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Re: How did you get started in gaming? #113756
08/24/05 11:10 PM
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I got started like Looney did. My older sister sent me Dungeon Siege and from then on I was hooked. I prefer and normally only play point and click games, and I just love most adventure games. Right now I am playing Dungeon Siege 2, and it is great. That was about three years ago and I have been a happy gamer ever since.

Maggie wave

Re: How did you get started in gaming? #113757
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Guess it really started with the two Atari game systems that first came out. Then Atari released their first computer, then we bought a 486 machine and I was introduced to Doom and Myst. Loved Doom, but kept getting wipped. Bought Myst when it came out and it was love at first sight. The CD drive I had at the time made the game run a bit slow, especially in the light house, but I loved it. I've not played many, I'm rather selective, but I've played Riven, Exile, started M4 but haven't finished it yet, ROTS, Crystal Key, and a few others.


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Re: How did you get started in gaming? #113758
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Quote:
Originally posted by Jenny:
I'm one of the ones who was hooked by Myst--there are a [b]lot of us, it seems... bravo [/b]
SAME FOR ME!


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Re: How did you get started in gaming? #113759
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I had played adventure games for a while but as far as getting hooked is concened I guess Under A Killing Moon did it for me. I played Myst and others that were enjoyable but UAKM caused loss of sleep and a few strands of hair, laser puzzle, but after finishing that game I was hooked for life and as the saying goes, "the rest is history".


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Re: How did you get started in gaming? #113760
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My sister Carolyn was playing Adventure Games and talked me into trying them. I was reluctant at first but I am sooo glad she encouraged me!

I love Adventure Games and I have even branched out and tried Tomb Raider Games and Broken Sword and am having fun with action games.

My first game was Riddle of the Sphinx and boy was that hard! Then I played Myst and that got me hooked!

If it wasn't for my sister I never would have know about GameBoomers either! I love this site and feel very safe and happy to visit! Thanks to Kaki, my dear sister!! wave smile wave


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Re: How did you get started in gaming? #113761
08/25/05 06:19 AM
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Hi all,

Well we have had a computer in our home since the Commodore 64.

I use to type my own games from magazines which went something like this.

0001000021000 and so on.....boring but I got to play a game when I was done with all of that. smile

I don't remember which game was my first or which one got me started but I do have many many games since I started and don't think I will ever stop.


Love Thy Neighbor

Re: How did you get started in gaming? #113762
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Gee I forgot about all that typing. After the intelevision we got the Atari computer with the external disk drive. I spent many an evening typing away to get those games done so the kids could have something new to play.


Remember only Robinson Crusoe got his work done by Friday.
Re: How did you get started in gaming? #113763
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I got hooked about 3 years ago. My sister-inlaw was always on the computer. She liked the 3-d landscape and house building type cds. I watched her use that and tried it myself. I thought it was neat but I didn't dream about it. Then she got my daughter a Barbie Detective game. It was so much fun! Then I bought my first game ever. ND the Royal Tower. I thought it was so neat! The music, the puzzles, the sound effects and atmosphere! I was hooked then and there. At the beginning I even had dreams about the tunnels and mazes but never solved them in my sleep. lol I guess there's no turning back now.


Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.-Marcel Proust
Re: How did you get started in gaming? #113764
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My first computer was a Texas Instruments TI99-4/A, which my parents bought me after TI got out of the home computer business (the only reason we could afford it). Given the nature of the beast (it, not me), one of the first games I played on it was a pirate adventure game, which had to load into the computer from a tape cassette player...oy...

Let's see...then I got a Commodore 128 and found HHGG available for it. Woo hoo! Then...then the epiphany happened. I bought a CD-ROM drive for my 386 (or was it a 486? Hmm, don't remember) for the express purpose of playing...

haven't you guessed?

...Myst! And after years of platform games, I finally found my niche.


We need to band together! Remember, there is no "I" in "VICTORY"! Oh wait...
Re: How did you get started in gaming? #113765
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I was vaguely interested in platform games as a result of supervising and then having to help problem solve for my own and friends' kids on the Sinclair Spectrum. Then I got myself a Gameboy and discovered Prince of Persia: then I heard about PoP 3D and played it... (took about three months)

Then I moved on to HalfLife...

Slowed the pace a little with Amerzone and Syberia 1 & 2...

Now I have a stack of games I have not played yet, and a tolerant wife!
duh woozy


Life is what happens while you're making other plans.

Re: How did you get started in gaming? #113766
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I had an Atari that I loved to play. Then I got a Commodore 64 and played many of the text adventures, like "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" and "King Tut's Tomb." I didn't play for like 15 years after that. My husband likes to play FPS and adventure games, so I asked him if they still made games similar to the old text adventures. We went to WalMart and got "Mystery of the Mummy." I swore I wasn't going to become one of "those people" who do nothing but play their games. Oops.

