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1982: ENCOUNTER OF THE VIRTUAL KIND

I first met video games by chance, at a time when this term was still far from being widely spread. It was in Summer 1982, during the holidays. I was visiting some friend of my mother's and started reading a toy catalogue. I then hit on a page where some new kind of game machine was presented: a game console. It was of course a very basic black and white console, with 10 integrated games, all variants from Pong with portentous names such as 'Tennis', 'Ping Pong' or 'Badminton'...

No matter how primitive that system might have looked, it has been a revelation: "that's what I want for Christmas!". I was only 11 years old, and could not afford to buy the machine right away. But Christmas was still a long time away, would I still want this thing by then, or was my revelation just a flash in the pan?

Time passes, school is on again, and my new passion is still burning. I want a game console for Christmas. My father tells me there are other, more evolved consoles, and he shows me several advertising with strange-named consoles; Philips Videopac, Atari VCS, and some others that never became known.

The Atari caught my attention. Apparently, this one offered lots of different games, and you could switch games by inserting different cartridges, unlike the other basic consoles that only offered a limited number of integrated games. And by comparison, it had great colored graphic capabilities.

Christmas time is near. At the foot of the Christmas tree, I know the big parcel is for me. On December 25, 1982, I begin my travel into the video game world.
It is now 2017, video games still exist. They were not a shooting star as some had believed. Video game has been accused of evil things, like Rock music and Role-Playing games, it has been heavily, and still is criticized, but it has finally reached a very wide audience.

It did not compel me to become a murderer, a child eater or a sorcerer, it did not make me (or my friends) a social misfit, a retarded man or a lunatic. Video games are merely a leisure activity, like the cinema, music, reading, and contrary to simpy watching stupid television shows, playing video games makes you active in front of the screen.

In the last 30 years, I played hundreds, maybe thousands of games on very different consoles and computers. My goal is not to recount the history of video games (many other sites are doing that), but to tell you about my personal gaming experience.

History of a veteran gamer, volume 1...
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PERSONAL ANTHOLOGY OF VIDEO GAMING

These are the games that stroke me the most for various reasons, sorted by platform. This is not a complete list, but rather representative of my experience.

Atari VCS 2600
CBS Colecovision
Commodore 64
Commodore Amiga
Nintendo NES
Nintendo Super NES
Nintendo Gameboy
Nintendo DS
PC
Sega Dreamcast
Sony Playstation

ATARI VCS 2600

Atari VCS

ASTERIX ASTEROIDS
Asterix Atari VCS Asteroids Atari VCS
BATTLEZONE BEAMRIDER
Battlezone Atari VCS Beamrider Atari VCS
DECATHLON ENDURO
Decathlon Atari VCS Enduro Atari VCS
MOON PATROL OBELIX
Moon Patrol Atari VCS Obelix Atari VCS
PAC-MAN PITFALL!
Pac-Man Atari VCS Pitfall Atari VCS
PITFALL II: THE LOST CAVERNS RIVER RAID
Pitfall 2 Atari VCS River Raid Atari VCS
SPACE INVADERS
Space Invaders Atari VCS


CBS COLECOVISION

CBS Colecovision

DONKEY KONG DONKEY KONG JR
Donkey Kong CBS Donkey Kong Jr CBS
MOUSE TRAP THE SMURFS
Mouse Trap CBS The Smurfs CBS
TURBO
Turbo CBS


COMMODORE 64

Commodore 64

ARKANOID BARBARIAN
Arkanoid C64 Barbarian C64
CAULDRON CAULDRON 2
Cauldron C64 Cauldron 2 C64
COMMANDO COMIC BAKERY
Commando C64 Comic Bakery C64
ELITE GHOSTS'N GOBLINS
Elite C64 Ghosts'n Goblins C64
LIGHTFORCE SPY VS SPY
Lightforce C64 Spy vs Spy C64
SUMMER GAMES 1 SUMMER GAMES 2
Summer Games C64 Summer Games 2 C64
THE HOBBIT THE LORD OF THE RINGS
Hobbit C64 Lord of the Rings C4
THE WAY OF THE EXPLODING FIST WINTER GAMES
Exploding Fist C64 Winter Games C64


COMMODORE AMIGA

Amiga 500

BATTLE SQUADRON DEFENDER OF THE CROWN
Battle Squadron Amiga Defender of the Crown Amiga
GREAT GIANA SISTERS SILKWORM
Great Giana Sisters Amiga Silkworm Amiga
SUPER FROG
Super Frog Amiga Arkanoid Amiga


