My first thought was to jump right into games. Specifically video games.
But first, introductions.
My name's Jack, JWfW, JDub or Jaconian. All depending where I am on the internet.
I've been playing video games since the ripe young age of I don't remember when. My first memory of playing video games of any kind was either on Dr. Potts' Atari 2600 or on the Intellivision down in Lake Arrowhead at a house my grandparent's rented for the first half of my life. The first time I played on a Nintendo Entertainment System was probably sometime around 1986 or 1987 at a neighbors house up the street. The following Christmas, my sisters and I received the "deluxe" packaging NES that came with the Power Pad (because when my Mom sent my Dad out to buy it, he naturally bought the biggest available version; a bit ironic since my Dad doesn't play video games on any level).
So my childhood and teenage years was during the height of the Console Wars of which I was on the side of Nintendo. NES, SNES, Gameboy (original and Play It Loud series), Gameboy Advance, N64, Gamecube, DS lite. All Nintendo. I did buy a PS2 from Dr. Potts after he won it in one of those Coke bottle cap contests and I did buy a PSP from my friend Chreekat (since we're using aliases here) before he moved out to go adventuring. These I bought so I could play Final Fantasy XII and Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions, on their respective systems. I have played some PC games, but until recently as 2003, I never owned what one might call a "gaming computer," and even then, the computer I had still wasn't very powerful (80 gig hard drive, Pentium III processor, 256 Mb or RAM).
I tend to play mostly role-playing games although I do also love and play other types as well. The one big exception is rhythm and music games. Sure I've played Guitar Hero and Rock Band and I've even gotten on a DDR pad a couple of times, but they're just not my pint of beer. There's a wall that I definitely hit right after the "Easy" stage that I can't get past without hours of practicing, which doesn't happen since I don't own any of the games. Figures.
Now to close with a short story. In elementary school, our school decided to have a dance. It was the first dance the school had ever had (that's what we were told, maybe they lied) and it was going to be on Valentines Day. A lot of kids went either because they wanted to go to a dance before going to Jr. High, or because of the novelty of our school having a dance. I on the other had was very not enthused about the prospect of a dance. Plus I had recently rented Captain Skyhawk for the NES and was most likely trying to get passed the second stage. A number of my friends had asked if I was going to go and felt bad/guilty that I didn't want to go because I'd rather sit at home and play a video game. Whatever, I'm all the better because of it. And I never beat the game either.
Copying People More Famous Than I.