October 27th, 2011
The year was 1991. Van Halen had just released their chain-saw sounding For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge album. And it was the first time I played a simulation game, which would go on to become one of the PC's most popular genres.
The game: SimCity.
It was a sun-splashed Saturday. I remember it fondly. With Van Halen blasting in the background, my buddy asked if I wanted to play a new game his father had purchased.
"You don't even have to ask," I imagine saying.
We approached a "rig" with Windows 3.0 installed — also a first for me as I was still running DOS at the time — and he clicked the SimCity icon.
A full afternoon later, I was hooked. "Really, you can build a city and then Godzilla can wreck it?" I asked.
Yup. Although you didn't really want Godzilla to mess up your "Farmville," I always secretly enjoyed it. And returned often to my friend's house over the next year to get my SimCity fix.
That's my story. What's your first encounter with simulation games? Do tell.
P.S.—In addition to FPS cherry pops (below) and the above simulation retelling, I'm soliciting first encounters with strategy (turn based and real time) and RPGs (both traditional and action) from you, the readers. Email email@example.com with your story if interested.