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Felicia Day Interviewed on Pop My Culture Podcast
Felicia Day (“The Guild,” “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-along Blog”) chats with Cole and Vanessa about Geek & Sundry, Joss Whedon, Leisure Suit Larry, L.A. Noire, Tabletop, Snooki’s fake baby doll, Yoda, The Sims, programming for the internet, “Goosters,” disgusting cereal milk, bedazzled tentacles, a live game of MASH, and Felicia’s audition for…yup…The Olsen Twins!

Leave your answer to the firsts question (the first video game you can remember passing) on our website for a chance to win a Dr. Horrible DVD signed by Felicia!

Freshly Popped


Felicia Day with hosts Vanessa Ragland and Cole Stratton
Dr. Horrible's sing-along blog signed by Felicia Day


  • Comment by Mattamatics — April 6, 2012 @ 8:05 am


    The first game I ever remember beating (and being REALLY proud of) was the Island of Dr. Quandary. It was a point and click puzzle game and it was (pardon my French) REALLY FUCKING HARD. Or maybe it’s because I was in elementary school. I have looked everywhere to see if I can get a copy because like so many games from my childhood, I would love to play it again.

    On a related note, Geek and Sundry is amazing. Felicia is amazing. Dr Horrible is my favorite product of the writer’s strike. Love the podcast, and this one is especially awesome.

  • Comment by JJ — April 6, 2012 @ 8:21 am

    The first game I passed? Cool Spot on Sega Genesis. You’re jealous, I know. I was the queen of attacking my enemies with soda bubbles. Both in the game and and in real life. Give me a 7up and I can whoop your ass.

    It’s also the only game I ever passed.

  • Comment by Jess — April 6, 2012 @ 9:02 am

    AH! I loved Reader Rabbit. That was probably the first game I ever beat too. I always wanted to play Leisure Suit Larry when I was little.

  • Comment by Justin — April 6, 2012 @ 11:35 am

    The first video game I passed was Goldeneye on the N64. I actually remember the final level embarrassingly well. It was called The Cradle which was fitting because it was so easy compared to the missions before that they were almost babying the player. Ironically, its spiritual successor, Perfect Dark, had the hardest final mission of any game I’ve played.

  • Comment by Bryan_ — April 6, 2012 @ 12:43 pm

    The first game I remember beating was Super Mario 3 for the Super Nintendo. I only beat it with the help of some friends. The later worlds were so damn hard! I still play it sometimes and cannot get even close to beating it anymore. The levels with water and the frog suit are near impossible. So frustrating.

    Also, Felicia Day is the best! Dr. Horrible, The Guild, so great.

  • Comment by Travis — April 6, 2012 @ 1:55 pm

    The first game I ever passed was probably “Play it, Sam” on the Dreamcast 64. It was a failed attempt at making a game based in the Casablanca-verse (not considered cannon, obviously). It probably failed because Sam was the protagonist, and all you did was play piano.

    (The real answer is Super Smash Bros. But that’s no fun.)

  • Comment by Torr — April 6, 2012 @ 1:57 pm

    Like Cole, King’s Quest was the first game I ever “passed”, although it was Kings Quest 2, not the original.

  • Comment by corinne — April 6, 2012 @ 3:24 pm

    When we got good grades we used to be allowed to rent Sega, and always got Altered Beast. To this day that’s probably the only video game (not counting computer ones) I’ve beaten.

    Oh, and there’s an online MASH thing, although it sucks in some browsers: http://www.bored.com/playmash/ You play a pretty rough version, Cole! We had more like 4 good, 1 bad of each category.

  • Comment by Matt B — April 6, 2012 @ 3:37 pm

    The first video game I ever beat? Adventure for the 2600. Oh, sure there were only 3 dragons and a sword that would sometimes spawn in a place beyond those 3 dragons making it incredibly hard to actually be able to kill them and that accursed item stealing bat.

    Oh, bat. How I still hate thee.

