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Title: Oldschool gamers
Post by: Viktorcrayon on January 10, 2007, 08:20:31 AM
I have an idea this might interest some of the people on this lovely board.

The ESA protection has been removed from some very good titles, that are now abandonware, and can be downloaded legally!

* 4-D Boxing (aka 4D Sports Boxing)
* 7 Colors
* Advantage Tennis
* Adventures of Willy Beamish, The
* Albion
* Alone in the Dark
* Altered Beast
* Angel Devoid: Face of the Enemy
* Angst: Rahz's Revenge
* Are We There Yet?
* Azrael's Tear
* Big Red Racing
* Castle of Dr. Brain
* Castlevania
* Celtic Legends
* Chuck Yeager's Air Combat
* Commander Keen 6: Aliens Ate My Baby Sitter!
* Crusader: No Regret
* Discworld II: Mortality Bytes!
* EcoQuest: The Search for Cetus
* EF2000
* EF2000 Special Edition
* First Samurai, The
* Gobliiins
* Great Courts 2
* Heart of China
* Hovertank
* Hoyle Official Book of Games: Volume 3
* Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade: The Graphic
Adventure
* Immortal, The
* Imperium Romanum
* J.R.R. Tolkien's Riders of Rohan
* John Madden Football II
* Jones in the Fast Lane (aka Keeping Up With Jones)
(Not the AB game)
* Killing Cloud, The
* Kingdom 2: Shadoan
* Kingdom O' Magic
* Laura Bow in: The Dagger of Amon Ra
* Loom
* M.A.X.: Mechanized Assault and Exploration
* Magic Candle II: The Four and Forty, The
* Masterblazer
* Mega lo Mania
* MegaRace 2
* Mixed Up Fairy Tales
* Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge
* Normality
* Nova 9: Return of Gir Draxon
* P-38 Lightning Tour Of Duty
* P-80 Shooting Star Tour Of Duty
* Perfect General, The
* Prince of Persia 2: The Shadow and The Flame
* Privateer 2: The Darkening
* Quest for Glory II: Trial By Fire
* Rescue Rover
* Rescue Rover 2 (aka Dognapped!)
* Rocketeer, The
* Sand Warriors
* Sargon 5: World Class Chess
* Secret of Monkey Island, The
* Secret Weapons of the Luftwaffe
* Settlers II: Veni, Vidi, Vici

I just replayed Secret of monkey island, and it was a better gaming experience than any game i've played for the last 2 years.

you can download the games from this site: http://www.abandonia.com/index2.php

you will need the program "dosbox" for most of the games. It's worth the little effort (it's a free program)

Have fun!


Title: Re: Oldschool gamers
Post by: Ash on January 10, 2007, 08:35:59 AM
I love old school video games!
From my very first Atari 2600 in 1979 to when my grandpa bought an Intellivision in 1983 for us grandkids to play, I've been a classic video game junkie.

I was born in 1974, and was very young when these revolutionary systems were released.
And I have vivid memories of me as a boy in the early 80's playing Raiders of the Lost Ark, Pitfall, Atlantis & Kaboom on the old Atari.
I even remember playing that sea adventure game that didn't have a name.
Remember that one?
It was titled, "Name This Game".
My stepbrother Chris & I spent countless hours playing it.

Then, in 1985, a year before I entered Jr. High School, the Nintendo Entertainment System came out and swept me up in a gaming frenzy for years to come and has yet to go away.

I remember getting my first Nintendo before any of the other kids on my block did.
I remember about 10 of my friends & I gathered together and sitting Indian Style on the floor of my parent's basement playing Metroid or Castlevania or Gumshoe with the light Blaster...switching off whenever we died in the game.

One of my all time Nintendo favorites was Kid Icarus.
I can't even begin to guess how many hours I spent on that game.


Title: Re: Oldschool gamers
Post by: Viktorcrayon on January 10, 2007, 09:26:12 AM
I wasn't a nintendo man myself really. I had a friend who had one, and we did have great fun with that.

The first system we (my family) bought was the Commodore 64. Then amiga 500, then PC.

I'm actually considering buying an Amiga 500 from ebay again.

I don't like modern games much... The last good modern game i played was Half life 2.
Very inventive i must admit.

Shadow of the beast series, is probably my fav amiga games.


Title: Re: Oldschool gamers
Post by: raj on January 10, 2007, 10:13:12 AM
I could never get my copy of Riders of Rohan to work properly.  Maybe I'll have to give it another whirl.


Title: Re: Oldschool gamers
Post by: Derf on January 10, 2007, 10:42:03 AM
You can play a bunch of the old-school console games online at http://www.everyvideogame.com/ (http://www.everyvideogame.com/). Another site for abandoned PC game titles is http://www.the-underdogs.info/ (http://www.the-underdogs.info/). I've downloaded quite a few games from this site, thereby regaining some titles that I had lost over the years (I started out computer gaming on the Apple ][e in college).


