What was your first computer and what were some of your favorite games?

Denis Gobo tagged me in his post, “What was your first computer and what were some of your favorite games?” Tom LaRock, aka SQLBatman, also tagged me. Ah, memories…

Packard Bell

Packard Bell

My first computer was a Packard Bell 286 in 1992. Packard Bells would later go on to receive the dubious honor of worst PC ever, but I only have fond memories of that first computer. My father brought it home one day, quite unexpectedly; after setting it up, he handed my brother and me several games, including Ultima Underworld, Aces of the Pacific, and Sid Meier’s Civilization, and told us to figure out how to install them if we wanted to play. We figured it out pretty quickly and were immediately hooked; I’m pretty sure this began my lifelong love of computers and gaming.

Ultima Underworld

Ultima Underworld

Ultima Underworld was my favorite game, hands down. This was my first introduction to the world of Britannia and to Avatar. UU was an RPG game, and apparently the first 3D RPG game ever made. It went on to win a buttload of well-deserved awards.



Sid Meier’s Civilization was my 2nd favorite game. You basically begin the game back in the dawn of civilization (4,000 BC), and lead a tribe to take over the world, either through conquest or culture. It really cast ancient civilizations in a different (and perhaps not entirely accurate) light, and made history class a lot more interesting for me. My entire family used to take turns at the game, seeing who could do the best.

Aces of the Pacific

Aces of the Pacific

Aces of the Pacific was a WW2 flight simulator game. At the time, I thought the graphics were really impressive. It took me a little while to get a hang of the controls, but I then spent hours bombing bases and attacking the Japanese.

Thanks, Denis, for prompting that little trip down memory lane! :)

Now I’m tagging:

Source: http://sqlfool.com/2009/02/first-computer/

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3 Responses to What was your first computer and what were some of your favorite games?

  1. David Stein says:

    I lost months of my life in college playing Civilization. God I love that game. I also played some of the Ultima Series but they weren’t for me. I preferred TSR games like Pool of Radiance and Eye of the Beholder.

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  3. beb says:

    Well you say thats cool they have a coller want than junk

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