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A discussion in a thread about PS3 sparked some thoughts on Games from Days of Yore.

I remember getting my first computer - a Commodore 64 in beige and chocolate - complete with such classics as 'Game of the Year '84 - Valhalla'. The C64 was a gaming pioneer. It was the best platform for such classics as 'Batman' and 'Outrun'.

Other favourites included Double Dragon II on the Spectrum, Carrier Command on the Amiga (also Midwinter & Lotus Turbo Challenge).

Console-wise on the MegaDrive was the original MicroMachines, with the possibility of having 8-players at once (unique before online games - it worked by having 4 controllers that were each shared between two people).

Later there was Super Mario Kart on the SNES - yet to be outdone in my opinion, later versions were worse.

Which games had a big impact on you? I predict some teary eyes recalling Christmas mornings of the past where you ripped open your disk/cartridge/tape and then spent the rest of the school holidays in front of the TV, ignoring all family and friends that try to socialise with you.
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Defender and Missile Command were the only games that mattered. Still havent been bettered IMO.

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A discussion in a thread about PS3 sparked some thoughts on Games from Days of Yore.

I remember getting my first computer - a Commodore 64 in beige and chocolate - complete with such classics as 'Game of the Year '84 - Valhalla'. The C64 was a gaming pioneer. It was the best platform for such classics as 'Batman' and 'Outrun'.

Other favourites included Double Dragon II on the Spectrum, Carrier Command on the Amiga (also Midwinter & Lotus Turbo Challenge).

Console-wise on the MegaDrive was the original MicroMachines, with the possibility of having 8-players at once (unique before online games - it worked by having 4 controllers that were each shared between two people).

Later there was Super Mario Kart on the SNES - yet to be outdone in my opinion, later versions were worse.

Which games had a big impact on you? I predict some teary eyes recalling Christmas mornings of the past where you ripped open your disk/cartridge/tape and then spent the rest of the school holidays in front of the TV, ignoring all family and friends that try to socialise with you.
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Old 20.12.2007, 15:04
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A discussion in a thread about PS3 sparked some thoughts on Games from Days of Yore.

I remember getting my first computer - a Commodore 64 in beige and chocolate - complete with such classics as 'Game of the Year '84 - Valhalla'. The C64 was a gaming pioneer. It was the best platform for such classics as 'Batman' and 'Outrun'.

Other favourites included Double Dragon II on the Spectrum, Carrier Command on the Amiga (also Midwinter & Lotus Turbo Challenge).

Console-wise on the MegaDrive was the original MicroMachines, with the possibility of having 8-players at once (unique before online games - it worked by having 4 controllers that were each shared between two people).

Later there was Super Mario Kart on the SNES - yet to be outdone in my opinion, later versions were worse.

Which games had a big impact on you? I predict some teary eyes recalling Christmas mornings of the past where you ripped open your disk/cartridge/tape and then spent the rest of the school holidays in front of the TV, ignoring all family and friends that try to socialise with you.
hmm, back in the mid 80s I remember spending hours and hours pressing the rubber keys of a Sinclair Spectrum playing "Atic Attack" and "Jet Set Willy". (Anyone who missed out can try Jet Set Willy: here )

In the 90's I upgraded to a Commadore Amiga and I was hooked on the Monkey Island series of games as well as Lotus Esprit Turbo Challange and Rick Dangerous.

And of course, not forgetting the all time classic arcade game....Pacman
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My first computer was he Vic20, the predecessor to the C64. Any game more complex than Frogger was too much of a strain. After that came the Apple ||e, the ultimate game computer from the 80s: Karateka, Lode Runner, Impossible Mission.

For the PC - UFO:Enemy Unknown and Civilization

Quite agree - Super Mario Kart was and still is the best version.
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Long long history but Speccy, C64, Amiga, Snes, Megadrive, Saturn, N64, Gamecube, PS2, PS1, PC's of varying descriptions since 1990, plus some I think I've forgotten!

Elite..The worlds best game ever bar none. The idea is sound bring on Elite 4 (Amazing achievement on the platform at the time) Hey don't play by the rules be a pirate, arrrr!

R-Type - master system, snes etc

Wonderboy series on master system

Sensible Soccer - Amiga (lost so many sat afternoons playing leagues with my mates in winter!)

Chase HQ - How cool was it busting people?

Mario Kart, SNES, N64, Cube (Original party Game) ( I have all versions and will bring to CH next year!)

Supermarioworld - Snes (annoying having to fly complete stages to find the secrets!)

Trying to think now so many to choose from..
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Old 20.12.2007, 15:12
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Super Mario Kart still never been bettered by any driving game.

And old-school Gameboy Tetris of course..
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Long long history but Speccy, C64, Amiga, Snes, Megadrive, Saturn, N64, Gamecube, PS2, PS1, PC's of varying descriptions since 1990, plus some I think I've forgotten!

Elite..The worlds best game ever bar none. The idea is sound bring on Elite 4 (Amazing achievement on the platform at the time) Hey don't play by the rules be a pirate, arrrr!

R-Type - master system, snes etc

Wonderboy series on master system

Sensible Soccer - Amiga (lost so many sat afternoons playing leagues with my mates in winter!)

Chase HQ - How cool was it busting people?