Re: How did you get started in gaming? #113767
08/25/05 09:18 PM
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Hello Dashia, and welcome to GameBoomers! welcome

Re: How did you get started in gaming? #113768
08/25/05 09:30 PM
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Welcome ,Dashia,
You are among friends here.
There is nothing you can say,do,mess up,talk about,
ask,or flub up that we can't help you with.
Because [we have done it to].... welcome welcome welcome

Re: How did you get started in gaming? #113769
08/26/05 06:16 AM
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i totally blame george stobbart broken sword1. he had me hooked and looking for more. played a fair few now and always need a walkthrough. its the story i like, not the puzzle bits.
LOVED syberia 1 and 2

Re: How did you get started in gaming? #113770
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The first one I played was Sherlock Holmes, The Case of the Rose Tattoo. Loved how Sherlock would walk through the corner of the desk, LOL.
Previous to that it was Repton on the BBC computer, the whole family was hooked on that game.

Re: How did you get started in gaming? #113771
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Thanks for the warm welcome! I'm excited to be here gaming among people who know sooooo much about this stuff. I've actually been lurking around this site for a while.

Re: How did you get started in gaming? #113772
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Hi Dashia, welcome to Gameboomers! You're right, there are a LOT of knowledgeable & friendly folks here; it's a great place to hang out, chat about games - and learn! smile


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Re: How did you get started in gaming? #113773
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I've already said that it was Myst that introduced me to adventure gaming, but that wasn't until I got a "real" computer. My first computer was a Tandy 1000 that my father gave me when his macular degeneration reached the point that he could no longer use it. Of course that was DOS based, and had no internal hard drive, and I frankly didn't get much use out of it. When I got a computer with Windows and a hard drive, I thought I'd died and gone to heaven!!! lol

And Dashia, think


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Re: How did you get started in gaming? #113774
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Hi, Jenny:
I've scanned all the forums, but I've spent most of my time on the adventure discussion and adventure hints forums. I haven't spent any time on the RPG forum because I don't really know the difference between adventure games and RPG games.

Re: How did you get started in gaming? #113775
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Our first computer was a Mac and, not knowing too much about computers, Mac, PC or otherwise, we began to read magazines for Mac users. It was around Christmas one year when I was sort of leafing through one of these magazines and happened on an article naming the games they most recommended for that year. A couple of them especially impressed me but, alas! you had to have a CD player to run them. Anyway, that year I asked "Santa" (my husband) for Myst, Gadget and a CD. He not only gave me those two games, but installed my first CD (about a 2x, I think!) and from the moment the screen darkened and the games came on - I felt I had entered a new and exciting world - like being on vacation without leaving my desk. Obviously, I was hooked and have remained so - even through several different computers, CDs, DVDs - and more and more games.

BTW - I think you may even be a bit newer here than I am, Dashia, so wave welcome from another newbie

Re: How did you get started in gaming? #113776
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welcome Sondi and Dashia--this is a great place to hang out and there are many knowledgeable folks here to help out-- wave


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-Roger Caras
Re: How did you get started in gaming? #113777
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Quote:
Originally posted by Dashia:
I haven't spent any time on the RPG forum because I don't really know the difference between adventure games and RPG games.
Probably the easiest way to characterise the RPG is that your character learns skills which you can constantly upgrade through quests--also it is necessary to keep a close eye on your health, because if you let it get too low, you'll die.

One of the most popular RPG with GameBoomers was Divine Divinity which came out several years ago. (There is another now that I think is a sequel, but don't take that for gospel--I don't do much with RPG). If you want to get an idea of how an RPG works, check out the review of Divine Divinity that's here on our website...


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Re: How did you get started in gaming? #113778
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Don't forget Dashia, it is not just an RPG forum. It is for any kind of game other than adventure games. thumbsup

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Re: How did you get started in gaming? #113779
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I started way back "in the day" --- 1983 ---
my first was a little text adventure known as "The Adventure of The Collasal Caves" from there followed some of the Infocom Games such as ZORK and Wishbringer --- but then 2 active sons - work - and running an art studio began to take preference and gameing was all but forgotten for a very long time.

Then in 1999 -- with the boys grown and the move here to TEXAS --- I was left with an incredibile amount of free time on my hands --- I hated just sitting in front of the TV by myself night after night (Braveheart worked very long hours) One of my sons had sent me his computer and the software which went with it (as he entered the Navy)
Anywho -- the first game was "Riven" --- took about a month or so without a walkthrough (didn't know what those were at the time, heeheee) The beauty and stillnes is what hooked me, then Amber came next and I was hooked ...line and sinker!
The rest is history.

Inferno


Watching: Dark Shadows
Reading: Angelique's Descent
Playing: WoW and living in Kil' Jaeden
Re: How did you get started in gaming? #113780
08/27/05 09:06 AM
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Thanks, Jenny and Friedmonky for your insights. I may try one of those games just to see the difference. I know my husband has Neverwinter Nights and has played Hitman and Deus Ex, which is his favorite, but I've never tried them. I've never really tried to play any other game besides adventure games, although I just bought Indiana Jones and the Infernal Machine, so I'll see if I also like playing action games. Maybe I'll be posting on the RPG/action game forum soon! happydance

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