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TOP MOMENTS IN GAMING by Fussbett 05/22/2003, 6:48am PDT seen by Fussbett.

PINBALL -- My grandfather discovered that the arcade had some milk crates I could stand on. Before this discovery, he was just holding me up to reach the flippers. This advancement in lifting technology lead to me playing pinball more often, and my grandfather looking less like a weirdo. Win/win.

INVADERS.COM -- Space Invaders clone, in ASCII, on the Commodore Pet. I couldn't get enough.

SPACE FURY -- I saw someone entering their initials into the highscore table. I thought the game was about spelling and/or reading, and since I couldn't read yet, I made sure to stay away from all arcade games, and stuck with pinball.

BLACK KNIGHT -- Split playfield and multiball? A technological wonder!

PAC MAN -- I saw Pac Man at the rollerskating rink, and realized that video games were not all video crossword puzzles. I couldn't even wrap my mind around the level of awesomeness that was this strange game about being chased by ghosts. Why were only 4 people huddled around this magical machine? How could the teenagers rollerskate at a time like this?! That night at home I tried to replicate the experience of playing Pac Man by drawing a maze on paper, and then chasing my left hand magic marker with a magic marker in my right hand. I was 6-years-old, so this wasn't as stupid as it was pathetic. Ok, it was stupid too, but these were the lows a kid would have to sink to in 1981.

ADVENTURELAND -- Adventureland is the home computer successor of the trailblazing ADVENT, which I also played on my dad's office Pet. Despite loving all things dungeon-esque and dragon-like, my character was always getting bitten with "chiggers" or something and it was frustrating like I never knew a game could be. I never really figured out what the fuck was going on, so I gave up. Foreshadowing?

VENTURE -- The first game I "finished". There was no real ending to this ColecoVision port of the arcade game, as once you've grabbed all the treasures, the game just yanks the last 5 away from you, and the loop repeats forever. For the first time, I would actually put down the controller out of boredom instead of dieing. This left me feeling sad, like when you find out there is no Easter Bunny.

ATARI 2600 CONTROLLERS -- We would laugh hysterically when sticking the suction-cup-like rubber joystick cover onto the TV screen, to "kiss" some HORT actress. Not only would the suction make a comical POP sound, but sometimes the scene would change quicker than your reaction time, and you'd accidentally plant a "kiss" ON A MAN, to the delight of all your friends! Foreshadowing?

VICTORY -- The first game-breaking bug I experienced. Victory was a little-known game for the ColecoVision, and could only be played with the "Roller Controller" peripheral. The manual explained that if you blah blah blah long enough, the "Quarks" would be released from their dormants state, and that means trouble. After playing the game for days and never suffering the wrath of the Quarks, I eventually just sat there, and waited, doing nothing. The Quarks never came, and I realized that the game was never actually finished. Fortunately I got this game for $9 after Coleco had gone bankrupt.

BRUCE LEE -- The first time I saw a "true" ending for a video game. My friend marched through the entire C64 game in about 30 minutes, and arrived in the treasure room so that we could see the little Bruce Lee sprite jump up and down in celebration (spoiler!). I loved it.

CONQUEST.EXE -- The first PC game I ever pirated. A pretty good CGA Joust rip-off. I didn't know that my transaction was illegal because I bought the game from a company called "Dr. Disk". Perhaps the house basement retail point of purchase should have tipped me off, but it's not like PC games were in stores. I just wrote it off as part of the PC being massively unpopular.

THE ADAM -- The first time I made the mistake of not keeping video games under wraps while in the presence of HORT girls. Serina mentioned that her family had an Adam back in the day. Since Adam games are Coleco games, I thought we now had a BOND. Imagine my 12-year-old horror when Serina made fun of me after I didn't get the hint, and asked which Adam games she had in her collection. In front of her friends. DECIMATION. She probably only had Buck Rogers and Timepilot anyway. FUCK HER.

WARCRAFT -- The first time I played a real modem game. Not knowing what your opponent was doing scared the piss out of me. I was a nervous, physically shaking wreck for each and every Warcraft match.

X-COM -- My first schedule-altering video game addiction. I discovered that the birds start chirping around 5:00am, and this would remind me to go to bed. I would sleep for maybe 5 hours, wake up, and turn on the computer to play for the rest of the summer day. I would leave to hang out with friends or see a movie, but the longer I was away from X-Com, the more I felt a pain... Possibly in my spleen. When I finished X-Com it was a great/awful day. I told everyone I knew about X-Com. No one gave a shit.

TEKKEN -- The first game to be played all night with a group of competitive friends. Eight years later these same friends and bored with fighting games and most video games in general, while I still love them. I can't quite figure out why this is, but I suspect that it means I might be The One.

QUAKE 2 -- The first game I seriously played online. After being too sucky/intimidated to get into Quake online, I buckled down on the office ISDN line and decided to not rest until I was a decent Quake 2 player. Much like the X-Com phenomenon, I found myself describing good Q2 matches to disinterested friends, and electing to leave gatherings earlier, with the secret intention of playing more Quake 2. At least now I didn't tell any girls about my shame. be continued?!?!
TOP MOMENTS IN GAMING by Fussbett 05/22/2003, 6:48am PDT NEW
    Re: TOP MOMENTS IN GAMING by Bill Dungsroman 05/22/2003, 12:07pm PDT NEW
        No, me!! I'm teh gay!! by I need clarification 05/22/2003, 4:50pm PDT NEW
            Yes, INC is the gay. As am I... by FoK 05/22/2003, 7:16pm PDT NEW
                CON'T by Fussbett 05/23/2003, 6:37am PDT NEW
                    Re: CON'T by Fullofkittens 05/23/2003, 6:35pm PDT NEW
                        Mock away. by Fussbett 05/23/2003, 9:41pm PDT NEW
                        Re: CON'T by creativepig 05/23/2003, 10:56pm PDT NEW
                            Re: CON'T by Rightbug 05/27/2003, 4:25pm PDT NEW
                                Re: CON'T by FABIO 05/27/2003, 4:33pm PDT NEW
                                fixed quotes by FABIO 05/27/2003, 4:34pm PDT NEW
                                    Fixed Indeed! by Rightbug 05/27/2003, 4:44pm PDT NEW
                                    Re: fixed quotes by Entropy Stew 05/27/2003, 5:25pm PDT NEW
                Re: Yes, INC is the gay. As am I... by Bill Dungsroman 05/23/2003, 2:07pm PDT NEW
                    Re: Yes, INC is the gay. As am I... by I need clarification 05/23/2003, 3:10pm PDT NEW
            Re: No, me!! I'm teh gay!! by FABIO 05/23/2003, 6:58am PDT NEW
                Re: No, me!! I'm teh gay!! by I need clarification 05/23/2003, 12:36pm PDT NEW
            Re: No, me!! I'm teh gay!! by Bill Dungsroman 05/23/2003, 1:55pm PDT NEW
                Re: No, me!! I'm teh gay!! by I need clarification 05/23/2003, 3:06pm PDT NEW
                    Fuck that, I'm just going to pretend your post was the article you didn't write by Senor Barborito 05/23/2003, 4:05pm PDT NEW
                        Wow by I need clarification 05/23/2003, 4:33pm PDT NEW
                            Re: Wow by wide hurt 05/23/2003, 5:09pm PDT NEW
                            Re: Wow by Crying fag 05/23/2003, 10:24pm PDT NEW
                                Re: Wow by I need clarification 05/23/2003, 11:46pm PDT NEW
                            Bwahaha by Senor Barborito 05/24/2003, 1:34am PDT NEW
                                You always manage to sum yourself up better than I can, and it's always zero by I need clarification 05/24/2003, 4:42am PDT NEW
                                    Jesus, Alice by Senor Barborito 05/24/2003, 7:35am PDT NEW
                                        Re: Jesus, Alice by I need clarification 05/24/2003, 2:48pm PDT NEW
                                        PS. Stop double-replying, fag!! NT by I need clarification 05/24/2003, 2:51pm PDT NEW
                                    Oh yeah, noticed something ironic about your post . . . by Senor Barborito 05/24/2003, 7:37am PDT NEW
                                Bwa? by Fussbett 05/24/2003, 12:51pm PDT NEW
                                    Yeah, this is what I've been talking about since the beginning... by I need clarification 05/24/2003, 2:55pm PDT NEW
                                    Agreed re: mars by Entropy Stew 05/24/2003, 5:35pm PDT NEW
                                        Re: Agreed re: mars by I need clarification 05/24/2003, 6:46pm PDT NEW
                                Re: Bwahaha by Entropy Stew 05/24/2003, 6:08pm PDT NEW
                                    Re: Bwahaha by I need clarification 05/24/2003, 6:47pm PDT NEW
                                    FUCK! You were supposed to disagree with me! by Senor Barborito 05/24/2003, 7:18pm PDT NEW
                                        Jesus Christ by I need clarification 05/24/2003, 8:23pm PDT NEW
                                            You finally said something funny. Good job! NT by Entropy Stew 05/24/2003, 10:15pm PDT NEW
                                                Now your turn! GO! NT by I need clarification 05/24/2003, 10:58pm PDT NEW
                                        Re: FUCK! You were supposed to disagree with me! by Brian Peppers 10/25/2007, 2:10am PDT NEW
                                            Re: FUCK! You were supposed to disagree with me! by Zseni 10/25/2007, 9:05am PDT NEW
                                                Re: FUCK! You were supposed to disagree with me! by Brian Peppers 10/25/2007, 11:45am PDT NEW
        Re: TOP MOMENTS IN GAMING by surferdoc 10/25/2007, 1:55am PDT NEW
    The first PC game I ever won. by Jhoh Creexul 05/22/2003, 10:56pm PDT NEW
    Re: TOP MOMENTS IN GAMING by Rightbug 05/23/2003, 4:35pm PDT NEW
    Re: TOP MOMENTS IN GAMING by Ice Cream Jonsey 05/23/2003, 5:07pm PDT NEW
        Body blow! Body blow! Right! Body blow! by KNOCK HIM OUT!!! 05/23/2003, 6:21pm PDT NEW
    Assembling the Heavy Barrel!!! by Rambo 05/24/2003, 7:25pm PDT NEW
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