What game system did you grow up with?

Australia
June 6, 2009 12:22am CST
When I was a kid I had a Sega Master System II. The one with Alex Kidd built into it. I absolutely loved it and actually still have it (somewhere!). It brings back memories when I think about it. I actually can finish the game in about 40 minutes. I have never played Alex Kidd 2 but would like to. My mum always gets excited whenever she has the chance to play Space Invaders becuase she used to play it down at the local snack bar on the old school table.. things. So did you play video games when you were young or were they not invented yet? What was the first system you ever played?I think the first ever game system was the Intellivision. I believe it came out in the very early 80s??? I have played one of those and it is sooo basic but very cool!
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• United States
6 Jun 09
the original atari system. our graphics were so laughable compared to today's. but it was fun.we had nothing like that previous. we played a whole lot of board games before that..although i still do like playing monopoly.i just play it on pogo now
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• Australia
6 Jun 09
Ha that's ironic!
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• United States
7 Jun 09
isn't it? i was trying to explain the "days before video games" to my nephew.. he goes "wow,you're old" yea.i'll remember that at christmas,you little..
@CJscott (4184)
• Canada
8 Jun 09
Get him one of them hand helds, that have the graphics worse then Atari. ;)
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@zackn87 (345)
• United States
6 Jun 09
SNES, Sega Genesis, N64
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@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
6 Jun 09
hun, we had to go outside to play or play with toys inside, we didn't have any of these games you do today
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• Australia
6 Jun 09
And I'm sure you've got a whole lot more imagination than us too!
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• Australia
6 Jun 09
I'll just add that even though I played video games i still played outside every day. Some days we'd ride our bikes on the footpath from morning til evening. Even now, my mum makes my younger siblings get up off the couch and she kicks them outside to go play.
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@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
6 Jun 09
you still have younger sibs? Yikes, my younger sister turned 51 last year!
@MrEvil (42)
• United States
6 Jun 09
Sega Genesis. It's still my favorite. Other than that, the Nintendo. I still play with them pretty frequently, meanwhile my Xbox and PS2 collect dust.
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• Australia
6 Jun 09
Haha that's saying something. The new machines might have awesome graphics and what not but sometimes y ou just can't beat the oldies!
@MrEvil (42)
• United States
7 Jun 09
Yup. Games like that were fun. A 'cheat code' was a cool trick, rather than something almost necessary to complete a level. If I'm playing video games, I'm doing to have some fun and relax, not get frustrated because I forgot to pick up some kind of super lazer hidden inside a rock 15 levels ago. The fun aspect is long forgotten in most new games.
• United States
7 Jun 09
Atari!! Pong was a BIG deal back then....LOL...I am 40 years old. I remember pretty much every new system that came out, and how big a deal they all were. I also remember when going to the gameroom was a huge deal- that was THE place to go and it was SO cool. Wow, I am getting old! :)
@imsilver (1668)
• Canada
6 Jun 09
Your mom and I would get along. Space Invaders was my favorite game. That and Defenders. Lol. I started out with the original Atari, way way way back in the day. I wish I still had it kicking around. My kids would get a kick out of the graphics on it. Nothing at all compared to the graphics in games these days.
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• Australia
6 Jun 09
Ha yeah I think kids these days would laugh at the old graphics.
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• United States
7 Jun 09
Pssshhh. It's not about the graphics, it's about the gameplay!.. and storyline later on. The oolld oollld games for the most part didn't really have storylines though, hence why I left that out in the first sentence.
@sacmom (14315)
• United States
6 Jun 09
I grew up with ColecoVision. You can read about it at this link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ColecoVision My sister and I had actually wanted the Atari 2600 as one of neighbors had it and we thought it was cool. LOL But then ColecoVision came out and my sister got it as a Christmas present one year, spoiled brat that she was! LOL Fortunately I was allowed to play with it sometimes. I thought it was awesome! I think my favorite games on there were Mouse Trap and Zaxxon. Though looking back on it, the graphics sucked! LOL But it was fun just the same.
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• Australia
6 Jun 09
Wow I had a look at itand I think it's the same thing as Intellivision-must be the American version! Was Mouse Trap a video game before it was a board game?
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@FlaKNMB (831)
• United States
7 Jun 09
No, Mouse Trap was a board game before it was a video game.
@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
6 Jun 09
I think that would be ATARI... my father worked in Saudi Arabia for three years... and one summer he sent us... this ATARI with games like River Raid, Space Invader, and Galaxian... but the not so good thing about this is that the joystick always broke down... so after buying like five times... my mother decided to just keep it in the closet...
• Australia
6 Jun 09
Ha I think I played Galaxian recently on the Intellivision.
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• United States
9 Jun 09
oh no kidding! we replaced our controllers like three times..you can only go so far in left..
