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First game/time you played a console and your initial impressions..

What was the first game you ever played for these consoles when they first came out, and what was your initial impression on the hardware/system in general upon playing them:

Arcade: TMNT: The Arcade Game. For a long time I always thought arcades were where the games with the best graphics were, and seeing TMNT after being home with an NES in the afternoons was blinding, almost. I immediately understood the appeal of arcades in general.

NES: I think my first game ever was most likely the original Super Mario Bros. I thought it was really fun and was my stepping stone into playing video games. NES became my system of play for nearly all of my toddler years, even when I eventually got a SNES and a Genesis.

Gameboy: Kirby's Dream Land. I thought the GB was pretty weak initially, to be honest. I didn't like the green graphics and I never actually owned a GB/GB POCKET (although to be fair, by around 1995, I really did like Mario Land 2: Six Golden Coins,Tetris, Metroid 2, and Donkey Kong and borrowed a several friends' GB Pockets just to play through them multiple times). Then I found a GB Color on a bus one day on the way home from school in Florida and kept it, bought Pokémon Blue, and that started a decent collection. Never played through Link's Awakening until 2003 because I was SURE it wasn't on ALTTP's level. It was.

Genesis/Mega Drive: The first time I ever saw one was seeing my bro play Castle of Illusion with Micky Mouse. I thought the graphics were great, and loved playing Sonic and watching my bro play Spider-Man and Ghostbusters. I thought Ghostbusters was the best game ever for a long time.

SNES: Super Mario Kart or Super Mario World. I loved everything about the SNES, from the controller, sound quality, everything. I was happy to have one finally in the Christmas of 1992. Ours came with Street Fighter 2 and Mario World. Both dope as fuck.

PC: it was a 2D side scrolling action game I couldn't remember. I thought it was fun. First game I can remember by name was Wolfenstein, which looked sick and I thought was one of the cooler games I had ever seen.

Neo-Geo: Samurai Showdown 2. I played so many fighting games during this time on this very system that I can't even remember what half of them were called. I thought the Neo-GEO was very cool and very foreign. Most games for it had a very Japanese feel, which I didn't realize i loved until I got a little older.

Saturn: SEGA Rally, or whatever the signature racing game was at the time, was the first game I saw. Darkstalkers and it's sequels, was the first game I played. I thought Saturn was a unique system and I loved it's library. My brother Michael hated it upon trading another system for it, but I think games like Darkstalkers helped him cope with it and we eventually came to really like it.

3DO: The story of how I came to own one of these is pretty legendary, but the first game I ever played was GEX, which my older bro had been hyping to the moon. Upon playing it, I thought GEX was great, but I didn't like how boring everything else was that revolved around the console, from the controller to the system itself. Games were like 99 bucks, so I wondered how Incould ever talk my mom into buying games for it. She never did, and my bro probably made himself broke over the next year buying a mountain of games for it, ranging from Cannon Fodder to Star Control 2

PSX: Rayman. I wasn't excited about the PSX at all. It sounded cool but I just wasn't seeing anything in the magazines that blew me away. Rayman was cool, but not a personal favorite. The controller was really well-designed, I thought. Took about a year before I started really, really liking the PSX, but initially, it was just a DOOM machine that we chilled downstairs and watched my brother play. It wasn't until Crash Bandicoot that I thought "ok, now THIS is what I'm talking about".

N64: Mario 64, and it changed my life and how I looked at video games going forward. Easily the most jaw-dropping of first impressions for a video game console and everything that surrounded it.

Dreamcast: take everything I said about Mario 64, simply apply it to graphics, and that's my initial impression upon seeing the demo video for Sonic Adventure. Multiply that by 20 upon playing NFL 2K in Best Buy. To me, the Dreamcast could do no wrong. I thought it was going to be the best console ever after seeing the graphical leap, and the arcade-perfect ports of House of the Dead 2 made sure I saw it that way for the next year.

PS2: Tekken Tag Tournament. I was never very hyped about the PS2, and it's launch never impressed me, so much. Fellen Tag was cool. My bro got one for Christmas in 2000 which REALLY surprised me since GamePRO said they would only ship a million to the US. After playing TTT a couple of rounds, I went upstairs and played Banjo Tooie and No Mercy, but THEN saw my bro playing Madden 2001 and I remember thinking "wow, that guy is running really realistically", and I slowly began to understand the power.

GBA: Tony Hawk 2. It was so amazing seeing that game run on that tiny hardware. I couldn't believe it, even if the game wasn't truly 3D. I loved the GBA. I thought it had a varied and fun launch line-up which included a top 10 GOAT video game in Castlevania: COTM, and when I picked up mine with Mario Kart Super Circuit and Vania, I was a proud owner from the start.

XBOX: Halo, and I didn't get the hype. The first experience I had was going over to my friends house and his brother setting us up on an online LAN match. We played on Blood Gulch, and I thought the dual-analog setup was atrocious, at the time. Then I played it again at my friends house inside the Library level and I thought it was boring. Took me a while to want to actually pick up an Xbox controller, and considering how shit they were, that took a year, when my bro eventually bought one with HALO. Then the controller wasn't so bad. Neither was HALO. Good times were ahead.

GameCube: Star Wars Rogue Squadron 2. My jaw was dropped. It was like watching art, and I was already hyped on the cube by paying attention to Smash Bros. Melee all spring and summer leading up to the release. When I saw Luigi's Mansion in action, I couldn't even believe how good graphics were becoming. That mirror actually looked like a real mirror, god dammit!!

DS: Metroid Prime Hunters Demo, and I thought it was really cool, and the possibilities were obviously there for what could be done with the system and it's touch screen. Turned into one of the best handhelds ever, and with GBA backwards compatibility, how could it not?

PSP: Ridge Racer, and it was cool, but I was more fascinated with the system's other features. I remember watching porn for the first time on it after my friend came over to my house and downloaded a bunch of music and files onto it from my PC, and being in awe at the ability to watch PORN on a fucking video game handheld. I remember my friend brought it to a HUGE party and the entire male portion of the back porch was huddled around watching the two porn videos he had on there.

PS3: Little Big Planet, and to be honest, I was never really impressed with the PS3. LBP felt like a game with a lot of features, but no excitement. It was slow and plodding and i never got the hype, and i doubt it's aged very well. I thought the system was ugly, the controller wasn't so good because of the unnatural triggers, and I never bought one. I bought one single game for the PS3, and that was the Shadow of the Colossus collection. I've beaten that and The Last of Us on the PS3, and that's it.

Xbox 360: KAMEO in a small game shop called Game X Crazy, and I thought it looked great, but wasn't ready to sink money into. Didn't really like the controller, either, at first. Took me 5 years until I eventually bought one, but man, was it worth it.

Wii: Zelda: TP, but that was just for a second. Wii Sports was the first game I REALLY played, and it was a magical experience, particularly with how good the bowling felt. I was like "ok, so this DIDN'T end up being total garbage. Right on"

3DS: Star Fox 64 Remake, and it was TIGHT, but not enough to make me buy one. Took Mario 3D Land for that to happen.