Mario Kart, SNES, N64, Cube (Original party Game) ( I have all versions and will bring to CH next year!)

Supermarioworld - Snes (annoying having to fly complete stages to find the secrets!)

Trying to think now so many to choose from..
Good call, Karl!! Loved those games, especially Elite and Sensible Soccer!

Was a big fan of Champ Man - that was where my GCSE revision went!
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Old 20.12.2007, 15:16
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First real games machine for me was the BBC B, the Ultima games were my favourites I think, along with elite!

We had various early PCs even before the that, which I played Adventure (or colossal adventure) on, but that doesn't really count.
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Infocom Zork on a PDP11.

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For all the Nintendo fans, the Wii has a virtual console function and you can download many of the classics named above (for a small fee).
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Joystick busting Daley Thompsons Decathalon

Anyone own a CDO or NeoGeo

Road Rash ;-)
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Old 20.12.2007, 15:21
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Galaga & Wonderboy.
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Old 20.12.2007, 15:45
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And for all the arcade fans, you should absolutely get MAME, the Multi Arcade Machine Emulator.

You'll have to hunt down your own roms, but pretty much every arcade machine ever made up to the mid nineties is available.
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Ever heard of "manhattan" where a baby bounces on a trampoline right up the side of a skyscraper and bounces off platforms while avoiding the bombs littering the path ?

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first machine was zx spectrum at age 10, nope not the later ones with tape machine built in... im talking the OG spectrum. long ago in a place far far away.

i used to get pre-adolescent pleasure from programming some simple games in BASIC, from the computer magazines of the time. Oh what joy to spend 6 hours typing, 1 hour checking the errors, and pressing RUN... to find at best it drew a stick house and asked how many umbrellas i wanted to sell that day, or how many ice creams (one of the games i programmed).

on the speccy there were loads of good games, sometimes mentioned already. will anything actually top the tension though of actually seeing if the game would load at all, with that great electronic sound and multicoloured borders,?

those were the days. i would add knight lore to attic attack. basically anything by ulimate play the game. Also The Hobbit Adventure game (go east, eat troll, open door, etc etc). I remember a game called subsunk, i couldnt finish it so i wrote to Crash magazine asking for help (biggest speccy mag at the time). some months later, my letter was published.... how proud i was... 90,000 mags they used to sell a month, all with my name in it.... that was my first early brush with fame and fortune... and maybe my only one, hahaha.

jet pac and the sequel lunar jetman were two great ones too. oh god oh god.... The way of the exploding fist... still almost the best title of anything ever!and ´Tomahawk.... a helicopter simulator in my bedroom.... ahh the joy of flying around those stick mountains. Leaderboard golf? well, that was one of the early pioneers of multi platform gaming, i.e. the idea to bring it out for several computers at once. super. Chuckie egg!

i then moved onto the atari ST. wow!! what a cool computer. with a DISK DRIVE. the endless spats about the ST versus the amiga. probably the amiga came out on top cause it had better sound but wow, i was the luckiest kid in the world. It had .... A MOUSE!!!!

Ghostbusters. Revenge of the mutant camels. Next level adventures like The Pawn. Achipelagos (used to listen to George michael while playing this... random memory). Gunship. F15 Strike Eagle. The original sim city. and possibly one of my favourites, direct rival to R type... XENON!+

phew. good times.

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first machine was zx spectrum at age 10, nope not the later ones with tape machine built in... im talking the OG spectrum. long ago in a place far far away.

i used to get pre-adolescent pleasure from programming some simple games in BASIC, from the computer magazines of the time. Oh what joy to spend 6 hours typing, 1 hour checking the errors, and pressing RUN... to find at best it drew a stick house and asked how many umbrellas i wanted to sell that day, or how many ice creams (one of the games i programmed).

on the speccy there were loads of good games, sometimes mentioned already. will anything actually top the tension though of actually seeing if the game would load at all, with that great electronic sound and multicoloured borders,?

those were the days. i would add knight lore to attic attack. basically anything by ulimate play the game. Also The Hobbit Adventure game (go east, eat troll, open door, etc etc). I remember a game called subsunk, i couldnt finish it so i wrote to Crash magazine asking for help (biggest speccy mag at the time). some months later, my letter was published.... how proud i was... 90,000 mags they used to sell a month, all with my name in it.... that was my first early brush with fame and fortune... and maybe my only one, hahaha.

jet pac and the sequel lunar jetman were two great ones too. oh god oh god.... The way of the exploding fist... still almost the best title of anything ever!and ´Tomahawk.... a helicopter simulator in my bedroom.... ahh the joy of flying around those stick mountains. Leaderboard golf? well, that was one of the early pioneers of multi platform gaming, i.e. the idea to bring it out for several computers at once. super. Chuckie egg!

i then moved onto the atari ST. wow!! what a cool computer. with a DISK DRIVE. the endless spats about the ST versus the amiga. probably the amiga came out on top cause it had better sound but wow, i was the luckiest kid in the world. It had .... A MOUSE!!!!

Ghostbusters. Revenge of the mutant camels. Next level adventures like The Pawn. Achipelagos (used to listen to George michael while playing this... random memory). Gunship. F15 Strike Eagle. The original sim city. and possibly one of my favourites, direct rival to R type... XENON!+

phew. good times.

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DAMN..... that looks cool!
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