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  • Hig1134 - July 15, 2013 9:20 a.m.

    I remember it like yesterday! I got the NES Deluxe set for X-mas in '85. At the time, I didn't even know what NES was! I just saw R.O.B. staring at me on the box, and figured it was some sort of a robot. I was only 5. Once I realized what it was, needless to say, my mind was blown! The first game I played was Baseball. Donkey Kong was the favorite that Xmas though. My grandmother called Mario, Leaky bum, because of the sound effects he made while running. Somehow, Dad overlooked Super Mario Bros, so I didn't discover that one for a few more months. It's still my favorite Xmas ever, and I'm 33 now, so that's saying something. I didn't become skilled as a gamer until years later...1988 to be exact, with the discovery of a little gem called MegaMan 2. That game truly blew my mind, and showed me what games could be. I credit this series, and the original Ninja Gaiden for teaching me to play games well.
  • MrXLiebezeit - July 14, 2013 7:39 p.m.

    My earliest gaming memory is my aunt giving me an NES controller and I remember seeing Super Mario Bros. I was either 1 or 2. It's such a vague memory. I don't think I even did much. Maybe jumped and ran off the edge. It's strange that it's my first game because I'm only 18, which is a bit younger than a lot of people here. Especially the ones who's first game was Super Mario Bros. I don't really even like that game THAT much(as in enjoying playing, I recognize its merit, but I prefer SMB 3 and I played it more once I realized I had a choice) but I do have a strong nostalgic connection to it.
  • andermar - July 14, 2013 12:59 p.m.

    Not my first gaming experience, but definitely by far one I remember most. My brother and i had begged for a SNES and my parents finally gave in. We were given a couple of games with it, but the big winner was Super Mario World. Played it for hours, until finally it was time for bed, and yet two hours after being put down we were sneaking down stairs and were right back into it.
  • spankyj25 - July 14, 2013 10:36 a.m.

    My first gaming memory was playing the Coleco Telstar Alpha console that my parents had gotten me. It had several different games, all of which were pong. I'll never forget the thing, though. It was amazing that you could turn this knob and make something move on the screen. I loved it! I also loved that I was able to beat my dad at a game! I later found out that my parents had gotten it free for listening to a timeshare pitch, haha. The first game console I purchased for myself (with allowance money) was a Magnavox Odyssey2. That's also a very important "first" in my gaming history.
  • Killingjoke - July 14, 2013 10:21 a.m.

    Playing some Atari 2600 games at some kids house. Then me and my sis asked our parents for an NEs and they bought that and Rampage.
  • raidramon0 - July 13, 2013 9:33 p.m.

    My first gaming experience was when my older brother invited me down to play Spy vs. Spy. I was watching a recording of cartoons when he invited me to play a 2 player game with him. And the Christmas following that, my parents got me an NES bundle, complete with two controllers, Super Mario Bros/Duck Hunt and a zapper, as well as Ninja Gaiden.
  • sk8r7 - July 13, 2013 6:35 p.m.

    I remember playing Golden Eye on my friend's Nintendo 64.... that game was pretty captivating for my 4 year old mind.
  • pl4y4h - July 13, 2013 5:55 p.m.

    I remember having a gameboy as my first "system" with pokemon red being my techincal first game, but now that i think about it idk if that was predated by math blaster or anything made by Humongous Entertainment back in the day. Sigh...good times
  • rcarrasco121 - July 13, 2013 3:03 p.m.

    The first game we owned when I was younger was Aladdin for the Genesis... It was the only game my family had until we got a ps2. I remember playing the heck out of it, but never getting past the lava wave level.
  • SladeWade - July 13, 2013 2:55 p.m.

    I was 4 or 5 and I remember watching my next door neighbor playing Sonic. My mom saw how much I wanted one and bought their old NES. I wasn't happy at first but soon we were playing Super Mario and Duck Hunt. But the game I remember most was Ice Climbers. I think it was the very first game I ever played. I remember playing it endlessly with her watching. I will always remember that music .
  • haggerznaple - July 13, 2013 2:37 p.m.

    I remember playing videogames in general when I was 3-4 years old, but I don't remember specific games so much. SMB and Zelda were in there, but I didn't really dive into those classics until I was older. Honestly, my first real memory of being immersed in a video game was TMNT: Turtles in Time on the SNES, and later the MMPR game. The first game I really loved, though, and made me know I'd be hooked on gaming for life was Crash Bandicoot on the PSX. I don't know why, but 7 year old me was captivated, and I've been hooked on gaming ever since.
  • PatHan-bHai - July 13, 2013 12:01 p.m.

    Either it was Donkey Kong Country, NFS SE 2 or some robot fighting PC game which scaredthe crap outta me.
  • Fireninjastar - July 13, 2013 10:42 a.m.

    Namco Museum Vol. 1 for the original Playstation, as well as Hasbro's recreation of Frogger. I was a retro kind of guy right out of the womb. :B
  • Mudrock - July 13, 2013 4:07 a.m.

    My earliest gaming memory is probably playing Street Fighter on a SNES in my aunt and uncles garage with my cousins.
  • BaraChat - July 12, 2013 9:17 p.m.

    Like dozens here on GR and like most people born in the 80s, my first game also was Super Mario Bros. / Duck Hunt on the NES. After that, it was the first Legend of Zelda.
  • bradley-pellegrini - July 12, 2013 6:26 p.m.

    Super Mario on Super Nintendo or maybe Spiro on Playstation, not sure which my brother trusted me not to destroy first.
  • sferdin - July 12, 2013 5:23 p.m.

    The year was 1994 (I was three at the time) and my uncle was watching me for the weekend while my parents we're out. All I remember of that weekend was that he had a DOS computer (with modem!) and a pretty lax sense of what was considered age appropriate. He typed in a command on the rather dull looking command prompt and soon enough the DOOM title screen rendered to life. It was unlike anything I had ever seen in my short life and instantly captivated me. I remember the skull with glowing eye on the menu screen as it ignited an ominous chill in my young mind. I don't remember being much good at the gameplay itself, but afterwards we switched to Wolfenstein 3D which I remember being much simpler to play.
  • Sinosaur - July 12, 2013 4:43 p.m.

    My first game was either a Ducktales game for DOS, a Donald Duck game for DOS, or some other game that came on a 5.25" floppy disk (but I don't remember what those were). The Donald Duck game had Donald taking a variety of jobs so that he could pay to build a playground for his nephews. The Ducktales one had Scrooge McDuck in a competition with Flintheart Glomgold to see who could make the most money and it had this super scary section where you had to search through caves, but there was a mummy that would murder you and there were pitfalls and slime traps... I never beat either game. Or possibly any of the subgames in those games.
  • AdonisX82 - July 12, 2013 4:36 p.m.

    First gaming experience, one of the best... Megaman 2. Was visiting my aunt, she visited her friend, friend had a kid, he had Megaman 2. Very first level played was crashman. I was in love immediately. I went home and told my dad about it, and we bought the NES and MM2, looked all over for 1 but couldn't find it

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