VITA: it was cool seeing how amazing the graphics were, but I thought the system was too expensive and after the PSP's rep for not-so-sturdy hardware, I had a hard time trusting the VITA. I remember playing a demo station with a tennis game. Felt cool, but nothing amazing

Wii U: Rayman Legends Demo, and I thought the gamepad, while obnoxiously big, was a cool idea for a console。Rayman looked awesome, and I was hyped for the console mainly because I thought it was going to be really successful and have an amazing library. One of those things happened.

PS4: Batman: Arkham City, and I thought it was fucking great. Got used to the controller and really liked the touch pad on the front.

Xbox One: Peggle 2, because THATS the reason Adrian bought it. We beat it in one evening and then he tried showingj off the voice recognition, and it was kind of a flop. I thought the voice recognition sucked and Kinect always felt lame.

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N64: Mario 64, and it changed my life and how I looked at video games going forward. Easily the most jaw-dropping of first impressions for a video game console and everything that surrounded it.


100% this. To this day, I'd say seeing Mario 64 in person for the first time is the most "holy shit" gaming moment I've ever had. I remember my buddy and I were in Blockbuster and they had a demo N64 unit set up with Mario 64 (this was maybe a month or so before the N64's release). We then proceeded to spend the next ten minutes playing it with our jaws on the floor.





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N64: Mario 64, and it changed my life and how I looked at video games going forward. Easily the most jaw-dropping of first impressions for a video game console and everything that surrounded it.


100% this. To this day, I'd say seeing Mario 64 in person for the first time is the most "holy shit" gaming moment I've ever had. I remember my buddy and I were in Blockbuster and they had a demo N64 unit set up with Mario 64 (this was maybe a month or so before the N64's release). We then proceeded to spend the next ten minutes playing it with our jaws on the floor.


Mario 64 was the 1st time I hated a Mario game. It also felt like less of a Mario game than SMB 2 did, which was NOT A MARIO GAME. I'm sure if I sat down and played it for more than an hour I could have found some platforming fun...but I could never get to that point. And while a lot of people were going gaga over it being in 3D...I was left wondering if people had not played Wolfenstein.

First N64 game I played was Wave Race 64. I liked it and had a blast.


As for the rest:

Arcade Mario Bros: I really sucked at it but thought it was fun.

NES: Mario. It was glorious.

Gameboy: Tetris. Again...glorious.

Genesis/Mega Drive: Altered Beast. Really wanted to go back and play more Mario. But was at a friend's house. As a compromise we opened the change box of his dad's pinball machines and played those. It was fun.

SNES: Super Mario World. Loved it and Yoshi right away.

PC: Oregon Trail I believe.

Neo-Geo: Never played the actual system that I can recall.

Saturn: Virtua Fighter. Didn't get why people liked it over Mortal Kombat.

3DO: n/a

PSX: Ridge Racer. Wanted to go back to playing Mario Kart or F-Zero.

Dreamcast: pretty sure a football game. So Madden something?

PS2: I think a Tony Hawk game? Really can't recall.

GBA: Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3. Because it came with my GBA.

XBOX: Dead or Alive 3. She. Kicks. High. Loved it. Kinda still love the DOA games.

GameCube:Luigi Mansion. Not a fan.

DS: MArio Kart! Amazing game. My favourite Mario Kart game to be honest.

PSP: can't recall.

PS3: Little Big Planet...I had a PS3 for a while without owning a single game (cheapest blu ray player) and got it as a gift. It sucked. Really, really bad controls. The fact I had just finished New Super Mario Bros. didn't help.

Xbox 360: Burnout Revenge. Awesome game.

Wii: Technically Wii Sports. Loved it so much I bought a system. 1st real game was MArio Galaxy I think...maybe.

3DS: Mario 3D Land...and I enjoyed it enough until getting to Bowser. Such a horribly designed boss fight.

VITA: n/a

Wii U: New Super Mario Bros. U. Loved it. Bought the Wii U for it.

PS4: Mortal Kombat X.I was very annoyed at this game. Hate the blocking system.

Bonus...Atari 2600: Dig Dug!!! Loved it sooooo much. Pretty sure the first game I ever played.

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I had the benefit of having a neighbor who would get nearly every video game system, parents who bought a few, working in the video game department of a big electronics warehouse store, and having a former roommate who worked for a game company and brought home systems.

Arcade: The very first arcade game I can remember playing was Pac-Man. I don't know if it really is the first one, but it's what I remember. I liked it, but Ms. Pac-Man became my arcade game of choice. I also played a shit ton of Donkey Kong, Circus, Jungle Hunt, Ladybug, Moon Patrol, Q-Bert, Dig Dug, Congo Bongo, Phoenix, some Cat and Mouse Pac-Man clone and a ton of other weird-ass games in 1983-1984. Most of my arcade gaming was at the local Pizza Hut, Yellow Brick Road arcade at the shopping mall, and Chuck E Cheese.

Atari 2600 - Pac-Man. I was excited to go to my friend's house and play it. I was so young I didn't know any better, but I still remember thinking "this is not the Pac-Man I play and love." I think the only other games I played on 2600 were Combat (lame), Pitfall (cool), and ET (super lame). Honestly, I didn't like the 2600, and much preferred going to the arcade and dropping quarters on games that looked way better.

Colecovision - Donkey Kong. Another kid I knew had this, and I remember thinking "Donkey Kong on this is WAY better than Donkey Kong on 2600". My friend also had Smurfs Rescue, which at the time made me think "holy shit these graphics are awesome, but holy shit this game is so fucking unfair and hard!" Tripping over a tuft of grass = instant death. And the Smurf's could barely jump over said tuft of grass. Fuck that game.

Vectrex - The local Sears had a Vectrex demo. It was cool. I played whatever game it was on it. It was probably some Asteroids clone. I dunno, those vector graphics never were big hit for me.

Apple II - My first exposure was in elementary school. Math Blasters and Oregon Trail are the games I remember, but the first thing I actually remember playing around with on Apple II was LOGO. I was the king at making multi-pointed stars on LOGO! I had a decent amount of games on the Apple II, including The Bards Tale, Wasteland, and Space Quest.

NES - The first game I saw on a demo was Kung Fu, which I already loved because I was playing the hell out of Kung Fu Master in the arcade. I was so goddamned impressed with that. When we finally did get an NES, Super Mario Bros and Kung Fu were the first games we got. SMB pretty much made me lose complete interest in action figures.

Sega Master System - My buddy had the SMS and he'd bring it over to my place. Space Harrier was the first game I played on it. I love Space Harrier, and it's one of my favorite games of all time to this day. A few years later, I got a SMS second hand from a PennySaver ad that came with Shinobi, Golvelius, and Phantasy Star.

Gameboy - Tetris. A friend of mine had a stepfather who worked in Japan. He came home from Japan and bought my friend a Game Boy with Tetris. This was months before it came out in the States. Blew my goddamn mind. My brother and I did our best whiney beg and plead game with our mom and she ended up getting each of us our own Gameboy for Christmas that year. Smart decision. My mom ended up borrowing one of our Game Boys from time to time and got addicted to Tetris as well. Ha!

Some Atari computer that was advertised as a game machine - I remember playing a demo. I remember the commercial had some fly swatting game and 1st person game called Battle Ball or some shit. I tried them both. It was stupid.

