I started playing on the Atari 2600, then went to the Atari 5200. I played Super Mario Brothers in the arcade and convinced my dad to buy me an 8-bit Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) and Sega Master System (SMS). I was one of the first to get a 16-bit Sega Genesis and Super Nintendo (SNES). I even got the Sega CD add on for my Genesis. Both were later replaced when I got the Genesis CDX. I never really played the Sega Saturn and Nintendo 64 much, though I owned both for brief periods of time. I of course had a Sony Playstation (PSX) like everyone, but sold it when the Playstation 2 (PS2) arrived. I pre-ordered one months in advance of the Christmas and eBay madness and got it on the day it was released. I also have a GameBoy Advance to replace my original dead GameBoy and aging GameBoy Color.
I started playing computer games on a 386SX/16 (16Mhz)! My first "real" games on the computer? Wing Commander 2 Deluxe Edition (CD-ROM version WITH Speech) and Battletech: The Crescent Hawk's Inception. (Thats how I was introduced to Battletech and fell in love with it). I graduated to a 486SX/33, then to a 486DX2/66. From there I slaped in a Pentium Overdrive 83 Mhz chip to last me awhile. Next came a Pentium 200 Mhz followed by a Pentium 2 450 Mhz. Next came my first non-Intel machine, an AMD Athlon 700.
The one game that has influenced my life the most? Star Control 2. Hands down, the best game I have ever played. In fact, I have dedicated a great deal of time from my life to the game, talking about it, and sharing it with others. Check out my huge fan site about the game! http://www.star-control.com/