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Poll: Age of PoE forum dwellers (266 member(s) have cast votes)

How old are you?

  1. 15 or less (1 votes [0.38%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.38%

  2. 16-20 (10 votes [3.76%])

    Percentage of vote: 3.76%

  3. 21-25 (53 votes [19.92%])

    Percentage of vote: 19.92%

  4. 26-30 (90 votes [33.83%])

    Percentage of vote: 33.83%

  5. 31-35 (51 votes [19.17%])

    Percentage of vote: 19.17%

  6. 36-40 (22 votes [8.27%])

    Percentage of vote: 8.27%

  7. 41-45 (21 votes [7.89%])

    Percentage of vote: 7.89%

  8. 46-50 (11 votes [4.14%])

    Percentage of vote: 4.14%

  9. 51-55 (3 votes [1.13%])

    Percentage of vote: 1.13%

  10. 56 or more (4 votes [1.50%])

    Percentage of vote: 1.50%

How long have you been a (computer) gamer?

  1. 5 yrs or less (4 votes [1.50%])

    Percentage of vote: 1.50%

  2. 6-10 years (20 votes [7.52%])

    Percentage of vote: 7.52%

  3. 11-15 years (47 votes [17.67%])

    Percentage of vote: 17.67%

  4. 16-20 years (73 votes [27.44%])

    Percentage of vote: 27.44%

  5. 21-25 years (59 votes [22.18%])

    Percentage of vote: 22.18%

  6. 26-30 years (38 votes [14.29%])

    Percentage of vote: 14.29%

  7. 31-35 years (18 votes [6.77%])

    Percentage of vote: 6.77%

  8. 36 years or more (7 votes [2.63%])

    Percentage of vote: 2.63%

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#41
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does anyone here remember the spectrum zx?  Played manic miner to no end, i loved the spectrum zx, just the keys were really of bad quality and i wore them out. Had a Schneider (Amstrad) CPC after that with a cassette deck and somehow managed to spill an entire can of a cola on it but the Amstrad still worked. Then played games like wing commander, lemmings, Indianapolis 500 on the 286 and 386 sx pc. Also played elite plus back then and am a proud backer of elite dangerous :) Last game I played was the shadow sun from alan miranda’s Ossian studios on the ipad, it’s a cool little rpg for the ipad.


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does anyone here remember the spectrum zx?

 

Me, a friend, a Spectrum, two QuickShot joystics and a weekend with The Way of the Exploding Fist.

Not my longest ever gaming binge, but the only time I actually got blisters in my fingers.


Edited by Jarmo, 22 October 2014 - 04:51 AM.

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does anyone here remember the spectrum zx?

 

Me, a friend, a Spectrum, two QuickShot joystics and a weekend with The Way of the Exploding Fist.

Not my longest ever gaming binge, but the only time I actually got blisters in my fingers.

 

 

A friend and I got so good at that game (on the C64) that a single match could last virtually forever until one of us keeled over from fatigue. That was because you could block incoming attacks 100% of the time and effectively turn it into a game of tic-tac-toe. As a computer in a movie once said, the only way to win is not to play... or hope you had more coffee than your opponent.


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I'm trying to remember the module with the crashed space ship in the mountains. 

I think that was Expedition to the Barrier Peaks. My buddies and I played as many of those old TSR modules as we could get our hands on. Somewhere in a storehouse there's a box with all my old AD&D hardcover rule books, a ton of TSR modules, and the original box set that Monte Carlo provided an image of upthread. (I'm picturing that end scene from Raiders of the Lost Ark, as I've no idea where my parents stored that stuff).

 

Anyway, as for the topic, I turned 50 this year and my first game was (I think) Pong which a friend of mine got as a gift. I think we were 13 years old? Can't recall for sure - it may have been when I was 14 or 15, but 13 seems about right. We were all completely blown away by that game. Anyway been gaming for a while since then... :p


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Yeah, my inky friend, I would have been 8.  Then again... I'm younger than you.  bwahahahaha  :Cant's looking at the ceiling while polishing his halo icon:


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Yeah, my inky friend, I would have been 8.  Then again... I'm younger than you.  bwahahahaha  :Cant's looking at the ceiling while polishing his halo icon:

My lawn... get off it, whippersnapper! :p


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First games ever played is being discussed eh?

