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#93122 - 10/09/99 10:40 AM How did you start gaming?
MacDee Offline
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Registered: 06/06/99
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Bob and I were talking last nite about how wonderful it was finding people over 40 that love Adventure Games. When I started, I actually thought I was the only one and was embarrassed to admit to anyone that I played "computer Games". haha

I went to baby-sit for my daughter for a week. They had just bought a PC. My daughter dragged me kicking and screaming to the puter, (I didn't have one) to show me Riven. I sat there and pretended to be interested in a "dumb computer game". The next day, I was bored silly, so I loaded Riven to fool around with. I became throughly intrigued, engrossed and obsessed. That was all she wrote! I was hooked.

My husband came to pick me up at the end of the week and on the way home, I bought a computer and Riven.

That was February 1998!

How did you get started and how long have you been gaming?

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#93123 - 10/09/99 11:17 AM Re: How did you start gaming?
Witchen Offline
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Registered: 05/26/99
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Loc: Seattle Washington USA
HI, Dee.........Now this is a big fun question! Thanks for bringing it up, me darlin'!

In September of 1997, my husband won a Sony PentiumII 166MHz at a sales meeting..an annual "auction" where they get to bid on things using their accumulated sales points. I was thrilled. Had been wanting a PC for a long time, but really couldn't justify it.

We (the whole family) fooled around with different programs, email and browsed around on the Internet; finding out how really helpful and useful having a PC could be! Then, in October...a month later....we went to Costco. I was wandering around in the electronics dept and my eyes lit on (yes!) RIVEN! That was it!!! From that day on, I have been completely in love with adventure gaming.

It is a wonderful, relaxing, rewarding, and stimulating hobby. The only reason people knock it is because they don't understand it. And, because there is no "product", no tangible result produced, that they can see,
it must be useless. This is not logical thinking. Humans would be better off spending more time at fun, fulfilling, wholesome activites like adventure gaming.

Get off the soap box, WITCHEN!

=O)

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#93124 - 10/09/99 11:19 AM Re: How did you start gaming?
ozma38 Offline
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Registered: 07/11/99
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Dee;
Your going to laugh.I had seen something on TV about Doom.I couldn't stand it I had to play it,the only thing we had at the time was Nintendo so I dragged my husband to Best Buy and made him buy me a 'puter so I could play Doom. it was 5 years ago.Two years after that I discovered Adventure games,My wonderful hubby got me Phantasmagoria for my B-Day because he knows I love horror,so he gave it to me and I said oh gee thanks,and put it aside.then about a month later I was bored and looking for something to do so I loaded up Phant,and I was hooked I couldn't tear myself away.Now he always tells me he wishes he was a computer,LOL.Guess I need to pay him some attention.

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#93125 - 10/09/99 11:36 AM Re: How did you start gaming?
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Loc: Tampa, FL
We got our first computer in 1993...and mostly used it for word processing and bridge. Bob was playing an on-line game called "Maze" and he started networking with other players. Think he got hooked then..but I didn't see anything too great about it.

Then we got our second computer in 1996 and my daughter told us about Myst. That was it! We played together and had so much fun. We'd search the reviews, etc. At that time, the games just kept on coming. What a fabulous couple of years!

Well, we're still having fun...just no time to play games anymore. We just talk and read about them. Sigh.

I agree...this was excellent topic ~Dee. Am sure this is gonna' be a long thread.
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#93126 - 10/09/99 12:09 PM Re: How did you start gaming?
MacDee Offline
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Hahaha Funny stories....Somehow I knew they would be....

Oz.....You are the Queen of Gaming! 5 years.....and you are sooo lucky that you like different types of games. My hubby ALWAYS knows where to find me too. lol Luckily, my puter is just off the living room not far from the chair where he sits and watches SPORTS constantly! So he still feels we are together.....now if he could just get me to clean house.....

Witchen......Riven was a difficult game to start with, wasn't it? and beautiful with haunting music. The deep rumbling of the Gate Room gave me Goosebumps! I agree that the games are challanging, but relaxing? Sometimes I get so worked up, I'm a nervous wreck. I also agree that people just don't understand that Adventure games, are "mind games".

Sparky.......That's awful! You guys need to put time aside so you can play these wonderful games that are coming. I hope it's not the board that's keeping you from it. Myst would have hooked me too. I wish I could get Ron to play with me......



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#93127 - 10/09/99 12:35 PM Re: How did you start gaming?
Sparky Offline
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Yes, ~Dee,

You are right. We WILL have to put time aside for gaming. Like in our dreams.LOL.
That would be about the right time frame:
12:00 am until 5:00 am.

Sparks

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#93128 - 10/09/99 01:16 PM Re: How did you start gaming?
Anet Offline
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Registered: 07/24/99
Posts: 56
Loc: Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Hello everyone,

What a great topic: going back to our gaming roots. I guess I qualify so far, for the Adventure Gamer dinosaur award.

From the moment I lugged home that 40 pound "portable" with 64K ram and 1 floppy (no hard) drive, booted it up with DOS 2.1, then inserted the text adventure The Colossal Cave, I was hooked.

Imagination played a key role then. We used to gather around that tiny monitor and stare at the yellow text deciding which command to type in next, visualizing each room we came to, wondering what traps or treasures lay in store for us.

I still remember those days fondly but I have looked forward to each computer and graphics innovation and upgraded my machine accordingly. From Kings Quest 1 through the Myst clones, the short-lived live action video to 3D. Even though I broadened my gaming habit to include RPG's and action/adventure hybrids, true adventures are still my gaming passion.