    But back in the day, that was the height of entertainment technology. It was our Skyrim, but with more ducky looking dragons. Getting the grail back to the castle was a triumph on the level of getting the ring to Mt. Doom. Or to put it in Vanessa terms, it was like meeting the Olsen Twins. It was just that cool.

  • Comment by Andrew C. — April 6, 2012 @ 4:13 pm

    The first game I ever passed was Super Mario Bros. My aunt and uncle used to play it all the time before he was shipped off to the front lines of whatever conflict we had. She beat it while he was gone while she was baby sitting me. She and I would play it, so we beat it a lot. My uncle never got to beat it. He didn’t come home. My aunt would jump past Bowser for me, pause the game and hand over the controller. So I guess technically I beat Super Mario Bros.

  • Comment by GuanoLad — April 6, 2012 @ 5:52 pm

    Argh! Felicia Day and Vanessa Ragland in the same photo! Redhead cutie overload!

    Sorry Cole, but you understand. And you are a very lucky witness.

  • Comment by victoria ramirez — April 6, 2012 @ 7:27 pm

    zelda for snes

  • Comment by sheala b — April 6, 2012 @ 8:42 pm

    Ooooo. I had to Google for the name, but it was called Fort Apocalypse and you had to fly a helicopter through some crazy side screen caves and rescue people and kill bad guys. Very weird. It was also coincidentally the first time I stayed up until 4 in the morning. I was 10 or so!

  • Comment by Jake Hauskins — April 6, 2012 @ 8:46 pm

    The first game I remember beating, like actually beating, was Super Mario 64. It may not actually be the first one I beat, but it’s the first one I remember beating. I also remember that endless staircase and final Bowser boss was pretty awesome. It wasn’t only the first game I beat, it was also my first N64 game and the very first game I got 100% complete! All 120 Stars! Hellz yeah.

  • Comment by mechas8n — April 6, 2012 @ 9:03 pm

    First game that I ever remember beating was Winter Camp on the C64. Prior to that I don’t think I actually realised that games had an end.

  • Comment by Stephen Fitterman — April 6, 2012 @ 9:06 pm

    The first game I ever beat was Super Mario World on the SNES. And I don’t just mean I got to the end and beat Bowser. I did every thing there was to do in that game (multiple times actually, since the cartridge kept deleting itself). Beat every level in every way. I saved all the Yoshis. Basically, I was a badass. And ever since I’ve been sort of OCD about completing games. It’s become a bit of a problem actually. 😛

  • Comment by andrea aka fred — April 6, 2012 @ 9:08 pm

    Honestly, the first game that i completed was probably on the play station. I’m thinking it was probably either a demo of tetis 2 (my younger brother taught me how to play about 12 years ago and it has become an addiction…) or Spyro…..

    Wait, i take that back, the first game i completed was duck hunt on the nintendo 64… my parents didn’t always have the newest game systems for us to play growing up (though as we’ve gotten older, the newer systems began popping up in the house), but they definitely had the coolest 🙂

    …and, i’ll admit that i’ve never really been a huge gamer like my brothers..i’m more of a book nerd than a gamer lol

  • Comment by Katie B — April 6, 2012 @ 9:26 pm

    Battletoads!!! It was all about Battletoads; they were jumpy, elastic, and really angry 😉 I was super proud of that too, because I was born in the early 80’s, so I was pretty young, but my brother and I bought a Wizard thingy with our own money to make our games even more B.A.
    BTW, I’m the biggest Felicia Day fan ON EARTH. My fiancee and I agree that she’s the only celebrity we would allow each other to date, lol….TMI, I know.

  • Comment by chris — April 6, 2012 @ 9:41 pm

    Super Mario Bros, NES. It was a pretty big deal.

    It still kind of is.

  • Comment by Shari T — April 6, 2012 @ 10:14 pm

    Castlevania, Symphony of the Night on PlayStation. Loved Alucard, but what angry teen-aged goth girl wouldn’t 😉

  • Comment by jenn — April 6, 2012 @ 11:04 pm

    The first game I ever finished was Final Fantasy 7.