Title: Re: Oldschool gamers
Post by: CheezeFlixz on January 10, 2007, 11:20:31 AM
Oldschool? I remember waiting in line at Big K to play "Pong" when it first came out, now that's ol' school. I still have an original Pong consol somewhere.

Thanks for the links, I'll have a look at them.


Title: Re: Oldschool gamers
Post by: Andrew on January 10, 2007, 12:21:19 PM
I remember waiting around at JC Penny's to play the Atari console.  The old one, with "Space Invaders" as the main game.  Turned out, mom was not just shopping.  She would go and get in line to put another payment on the Atari she put on layway for me.  It took her months, but it was sitting out when little Andrew crept into the living room on Christmas day.

One of the reasons those old games were so good, in my mind, is that the people making them concentrated on the mechanics.  When you cannot woo players with useless eye candy, you need to make the game challenging to play, but some parts of it easy enough to master so a new player feels they are gaining something.  

One of the best RPG games was the original "Pool of Radiance" for the Commodore 64.  It was turn based and I like it much better than the new D&D type games.  You really could build and control an entire party. I couldn't do that playing some of the newer stuff that is real time.


Title: Re: Oldschool gamers
Post by: Poogie on January 10, 2007, 12:46:50 PM
   Hi...My parents got us Pong after we were married a couple of years, still have it. .We got our daughter Nintendo and have been playing for years now. We had Gumshoe also and the hand and arm died after an hour, but it was fun. Hubby and I were up til 3 and 4 in the morning playing 1942. I even made a map for the first Zelda,  it was funny, her friends were calling me for advice on that one. We've been buying each new Nintendo and Zelda, Metroid,Prince of Persia and many more shoot em up games as they come out. We're on the search for Wii.


Title: Re: Oldschool gamers
Post by: Ash on January 10, 2007, 12:56:42 PM
So...how old are you Andrew?
I say 33 or 34.

I know you're close to my age.  I turn 33 this year.
There's no shame in admitting it.   :teddyr:

I'm an old f**ker too.  Just like you!


Title: Re: Oldschool gamers
Post by: Andrew on January 10, 2007, 01:04:58 PM
Ash, I modified my profile to reflect my age.  I am indeed a very old 33.


Title: Re: Oldschool gamers
Post by: CheezeFlixz on January 10, 2007, 01:24:25 PM
33 .... old! Oh how I long for the days of YOUTH! (Not really.) Safe to say I've got 33 beat by a decade, but I know I'm not the oldest one here, but close.

Now I must get my walker and go get some lunch, I have an appointment at the Scooter Store.


Title: Re: Oldschool gamers
Post by: clockworkcanary on January 10, 2007, 03:57:46 PM
I'm 33 years ancient as well.  I wasn't a Nintendo guy either.  I had the following systems in the following order:

Atari 2600
Atari 7800
Commodore 64C
Amiga 500
Another Amiga 500
Amiga 1200
Super Nintendo (for Street Fighter 2 Turbo)
and finally PCs.

I have a link to a Commodore 64 emulator that's free and has every game for it somewhere - I'll post it when I come across it.  I recently downloaded it just to play some old Infocom games.  There's an Amiga emulator on the same site but you have to buy the Kickstart as it's still under copyright (although I've been told it's really cheap).

Let's see: old games

Atari Old School: Adventure (roleplaying a square), Breakout, Haunted House, and Indiana Jones, Goonies, and a bunch of generic stuff
C64: Cobra, Bard's Tale III, Zork I, II, and III, Planetfall, Hollywood Hijinx, etc.,
Amiga: Swiv, Speedball 2, Brutal Football, Projectyle, Gods, Heimdall, Switchblade 2, to name a few

Speaking of Amiga, I still have two of my old Amiga 500s - not sure if they work or not though - haven't tried them in years.  Too bad they didn't keep up - at the time, they were state of the art.


Title: Re: Oldschool gamers
Post by: Viktorcrayon on January 10, 2007, 04:40:27 PM
Damn... I'm 22. I guess i don't really qualify to be "old school"


Title: Re: Oldschool gamers
Post by: Poogie on January 10, 2007, 06:36:29 PM
33 .... old! Oh how I long for the days of YOUTH! (Not really.) Safe to say I've got 33 beat by a decade, but I know I'm not the oldest one here, but close.

Now I must get my walker and go get some lunch, I have an appointment at the Scooter Store.
OK....That's it .......I've got yooooouuuuuu beat by a decade...I have to go get my Scooter and ride down to get lunch at the embalming station.  :wink: :teddyr:


Title: Re: Oldschool gamers
Post by: Ed, Ego and Superego on January 10, 2007, 06:37:59 PM
Oh my gawd...They have Wasteland!   
For you Fallout fans, this is the inspiration for the series. 


