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Gamers Generation..... - 12/14/2011 8:34:06 PM   
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We are literally the first generation of gamers. I have been playing computer games for 30 years. How about you?
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RE: Gamers Generation..... - 12/14/2011 9:02:26 PM   
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I did have one of those mail order kits in '78 or '79 but it worked for about 2 hours before it burned up. Im bad with electrical items...hehehe. Used a trs-80(i think) back in middle school and played something akin to flight sim and a star trek game. All lines and a cassette to boot.It was something like 1980 or so.....I hated(despised might be a better word) computers in college back in the dark ages even though I had a IBM machine......I attempted to play MUDS and failed. Loved the original sim city and a football game which i cant remember the name of on a Mac. Learned Fortran but promptly forgot it.Then denied the existance of computers till Nov 93 when I was home after a nice long stay in the hospital. The old man bought two computers and gave me one and told me to figure it out. Since then i've been making up for lost time...lol

So roughly 30 + years....Jeez i'm an old geezer....

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RE: Gamers Generation..... - 12/14/2011 9:03:33 PM   
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Probably almost as long as you - albeit with a big break. Started with the Sinclair Spectrum in the early eighties (played Desert Rats a lot) but did not actually get a Personal Computer until 1996! Soon thereafter I got into Civilisation II and Battleground Waterloo and have not really looked back from then.

I actually buy and play very few games, but those I do get into certainly provide value for money! Currently Civ IV, Rome Total War and I have dabled in WITPAE and WITE.

Wargames aside we have a Wii which provides good, clean family fun from time to time.

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RE: Gamers Generation..... - 12/14/2011 9:16:46 PM   
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Even though I attempted to play some of those early computer games I found them to be very boring. Back then it was a great time to be a board wargamer. We were crawling out the woodwork and it was so easy to find a opponent. Not like now.

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RE: Gamers Generation..... - 12/14/2011 9:26:05 PM   
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Agreed, although I remember thinking Desert Rats was sooo cool at the time. I was more of a board gamer back then too - Avalon Hill's Bismarck got me properly into the genre.

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RE: Gamers Generation..... - 12/14/2011 9:56:32 PM   
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I'm a gamer since 1990. My first game was Commando on Commodore 64.

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RE: Gamers Generation..... - 12/14/2011 11:24:30 PM   
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BBC B 32k 1983/84. Followed by Amstrad 464, Atari ST, Amiga 500, Amiga 1200, Sony PS1 (yeah I know), PC.

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RE: Gamers Generation..... - 12/14/2011 11:34:59 PM   
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Atari 800 was my first rig. The computer, modem, modem interface, printer and disk drive were well over $2500 US pre-1980 dollars. All that for a mere 48K RAM computing power.

Sid Meier's Hellcat Ace, all SSI and some Avalon Hill games were gobbled up with enthusiasm. Wow what an era.

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RE: Gamers Generation..... - 12/14/2011 11:37:54 PM   
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Commodore 128, think my most played game in those days were "Wizards of War", "International karate", "Winter/Summer/California games" and "Defender of the Crown".


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RE: Gamers Generation..... - 12/14/2011 11:39:53 PM   
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Atari 800 was my first rig. The computer, modem, modem interface, printer and disk drive were well over $2500 US pre-1980 dollars. All that for a mere 48K RAM computing power.

Sid Meier's Hellcat Ace, all SSI and some Avalon Hill games were gobbled up with enthusiasm. Wow what an era.


A whole whopping 48K? I think my first had either 8 or 16k....you must have been one of the elite..lol

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RE: Gamers Generation..... - 12/14/2011 11:42:12 PM   
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I am probably a relative latecomer to computer gaming. I did not have my own PC until 1998! My first computer games were the Talonsoft Battleground games, Sid Meier's Gettysburg ... and Age of Rifles - which was an old game even then.

I'm not a newcomer to wargames in general though. I was playing with miniatures and board games back in the '70s.

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RE: Gamers Generation..... - 12/14/2011 11:42:59 PM   
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Agreed, although I remember thinking Desert Rats was sooo cool at the time. I was more of a board gamer back then too - Avalon Hill's Bismarck got me properly into the genre.


Back then there was no comparison graphics-wise.......

But the amazing things programmers could do with what they had..just wow....

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RE: Gamers Generation..... - 12/15/2011 12:35:24 AM   
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^thats what I think also. How come we have so much power these days and yet have our wargames really improved in relation?
I don't think so. Which then makes me wonder where is it going worng. Are the programming languages not being refined the way they used to be as new ones come along and PC 's increase in power so there is no need to refine code etc etc. So we never really get the most out of the power we have at our disposal.

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RE: Gamers Generation..... - 12/15/2011 1:25:42 AM   
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Commodore 128, think my most played game in those days were "Wizards of War", "International karate", "Winter/Summer/California games" and "Defender of the Crown".


Terje


I had the same computer. Europe Ablaze, Decision in the Desert, Carriers at War, Panzer Battles, etc. I spent hours everyday playing these games.

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RE: Gamers Generation..... - 12/15/2011 2:32:32 AM   
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1982; Wizardry on an Apple I was my first PC game experience. Before that was Defender on its own console.

