We have some pretty amazing fans. Case in point, our good friend SdZeroX, who reached out to us and asked what our first gaming memories were. After thinking about it for a while, the Twinfinite team came together to write out a list of the very first games we all enjoyed. If there’s ever any questions you want us to discuss and answer, just send an email to [email protected] with the subject Twinfinite Discusses, and we’ll answer it.
Technically, the first game I ever played was Tetris. Sometimes my dad would let me play with his original Game Boy (the fat, grey one), but most of the games were too hard for me (some twenty years later I still can’t beat the Home Alone game). Tetris was the only one my little 4-year-old brain could get the hang of. But Tetris is boring, so I’ll do what was probably the second game I ever played: Kirby’s Dreamland (again, on Dad’s Game Boy). It wasn’t until a few years later that I actually managed to beat it. But I remember playing those first few levels over and over again, on long road trips or even just riding the bus to grade school.
When I was 5 or 6, my parents (read: my dad) got me a Sega Genesis, and my first game on that was either Sonic the Hedgehog or Aladdin. Both were tough for a little kid, but Aladdin was especially sadistic: I’m talking Dark Souls of the 16-bit generation difficulty. Elsewhere I’ve mentioned that at age 9 I lost my faith in god because of Aladdin. Finally, the first PC games I ever played fell into the genre of 90’s edu-tainment. It was probably Treasure MathStorm!, but Logical Journey of the Zombinis had a much greater impact. Arguably a greater impact than Tetris (although I could totally kick your ass)!
In a time before handhelds, before consoles, there was the arcade. The first game I ever saw was Space Invaders, but I never played it back then. The following year however, I saw something that blew my mind and I just HAD to play it. That game was Galaxian, and it was not only the first game I ever played but it was my first ‘next-gen’ experience.
Seriously, look at Space Invaders — it wasn’t much to look at even in the context of its time. Galaxian however had colorful enemies and a background that actually looked like outer space. I’ll never forget the feeling of putting a quarter into the machine, hearing it spring to life, and taking control of my ship…and then losing my last life 30 seconds later.Space robot dragonfly? Check
After that brief encounter with Galaxian, I was hooked for life.
Similar to many children in the 90’s, playing Pokémon Gold on my Gameboy Color was how I spent every waking moment of my free time and was actually how I got into gaming in the first place. Earning gym badges, battling my stupid red-headed rival, scouring the grass for the elusive legendary beasts, and growing my Pokémon collection were the only desires I had.I was more of a Silver guy as a kid. -Muaz
Thinking about the game instills a sense of sweet nostalgia because I can remember how immersive the game was. To this day I could play the game without any type of guides or help because I can remember where everything was. This experience unknowingly primed me for a life of gaming that still includes Pokémon. By the time I have a kid I hope that they’ll play (whatever color/letter/number they’re on) with the same sense of joy and passion that I once had.
The house is dark, and a storm rages just outside of old, Cold War era windows stained by decades of cigarette smoke. The door slides shut behind me, sloshing through the trail of water my light-up sneakers dragged in the door. The place is empty, but it was not quiet. Off in the distance was a dull roar, like the static of a television crossed with the echo of a chainsaw. I walked through the house and around the corner to the one open door, with a single shaft of blue light coming forth into the hall. I walked in, and on a 15 inch tube-television screen was an unforgettable image; a xenomorph, jaws wide open, and ready to kill. My brother, having paused the game out of sheer terror, then turns and looks at my slack jawed five-year old face, and for the first time said some amazing words; “Hey, wanna play?”NOOOOOPE
Alien Trilogy is still, somehow, the only good Alien game ever made. Which is remarkable, because looking back, pretty much nothing about it has aged well. Its shooting is bland, and the level design is awful, with meandering maze-like corridors clearly designed just to piss you off. It also has a totally unsatisfying shooting mechanic that nearly cripples the gameplay. However, Alien Trilogy manages to execute so perfectly the atmosphere and tension of the original Ridley Scott film that dated gameplay and graphics (the xenomorphs now look closer to over-cooked chicken) don’t matter. You’re too busy running for your life to care, and it manages to scare me even to this day. I don’t know whether to credit the game designers or the eternally terrifying work of Alien art director H.R. Giger with that, but it does make me wonder…if Fox Interactive could pull this off in 1996, how come we can’t get it right today?
Some of my earliest memories are of playing games. Of course, my FIRST memory is waking up on the couch as a three year old to the theme song of Scooby-Doo (remember the one with those eyes). Oddly enough, I actually remember dreaming about Ecco the Dolphin for some reason, but that’s not my first true memory. I’m pretty sure the first game I actively remember playing is Street Fighter II on my Genesis.Am I the only one who thinks the hadouken looks like a Tribble?