Title: Re: Oldschool gamers
Post by: Dennis on January 10, 2007, 08:46:56 PM
33 .... old! Oh how I long for the days of YOUTH! (Not really.) Safe to say I've got 33 beat by a decade, but I know I'm not the oldest one here, but close.

Now I must get my walker and go get some lunch, I have an appointment at the Scooter Store.

Age is state of mind, I still feel about 18 to 20 years old, I still do most of the same stuff now that I did then (don't sky dive any more), the only difference is that now I sometimes hurt the next day.  :bouncegiggle:
My wife and I have gone through Pong, played Space Invaders, and Asteroids. The real fun started with Nintendo, our daughter got us hooked on that so now we spend a lot of time with the Gamecube, and as soon as I can find a Wii system we'll go to that.


Title: Re: Oldschool gamers
Post by: Torgo on January 10, 2007, 11:27:56 PM
The first system that I actually ever had was the Atari 5200 back when it came out back in the early 80's.

While it was nice to have pretty much arcade perfect versions of Pac Man and the such, my god that system had some of the worst controllers ever.

The 2nd system I had was the Sega Master System.   Never had a NES if you can believe it!

I then got a Sega Genesis, then a SNES, then I moved onto the Saturn, PS1, Dreamcast and PS2.


Title: Re: Oldschool gamers
Post by: Torgo on January 10, 2007, 11:29:02 PM
So...how old are you Andrew?
I say 33 or 34.

I know you're close to my age.  I turn 33 this year.
There's no shame in admitting it.   :teddyr:

I'm an old f**ker too.  Just like you!

I'm turning 32 on March 7th. Seems to be a lot of 30 something people that frequent this site.   :thumbup:


Title: Re: Oldschool gamers
Post by: Torgo on January 10, 2007, 11:34:17 PM
Damn... I'm 22. I guess i don't really qualify to be "old school"

I guess that's one thing that I love about being in my early 30's, is that I've been able to see video games improve and get better throughout almost their whole lifespan to a certain extenet.

From the Atari 2600 to the PS3, it's amazing where games have gone in terms of technical prowess.

but I do feel more and more that developers are concentrating too much on how games look as opposed to how they actually play.

Oh, and I have an arcade version of Tempest in my spare bedroom.   


Title: Re: Oldschool gamers
Post by: CheezeFlixz on January 10, 2007, 11:57:59 PM
Damn... I'm 22. I guess i don't really qualify to be "old school"

I guess that's one thing that I love about being in my early 30's, is that I've been able to see video games improve and get better throughout almost their whole lifespan to a certain extenet.

From the Atari 2600 to the PS3, it's amazing where games have gone in terms of technical prowess.

but I do feel more and more that developers are concentrating too much on how games look as opposed to how they actually play.

Oh, and I have an arcade version of Tempest in my spare bedroom.   

The other day when my 11 y/o was playing on her DS she stopped and looked up and said "Daddy, what video games did you play when you was my age?" I busted up and said 'Lincoln Logs Sweetie. She replied "Lincoln Logs? That's not a video game!" and I said "Right."
Seeming some what puzzled she stated "So Papaw (My Dad) never bought you any video games ... EVER?" (Say this like a young girl ... 'eH-ver' and leave you mouth open after it's said.)
So I said 'Nope, he never did, he deprived your dear ol Dad of those luxuries, why he wouldn't even get us a microwave, cordless or cell phone .... child he was so mean he wouldn't even get us cable." (FYI I'm talking about the 1960's here)
My daughter set there looking confused and a little miffed that her kind sweet grandfather could have ever been this awful, she demanded to call him right away, which I did and my Dad being a prankster too, played along without missing a beat that he was this mean father that wouldn't get his kids video games. Finally my wife told my daughter, honey they hadn't invented video game when your Dad was your age.
So with these soulful eyes, she looked at me and said "You must really be old Dad?"

I am, sweetie, I am.

LOL ...  :twirl:


Title: Re: Oldschool gamers
Post by: clockworkcanary on January 11, 2007, 08:09:51 AM
re: The Wasteland

I remember this game!  Post nuclear Vegas right?  My friends and I played the hell outta this game.  I remember finding a howitzer (sp?) shell and later a howitzer so we started firing it off only to later realize we blew away parts of a town across the map lol!  oops!


Title: Re: Oldschool gamers
Post by: Ed, Ego and Superego on January 11, 2007, 01:19:39 PM
RIght, post nuclear Vegas.
-Ed


Title: Re: Oldschool gamers
Post by: Torgo on January 11, 2007, 04:36:59 PM
(http://www.nesplayer.com/features/mc%20evil/grimace.gif)

AWESOME GRAPHICS!    :teddyr: :teddyr:


Title: Re: Oldschool gamers
Post by: JaseSF on January 11, 2007, 07:00:00 PM
The classic Atari games were always my faves. Mrs. Pac-Man, Dig Dug, Plague Attack, Barnstrorming, Defender (I loved those games, actually I bought the Atari collection for the PS2 that has some of the classic Atari games but y'know it just isn't the same playing them with a PS2 as it was with the Atari, also perhaps the only machine I managed to take apart and "fix", well it lasted a few years anyways.) Those games had one delightful common element that so many of today's games lack. They were simply fun, not a well dressed up boring exercise in sameness that so many games are now.


Title: Re: Oldschool gamers
Post by: BTM on January 11, 2007, 11:45:57 PM
>Angel Devoid

Whoa, whoa, can that actually be played on the PC?  I actually BOUGHT that game used on ebay awhile back, and I could NOT get the damn thing to run under Windows.  Eventually gave up and sold the game along with several others to someone else.

Although, in retrospect, I wish I had know about DOS emulators, could have tried one of them...

There's a lot of good older games I can't get to play anymore because of the new technology.  For instnace, never got to play The 11th Hour (sequel to 7th Guest) and I don't think it can be run on Windows...



Title: Re: Oldschool gamers
Post by: Viktorcrayon on January 12, 2007, 06:19:50 AM
BTM, you must try DosBox. A lot of the games won't work without it!


Title: Re: Oldschool gamers
Post by: odinn7 on January 12, 2007, 01:39:38 PM
Great story CheezeFlixz...  :teddyr:


Title: Re: Oldschool gamers
Post by: Ash on January 13, 2007, 12:56:31 AM
Well whaddaya know?
I found the entry for Name this Game here...
READ MORE (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Name_This_Game)


Title: Re: Oldschool gamers
Post by: Mr_Vindictive on January 13, 2007, 02:28:51 PM
My first console was an Atari 7800 ProSystem.  I got it for Christmas one year after begging for an NES.  I believe I was in Kindergarten at the time.  I remember being upset at getting the Atari then.  This would have been around '88 or so.  I didn't realize at the time that my parents couldn't afford the NES and bought the Atari for me due to it's much lower price.  Over the years, I amassed a huge amount of Atari cartridges mainly from thrift shops and such.  There was one locally where you could get 4 Atari games for about a dollar. 

A few years later, my parents bought me a GameBoy.  The original, huge brick gameboy and I still have it and it still works. 

Then came the SNES which I also have and it still works.  I ocassionally break it out to play some Chrono Trigger.

Around '95 I moved from consoles to PC gaming.  I think that Doom was the main catalyst for that switch.  I've been pretty loyal to that platform since.  I'll never forget the first time I played the original Half-Life.  Amazing isn't strong enough of a word to describe that game.

The SNES was the last console I owned until I got married and my wife bought me a PS2.  I only used it a bit for Grand Theft Auto and such before it's unfortunate demise (long story).

I eventually bought a Dreamcast from a pawn shop, and it's still my favorite of the last gen consoles.

I also own a GameCube currently which I've been using quite a bit lately while going back through Resident Evil 4.

As for handhelds, I bought a DS Lite when they launched earlier this year.  New Super Mario Bros is a ton of fun on it, as are various other games I've discovered such as Advanced Wars DS.


Title: Re: Oldschool gamers
Post by: Torgo on January 15, 2007, 05:54:07 PM
I've currently been digging playing Capcom Classics Collection Vol. 2.

Finally, AN ARCADE PERFECT PORT OF STRIDER!

(http://www.vgfreak.com/images/screens/strider_screen.png)

The rest of the games on this collection are great as well.


Title: Re: Oldschool gamers
Post by: Masked_Maverick on January 20, 2007, 11:52:25 PM
I'm still waiting for Nintendo to re-release an updated version of Mario All-Stars to include not only the NES and SNES but he N64 Mario game.


Title: Re: Oldschool gamers
Post by: Pilgermann on January 22, 2007, 04:06:15 AM
My first video game system was an Atari 2600.  I think it was a later model, though (1986?).  My brother and I were excited as can be, and we each got to pick a game.  He got Pole Position and I got Centipede.  I miss my Atari.

After that I think it went NES, Gameboy, Genesis, SNES, Playstation, N64, Dreamcast (never given a fair chance), and PS2 (during this we constantly traded in and re-purchases SNES, Genesis, PS1, N64).   I don't play too many games these days, maybe some Super Nintendo, or I play various ROMs on my PC (God Bless Neo Geo--Metal Slug games are brilliant).

Anyone ever get a Virtual Boy? :teddyr:


Title: Re: Oldschool gamers
Post by: Shadow on January 22, 2007, 07:14:10 PM
Anyone remember Vectrex or going back to pre Atari 2600 days, The Channel F (Fairchild) game system?


