I was five years old and my family was going to a friend of my moms house. As soon as we walked in the first thing I was looking at was the TV of course. I saw Spider-Man on it, it was a weird looking Spider-Man but I recognized him right away crawling up a building.
My moms friend was using an Atari joystick to control him. This was the first time I had ever seen a video game and I never wanted to see anything else again.
I was instantly hooked just by watching them play. Then I was allowed to play and if I remember right I think I cried when it was time to leave. I didn't want to stop! That's all I remember for sure. Not an annoying "no, mommy no!" kind of crying, just sadness of having to let it go. lol I can't even remember playing the game exactly, I just know that was the game that started it all for me. I do remember getting to the top of the building and I think I fought Electro, but my memory could be playing tricks on me.
I can't even say which Atari system it was, both Atari's were just "Atari" to me. Unlike Nintendo and Super Nintendo at least SNES had "Super" in the name to differentiate it. lol I never understood Atari's numbers back then.
My family has always been poor but my mom did her very best to get me all the games I wanted and game systems. For a very long time the best I could do was play at my friends houses which was perfectly fine with me, as long as I got to play!
Thirty years later it's still my deepest passion. I love video games. It's rare for me to play a game that I don't like, it does happen tho. I get in arguments often with people over the internet when they say "this game sucks" because I basically love them all. Of course there are issues: bugs, repetitive gameplay (some games more-so than others), all that kind of stuff but I still enjoy them for the simple entertainment value they offer. I like all games for all kinds of different reasons even when they are similar to each other.
I just love video games and I can't imagine ever not.