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Don't get me wrong though. I'm a real sucker for some of the new games like Guitar Hero and Katamari Damacy, but they just don't seem to grasp me like the ones I played as a kid.
So what were your favorite games growing up?
FWIW, about a week ago Mrs. lawdude told me that I haven't matured one bit during the 15 years that we've been together. I'm not sure, but I don't think she meant that as a compliment.
Super Hangon (On Atari ST1000)
[edited by: LifeinAsia at 3:44 pm (utc) on Aug. 4, 2008]
Besides Pong, the earliest on-screen games I remember were for the IBM PC
One was called "PC Olympics" which had me competing in an ascii-art decathlon by "running" on the K and L keys, pressing Space to jump. It didn't come on disk, rather it was source code published in BASICA that had to be keyed in manually before you could play the game. It's bizarre to think of the weeks I spent after school typing in page after page of GOSUB and DATA commands
There was also a learning game called "Archy and Mehitabel" for the PC, I think it was written by an IBM employee. It had math games and some spelling stuff, and the player was rewarded for correct answers by watching Archy the cockroach do a "cucaracha" dance, peppered with odd quotations and dialog between Archy and Mehitabel. I didn't know at the time that Archy and Mehitabel were characters from the 1920s. I'd like to see that game again but I suspect it is lost forever.
My favourite at the arcade was always Centipede