What age did you first start playing games?

Discussion in 'Retro Gaming' started by danielrbischoff, Oct 7, 2012.

  1. danielrbischoff

    Joined:
    Nov 13, 2009
    Messages:
    8,936
    Likes Received:
    0
    I really got into video games when I turned 5 and was given a Game Boy for my birthday. It's what started my long love affair with Yoshi (not Yoshi Cookie goddamit). What age did you start heavily investing yourself in video games?
     
    #1
  2. Affen

    Affen Rookie

    Joined:
    Sep 19, 2008
    Messages:
    2,058
    Likes Received:
    0
    I think I was five or six when my fathers co-worker gave his old dos computer to my family. It had Doom, Prince of Persia, Duke Nukem 2, somekind of a Indy Racing game and Super Karts.

    Now I need to get my hands on Super Karts again.
     
    #2
  3. MattAY

    MattAY Forum Moderator
    Staff Member

    Joined:
    Mar 2, 2006
    Messages:
    13,751
    Likes Received:
    41
    In the days of Amiga/Atari my brothers would play and I'd watch. Then I'd have a go at some games and obviously suck at them, I'd be about 7 at the time.

    Gameboy was probably MY first gaming system. I schooled Donkey Kong Land and Wario Land on that bad boy. To sum up, I reckon 8 is when I started playing them.
     
    #3
  4. Bretimus_v2

    Bretimus_v2 So tired.

    Joined:
    Jan 30, 2009
    Messages:
    10,980
    Likes Received:
    15
    4 or 5 with an Atari and NES. I would say that I have always been invested in games. Played with siblings and friends, but my heaviest investment would probably be my 16th bday when I bought myself a N64.
     
    #4
  5. De-Ting

    De-Ting Rookie

    Joined:
    Nov 11, 2006
    Messages:
    9,058
    Likes Received:
    0
    I was about 2 when my first memory of video games was created. I was playing Super Mario Bros. 3 on the NES.
     
    #5
  6. Alex_Osborn

    Alex_Osborn Rookie

    Joined:
    Jan 27, 2012
    Messages:
    93
    Likes Received:
    0
    Same, except for the whole Yoshi obsession. Weirdo.
     
    #6
  7. used44

    used44 Forum Moderator
    Staff Member

    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2002
    Messages:
    21,826
    Likes Received:
    27
    Also the GameBoy. There was some pc stuff before that but the Game Boy sealed the deal. Got my first one when I was 5 or 6.
     
    #7
  8. danielrbischoff

    Joined:
    Nov 13, 2009
    Messages:
    8,936
    Likes Received:
    0
    My pre-Game Boy flirting was mostly with the NES.
     
    #8
  9. Bretimus_v2

    Bretimus_v2 So tired.

    Joined:
    Jan 30, 2009
    Messages:
    10,980
    Likes Received:
    15
    I remember going to help out at my dad's video store as a kid. If we worked hard he would let us take a rental NES home for a couple of days.

    Whoa, just had a memory of coaxial cables...


    I think I need to sit down.
     
    #9
  10. NickKmet

    NickKmet Regular

    Joined:
    Jan 17, 2007
    Messages:
    3,263
    Likes Received:
    0
    Must have been when I was 9 or 10. My parents got a computer for my brother and I, and we played the SHIT out of Star Wars: Dark Forces. And educational games. And backyard baseball. And then my love affair with the PC continued from there, unabated.
     
    #10
  11. Ivory_Soul

    Ivory_Soul Highly Motivated Test Subject

    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2005
    Messages:
    288
    Likes Received:
    14
    2 years old on Mortal Kombat on the Sega Genesis. I remember my cousin babysitting me and seeing him rip Scorpion's mask off and burn the other player. i was completely shocked and wanted to do it too. Turned out I beat him a lot even at 2 years old. Later that year my mom got me a Genesis for Christmas and it came with Sonic the Hedgehog 2. I remember the system was faulty and we took it back to Circuit City to exchange it. My only other system was an SNES on my 5th or 6th Christmas and I got Mortal Kombat, Cool World, and Math Blaster. I got a GameBoy with just Tetris on my 7th birthday and I actually never got any games for it after that except Galaga. Of course later on I got other consoles but those were the first.
     
    #11
  12. Bretimus_v2

    Bretimus_v2 So tired.

    Joined:
    Jan 30, 2009
    Messages:
    10,980
    Likes Received:
    15
    Talking about this, it was super awesome to watch my 5 and 6 year old play Portal 2 today. I was surprised by some of the things they got and mostly bored by the amount of time they spent doing the interactions and just giggling.
     
    #12
  13. used44

    used44 Forum Moderator
    Staff Member

    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2002
    Messages:
    21,826
    Likes Received:
    27
    You don't have memories of playing games from 2-years-old, you stupid bags of dicks.
     
    #13
  14. Ivory_Soul

    Ivory_Soul Highly Motivated Test Subject

    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2005
    Messages:
    288
    Likes Received:
    14
    You sir, were never hugged as a child. This is also why I remember why I don't post on the GR forums...too many douche bags. (Most of you guys are fine), but too many douche bags.
     
    #14
  15. Sourdeez

    Sourdeez Rookie

    Joined:
    Feb 12, 2012
    Messages:
    2,979
    Likes Received:
    0
    I had a sega genesis growing up and then a nes. I was around around 3 or 4 years old. I used to love me some sonic the hedgehog. I remember I saved up all my happy meal tickets from mcdonalds so they would send me a copy of sonic 2 in the mail. I was so young I grew tired of waiting for it and had forgotten I had even done it. Was a nice surprise the morning it came.

    Sonic the hedgehog. Mortal Kombat. Space Jam and Earl!
     
    #15
  16. used44

    used44 Forum Moderator
    Staff Member

    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2002
    Messages:
    21,826
    Likes Received:
    27
    Oh boo. It was a joke.
     
    #16
  17. Ivory_Soul

    Ivory_Soul Highly Motivated Test Subject

    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2005
    Messages:
    288
    Likes Received:
    14
    Sure doesn't sound like one. Might want to reword your "jokes" next time.
     
    #17
  18. used44

    used44 Forum Moderator
    Staff Member

    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2002
    Messages:
    21,826
    Likes Received:
    27
    Stick around the forums and maybe you'll get a sense for our intense camaraderie that allows for such bad/mean jokes.

    Or go write a review for Unreal Tournament, whatever.
     
    #18
  19. used44

    used44 Forum Moderator
    Staff Member

    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2002
    Messages:
    21,826
    Likes Received:
    27
    Was that a thing? That's amazing.
     
    #19
  20. Green_Lantern

    Green_Lantern Forum Moderator
    Staff Member

    Joined:
    Nov 6, 2008
    Messages:
    5,987
    Likes Received:
    22

    GR Forums: we're better people here.
     
    #20

Share This Page

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice