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In honor of the release of Far Cry: Blood Dragon we'd like to take moment to relive some of our favorite gaming moments from the '80s.
I was a kid in the '80s. I remember riding my bike through the creek after school and playing with Super Soaker in the park, but some of my favorite memories from my childhood center on games. Ms. Pac-Man was one of the first games I ever played and I remember thinking it was the best thing ever and begging my parents for quarters so I could try to get past the first maze (it took me a long time.) Ms. Pac-Man was also the first version of Pac-Man I had ever seen, so I thought it was the original game. In fact, years later, when I finally came across the original Pac-Man cabinet, it felt really surreal, like I had just seen one of my relatives naked.
Later in the decade, my buddy Terry and I became obsessed with the NES game Double Dragon II: The Revenge. However, neither of us owned the game, and our parents wouldn't buy it for us, so every weekend we would scrounge around for change until we have enough to rent it, then we'd ride our bikes down to the local video store. One week we rented the Jaws video game instead and immediately regretted it. We went back to Double Dragon the next week. I think we spent enough money renting it that our parents probably should have just bought the game for us.
What about you? What are some of your fondest '80s gaming memories? If you weren't alive during that decade, what are some of your fondest gaming memories of playing games from the '80s or what is one of your favorite gaming memories from a game that paid homage to the decade: think games like Double Dragon Neon, Hotline Miami, or 3D Dot Game Heroes.
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Being horrible at Tetris.
Loved the 80's a golden age in gaming. My dad first getting Atari, I think mostly for himself, I loved playing Space Invaders and Pitfall. My older brother loved Galaxian and Asteroids. Then playing in the later 80's on the Commodore 64 Maniac Mansion and the wonderful Nintendo.
Too young :| 1996 !
I wasn't born in the 80's, but the first game I ever played was the original Super Mario Bros. Best moment: "Thank you Marion but our princess is in another castle."
NES. Late 80s. My mom and I were riding on a plane home from my first trip to Disney World. On the plane there was this teenager who had the old school NES cartidge carrying case and inside, some of the coolest games I had ever seen. Metroid, Contra, the classics, man. He also introduced Mega Man to me, told me how freaking awesome it was and we stopped and picked it up on the way home from the mall. I played it over and over again, was the greatest end to a vacation from my childhood.
Miss those days.
Adventure and Jungle Hunt for the atari 2600
I have too many to count, but one of my favorites was staying at my cousins house and playing super Mario Bro's 2. He had a lot more games than me but Mario and Mario 2 got allot of attention because his older sister played those and had seniority over the TV. We would all be up all night taking turns and trying to beat the next level. I also got Double Dragon with my first nintendo, so that kept me up most nights.
Our house was in the middle of nowhere and really cold but I would sneak out and play Punchout! in the wee hours of the dawn in my underwear.(Getting dressed took too long I guess) Man I could go on and on and on.....
playing combat, kangaroo, and ladybug as a child. still some of my favorite games. not combat though. that game is kinda lame.
I guess my favorite 80's gaming moment was the fact that I wasn't alive. Being born in the 90's and not really being able to play many games until the early 2000's, I grew up playing my Nintendo 64 and Gamecube, and I played the crap out of them. Now that I'm getting to be of age to play and understand any game from any generation, I'm glad I grew up with the games I did, due to the fact that I enjoy the 8-16-64 bit era's more than anything that's come out recently. Having to play those as a child, and then coming into this generation's onslaught of FPS and casual games makes me feel sad for those who truly grew up in this era, for they'll have few experiences comparable to the ones they had as children.
listening to the entry music to Kung-Fu. I first played the cabinet arcade and then got it for the nes. Easily a game that goes beyond classic into timeless. Play that game right now and I guarantee you will enjoy yourself more than you would have hoped for.
I'd have to be older to remember. I was still too young to remember by the end of the decade. I imagine most people here are too young.
But, I remember playing the old NES. It was simpler times.
when i finally beat mario brothers in '89...yeah i sucked at it at first, but i was determined before the 90s to beat it...
Spinning that sword in Kid Niki: Radical Ninja.
I remember first seeing an Atari 2600 and going, "Whoa. Games at home? That's the best thing EVER!"
But my favorite moment has got to be seeing Ryu Hayabusa on that mountain top, staring at that giant castle. The recent Super Replay was like a walk down memory lane. I could almost smell my best friend's old house.
That and entering a hilariously profane password for Metal Gear that puts you right at the end. I still remember it.
Finding out Samus was a girl and learning the Konami code.
Man I feel old after this.
My mom was an EMT and so I would sometimes go with her to the First Aid Squad building, because they had an NES there. I think the only game they had was Mario/ Duck Hunt. I remember trying unsuccessfully to play Duck Hunt, not realizing there was no light gun. I never beat Mario because I was never there for long enough.
Galaga in the arcade--almost any 80's arcade, really.
And, of course, CONTRA CONTRA CONTRA.