Videogame virgin: What was your first game?

Some of you have been playing video games for a few years, while others have been playing for decades. However long you’ve been playing, everyone always remembers their first time. Read through the memories of a few Neogamr staff members, and then tell us about your first gaming experience. You can tell us about your first conquest in the comments below or, if you want to give more detail, check out the thread in the Gamer’s Hangout forum that we created to talk about the topic!

Christopher White

It was the early 80s, and although I don’t remember what store we were at, I remember being excited that my parents were buying the Intellivision console. We brought it home, my dad connected it to the TV, and we plugged in Blackjack cartridge – it came with the console. As a young kid (around 6 years old), I was bored…

But then my parents put in a game called Night Stalker – there was a creepy spider, an angry looking robot, and scary music constantly playing in the background – and I’ve been hooked on video games ever since.  By today’s standards, the game is pretty dull, using the same map every time and constant repetitive game play, but back in the day it was unique and unlike anything else on the market.

There were plenty of other cool games I played on that system (Burger Time, Tron Deadly Discs, B-17 Bomber, Dungeons and Dragons: Treasure of Tarmin, … ), but there’s nothing like your first time.

Tyler Holman

I'm not sure if I actually remember the first video game that I ever played (it was probably something for my cousin's ragged old NES, held together by duct tape and superglue). But I definitely remember the first game I fell in love with, so I’ll start there.

Banjo-Kazooie... now that was a great game! A really great game. Super Mario 64 came out first, but I'm pretty sure that I played it after Banjo. Regardless, even though I loved Mario, Banjo really blew it away, thanks to its fluid controls, beautiful graphics, and lovingly crafted levels. There were so many different kinds of places to explore, Banjo never really felt locked into one kind of game. It gracefully went from flavor to flavor as you advanced, and I still think it was one of the pinnacle's of Rare's game design. Its sequels never quite managed to recapture the perfection achieved here, but I've revisited it time and time again since I first played it, and to this day it still holds up as well as the day it was made.


My first game memory was getting a NES for Christmas and with the two most amazing games (at the time!) Robocop and Dr. Mario.

Dennis W

Clearly it was the first Super Mario Bros. It was the first part of 1993 when I was 4, on a second hand original NES that I can't remember when my dad got it. My only memory was not knowing how to play the game at all, and waiting until he got back home at night to play SMB and occasionally Duck Hunt.

A few years later I would know how to play the game, but remember much blowing on the cartridge and jamming an unused doorknob into the cartridge slot to keep the cartridge pinned down


I'll have to say the original NES Super Mario Bros / Duck Hunt combination. It was the first game we got along with a slightly-used NES (I had an Atari 2600 prior to this, but my memories of this are fuzzier). My brother is three years younger than me, but was a fine player even then (we were probably 9 and 6 at this time). I liked Luigi's green hat better, and he was taller, so I let him be player 1. We played it to bits, and to this day it's still one of the most fun, yet toughest games to beat in my opinion!

On the other side of the coin (cartridge), you had Duck Hunt, which was a bit deceptive: the premise was much simpler, yet the execution we found much more difficult. I got pretty good at shooting the ducks eventually, but was always enraged when I missed and the dog laughed at me! The little brother gave up and would just walk directly up to the screen, touching the glass with the tip of the Light Gun, the little cheater. Great memories!

Tim Schiesser

The first game I remember playing was Bugdom, which was bundled on my dad's Mac. I remember eagerly waiting for my dad to come home from work so I could attempt to finish the game, and being a youngish kid this was reasonably hard at the time. It was a really good platformer (or so I remember), with you as a little bug swinging and jumping around the place, avoiding human feet and - strangely - lava. I fondly recall the sheer satisfaction of reaching, and beating, the final level in the game; the first game I had ever played and the first game I had ever completed.

John Callaham

I bought my first PC, a Gateway with a first generation Pentium processor, in 1996. That was also the year that id Software released Quake. I remember paying for the full version of the game directly from id, before the game was released to retail stores. The graphics were incredible and, even with the dial up modem, deathmatch was amazing. It was even more fun when Quakeworld came along to improve online play and I downloaded mods such as CTF and Team Fortress. I was one of the first to send a donation to the Team Fortress team. Of course, they got bought by Valve, so they did OK by themselves in the long run.

