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Computer games that influenced you

Posted: Oct 9th, 2006 at 3:13 am
by K2
Was thinkin' back on all the games I've played since my dad brought home 'Pong' back in 1975. So, here's my list of games that influenced my gaming days, and were some of the most fun games I've ever played on a personal computer:

Zork (first played on a Commodore 32)
Dungeons of Dagorath (TRS-80)
Tunnels of Doom (TI-99/4A)
Parsec (TI-99/4A)
Starflight I and II (Tandy 1000 SX)
Beyond Zork
Bard's Tale
Eye of the Beholder series (played on a custom-built 386-DX)
Darkseed (one of the first games written in full 640x480 pixels)
Doom I and II
Quake (DM, CTF, TF) (first online gaming experience)
Quake2 (DM, CTF)

I've played a lot more games than these, but these are the ones that I felt were the most fun. I've left more recent games off of the list on purpose (nothing after 1999).

So, what games make your list?

Posted: Oct 9th, 2006 at 4:19 am
by K2
Figured I'd post links to where you can download software/emulators for the various games listed above:

Zork - (also Zork II and Zork III)

Tunnels of Doom - ... =classic99 (emulator contains several game and program titles for TI99/4A)

Parsec - (see Tunnels of Doom)

Nethack - (also see HF's own download page)

Starflight I and II - (also contains spoilers, maps and mods)

Dungeons of Dagorath -

Beyond Zork - (also see for info/maps)

Bard's Tale - ... ale_1.html (this isn't free, but it's all I could find)

Eye of the Beholder series - (EoB I only, still looking for II and III)

Darkseed - ... rkseed.htm

Doom I and II -

Quake and Quake 2 - you'll have to buy those ;)

Posted: Oct 9th, 2006 at 7:36 am
by Burzum
For me:
Oregon Trail (ty sX)
Super Mario Brothers (NES)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (NES)
Bubble Bobble (NES)
Wing Commander (first PC game I ever played)
Wacky Wheels Demo
Chuck Yeager's Air Combat
Terminal Velocity
Rise of the Triad
Doom Demo (I'm cheap)
STTNG Final Unity (Ahead of it's time)
Wing Commander 3 & 4
Quake II Demo (Played with friends in college)
Dark Forces II: Jedi Knight (First time I ever tried modifying a game)
WarCraft & WarCraft II
Tie Fighter
Mech Warrior 2
Mech2 Ghost Bear's Legacy
Mech2 Mercenaries

*adding a few I forgot

Posted: Oct 9th, 2006 at 7:59 am
by EatMoreLead
I got hooked on gaming via Atari 2600 and Commodore64 games. C64 games were a huge upgrade from the Vic20 cassette tapes - the 5.25 discs were so high tech lol. I remember the first pc game that hooked me was "sim city" back in early 90's.

Posted: Oct 9th, 2006 at 9:15 am
by sX
Oh god..

Here's some PC games:

Oregon Trail (Old school days - loved it.) "Mary was bit by a snake and died" - LETS GO HUNTING!

Doom on DOS (Have to thank Dirk for that one. I always bothered him to fire it up)

Diablo (First online game - ever.)


Command and Conquer (WOW)


That's about it.. I'm young for PC games..

I played a lot on gaming consoles though, but not as far as atari goes.. Gee..

Old fuckers.


Posted: Oct 9th, 2006 at 9:40 am
by Burzum
sX wrote:Oregon Trail (Old school days - loved it.) "Mary was bit by a snake and died" - LETS GO HUNTING!
Diablo (First online game - ever.)

I forgot about those. Oregon Trail was fun as hell. I used to go to the library just to play that game. Once they're Apple system that they ran it on was broken. I asked if I could try to fix it (even though I had no clue what I was doing). I tinkered for a while and got it working. I was so proud of my 9 year old self.

Posted: Oct 9th, 2006 at 9:58 am
by pyrox420
For me...
Space Invaders (Atari)
Pitfall (Atari)
Super Mario Brothers (NES)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (NES)
Star Wars: X-wing vs. Tie Fighter (PC)
Mechwarrior (PC)
Half Life (PC)
Final Fantasy 7 (PS1)

Posted: Oct 9th, 2006 at 10:17 am
by Phoenix
Lets see my list...
X-Wing (on PC)
Alien Legacy (PC)
X-COM (on the playstation port)
Half-Life (PC duh)
Doom I & II (on my friends PC) (IDKFA ftw)
Civilization (on the SNES)
C&C on a MAC and on my Playstation
And I think I have to add Pacific Theater of Operations on the SNES as well

I know we played a ton more but those are the major ones that impacted me.

Posted: Oct 9th, 2006 at 11:07 am
by b0ba
Every Nintendo Game
Diablo Series
Quake (First online game age 12 I loved CTF)
Quake II (CTF / Action Quake)
Half Life / Counterstrike 1 + 2 (source is the best game ever)
Command&Conquer Series (I might reinstal this shit come to think of it :D)
Im Just a gamer yo

Posted: Oct 9th, 2006 at 12:04 pm
by Campsalot
PC games:

Kings Quest series
Rise of the Triad
Rex Nebular
Space Quest series
Wing Commander 1 and 2
Descent 1 and 2

Older games:

Oregon Trail (Apple IIe)
Beachhead 1 and 2 (C64)
Marble Madness (C64)
Zaxxon (Intellivision)
Miner 2049er (Atari 2600)

Posted: Oct 9th, 2006 at 12:08 pm
by Burzum
Campsalot wrote:Rise of the Triad

Oooooh forgot about those. VERY fun! I remember my dad didn't like that I played RoTT because it was "to realistic". :lol:

Posted: Oct 9th, 2006 at 12:17 pm
by G$
Leisure suit larry 1 thru 14


King's Quest series
Xwing Fighter
Star Raiders (atari 400)


Posted: Oct 9th, 2006 at 1:28 pm
by Jeng
Combat (atari 2600) that game caused so many fights in our house =)

Doom (sega 32X) first played it a friends house on his computer, thought it was really awesome, couldn't afford a computer, but found it and the 32x at a flea market, played the hell out of it, couldn't save games per se, when you died /quit it gave a code for you to put in. Played it to the point, that when high in the dark, I could see the imps walking around.

