1. How long have you been playing video games?
The first video game I played was the original Pong in the mid-70s. So, about 30 years.
2. What's the earliest video game that you can remember playing?
Pong. Yes, that Pong. My girlfriend's brother got it for Christmas.
3. What, if any, video games are you playing now (these days)?
I'm currently not playing one, but I have a bunch of text adventure games stored on my computer from the Underdogs site and various Infocom history sites (I mostly went to them searching for a way to play Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy). When I got my new iMac in November, I played Sims Unleashed for a while. A few months later I downloaded an OS X port of Solarian, which was a shareware game I was addicted to around 1990. And I'm going to get Sims 2 when it comes out for the Mac.
4. What's the last video game that you bought?
5. Name three video games that you played in the past five years that you think were particularly notable, and talk about why.
Babel, a text adventure game from the Underdogs site. It's got an interesting story.
Starship Titanic, on which Douglas Adams collaborated. It's hilarious. I like Douglas Adams in multimedia much better than Douglas Adams's books. Terry Jones plays the parrot!
The Sims. I was never interested in any of the dungeons and dragons type games that the OH played because, I told him, "they are too much like real life" (you have to manage a lot of things). So of course when I got addicted to The Sims, the OH teased me that it was more like real life than the games he played. But I argued that it wasn't - it was much simpler than real life, and that was precisely what I liked about it.
6. Name five classic or nostalgic games that mean a lot to you and talk about why.
The classic arcade video game that I liked best was Pac Man. (And Ms Pac Man was OK, but I didn't like it better.)
I played a lot of Space Invaders on my boyfriend's Atari box in the late 70s. I eventually got bored because we used to take turns and he was much better at it than I was, so my turns took maybe a minute and his turns took maybe 10-15 minutes.
The first computer game (as in, game played on a computer, not on a box just designed for game-playing) I got well and truly addicted to was a game that as far as I know existed only on the DEC-20 at Wesleyan University in the early 80s. I think it was written by someone there. It was called DUNGEN. This wasn't the multi-user game or the Zork port of the same name. It was a graphical dungeon-crawl-find-gold-kill-monsters game done entirely in ASCII characters.
I liked Adventure too; that was one that my friends and I played collaboratively - we each played separately but we compared notes at home later and gave each other clues. And I liked Zork, but I didn't get as far into it until later on when I was playing it as an Infocom game on an early Mac.
I have a fondness for a game called Daleks that was one of the first games that came out for the original Mac. Here is a description of it from one of the sites where you can download an OS X version:
SuperDaleks is a game of strategy. Each time you move on the board, the daleks move one square closer to you. If two or more daleks crash into each other, they are destroyed. When the daleks crash, they form a trash heap which can be used to eliminate more daleks. If you get stuck, you can teleport to a random location, but you may be teleported next to a dalek. You also get one 'sonic screwdriver' per level, which removes the daleks in the squares adjacent to you.
7. Tag five other people to take this! If you want to take it and weren't tagged, feel free to consider yourself so.
I'm not going to tag anyone. If you want to fill it out, do.