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Old Man River Raid [Geezer Gamers] (updated OP)

bloodatonementbloodatonement Registered User regular
edited September 2011 in Games and Technology
Grab your joysticks, modems, and your ega monitors, we're installing 20 floppies for the geezer gamer thread. We knew our sound cards settings, edited our config.sys and autoexec.bat to make boot discs to crank ever last bit of power out of our rigs so they could play our games and we played them using what ever convoluted key configuration the game devs hard coded into the game.

If you were gaming prior to 2000, this is your place to kick back and reminisce about the early days of gaming.

These were our weapons.
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These were our battles
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This was the war on piracy

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Looking for a place to get your retro-gaming on?
Check out the Good Old Games thread
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Still have your game discs laying around?
Fire 'em up in DOSBox

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List of DOSBox frontends

And for you Atari 2600 kids like me: Atari Flashback
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details on the different versions
Flashback2 (not +) is, IMHO, the best

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  • Ninja Snarl PNinja Snarl P My helmet is my burden. Ninja Snarl: Gone, but not forgotten.Registered User regular
    edited September 2011
    Anyone else ever play this little baby:
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    Battledrome. First game I ever played via the "internet"; it was actually just me and my friend trying up the phone line. And the connection was so awful we couldn't even do more than fly the little remote camera probes around and ram each other.

    But the game was cool as hell anyway. Hours and hours spent on putting together the right weapons and stuff. Man, those were the days. Mechwarrior 2, Mechwarrior expansion packs, Earthsiege, and just mech games in general. It was like crack for little kids... provided they had the patience to figure out how the hell to get things working and make boot disks and fix autoexec.bat a game screwed something up.

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  • IoloIolo iolo Registered User regular
    'Sup, old timers?

    Lt. Iolo's First Day
    Steam profile.
    Getting started with BATTLETECH: Part 1 / Part 2
  • baronfelbaronfel Would you say I have a _plethora_?Registered User regular
    Some of my earliest memories are of watching my uncles get Doom and Wolfenstein working on our communal computer, I was around 5 years old. Just a few years later, I couldn't have been more than 8, I was in that seat flying an x-wing around. That game was punishing, but I hold some thrilling memories of doing those training courses pretty clearly after all these years :D Well, that was only 15ish years ago!

  • baronfelbaronfel Would you say I have a _plethora_?Registered User regular
    edited September 2011
    Double post :( Mission critical craft destroyed....

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  • Xenogears of BoreXenogears of Bore Registered User regular
    None of those games are even that old, you young timers!

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  • tardcoretardcore Registered User regular
    I had that exact same joystick in the picture you posted.

  • bloodatonementbloodatonement Registered User regular
    edited September 2011
    None of those games are even that old, you young timers!

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    more your speed?
    tardcore wrote:
    I had that exact same joystick in the picture you posted.
    Me too, the CH Flight stick.

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  • Mr.SunshineMr.Sunshine Registered User regular
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  • Banzai5150Banzai5150 Registered User regular
    I enjoyed my Atari 1200XL with it's Microsoft Basic Cartridge and Floppy drive, and the game I played the most was Bruce Lee.

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  • CygnusZCygnusZ Registered User regular
    tardcore wrote:
    I had that exact same joystick in the picture you posted.

    Me too, but in black.
    The game that I have the most fond memories of from childhood are Alleycat, Police Quest, Starflight and Heroes Quest (IE. Quest for Glory). I remember the glory of my IBM:XT with thrilling 4 color CGA graphics.

  • chocoboliciouschocobolicious Registered User regular
    You know what game I loved?

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    Commodore 64 version of course. With the big clacky keyboard and the awesome multicart adapter and such to make sure it took up the entire table. Not just most of it.

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  • Ninja Snarl PNinja Snarl P My helmet is my burden. Ninja Snarl: Gone, but not forgotten.Registered User regular
    Oh please, I started out playing on the Atari and Commodore 64.

    Although it was because my Dad bought the Atari and the Commodore for low, low prices some years after they came out. Still, I have fond memories of Chopper Attack, Galaxian, and not being able to figure out Pitfall at all.

