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Do You Remember the Very First Video Game You Played?

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Commenter UnstableArk has trouble recalling the very first video game he played, and wonders if there are more people out there like him in today's Speak Up on Kotaku.


Every now and then I tend to stalk some gaming forums, as a gamer would. And every now and then I come across a common question:

What was the first game you played? (Or some variation of that)

People say some pretty regular stuff, like Mario, Zelda, Atari 2600 games, some oddly obscure title, what have you. But I can't seem to ever answer that same question myself.


I really don't have a clear memory of my first game. It's one of those things you grow up with, always knowing what it was but never actually knowing when it was introduced, like family or the sky. I was five years old and playing Super Mario World but I had already known for a long time who and what Mario was and how to play. The weird thing is that no one else I know personally has this same experience, but I'm pretty damn certain that I'm not the only one.

It's funny since many people don't really have a memory of the first song they've ever heard, or the first movie they ever saw. Maybe video games can soon follow that same path.

Anyone else have this same experience growing up? Does anyone else kinda hope that it will be a common occurrence in the future?

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Why yes i do, but the question stalled me for a second.

I remember my first and second games, as they were both played on the same day and on the same place.

It was in the early 80s, i was very young, around 5, maybe a little older. (i'm turning 32 in September)

My father took me to an arcade room.

The place looked very drab and with a thin haze of cigarette smoke.

My father had to pick me up to reach the arcade controls.

My first game was PacMan, and i didn't last more than 30 seconds to lose as i simply had no idea what i was doing, but my father soldiered on, allowing me to fail to my hearts content.

My second game was Arkanoid

My first PC game i believe was either Popcorn, or Leisure Suit Larry.

My first console game, i'm a bit unsure but i believe it was Boulder Dash for the MSX.