I am a video game fan more than anything else.
Still remember seeing Atari VCS at my uncle's house for Christmas of 1977 and being awestruck. I had actually played some Pong clones at a relative's house around 1975-1976 timeframe, but wow was it cool to be able to plug in cartridges for distinctly different games on the VCS. Being poor, I finally talked my father into buying me a Sears Video Arcade 4-switcher for Christmas of 1980. It came with Target Shooting, but by the time I got the Coleco Donkey Kong game in 1982, I was in gaming heaven. Despite its shortcomings, I played that thing into scores in the hundreds of thousands.
Fast forward a few years, and my wife bought me a NES Control Deck with Super Mario Bros. pack-in for Christmas 1985. I have debated with some on other gaming forums about the official release of NES in North America. Some say it didn't hit widespread US release until fall of 1986, but I know it was in my Midwestern Target store for Christmas of 1985. Reminds me of the Bryan Adams song, 'Summer of '69'. I think I played SMB until my fingers bled.
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Fast forward to today, and I am an avid collector and only sometime player. I currently have over 35 consoles and 4,000 games. Amazingly, I have it fairly well organized and it only takes most of a spare bedroom and part of an end of my long family room.
Will I ever be done with my collection? Maybe. If I do, I don't know that I will ever sell even parts because it gets more expensive every day to buy classic video game stuff back.
Enough about me. I look forward to some good gaming discussions on the forums.