[52 Weeks Challenge] Week 1 – Your very first video game


Hello everybody,

Tired of the 30 days game challenge? Enjoy my own personal revisitation of a classic challenge! Instead of 30 daily posts that fill an entire month, this challenge is more diluted in time and it will cover all the year 2018. 52 weeks, 52 questions to understand who’s the person behind this blog. Me!

Week 1 – Your very first video game

Even though this is an easy question, a lot of years have passed since I played my very first game and it’s a bit difficult to determine my very first gaming experience. Going back to the early, very early 90s, I remember that in 1990 my parents bought me my very first TV, a 14″ green TV that still holds up very well: my Little Hulk is still workink in 2017 andis the TV I have now in my bedroom and I use it to play with all my old consoles. An this is a small tribute to her:

The Christmas after, in 1991 I got my very first console, an NES that I still own and that still work perfectly, so the very first game I played that I even own was, of course, Super Mario Bros. 1, that came together with the console. Playing Mario against my then 29 years old dad (whose name is Mario) has been a weird challenge because I didn’t know anything about the game so when my mom told me “Ok, so your dad is Mario and you are Luigi” I felt a bit confused. Since this was the first game I owned I’ve honored it in 2016 with the very first review on this blog, a review you can read here (yes, it was in italian)

However, there’s a little thing I should point out. Super Mario Bros. 1 was the first game I played that I personally owned, but  the year before, again in 1990, my uncle lend me his third hand ZX Spectrum with some cassette and a wasted cassette players. Among all the cassettes he gave me, only two were working, so those are actually the first games I’ve played EVER: Pssst and Daley Thompson’s Decathlon (you cal click on the names to read my review).

One of my two “very first game”, Daley Thompson’s Decathlon
One of my two “very first game”, Pssst

I remember that when I was a young boy I had also a Game & Watch, Mario Cement Factory and a Tiger handheld, Flash; however I really don’t remember if I got them before the NES or after, but I wanted to cite them anyway. Just an honorable mention.

What was your very first video game experience? Comment below!

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  1. I cannot exactly remember the first game I played. I have some memory of playing some games on an old console, which I have been told was a Commode 64. I can remember playing one game with a kid who throws rainbows to defeat enemies and reach distant platforms (I think it was called “Bubble Bobble” or something). I also remember playing a game with someone walking down streets, which used an isometric perspective (which I have been told was called “Moonwalker”). The earliest game I can remember clearly playing was Sonic the Hedgehog 2 on the Mega Drive, I can remember watching in awe one evening as Sonic reached the spaceship in the sky to fight the robotic Sonic.
    I enjoyed the story about the first game played and the confusion with Mario. What was Psst? What were the Game and Watch and the Tiger handheld games?

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    1. benez256 says:

      Thanks for sharing your experience. Probably the games you was playing was Rainbow Island. It’s similar in some aspects to Bubble Bobble but a bit different 😉

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      1. I do not know what the game was actually called because it was so long ago. I mainly just remember the kid and his use of rainbows. I thought it was Bubble Bobble because I found a video of the Rainbow Island game online and it looked familiar, but it seemed too recent.

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  2. thedeviot says:

    My first experience would have been on the Atari 2600. I started gaming at the ripe old age of two. I obviously can’t remember what cartridge I fired up as a toddler first, but I do remember being 5, and playing Space Invaders with my late Grandmother. Who was actually quite good at Space Invaders. I played a ton of Atari 2600, and later Commodore 64 games growing up. Once you saw Forbidden Forest running on the C64 your mind was blown had you previously jammed on Atari 2600. But I still love both. As well as the NES, Super NES, Master System, Genesis, and on, and on. Now I have to fire up some Berzerk.

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    1. benez256 says:

      Unfortunately I completely missed the Atari 2600 period as I bought my first one last year, as I did with the C64. I still don’t own Berzerk but it looks very similar to the original Wolfenstein I’ve played a few times in the past. Am I right?

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      1. thedeviot says:

        Wolfenstein was inspired by Berzerk but does a very different thing. Where Berzerk is an action game, Wolfenstein is a stealth game, where you have to break out of Castle Wolfenstein by avoiding guards, sneaking up, and killing other guards to get keys. Along with other moves. The old Wolfenstein games actually inspired id Software to create Wolfenstein 3D. Oddly enough, that game was action heavy.

        Berzerk is very action heavy. Killer robots everywhere. Get shot, you die. Touch a robot, you die. Touch a wall, get electrocuted, and die. Evil Otto shows up to bash the crap out of you, you die. It was followed up by Frenzy which added ricochet mechanics, destructible walls, and more. It got a port to the Colecovision, but not the 2600 or Intellivision.
        Berzerk was also ported to the Vectrex, and the 5200, though the 2600 version is regarded as the best of the home console ports.

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      2. benez256 says:

        Wow, thanks for the detailed explaination! I imagined they were a bit different since Wolfenstein was a stealth games but you made me want to buy a Berzerk copy now even thought from your description it doesn’t look very forgiving if you make a mistake…:)

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      3. thedeviot says:

        It’s not forgiving, but it is a lot of fun. Reviewed it a while ago. One of the best ports you can get for the 2600, and its dirt cheap in most parts of the world.

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  3. pick3dlast says:

    Great post! I’ll take your 52 Week Challenge 🙂
    I played early consoles and early computer games, but didn’t get really hooked on video games until the NES.
    https://wordpress.com/post/nolongerpick3dlast.wordpress.com/1984
    What’s the question for Week 2?

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    1. benez256 says:

      Hi! Thanks for taking the challenge! The second question came out this morning. If you want I can send you the list…

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  4. kmerrill8276 says:

    Boxing on Intellivision. God awful game, but I obviously didn’t know that when I was four years old!

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    1. benez256 says:

      At 4 years old everything is amazing 🙂

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  5. Loved reading your first gaming experience! How neat that your dad’s name is Mario 🙂

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