When I Started Gaming

After reading an article on bit-tech about how we first got hooked into gaming, I wanted to share my experience.

A Gameboy was probably where I first played a game. At the time I was probably playing Tetris or Super Mario Land. Then soon afterwards I got a Game Gear. I had one of those cartridges that contained more than one game. There was a Ninja Gaiden game, a Jet Fighter game, and other stuff I don’t remember anymore. While these were great games and I had fun playing them, I wouldn’t consider myself a gamer yet.

When I moved to the US from Hong Kong, I remember playing on an Apple Mac. I have since forgotten what system it was, but it had several games on those huge floppy discs, either an 8-inch or a 5.25-inch floppy. The most memorable game I played was actually a Winter Olympics game; the most memorable being this ski jump game.

Civilization was the next game I remember playing. My brother bought it one day, and I remember seeing it for the first time. I was so impressed with the graphics, even though by today’s standards it’s nothing. It only had icons, but I remember being really impressed.

The next phase was when my brother bought a new computer and I got his old one. I celebrated it by buying myself a game: NBA Live 96. I remember that my computer barely ran it fast enough! It was missing various players I believe, especially Michael Jordan (who didn’t appear till Live 2000).

The final phase that made me a gamer was the next game. I bought it on my birthday and it was The LucasArts Archives Vol. I, a collection of LucasArts games. Included were: Maniac Mansion: Day of the Tentacle, Sam & Max: Hit the Road, Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis, Star Wars Screen Entertainment, and Star Wars: Rebel Assault (3 level demo). Also included was a LucasArts Super Sampler disc featuring: Full Throttle, Star Wars: Dark Forces, Star Wars: Rebel Assault II: The Hidden Empire, and Star Wars: TIE Fighter. It established in my mind what a great computer game was and I’ve never looked back since.

After that, I played various other computer games, and a few console games as well. I also read PC Gamer magazine to catch up on the latest games. By now I was a gamer, for I realized that it is such a great medium with all the experiences of the movies only with user interaction involved. That’s possibly why I like original games, I want to try out all the games that break the mold because we have so much to discover about what makes a game fun.

What follows are a few of my favorite games.

  • Monkey Island
  • Sam & Max: Hit the Road
  • Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis
  • Grim Fandango
  • No One Lives Forever (1 and 2)
  • Portal

That’s a short list of the most memorable, I’ve liked more but those are what I remember. Hopefully Spore will be on that list soon! I look forward to all the games I’ll come to love in the future.