Genesis/Mega Drive - Altered Beast. I already was playing Altered Beast at the local Round Table Pizza in the arcade. When I saw it on demo at the local Toys R Us, my jaw dropped on how awesome the graphics were. We got one for Christmas that year. Altered Beast was the pack-in game and they also got us Ghouls N Ghosts as well. Once we had Altered Beast at home, it was fun, but holy shit it was so short and east. Not the same with Ghouls N Ghosts, which was both a more fun and difficult game with the most gorgeous graphics I'd seen on a home system up to that point.

TurboGrafx 16 - I had a neighbor who ended up getting nearly every video game system that came out between 1989-1995. We played and beat a LOT of games at that point. And is we already had a system, he'd get the one out in the market that we didn't have. He met us right after we got the Genesis and he got a TG-16. He had Legendary Axe, R-Type and Alien Crush at release. Legendary Axe looked cool but it didn't look as cool or play as fun as Genesis' Ghouls N Ghosts did. I was never that big of an R-Type fan, but had to admit it looked great, even if I didn't enjoy playing it. Alien Crush was FUN.

SNES - The guy who got the TG16, he got the SNES first. Super Mario World. Goddamn glorious. He also had Pilotwings at launch. That one, while visually impressive, did nothing for me. Years later, I bought my own SNES - which would be the first game system I bought with my own money. It came with Super Mario All Stars and I bought Secret of Mana and Super Bomberman as well.

Atari Lynx - That guy with the TG-16 and SNES? Yeah, he also got the Atari Lynx. He had Gauntlet and California Games. It looked nice and was pretty fun, but it didn't make me want one.

PC - The Bard's Tale and Space Quest III. I actually had The Bard's Tale on my Laser 128 Apple IIe clone, and played and loved Space Quest 1 and 2 on that as well. My friend had a PC with an EGA card and would always harp on how his Bard's Tale looked better than mine. And I would half-way agree (I thought the graphical ability was definitely superior, but the art that was used for the monsters on the Apple version was cooler). Then he got Space Quest III. And it looked awesome. And it wasn't available on Apple II. Later that year, I did get a PC, with a VGA card, and a friend down the street who had a pirated versions of Prince of Persia and Sim City that he graciously copied for me. Yay!

Sega Game Gear - I tried it, never cared for it. I don't even remember what game it was I first saw it with, but we had a demo at the electronics store I worked at.

Sega CD - Night Trap - Holy fucking lame.

Sega 32X - Doom - the guy who had the SNES and TG-16 eventually got the Sega CD and 32x. Doom looked as good as the PC version, but otherwise, I was pretty unimpressed.

Neo-Geo - Never played the actual system. I did play the arcade unit though. Graphics were awesome. Baseball Stars, Magician Lord, and The Nam. Never knew anyone who had the ridiculous amount of money it cost to own one.

3DO - I didn't know anyone who had it. I'm pretty sure my first time playing it was a demo. The first game I remember playing on it was Road Rash, which was ok. Looked nice, but didn't play as well as the Genesis version. And it's not like I loved the Genesis game either.

Playstation - This and the Saturn came out while I was working in the video game department of an electronics store. This was by far the more popular system. The very first game we put in and played was Ridge Racer. It was so fucking cool, and I'm not a big racing game guy. Then we put in Battle Arena Toshinden. While that game really has no lasting appeal, for an immediate impact, that game did a great job of showcasing the system's abilities, and most of all - it was easy to pick up and was FUN. Unlike....

Saturn - Virtua Fighter. It was the pack-in game, but there were more games - most of them completely unmemorable. Visually nice, and it looked as good as the arcade version did. Too bad the game had a really steep learning curve, and was only fun if you got really good at it. And side by side with Toshinden, it looked slow, methodical, and plodding. We had both systems hooked up to our big screen in the middle of our sales floor. The Playstation was on 90% of the time. The only times we had the Saturn on was when the Playstation was sold out or when someone wanted to try out Virtua Cop (which was rad!).

Atari Jaguar - Yes, we sold this fucking machine as well, and I got to try it. I don't remember the first game I played on it. Alien Vs Predator maybe? Whatever the pack in game was? Whatever, the game sucked, the controller sucked, the system sucked.

Virtual Boy - Yes, our store had this piece of crap too. I'm pretty sure the Mario game was the first game I tried. Either that or the Mario Tennis game. Playing games on this was not fun. Everything in black and red, having to hunch over to look into it like a microscope. The only thing I liked about this system was the controller. It felt nice to hold, and for some reason, having D-pads on both sides was appealing to me. I didn't think I could get this disappointed in Nintendo. That was until...

Phillips CD-I - And you thought it couldn't get any worse, but yes our store had this piece of shit as well. I'd heard how bad those two Zelda games were on this. Of course we put them in the demo display. Holy shit, they really were as bad as we had heard. People like to say Superman 64 is the worst game of all time? These two Zelda games were even worse.

N64 - By the time N64 came out, I was no longer working at the video game store and was ready finally leave my parents' house. I saw Super Mario 64 as a demo, but honestly wasn't that impressed at first view. I did rent a 64 the following summer though from Blockbuster, along with the first two games I really played on the system - Goldeneye and WCW World Tour. Loved those games and played the hell out of them. Didn't end up buying the system though because I already had a Playstation and stuck to just having one system at a time. I later had a roommate who had an N64. That's when I finally played Mario 64, but fuck that because Ocarina of Time was out by then. (I did finally give Mario 64 an honest try a few years later, and I loved it)

Dreamcast - Sonic Adventure and Soul Calibur - I thought Sonic was pretty awesome the first day I played it. Looked great. Super fast, cool levels. Then my save game froze and I never went back and played it again. Soul Calibur looked awesome, but I didn't play it much, When I finally bought a Dreamcast, it was to play Jet Grind Radio, which was awesome.

Playstation 2 - I think Madden 01 was the first game I played on it. I remember thinking the graphics were pretty amazing, having close-up facial shots even though it was really weird that the players all no emotion and didn't blink their eyes.

GBA - Super Mario Kart and Tony Hawk 2. I loved the GBA and loved how those games looked and played.

XBOX - Halo - it did nothing for me when I first played it. Probably because I was knee deep in to Metal Gear Solid 2 and GTA III at the time. I've never owned an XBOX nor have I ever lived with anyone who had one. I also hate the original controllers on this thing.

GameCube - Luigi Mansion. meh. It took Metroid Prime for me to finally get a GameCube.

DS - I honestly don't remember the first game I played on this. This came out when I was living with a guy who worked for THQ, so I got to try out a lot of new systems. It was probably Nintendogs, which I didn't give two shits about. I eventually got a DS Lite a few years later. New Super Mario rocks!

PSP - Lumines. That game is fun! My roommate had the PSP. I've only ever played two games on this system - Lumines and Puzzle Quest. Both were cool. Really liked the sound and graphics from this machine.

Xbox 360 - Condemned - it was cool. I liked watching my roommate play the game. I hardly played it, though. It wasn't until Gears of War when I finally sat down and played an Xbox game. And I think it was the last time I really played the 360, because I moved out a few months after I played GOW.

PS3 - I have no recollection of the first game I played on this system. Probably a Madden. I don't remember being impressed with the PS3 until many years later. I bought the Slim in 2010, so I could a) have a Blu-ray player and b) play the Uncharted games and Metal Gear 4.

