You’d likely struggle to remember the first TV show or movie you ever saw, but you never forget your first video game. There’s something about gaming - its interactivity, perhaps - that leaves its stamp on you, and we wanted to ask our community of gamers here on Just About Video Games: what was your first? Which video game made you fall in love with gaming?
“At this stage in my life, as sad as it is to admit (rapidly approaching 30) I’ve played almost every main-game franchise Pokémon game that Nintendo has to offer and a fair few of the spin-offs. But for me, nothing quite beats the first game I ever got my grubby little mitts on. Pokémon Yellow version. At the time I’d never owned a games console before and I was fortunate enough that my parents had managed to source me not only Pokémon Yellow, but also a particularly unsightly matching lemon-yellow Game Boy Color. AND I LOVED IT.”
“At home, the PC we owned was plonked in the hallway for everyone to use, making it somewhat of an event and strictly not for gaming. Visiting my grandad’s bungalow, however, I’d get to play games all I wanted - or should I say game? The selection was admittedly thin with just one that I can remember, but I’d still get a rush of excitement every weekend. I could continue with my story, just like the scheduled viewing of your favourite TV show.”
“I was at a friend’s house when I first played, and my parents subsequently bought our own machine that next Christmas, which well and truly set me on my path. This game was a staple for a long time. I was not any good at it, but I do remember enjoying it and trying to beat my best score over and over. It was actually quite a fast-paced game for the time; I remember being hugely infuriated because you could easily step too far and walk off the path, which would mean the household dog would come and chase after you.”
“You needed to collect all the briefcases on the screen to beat the level. Meanwhile you had to avoid the enemies because if they touched you, you died. Your one weapon was to shoot a hole in the ground in front of you. The hole didn’t last long, but if you could set it up so an enemy walked into it, they would be trapped and die when the hole regenerated and buried them alive.”
“I was about three years old, and when my mother couldn’t leave me with anyone she took me to her workplace and I played this game all day. I was always a cat person and loved cats so it was the perfect game for me. You had to jump up the bins on the top of the fence, but be aware of the alley cats pushing you off right into the path of the chasing dog. From the fence you had to jump in at one of the windows, and you could end up in different rooms.”
“This game had an anti-piracy feature that I’ve never seen in another game, though I’m sure they exist. Before you could start a new battle you had to enter a password. To find this password the game would give you three numbers. These corresponded to the page, line, and word in the manual, with a random word selected each time. I still find this pretty amazing to this day.”