What got you into gaming?

Discussion in 'General Gaming Discussion' started by nxwing, Nov 11, 2015.

  1. nxwing

    nxwing GBAtemp Addict

    Jul 22, 2013
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    I got into gaming because of my cousin who gave me a PlayStation, Megaman X5 and Marvel vs. Capcom. Several years later, my mom gifted me a GBA SP so I played many Pokémon Games and some Super Mario Advance Games.

    TL;DR: I got into gaming vecause of my family members that are also i to gaming
  2. Issac

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    My 10 years older brother had the NES which I played a lot from an age of 2-3, maybe even got to watch even earlier (born in '87). That, and we also had computers at home all the time, with some games.
    So that's pretty much that. I grew up with it.
  3. Muffins

    Muffins Banned

    Jun 17, 2008
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    I was about seven in the really early 1980s, living in this old house in the middle of a woodsy area. Not another soul around for literally miles. No other kids around the house- only at school. So one day it's winter and we're driving some place (I don't remember where, just that it was rainy and dark) and I'm in the far back of the car, this old station wagon, the kind with the wood sides. And he slides this big box onto the seat next to me. "What's this?" I ask him. "Video games," he says. I had never played a video game back then; it was before the NES and the closest I had ever come at that point was an old Texas Instruments. This was entirely different. It was an Atari Video Computer System- the classic "Heavy Sixer" 2600 with the six switches on the side, the wood grain and all the ports one could ever want.

    We got home, hooked the thing up, and the moment that Donkey Kong blurred into hazy view, my life changed. Forever.
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  4. FAST6191

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    Nov 21, 2005
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    It was likely before I can remember that I first played a game (so probably around 3). Most kids around me had some computer games of some form, as would older cousins and such like. To that end it is probably not a lot different to asking when I first used electricity. I do not think there was any particular moment that it went from thing I do to thing I know a lot about, or indeed thing I do despite friends no longer doing.
  5. Catastrophic

    Catastrophic Perfectly Normal

    Apr 28, 2012
    Video games did.
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  6. RustInPeace

    RustInPeace Samurai Cop

    Oct 13, 2014
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    I don't remember, one of my first memories is playing on the N64 with my sisters. Mario Kart 64, Mortal Kombat Trilogy, Pokemon Stadium, Super Smash Bros, those were games we played. I was either 6 or 7, it's weird because I have a hard time remembering anything before 1999. To a point where I don't think I ever read or wrote 1998 or any year before that on paper, or whatever. 1999, I remember because it was a school year, first grade.

    Anyways, yeah, we just had an N64, since I was the only male of the family, that meant it was bought for me the most by my mother. There's a faint memory of seeing an NES toploader with Super Mario Bros 3 at my cousin's house, same night Sonic the Hedgehog played on Toon Disney. The original Adventures show. That might have been 2000 or 2001 though.
  7. DarkFlare69

    DarkFlare69 GBAtemp Psycho!

    Dec 8, 2014
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    Playing SMB3 NES when I was 3, I loved playing them and still do.
  8. rotebrotobias

    rotebrotobias GBAtemp Maniac

    Jan 31, 2015
    When i was a kid my dads friend used to download games online, and one day he gave me and my brother a game called Sonic Adventure DX for the PC. I couldn't stop playing it!
  9. Ruby Gloom

    Ruby Gloom GBAtemp Maniac

    Sep 25, 2015
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    I found a Gamecube in someone's trash in their front yard. Me being semi-unfortunate at that point, I took it. I found all the cables, 3 controllers, and a copy of Melee and Super Monkey Ball 2. That's what got me into gaming... :/ :)
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  10. VinsCool

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    no friends no life, i needed to do something during my free time.

    I was a little shit when I was in elementary school.
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  11. Meteor7

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    My dad introduced me to the NES before I was out of diapers. I remember playing it and the Sega Saturn all the time, but I only really fell in love with video games with the N64. The rest be history.
  12. Taleweaver

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    Dec 23, 2009
    First videogame I played was a 'game & watch' I got for my birthday (way too long ago...I became 4 or 5 or something). Friends around the block got similar things, so we exchanged those a lot. However, it was just a thing back then. One of the many other games we had.
    As to what really got me into gaming was the game boy. The first time I noticed someone EXCHANGING DISCS I was extremely interested. So this meant you could swap out disks and play...more than one game...on a single thing? Not only that: that first game (tetris) was rather meh. Looked okay, but not really something I had to have. That exchanged game was Super Mario land. It was then I knew I HAD to have one.

    Yeah, I know...it probably looks rather mundane now. Or by today's standards. But I was a small child in the mid '80s back then. :)
  13. Hungry Friend

    Hungry Friend It was my destiny to be here; in the box.

    Apr 16, 2015
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    The NES, specifically the 1st Super Mario Bros and after that, SMB3. A very awesome family friend also gave me a ton of his old NES games when I was like 6 years old so I got to play a bunch of games that were slightly before my time(born in 1984) which really helped give me a little context once I got really deep into gaming starting with the SNES.
  14. TVL

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    Feb 17, 2004
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    I had played a few games before, but Super Mario Bros was the game that got me into gaming.
  15. Flame

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    Jul 15, 2008
    I had too.

    as a kid in the 90's.

    everyone else was/is doing it. i mean before that it was rare and expensive to game. but now you can game if you have a phone.

    gaming has become the norm. its a good way socialise with friends and talk about.
  16. Hells Malice

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    My parents used to play videogames a lot. One night I wanted to try Yoshi's Island, aand ever since then I played videogames more and more. I was really young then. 4 maybe? Sounds about right.
  17. Selim873

    Selim873 Nunnayobeesnes

    Jul 31, 2010
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    My half-brother handed down his Sega Genesis to me when I was 2 or 3, and I think that was right before the first Playstation came out so that's probably why I got the Genesis. Sonic 2 was what popped my gaming cherry. :lol:
  18. The Real Jdbye

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    I played some NES when I was very young, and I don't remember much of it, but I first started to get into gaming once I got a N64 with Mario Kart 64, though it wasn't until I got some other games for it that I got really into it. I think I was around 6 when I got the N64, but I don't have many memories from that time so it's hard to say for sure.
    I did get a SNES later on but I got the N64 first, as I got the SNES used as a gift when it was already getting old. Regardless, I loved them both, especially Ocarina of Time, Banjo Kazooie, the Donkey Kong Country games and Super Mario World. The N64 was at my dads place and I didn't visit him often, so usually I only had the SNES to play on.
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  19. boomario

    boomario Nothing to say here.

    Oct 31, 2012
    I was born with it, gaming is part of me.
  20. Blaze163

    Blaze163 The White Phoenix's purifying flame.

    Nov 19, 2008
    Coventry, UK
    I grew up in the middle of nowhere, there were no other kids for miles, and nobody was ever home. My parents thought having a video game system in the house would make up for having literally zero social life. So my options were either play games or stare blankly into space, out of the window at an endless sea of empty fields.

    And people wonder why I'm a little fucked up but amazing at Mario.