  • Comment by andrea aka fred — April 7, 2012 @ 12:06 am

    *correction to previous post* my parents didn’t have a N64, idk why i even said that lol… i played duck hunt on their NES almost daily, especially when i was homeschooled. i loved the gun that came with it, but then again, i am in tennessee, so i guess it makes since that the game with the gun was my favorite lol

  • Comment by Anthony Rash — April 7, 2012 @ 1:07 am

    Man i love when you guys do your characters and impersonations and just make me want to listen to you guys on comedy bang bang hanging out with the scott doing funny voices. First game i beat is Chrono Trigger on SNES.

  • Comment by Matt — April 7, 2012 @ 4:24 am

    Loving the picture, but I love redheads as well. The first game I remember beating was not a console game, it was Oregon Trail. I was in second grade and they let us play it in the computer lab on those wonderful Apple computers with the 5 inch floppies. For a console game it would be Super Mario Bros. later that year.

  • Comment by Brian C — April 7, 2012 @ 6:11 am

    I don’t remember having any Atari 2600 games with actual storylines that led to a “finish”, but the first game I do remember finishing was Super Mario brothers on the Nintendo (thanks to all the lives you’d get jumping on the turtle on the stairs)

  • Comment by Joshua LaperleJ — April 7, 2012 @ 6:42 am

    The first video game I remember beating was Jurassic Park for SNES, wen i was about 10 or 11 years old. I had stayed up till 1 or 2, sneakily playing, and then faked sick the next day so I could stay home, and finish when my mom went to work. Totally worth it.

  • Comment by tedluck — April 7, 2012 @ 7:53 am

    I’m sure there were others, but the first one I can remember is Zelda 2: Adventures of Link on the NES. I had just received a Nintendo as a present from my Grandparents and this was one of the first games that I owned all to myself.

    I know I played some Atari and other NES games, but that’s the first one I have actual memories of playing and beating.

  • Comment by XavanQ — April 7, 2012 @ 9:30 am

    Doom on Nightmare Level!

  • Comment by Nathan C — April 7, 2012 @ 9:46 am

    The first game I ever beat was Ducktales on the Nintendo Entertainment System. I remember my hands were shaking in the final battle and climb for the trophy so much, that I thought for sure I was going to loose after a nearly six-hour playing binge of the game. It was such a reward, that there are still photos of me next to the ending screen of the game by my parents, as it showed my determination to beat the game. It was one of the first games I owned on the NES, and one of the only ones I beat without a save feature… Ah, those were the days 😛

  • Comment by Rob S. — April 7, 2012 @ 3:49 pm

    “Eric the Unready” it was a parody of the D&D games. My sister and mom got involved.

  • Comment by John — April 7, 2012 @ 5:41 pm

    My first video game I remember is classic Sonic the Hedgehog for Sega. That original 16-bit machine I got as a present from my techie uncle. I guess that’s why I’ve never gotten attached to Nintendo products that much even though I eventually got a Nintendo original system (well maybe Duck Hunt LOL).

  • Comment by Matt Blackwood — April 7, 2012 @ 7:04 pm

    The first game I remember beating was the Captain America and the Avengers stand-up arcade game.

    I don’t know for sure how many quarters I threw away to finally “be the one escaping”, but I do know that the $10 my dad used to give my brother and me did not quite cover both of us surviving.

    In a heart-breaking, Joss Whedonian finish, my brother Iron Man sacrificed himself so that the fat, bespectacled, 8-yr-old Hawkeye could save the world.

    “OK, go!”

  • Comment by Phil W — April 7, 2012 @ 9:19 pm

    Maximum Carnage for Sega Genesis. A friend and I realized we could use Captain America’s shield to get Carnage off of the ceiling. I think, if you look at the wood paneling of that basement den, our brains are still plastered to the wood from when they exploded with this information.

