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My gaming life began the same way as many children of the 80s, with Pong, and later with Nintendo. (Super Mario Bros. 3 is my favorite game of all time.) Due to my extreme early geekdom I also got into PC gaming at an early age. Like most children of the 80s, it was all about Oregon Trail and Carmen Sandiego.
With the age of CD-ROMs of course the first game I got was Myst. I enjoyed the 90s immensely for the popularity of simulation games, both of the Sim-city variety and the Jane's combat sims and others. It's really too bad that genre has pretty much died off or been dumped down for casual gamers.
MY GAMING RIG
In early 2005 I decided to blow all the money on building a gaming PC. It was a lot of fun to return to my roots of tinkering with PCs, though I would never want to use it for actual work.
Apple's switch to Intel has solved a lot of the problems I've faced as a gamer and a stage manager. My job has me on the road more than I'm home, so even though I have a PC for gaming, most of the time I have to rely on a laptop. Laptops are kind of the great equalizer since they remove the one thing that makes PCs better than Macs for gaming -- the ability to choose one's own hardware piece by piece. For a laptop, the Asus ROG Pro does a good job for Windows gaming, and while gaming on a laptop in general is not much fun, it allows me to have everything I need in one package on the road.
I haven't purchased a console. It's not that I don't like console gaming, I actually like it a lot for certain types of gaming. It's just that since I spend so little time at home, it ends up being a waste of money. I really did plan to buy a PS3 when GTA IV came out, but when the time came I was broke, so the $800 just to play one game was not going to happen. I actually lost the $5 preorder I had on the game for a year before its release. With an unclear winner in the current-gen console wars (and my natural preference for the Playstation over the Xbox format), I just have no interest in any of it right now.