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My first controller was a paddle [Old School Gaming]

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  • UrielUriel Registered User regular
    The hard part is once I get this c64 running is Some way to load games.

    I'm not sure how easy it'll be to find a working 1541 drive and the emulated drives are kind of expensive too.

  • MorivethMoriveth Nobody suspects a thing... Registered User regular
    Oh yeah hard disk stuff is ridiculous

    When I got Half-Life I was flabbergasted that it took up four hundred megabytes

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  • UrielUriel Registered User regular
    the C64 1541 is crazy because it's an enormous 5.25" floppy drive that'll cost like 20 dollars to even ship and back in the 80s had a cost comparable to the computer itself

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  • MorivethMoriveth Nobody suspects a thing... Registered User regular
    My dad was an early adopter of the cd-rom drive and I think I remember him telling me once that the one he bought was... $500? Maybe more?

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  • Drake ChambersDrake Chambers Lay out my formal shorts. Registered User regular
    Yeah, I talked my dad into buying a first-gen CD-ROM and I think it was in the $400 range.

    The only CD game we had for the longest time was a Sherlock Holmes game that was basically a text adventure with a series of live action videos. I tried so hard to find it amazing, but it just wasn't very good.

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  • UrielUriel Registered User regular
    Yall remember Journeyman Project Turbo?

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  • MorivethMoriveth Nobody suspects a thing... Registered User regular
    Yeah, I talked my dad into buying a first-gen CD-ROM and I think it was in the $400 range.

    The only CD game we had for the longest time was a Sherlock Holmes game that was basically a text adventure with a series of live action videos. I tried so hard to find it amazing, but it just wasn't very good.

    Ooh, I wonder if we played the same one? There was a video store that rented computer games for a little while, and I'm pretty sure that was one of them.

    I wanna say it was this one, because I remember a shitty looking mummy. It looks like there were quite a few, though.

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  • JasconiusJasconius sword criminal mad onlineRegistered User regular
    the first CD-ROM game I had was definitely Theme Hospital

    and we had a TON of demo disks and stuff that used to come with gaming magazines... sometimes those demo disks would come with fairly robust games (for some reason?) and I just ate those up

    My packard bell 486 had a CD-ROM, but I don't remember if it was aftermarket or not

    what I do remember is that the drive had an imbalance in it, and if the disc wasn't absolutely perfect, it would make a horrifying noise and sometimes just not work

    there was one game, don't remember which, some star wars game, where we had to keep returning the disc to the store until we found one that didn't vibrate... back when you could still actually return video games after opening them

  • Drake ChambersDrake Chambers Lay out my formal shorts. Registered User regular
    YES! That was the one!

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  • TofystedethTofystedeth veni, veneri, vamoosi Registered User regular
    edited January 10
    I think the first game i actually owned that was on a CD was Myst. I had friends with better computers before that so I was always jealous of their Mechwarriors and Wing Commanders.

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  • MorivethMoriveth Nobody suspects a thing... Registered User regular
    Our CD-Rom drive came with a copy of Monkey Island with an orchestral soundtrack, because you could do that with CDs.

    Also, another good game soundtrack? Star Control 2. It was dooope.

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  • TofystedethTofystedeth veni, veneri, vamoosi Registered User regular
    Moriveth wrote: »
    Our CD-Rom drive came with a copy of Monkey Island with an orchestral soundtrack, because you could do that with CDs.
    Ah RedBook audio. So fancy sounding.

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  • wanderingwandering Registered User regular
    Joolander wrote: »
    Knob wrote: »
    > get ye flask

    You can't see any such thing.

    >

    > look mailbox
    Although some text game parsers only accepted two word inputs, Zork and other Infocom games could understand longer sentences and actually rejected ungrammatical input like "look mailbox"
    >look mailbox
    That sentence isn't one I recognize.

    >look at mailbox
    The small mailbox is closed.

    >examine mailbox
    The small mailbox is closed.

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  • Lindsay LohanLindsay Lohan Registered User regular
    Gonna brag for a sec. On of the first CD-ROMs I bought was at Radio Shack and it was best of Mahjongg solitaire for dos. I found it had the tile set I had designed on it and uploaded to a few bbs's. I know, everyone line up for my autograph.

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  • MorivethMoriveth Nobody suspects a thing... Registered User regular
    Gonna brag for a sec. On of the first CD-ROMs I bought was at Radio Shack and it was best of Mahjongg solitaire for dos. I found it had the tile set I had designed on it and uploaded to a few bbs's. I know, everyone line up for my autograph.

