I'm 29 and am a Programmer/mathematician.
Always lived in the Montreal area of Qc, Canada.
I started playing games at the age of 6. My first game was on the Nintendo and it was Mario (which came for free with the console). Second game was Duck Hunt (which also came free with the console).
At first, the games I played were platform/action. Since we were kinda poor, we didn't own any games so I grew accustomed to game rentals over the weekend which was fine because I'd finish 95% of my games in one weekend. Most of the games I couldn't finish in a weekend, I wouldn't re-rent, because I got far enough in the game that if I rented it the next weekend, I would probably finish it in the first day. So there are a couple of games I almost finished and that was it.
I got introduced to RPGs through Zelda 2 and later Final Fantasy 2. I consider Zelda 3 to be the greatest RPG I ever played on consoles. Most RPGs took a long time to complete as there are a lot of clues given in the conversations and my understanding of English was practically null.
First strategy game I played was Populous on the SNES.
First simulation game I played was Star Fox, though I more fondly remember Privateer as the first game that hooked me to the genre.
The first economics driven game I played was Uncharted Waters: New Horizons on the SNES.
Once I got my computer at around 13, I left the consoles behind for good (last console I owned was a Genesis). At the time, a friend got me like 100 games on floppies. Amongst them were classics like Ultima Underworld 2 (which I played to the end despite not being able to understand 90%+ of what was written... I learned a lot of my English playing Ultimate Underworld 2 and my English teacher found it curious that I would say 'Farewell' to her when leaving classes), Syndicate, Wolfenstein and Flashback.
However, I lost the games through circumstances I do not recall.
After that, I had a shareware phase where I would get the shareware copies of games, but no the full version. At that time, I was fascinated by games with the first person perspective (around the time of Blake Stone and Doom).
First full games I bought were Might and Magic V, Ultima VIII and Master of Orion. Yes, I still remember the exact titles.
Being poor and all, I always got games that were 1-3 years behind the times, because they were cheap. To this day, I still do. My rationalization for my behavior is that if all the people who pirate games behaved like me, game makers who make good games would still operate in the green.
I took a lapse from gaming in 2005-2010, as I was a bit distraught over my career prospects at the time: the economy was not doing well, I had a hard time finding university work terms and the lack of employment opportunities dictated the kind of work I would get which was not very interesting for the most part... the highlight was porting a chess game from PC to cell phone... the rest was fixing other people's broken code while trying to convince them why re-factorization might be a good idea.
Started playing my older classics again recently and while looking for an emulator (DOS-Box), I found GOG.
I like most game genres. The only genres I can't stand are non-racing sport games (golf games are somewhat ok, but at the bottom of my list).
Post edited May 19, 2011 by Magnitus