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    Talking The First Computer game you ever played?
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    What was the first computer game you ever played and on what kind of computer, this'll divide the young and the old

    My first game was a Star Trek explorer game played on a TRS 80. Can't remember the name but I remember spending ages sitting in the shop window playing this.

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    If I recall correctly, the first ever PC game I played was on an early early Apple. Was called Taipan.

    First online game I ever played was called Multiplayer Battletech, and that was on a PC, in the first year of AOLs existance.

    AOL was my second ISP... Trying to remember the name of my first one.... they ended up being bought by Compuserve. They had a catchy little name.
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    My first and last one (I don't play computer games) was, of course, Tetris. WTG, comrade Pajitnov!!

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    It was some sort of block moving game similar to PACMAN. It wasn't even a computer we used but some Russian pre-computer with a tape reader. Oh boy, it probably was some 15-17 years ago

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    Chess on a Radio Shack Computer. TRS 80 I think

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    The first one I remember was Lode Runner on an Apple IIe that my friend Matt had. That was when I was 8 or 9. That's computers, though. I had an Atari 2600 years before that. Games like Combat, Asteroids, Pac Man and Adventure ("Somebody get this freakin' duck away from me!") I recall very, very clearly.
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    Oh, and the first game I played networked was Diablo and Quake (I don't remember which one was technically first since we played both that night). The first game I played online was Unreal Tournament. My first MMO was Ultima Online.
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    Pong with Sears branding attached. Since the thing computated I'd call it a computer.
    Sandy and I sat on the floor in front of the TV for hours twisting the knobs, moving those silly paddles up and down, deflecting that square ball, and listening to the hollow sounding "pong". What a wondrous world it was!



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    I think we had a Coleco-like console before we got a Vic-20, but the first computer game (as opposed to video game) would probably have been Radar Rat Race.
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    I didn't get into the early pre-PC systems and worked on a PC clone in '85. Didn't own my first computer until '89 and played Harpoon all night on a 286. Would get 2 hrs into it and the computer would freeze.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ProWebAddict
    Wow, I almost forgot about this game. The first game I played was pong but not sure if that would be considered a computer game but maybe a console game (back in the 1970s). I think Oregon Trail was the first game I played on the computer and I think it ran off 5 1/4 inch floppy discs, as did the operating system since my first PC had no hard drive.
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    Pong / Hockey console early 70's

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    I'm not sure which was first, but it was either Hunt the Wumpus on our TI-49 or playing with the LOGO turtle to draw stuff (if that can be considered a game).

    The first game I played networked was Warcraft. No, not WoW. Warcraft. In 1994. *feels old*

    Now I play City of Heroes
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    I remember that games.
    It was Buck Rogers on Adam's computer.

    I played many hours at this game, at the end, I remember when I played by self-acting.

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    I should have recorded my life so far. I don't remember a thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kgarcia
    Hunt the Wumpus on our TI-49
    We loved Hunt the Wumpus!



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    Zork on an Apple II.

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    Not counting pong and atari, Jumpman on the C64 is the first computer game I remember playing a LOT.

    And Zork....you've been eaten by a Grue.

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    Still love Tetris, it is a classic.
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    Lemonade Stand on the Apple IIe I think?? It was right up there with Oregon Trail!! Man, I used to love that game FTW!
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    Colossal Cave aka Adventure, on a mainframe in 1983.

    And I think I played pretty much every adventure game ever made by Infocom on my Apple IIc, the first computer I ever owned.

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    If you count video game systems, then Pong was probably my first.

    If you count only "real computers," then I played some very simple BASIC games on a DEC PDP-11 while taking a computer class in the summer of 1977 (certainly that included a text version of the moon-lander program).

    If you want to only count "games of substance," then Adventure (the Colossal Cave adventure by Crowther & Woods) was probably the first; I played it on a Data General computer at their offices in 1978.

    I've played a lot of computer games since then, and actually created a text adventure authoring system -- first, a crude system written in the Ada programming language, and later a more robust system using Turbo Pascal (see here or here ).

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