I was born in 1984, which means I grew up just a tad late to be an Atari front runner (still got one and played the shit outta it) but I did get to grow up with Nintendo. I've bought every Nintendo console on release day (Wii included, 32 hours outside of Wal-mart).
I'm a "hardcore gamer" but I detest the term and I won't fit into any damn mold! I LOVE retro games, and I think 90% of the shit on the game market right now isn't worth the time or money I'd have to spend to burn those shitty studios that make these games to the ground.
I hate the fact that the FPS genre has become so flooded it's hard to find anything good and not WWII, and I think the last good FPS was Half-life 2 (HL2+Source+Bioshock WTF PWN ALL).
I've been PC gaming since I was 3
Shit I've bought:
Nintendo - NES, SNES, Gameboy, Gameboy Pocket, Gameboy Color, N64, Game Boy Color, GB Advance (+SP), Virtual Boy (fun ass system imo), Gamecube, GB Micro (was a gift, I prolly wouldn't have bought one), DS, DS Lite, Wii.
Sony - Playstation, Playstation 2 (3 of em so far), PSone. Gonna buy a PS3 only if it's under $300, and a PSP when it's cheaper.
M$ - Winblows 3.1 up to Vista Ultimate (I bit the bullet and got Vista when I built my latest PC), Xbox. Gonna buy a 360 when the revamped 65nm version is down under $300.
The first computer I gamed on:
Name: IBM Personal Computer 5150
Processor: Intel 8088 @ 4.77 MHz (A beast!)
Memory: 64 KiB
Hard Drive: Ehhh... Nope.
Network card: Hehe... nope.
Keyboard: "Compared to the keyboards of other small computers, the IBM PC keyboard is the Rolls-Royce." Real quote from a review back in the day!
Monitor: 8" CGA graphic mode; 320 x 200 resolution.
My Current PC:
MB: ASUS P5N32-E NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI
Proc: Intel Quad Core Q6600
RAM: 4Gbs of Patriot Extreme Performance DDR2 800
VidCard: 2x (SLI'ed) EVGA 320-P2-N815-AR GeForce 8800GTS 320MB
So I decided that this year I would pull a April Fool's Day prank on my boss. Pranks in my workplace need to be a bit subdued, because I work in the Information Systems department at a hospital. My co-worker and I went though countless pranks we could pull using our control over the hospital network, from faking a ConFlicker outbreak, to BSODing the entire hospital and letting our boss freak out.
Of course, bringing down the entire hospital to prank our boss seemed like a bit much, so I looked for other options. Thankfully, my boss decided that he would leave work early, which was a rarity. This granted me ample access to his office to pull a prank.
My boss' office... What to do?
I wandered our office looking around for something to use in a prank, and that was when I noticed our stacks of monitor boxes we had never opened.
Lots of unopened monitors...
Our hospital has over 800 PCs in use, and we are constantly rotating old machines for new ones we order. Since even the old PCs have LCD monitors, we usually end up with a little surplus.
Even more unopened monitor boxes...
It was then I had a brilliant idea, I grabbed one of our carts that we move computers on and began to ferry the monitors into my boss' office. Thirty minutes later and I had moved every box into his office. I pulled his chair out from behind his desk and started to stack. Twenty-five computer monitor boxes later and you have this...
It's almost like a throne... but sit on it and crush a couple grand worth of monitors...
Had to add insult to injury...
I waited for him in the morning so I could get a surprise picture. Where I stacked the boxes, he couldn't see them until he actually entered his office. When he came in he immediately left to go to a morning meeting, without even turning his office lights on. By the time he got back from the meeting he was in the full swing of the day... until he went to answer a call in his office.
He said "Your fired!!!" but it was a joke.... I hope...