Do you remember the first game you ever saw? The one that made you go, ‘Wow, I want to play!’ I think it’s like first love; it’s not something you forget.
My first was King’s Quest. I was a kid, and my neighbor’s older brother had a computer, and one summer day we came in from the heat and went by his room, and he was playing King’s Quest. Maybe you’re not familiar with this game, so I’ll give you a brief rundown.
King’s Quest is fantasy game about a knight who has to (forgive me if I get my story wrong, it’s been years) find an elixer to heal a dying king. It was a pre-cursor to MMOs for looks: over the shoulder of the character, and you could go almost anywhere (rather than side-scroll). The major difference between the King’s Quest games (there were seven or eight) and everything else I’ve ever played is that you didn’t win by killing anything; most fights or difficulties you got into had ways to get out of by being smart.
Anyway, my neighbor’s brother was stuck on a spiral staircase, and needing to get past a dragon at the top. He tried over and over and over, everything he could think of. I knew what to do. I told him what to do. He ignored me because I’m just a kid. But I knew, and I knew if I wanted to play because figuring out the puzzle, looking at the horrible graphics that looked so cool, the midi music.. it all looked like fun.
We left before I got to see if he ever tried what I suggested, but I know he eventually beat the game. And when, years later, I bought a collectors edition of all the King’s Quest games, I was happy to see that spiral staircase again, and to find out for myself that I was right about what needed to be done.