My very first video game? It’s a hard questions, since I started gaming 26 years ago and I had a lot of games to play. To find out what’s the very first game I played, we need to look back.
I was born in 1984 and got 6 years old in 1990. Not much gaming there, yet. I had one or two good friends during the next three years that talked to me about how they have played video games on consoles of brothers or sisters they had. But we had better things to do than just sitting at home and starring into the TV. We’re just kids, enjoying our time outside of the house. But one day, with his brother not at home, my dear friend Steven Farmer (of course not his real name) and I had the power to play one game on the SegaCD.
The game was an early RPG called Eye of the Beholder. Steven played and I watched him playing. Basically, you can say that EotB was the first video game. But I don’t consider it to be “The One” first game, since I didn’t played it myself. Let’s jump forward into the year 1995. Finally – my very first own personal computer! My uncle persuaded my parents that PC’s are the future and that I have to own one. He also got some nice video games for me in his bag.
One of these games was Lands of Lore – The Throne of Chaos. I wrote a review for the game a while ago, please check that out!
The other one is – who could have guessed – Command & Conquer: Tiberian Dawn by good ‘ol Westwood Studios. It was my very first game that I played for weeks and months and even now – 16 years later – I still play it every year once.
Since then, my uncle and I met almost everyday and played all weird kind of games. Mostly real-time strategy. It was a great time and we had lots of fun. Sometimes I felt that my dad was a bit jealous because he never found his way into the digital century and already gave up to jump in. I owe my uncle much. He’s the one that made me what I am: A gamer!