Wii - Wii Sports. So much fun.

3DS - Street Fighter. The first time I ever saw a 3DS was when my band was on tour, I played a show in Boston, and former OOster, DriftThroughTime, showed up. He brought his 3DS and I played a little Street Fighter. The 3D effect was cool but also not cool at the same time. I was impressed but not enough to buy one.

VITA - Never played

Wii U - First and only time I've ever sat down and played one is at former OOster, Joeldacat's house, where we played Mario Kart and Mario Party. Fun system. I almost considered getting one for Mario Maker and New Super Mario, but I haven't and probably won't.

PS4 - I still haven't played a PS4 yet. I'll get one this year, so I can play Uncharted 4.

Xbox One - Never played.

I'm pretty hyped about the Switch, but I probably won't get one until at least a year or two out. I do very much want to play that Zelda game though. I have a friend who works for Nintendo and has got to try out every game on that presentation. He says it's awesome, and loves the controllers.

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Mario 64 was the 1st time I hated a Mario game. It also felt like less of a Mario game than SMB 2 did, which was NOT A MARIO GAME. I'm sure if I sat down and played it for more than an hour I could have found some platforming fun...but I could never get to that point. And while a lot of people were going gaga over it being in 3D...I was left wondering if people had not played Wolfenstein.


I recall you knocking Mario 64 in another thread and I still say you're fucking crazy.

And here are my console/game first memories:

Arcade: I really don't recall the first arcade game I ever played, but some that do stand out from my childhood would be Double Dragon, Rampage, and Paperboy. Going down the road a few years, Street Fighter II was fucking next-level.

Atari 2600: This was the first video game console my family owned, which I think was a hand-me-down from my uncle (who was, and still is, a big tech guy). We had a shitload of games for it, everything from the infamous E.T. to later releases like Solaris, but Pitfall 2 was probably my favorite.

NES: My family got one probably in late 1987 or earlier 1988 and thus began my love affair with Nintendo. Our first two games were Super Mario Bros (obviously) and Pro Wrestling and I remember being surprised by how big the cartridges were, since I was so used to the smaller Atari ones. The NES pretty much ruled my life until the SNES came out a few years later.

Gameboy: Got this for Christmas in 1989, with Tetris and Super Mario Land. I remember Super Mario Land seeming really weird when compared to the NES Mario games I was used to (but still fun) and of course I was addicted to Tetris.

SNES: Got this for Christmas in 1991, with Super Mario World and F-Zero. I think I've told this story here before, but my best friend at the time (who lived right down the street from me) got a Genesis that same year with Sonic and Altered Beasts, so the rest of that Christmas break from school was pretty much gaming nirvana.

PS1: Back in the days when you could actually rent game consoles from Blockbuster, I rented the PS1 a couple of times (this would have been before the release of the N64). It's funny salmonjunkie mentioned Battle Arena Toshinden, because that's one of the first games I rented with the system and I remember being pretty blown away by the graphics. I also recall renting Resident Evil, but having no memory card, so I just had to restart from the beginning each time I played it.

N64: Got this for Christmas in 1996, with Super Mario World and Pilotwings 64. The N64 ended up being really hard to find at that time, so I remember feeling very lucky that my mom was able to find one (I think it was a month or two before you could even find an extra controller to purchase in stores). Needless to say, I don't think I did anything but play Mario/Pilotwings for the rest of Christmas break that year.

Dreamcast: Bought this secondhand along with a bunch of games from a friend of mine in 2001 (this was before the Gamecube had come out and I was bored and wanting something new to play until then). Resident Evil Code: Veronica was fucking awesome and I also had some really good fighting games like Marvel vs Capcom 2 and Project Justice.

Gameboy Advance: Picked this up on launch day, along with Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 and Castlevania: Circle Of The Moon. I loved the hell out of the GBA (except for the non-backlit screen), though mine sadly got stolen from me, along with a handful of games, about six months after I bought it. I did get a GBA SP a couple of years later though and got to catch up on some of the games I had missed.

Gamecube: The Gamecube has some nostalgic value to me (though really, all Nintendo systems do), as I bought one less than a month before I moved out of my parents house and into my first apartment. So when I think about the Gamecube, it reminds me of the days of being on my own for the first time and having many drunken game sessions with friends. Rogue Squadron II and Wave Race: Blue Storm were the games I picked up on launch day with the system and both were a great showcase for what the Gamecube could do.

Wii: I was able to pick one up on launch day, and like the N64 at the time, I felt very lucky to have snagged one considering how impossible it was to find the Wii during the first six months or so that it was out. Picked up Twilight Prince on launch day, which was great, but it's Wii Sports that I spent about a zillion hours playing with my friends during that time. The Friday night ritual would basically be that when everyone got off work, they'd come over to my place and we'd get heavily intoxicated while playing Wii Sports.

Wii U: I broke my launch day streak with the Wii U, though I did pick one up a couple of weeks after it's release. There definitely wasn't much to play on it during the first few months (Nintendo Land, New Super Mario Bros U, and Madden 13 were the only three games I owned for a while), but once stuff like Mario Kart 8 came out, the system got a lot more use out of me. With that said, Nintendo definitely did stumble with this one.

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Nice nostalgic thread!

Atari: Yup, I'm that old... Pitfall was probably the big one, or pacman or Donkey Kong. My uncle also had some other other system... I think it was a coleco system or something... I remember a wrestling game he had for it.

Arcade: My mother used to bowl when I was a kid and I would go with her, and the bowling lanes had an arcade- she'd give me $5 which would last me most of the night... I think Rampage is probably the one that stands out to me the most as first game. I do remember being at the London Fair and playing an arcade version of Mario 3 BEFORE the game came out... probably as part of a promotion trout for the Wizard maybe. TMNT in the arcade was awesome, a group of us at a Chuck E. Cheese or something played it until we beat it... I also remember a marvel superheroes game that had Spidey, Cap, Hawkeye, and Namor... would love it if they re-released that one.

NES: Probably the Mario/Duck Hunt combo game, as I got some package with the gun and two controllers... I remember I also signed up for Nintendo Power and as part of a promotion I got a free copy of Dragon Warrior. I think Rescue Rangers was maybe my favourite, or Mega Man/Castlevania... I didn't really discover Zelda until later. I do remember a pretty kick ass GI Joe where you could build teams, and Strider was a lot of fun... It was only years later that I found out Battle Toads made all kids want to smash their television sets in frustration.

Turbo Graphic 16- didn't have one, but a friend did... Splatter House always seemed pretty kick ass.

Sega Genesis- Probably Sonic which came with the system, or Altered Beast... Mortal Kombat was probably the big one. I was probably only one of like 10 people on the planet who got the Sega CD system... Sewer Shark was the game it came with.... probably too ahead of it's time and the technology to catch on. I do remember a pretty kick as Sherlock Holmes game for it though.

PlayStation: This was kind of the beginning of the end for me with video games for a long time... I would get the usual yearly releases of NHL and WWE Smackdown... after that I mostly grabbed older systems up after my brother had moved onto the next.

Xbox 360: Can't say I can remember the first game- but Arkham night and Red Dead Redemption were definite high points.

