Though I have a general idea as to which of those were included in the first batch of video games I ever played (a short list as occupied by 2600 titles Maze Craze, Circus Atari, Space Invaders, and maybe one or two others), I'm not able to pinpoint which of them, exactly, represented my first contact. That is, I don't have full-formed memories of my early experiences and instead only images of a four-year-old me in front of that old TV in my brother's room. Yet, somehow, I'm convinced that Maze Craze just might be the first video game I ever played.
While I probably played a few rounds with my brother in those early days, Maze Craze didn't become a favorite of mine until years later--sometime during the mid-80s, when I started including friends in my then-nostalgic 2600 re-sampling phases. A title that happened to show up during one such binge was Maze Craze, which became our last stop for the day mainly because we were unexpectedly engrossed and spent all our time on it. That's how the old story always goes: You discover or rediscover some of your most prized possessions almost by accident and then wonder how things would have turned out had you not.
There were very few games from the 70s that could hold our attention like that, but Maze Craze had a certain appeal that was in line with all of the Commodore 64 and NES titles we were currently enjoying. It's probably that Maze Craze was a simple multiplayer game, a matter of two players vying to be the first to get their red or blue avatar (we didn't know if we were controlling the cops, the robbers, or maybe even their cars) to a maze's exit. Its best modes were those accessed by flicking of the console's "Game Select" switch; they included mazes where you had to (a) first clear three moving checkpoints before exiting, (b) avoid the colored blocks, which if touched either permanently froze your character or required that it slowly accelerate back to its default pace, (c) move at super-fast or super-slow speeds, or (d) find your way through mazes with obscured horizontal portions.