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This was inspired by a bit of nostalgia in the D&D chat thread.
I'm 39 years old. When I was a kid, my Dad worked for Taito. Although he wasn't a salesman, he sold a machine to his local pub, and took it out of the stores a few months before he delivered it (dodgy, yes I am fully aware).
But for a few glorious months I was the most popular kid on my estate, and had to lock everything very carefully at night because this was in my living room:
I got good at Invaders. Really really good in a way I've never matched in any game since. I'm not sure if you could play it indefinitely, and I was a kid before the internet was invented, so I didn't know about any of the technical exploits (counting your shots etc), but I could play a single game until the sun went down and my Mum made me go and eat my dinner (casserole? again?).
A few years later, I got my first home machine, a ZX Spectrum. I remember a lot of wonderful games for it, my favourite being Laser Squad, the prototype for the X-Com games:
I checked the release schedule, and realised that my first game must have been an adventure game, a genre which I never play anymore. It was frustrating, as they all are, but being able to go into my favourite book and explore that world was mindblowing:
Gaming was very different before the internet. You didn't know anything about a game other than the manual and the game itself. If you had a problem, you had to just bang your head against it until you sorted it. And because I was 12 years old, I didn't have any money for other games.
Good times, good times.
So what were the first games you played? The real first games you played, not the cool ones you bought later. Like your first album, it might not be great, but it was your first.