Xbox one: NHL 16 I think... or WWE 15 or 16... I mostly upgraded out of necessity to get the current version of the yearly sports games, but Arkham Knight was a treat

Wii U: I really love this system- playing off TV it great for someone who likes to have the TV on while playing video games and I'm really at a loss as to why this system failed... not enough third party development maybe, but even Nintendo did a piss poor job of supporting it themselves.... No Zelda game, maybe 3 Mario games, and a poorly received Star Fox... I know we're getting Zelda in a few months now, but I probably won't buy another Nintendo system until I see a LOT of games put out for the Switch.

One nice thing about the Wii U is the online game shop- love delving into some classics like River City Ransom and the old Mario's.... but man, do I now suck at Mega Man.

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Quickly @Flash as I don't know if I want to type a whole lot on this yet. Drunk as a skunk right now.

I love(d) the Dragon Warrior series. Played the first four on the original NES and I've played the rest on emulators and 8 is on the PS2. 8 might be my favorite game of all time. Playong them through again on my iPhone.

Bought a Wii U for my mother in law (so she could "play" with her married boyfriend and not draw suspicion (she also got busted for being on Ashley Madison....lol???)). We actually had it for a little while but then she took it back. Glad I didn't buy any games for it.

Loved RDR and the Arkham games but on the PS3.

I'm about 8(?) hours into Arkham Knight and I'm wondering if it gets better. I was immediately hooked on Asylum and City but I'm kinda meh on Knight so far. Just.......ummmmm.......moved the gas canisters and met someone face to face so things might pick up soon. I don't like the the Knight and never really cared for Scarecrow but I also don't care for the Batmobile stuff. Feels too much like GTA to me (and I love GTA but I want a Batman game not a GTA auto death match clone).

And you're not too old.......I started with Pong.

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The notable ones for me;

NES - Mario Bros - Absolutely fell in love with the game within minutes of playing it. I had played games on Atari before, and even Spy Hunter on a computer, but this really sealed the deal.


Genesis - Sonic - I was astounded at the speed. I knew I needed the console after playing Sonic for a few minutes at a friends house.


Xbox 360 - Gears of War - My jaw dropped instantly and I couldn't stop asking for my friends to let me play. Bought a console shortly after my first time playing. Was the first time I had serisously been into gaming since my hayday of Tekken 3 and Starcraft way back in the late 90s.

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All right, let's see what I can remember.

Arcade: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. It's likely I'd played a round or two of Donkey Kong Jr. earlier in life, but this was the first experience I remember. It was also my first experience with a beat-em-up, which remains one of my favorite genres to this day. When I've played it more recently at barcades and such, I've found it enormously frustrating, so it hasn't aged particularly well, especially when compared to Turtles in Time. But the first time I played it in the arcade, it was a revelation. (Side note on beat-em-ups: Anyone who enjoys 'em should hunt down Streets of Rage Remake. Not only is the main game fantastically entertaining to anyone who enjoyed the Sega Genesis originals, there's also a huge modding community that has produced, among others, a set of levels pulled from TMNT, Turtles in Time and Hyperstone Heist.)

PC: Some super-easy game where you have to drop a guy from a helicopter into a moving haycart. My dad worked with computers, and every once in a while, he'd have to bring one home, and he'd show me and my brother the uber-simple games on it. The first game I ever remember the name of was Oregon Trail, played at a friend's house. Still appreciated and frequently referenced to this day.

NES: Super Mario Bros., natch. I think my first experience was the same as everyone else's: Walk triumphantly forward and get killed by the first Goomba you see, because you expect the jump button to be up, not A. Enjoyed it. Only had the patience to play through it all the way without warping maybe twice.

Sega Master System: Shinobi. Played this at the house of someone who was definitely not a friend, but who I was being forced to hang out with due to some sort of agreement among our parents that it would somehow stop him from bullying me. Didn't work. But the game was fun. I later rented the NES version, which was horrible.

Game Boy: Super Mario Land. Borrowed from a friend. Fun and addictive, which was a recipe for disaster given its portability. My parents never let me have one. That was smart.

Sega Genesis: Sonic the Hedgehog. I asked for a Super NES for Christmas; the clerk at Target or wherever convinced my parents to get me the Genesis instead. Time has made a fool of that guy, I think. I enjoyed Sonic, but it just didn't wow me the way the Super NES games I'd played on store displays did. Later rentals and full buys (Streets of Rage, Golden Axe 2, Sword of Vermilion) convinced me it was a worthy machine.

Super NES: Super Mario World, on some sort of store display. Fun, but hard to appreciate when it was programmed to reset every five minutes or so. Decades later, I've still never quite gotten the hang of using the cape. I actually rented the system from Blockbuster a few times, initially to play Street Fighter II. The first game I got when I bought the system outright years later was Donkey Kong Country, which was amazing and had nigh-limitless replay value thanks to the "Can you find them all?" system of bonus rooms.

Sega Game Gear: Ecco the Dolphin. Oh yes, I had one of these. I was a Sega fanboy and the prospect of color made it seem far superior to the Game Boy. We all know how that tune played out. Ecco was actually a really fun game, at least in terms of gameplay, though it was loaded with Guide Dang It moments at a point when I didn't have a guide, so I never beat the damn thing.

Sega 32X: Knuckles Chaotix. A huge goddamned electronics store called Incredible Universe opened up near my house either late elementary school or early middle school, and if you went into the video game section there were always something like 10-15 consoles to try out. Paradise for a kid with a lot of time but not a lot of money, though it turned out appealing to people like me wasn't the best business model as the entire chain went out of business within a few years. This was the first 32X game I remember playing, and I found it very confusing, but intriguing; it's possible I'd have gotten it if I had a 32X, which I didn't. I'm sure I played Sega CD too, but I don't remember any specific games.

Neo-Geo: Samurai Shodown. Great, great game that played so differently from so many other fighters at a time when fighters were my favorite type of game. I remember being absolutely gobsmacked by how close the Neo-Geo console was to the arcade version. This was an Incredible Universe play. I was never going to be able to afford this sucker.

3DO: Mad Dog McCree. So, so much more fun than Lethal Enforcers and its other modern-day shooter brethren, I thought. Sure, it was basically a movie that you could occasionally alter by clicking in the right place, but I've always been able to appreciate games that were long on story and short on gameplay (cough Metal Gear Solid cough). I watched a playthrough of it a few months back -- Game Grumps, I think -- and was reminded of how abysmally shitty the acting was. More Incredible Universe.

Phillips CD-i: Mutant Rampage: Bodyslam. Played at Incredibly Universe. It sucked, like pretty much everything else associated with the CD-i.

Virtual Boy: Mario Tennis. Incredible Universe. Sucked. Next.

PlayStation: Battle Arena Toshinden. It was the first game I played on a store demo, and the first one I bought when I got the system. I mean, I really liked fighters. It was a little awkward in some respects, but shit-tons of fun once I got used to it, and the music -- which I always noticed in games -- was absolutely amazing. This came out at a time when Tekken was coming into its own as well, and I figured these two series would have relatively parallel trajectories. So ... yeah.

Sega Saturn: Astal, a really weird platformer, which I think I played at a friend's house. I remember the player character had a bird that would attack enemies if you ordered it to, which I could only ever do by accident.

