6 June 2014

My Very First Video Game

I found a 30 day video game challenge and, if you know me then you already know, I love a challenge. I'm not going to do this over 30 days because I don't want to be a blog that posts every day, not yet any way. Too much pressure I can't commit to yet. The topic from each day interests me and what I'll do is when I feel like blogging I can work my way through that list. I only came across this list when I discovered Jessica's (The Pyreflies) blog and it looks fun so without further ado, here are my firsts in the world of gaming.

Wow, this is a tricky one because I've been playing video games for years, it's got to be close to 15 years. I have a few memories that I deem as my earliest when it comes to gaming so it's fair to say any of these could be my first. To be honest, I'm on a retro game reminiscence and I just can't stop.

Sonic (1991)

When we had a Sega I loved Sonic. We only had 3 games or something for this console (Street Fighter and a Batman game I think?) and nothing beats this classic. I honestly don't remember it intrinsically, I just remember running across a screen as fast as you can in order to get the golden hula hoops. Simple times.

Mario (1996)


Of course I played Mario! I didn't complete the game till 2008 or 2009 when I took a couple of days out of my summer to complete it fully, but I started as a kid. It's funny how something is so difficult when you're young but give me this now and I can get through it without too much complication.

Final Fantasy VII (1997)


I remember rummaging through some boxes and coming across a bunch of PlayStation 1 games. One that caught my eye was Final Fantasy VII, I read the back and it sounded interesting. I went and asked my dad what it was but he said he didn't know, it was a friend's originally and he'd just been given it. So I turned on my PS1 and took my first steps on the Final Fantasy path. I had no experience with an RPG like this before so I didn't know what to expect, I remember naming Cloud Fiona (after myself) and when Barrett came along with his attitude problem I named him after a bully I hated because I thought maybe we'd be rivals or something - how wrong was I! Not to worry though, I got to the first boss (that scorpion robot) and it KO'd me so fast. I tried again and again but couldn't get past this first boss so I called it quits. It must have been a year later when my brother discovered it and I read the game booklet inside (where it told you how to defeat the scorpion machina!!) and started again that I actually progressed and got really in to it. To this day I still haven't completed FF7, I've got to the final boss but it was too hard. One day, I'll complete it.

Pokemon Yellow (1998)


Who didn't play Pokemon on gameboy?! I played yellow on my gameboy advance and I remember how jealous I was when my younger brother got an SP and it had a bright screen. I wasted so many hours on Pokemon, and still have to this day. Well I wouldn't say wasted, I can name the first 150 Pokemon and that is a skill you can never take away from me. I've played every generation and completed each game apart from the recent one (Black & White). With White, once I caught the legendary Pokemon I was like, okay then ... and I haven't completed the story, mainly because I played a lot of Animal Crossing instead then floated away from my 3DS.

Crash Bandicoot: Crash Team Racing  (1999)


I played Crash Bandicoot first, obviously, but this bandicoot game is the one I remember most. In my household when it comes to racing games you have a character and you stick to it. For this game I was Coco. Always. Just like my dad was always the pet polar bear and my brother was always Tiny. 

The Sims (2000)


Ah, my first fix. Who knew playing this game would get so out of control that today I must have spent £100s on The Sims franchise. How simple this original game was, with no ageing and no woohoo - a sim couple would kiss a lot to make a baby before they brought out the heart shaped bed in a later download or expansion pack - the only bed that allowed woohoo. Recently in The Sims 3 I discovered there's a wardrobe from the Into The Future expansion pack that sims can get frisky in, how this game has advanced. I remember visiting my cousins house when she had just got The Sims 2 and I was blown away by the graphics and the ability to view things 360 degrees as well as the whole life cycle aspect. I love every version of The Sims for what it is, I know people get hung up on The Sims 3 for the doughy-ness appearance of the sims and others are put off by The Sims 4 based on screenshots and videos available but I just think it's amazing. A game where I get to be Sim Overlord and control everything, I'm sorry, where is the downside? I think I'll be a sims player forever.