    This kinda reminds me of when they used to sell "THE ULTIMATE LEVEL PACK, 10,000+ LEVELS" for Doom/ Doom 2/ Duke Nukem 3D

    I didn't realize at the time that it was obviously just some scummy company downloading loads of levels from a BBS or newsgroup or whatever and dumping them onto a CD.

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  • KamiroKamiro Registered User regular
    Uriel wrote: »
    Yall remember Journeyman Project Turbo?

    Yeah, it came with my Windows 95 PC. Let's see. It had time travel, robots, dogfights in space. What more could you want?

  • MorivethMoriveth Nobody suspects a thing... Registered User regular
    Also who remembers downloading Duke Nukem 3D levels that just had porn pasted on every wall? Just me?

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  • Drake ChambersDrake Chambers Lay out my formal shorts. Registered User regular
    Moriveth wrote: »
    Our CD-Rom drive came with a copy of Monkey Island with an orchestral soundtrack, because you could do that with CDs.

    Also, another good game soundtrack? Star Control 2. It was dooope.


    Star Control 2 was an all-time great game. Music was just one part of it.

    The music for the Ur-Quan Kzer-Za was unbelievable. The first time you encountered them and that theme played - one of the most intense oh shit feelings in gaming.

    Here it is - listening to it brought me back to that moment, hard. Like, I'm shaking a little now.



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  • The GeekThe Geek Oh-Two Crew, Omeganaut Registered User, ClubPA regular
    This was my first:

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  • Blackhawk1313Blackhawk1313 Registered User regular
    My first foray in to gaming was an Apple IIE, I adored that thing, green/black screen and all. The games I got to play however were probably slightly more non-traditional than what you all may have encountered. My dad worked for the National Park Service and he would bring home to me on the regular park education game floppies. That’s what I got for entertainment, park education.

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  • Drake ChambersDrake Chambers Lay out my formal shorts. Registered User regular
    wandering wrote: »
    Joolander wrote: »
    Knob wrote: »
    > get ye flask

    You can't see any such thing.

    >

    > look mailbox
    Although some text game parsers only accepted two word inputs, Zork and other Infocom games could understand longer sentences and actually rejected ungrammatical input like "look mailbox"
    >look mailbox
    That sentence isn't one I recognize.

    >look at mailbox
    The small mailbox is closed.

    >examine mailbox
    The small mailbox is closed.

    My first text adventures were those in the series of Adventure International games by Scott Adams. They only accepted two word syntax and they were buggy, insanely difficult, and frustrating.

    I'm sure I spent hundreds of hours playing them.

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  • CaedwyrCaedwyr Registered User regular
    I played so much Master of Orion.

    It plays well on a phone using a dosbox emulator.

  • MorivethMoriveth Nobody suspects a thing... Registered User regular
    I never had a console as a kid, but I sure did emulate a bunch of old console games when I learned that was a thing

    you know what game was super rad? Crystalis.

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  • TofystedethTofystedeth veni, veneri, vamoosi Registered User regular
    I played so much Master of Orion.
    I think after Myst, the next CDRom game I got was Civ 2. After that, a Microprose collection that had Civ 1, Colonization, and Master of Orion.

    However, I got it in like March, and one of my mom's conditions for getting it for me, was that I could not play it until after the semester was over.

    One of the aforementioned TI engineers lent me his copy of the strategy guide for MoO to tide me over. It was possibly the longest semester of my life.

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  • MorivethMoriveth Nobody suspects a thing... Registered User regular
    I do kinda want to do an old games stream. I don't think I'd ever be able to actually due it, mostly due to kids, but... Would anyone be interested? I've got a butt-ton of old games thanks to GoG and such.

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  • Kayne Red RobeKayne Red Robe Master of Magic ArcanusRegistered User regular
    It will shock you all to learn that Master of Magic remains my favorite game of all time. Though now I just keep it and Fantasy General on a thumb drive instead of needing the eight floppy disks to install it.

  • Blackhawk1313Blackhawk1313 Registered User regular
    Moriveth wrote: »
    I never had a console as a kid, but I sure did emulate a bunch of old console games when I learned that was a thing

    you know what game was super rad? Crystalis.

    Still have my original Crystalis cart I had as a kid, that game was and is still awesome. Do not play the gameboy color version however, it’s... not great.

  • TofystedethTofystedeth veni, veneri, vamoosi Registered User regular
    It will shock you all to learn that Master of Magic remains my favorite game of all time. Though now I just keep it and Fantasy General on a thumb drive instead of needing the eight floppy disks to install it.

    Did you ever do the artificer disenchanting build? It was so dumb, i loved it.

