About z0rkone of us since 10:55 AM on 07.24.2008
I got into gaming when I first saw a "pong" game system (that's right, it only played the one game). I didn't get one of those, but I jumped on the bandwagon with the Atari 2600 promptly (and got Pong for it, of course). I never got the Intellivision - I had a friend with that one, so we'd take advantage of the ability to share and play Atari at my place, or Intellivision at his.
Next big move for me was the Commodore-64 (yes, I still have one, as well as a 128). I got the C-64 and a copy of all three Zork games, and my imagination was blown. Wow. I've never seen a game since then that "looked" so good. I still play around with those games to this day via various interpreters. I stuck primarily with PC's for my gaming for a while after that.
I've owned most of the consoles at various times, but never got back seriously into console gaming until late in the lifespan of the Sega Saturn, and it's successor - the Dreamcast. At about that time, I was fed up with constantly having to upgrade/tweak/fix my PC to play games. A brand-new console costs less than a modern (for the moment) video card most of the time, and tends to keep on playing games a lot longer.
I'm not exactly platform-agnostic in my console gaming, but I do like to (eventually) own a variety. Usually, the first one I get in any given generation is the one with the controller I like best - which meant Sega for a long time, followed by Microsoft after they abandoned their partnership with Sega. I generally dislike the Sony controllers a tiny bit less than whatever Nintendo comes up with, so they (Sony) usually come next.
I like to play games for the fun of it. I don't really care too much about what reviews or common opinion might be... if I enjoy a game, I can look past any number of problems. But if I don't have fun with it, I could care less about the looks, the popularity or anything else. And like most people, my idea of "fun" might change from moment to moment. Some days, I want to be challenged, some days I want to laugh, some days... I just want to turn off my brain and shoot things and see the pretty explosions...