What’s good, everyone? It’s your friendly, neighborhood Joshua Evo here, and I’m kicking off the first day of our 30 Day Video Game Challenge! Each of the DRE writing staff will be contributing their respective answers to the daily prompts, and today’s is probably the best one to start a challenge of this sort of with, and that’s to talk about each of our first video game experiences.
Let’s get this out of the way off the bat: I’m old. I’m not SUPER old, but I’ve been around to see several different platforms, consoles, titles, developers and gimmicks come and go in the world of video games. However, like any experience someone repeatedly has in life, the adage of “you never forget your first” also applies to being a gamer. The first video game that I can actively remember playing was Missile Command on the Atari 2600.
The charming bit of what looks like a drunken evening on MS Paint pictured above is Missile Command. It was a simple game with a simple premise: stop the destruction of your city by incoming missiles by shooting them down with missiles of your own. Was it likely some entertaining piece of Cold War-era paranoia? Probably, but it was the game that made me a gamer because I felt, for the first time, that feeling of being in control, having an important objective that was bigger than myself (you know, because I first played this when I was four) and sparking of a little flame that goes off in all gamers when they play something for the first time; the drive to keep going until you get better, because you have a world to save… before Dad comes home from work and wants to watch TV.
— Evo out.
Hannah here to bring the realness with my very first video game. Now I’m not QUITE as old as Joshua, so I didn’t start off playing Pong or whatever. I had the grand privilege of being one of the youngest in my extended family. By the time I was ten or so my older cousins had gotten bored playing the Super Nintendo in the study during family events and I finally got my turn. The first game I played: Super Mario World. What a revelation! No wonder they had been playing this for years! This was the most fun activity I had ever experienced at that tender age besides reading a good book in the bath till I got all pruney. I played for hours and hours whenever I was at my grandma’s house, taking my rightful place as the sentinel of the game system, blocking the two cousins that were younger than me from enjoying this hard-earned trophy. That’s the circle of life you guys.
– HSLAMMA WILL RESPAWN IN THREE… TWO… ONE…
Megan_Highwind here to let you know what game it was that got me hooked on gaming for life! I remember going to my cousin’s house when I was seven or eight and booting up to the classic NES to play a little game called Duck Hunt. For those of you who are not in the know, Duck Hunt is a game where you have to use the NES Zapper controller to try and shoot down as many ducks per round as you can. Each round has a few ducks for you to try and shoot and you were given three shots per round to use. The best part of the game, however, is the snarky dog that is your companion through your shooting endeavors. He rewards you when you shoot a duck by holding it up for you and will likewise point and laugh at you when you miss. I still from time to time play Duck Hunt online with emulators, but there is nothing quite like the satisfaction of seeing the smiling dog as you take down that last duck of the round!
-Megan_Highwind has left the party
What’s up, everyone? James B. Boss here with my entry for today’s challenge. For me, the very first video game I played was Megaman X on the good old Super Nintendo. I’ll never forget the moment when I first held that controller and felt the rush of when controlling X’s every move on the screen. Every action that I made during my first play through of Megaman X is still engraved in my mind to this very day… mostly because I died countless times (I was just a kid back then, what do you want?). Even though I had a lot of mishaps on my first try, I still had fun, and started to get better because I was finally able to be apart of the action instead of being in the background watching someone else play. I also had a lot of fun, because of the game’s rocking soundtrack and memorable characters. Eventually I finally made it to the last boss and I remember feeling intimidated the moment I saw Sigma throw off his cloak and unsheathe his sword.
As final bosses often are, he was tough of course and I died a few more times, but luckily my brother showed me a trick to harvest extra lives before the fight(Hooray for exploits!!!!). Finally I was able to beat sigma and I was able to look back and HOLY SWEET PANCAKES, HE HAS A SECOND FORM! This was literally an adrenaline injection, because I was so close to the end and the only thing that was standing in my way, was this even bigger jerk of a boss. I was at the edge of my seat, palms were sweating and Megaman was nearly out of health, when suddenly… SPLOSIONS! I just realized that I beat the final boss in my first game. As I watched the credits roll and Megaman X running back to hunter base I looked back on the time I spent playing this game. All the trials I’ve overcome and skills that I built up made me realize, that this was my first step in becoming a gamer. With Megaman X’s awesome music, excellent gameplay and memorable cast of characters, I am proud to say that this was the first game I ever played.
— Boss? What happened? BOSS?!