So that is a huge range of firsts across different consoles and they've all jumbled together in my memory so I couldn't tell you exactly which I played first. How amazing is it to see how far gaming has come in just 15-20 years.

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10 comments:

  1. Yay! I'm so glad you decided to do this challenge! :)

    Let's see, my brothers and husband played sonic and mario, my husband is always talking about the old pokemon games he used to play, and my sister played FF7! I have started FF7 but never finished it either... I played it after FFX came out, so the graphics were really hard for me to get used to... FF8 I can even handle but FF7's are just so ugly...lol! I have been watching an LP on youtube of FF7 which has been fun... I haven't finished the LP either though lol Hopefully one day I'll know how FF7 ends! :-P

    Jessica
    the.pyreflies.org

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    1. Thanks for reading :)

      The graphics for FF7 grow on you, it was my first so I think they're beautiful and then I jumped from 7 to X-2 (without even playing X) and that's how I've played my Final Fantasy journey, randomly, I've not played any of them in order. I only know how 7 ends because I youtubed the final boss fight and just watched it from there, it's like I've completed it, just not really haha!

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  2. Hi! Thanks for visiting my blog! I love that a video game challenge exists in the world, that is so awesome. With the exception of Pokemon, I've played all the games you mentioned in this post, especially every version of the Sims hehe....I have wasted days and days playing that game haha. OMG and FF7 too, which I have yet to complete. But some day...

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    1. We share a goal, I will complete FF7 at some point!

      I've played every version of the sims too! I remember not being able to afford the sims 3 when it first came out so having to exchange all of my sims 2 games for it. I regret it so much only because that was me completely giving up 2 for 3. I will not be doing that again for 4.

      Thanks for checking my blog out :)

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  3. You and I seem to have very similar interests when it comes to games. I think I may give this challenge a go myself :) I too played Mario 64, all of the Pokemon games, and all of the Sims games. They were always my favorites :) My first game loves came from Creatures, and I'm pretty sure the first games I ever owned on my original game boy were donkey Kong and Tetris :P Ah how times change.

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    1. You should give it a go! It's fun and great to blog about when you're not sure what else to write about :) ah the original Tetris! That's amazing! It's scary how much times change :P

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  4. I feel so old. My first game was Pong on an old black and white tv that. My cousin broke her Atari and got a Colecovision as a replacement where we spent months playing the Cabbage Patch kids game. Then the boy down the street got Mike Tyson's Punch Out. I never saw video games after that until I was pregnant with my first kid and bought a Sega just to play Sonic.

    Then my son, as he grew up, he played the Pokemon's and it was years before I played them.

    I have never played sims 1, but I do own every Sims 2 and 3 there is. I have also played and completed all of the Final Fantasy games except Lightning Returns, which is the one I am playing randomly right now.

    I have never been a fan of the Mario games, but I have played some of them. I prefer Mario Kart and Mario Party.

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    1. With Sims 1 you weren't really missing much, I loved it at the time but I'd rather put a bullet in my brain if I only had to play that now - 3 life stages (baby, child, adult), no ages except when a baby became a child, no 360 degree view but I suppose the exchange was full of interesting stories because that's all you could do (apart from advance in careers and skills etc)

      I love the Mario games, but normally I'll go for Kart or Party too as it's more of a multi player game :)

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  5. My beloved Sims....I could spend full time work shift hours playing this game...and then by the time Sims 3 came out, playing was more like building up neighborhoods and houses and collecting cheat codes to put my families in them. ah..I miss it. I still have them, but as an "adult" trying to get her life together in some aspects, I think it's dangerous to put them back on my cpu.

    I can't remember my first game, but I'm pretty sure it was Mario Cart...or Street Fighter. I don't know.

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    1. I've definitely had to cute down on my simming hours - I'll let my self have the odd session since it's summer but yeah, I need to get my life together too!

      Have you heard of the BACC (Build A City Challenge)? You start with one sim and try and make a city with a population of something like 50,000 (although there is like a multiplier so you don't technically have that many sims). I've attempted it a few times because I love building cities too :) never completed it or even got that far but it's fun to attempt. It's designed for The Sims 2 but I tried to rewrite it for The Sims 3.

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