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I (me personally, or my immediate family when I was a kid) have owned:

Atari 2600
Atari 5200
Sega Master System
Sega Genesis
Sega CD
Sega 32x
Sega Gamegear
Gameboy Color
Sega Saturn
Sega Dreamcast
Gameboy Advance
Nintendo Gamecube
Nintendo Wii
Nintendo DS

Edit to add - PSP

I don't know the years of purchase of all of them. But, I know that almost all of the consoles were purchased within a year or so of launch, except XB360 and PS4. Handhelds were picked up at various times - some near launch, others a few years after.

As I've mentioned in this forum previously, some of my earliest childhood memories involve gaming. My dad was a pretty hardcore gamer from his mid 20's (the early 80s) until he died a few years ago. He was into JRPGs mostly, which I never really got into. As a kid I mostly liked platformers. As an adult, I still love platformers, but I also enjoy shooters and western RPGs. I do play an occasional JRPG (the last one was Xenoblade Chronicles X), racing games (Forza, both Motorsport and Horizon, but pretty casually), or puzzles (Captain Toad).

One of my fondest memories is of me and my youngest brother marathoning Halo: CE for a few days leading into Thankgiving in 2001. I held the controller so long that it took several minutes to get full use of my fingers back at once point when we stopped to eat. I was 21 at the time, and though I had played shooters a fair amount before, that week is what really ignited my love of FPS campaigns.

That same brother now lives 2000 miles away from me. A large fraction of our communication these days involves talk about gaming.

My sister and my other brother also have been gamers, to varying degrees and at various points in their lives. So, really, gaming has been a family hobby. I've been around it my whole life. Theree was a period in my teenage and early adult years where I was much more of a "casual" than I was as a kid, or I am now. But, it has always been in my life to some extent.

Last edited by VAMatt - on 08 September 2018