Staff Picks: First Game Ever Played

Our staff love a plethora of games. Most of us have been lucky enough to be playing at least some kind of games since we were young. Here are some of the first games ever played by our staff members!

Henry started us off strong with Pools of Radiance on the Commodore 128. “I loved it and it helped push my love of TTRPG based games.” 

Salty had a video game in mind with Donkey Kong Country. “I never got too far but I had a blast.”

Chritter is unsure what exactly was her first game but it was probably Dig Dug or Centipede for the Atari 2600. “At least I’m not old enough to remember Pong, am I right?”

Halasaurus had a slightly more complicated answer. “First game ever? I don’t know… probably Super Mario. I really wasn’t a fan to be honest. First game I played from beginning to end? Final Fantasy 7 and I loved it!”

Otter Limits has strong ties to card games. “We were a card gaming family. My mother says I was obsessed with Go Fish and War as a child. I also loved Sorry and Trouble. When Trivial Pursuit came out, my family became obsessed. We took it camping and played on every holiday.”

MartianKat had this nostalgic answer. “First video game I ever played was Pac-Man and I was pretty good at it. I’d find myself mimicking the sounds, and I really liked the Ghosts. Pinky is still my favorite.”

Iris thekeyblademaster and Thia the Bard had the same board game as their first that they could remember. Iris; “The first board game that I can remember playing was Candyland. My first video game…might’ve been The Magic School Bus computer games or Putt-Putt. I remember as a kid being fascinated by the “story” included in the box. Even back then, that was the part that I always gravitated towards when I played games. I needed to know why I was trying to help those characters, lol.”

Thia; “Like Iris, my first game was most likely Candyland. I loved it. There was a backstory for the characters even though it was for kids. That made it feel like it wasn’t being dumbed down. The colors and practical game play are also great for kids. We played a lot of Candyland. It is a game I still recommend to folks with children, and I will also still always play.” 

PhoenixNymphy also had a family game in their memories. “Trivial Pursuit was really big in my family as well actually.” 

Crymson Pleasure had these two games pop into her mind. “The first video game I remember is Super Mario Bros and Duck Hunt. It’s what came with the Nintendo when my Grandmother bought it for us from Kiddie City when it first came out. I really wish I could thank her for that. The game that got me hooked was Final Fantasy. I loved that game but I didn’t beat it until a few years ago. I can only remember Up Words as my first board game, my family loved word/letter games. Magic the Gathering was my first card game.”

So that is it. Some of our staff’s first games.

What was your first game you can remember playing? Was it one of ours? Let us know in the comments below!



Published by thiathebard

Lover of games, writer of articles and member of Real Women of Gaming. Thia the Bard has been writing from a young age and has always been a fan of the fantastic. She grew up playing video and board games. She loves trying different table top and role playing games. Thia is a proud geek and member of many fandoms. She is also interested in cosplay and Steampunk. Thia is a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism. Time not spent gaming or running around in garb is usually spent writing. Always keep sparkling!

One thought on “Staff Picks: First Game Ever Played

  1. I’m gen-x, so my first game would have been in an arcade, probably PacMan, or Space Invaders, and I wasn’t too good at it!


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