Nintendo 64: I figure everybody started with Super Mario 64, right? The controls were some kind of hell to get used to, and it damn sure took me a while. But it looked too amazing, and the world was too brilliantly designed, for it to bother me much. My console for this generation was the PlayStation, but I bought an N64 years later -- like, 2006 or 2007, maybe -- and managed to finally give Super Mario 64 a run for its money. I could never get all the stars, though. I would always hit a wall toward the end of Tick Tock Clock, and forget about Rainbow Ride.

PlayStation 2: SSX. My college roommate got the PS2 right when it came out, and I think this came with the system. It damn sure looked cool, and was kind of fun, though it could only stay interesting for so long. I believe the first game I played when I got the console for myself was WWF SmackDown!: Just Bring it, which was a great deal of fun, though the commentary was some of the worst of all time. When I was having a shitty day, I'd blow off steam by picking the Undertaker, giving myself five finishers, and beating the ever-living fuck out of Fred Durst.

Xbox: Halo. Played at a friend's house. There were so many things you could do with the controller, it was hard to keep track of it all. This would portend ill things for the future of my gaming habit.

GameCube: Mario Kart Double Dash, I think. A college friend had it. It was fun, but by that point I had Mario Kart 64 so ingrained in my head that it was hard to adjust.

Xbox 360: Dead Rising. I was way into zombies at this point in time, and was accordingly jazzed to play this game, even though I didn't have the console and didn't intend to buy it. The first time I played it, I was visiting my old college campus. A buddy and I found out that a new business that had opened after we graduated was basically a console gaming lounge that had 360s and, presumably, Dead Rising, so we made it our mission to make it there during the weekend. By the time we actually got there, we were stoned off our faces and could only vaguely comprehend the gameplay, but I remember being entertained by the storyline and visual presentation, at least. That business only lasted a few months, but I held onto my member ID card for years afterward because my eyes are as red as the fires of hell.

Wii: Wii Play or Wii Sports. I don't remember which. I don't suppose it really matters. The first game outside of that framework that I played was Mario Kart Wii, which was an absurd amount of fun. And as a bonus, because it was possible to play with a steering wheel instead of a standard controller, my wife could actually play it, which was a definite bonus as she hates 99.9 percent of video games.

PlayStation 3: Metal Gear Solid 4. I bought the console in something like 2012 or 2013, and despite MGS4 coming out in 2008, I managed to avoid spoilers for 4-5 years. It was worth it. MGS is one of my favorite series of all time, and I thought this game was a great capper to end the series (which, of course, didn't actually end there).

... and that's about it. I used to be a huge gamer, but I've had a hell of a time keeping up with new games as the controls and options have grown by leaps and bounds. On top of that, games are so much more packed with content that it drives the perfectionist-completionist in me insane to have to skip so much. And I just plain don't have the free time I used to have. Being a 30-something married guy with a toddler and a full-time job is a lot different from being a high schooler with no friends, it turns out. I started a game of Final Fantasy IX in August and I'm only about halfway through the first disc.

Someday, though.

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Love this thread, and I'll do my best to recall dusty memories.

Yes, I'm 40, and I played Pong. That machine also had a light gun for skeet shooting, and numerous games like squash and tennis.

Arcade- Definitely Pac Man. I miss arcades.

Atari 2600 - Pitfall was definitely the first game I played with this. I'm pretty sure my friend's system was an Intellivision knockoff, so River Raid was there too. Pac Man came later, and it was a HUGE deal and a really bad port. Check out some ads from back then.

Atari 5200 - My first game system, and our first game was Space Invaders.

Commodore 64 - My first computer, and I got so many pirated games for it. Our first game was Summer Games, a pretty damned cool Olympics game.

NES - I first played a friend's. I think the first game I played was either Athena or Rygar. When I finally got my own, our first game was either Super Mario Brothers or Mike Tyson's Punchout. The first game I bought was Pro Wrestling.

Sega - never owned one, but I borrowed a buddy's and loved Space Harrier immediately. I never loved Sonic the Hedgehog and thought Altered Beast was hot garbage.

SNES - definitely Super Mario World. My brother also had Zelda and Street Fighter II. Good times.

PC - Baldur's Gate. Still one of my all-time favorites.

PlayStation - I honestly can't remember. It might have been FF VII, Einhander, Symphony of the Night, or anything along those lines.

N64 - the first game I played was either Legendary Wings or War Gods. When we bought one in college, the first game was either Goldeneye or Madden.

Saturn - definitely Madden. I never owned one, but a short time roommate had one. I think I rented a WWF game for it and never played it again.

PS2 - Virtua Fighter 2. Loved it.

XBox - never owned one, but Tiger Woods was definitely the first game I played on it.

Wii - Wii Sports. I still play the bowling game once in a while.

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G. Jonah, Incredible Universe was the store I worked at. In San Diego. Where was the one you went to?

We never did have the Neo Geo.

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G. Jonah, Incredible Universe was the store I worked at. In San Diego. Where was the one you went to?

We never did have the Neo Geo.


Columbus. So, uh, not the same one, most likely. The timelines are pretty well aligned, though, I think, given our parallel fleeting experiences with the CD-i, Virtual Boy and Jaguar (I didn't mention the Jaguar in my earlier post because, though I'm sure I played it, I can't remember a single game, and ditto for the TurboGrafx-16).

Man, that place was some hell of a thing, though, right? A terrible concept if you want your store to make money, but great for dragging in cheapskate teenagers who want to play new games, screw around with crappy consoles not worth buying, browse shelves full of CDs, read magazines in the vibrating chairs and spend 89 cents on a small order of fries from the in-house McDonald's.

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Ahh, forgot the TG-16, which I was a HUGE fan of when I was a wee lad.

TG-16: Legendary Axe 2. I thought the graphics were dope and I loved the whole aesthetic of the game. The music was also some of the first music I remember really, really liking.

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It was a hell of a thing. I started working at the San Diego store before it opened, did the grand opening and was there for a year and I remember thinking "this would be a fun place to visit - how is this going to make any money?" A year or two after I left, the store I worked at, along with many others nationwide, got bought by Fry's.

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Man, that place was some hell of a thing, though, right? A terrible concept if you want your store to make money, but great for dragging in cheapskate teenagers who want to play new games, screw around with crappy consoles not worth buying, browse shelves full of CDs, read magazines in the vibrating chairs and spend 89 cents on a small order of fries from the in-house McDonald's.


That was the truth. There was one crazy Filipino lady who would come in about 2-3 times a week just to sing on the karaoke machine in that department for hours.

The store was all about making it fun for the family but it didn't translate in big sales. And there was so much wasted space with a big center area with a stage and a big screen, with meaningless shit like contests for little kids - and no product being sold in said space.

The store culture was taken from Disney's - at least superficially. So it was "audience" and not "customers", "cast members" and not "employees", "scenes" instead of "departments"... And the uniforms (sorry, "costumes") we'd have to wear... Purple polos with teal collars and gray slacks/shorts. I gotta say, though, as silly as it was, it was fun, too, and I got to play a lot of video games.

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The store in my neighborhood eventually became a big home and garden decor emporium. It got bought out a few years ago and changed names, but it's still there. It's probably lasted 10 times longer than Incredible Universe did by now.

