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#93137 - 10/09/99 04:15 PM Re: How did you start gaming?
MacDee Offline
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Registered: 06/06/99
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Joan....You are so lucky.....I wish I could work on puters, or had a hubby that could. In less than a year, my 225 MHz Mac was not enough.......but I'm happy for the time being with my 450 MHz IBM Aptiva.

Linda......Isn't it amazing how fast a computer becomes obsolete? Myst was definately a ground breaker..... We need more!!!

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#93138 - 10/09/99 06:39 PM Re: How did you start gaming?
Scooter Offline
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Registered: 06/01/99
Posts: 113
Loc: Columbus, OH USA
Myst was my first love! I remember seeing an ad for it years ago at Micro Center and I got chills up and down my spine! It didn't work on my old 'puter. So I went out and bought an new one just so I could play it! I borrowed money to pay for the puter - that is how important it was. I was completely, COMPLETELY entralled. I had no idea whatsoever what I was doing - but I knew it was opening new worlds for me. And, of course, it has.

Great topic, Dee.

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#93139 - 10/09/99 08:01 PM Re: How did you start gaming?
Ashley Offline
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Registered: 06/11/99
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Loc: Illinois
I think I've had a computer the longest (and I'm probably one of the youngest posters on this board) . I had a Commodore 64+ (hooked up to the TV) somewhere around 1983-4 (along w/ my old Atari which still works). Then while I was visiting my aunt in 1985, she showed my how to play a great new game called Kings Quest 2 on her old IBM (which later became my "new" computer). The next year (86), she and my grandparents bought me a Tandy 1000EX. About 5 or 6 years ago, my aunt gave me her old IBM and a huge box full of floppies and original game boxes. I used that until I bought my Compaq in 1997 (my first experience w/ a CDROM). Both the Tandy and the IBM have been gifted to relatives, as nobody would want to buy them.
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#93140 - 10/09/99 08:16 PM Re: How did you start gaming?
MacDee Offline
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Wow....Ashley.....I forgot about my Atari. I never considered that a computer though. I played all those silly games on it....you know, arcade. Come to think of it....haha...I do remember doing some programming on it and it saved onto a casette.... I still have it too and I bet it works.......

Scoot......Another Myst lover..... Aren't we something? Slots and Adventure Games........haha

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#93141 - 10/09/99 09:28 PM Re: How did you start gaming?
pbsears Offline
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Registered: 09/21/99
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Loc: Alabama - USA
Dee, I agree. Great topic!

As you know, I am a MAC nut. I love my Macintosh. I had used PC's at work for years and liked working on them but did not even think about games. Then I got my first Mac, a Performa 6200 and I fell in love! That was just a five years ago. I then got a G3 Macintosh 266 and just thought I was in love before ! But I did not get turned on to games until I watched my husband, Paul playing them constantly. He is a gamer! (but a PC gamer...so I can buy games for both). But he loves action games and adventure games. He just loves games. He introduced me to Myst and I fell in love again! He had to help me alot with Myst. I thought it was the most wonderful experience....until I discovered Riven and then I was really hooked.

Until I found this Board...thanks again to Mr. Bill and ~Dee, I had a hard time finding adventure games...in fact I thought they were called RPG games; never noticing the difference. Now thanks to ~Dee I do!

Oh, yes, Paul constantly makes the statement...I thought I had a wife. It is his fault to introducing me to games!!!! I love my computers

Pam

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#93142 - 10/09/99 11:39 PM Re: How did you start gaming?
ray Offline
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Registered: 05/29/99
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I was serving my last eighteen months at San Quentin. Desperate to get away from "Tiny", a 375 mental defective who had fixated on me, I volunteered to work in the library (Tiny wasn't much of a reader). One day I noticed that, in all the excitement leading up to his lethal injection, Paddy McArsenic had left his copy of Myst in one of the computer stations. I was on my break, so I popped it in the cd player and fired it up . . . and not since my first hit of horse had felt such a high or gotten hooked so quickly.

Sorry . . . my real story's too boring. I bought my computer last November with NO THOUGHT of playing games. Really! Then AOL offered me Riven for $20. I loaded it up and the scales fell from my eyes.

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#93143 - 10/09/99 11:55 PM Re: How did you start gaming?
granny Offline
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Registered: 08/27/99
Posts: 7405
Loc: Ft. Lauderdale, Florida USA
I actually got into Gaming thru an ad for Riven, touting it as the sequel to "The Best Adventure Game Ever, MYST", and it gave a brief synopsis of Myst. I have been a Fantasy and Sci-fi nut since the late 40s, and have about read out our Library, so I was thrilled to hear about a new way to enjoy it. Also, at work, each time our Field Engineers got a Laptop upgrade, they would show me all the games, and talk about what they and their wives and kids played at home. That decided me to plan ahead for a lot of gaming when I retired last year. I bought my 'putor in April, 98, with Myst, Riven, Starfleet Academy, X-files & Frogger, and started stashing money for future games. (You notice how little I knew about the make-up of games) Then when I retired in late Sept, after a 3 1/2 week trip to Vegas & Reno ( threw that in for you, Dee) I settled in for some serious playing and shopping. Then this summer I discovered GameBoomers thru a post from Witchen on Nexus, and my life is now full and happy.

