The first RPG I ever played was Dragon Warrior on the NES. At the time I didn't know what to do.
It was until Phantasy Star IV, Final Fantasy 6 (III on the SNES at the time), and Chrono Trigger did I really start to enjoy the genre and understand the combat mechanics. --- A fan is confident in the game they prefer being able to stand on its own merits. A fanatic attacks the opposing game showing insecurity in the game they like.
Yeah I loved my good old C64 - had so many games for that there are probably loads of RPGs that I had but can no longer remember - not even going to count the old read'n'type adventures from the early PCs either (mainly 'cos I can not remember any of their names) as I am not sure they are what most would class as RPGs.
I held on to the C64 for ages and skipped the NES/Master system era so had to play all those early RPGs on the emulators much later.
I loved that C64 as well. I can't recall the names of the games I had (but I know some of them were really bad) or other games I played on other older PCs. I skipped the entire Sega console line but stayed into Nintendo (but still played very few RPGs that weren't Zelda-ish).
I have many oldies to play through goodoldgames and emulators. I still have yet to play some of the other Gold Box games - how many did you get a chance to try out if I may ask?
What I can't remember is the first turn-based RPG I played.
Either Final Fantasy Legend or Dragon Warrior 1. Can't remember. The first time I got obsessed with an RPG was with Earthbound though.
+1 for Earthbound mention. I made friends back then who hated RPGs fans of that game. --- slowbeef: Hold on it's the evil wizard who's spinning and striking a pose. And also giant swords, why the hell not. Retsupurae on Earnest Evans, a wacky game!