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Kim—all-around good person and fellow blogger at Later Levels—shared a story with us recently about discovering video game worlds for the very first time. It is very good and you should read it.
My parents gave me an Amiga 500 for Christmas when I was nine-years old. I’d never heard of The Secret of Monkey Island before but it was the first game I decided to play, and after slipping the floppy disk into the machine my mind was blown. I realised then that worlds I’d experienced in books could be brought to life through video games.
Other than a feeling of instant nostalgia hearing the words floppy disk and mind blown married together in the same sentence, I think we can all relate to how mesmerized we were playing a video game for the very first time.
For me it was Jezzball (a blatant Breakout clone) on the Apple IIe. Jezzball has evolved a lot over time but is perhaps best known today as BrickBreaker on mobile. Jezzball was an incredibly simple game (most of them were in the early 90’s) but it introduced me to high-scores and progressing through levels.
My dad and I spent the rest of the day going up against dangerous-looking yaks in the governor’s mansion and insulting pirates by telling them they fought like cows; we even managed to rope my granddad into playing with us when we came up against the grog-mug puzzle. The Secret of Monkey Island was the first title I played for myself, all the way through and without a lot of help, and I’ve been a fan of the adventure genre ever since.
You can read Kim’s full piece on this—which is very good and full of feels—over at her blog (which is also very good). There she talks more about her love for adventure games, early gaming memories and the Real Secret Of Monkey Island: cherished memories spending time with family.