Title: Re: Oldschool gamers
Post by: T-Rex Television on January 22, 2007, 09:54:57 PM
Damn. I wish I lived back in the old days. Those must have been super awesome. But sadly, I was born in 1991 right after all the cool years happened. But, my first game console was, NES, with those rectangle controllers. And I had mainly Duck Hunt, with the gun, and Mario of course, and the game with the bubble creatures, i forget what it was called. And other things. Then I got Sega Genesis, then PS1, then PS2, now I am trying to get an Atari, since i absolutely love Atari (Centidpede is my favorite, along with Asteroids.), and also a NES since i dont think i still have my old one. I had the first gameboy, the big clunky black one, that i think was my dads but i also played it, then *upgraded* to normal gameboy, then the miraculous gameboy color! omg, color! But thats about it. I really need to get Atari and NES soon though, gotta play with my friends!


Title: Re: Oldschool gamers
Post by: Torgo on January 23, 2007, 11:06:10 PM
Anyone remember Vectrex or going back to pre Atari 2600 days, The Channel F (Fairchild) game system?

Was the Vectrex the system that was all vector graphics?


Title: Re: Oldschool gamers
Post by: Torgo on January 23, 2007, 11:08:50 PM
I would still have to say that my favorite system of all time is still the SNES.

I was a loyal Sega fanatic until Contra 3: The Alien Wars came out on the SNES.

That was the game that single handedly made me want a SNES.   


Title: Re: Oldschool gamers
Post by: Torgo on January 31, 2007, 11:33:48 PM
I'm a huge fan of old school shooters, and this site dedicated to shoot-em-ups is really good.

 http://www.classicgaming.com/shmups/ (http://www.classicgaming.com/shmups/)



Title: Re: Oldschool gamers
Post by: Poogie on February 01, 2007, 03:05:07 PM
I'm a huge fan of old school shooters, and this site dedicated to shoot-em-ups is really good.

 [url]http://www.classicgaming.com/shmups/[/url] ([url]http://www.classicgaming.com/shmups/[/url])


  We have all the Splinter Cell games for game cube and also James Bond and Call of Duty....Love them... :bouncegiggle:


Title: Re: Oldschool gamers
Post by: Torgo on February 23, 2007, 05:58:47 PM
Anyone else remember a game called Ninja Golf that was released for the Atari 7800?  Absolutely one of the strangest games ever to be released and one that is screaming for a remake on the PS3!!!!!!!!!

I was telling a co-worker about this game the other day and they said I was making it up.  I wasn't near a computer so I couldn't pull up proof that point.

(http://www.destructoid.com/wp-content/uploads/2006/07/1.jpg)

(http://www.destructoid.com/wp-content/uploads/2006/07/6.gif)

 :teddyr: 


Title: Re: Oldschool gamers
Post by: T-Rex Television on February 23, 2007, 10:40:40 PM
Woah, I totally got an Atari system yesterday. The old school system (with the brown panel in front, and the rest black), came with two joystick controllers, and the connecters to the TV and the outlet, and a box of a few hundred game cartridges. (Pretty much all I need now is Pong, since they didnt have it, and some atari paddle controllers). I'm so excited, i got is all for like, 50$. I've got to play with my friends soon, its so fun. Now my next goal is to get NES and games for it.


Title: Re: Oldschool gamers
Post by: Torgo on February 23, 2007, 11:07:21 PM
Now my next goal is to get NES and games for it.

I've got an emulator disc for my Sega Dreamcast that has almost every single NES game on one disc.  Pretty cool, and they all play perfectly without any slowdown or sound missing.

I was playing Ninja Gaiden 2 last night as a matter of fact on it.

I've also got a SNES emulator for my Sega Dreamcast that has something like 400 games on one disc.


Title: Re: Oldschool gamers
Post by: Pacman000 on December 03, 2012, 06:45:17 PM
Here's a site with old freeware/shareware PC games: http://www.classicdosgames.com/ (http://www.classicdosgames.com/)
I had a couple of these games years ago.  They were fun.

My first system was an Atari 2600, four switch wood grain model.  It was not new; it was my dad's.  I went to a birthday party at a skating rink, but I couldn't skate.  The rink had an arcade, and my mom showed me how to play Pac-Man.  When we got home my dad got out the Atari, and he showed me how to play the home version.  I was too young to notice the difference!  Later, I got a Game Boy.  It had a clear shell, and it came with Tetris.  I still have it.   :smile:


Title: Re: Oldschool gamers
Post by: retrorussell on December 03, 2012, 06:52:33 PM
I'm as old-school as it gets.  I have great memories of the whole family heading on down to Malibu Gran Prix and play pinball, Midway Bowling, the Sprint racing games, Stunt Cycle, Drag Race, Space Invaders, Gypsy Juggler and others.. then came the 80s and Crazy Climber, Dig Dug, Defender, Centipede, Burgertime, Jungle King, etc.  The fantastic games of the 70s and 80s often made me forget I was often without a parent in the arcade and could easily get bullied out of my game by some mean kids.

I still make reviews of the older games for YouTube. 


