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
This morning Wii owners everywhere felt a stab of fear when Workmeng posted how some early shipment Wii's error out reading SSBB. Well, that small fear turned into a a major problem, because I just went out a bought SSBB this morning and got the worst message ever...
I present, EPIC NINTENDO FAIL!
Well, now I have to call Nintendo and get the damn thing replaced. On the plus side, my Wii's drive sounded like it was chewing on the DvDs rather than reading them (no scraching though thankfully) and so atleast I won't have to worry about that anymore...
Now I have SSBB sitting infront of me taunting me, and I'm sure I'll have to suffer though a couple weeks of this... I feel your pain 360 owners.
CURSE YOU NINTENDO!
UPDATE: One of my friends waited in the exact same Wii launch line I did and got the Wii right after mine. He also bought SSBB this morning and his Wii is playing just fine and he's seen no errors whatsoever. A quick comparison of our Wii info shows that his was actually a different production run, even though we both got them at launch and at the same store.
So just because you bought a Wii on "release day" you may actually have a second production run version that seems to handle SSBB just fine. Keep those fingers crossed!