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RE: Gamers Generation..... - 12/15/2011 9:15:20 AM   
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I'm the lost generation of the Martial Law in Poland, so my gaming experience started in the second half of '80, but for many more years I've been playing board games.

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RE: Gamers Generation..... - 12/15/2011 9:52:28 AM   
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Started playing games around 1994-1995 (just before Windows 95). Didn't have money to have a computer before (born 1971).

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RE: Gamers Generation..... - 12/15/2011 11:37:41 AM   
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Similar to Anguille, I started getting into PC games in the early/mid-90's (born in 1976). 

It all started my sophomore year in high school, when my best friend showed me this little game called Castles II on his computer.   




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RE: Gamers Generation..... - 12/15/2011 3:31:17 PM   
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Not me.  Been boardgaming since 78 and computers since 2000.

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RE: Gamers Generation..... - 12/15/2011 9:50:00 PM   
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Atari VC 2600 when I was a kid, C64 with a bunch of cracked stuff in the mid 80's. But those arcade titles weren't my cup of tea. My real gaming career started with Loom from LucasArts on a PC AT 286 in 1990.

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RE: Gamers Generation..... - 12/15/2011 10:00:58 PM   
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Commodore 64 since the mid 80's. USAAF, Typhoon of Steel, and Wings of War. Oh, those were the days! Staying up on a Friday and Saturday night 'til the wee hours...

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RE: Gamers Generation..... - 12/15/2011 10:18:58 PM   
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I got my first C64 wargame in the mid 1980s. Of course, I started with board wargames (Avalon Hill's "Stalingrad") in 1967, when I was ten years old. I still have every board wargame I've ever bought or gotten as gifts, stashed away in a closet. This is why I love PC games that have a boardgame look, like BOA2:WIA. The only difference is the map changes color due to the weather. I'm a sucker for beautifully-done game maps.

Going OT for a moment, as I'm reading Fred Anderson's 912-page "Crucible of War", I find it nice to have the BOA2 map as a reference, even though the book itself has excellent maps. If nothing else, it reinforces my belief in the aesthetic quality of the game map.

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RE: Gamers Generation..... - 12/15/2011 10:33:15 PM   
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Another spectrum man here, started of with the 16k then the ZX 48 then the ZX 48+ at last a proper key board , first proper war games Robert T Smiths Armham, vulcan and "battle of the bulge" in the mid 80's. got my first 386 pc in the early 90's.

Martok: Castles II was a great game.

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RE: Gamers Generation..... - 12/16/2011 2:00:22 AM   
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I started gaming with Parker Brothers "Conflict" game that a friend's younger brother got for Christmas. My friends and I were about 14 at the time and we got hooked on it. We played all through Christmas vacation. Then the game "1863" was published in "Life" magazine for the CW centennial in 1961 and I played that one too. I graduated to Avalon Hill wargames when I got out of the Air Force in 1969. Been playing board and computer games ever since.

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RE: Gamers Generation..... - 12/16/2011 2:57:57 AM   
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I cannot even remember what year I started truly playing computer games. I know I had a Nintendo and played Nobunaga's Ambition which was a very basic RTS/wargame.

In 1990 or so. I'm pretty sure I bought a 386. It was the first I could afford one. First games were as follows:

1. Silent Service 2
2. Populous
3. Red Storm Rising
4. F19 Stealth Fighter
5. Gunship 2000
6. Western Front: The Liberation of Europe
7. Red Baron

Somewhat like that. There were other games that weren't as good as those and thus, unmemorable.

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RE: Gamers Generation..... - 12/16/2011 4:26:54 AM   
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I certainly remember playing Star Trek on my TRS-80 Model I, which I bought in September 1979. It might have been a bit till I got a more advanced "war game".

"Arena of Octos" was a fun game, even if not a war game as such.

My first IBM PC game was probably "Harpoon".

I was a board war gamer starting with Tactics II, about the late '50s. I played Avalon Hill and SPI, and many others. I am a computer gamer now, still take a look at the board games every once in awhile.

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RE: Gamers Generation..... - 12/16/2011 9:56:19 PM   
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My first love was Battle For Normandy on the CBM64 in 1983. A whole month's wages on a C64, disk drive and TV.

First PC wargame was Harpoon, too. Downloaded scenario after scenario from bulletin boards. And then they brought out the scenario disks!!! Just as well I was a single man back then.



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RE: Gamers Generation..... - 12/18/2011 7:38:40 AM   
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My first computer games I played around 1975 on "real" computers like Siemens 201 and 301 which still operated with punched cards. We had to write our own games in Fortran or Basic. As there were no graphics the stuff was mostly textbased. I made a Startrek game, a friend programmed a flight simulator. It was great fun to deal with this brand new technology

My first own computer was the C 64 in 1986. I loved to play the old SSi games like Battles of Napoleon, War in the East, Kampfgruppe, War in the South Pacific and and and...

Later came the Atari 1024 ST which was a fantastic computer for its time, followed by numeral PCs until today.

I always feel that the depth and intensity of the early games was much higher compared to the games of today. Graphics were simple but the content these guys were able to put in 64k was amazing.

Regards

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