Title: Re: Oldschool gamers
Post by: Umaril Has Returned on December 14, 2012, 02:16:26 PM
I remember waiting around at JC Penny's to play the Atari console.  The old one, with "Space Invaders" as the main game.  Turned out, mom was not just shopping.  She would go and get in line to put another payment on the Atari she put on layway for me.  It took her months, but it was sitting out when little Andrew crept into the living room on Christmas day.

I think I got mine on my birthday or Christmas when I was around 14 o5 15..of course I have you guys beat by a decade and then some because I'm 47. And I still play console and PC stuff today, with my console seeing Skyrim and my new PC seeing the FPS goodness of the Painkiller complete collection. $19.95 courtesy of Gamestop  :smile:

One of the reasons those old games were so good, in my mind, is that the people making them concentrated on the mechanics.  When you cannot woo players with useless eye candy, you need to make the game challenging to play, but some parts of it easy enough to master so a new player feels they are gaining something.  

Right-o.
The games of that time also had no formal ending to them, as most games have today. The idea was to go as long as you could until the game was finally over. And for that sort of play,  you had to maintain a serious and balanced discipline between hand-eye coordination and  endurance.



One of the best RPG games was the original "Pool of Radiance" for the Commodore 64.  It was turn based and I like it much better than the new D&D type games.  You really could build and control an entire party. I couldn't do that playing some of the newer stuff that is real time.

I had P.O.R. for the computer about 10 years back and it had some good graphics and some seriously nasty creatures. If I remember right the game also came out on an NES cartridge.


Title: Re: Oldschool gamers
Post by: Couchtr26 on December 15, 2012, 01:08:44 AM
I remember playing the Atari 2600 and Commodore 64.  We then went NES, SNES, Genesis, PS 1, N64, Dreamcast, Gamecube, PS 2, Xbox, Xbox 360, PS 3 and Wii.  I also got a Retron 3 but that is a sad clone console designed to get me back into the NES, SNES and Genesis days. 

I remember surprisingly little about the 2600.  I think I was 5 when I was playing it.  Remember Centipede and Missile Command, I also remember one where you were searching to destroy these alien ships that were attacking before they destroyed your bases or motherships.  I remember a sort of bounty hunter element to it. 

The 64 we played infrequently, it was more in exercise by my grandfather to learn some programming as he was always curious about electronics.  He worked as an electrical engineer with AT&T. 

The NES was the first where I really comprehended or remembered much of what I was doing.  Lots of Mario, Contra, Mega Man, and lots of odd games here and there.  I always love watching reviewers on Youtube talking about XEXYZ or Metal Storm and saying I remember those games. 

While, I enjoyed it I also did quite a bit of PC gaming at the time with flight simulators and some early strategy titles.  Sword of the Samurai, Centurion Defender of Rome, F 15 Strike Eagle 2 and 3, F 117-A Stealth Fighter and the like.  Also, X-Wing.  I was also attracted  to the Sierra adventure/quest games. 

SNES was next and we played alot of games but less obscure games and more mainstream. 

Genesis we played lots of odd ones Beast Wrestler, Death Duel, Heavy Nova and that one Hunter something game.  Sorry can't remember the title believe it was more an Amiga game that was ported to the Genesis.

PS 1 continued our RPG love from the SNES, N64 was Ocarina of Time and Goldeneye (loved p**sing a friend off cause he never could get used to proximity mines), Dreamcast was lots of odd ones, PS 2 were lots of mainstream, XBOX the original is where I played the most racing games I ever enjoyed mainly my love of the rally games at the time.  Gamecube was more nostalgia and continuing earlier series we enjoyed Gauntlet and Tony Hawk and such. 

The currents are from our lack of great PC gaming plus our love of Morrowind from XBOX. 

A very generic recollections of my memories from the days of yore.  Of course, forgot the arcade stage.  (Remember spending $20 in quarters to try and beat the Turtles and Xmen.  Also, played lots of Golden Axe.)


Title: Re: Oldschool gamers
Post by: Newt on December 15, 2012, 06:48:16 AM
My eldest grew up playing the Sonic the Hedgehog games on his Genesis.  To this day the sound of a few notes of the themes can drive me up the wall.  My Dad spent a good bit of time playing Castlevania on that system. 

And ah yes the Commodore 64.  Back in the mid-80's I worked for a very small software developer as office manager.  I was 'drafted' into beta testing most of the output and a large portion of that was games (in addition to a monthly subscription "magazine" disc for the Commodore).  We also tested the latest games available from the big guys - EA was one of them - to see what they had come up with (so we could do something similar).  Tough job!    :teddyr:  The excitement when the Amiga came out was unreal.  The games for the PC at the time were pretty ho-hum.  Text adventures (I remember one based on The HitchHikers' Guide to the Galaxy: I beat all the guys on that one because I had read the books)

(One of our games that did *not* make it into production was called "Balls".  We had the packaging mocked up, all ready to go. The partner who had come up with it wanted to take out full page ads saying, "Be the first kid on your block to have BALLS!"    They were a fun bunch of guys.  Kinda like you lot... )

The job I had immediately prior to that one was with a publishing company/software developer dedicated to the Timex Sinclair machines.  Same job (with the addition of working on a print magazine).  Verrry primitive games on cassette tapes.  But that was what there was in those days.