And our illustrious leader, Steven Parker

First game I remember enjoying was "Spear of Destiny" which I played on a crappy 386 PC, might have been 1993/4 or a bit later. Pretty sure SOD was a prequel to Castle Wolfenstein, but I might be wrong. I enjoyed it so much that I tried to install it on a later computer, and well that didn't work at all because everything was seriously sped up and unplayable! These days I don't game at all.

So now that you've heard from some of the Neogamr staff, we'd like to hear what your first gaming experience was. Write it up in the comment section or follow the link to the Neowin gaming forum and post your memories there!

Source: Gaming Virgin thread

Night Stalker image courtesy of Classicvideogamers; Bugdom image courtesy of Softpedia

Robocop image courtesy of SuperEmulation; Duckhunt image courtesy of Nintendo

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Hard to tell... The first game I owned or played?
Played: I can't remember, honestly.

My first own console was a PS1 and I guess the first game I had for it was Need for Speed possibly...
I have literally no idea...

All I know is that I was super excited about getting a PS1, it was hard to decide between N64 and PS1, but I guess I made the right decision.

Later on I modded it to run in a transparent case I had from my first phone (came in a big transparent plastic box, it was a Mitsubishi phone)
Haha, that was funny, somehow the controller board broke though, so I need to either buy a new PS1 or get a new PS1 controller board to be able to play on my console again and have my gamesaves ready hehe.

Good times, good times...


Pong at my best friends grandma's house is probably the oldest..
Back in the 80's.
it was a console that did nothing but a bouncing pixel back n forth
on a tv screen with 2 controllers with circle things.

i like this topic because it highlights how some of the leet pro vocal neowin users around here wern't even born while i was rack'in up kills on games lol
I can usually tell when some expert is tellin me "how it is" around here (age)
young people these days have zero respect for their elders, half the crap i see
would have earned me a beating when i was young.
But i guess experience counts for nothing right ?
Sometimes i feel like i'm standing in a pre-school being lectured by toddlers..
Like when I was in a store looking to buy a graphics card from this kid that was lucky of he was 18 and i was stunned at the condescending and cocky bs that rolled out of his mouth.. never entertaining the possibility that the person he was talking to could run circles around him in ANY area of pc computing (and i did, make em look like an idiot)
and be HER DESERVED IT he was acting like a jerk and talking me out of what i wanted and up selling me something i told him i already researched all the while lying to me it was just as good even after i told him the clock rates and memory controller were inferior. I had to add this because everyone will of course assume i'm the jerk when i was getting ripped off by an "expert"

I've always felt i know nothing about life and the older i get the more right it seems.
In other words if your young you don't know squat and you should take the opportunity to learn from experienced peoples.. zip it and listen

This (my comment) is applicable i figure because this might as well be a hold old are you? story.

My first game was Zork I on my father's old Maintosh back in 1988. Played that like crazy and even printed the guide on his office printer (took so may pages!). Back then games was all about imagination even though you were only typing out commands on a keyboard. God, I miss those days .


Think it was 1978 or 1979. We badgered my dad into buying a black and white telly (which I used until I left uni in 1996) because it came with the pong controller.

That was it until I got my Spectrum in 1983, first game was possibly Horace goes skiing or Horace and the Spiders.

Put me down for another Pong player. I remember having the 'console' hooked up to an old black and white TV. Wow, makes me feel so old now...

I remember some fond memories of:
In the 70s I played a "Rogue like" game on a DEC VAX mainframe during a college visit when I was like 7 years old.
Pong on some unknown TV system
Atari 2600: Combat, WarLords,
Apple II: Temple of Apshai and Castle Wolfenstein
Intellivision: Football!, baseball, and Night Stalker!
Atari 800: Montezuma's Revenge,Boulder Dash, Archon!
Commadore 64: Bruce Lee, Karateka!

WOW! I remember installing the shareware version of Return to Wolfenstein!, and unwrapping the commercial Box of DOOM!

Crap! I'm old!

First games I remember playing were Sky Diver, Ghostbusters and some Tank game on the Atari 2600 (I think?). Then we got a NES with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (never understood why they all had red head bands on the cover... still don't!), Super Off Road and Operation Wolf. Shortly after I remember my brother buying Silent Hunter, Godzilla and my favourite; Battletoads!

my first love for video games came from the one of the FIRST platformers for IBM PC.

it was amazing !! it was fun and easy at first, but got really really tough after. i still remember just how much fun i had.. i played the hell out of this game and it never got boring.

also captain comic II, was the first purchased game i ever played, but while it was improved with tons of new features, it was never as fun, since the simplicity was taken away.

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