September 12th, 2012
Video games have been commercially available since 1972, an even forty years. So, when did you join the party?
Anti-console folks won't be pleased, but video game eras are classified according to console generations. So even though you may have never played a console, the generation you started in matters. (Kind of like how even though you may be non-Christian, you still abide by the man's death when referring to a calendar year).
By that logic, I become a gamer during the second-generation (think Atari 2600) before really ramping up my play time during the third-generation (think NES and IBM PC jr, my first "rig").
So what about you: What year and generation did you start playing games? And while were on the subject, which gaming generation are you most fond of?
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