What Was the First Game You Ever Played?

Can you remember? I’m not 100% sure and I’m going to sound like Methuselah here but I think it was probably Pong. My Grandad had an old Atari console with Pong on it, the simplest game to encapsulate that multiplayer thrill of ecstatic gloating in victory or potentially violent anger in defeat. That simple gameplay mechanic actually spawned a load of Pong sequels, spin-offs and then reached its zenith with Arkanoid which I was chronically addicted to as well.

The other early games I remember playing in the arcade, pre rubber key spectrum days and long before Nintendo and Sega, were Space Invaders, Pac-Man and Star Wars. Everyone knows Space Invaders and it remains awesomely addictive. It was also the only game to have its own brand of pickled onion flavoured crisps (chips for Americans) as a spin-off. Pac-Man was everywhere and it remains super addictive too, although the old arcade classics that used to eat up those ten pence pieces in return for a few seconds of gameplay are all free browser games now.

The Star Wars arcade game came out in 1983 and it was a booth with x-wing controls and authentic sound FX. I spent a whole summer and all my pocket money trying to destroy the Death Star. The vector graphics look kind of laughable now, but that game was awesome at the time.

The first home computer we got was the Vic 20 and I used to play a game called Blitz nonstop. You were piloting a bomber that swept across the screen left to right then right to left getting lower with every pass. You had one control – the space bar, and you had to bomb the skyscrapers down to rubble in order to land your plane safely or you’d end up crashing into one. If you made it to the landing the pilot would jump out and wave to you.

So what was your first game? What got you hooked? Post a comment and tell us.






5 responses to “What Was the First Game You Ever Played?”

  1. Jeremy Avatar

    Must have been The Bard’s Tale or Wizardry in 1983. I was 3. Something on my parents’ Apple ][e anyway. Turns out, although I have some compunctions about iDevices as gaming platforms, that I’m an O.G. Apple gamer. O_o

  2. Wendy Finn Avatar
    Wendy Finn

    I definitely played some games on the BBC computer at school, and on an Apple and an Apricot that my Dad brought home for us to play on back in the 80s, but the first game I remember playing was on my trusty 48K spectrum – yep the rubber keys computer. It was either Horace Goes Skiing or Chequered Flag and I loved them. Weird now how we go on about fantastic graphics but I probably got more enjoyment out of those games that you had to load using a tape recorder, that took ages, and often crashed before you could get it to load!

  3. Simon Hill Avatar

    Lol, I remember Horace Goes Skiing! Yeah it’s weird to think I would sit for ages listening to fax machine loading squeals to start a game that would crash two minutes in and I’d just rewind the cassette and load it again. Nowadays if it takes more than 30 seconds to load I’m shouting in frustration.

  4. Rhonda Callow Avatar

    Pooyan on the Commodore 64 (thanks for helping me remember the name, Simon!).

  5. Simon Hill Avatar

    No worries, it was an unforgettably weird game.

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