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« on: April 15, 2006, 01:27:50 AM »

We were talking on the irc channel about our favorite computer games from our childhoods.

all you young kids can just sit back and read this thread to see how games used to look, when there was no such thing as a first person shooter.

my girlfriend and i loved the lucasarts graphic adventure games and used to play them a lot.
our two favorites:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Day_of_the_Tentacle
http://en.wikipedia.org/w...nd_2:_LeChuck%27s_Revenge


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« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2006, 04:07:21 AM »

I enjoyed playing Ports of Call. You needed to ship stuff from A to B - needless to say that lots of decisions had to be made, including rescuing cast-aways, shipping weapons illegally yes or no, what kind of ships to buy, etc. etc. smiley
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« Reply #2 on: April 15, 2006, 05:09:30 AM »

i think my favourite Games were

Tetris - just make you addicted to it
Super Mario Land
Tie-Fighter - superb storyline
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« Reply #3 on: April 15, 2006, 05:26:18 AM »

I really enjoyed the two Ultima underworld games. I played them on a 386 which couldn't really handle them, I remeber that nothing could jump out and surprise you because whenever the game tried you could hear the harddirve buzzing and you knew to expect what was coming.

Also remember a game called Reunion, it came on something like 8 floppies and took ages to install.

Oh and finally, the grand-daddy of all RTS's; Dune 2, loved that game.
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« Reply #4 on: April 15, 2006, 05:44:12 AM »

I remember when there wasn't any video games.

The Atari 2600 didn't come along till I was a teen.

I still have mine, it still works, and I still play it.

Super Breakout in progressive mode is still one of my favs (game #7)
I am also prone to serious addictions to Ms Pacman.

My all-time fav to play with a group of people is Activision's Decathalon.
It might have something to do with the particular joystick I own.
It's a deluxe one that is meant to be very loose and it's much faster to move in the game if you hold it in one hand and just shake it as fast as you can rather than moving it back & forth like a normal joystick. This kind of looks 'suggestive' when you see someone else do it. A lot of laughs watching people shake that stick.  Grin
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« Reply #5 on: April 15, 2006, 05:56:05 AM »

When I was young we didn't have computers! I can still remember the first available pocket calculators which seemed pretty whizzo at the time - even if you did have to learn RPN to use them Wink
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« Reply #6 on: April 15, 2006, 06:13:22 AM »

I loved Crusader: No Remorse, eventually . . . of course, I got my introduction playing Number Munchers and Math Blasters.
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« Reply #7 on: April 15, 2006, 06:20:37 AM »

well, all those nice old games are right next to my left
5 1/4" floppies all over the place
i really should set up my c64 again

can't really pick a fav, there were just so many good games back then
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« Reply #8 on: April 15, 2006, 12:50:41 PM »

When I was young we didn't have computers! I can still remember the first available pocket calculators which seemed pretty whizzo at the time - even if you did have to learn RPN to use them Wink
Neither did we ...I use to have to go to the corner cafe and use the slot machines
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« Reply #9 on: April 15, 2006, 02:16:16 PM »

Childhood games... that would be C-64 for me.

My first game was "Human Race" by Mastertronic on a C-64 tape. The music, done by Rob Hubbard, was the best part of the game. (Click here if you have interest. I like track 4 most.  Wink

There were some great games on this system... Boulder Dash, Wizball, Paradroid, Last Ninja, World Games, and, and and... If I would have to choose the most favorite game, it would be a tie between "Maniac Mansion" and "Defender of the Crown". It's incredible these games could be played on a system with 64 KB memory... Java games for cell phones are larger than that!
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« Reply #10 on: April 15, 2006, 05:22:35 PM »

My systems and the gmes I remember in chronological order...

Oric-1 - Scuba Dive

Amstrad CPC 6128 - Myth, Harrier Attack, Scorcery+, Return to Eden

Amiga 500 - A great gaming machine.
LucasArts point'n'click (Secret of Monkey Island II, Full Throttle, DOTT),
Super Cars II, The Addams Familly,
Bitmap Brothers games (Speedball 2, Gods, Xenon II),
Team 17 games (Project X, Alien Breed, Super Frog)

Archimedes A310 - Erm...

PC - Grim Fandango, Duke Nukem 3D.
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« Reply #11 on: April 15, 2006, 06:22:19 PM »

Here's one that no one has probably heard of- "Vangers One for the Road". I really enjoyed that game, I must say I was a bit disappointed when a google for it just now turned up this review;
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« Reply #12 on: April 15, 2006, 09:14:07 PM »

PC - Grim Fandango

I'd forgotten all about that little gem!
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« Reply #13 on: April 15, 2006, 11:48:29 PM »

Can't help it, i still play Doom (the first).