NINTENDO NES

SUPER MARIO BROS 3
Super Mario 3 NES



NINTENDO SUPER NES

SUPER GHOULS'N GHOSTS SUPER MARIO KART
Super Ghouls'n Ghosts Super NES Super Mario Kart Super NES

SUPER MARIO WORLD
Super Mario World Super NES



NINTENDO GAMEBOY

SUPER MARIO LAND TETRIS
Super Mario Land Gameboy Tetris Gameboy


NINTENDO DS

Nintendo DS

MARIO KART
Mario Kart DS



PC

PC

DOOM DUNE 2
Doom PC Dune 2 PC
FAR CRY LANDS OF LORE
Far Cry PC Lands of Lore PC
WOLFENSTEIN
Wolfenstein 3D PC


SEGA DREAMCAST

Sega Dreamcast

VIRTUA TENNIS VIRTUA TENNIS 2
Virtua Tennis 1 Dreamcast Virtua Tennis 2 Dreamcast


SONY PLAYSTATION

Sony Playstation

DESTRUCTION DERBY 2 TOMB RAIDER
Destruction Derby 2 Playstation Tomb Raider Playstation
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MY CONSOLES AND MICRO-COMPUTERS

Consoles and micro-computers that I had the opportunity to use since 1982.

These are the consoles and micro-computers I've owned

Atari VCS 2600
Commodore 64
Commodore Amiga
Microsoft Xbox
Nintendo Super NES
Nintendo 64
Nintendo Game Cube
Nintendo GameBoy
Nintendo GameBoy Advance
Nintendo GameBoy Advance SP
Nintendo DS
PC
Sega Dreamcast
Sony Playstation
Sony Playstation 2


Here are the consoles and micro-computers I had the opportunity to use but never owned myself

Amstrad CPC 464
Amstrad CPC 6128
Amstrad PC1512
Apple II/e
Apple II/c
Apple Macintoch (classic)
Atari ST
CBS Colecovision
Mattel Intellivision
Microsoft Xbox360
Nintendo NES
Philips Videopac
Sega Master System
Sega Megadrive
Sinclair Spectrum ZX81
Sony Playstation 3
Thomson TO7/70
Thomson TO9

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MESSAGES

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Nicolas
03/22/2014, 21h44

Bravo pour votre site et les informations disponibles

Que de souvenirs en parcourant votre site

Un jeu sur C64 ?

Spelunker pour le plaisir
Ghostbusters pour l'intro



manekeu
11/28/2012, 19h42

Je recherche le nom du jeu (ça doit être avec un ver de terre) mais avec la musique de Beethoven.
Merci.

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Bonjour,

Il doit s'agir de Earthworm Jim, sorti en 1994 sur consoles 16 bits.
Vidéo sur YouTube.

Grebz



VINce
09/09/2012, 11h56

Bonjour,

Superbe site qui ravive des dizaines de souvenirs, bravo !
Que de nuits passées à jouer sur cette merveilleuse machine.

J'ai suivi le parcours classique des jeunes des années 80. Vidéopac, TI99 4/a, Commodore 64, Amiga, pour finir sur PC.

Avec le recul, le Commodore 64 reste la machine qui a le plus marqué ce parcours, je me revois en train d'échanger des cassettes puis disquettes 5 1/4 sous le manteau dans la cour du lycée !

Bonne continuation pour le site.

Commodorement vôtre,
VINcent, écrivain & musicien.



boubalours
09/08/2012, 16h59

Bonjour,

Je cherche le jeu Pipeline qui était sur le Commodore 64.

J'ai mon papa qui jouait à fond et moi de même !!!

Un grand merci

Bouba



commodorehdcovers
11/05/2011, 20h18

Salut Grebz !

Super ton site, plein de souvenirs rien qu'en lisant tes tests ! J'ai trouvé sur YouTube ton excellent test de The Way of the Exploding Fist, j'ai adoré, moi aussi j'ai plein de bons souvenirs avec ce jeu !
Je t'envoie mes respects commodoristiques !

Et si tu as quelques minutes à perdre, tu peux toujours venir faire un petit tour sur mon site www.commodorehdcovers.com (il y a aussi un forum).

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Merci de ta visite ! À bientôt sur ton site.

Grebz

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