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It was 1982.  I was either 6 or 7 at the time.  I have a brother and sister that are several years older than me, and they pooled their money together and bought an Atari 2600.  They initially had two games: Combat and Adventure.  Adventure is still an awesome game that I like to play to this day.  It was like the godfather of the Zelda series.  Not long after, my siblings bought a bunch of other games: Space Invaders, Asteroids, Missle Command, and several others.  These games were so much fun to play and they were nice enough to let me have plenty of turns.  Then Pac-Man came out and this game sucked on the Atari 2600.  It seemed like my siblings lost interest shortly after getting this game, but I still loved video games, so I basically inherited the system from them, and I kept getting video games for Christmas and stuff.  All the kids on my block had an Atari too.  It was awesome!  It was 1982.  It was the best time ever for a kid to discover gaming!

The next year was 1983.  I kept getting Atari games.  I'd get some money for good grades; buy a game.  Grandparents would visit; get a game.  Birthday?  More games.  As the year progressed I kept getting fun arcade ports: Donkey Kong, Kangaroo, Elevator Action, ....  For some reason, the games kept getting cheaper and cheaper at the stores.  And while all the kids played Atari at the beginning of the year, by the end of the year almost no one else was playing Atari.  No one but me.  And I was running out of new games to play.  New games just weren't coming out anymore, but I didn't realize it until the end of the year.  Then it seemed like all the games were gone, nobody cared, and there was no indication that the games were ever coming back.  It was terrible!  It was 1983.  It was the worst time ever for a kid to discover gaming!