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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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I started gaming in 1991 when I was 2. My surprised moments was mario, zelda 2 and ms pac man.
My favorite gaming memories would have to be the christmas I got Contra for my nintendo me and my brother played it the whole day and night, even now that game still stands out as the best co-op experience we ever had. Super Contra kept us hooked on the genre and imo set the bar for that type of side scrolling co-op gameplay.
I'm not sure... Mario in '89 maybe... I was only like six or seven then...
Favorite memory? Jumping when we would make Mario jump. Also, trying to shoot those damn ducks in Duck Hunt by pressing the Zapper directly on the TV screen. Didn't help much.
i was born in the 90's but the NES was the first gaming system i had, i got into gaming through super mario bros., duck hunt, the jaws game, the first legend of zelda (so great for its time), and battletoads, i think i still have this stuff somewhere, i should see if i can hook them up and play a little bit
i started in 78 with an atari 2600...as for the 80's?...way too many to mention...but my most fond memories are all of going to arcades (2001 in the galleria was a favorite) and seeing the new games from zaxxon to tempest, and i loved playing pinball there too
I have many, but what stand out most are the memories of the beginning days of the arcades. It was all in its infancy back then, and going to the arcade was exciting because there was always some new game to try. There was no internet and one magazine, so you never knew what was coming out until you got to the arcade, saw it for the first time, and played it. On a side note, I discovered very early on that I didn't like co-op gaming. Whenever some stranger joined in with my game of Gauntlet, I got pissed.
Playing my Atari 2600 and trying to play a racing game with the "paddle" controller. One button controllers. Those were the days.
Born in 81, I inherited an Atari 2600 from my sister, only sibling and eldest. It had a couple hefty, squarish controllers with a joystick and one orange button each, and we used to play it in the afternoon, after lunch time. One cartridge contained over a dozen games, one of them a "platform" racing game (dragsters, I think) that I really liked. My sister liked Pac-man, so I'd watch her and play it, too. Hero, River Raid, some other game with two cowboys and a cactus tree in the middle of the screen that you had to shoot through. Hrm. There was boxing, too. Two snubby fellows trading blows, and you had to hit your opponent's nose to win a round.
Yeah, the Atari 2600 was great fun, at least for a short time. Then came the Master System and the Nintendo (8 bits - also known as 'Nintendinho' or Little Nintendo, in Brazil). My sister wasn't very interested in most of the games with the exceptions of Donkey Kong and Mario, thus I spent most of the time playing the more 'violent' games by myself, like Double Dragon, Contra, Castlevania. As a matter of fact, I can't remember my sister paying much attention to video games at all until the 16 bit era and Disney's reign over the Mega-Drive (SEGA Genesis in the USA). She loved Castle of Illusion and Quackshot, so naturally I spent a great deal of time jumping, collecting apples and shooting plungers.
By the early 90s my interest was shifting to PC gaming, so I'll stop here before I drag this remembrance too far. Cya. :)
I was born near the end of 1989, so I'm really a 90s kid, but I remember playing a lot of Pac Man and Galaga at the local barbershop and my family's favorite pizza place when I was a kid.