 

Well my first game was Pong on the aforementioned Pong System I owned.  Boring.  Then I think the first game I played on my uncles computer was some version of pre nintendo Donkey Kong.  Once I acquired my Atari (in the end I had a 2600 and a 2800) my first game there was either Dig Dug or Galaga.  I was best at Dig Dug and Centipede though, sadly if I played today I would probably only make it about half way before getting taken out for the final time but as a kid I could actually beat every level of all of them without dying even once.... of course this just caused the game to start over and laugh at you in their never ending cycle ;p.

 

Then the first really good (don't even think about shooting me) game console game out... the Nintendo Entertainment System, aka NES.  First game I played there was the Legend of Zelda.  First game I actually beat, you know that didn't just start over and actually never ended?  Don't laugh it was balls hard people... Ducktales :p

 

After that it gets more hazy.  I know my first SNES game was the same one as everyone else Super Mario World, and on Genesis it was actually Sonic 2, the first legit great Sonic game.  It was also the last legit great Sonic game.  Strangely even though it is tons more recent I couldn't tell you past that my first games or which I beat first.  I think for PS1 it was Resident Evil but that's about it.  I do remember around that time I finally got my own PC and all I ever did was play Oregon Trail, an ancient version of Jeopardy, Ultima games (tons of Ultima games), and Castles 2 which I would always win by exiling the Pope.



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Well, 2nd poll is "how long have you been a COMPUTER gamer," not consoles.

Still waiting to see if anyone else has played The Summoning by SSI (or its prequel, which I didn't play). :p

The first computer games I remember were for the Apple II+. Oregon Trail, something about fishing, and...Legend of Heracles? It was a Heracles thing. And Paws, the typing game! I'm not sure if that counts as a game.

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I remember one of the other first games I played, and quite enjoyed, was a text adventure called Warlord I believe. Something to do with stopping the Roman expansion into Pictland. The one that really blew me away however was Dun Darach, a game about Cuchulain, utterly amazing were my thoughts at the time.



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Still waiting to see if anyone else has played The Summoning by SSI (or its prequel, which I didn't play). :p

 

I've been thinking about this, and the cover looks so familiar and I looked up the game and I seem to remember one with hand movements, but I'm like Karkarov, a little hazy on some of the stuff from that far back.

 

I also agree that pong was dreadfully boring, but it was a step.  There was a really old game that was so simple it's laughable now, but kind of addicting back then.  You started with a set amount of grain and a set amount of people.  You planted grain and stored some in granaries and had a certain amount you fed to the people.  Your population would grow, and you had to figure out how much to feed the people and how much to plant, plus rats could get in and eat your grain out of the granaries, so you couldn't hold a huge amount and you were never sure how big a crop you'd get.  I think it was called Kingdom or something.  Nothing but text where you'd input the amounts at a blinking cursor.  lol  Sounds like work now.



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I remember playing the Hugo adventure games. They were graphical, and you moved Hugo around with the directional keys. But all the commands were still text-based. So you got to have fun puzzling out how to get Hugo to procure the item on the ground. "Take Cup... Grasp Cup... Retrieve Cup! PLACE HAND UPON CUP, THEN DEFTLY MANEUVER CUP INTO POCKET!!! AGGHHHHHH! *punches screen*"

I know, I know. I'm a young'un, and games used to be fully text-based, and played with punch cards, and I don't know how easy I had it. :)

Edited by Lephys, 22 October 2014 - 11:36 AM.


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What I remember most about the SSI Gold Box Dragonlance series is that my brother found exploits (like giving everyone the bracers of strength--or was it a girdle?--and equipping EVERYONE with a dragonlance, including the Kender).

Or in Vengeance of Excalibur, letting your party rest in a church forever during the 2nd chapter/act until they got to godly levels of faith, enabling Bors or whoever to instantly smite stuff. I think.

Games back then weren't really designed to avoid "degenerative gameplay." :p

And I realize only a mere 80-ish people have voted in the poll, but why is my age bracket in a trough...

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I remember BBC B titles such as Chuckie Egg, Elite and Revs.. I had the BBC B because my parents worked in education so they were promoted heavily. I think there were Viglen Genies in the school with some sort of Pyramid mystery mummy game but I wasn't in the "nerd kids" group so wasn't allowed to play it.