It's interesting to hear how committed the company was to being a destination, rather than just a store. Explains some of the sillier aspects of the business model. I always wondered why bother having that space in the center, considering how infrequently it was used. Fun fact, though: The stage and big screen indirectly contributed to my becoming a wrestling fan. I won a few games of Killer Instinct up there and, as a prize, got a hint video for the 16-bit WWF RAW game. It had some match clips in it, and one of them was Bret Hart vs. the 1-2-3 Kid for the title from 1994. I was so blown away that I decided to start watching once my family got cable a few months later. That would have been about 21 years ago.

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My first console was the original Sega and I had Phantasy Star and Double Dragon and I remember just playing those for so freaking long. I didn't have internet access or know about any sources of help so I would draw maps in Phantasy Star when I went underground and was so hooked. It's still my favorite RPG series by far and at the time seemed so much more involved and interesting than Zelda or Final Fantasy. Double Dragon was really hard with the lack of saves making especially the final level frustrating but it was also ridiculous fun. Overall I just remember playing friend's Nintendos after I got my Sega and being very unimpressed.





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I remember being so damn disappointed with NES Double Dragon because you couldn't play it 2-player like in the arcade. My friend comes over with his Sega Master System and that Double Dragon with the 2-player and we're all like "oh what? Hell yeah!"

You know what was awesome on SMS? Shinobi. It looked great, and played pretty much just like the arcade version.

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What was the first game you ever played for these consoles when they first came out, and what was your initial impression on the hardware/system in general upon playing them:



Arcade: Hmm, I grew up an arcade kid of the 80s, so it's hard to really recall the "first game." I loved Defender, Joust, Crystal Castles, the sit-down Pole Position, the sit-down Afterburner, all of the early 90s multiplayer button masher action games (D&D, Simpsons Arcade, TMNT, X-Men, etc). Later on, Street Fighter 2 and MK were huge to me. I'm a true fan of the "two stick shooter" games like Robotron 2084 and Smash TV. To this day, I still play Smash TV on my old SNES to get me some of that nostalgia love. Oh! Can't forget Bump -N- Jump or Spy Hunter or the Goonies game either! Honestly, this list could go on for a long time with me...I really miss arcades.

Atari 2600: Pitfall, Berserk, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Demon Attack, Cosmic Ark...Anything by Imagic, really....all were childhood favorites.

Colecovision: When I was about 10, My neighbor was a slutty 21ish year old who used to babysit me and who owned one of these. To this day, I think I hit puberty because of her walking around in panties constantly while I was there. But yeah, I loved Mouse Trap and the Smurfs game a whole lot. And her in panties.

Intellivision: Utopia and Burger Time.

NES: Super Mario Bros/Duck Hunt twin cartridge was the first game I played. Also, I loved Wrecking Crew. Like, way too much. Other favorites were pretty much every single Konami game they made for the system, Dr. Mario, the original Zelda...Honestly, too many to name. But I'll name two more: Tecmo Bowl and Super Tecmo bowl. Best. Football. Games. Ever.

Sega Master System: The youth center up the road had one of these, so I played this system a lot. They had the cool 3-D glasses, too, and the missile defense game was a lot of fun and probably my first experience. I loved Out Run, Alex Kidd, and R-Type as well. Played the shit out of all of them.

Genesis/Mega Drive: I used to play various sports games with a friend after work. I honestly don't remember what they were called. I remember a fair bit of Mortal Kombat play too.

SNES: Super Mario Kart or Super Mario World. <--- Completely agree. Also, Gradius 3, Smash TV, Super Star Wars, Street Fighter 2, Star Fox, Mortal Kombat, and Zelda.

PC: The first PC games I fell in love with were Apple 2e games like Lemonade Stand, a series of Choose Your Own Adventure type games, Oregon Trails, Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego....As I got into the teenage years, I became an addict of the Sierra-On-Line games, mostly because I lived in a little farming town a half hour from anywhere that sold electronics, and that place was a Radio Shack. And Radio Shack must have had a deal with Sierra or something, because they always heavily stocked their games. So yeah, I grew up on the Space Quests (1-4), Police Quest 2, Leisure Suit Larry (1-4), Manhunter: San Francisco, and Silpheed. Oddly enough, I never played the King's Quest games that were arguably their most popular at the time. Other PC loves from my youth included Civilization 1 & 2, Might and Magic 1 and 2, and lots and lots of Tetris and Minesweeper, heh.

Saturn: I only heavily played this system literally for one evening. Although I've had it cross my paths since, it''s never been something I felt the need to collect for. That said, that one night my friends and I played the shit out of Virtual Fighter and some golf game. Seemed like it was a good console. Sad that it failed like it did.

PlayStation 1: Again, too many to really mention as far as loves go. The first game I played for it I think was Samurai Showdown 2. It had a really annoying load screen that I recall. Other early games were King's Field, and a random soccer game. When I got a bit more seriously into collecting (IE had disposable income), I grew to love and be superior in every Tony Hawk Game. Like abnormally good at them to the point where I'd hold the controller completely different from any other game and go into some weird savant mode for the 2min drills and just roll up 40 combo tricks worth millions. No joke. It was fucking weird how good I was at those games, haha. It's hard to talk about this system and not mention how amazing Final Fantasy 7 was, and they had a good Panzer General port that got a lot of playing time. I loved Jet Moto 2, the early Resident Evils, and hmm, I forget which football game it was. Not madden. Anyhow, a non-Madden football game that was really good too.

N64: Goldeneye. Even though I own two of these systems today, I never owned one when it was new. Most of my friends didn't, either. We were all Playstation kids, I guess. But the ones that did have it all played Goldeneye. So that's what I played mostly.

PS2: Tekken Tag was amazing, NBA Street was a ton of fun with friends, GTA: Vice City was the only GTA game I enjoyed, Gauntlet: Dark Legacy or whatever it was got a lot of party playing time, Gran turismo 3 was completely boring as fuck...I think the first game I played on it was called Zone of the Enders. It was a really fun anima/mecha game with a pretty annoying sidekick character.


XBOX: Halo, Halo 2, Morrowind, The Tony Hawk games, and hmm...I know I played a bunch of others but none really come to mind. I even still own my original Xbox, somewhere in a closet. The games are on a shelf, covered in dust, sadly. Just too many systems and not enough time. But yeah, my Xbox introduction was Halo, and I played it so much with friends...

PS3: Never owned a PS3. I played a fair bit of Black ops Zombie mode on it, though. Also, a ton of Blitz.

Xbox 360:Loved this system. Probably my third favorite overall. Blitz, Oblivion, Fallout 3 and also New Vegas, Magic the gathering, and so on. My introduction to the system was via a friend and the game was Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 I think.

Wii: The Mario games were all fun. That's about all I played, really.

Xbox One: Minecraft, Ark: Survival Evolved, Fallout 4, This War of Mine, Fifa '16 all get lots of love. I actually have like 40 games I haven't even played yet for the system because of xbox live freebies. I bought the system pretty much to play Fallout 4.

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I remember being so damn disappointed with NES Double Dragon because you couldn't play it 2-player like in the arcade.


I remember one of my brother's friends bringing his copy of Double Dragon over to our house (and this was before I realized just how inferior most NES ports of arcade games were) and just kind of thinking "oh...this isn't like the arcade version, is it?" when I saw it.