  • rikdalyrikdaly Registered User regular
    My first computer

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    Amstrad CPC464 with green screen, damn I loved that thing

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  • TehSpectreTehSpectre Registered User regular
    edited September 2011
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    oh and

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fi_WSGdWeMs

    Spaaaaaaaceship War-lock

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  • mynameisguidomynameisguido Registered User regular
    I remember my 1200 baud modem---I played many a day of Mutants!, L.O.R.D. and Usurper on mine.

    Much better than the Olympic Games and California Raisins games we played on actual honest-to-goodness floppy disks. Though SpaceWar was pretty great.

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  • InzignaInzigna Registered User regular
    edited September 2011
    Man, you guys are old. My first game had 3D graphics in it.

    You know, moving pictures and colors, all that jazz. This thread is like a virtual museum to me!

    Inzigna on
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  • DrakeDrake Edgelord Trash Below the ecliptic plane.Registered User regular
    My first computer games, on an Apple ][+

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ao9VAgyAgY4

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-iOZzwIlMA

    I also had Atari 2600 and Intellivision. My very first console though, was this beauty;

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5lShU4eM8VI

  • chocoboliciouschocobolicious Registered User regular
    edited September 2011
    Inzigna wrote:
    Man, you guys are old. My first game had 3D graphics in it.

    You know, moving pictures and colors, all that jazz. This thread is like a virtual museum to me!

    It isn't our fault you started on such inferior footing. Be older.

    Re: Atari 2600: I still have one of the old wood veneer ones, that came in the suitcase like carrying case. It's in storage with my grandparents, but last I checked it still worked and everything. Good times.

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  • SmokeStacksSmokeStacks Registered User regular
    In case anyone's interested, here's Apogee's product catalog, circa October 1994, in .exe form.

    I don't know how to extract the text, otherwise I would just post that.

  • The Dude With HerpesThe Dude With Herpes Lehi, UTRegistered User regular
    edited September 2011
    Inzigna wrote:
    Man, you guys are old. My first game had 3D graphics in it.

    You know, moving pictures and colors, all that jazz. This thread is like a virtual museum to me!

    The funny thing is in the OP where it says if you've been gaming since 2000 this is the place for you.

    In 2000 I was in the military and had been gaming for well over half my life at that point.

    I think I played my first video game in 1987. Maybe 88. And even that is well after some started gaming.

    I mean, I'll grant that playing Tooth Invaders on the Commodore 64, by today's standards (shit, probably even by standards of back then) could hardly even be defined as gaming, but it was a hell of a lot more fun that losing to my mom in every board game every yet again.

    Anyway.

    Games.

    The single most consistent and reliable feature in my life of 31 years. That's not intended to sound depressing. It's nice that no matter what is going on in life, good and bad, I know I can always push a button to escape for a bit.

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  • Fig-DFig-D Tustin, CA, USRegistered User regular
    edited September 2011
    I grew up on an Atari 5200.

    Back when the console wars were televised:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aeGBf5lnhhY

    And I know this was for the 2600 (though I did play 2600 games on the 5200), but fuck it. Great commercial is great.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lROb1vWNiig

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  • RoshinRoshin My backlog can be seen from space SwedenRegistered User regular
    Grab your joysticks, modems, and your ega monitors, we're installing 20 floppies for the geezer gamer thread. We knew our sound cards settings, edited our config.sys and autoexec.bat to make boot discs to crank ever last bit of power out of our rigs so they could play our games and we played them using what ever convoluted key configuration the game devs hard coded into the game.

    If you were gaming prior to 2000, this is your place to kick back and reminisce about the early days of gaming.

    2000? Floppies? :D

    Please. I started gaming when dad brought home a Pong unit, then went on to Space Invaders in the arcades, the Atari VCS, IntelliVision, Vectrex, etc. The C64 was my first computer (games on casette tapes!) and eventually I ended up on the PC.

    This is the joystick I remember.

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  • DasUberEdwardDasUberEdward Registered User regular
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    too new?

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  • DarmakDarmak RAGE vympyvvhyc vyctyvyRegistered User regular
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    too new?

    Fuck, I used to play that game all the time at my aunt's house. She only had like 4 or 6 other games and this one was one of my favorites.