Played Oregon Trail in school, but couldn't really say it influenced me. Though I guess it would be the first shooter game I ever played. Always bought tons of ammo.

Posted: Oct 9th, 2006 at 2:44 pm
by K2
Man, I left out console and arcade games on purpose lol :lol: I've got a few fond memories when I was in 4th grade, me and my buddy would ride our bikes to k-mart and get on the atari display demo and play asteroids til they kicked us off.

Once we also found 80 bucks tucked away behind an arcade game (was drop off money for a pot deal, hah). So what do we do? We changed ALL of it into tokens, and spent every last one. I played Ms. Pac-Man, elevator action, xenophobe, tempest, and galaga til my arms fell off. I got soooooo grounded (we stayed out 3 hrs past our time to be home heheh).

Back on PC games - they say Dungeons of Dagorath was THE precursor to FPS games, because it was the first game to render in actual 3-D, and your POV was thru the eyes of your character... it only displayed in a wire-frame style of gfx, in TWO colors (black and white, a lot like the very first flight sim), and the total size of the game? 8 kilobytes :D But goddamn was that game hard, and the monsters were smart to a point. I played some of the ported-to-PC version last night... wow. Goin back almsot 25 yrs ;) Most of ya dont go back that far, but I'm wondering if anyone else has ever played it?

Lovin' this topic ;)

Posted: Oct 9th, 2006 at 2:49 pm
by sX
Marble madness - fun as hell. Forgot about that one.

Solitare pwned - hands down.


Posted: Oct 9th, 2006 at 4:15 pm
by Oreo
Quake 1 and 2. (first games I played on LAN)
Diablo 2.
Wolfenstein 3D.
Command and Conquer.
Unreal Tournament.
Links LS Golf.
Binion's Horseshoe World Series of Poker.
Star Wars Jedi Knights 2.

All of those games insipired my current gaming tastes.

Guild Wars.
Counter-Strike 1 2.
Half life 2.
Wolfenstein RTCW.
Soldier of Fortune 2.
Quake 3 4.
Battlefield 2.

Console games I hundreds of hours on:
Super Mario 64.
Goldeneye 64.
Super Mario Kart (snes and Nintendo 64)
Final Fantasy.
Cruisin USA.
Mortal Kombat.
Street Fighter.
Super Mario RPG.

Tons of others I just can't remember them all right now. My days were pretty limited, my PC gaming pretty much started with Links LS Golf, followed by Starcraft and Quake 1/2. Plus we never had an NES, just SNES, Nintendo 64. But probably 30+ games for each one that we played all the time.

Posted: Oct 9th, 2006 at 7:25 pm
by sohpriest
I was straight console until I got my first 286 in 93 I think.

I think Xray and my mom bought our first atari in 81 for a mere $200 american. What a deal

Missle command was the first game I ever rolled


Yars Revenge

Remember when Activision made Atari games, there was adventure game that I think was named Adventure

pirates on PC

wing commander that you had to buy the audio pack for

Tie Fighter (still my favorite game ever)

Rainbow Six on MSN Zone then all of the add ons and RS2 with urban ops add on.

Oh and off topic I really didn't want to post anymore since I made it to anti christ status but I had to. Thanks for that laugh K2

Posted: Oct 9th, 2006 at 7:30 pm
by K2
Some notable mentions I would like to make - the original Wolfenstein 3D, StarCraft, Kings Quest 1, Dune (and later Dune 2000), and C&C: Red Alert. I didnt list them initially tho, because while I did play them and had some fun with 'em, they werent that memorable, or nothing that I felt I'd wanna go back and play again.

Posted: Oct 9th, 2006 at 8:21 pm
by ender*(gayless)
Console: (didn't bother w/ them after nintendo64)

nba live 95
madden 92
college slam
streets of rage
yoshi's island
top gun 2

red alert...
rainbow 6
half life death match
battlefield 1942

Posted: Oct 9th, 2006 at 9:44 pm
by G$
Definately wolfenstein - first game that made me dizzy.

Posted: Oct 9th, 2006 at 10:27 pm
by sX
G$ wrote:Definately wolfenstein - first game that made me dizzy.

No shit, tell me about it. Those blue walls made me wanna puke.


Posted: Oct 10th, 2006 at 12:51 am
by Best_predator
Cmooon, has no one played Dune 2? That is like THE RTS.

Posted: Oct 10th, 2006 at 1:18 am
by K2
Pred, I just mentioned Dune and Dune 2000 in my last post :P I guess Dune II was also known as Dune 2000. That game was teh shit, turns out it was responsible for how modern RTS games developed from that point on.

I remember the very last battle being hard as SHIT...

Fun game, but still didnt make my top list.

Info about Dune II -

Posted: Oct 10th, 2006 at 7:33 am
by Burzum
sohpriest wrote:Tie Fighter (still my favorite game ever)

I still play that game every once in a while. It's a classic and the graphics aren't to bad.

Posted: Oct 10th, 2006 at 7:01 pm
by JayPhat
Oreo wrote:All of those games insipired my current gaming tastes.

Wolfenstein RTCW.

Oreo, you play Wolfy? Hokk up with me someitme. I used to play in a CAL/STA wolfy team(we were banned from calling it a clan)