My into to gaming was the video-games at a local pool-room-cum-cafe. There was nothing that could beat Galaga which came after Asteroids and Space war. C64 made it possible to play this generation at home without coins!!!
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« Reply #14 on: April 16, 2006, 01:45:54 AM »

Kings Quest I-IV  &  Zork  &  Earl Weaver's Baseball
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« Reply #15 on: April 16, 2006, 02:41:16 AM »

zork was one of the most influential games for me as well (actually it was adventure that we played when connected to my fathers university mainframe that really started it). before there was any graphics.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zork



you can actually play zork online and for free now.
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« Reply #16 on: April 16, 2006, 02:52:26 AM »

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commander_Keen
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« Reply #17 on: April 16, 2006, 06:19:41 AM »

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Can't help it, i still play Doom (the first).

Oh yes, same here. thumbs up The game is more than 10 years old but still fun.
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« Reply #18 on: April 16, 2006, 09:57:23 AM »

Zelda 3: a link to the past Kiss
Maniac Mansion, Zak McKracken, Monkey Island, DOTT  Kiss
Doom & Doom2 (and the Memento Mori addons), Heretic, Hexen Kiss
Quake 1 - nice++. Quake 2, lots of LAN fragging Kiss
Goblins, Gobliins, etc Kiss
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« Reply #19 on: April 16, 2006, 04:19:37 PM »

These ones remind me of the old good times

ZX Spectrum :
Penetrator
The Hobbit
Lords of Midnight
Doomdarkā€™s Revenge

Slot machine :
Captain Commando

PC:
Monkey Island


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« Reply #20 on: April 16, 2006, 06:38:41 PM »

Kings Quest I-IV  &  Zork  &  Earl Weaver's Baseball

Previously listed are those from childhood, games I used to play alot over 5 years ago were ROTT (Rise of the Triad) and Quake2 (CTF & RA mostly)
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« Reply #21 on: April 16, 2006, 11:26:13 PM »

I'm with Carol in showing my age. When I was teen and Pong came out, it was incredible; couldn't believe you could interact with a TV that way. (We didn't have to money to buy one, but the lone rich kid in the neighborhood did.) Later on, when I was too old for it all, it was Ms. Pac Man, of course! I don't have time for games now, but I DO tape and watch X-Play every day.
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« Reply #22 on: April 17, 2006, 01:59:36 AM »

When I was young we didn't have computers! I can still remember the first available pocket calculators which seemed pretty whizzo at the time - even if you did have to learn RPN to use them Wink

Sorry for my ignorance, what's RPN?

Favorite computer games? Too many!

Our first computer we had was for my father's business. The monitors were just green and black. I don't even remember what kind of computers they were. There was a fun game on it called Ladder. Then my brother got a TI-87 or something computer and a book for programming games in BASIC. Plus we had the cartridge addons. The game I remember most from it was called Tunnels of Doom.

Then we got a computer that ran DOS and Windows 3.11. Tons of old DOS games -- Doom I & II, Wolfenstein 3D, Worms, Scorched Earth, Space Quest I-VI, Sim City, Star Control, Hugo's House of Horrors and the sequel Whodunit. Jill of the Jungle, Heretic, Hexen, Duke Nukem 3D, Where in Space or the Universe is Carmen Sandiego, Monkey Island I & II, Full Throttle, Mario's Missing, Warcraft I & II, Diablo, Baldur's Gate, Starcraft, Command & Conquer: Red Alert, Heroes, Cosmo's Cosmic Adventure, Commander Keen 1-IV, Moraff's World, Stars!, Rise of the Triad, Descent I & II, and a gem called Castle of the Winds.

We eventually got two computers and networked them so we could play games multiplayer. I spent countless hours fragging my friend or brother in FPSs and destroying or being destroyed in RTSs.

I used to really like the competitive games but nowadays I prefer cooperative over competitive. Probably because I spent so much time on those games that I could beat my brother and friend almost everytime--and by a landslide--that they got sick of playing with me.

That's all I can think of right now. There's actually another but I can't remember the name of it. Something like Fantasy Empires.

I also had a fun time with an Intellivision and a Nintendo but those aren't computer games so I won't go into the long lists for those systems.

EDIT: Fixed name and added link for Tunnels of Doom. (I previously referred to it as Dungeons of Doom.)
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« Reply #23 on: April 17, 2006, 03:16:45 AM »

RPN == Reverse Polish Notation, stack based way of inputting stuff. Pretty funky if you're used to the "normal" (algebraic?) way of doing it. Queer languages like LISP use RPN as well.

http://en.wikipedia.org/w...i/Reverse_Polish_notation
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« Reply #24 on: April 17, 2006, 02:37:41 PM »

Yipes, let's play "I'm an old fart"...
All the old games I remember were Apple II games. Some platforms, a couple interactives (like Zork, etc.) here's a list of all I remember, but there were probably a few more...

Zork I & II
Apple Panic
Lode Runner
LSLLLL (admits blushingly... and only once...)
but first prize goes to...
Robot Odyssey (which lives on as DROIDQUEST!!)
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