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  • DasUberEdwardDasUberEdward Registered User regular
    It's one of the first games I recall playing that wasn't my own. Blew my mind.

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  • EchoEcho ski-bap ba-dapModerator mod
    Roshin wrote:
    This is the joystick I remember.

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    Shit yes, TAC-2 represent! I was actually going to post that the second I saw this thread.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ohFjwGssGo

  • CroakerBCCroakerBC TorontoRegistered User regular
    edited September 2011
    I just wanted to throw in a shout out to the ZX Spectrum, which was very popular in the UK back in the day. I take it it didn't make it so much in the US?

    EDIT: I fail at image linking. Sigh. This new-fangled internets...

    Oh, and one of the more depressing memories i have (in retrospect) is playing the Tie Fighter demo, on a laptop, using a trackball. It actually went surprisingly well, but...only relatively.
    I can't find my CH Flightstick, but I turned up my Sidewinder 3d Pro this morning. Why don't they *make* these games any more?

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  • datac0redatac0re Registered User regular
    My all time favorite:

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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CX8jdKNO4t8&feature=related

    My buddy and I spent countless hours on this game. We actually played it co-op style and had player 2 try and fight the ninja as well to help out Bruce. Man, so many good times with that game.

  • Werewolf2000adWerewolf2000ad Suckers, I know exactly what went wrong. Registered User regular
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    Get off my lawn, you little brats.

    I have never felt older in my life than the day about ten years ago when I was in a local computer shop and overheard two teenagers rooting about in a bin of old 8-bit cassette tapes:

    A: "What are these?"
    B: "They used to put programs on tapes."
    A: "How'd they do that, then?"

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  • minor incidentminor incident expert in a dying field njRegistered User regular
    The first game I loved? Taipan on my Apple IIe:

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    Ah, it stinks, it sucks, it's anthropologically unjust
  • FrozenzenFrozenzen Registered User regular
    I remember that my uncle gave us a commodore 64 with a box of floppies and tapes in -91 or -92 when I was quite young, many fun times were had. But I really can't remember any of the game names or anything. Then we got a sega genesis, and my spot in the console wars was cemented.

    Then I moved on to PCs and warcraft/warcraft 2, and the original command and conquer, which obviously was the greatest thing ever.

  • Fantastication2Fantastication2 Registered User regular
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmVmNYcpeOo

    Anyone else spend too many hours dodging (and failing to dodge) the ground?

    Sopwith was another favourite of mine.

  • farbekriegfarbekrieg Registered User regular
    hated these games soooooo much (pioneering you need to call our automated help line to beat the farkin game genres)

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    you kids that had the tubes to turn too when you got stuck dont know how good you had it.... seriously never beat any of these games, but they were in the bargin bin frequently enough my dad got me 2 of them....

    /so much rage

  • YoshuaYoshua Registered User regular
    The first game I really loved and still long to see a modern version of would be SSI's The Cosmic Balance. This was a turn based starship combat game that let you design a ship (or ships, up to 8 if memory serves) and pit them against a friend or the AI. The design mechanism was pretty flexible, and really I have yet to see it's equal. The ships were all based off ships from the original Star Trek series, but you were never restricted in who could battle whom.

    And if you didn't play the shit out of Oregon Trail on the school's Apple ]['s at recess, you may be in the wrong thread. ;P (I kid)

  • MrVyngaardMrVyngaard Live From New Etoile Straight Outta SosariaRegistered User regular
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CNTDedbbQLE

    Played it on the mainframe at my mother's workplace when she let me visit. So many good times.
    Thanks, Mom. Miss you.

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  • korodullinkorodullin What. SCRegistered User regular

    Anyone else spend too many hours dodging (and failing to dodge) the ground?

    Sopwith was another favourite of mine.

    Ugh yes. Spent ages in Flightmare. The original release of Sid Meier's Pirates! as well.