And going back a bit farther than that: anyone remember playing "Star Trek" on a mainframe?  I DO! 


Title: Re: Oldschool gamers
Post by: Pacman000 on December 15, 2012, 05:14:41 PM
Newt, that's cool.  All of it.

Torgo, here's a page about Ninja Golf: http://www.atariage.com/software_page.html?SoftwareID=2143 (http://www.atariage.com/software_page.html?SoftwareID=2143)



Title: Re: Oldschool gamers
Post by: Couchtr26 on December 15, 2012, 08:38:16 PM
My eldest grew up playing the Sonic the Hedgehog games on his Genesis.  To this day the sound of a few notes of the themes can drive me up the wall.  My Dad spent a good bit of time playing Castlevania on that system. 

And ah yes the Commodore 64.  Back in the mid-80's I worked for a very small software developer as office manager.  I was 'drafted' into beta testing most of the output and a large portion of that was games (in addition to a monthly subscription "magazine" disc for the Commodore).  We also tested the latest games available from the big guys - EA was one of them - to see what they had come up with (so we could do something similar).  Tough job!    :teddyr:  The excitement when the Amiga came out was unreal.  The games for the PC at the time were pretty ho-hum.  Text adventures (I remember one based on The HitchHikers' Guide to the Galaxy: I beat all the guys on that one because I had read the books)

(One of our games that did *not* make it into production was called "Balls".  We had the packaging mocked up, all ready to go. The partner who had come up with it wanted to take out full page ads saying, "Be the first kid on your block to have BALLS!"    They were a fun bunch of guys.  Kinda like you lot... )

The job I had immediately prior to that one was with a publishing company/software developer dedicated to the Timex Sinclair machines.  Same job (with the addition of working on a print magazine).  Verrry primitive games on cassette tapes.  But that was what there was in those days.

And going back a bit farther than that: anyone remember playing "Star Trek" on a mainframe?  I DO! 


Sounds enjoyable and having something that was just different then most experiences at the time.  Nice to read about some of your experiences at the time Newt.  Also, I played Sonic and even I can get annoyed by the music at times or the sound of losing rings.  Sounds like an odd coin purse dropping or a little like if you drop some of the bracelets at my current workplace. 


Title: Re: Oldschool gamers
Post by: Umaril Has Returned on December 16, 2012, 01:03:27 PM


And ah yes the Commodore 64.  Back in the mid-80's I worked for a very small software developer as office manager.  I was 'drafted' into beta testing most of the output and a large portion of that was games (in addition to a monthly subscription "magazine" disc for the Commodore).  We also tested the latest games available from the big guys - EA was one of them - to see what they had come up with (so we could do something similar).  Tough job!    :teddyr:  The excitement when the Amiga came out was unreal.  The games for the PC at the time were pretty ho-hum.  Text adventures (I remember one based on The HitchHikers' Guide to the Galaxy: I beat all the guys on that one because I had read the books)

I had a C-64!  I remember many great titles like Gunship which was a sim of the AH-64 Apache attack chopper. I played the hell out of that one. I also played F-117 Stealth Fighter and a tank sim called Arctic Fox. 

I also played Forbidden Forest and SSI's Gemstone Warrior. Ah, the good old days of formatting a disk and taking almost an hour to do it... :buggedout:


Title: Re: Oldschool gamers
Post by: HappyGilmore on December 16, 2012, 03:17:06 PM
I had an NES for a bit. Dug playing a lot of those games.

Never owned an SNES or Sega, although my neighbors did and I wore them out. My mom couldn't afford the systems.

I did get an N64 & PS1 for Christmas one year. Mom saved up for them.

Currently I own a PS2, XBOX360, n64 & Wii.

I play the Wii less. I bought a game for the 360- Sonic's Ultimate SEGA Collection. It has something like 40-50 SEGA games I loved as a kid.

I loved Earthworm Jim as a kid.


Title: Re: Oldschool gamers
Post by: Jack on December 17, 2012, 08:06:03 AM
My first memories of video games were probably playing Lunar Lander on a PC where my dad worked.

(http://i702.photobucket.com/albums/ww28/jackc8/Lunar_Lander-1_zpsc95e357f.jpg)

Then I got an NES back in the mid-late '80s.  All I really played on it was Smash TV, but I beat that game 5 or 6 times.  I remember the first time I got to the last set of levels, I had to go get a beer to mellow myself out - I was pretty excited  :teddyr:  I also got a SNES but never really played much on it.  I finished Wing Commander once but didn't care for that game.