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  • Kayne Red RobeKayne Red Robe Master of Magic ArcanusRegistered User regular
    It will shock you all to learn that Master of Magic remains my favorite game of all time. Though now I just keep it and Fantasy General on a thumb drive instead of needing the eight floppy disks to install it.

    Did you ever do the artificer disenchanting build? It was so dumb, i loved it.

    It's free Mana from the government!
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  • I ZimbraI Zimbra Registered User regular
    I remember getting Myst and X-Com both for Christmas one year; that was a really good holiday. I went out the next day and bought the guide to Myst because I was dumb as rocks and got stuck on the keyboard puzzle.

    I also remember when our grocery store's video store briefly rented out PC games, either not knowing or caring that you could just install the game and keep playing it after you returned the disk. It was not a long-lived program.

  • ShortyShorty JUDGE BROSEF Registered User regular
    Moriveth wrote: »
    I never had a console as a kid, but I sure did emulate a bunch of old console games when I learned that was a thing

    you know what game was super rad? Crystalis.

    Still have my original Crystalis cart I had as a kid, that game was and is still awesome. Do not play the gameboy color version however, it’s... not great.

    what no way, that version is fine

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    I was legit hoping that Shorty was somehow mistaken and the world wasn't that fucked
  • Blackhawk1313Blackhawk1313 Registered User regular
    Shorty wrote: »
    Moriveth wrote: »
    I never had a console as a kid, but I sure did emulate a bunch of old console games when I learned that was a thing

    you know what game was super rad? Crystalis.

    Still have my original Crystalis cart I had as a kid, that game was and is still awesome. Do not play the gameboy color version however, it’s... not great.

    what no way, that version is fine

    It butchers the original story premise and the music is completely changed from the original, and the changed music is VASTLY inferior to the original music. On its own and for someone who hasn’t played the original I might agree it’s okay, but that’s it.

  • I ZimbraI Zimbra Registered User regular
    I remember when I thought this was the dopest possible shit you could do on a computer. Honestly, I kinda still think that.



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  • JasconiusJasconius sword criminal mad onlineRegistered User regular
    oh god.. i had that star trek tour thing

    too bad that was probably the best piece of star trek digital entertainment from 1990-2005

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  • I ZimbraI Zimbra Registered User regular
    Jasconius wrote: »
    oh god.. i had that star trek tour thing

    too bad that was probably the best piece of star trek digital entertainment from 1990-2005

    Star Trek:25th Anniversary and Star Trek:Judgement Rites were both good as hell.

    Outside of that it's real, real grim.

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  • The Cow KingThe Cow King Walls of Jakiro Registered User regular
    The oldest game system in my house is the ole spiderman pinball machine that came out in 1980

    First solid state pinball machine to put the speaker in the head not the cabinent!

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  • Commander ZoomCommander Zoom Registered User regular
    edited January 10
    I Zimbra wrote: »
    Jasconius wrote: »
    oh god.. i had that star trek tour thing

    too bad that was probably the best piece of star trek digital entertainment from 1990-2005

    Star Trek:25th Anniversary and Star Trek:Judgement Rites were both good as hell.

    Outside of that it's real, real grim.

    I've heard decent things about TNG A Final Unity.

    I'm also personally fond of Starfleet Command - which took all the fiddly charts and energy allocation stuff from Star Fleet Battles and handed it off to the computer, letting me get on with the pew pew - and Starfleet Academy, which combined another style of pew pew with some delightfully cheesy FMV performances. Who can forget the mission where you can talk the Klingon version of "The Ultimate Computer" into blowing itself up by pointing out it'll put every proud warrior out of a job?

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  • Drake ChambersDrake Chambers Lay out my formal shorts. Registered User regular
    The first Star Trek game I remember was an arcade cabinet with a voice that announced the sector number. I think I was seven.

    Yep! Star Trek: Strategic Operations Simulator

    I remembered the correct aspect of the game apparently:
    The game makes use of painstakingly synthesized speech, since memory costs at the time made the use of sampled audio almost prohibitive.

    I always wanted to play the game but quarters were hard to come by and on the few occasions I actually tried to play it was extremely difficult.

    Now that I think about it, the vast majority of the time I spent in arcades as a little kid I was just watching other people play games. I rarely ever had quarters.

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  • MorivethMoriveth Nobody suspects a thing... Registered User regular
    Speaking of synthesized speech

    remember Dr. Sbaitso

    He definitely remembers you, or at least the last thing you said to him

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  • Raijin QuickfootRaijin Quickfoot I'm your Huckleberry YOU'RE NO DAISYRegistered User, ClubPA regular
    I remember when games had optional FMV to install.

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