    There's one old old old-ass game that I can never remember the name of, even with extensive Mobygames-ing. It was a top-down ASCII deal, but it wasn't a Roguelike. You had to run around this huge castle as one of those little :D face symbols, and I think it may have had simple Ys-style "run into an enemy to hurt it" combat, but I'm not sure. You mostly dodged things. You had to collect various relics and stuff and bring them back to the courtyard that you started in and place them. I remember you had to have a certain combination of some of the stuff to get the ultimate thing you were after, and it was found at the end of a long hallway that went down and to the right.

    I just can't remember the name of it. I want to say it had a name similar to The Crimson Crown, but that's not it.

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  • Fantastication2Fantastication2 Registered User regular
    Running around a castle reminds me of Castle Wolfenstein (the 2D version).

    Were you thinking of ZZT? ASCII heavy, but not sure it's what you're thinking of. It was another one that I spent hours on (and learned my basic object oriented stuff from!).

  • SteevLSteevL What can I do for you? Registered User regular
    At some point in the early 80s, someone brought an Atari 2600 over for the night. I was probably 5 or 6 years old at the time, but I remember playing Combat a lot that night. I didn't get one until 1984, and its purpose was to soften the blow of the news that we were moving across the country. And thus began my true journey into gaming.

    Also, in the late 80s, we finally got a computer. It wasn't a PC, though! It was one of these:

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    Underneath it sat a massive external hard drive. Capacity: 60 megabytes!

    I loved this thing, especially compared to my friends' PCs. Sure, it was only black and white, but the sound was so much better than anything my friends had. My favorite games on the Mac were Dark Castle and Beyond Dark Castle:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ISP9su7okHo

    I used my Mac throughout high school to type up school papers and stuff like that. I didn't get a PC until 1995, which was near the end of my senior year. It came with a 2400 baud modem, but we quickly upgraded to a 14.4. I used to call local BBSes on that thing.

    Actually, that reminds me of my first experience with a modem, which was before I even got the Atari 2600. My dad worked for Bell Laboratories and I remember him occasionally bringing home something he called "the terminal" which looked like a fancy typewriter. All input and output was printed on sheets of paper. It had an analog modem, so he would pick up the phone, dial a number, and place the receiver itself onto the modem's pads. He taught me a few commands to type onto that thing, mainly for games. I remember that hangman was one of them. I wasted a lot of paper on that thing! I could also type the word "maze" and it would print a random maze that I could try to solve later.

  • korodullinkorodullin What. SCRegistered User regular
    edited September 2011
    Running around a castle reminds me of Castle Wolfenstein (the 2D version).

    Were you thinking of ZZT? ASCII heavy, but not sure it's what you're thinking of. It was another one that I spent hours on (and learned my basic object oriented stuff from!).

    Nope, not Castle Wolfenstein. It was pure ANSI (and not ASCII like I originally thought). Wasn't ZZT either, since what I was thinking of was in black and white. But it used the same kind of ANSI characters that ZZT did. Googling for ANSI DOS games is annoying as shit too, since everything is for ANSI Dude, which is most certainly not the game I'm thinking of.

    korodullin on
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  • bloodatonementbloodatonement Registered User regular
    These were our weapons
    Inzigna wrote:
    Man, you guys are old. My first game had 3D graphics in it.

    You know, moving pictures and colors, all that jazz. This thread is like a virtual museum to me!

    The funny thing is in the OP where it says if you've been gaming since 2000 this is the place for you.

    In 2000 I was in the military and had been gaming for well over half my life at that point.

    I think I played my first video game in 1987. Maybe 88. And even that is well after some started gaming.

    I mean, I'll grant that playing Tooth Invaders on the Commodore 64, by today's standards (shit, probably even by standards of back then) could hardly even be defined as gaming, but it was a hell of a lot more fun that losing to my mom in every board game every yet again.

    Anyway.

    Games.

    The single most consistent and reliable feature in my life of 31 years. That's not intended to sound depressing. It's nice that no matter what is going on in life, good and bad, I know I can always push a button to escape for a bit.

    I started gaming in like '83/84 with an Atari 2600 (thus the River Raid reference in the thread title). I said prior to 2000 just to include as many folks as possible and because it's a fairly good transition point between older 2D or boxy 3D games with dial-up connections and newer slicker 3d games broadband connections.

    Also, I updated the OP to include more 80s gaming.

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