With that said, I really do enjoy the NES version for what it is. A few years back, I got obsessed with beating the Wii VC version (since I knew I had beaten it as a kid, but was having trouble as an adult) and finally was able to do so after a couple weeks of trying. Those fucking stalactites in Level 3 and the "push out" walls at the beginning of Level 4 can make or break you in that game.

Also, Double Dragon II on the NES was the shit.

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Oh, to answer the second part of the OP a bit, my impressions about systems I've played are essentially:


Also, first off, I left a system out in my earlier post: The Atari 7800. An old GF had one, circa 1993. So it wasn't really even a tiny bit relevant by the time I played it a bunch. But it actually wasn't a bad system at all. The backwards compatibility was nice, the graphics were functional, although slightly inferior to the NES (which, in part, I discovered later, was because the 7800 was supposed to come out two years earlier. So it had tech designed from that timeframe while the NES had a newer tech base. The 7800 was kept en masse in warehouses for years because of the video game crash. It's an interesting footnote in video game history, at least for me).

Anyhow, I liked Xevious a lot for the 7800, and Winter Olympics and Choplifter are the only other 7800 games I recall playing a lot at this point. Choplifter wsn't as good as the SMS version from what I remember. I always wanted a 7800 when i was a kid...I always rooted for Atari,. A shame they went under. (The current "Atari" is a name bought and sold and slapped on games these days, nothing more nothing less.) Anyhow, back to the technology of the other stuff:

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Atari 2600: Classic, loved it as a kid. I remember the year my brother and I got it for Christmas. So much fun.

Intellivision/Colecovision: Never could afford them as a kid. Both seemed so amazing to me, especially the Colecovision. Both had terrible controllers though. The Atari 2600 controller was boring as hell, but it was functional...But damn did the other controllers of the systems of that general era mostly suck balls.

NES and Sega Master System (SMS): The NES was just the superior machine for me. The SMS wasn't bad, but it just didn't feel on the same level to me, and the graphics were a lot hmm, blockier and cartoony, for lack of a better explanation. The credit card-shaped games were kind of neat, though.

Playstation/N64/Saturn era: Eh, I was the most impressed with the Playstation's graphics. The Saturn I didn't have enough experience with, and the N64 just didn't look as good to me. I do remember being a bit wtf at all of the damn discs the PS1 games sometimes came on, though. That was something that luckily didn't last too long as an issue with consoles. Same with fucking memory cards. Those never stopped pissing me off, to be honest. Because it was a total money grab as it wouldn't have been an issue at all for the console developers to slap some internal memory into the system itself. Memory cards are probably the most angry I've ever been about something I had to buy (seriously, who could play any of this era without at least 3 of them?) for a system.

Playstation 2/Xbox/Dreamcast: Again, fuck memory cards. Greedy motherfuckers. That said, the PS2 and Xbox pretty much always seemed about the same to me technologically. The fact that you had to buy an extra thing for the Xbox to watch dvds was a real ballshot to me. Dreamcast was a system built on rainbows and pipe dreams. It was pretty to look at, all like puffy clouds, and the games seemed to follow suit. No idea how it matched up against the other systems of this era technologically, but it just wasn't as good for me to enjoy. Although let's be honest, here...I knew about two people that owned a Dreamcast, so who knows how good it really was? Well, plenty of people, I'm sure. But not I.

PS3/Xbox360/Wii: Eh, I'm of the belief that the 360 is one of the best overall systems ever made. The PS3 always seemed like it was probably more sophisticated in technology, but Sony seemed to really have a stick up their ass for a goodly part of the PS3 lifespan. For the record, I have owned the same Xbox 360 for about 7-8yrs now, and it's always worked perfectly. And for about 5 of those years, it got the shit played out of it. So maybe they had fixed the red ring thing by the time I had one, I dunno. But it worked like a champion. Still does, in fact, even if it's been sitting in my bedroom for the past couple years unused except as a charging port for my phone.

Xbox One/PS4: I know the PS4 has outsold the Xbox One by a fair margin. That's cool. But I've been happy with my Xbox One since the day I got it. Xbox Live is just a superior online platform to the Playstation network in every way, no matter what a minority of Playstation fanboys' claim. I feel the Xbox controllers are heaps better than the PS ones as well.

As a quickie, I'll also touch upon the fact that I loved the old arcade Neo-Geo multigame machines as well. To this day, I still see them and play them more than any other arcade game that's still lurking in the hidden shadows near the bathroom, or in the part of the pizza place that nobody uses.

I suppose that's enough rambling now.

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I remember being so damn disappointed with NES Double Dragon because you couldn't play it 2-player like in the arcade.


I remember one of my brother's friends bringing his copy of Double Dragon over to our house (and this was before I realized just how inferior most NES ports of arcade games were) and just kind of thinking "oh...this isn't like the arcade version, is it?" when I saw it.

With that said, I really do enjoy the NES version for what it is. A few years back, I got obsessed with beating the Wii VC version (since I knew I had beaten it as a kid, but was having trouble as an adult) and finally was able to do so after a couple weeks of trying. Those fucking stalactites in Level 3 and the "push out" walls at the beginning of Level 4 can make or break you in that game.

Also, Double Dragon II on the NES was the shit.


Yeah, I recall not really getting the lack of a 2-player co-op as well, and thinking it made the NES version shitty in a way. But the one player mode was still pretty fun to play through, and the two player versus mode had enough charm to where my friends and I definitely played it a lot at sleepovers.

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I do remember enjoying the 1 player version, and I do have to admit, I still remember the music for the NES Double Dragon more than the SMS version. Me and my brother would take turns playing it. We would bitch about not being able to play 2-player in the story mode, but it didn't stop us from playing the hell out of it, that's for sure.

That 2-player mode might be the first vs. "fighting game" I played on the NES. Either that or Karate Champ. If I recall, the 2-player mode you could only both play as the same character, correct? And the sprites were totally different and bigger than the 1-player mode?

And Goon is correct. Double Dragon II on NES was the shit.

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Hey, maybe you hard core gamers can help me with this one... My dad came home with an Atari PC back around 90' give or take a year or two, and the guy he bought it from threw in a bunch of games (Leisure Suit Larry being amongst them!) but there was one game that was really cool, but I just can't remember what it was called:

It was a space game where you would fly to different planets with cargo to buy and sell- you had to eat, and sleep in the game to keep you health up, you could cannibalize parts of your ship to sell, but the ship wouldn't work quite as well if missing the requisite parts. You could be hijacked by pirates, and on the various planets there were different small colonies complete with general stores, bars and stuff like that. I think your ship had a little rover car thing as well too for when you were on planets if you didn't want to walk, but I'm not sure about that part.... I think you could also dump your cargo, if you were going to be raided... just a game that was set in the future, but dealt with a lot of real stuff (eating, sleeping, shipping costs, money... ect)

I'll admit that it was so long ago that even if someone nails the name dead on I'd probably just have to take your word for it... although I guess in todays day and age armed with the title I could probably Google a YouTube video of it.

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Thanks fopr all the fun replies, guys. It's really nice having this be a fantastic memory lane for me. I get nostalgic about things like this!

Good stuff!

I want to see the Rick contribute!~

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