@ersmommy1 (12600)
• United States
6 Jun 09
ok you realize that you are asking people to date themselves!! I had two. An atari system and an Intelevision. THat is all I am going to say.
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• Australia
6 Jun 09
Haha at least game systems were around when you were a kid! Yay for intellivision. Did you ever play Burgertime? That's my favourite intellivision game.
@vnrsudhan (1514)
• India
6 Jun 09
hi coffeeshot, unfotunately i didn't have a game system when i was young,and so i studied well without any distractions,but now i have a younger brother who has his own playstation 2,he plays with it whenever hes at home and he never takes the book to study till the last night before the exam and i feel really really ashamed to say this he even failed once.so i think that children shouldn't have game systems when they are young,even if they do have one,they should be kept under control,do that they can concentrate equally in studies.
• Australia
6 Jun 09
I think there should be a balance. If kids are made to study all the time eventually they'll just get frustrated and rebel.
• United States
6 Jun 09
I think my first system that I played games on was really considered a PC. It was the Commodore 64. The one I remember the most is of course the NES. I wasted many many hours of my life away on a NES LOL I knew some friends that had ATARI 2600s and those were fun as well. I had a very few that went the Sega route... most of them regretted it. NES was THE system to have around here circa 1985-1990. Me personally I never liked SEGA.
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• Australia
6 Jun 09
Yeah Sega always seemed to be shadowed by Nintendo...
@LouieWpHs04 (4560)
• United States
6 Jun 09
For a while the NES/Atari, and then came along the super addicting Snes/PSX with it's wonderous assortment of games. Other systems came later like the n64 and gamecube but they were wayyy later. I think the system I played most was a mix betweeen the snes/psx. Mostly snes because at the time I don't believe the PSX even existed.. but when that was released, got some goood playing time out of that!
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@freedomg (1684)
• United States
6 Jun 09
We had a Atari then later a Nintendo but I have to admit that I never really played either. I only liked arcade style games or Desert Falcon on the Atari. I was a weird kid. Dude great topic talk about a trip down memory lane.
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@mnk202 (339)
• United States
6 Jun 09
As far as I can remember I grew up with the original atari system and the original nintendo after a while those had broken down and one year for christmas me and my sisters had received a sega. I have to say all three were a blast when we were younger it was good for when we had nothing to do or when we couldnt play outside because of a rainy or snowy day.I have seen now that they have a disc for 80 of the atari games for the computer so I am thinking of checking into it just to bring back memories.
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@o0jopak0o (6406)
• Philippines
6 Jun 09
i have grown up with old dos games and NES. Those were the good days. Some things games have in the past is gone today. like simplicity. And games today are so infused with graphics that they forgot about the story of gameplay ( commonly hapenning in rpgs and such) i miss the duck hunt days, mario days, chip n dales day and more. fortunately there are sites that you can enjoy those games.
• India
6 Jun 09
when i was a kid i used to love video games i had a sega system and many other handhelds now i am a adult and still love playing video games i have a PSP,PS3,PS2,GBA(don't play it anymore).
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
6 Jun 09
Goodness me, this sure does bring back some memories! I remember the Sega Master System well and played it at a friend's for hours, but I owned an Atari as my first gaming console! After this, I had a Texas Instruments PC that I used to buy gaming program books for and I'd spend days typing out the lines and lines of code in BASIC so I could play games like Parsec. What used to be so annoying about this is that if I got so much as ONE character wrong in the code, the game wouldn't run properly and I'd have to go back through thousands of lines of it to find the error.
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• Philippines
6 Jun 09
The very first video game that I played when I was a kid was Super Mario Bros. I love that game.
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@dianmelydia (2272)
• Indonesia
6 Jun 09
Mine is the Nintendo with Super Mario Bros series. I still keep those all games. Sometimes i play it again. Have a nice day and happy mylotting.
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@modstar (9612)
• Philippines
6 Jun 09
I was so hooked with Nintendo or NES. I was addicted to playing Contra, Super Contra, Super Mario Brothers 3 and Ninja Gaiden. I would sleep late just so i can finish the game. I can usually finish it in a day or two. I never had Sega 16bit because it's something my mom won't buy for me because it's not worth it. Well those console games did kickstart the war on new generation console games. Without them, i don't think we have good games now.
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• Canada
6 Jun 09
When I had a kid I had the original Nintendo with Super Mario Bros 1, and Duck hunt. I got really good at those two games. I wish I still had that system. It would be fun to play, now and then. I still have my old TV, but I wish I still had the old Nintendo. I also had a Gameboy, and I played it until I wore it out.
• Australia
6 Jun 09
My neighbours had Duck Hunt! Much fun. Have you played the shooting game on Wii Play? Much fun too and reminds me of duck hunt..well what I can remember of it anyway!