We used to have a TI/99 Basic computer. When I was 10, I actually wrote a video game in the basic language. It was summer olympics game, and had activities such as pole vault, and a track run, and the discus throw. It was pretty neat. At the time, we moved up from the paddle game to a brand-spanking new Atari 2600! I wanted to reproduce the visual game on teh computer, and was successful. Wish I would have kept at it.
The only games available for a computer, at the time, were text-based games that would describe a situation, and give you a few choices. You had to enter two word commands. The only thing on the screen was the scrolling dialogue. And you had to load the game using a cassette tape.
Ahh, the memories, heheh.