“Favorite video game”
A much harder question. Either Super Smash Bros. Brawl or Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, I’ll decide between them after I’m played the new one more.
Xenogears is a strong candidate as well; I’ll be saying more about it later.
One less obvious game that’s definitely up near the top for me is Super Robot Taisen Original Generation 2 for the Game Boy Advance. I know it’s not even the best game in the Super Robot Wars series, but it’s the best one that can be played in English.
Finally, there’s one truly timeless game that must be named. No, not Pac-Man, Mega Man, or anything with Mario (I just named one with them, though); this is a game that, with no characters at all, guaranteed that for the rest of my life “The Nutcracker” would make me think of falling blocks:
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I question whether Tetris really needs to be identified, but that’s the NES version.
“Very first video game you played”
This time this question is easy with no ambiguity. It was the Atari 2600 version of Donkey Kong, which was packed in with the Coleco Gemini.
(Yes, that brown blob is supposed to be everyone’s favorite ape.)
I’ve always been a little confused about the fact that Coleco made an Atari 2600 clone and Atari games when they also their own console, the Colecovision. Especially since the name “Gemini” makes it sound like it might play Colecovision games too, but no, it doesn’t, and in fact it was the opposite; the Colecovision had an add-on that emulated the 2600 (with different hardware so it didn’t actually violate Atari’s patents), and the Gemini was a standalone version of that add-on.
Though I didn’t get really into video games until the NES. My first NES game is the most common answer to that question, Super Mario Bros., which incidentally is also the game that holds the record for the longest time between the first time I played it and the first time I completed it; 18 years!