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5 Games that influenced my GamerDNA

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1 - I don't even know the name of the game or the system exactly. I was 7 or 8 and spending the night at my buddies place. It resembled a Colicovision but was called a something 'home computer'. It definitely started me down the path.

2 - Wasteland! Thats right the predecessor to Fallout was one of the first RPGs I ever played and also one of the most polished and epic(five 5 1/4" floppies).

3 - Super Mario Brothers. Probably in just about every ones list if they are over the age of 20. As far as I can remember one of my first run ins with a platformer. First and best.

4 - Doom. Brought things in to, as I knew it at the time, 3D for the first time. It all seemed so amazing and new and really kicked off what is now considered the standard. 3D.

5 - Half-Life. Not that it was the first online multiplayer game or even the first multiplayer shooter but it had the largest impact. For years it dominated LAN parties and I spent countless hours playing online multiplayer. Subconsciously I think I still hold multiplayer to the standard.

Just shy of these are the likes of X-Wing, Kings Quest, Tetris, Alone In the Dark, Netstorm and some others that I can picture and remember but don't recall the names.
Half-Life

Half-Life (PC)

Genre/Style: Shooter/First-Person Shooter
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Star Wars: X-Wing

Star Wars: X-Wing (PC)

Genre/Style: Simulation/Space Combat Simulation
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Super Mario Bros.

Super Mario Bros. (NES)

Genre/Style: Action/Side-Scrolling Platform
Release Date:
Tetris

Tetris (NES)

Genre/Style: Puzzle/Action Puzzle
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Wasteland

Wasteland (C64)

Genre/Style: Role-playing/Third-Person 2D RPG
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Netstorm: Islands at War

Netstorm: Islands at War (PC)

Genre/Style: Strategy/2D Real-Time Strategy
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King's Quest: Quest for the Crown

King's Quest: Quest for the Crown (PC)

Genre/Style: Adventure/Third-Person Graphic Adventure
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Doom II

Doom II (PC)

Genre/Style: Shooter/First-Person Shooter
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Alone in the Dark

Alone in the Dark (PC)

Genre/Style: Adventure/Survival Horror
Release Date: 24/JUN/08
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You have the first list I have read that includes a game you can't remember. Still, it's cool that you recognize its influence even though you can't remember its name.
Was the system in #1 the Intellivision? Or was it one of the Commodore series?
I really couldn't tell ya. I recall it had switches...and it had 'home computer' in its title. Hard to tell most of the time was spent with the light off in front of the TV. I'll have to spend some time looking at image searches to find it again.
@Torinir good call Intellivision is what it was and the game I remember playing the most was called Frog Bog. IDK why that was so fsck'ing fun but I believe it cemented me as a gamer.
God, I remember the old paddles that the Intellivision had, with like 15 buttons on it. Some CLASSIC games were put on that system. Too bad I don't remember them, and will probably never see one again. :o
I remember playing Burger Time on the Intellivision.
Mario, Doom, and Half-Life. 3 of some of the most addicting games of all time! Do you all remember Keen Dreams!
@WILDMAMMOTH I have that on the NES, I've never gotten farther then the second level.
Don't you mean the first Alone in the Dark? Not the crappy newest one? I need to get the PS3 version, see how they improved it.
Hell yeah, King's Quest!
@EarthboundX Yup very first PC version. It wouldn't run on my 486SX but it ran on my buddies 486DX. We played the heck out of it.
These are in the order they come to mind and its an on the spot list but here goes. Keep in mind that I am trying to add new entries and not merely agree or disagree with the poster:
Final Fantasy VII (PSone) - The first RPG I understood as such and thoroughly enjoyed, cared about the characters and was completely engrossed in the story.
Tetris (GameBoy) - It is still the most addictive puzzle game I have ever played.
Intelligent Qube (PS2) - The most unique puzzle game I have ever played.
Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (N64) - A sprawling adventure title with tremendous replay value.
Zombies Ate My Neighbors (SNES) - A wacky and light-hearted horror based maze game. If you missed it you missed out. Sadly a true (and by true I mean good) sequel never saw the light of day (Ghoul Patrol doesn't count IMO).
Intelligent Qube is PSone actually.
Heh, I should make a top five influencial games list =D
My list is just personal favs. The indy scene comes up with some gems too, every once-in-a-while.
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