I got a PS1 and used to play Kileak:  The DNA Imperative.  That was a pretty bad game actually;  it started out okay but once you got the the later levels it was really boring.  Also played through Battle Arena Toshinden on easy difficulty once.  Probably the only fighting game I've ever spend more than two minutes with.  So I didn't play many games for quite a while but then I found this thing called the "internet" that had game reviews (prior to that I just make my purchasing decisions based on the picture on the box).  I picked up Fear Effect 2:  Retro Helix and was just blown away.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OflwyLITXTk

That's still one of my favorite games of all time.  Also played a lot of Colony Wars, which was a great space flight / combat simulator.

Got a PS2 once the slim came out, played quite a few games on that.  Drakan:  The Ancient Gates was the first game I got for it, and still my favorite.


Title: Re: Oldschool gamers
Post by: El Misfit on December 17, 2012, 11:47:46 AM
There's a place not far from my house that sells old and current games, I saw that they had  system that plays NES, SNES, Genesis, and Saturn games in one console. As an old school gamer, I am not one, the oldest I ever played was N64/ PS1 games, if you don't count arcade games.


Title: Re: Oldschool gamers
Post by: major jay on December 17, 2012, 01:19:16 PM
INTRUDER ALERT! INTRUDER ALERT!

(http://i177.photobucket.com/albums/w234/tcrine_photos/Berzerk20Screen.jpg)


Title: Re: Oldschool gamers
Post by: Jack on December 17, 2012, 01:44:28 PM
This was pretty much my favorite game from the arcades:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIGrqUJoBns


Title: Re: Oldschool gamers
Post by: zombie #1 on December 17, 2012, 07:15:11 PM

The job I had immediately prior to that one was with a publishing company/software developer dedicated to the Timex Sinclair machines.  Same job (with the addition of working on a print magazine).  Verrry primitive games on cassette tapes.  But that was what there was in those days.

cool... did you ever have any involvement with the sinclair spectrum, 48/128k etc? those were the computers I grew up with

I nearly got to the stage where I'd programmed an entire football management game in BASIC on the spectrum, but by the time I'd nearly finished it (1992-3 ish) the spectrum almost became obsolete overnight as the 16bit machines like Atari DT's amd Amigas, and then very soon after that the Sega/Nintendo consoles took over.

Had a Master System 2 for a while. Loved the Playstation, games like Tony Hawks skating and Everybody's golf blew my mind (actually the sequels to both those games especially). Since then I have not really played anything. No interest in the new style huge online dwarf/wizard stuff or the ultra realistic army war games they have now.


Title: Re: Oldschool gamers
Post by: Umaril Has Returned on December 17, 2012, 09:23:22 PM

Had a Master System 2 for a while. Loved the Playstation, games like Tony Hawks skating and Everybody's golf blew my mind (actually the sequels to both those games especially). Since then I have not really played anything. No interest in the new style huge online dwarf/wizard stuff or the ultra realistic army war games they have now.

I had a Master System too: the first RPG I ever beat was Miracle Warriors: Seals Of the Drak Lord and then there was Phantasy Star and I also liked the 3D game Missile Defense that came with it and later a 3D game called Poseidon Wars. All were great games and another one I had was called Zillion, based on an anime of the same name. That was one was very involved, but nowhere near as long as the games of today. This was around 1885 or '6 when I had it.


Title: Re: Oldschool gamers
Post by: zombie #1 on December 18, 2012, 07:15:14 AM

This was around 1885 or '6 when I had it.
didn't realise the Master System was quite that ancient!!!  :bouncegiggle:


*I made a typo earier as well, I said Atari DT's, I meant Atari ST's of course..


Title: Re: Oldschool gamers
Post by: Umaril Has Returned on December 18, 2012, 01:38:34 PM

This was around 1885 or '6 when I had it.
didn't realise the Master System was quite that ancient!!!  :bouncegiggle:


*I made a typo earier as well, I said Atari DT's, I meant Atari ST's of course..

That's about the time, maybe (and I say maybe) it may have been 1987. That was awhile back and I may be off by a year or so. But yeah, the Master System is ancient, and so am I.  :bouncegiggle:


Title: Re: Oldschool gamers
Post by: zombie #1 on December 18, 2012, 02:21:03 PM
erm yeah you know you put 1885 right... that's why I was saying it was old, just a joke really!


Title: Re: Oldschool gamers
Post by: Umaril Has Returned on January 07, 2013, 12:53:29 PM
erm yeah you know you put 1885 right... that's why I was saying it was old, just a joke really!

No prob, gotcha'. Missed the typo and the joke. But while you mention it, in 1885 I think I was working on my first marriage then.  :bouncegiggle:

She's long since gone, but I've aged but a day. But then again my portrait is hidden in a place noone will ever find it :smile: