My First Computer and Favorite Old Games

February 17, 2009 · 7 comments

I was tagged by Brent Ozar in a meme started by Denis Gobo. I’m supposed to post about my first computer and favorite games.

The first computer I can remember using was my my uncle’s Amiga 500. I remember playing Little Computer People with my cousin.

Amiga 500Little Computer People

The first computer my family owned was a Hyundai IBM 8088 clone. It had a green monochrome display, 640K of RAM, a 5.25” 360K floppy drive, and a 10 MB hard drive!

Growing up, I always got in trouble on my dad’s computers because I was constantly breaking his stuff every time I reconfigured the config.sys and autoexec.bat files to free up enough memory to play MS-DOS games.

The first computer I owned, was a Pentium 75 Mhz that I built in 1994. I remember doing a lot of desktop publishing work and mowing lawns to save money for it.

I was a big fan of adventure games growing up. The game that got me hooked was Maniac Mansion. I also liked Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders, the King’s Quest series, and the Space Quest series, but my all-time favorites are definitely the Monkey Island games.

Maniac Mansion Maniac Mansion: Day of the Tentacle The Secret of Monkey Island Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge The Curse of Monkey Island Escape from Monkey Island

Other games I remember playing a lot are Captain Comic, Commander Keen, and Duke Nukem.

Captain Comic Commander Keen Duke Nukem

That’s about it for the really old stuff. I’ve played a lot of games since, but cut way back after having kids.

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Let me know about your first computer and favorite old games!

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Denis Gobo February 18, 2009 at 6:17 pm

Duke Nukem haha great game, is the latest one out yet?

Brent Ozar February 18, 2009 at 1:43 pm

Commander Keen! How did I forget that? That game was so awesome – I got so excited whenever a new episode came out. And the original Duke Nukems had such a great sense of humor.

Jordan Gregory October 2, 2009 at 2:46 pm

Hah I remember the Amiga 500 with it’s dual floppy drives, very high-tech! I also remember that it came with a copy of Amiga BASIC, which I used to write my first ‘application’, complete with line numbers. Lots of GOTO and PRINT commands!

Also, I remember back in the day we used to get up early so that we could play Doom 2 “over the modem”, since tying up the phone lines all day wasn’t acceptable. That was when a 486 dx 4/100 was fast!

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DBA Expert December 18, 2010 at 8:52 pm

Duke Nukem! this is a great game. But it is killing my extra time.

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