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Basically born with a controller in my hand (1987) except my father nor mother were video gamers or computer savvy and as the oldest brother I developed my video game hobby independently at a young age. My first experience with a video game was given to me by father who while at a pawn shop, doing god knows what, he thought of his first and only son and purchased him a used NES game system with some Kung Fun game (1989) and from there on a passion evolved.
Countless Mario games and Desert Storm games and sport games later my parents saw my enthusiasm for video games they realized and noticed that more so than any of my other toys, that NES and those games gave me a rediculous entertainment to dollar spent ration. As I did not grow up with much money at all it was hard for my parents to justify big purchases other than birthdays or Christmas. So on Christmas morning when I opened up a SNES (1992) they were doing me the biggest favor they could've.
Years and years of my life went into that SNES and all those Zelda's, Final Fantasy's, Mario's, Castlevanias, and other classics along with all the Joe and Macs, Mystical Ninjas and other forgotten greats. Friends tried to convince me their Genisis had the best games but I loved my SNES and went right to it after playing with their Genisis and Game Boys, Game Gear etc... Then Nintendo did something I didn't think was possible. Give me 3D games with then "life like" graphics and call it a Nintendo 64 I don't even remember how I found out about it, it was before the Internet and TV shows dedicated to games but I told my parents once and for Christmas (1996) yet again I opened another brand new Nintendo console.
The rest of my gaming history (Dreamcasting into the Xbox era) to be continued...