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Computer Games That Shaped My Youth PT One

Updated on July 15, 2012

I have been a gamer for around 28 years and am still enjoying it very much to this day,it is truly remarkable when looking back how far gaming has come,if you had told me back when i was playing with my zx spectrum that in the not to distant future i would be talking to people all over the world while playing them on my new console i probably would of laughed at you but that is how far gaming has come,as well as the technical leap in graphics and sound.In this hub i am going to share with you what games shaped my gaming life and why they helped turn me into what i consider a good gamer with lots of gaming knowledge.Hopefully you will see a game in there that you maybe played as a child and it will bring back fond memories,they are not all old games though some are as recent as 3 or 4 years ago and my gaming life is still being shaped by games today.

These are in no particular order just a list of some of the games that helped turn me into the gamer i am today,I will also if possible try and include some videos although some of them are quite hard to find,i will try my best,if there are any games in there that you haven't played i will also add an eBay capsule so you can try and find them on there should you wish to have a go.

Bruce lee (Zx Spextrum) 1984

I loved this game,this was the first game that actually had me hooked,you know the feeling,you cant put it down and when you do no matter what else you are doing you are thinking of that game and how to beat the end level boss or get up to a certain level in the game.In fact when i died several times in a row trying to accomplish a certain level i distinctly remember crying my eyes out and having to be comforted by my mother.How sad is that.Ninjas and sumo's were the bad guys that confronted you and there were various lanterns that had to be collected,once i got past that difficult level it turned out that was the last level,level number 20 and i had completed the game.Bit too easy looking back,i just had no patience as a kid.

Robocop (zx Spectrum)

I had the privilege of watching Robocop the film when i was about 12 and  a year later in 1988 the game came out for the spectrum and for me it was years ahead of the competition in terms of graphics and sound.You basically had to defeat criminals and end of level bosses such as the ever dangerous Ed 209,Brilliant,played this for many a cold winters night killing criminals.

Chuckie Egg (Zx Spectrum)

Released in 1983 this is the one of the very first games i played and it was a superbly designed and incredibly addictive platform game.You play a hen house owner who must collect a certain amount of eggs on each level while a timer counts down.It was released on many platforms and was considered one of the original platform games.This game was one that i spent a lot of time on.

Shadow Of The Beast (Zx Spectrum)

This game was released in 1989 for the Commodore Amiga,this game was of a level never seen in video games,it had some seriously good backdrops and remarkable colour palette not yet seen on any video games,it is about a child who is kidnapped and then turned into a kind of monster,who then seeks revenge,Not only were the graphics a step ahead of the rest but the musical score had dark undertones and was really a first for video games.

Sensible World Of Soccer (Amiga)

SWOS was the follow up to the very popular sensible soccer and was released in 1994 on the commodore Amiga,it was basically a 2d football/soccer game which also combined a very clever and good managing mode,all told there were 27000 players available,i probably spent more time on this game then any other i have ever played,i used to rock up at my friends house and play it for hours,then i got it and probably played it for a couple of years solid without playing anything else,Brilliantly addictive and probably fueled my love of Championship manager.

Sim City (Commodore Amiga)

The first game that was opened ended,in that you could neither win nor lose was a revelation,i loved this game,the object was quite simple,build and construct a working living city for your Sims to live in,set the tax level and try to avoid natural disasters such as tornadoes (there was an option to turn this off) Sort your zones into industrial,residential and commercial and way you went,this game kept me amused for hours on end and i remember building some incredible cities with millions of residents and then getting bored after a while and creating a monster attack.

Fallout 3 (Xbox 360)

I have nearly always been an rpg fan and while games like fable and oblivion were very good,neither managed to capture my imagination,Fable i found to cartoony in its presentation while i felt oblivion storyline was at times so in depth that it took away some of the fun from the game.I knew nothing of the fallout series when i brought fallout 3 in 2008,but as soon as i sat down and got about an hour into it i loved it,the whole desolate wasteland and nuclear fallout gave a creepy essence to the game and the music was fantastic as well as the levelling up was very well throughout,not only did you increase stats but you got perks which would help you in your journey,A targeting system which paused the game so you could specifically target certain parts of your attackers body only added to the experience and although the game had some bugs i loved it.This reignited my love for rpg's


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    • warchild75 profile image

      lee 7 years ago from Worthing, west sussex, england

      Thanks man,i think that bruce lee was the first game i became addicted to.

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      Martin Allan 7 years ago from Sunny Scotland

      I remember and played all of those games (apart from Fallout 3)

      Bruce Lee must go down as one of the easiest (yet playable) games of all time!

      Great hub!

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      lee 7 years ago from Worthing, west sussex, england

      @sjksjk well thank you it shows that my writing appeals to all!

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      SJKSJK 7 years ago from delray beach, florida

      I am really not into computer games, but did enjoy your hub.

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      lee 7 years ago from Worthing, west sussex, england

      @mattwritesstuff lol guess im showing my age,loved sim city though!!!

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      Matt Bird 7 years ago from Canada

      Wow, I remember the Atari days and I still don't recall most of those early games. SimCity, though? Gotta love it, especially unleashing every natural disaster known to man on a burgeoning city. Nice work.

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      lee 7 years ago from Worthing, west sussex, england

      Yeah sim city was legendary,have to do another hub as this one would of been too long had i put all the games that made me the gamer i am today in!!.Pt 2 coming in the next few days!

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      evvy_09 7 years ago from Athens, AL

      I remember Sim City. I spent days building my city, Newsville and then destroyed it with an monster attack. Then I started all over again with Survivor City.

      Nice trip down memory lane for gamers. Love the hub :)

      And have to add another :)