 

The first computer I bought myself was the Amiga 500 with the extra 512Kb memory in that steel cheese wedge. There were so many good games for the Amiga and I wasted so many hours on Angband (roguelike). Little lavender leprechauns, anyone?


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Or in Vengeance of Excalibur, letting your party rest in a church forever during the 2nd chapter/act until they got to godly levels of faith, enabling Bors or whoever to instantly smite stuff. I think.


OMG! THAT GAME! MEMORIES!
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Or in Vengeance of Excalibur, letting your party rest in a church forever during the 2nd chapter/act until they got to godly levels of faith, enabling Bors or whoever to instantly smite stuff. I think.


OMG! THAT GAME! MEMORIES!


I actually screwed up that game the first time when I threw away the bottle cork. I was like "wtf is this junk?" *TOSS*. Then my brother figured out what it was for and I had to start over. :D

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I was too young to fully grasp all the nuances and such of the mechanics. But man... I just loved exploring around in it, and replaying it like 10 times until I finally beat it.

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Any of you ol' timers remember Escape from Castle Wolfenstein?  In the original game, it wasn't an FPS and you were British rather than American.  Just like Wolfenstein 3D, you had managed to kill one of the Nazi soldiers and taken his pistol and had to make good your escape.  It was really fun and you could actually play cooperative multiplayer with one person controlling where the PC walked and another controlling where he shot.  It sounded good in theory, but it wasn't any easier in the long run.  Made for some hilarious moments, though.  So many old games.  I still sometimes replay the old Infocom games like Zork and A Mind Forever Voyaging and the like.  Fun times!


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Any of you ol' timers remember Escape from Castle Wolfenstein?  In the original game, it wasn't an FPS and you were British rather than American.  Just like Wolfenstein 3D, you had managed to kill one of the Nazi soldiers and taken his pistol and had to make good your escape.  It was really fun and you could actually play cooperative multiplayer with one person controlling where the PC walked and another controlling where he shot.  It sounded good in theory, but it wasn't any easier in the long run.  Made for some hilarious moments, though.  So many old games.  I still sometimes replay the old Infocom games like Zork and A Mind Forever Voyaging and the like.  Fun times!

 

I remember the original Castle Wolfenstein on the C64. Not sure there ever was a game called Escape from Castle Wolfenstein.

 

http://wolfenstein.w...fenstein_series


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Yeah, that's it.  I thought it was Escape, but I guess it was just Castle Wolfenstein.  If I remember it right, there was a sequel where you had to return and sneak *into* the bunker and blow up Hitler or some such.  Then the whole 3D came out and I enjoyed those games also.  I was always a big fan of FPSes.  I still am for the most part.


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SSI? The Summoning box is sitting on my bookshelf right here...

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I haven't met anyone else who's played this, though. And no idea what happened to our Champions/Death Knights/Dark Queen of Krynn SSI/TSR boxes. That kind of makes me a little sad.

I have the box for The Summoning sitting not 10 feet from me right now. I recall that I didn't particularly like it, however. Not sure why anymore, though.

Still waiting to see if anyone else has played The Summoning by SSI (or its prequel, which I didn't play). :p

I've been thinking about this, and the cover looks so familiar and I looked up the game and I seem to remember one with hand movements, but I'm like Karkarov, a little hazy on some of the stuff from that far back.
 
I also agree that pong was dreadfully boring, but it was a step.  There was a really old game that was so simple it's laughable now, but kind of addicting back then.  You started with a set amount of grain and a set amount of people.  You planted grain and stored some in granaries and had a certain amount you fed to the people.  Your population would grow, and you had to figure out how much to feed the people and how much to plant, plus rats could get in and eat your grain out of the granaries, so you couldn't hold a huge amount and you were never sure how big a crop you'd get.  I think it was called Kingdom or something.  Nothing but text where you'd input the amounts at a blinking cursor.  lol  Sounds like work now.

I believe it was called Empire. If it's the same game I'm thinking of, I spent many an hour playing it as a youth. Now, I agree, it seems like work. Can't even begin to imagine why I thought it was so great.

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