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Apr. 23rd, 2011 01:56 am Writer's Block: Beep, Bop, Boop

What was the first video or computer game you ever played? Did you love it or hate it, and why?

I have a vague memory of playing a text-only version of blackjack on a machine at a college in West Virginia around 1980, when I was ten years old. My babysitter was a student there and sometimes brought me to campus, and at least this one time she plunked me down in front of the machine... I got bored after awhile but didn't know how to turn it off or get it to do anything else, and couldn't leave until she came back to get me. So I was somewhat less than impressed...

Flash-forward four years or so, and I was typing BASIC programs line-by-line into our Commodore VIC-20 and playing primitive graphical games that way :-) (More rewarding than just sticking a cartridge in or playing at the arcade...)

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From:cyan_blue
Date:April 23rd, 2011 04:45 pm (UTC)
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Pong was my first video game. I remember my father hooking it up to the TV.

(Jay can remember the very first video game, something on a computer at one of the MIT labs.)
From:obadiah
Date:April 24th, 2011 08:15 am (UTC)
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Pong was my first too, although I had to play it at somebody else's house. Later we ourselves got a console that had four whole video games: pong, soccer (pong with 2 lines each), tennis (racquetball really), and squash (solo tennis -- the only solo game, which was significant).
From:elgecko
Date:April 24th, 2011 08:08 pm (UTC)
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I had a battery-powered pong set from Radio Shack. 2 9v batteries and a passel of AAs and you connect it off to the television.

By age 12 or so, I'd got a Vic-20 and then felt the rush of AWESOME power when we brought home the C-64.
From:funcrunch
Date:April 24th, 2011 09:31 pm (UTC)
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I too was thrilled to upgrade to a C-64! 5K of memory and a 20-character line display really weren't cutting it... (actually my Dad had expanded it to a whopping 11K I think, so he could learn assembly language...)