By the way, that text adventure was originally called Microsoft adventure.

Anet

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#93129 - 10/09/99 01:43 PM Re: How did you start gaming?
Jokece Offline
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Registered: 08/20/99
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Loc: Waterloo,Ontario,Canada
We have had a computer for about 11 years now.Keith learned with the boys and then he surpassed them.I didn't have time for games other than a few card ones,until about 5 years ago.Then I saw Sherlock Holmes "Serrated Scalpel" in the store and had to try it.
We took turns playing it in between working and it took us about a month.After that we found this store that had great buys, and that is where a lot of money was spent.
I don't regret for 1 minute playing computer games ,and I have had my own for a few years now.He gets upgraded ,and then I do, and so on down the line to the others our family have.
The only thing that would have been any better is to have high speed service which we just got and no more tussles about who goes on first.
Keith has built 6 computers plus,and amongst the family ,there is always one where we visit.

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#93130 - 10/09/99 02:03 PM Re: How did you start gaming?
Witchen Offline
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Registered: 05/26/99
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Yikes, Anet......Sounds like you are the "prize winner," at least thus far, for having played computer games the longest! I wonder if even Ashley or Tami has played longer. What year did you start?

In any case...the bottom line is FUN, FUN, FUN! Right?

Love, Witchen =O)

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#93131 - 10/09/99 02:06 PM Re: How did you start gaming?
Witchen Offline
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Registered: 05/26/99
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MacDee, me dear! YES, RIVEN was very difficult. It took us (my son and I played it together) six weeks to complete it. Neither of us having had any gaming experience and no walkthrough available. It remains my all time favorite game.

The scariest part for me is when the little girl appears in the middle of the forest path. I about swallowed my heart! LOL

[This message has been edited by Witchen (edited 10-09-1999).]

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#93132 - 10/09/99 02:41 PM Re: How did you start gaming?
MacDee Offline
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Registered: 06/06/99
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Loc: Battle Creek, Michigan
OMG......Anet......hahaha......I can just see you guys all around a little computer screen. I have never played a text game, but I have seen them and sites that are trying to save them. How many years ago was that anyway?

Witchen.......It took me 6 weeks too, but I loved it! That little girl startled me too, just didn't expect it....

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#93133 - 10/09/99 03:13 PM Re: How did you start gaming?
Anet Offline
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Registered: 07/24/99
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Loc: Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
That was back in the olden days of 1985 (or somewhere around there). We also participated in the beta test of IBM's "mistake" computer the PC Jr.

I'm with you MacDee, I think my husband is secretly jealous of my computer. I see him giving it dirty looks all the time.

Anet

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#93134 - 10/09/99 03:17 PM Re: How did you start gaming?
Witchen Offline
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Registered: 05/26/99
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Loc: Seattle Washington USA
Hi, Anet..you may well have the longevity record then! That is impressive.

I do spend a lot of time on the computers, myself. But, my husband has his lap top for work and he spends plenty of time computering too. Everyone in the immediate family is into gaming...except my husband...so I have a big support group.

Love, Witchen =O)

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#93135 - 10/09/99 03:23 PM Re: How did you start gaming?
LSHAW3457 Offline
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Registered: 07/03/99
Posts: 1247
Loc: San Antonio, TX, USA
My computer background is a little less complicated and engrossing as some of Y'ALL'S.
Actually, I've had about 6 computers over the past 14 years. I started out with an old PC (home made jobber!) that had hardly any hard drive and used a bootdisk to get the thing to run any of the programs. I ditched that one asap, a year or so later and got a TANDY1000SX. How many of you remember those? LOL Anyway, fooled around with Windows3.1, didn't know what I was doing til much, much later. They say we learn from our mistakes.....well I must have learned a TON of stuff, coz I made more mistakes than you could imagine! But, I DID learn. Sold that piece of junk and bought an IBM. Had that one for a few years, and then sold that one at a garage sale for peanuts (that was about all it was worth). Bought myself an HP8180, 266MHz, 4.6Gig Hard drive, and 24x CD ROM and I thought I was in HOG HEAVEN for about 5 years. Not so. Wound up loaning that one to my brother (who still uses it) and bought myself a brand spanking new HP8496, 500MHz, 12.9Gig Hard drive and CD Read/Writer Plus. Love this thing!
Anyway, way back when I had the IBM, I started playing MYST. That was all she wrote! I couldn't get enough. When I finished the game, I started looking for people who were playing it so I could stay "connected" to the game in one way or another and started helping them through areas of the game that had them stumped. Thrilled me (and still does) to help people out. That's how I got started, but that was EONS ago....or at least it seems like it.

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Never will a Winner QUIT, and never will a Quitter WIN!!
LINDA
Snatch up YOUR next Adventure
ADVENTURE GAMES GALORE!!



[This message has been edited by LSHAW3457 (edited 10-09-1999).]
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#93136 - 10/09/99 03:37 PM Re: How did you start gaming?
Anet Offline
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Registered: 07/24/99
Posts: 56
Loc: Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Hi Linda,

I remember the Tandy, had one of those too. I don't think I could take the time to count how many computers or upgrades I've had over the years just to keep up and keep playing the new games.

I don't happen to agree with some people who say that Myst was the beginning of the end of adventure games. Not only did it start the developers on the concept of beautiful graphics but it also encouraged people to use their brains as well as imagination to complete the puzzles. It certainly wasn't empty of atmosphere.

Anet

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