  • Comment by Jen — April 7, 2012 @ 9:37 pm

    I’m going to be very cool and say the first game I remember finishing was Pokemon Crystal.

  • Comment by Ty — April 8, 2012 @ 3:28 am

    Cereal milk is delicious. Y’all crazy.

  • Comment by Dani — April 8, 2012 @ 10:02 am

    First game I ever passed, that probably took the better part of a year to figure out and finish all FOUR discs, was The X-Files game for original Playstation. That was hard but awesome. Get to be an FBI agent and essentially run yourself through a super long version of an episode.

  • Comment by TheCaretaker — April 8, 2012 @ 10:37 am

    Adventure was the first time I got to some sort of finale of a game. Though the first game I passed was Zork. Damn, I’m old.

  • Comment by faulty — April 8, 2012 @ 11:30 pm

    Ugh. Gak had a horrific smell to it. I remember liking the pink Ghostbuster slime so much more, although it was a bit more liquidy and harder to clean.
    First game I remember beating was Kirby’s Dreamland on gameboy.
    The Sierra games were awesome, I was a bigger fan of Space Quest. So weird looking back and noticing all the references I never would have caught at that young age. I had the same directional issues though, the trick it’s to learn to turn off the num lock and use those directional keys.

  • Comment by faulty — April 8, 2012 @ 11:35 pm

    Btw mash. Mansion. Apartment. Shack. House.

  • Comment by Reilly — April 10, 2012 @ 5:05 am

    Throwback to 2002, I was 5 and I got ahold of my brothers Ocarina of Time. I played around on his but when I was six I was conquering the water temple and becoming a man in the Temple of Time. So yeah, six years old and i kicked Gannondorf’s ass. (And got some of Zelda’s if you know what I mean)

  • Comment by Michelle — April 10, 2012 @ 8:51 am

    It took a while for me to actually beat games. I tend to play and play them without making any real progress. The first one I beat was one of the Spyro’s…the one where all the eggs were stolen and Spyro had to find them.

  • Comment by Steph — April 10, 2012 @ 8:59 am

    The first game I remember totally beating was San Francisco rush. It’s sad I know, that’s why I need the dvd!

  • Comment by Jill L — April 10, 2012 @ 11:04 am

    Snooper Troopers on the Apple IIE.

  • Comment by Tony — April 11, 2012 @ 5:12 am

    The first game I remember actually beating was Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on the NES. I got the NES and that game for my 5th birthday and was obsessed with TMNT so despite the annoying electric seaweed I beat it (even before I beat Super Mario Bros.)

  • Comment by Robert — April 12, 2012 @ 11:41 am

    The first video game I remember actually beating was the Transylvania game on the original Macintosh. I sat in my three hour class in high school and played it instead of listening to the teacher. It took me about a week and she was none the wiser.

  • Comment by Rebecca — April 13, 2012 @ 7:58 pm

    Definitely Super Mario Bros for the SNES

  • Comment by Daniel — April 15, 2012 @ 10:52 pm

    Played a number of ‘games’ as such, but the one I ‘beat’ was Tetris in the ‘Best of Microsoft Entertainment Pack’ (would have played on my IBM Compatiable 386Sx 16Mhz with 1MB Ram. I start it at level 1, no blocks, play until the score got in the 30k range at which time it couldn’t keep score, would drop to -30k, allowing you to take the score back up to 3 and through to 30k again, at which the score would just start rattling out random numbers and the way you got on the highscore table at the end was if you got a high enough random number.

  • Comment by Zack Mandell — April 19, 2012 @ 8:28 am

    First game I recall beating was Super Mario 2. Oddly, to this day I have never successfully completed the original Super Mario Bros. Sounds like something I could easily do now, but then, I wouldn’t be able to make posts like this one, so I have yet to try to beat it.

  • Comment by Oded Sharon — April 21, 2012 @ 4:19 pm

    Help us bring Leisure Suit Larry back!


    Oded Sharon
    Adventure Mob

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