AshishSahoo 5 March, 2013 @ 4:11 pm   195

@Fred,
When will the results be announced? Get excited here :)

Miro33no 5 March, 2013 @ 8:56 pm   196

Refreshing every few minutes, so excited about this (I wanted this game ever since it was it was announced :D) and even tough I kinda know I am not one of the lucky winers, there is still some hope :D

Andy-Ann 5 March, 2013 @ 9:49 pm   197

My first game was on NES.When I was two years old my father gave it to me.That is a very important memories for me.

maneesh2705 5 March, 2013 @ 11:02 pm   198

I remember my parents told me that I was about 5 or 6 years old when I got my first ever console and it was SNES and to be honest I did not knew the name of the console until I was 14 and I am 17 years old now.

Mario on SNES was actually my first game that I played. Of course I would say that whoever played Mario in their childhood must have fall in love with that game easily. But not only Mario but also Contra was the game that I played and loved. I played these 2 games with my cousin and my friends almost everyday. These are the 2 games that I easily remember and can never forget because they were, and still are brilliant games.

After this I got PS1 as a gift from someone but got soon replaced by PS2. I would say that my interest in video games greatly increased because of the PS2 and its brilliant games like Jak and Daxter and Kingdom Hearts.

Nowadays I’m still gaming and even earning trophies on PSN. I now have got PS3 and also PS Vita and I love how the gaming has increasingly become one of the biggest part of my life.

Long Live Gaming!

Hexahedronaut 6 March, 2013 @ 1:42 am   199

even tho its over I guess I’ll give my two cents. Difficult one tbh I remember when I was around 8 I’d go up my friends house and amongst the real wrestling and Pokemon Cards (I WAS 8) it was all about…SMASH TV!!. Man that game was so god damn addictive I wish my life was all about “BIG MONEY, BIG PRIZES” but anyway I remember we never finished it (I know we were 8 but man we sucked). That was the first game a remember playing, I didn’t really start gaming proper till I was in my early teens on ps2 snake eater was the game that just was so Ingrossing climbing that ladder with the snake eater theme playing I will NEVER forget it! And after that I was unhealthy hooked on video games like propped unhealthy, didn’t go out, didn’t really make friends (heck I got 2 friends on psn…oh boy) one day it’s to a come back and bite me in the ass and who knows Mabey gaming would have been the best and worst thing to ever be introduced I to my life.

bLaiSe_HUN 6 March, 2013 @ 6:50 am   200

Wow! Thank you Fred it’s good to come home to this after a tiring night shift. I have a problem though. I haven’t logged in to the forums before, so when I logged in I didn’t have any private messages. I’ve looked onto my profile and it says I registered today half an hour ago.

My memory card can’t handle this game onslaught with the Plus stuff, I don’t know what do delete. :D I should just use my other 8 gig card but that would ruin my theme. Time for a 32 gig I guess…

novurdim 6 March, 2013 @ 7:09 am   201

Yeah, thanks a lot, really excited to try out this MH look-alike since there’s sadly no MH in sight on Vita for now.

@bLaiSe_HUN If I remember correctly, u’ll get it closer to the end of the week, so don’t panic, amico mio)

pirate_captain 6 March, 2013 @ 7:49 am   202

what got me into video games was when my grandad won psone at some lottery thing , got hooked on crash bandicoot and enjoyed gaming since :P

torib98 6 March, 2013 @ 8:40 am   203

I dropped out of school because of health problems so i was at home most of the time and it was getting pretty boring , so i thought about video games . Started with casual games but then i tried grand theft auto vice city, loved it , later San Andreas and finally i found out that my computer couldn’t run gta 4 so i bought a ps3 and then more games and now i am here with a PS3 and PS+ and i love it!

torib98 6 March, 2013 @ 8:47 am   204

btw i appear like if i am from America but im from Spain, i did it cause i thought that i was going to get more benefits cause its America but later found out that PS + was better in EU ( too late ) :(

deena93 6 March, 2013 @ 2:06 pm   205

Hello I noticed that i am one of the winners but do not know how I recieve the ragnarok odyssey code.

    Fred Dutton 6 March, 2013 @ 2:16 pm    

    Head over to the forums on playstation.com and log-in using your ID. You’ll find your code in your PMs there. If you have problems, post again here and I will get you fixed up.

papajoons 6 March, 2013 @ 2:08 pm   206

thx for the voucher!

deena93 6 March, 2013 @ 2:56 pm   207

Hello I have just signed in but there isn’t anything in my PM’s. Also would the fact that i have never signed in before on the official forums affect this.

papajoons 6 March, 2013 @ 4:51 pm   208

i have the same problem as deena93…….. even i see no message in my PM and even i had never signed up before in the forums

    Fred Dutton 6 March, 2013 @ 5:31 pm    

    Ok, if you both try logging in again now, the codes have been re-sent. Let me know if it’s still not working.

papajoons 6 March, 2013 @ 5:48 pm   209

just checked in still says “You have no private messages”:(

mattybwbafc 6 March, 2013 @ 8:06 pm   210

Still no message in inbox and just to make sure i go onto the English PlayStation forum and then log in then i click on the little message icon at the top right and then my private messages come up and i have none in my inbox. Is there any way that you could email the code?

deena93 6 March, 2013 @ 8:08 pm   211

the message from mattybwbafc was me signed in as my fiance by accident but everything in it was meant.

papajoons 7 March, 2013 @ 3:18 am   212

i did the same as matty and found no message…………..could u send the code to my gmail account my account is
(PERSONAL DETAILS REMOVED BY MODS)

Cr4z7WolF 14 March, 2013 @ 8:52 am   213

My first online play was on quake … ohh boy i love it so much that i can´t play anymore whitout friends, lot of fun, kill and died a lot , died more than kill but so what?? no problem, just a game and i love it !!! I start playing was on a spectrum, good days with my older brother, 2 hours to start playing a game :) …. My first console of my own was sega mega drive and the very best sonic !!! WOW … best graphics, sounds, gameplay, replay, i love it and the soccer game italia 90… me and my brother hours of fun playing one vs one, is the most best idea that in present i still playing games and keep playing … who loves never forget, a gamer by heart and soul !!!