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#93144 - 10/10/99 10:01 AM Re: How did you start gaming?
Marcie Offline
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Registered: 06/14/99
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Loc: Elgin, Illinois
My husband got me started, it's all his fault. We started with card games and pinball games. One day he and our grandson Tim were spending a lot of time in the office with this music..... can't explain the music... it just went on and on and on. I went in to check on them and they were involved in some dumb game they called Myst - what the heck is Myst I asked - they tried to show me, but I would have nothing to do with wasting my time on such dumb stuff. Later on Jerry got another game called Phantasmagoria and told me he got it for me, maybe I would like this better than pinball. I too put if off for a long time and the only reason I sat down to play it was because I didn't want to hurt Jerry's feelings. Well, that's all it took, he now watches tv alone LOL
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#93145 - 10/10/99 12:08 PM Re: How did you start gaming?
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Registered: 07/11/99
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These are such wonderful stories TY Dee.
Marcie,are you my long lost twin? LOL.

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#93146 - 10/10/99 01:32 PM Re: How did you start gaming?
mrbill Offline
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Registered: 06/04/99
Posts: 1151
Loc: Great Lakes Region
Lela and I became victims of MYST back in January 1997. I've had a computer (486/33) 16meg of RAM since late 80's. It was the latest then, and of course no one would ever need 16 megs of RAM (that's what guys at work told me). I used the machine to help me with teaching. You know: keeping records, writing lessons and tests, etc. Anyway, I kept hearing about this adventure game, and constantly saw it in stores, so I bought it for myself as a Christmas gift in December 96. My nephew and his family came for Christmas and begged me to load it. So after Christmas Lela and I went back to it and finally got off the main island. We didn't sleep, eat, drink, go to the bathroom, feed the animals, or anything for about 7 days. We used only one hint from Cyan and they were quite concerned about us. The lovely gal we talked with said that we had to eat and all that because they did not want to lose any customers from starvation, nervous breakdowns or anything like that. True Story! Honest! Lela had never played any kind of games, she wasn't interested - Look at us now!

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#93147 - 10/10/99 01:55 PM Re: How did you start gaming?
MacDee Offline
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Registered: 06/06/99
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These are such wonderful stories! Thank you all so much for sharing your story with everyone. So many of us started with Myst and Riven.....I'm amazed.

If this thread wasn't so long, I would copy it and send it to all the gaming companies and magazines so they could see how much we love and need our genre.

~Dee



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#93148 - 10/10/99 02:51 PM Re: How did you start gaming?
Pokey Offline
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Registered: 06/01/99
Posts: 5500
Loc: California
We started with Myst also. Had no help at all for most of the game since we had no internet. I remember vividly the sound from the next room for a couple days--MMM-KLUNK-- over and over with my husband trying to solve the elevator puzzle. Finally an "I got it" Thank heavens.

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#93149 - 10/10/99 04:50 PM Re: How did you start gaming?
vermin Offline
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Registered: 05/31/99
Posts: 761
Loc: Santa Barbara, CA, USA
I got hooked on adventure games through our son, who had a borrowed playstation and Resident Evil. We played together, he doing all of the navigation and shooting, and both of us hunting for inventory and solving the (rare) puzzles. Then we got Tomb Raider and played that together. Next he bought Riven which had us ENTHRALLED for weeks. Soon I had bought a computer, our son got me Journeyman 3 and Lighthouse, a friend lent me Phantasmagoria, and I haven't stopped since.
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#93150 - 10/10/99 05:35 PM Re: How did you start gaming?
Witchen Offline
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Registered: 05/26/99
Posts: 22381
Loc: Seattle Washington USA
HI, Vermie and all!

Interesting to see both RIVEN and MYST pop up so frequently in these "how I got started..." stories. Truly two profoundly compelling invitations to adventure gaming!

Love, Witchen =O)

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#93151 - 10/10/99 06:06 PM Re: How did you start gaming?
Don M Offline
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Registered: 09/07/99
Posts: 2376
Loc: St. Helens, OR
In 1992 I went to visit and old friend of
mine in the bay area.(old golfing buddy)He
was a programer for General Electric. He
had PC's at work but his personal puter
was a power MAC. After a round of golf he
would sit at that [blip] thing for hours playing "silly games" Well to make a long story short, when I left for home he gave
me an old Mac of his and two games. Myst
and Gabrial knight sins of the fathers. One
on CD (Myst) and Gabe on 12 floppies. I was
hooked. I think it took me 3 months to play
Sins of the Fathers and only about 45 days
for Myst. My downfall had begun.

Don
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