I remember my first console. Since my parents weren't big into video games, they never wanted to buy me an NES or SEGA at all. I finally raised enough money (by the time I was 13) to buy my own computer. It was $160 and I got it from a man at our church who sold computers. It was the coolest thing to have a piece of technology that I had bought myself and that I could call my own. I seem to remember it was a Pentium processor, with an integrated graphics card, so it wasn't exactly "top of the line" at the time. Eventually I discovered that I needed a better graphics card if I wanted to play a game I had bought, Star Trek Voyager: Elite Force. So after buying a $60 graphics card, I started playing. That game is probably the first video game I played through all the way. The experience of stepping into a character's shoes...the freedom to (sort of) do what I wanted to do was nothing short of amazing. I was hooked immediately.
Fast-forward 11 years, and now I play on my PS3 and the laptop I bought for $1000 just 2 years ago. Now I have games ranging from Audiosurf, Skyrim, Mirror's Edge, Saboteur, GTA 5, and many others. I wouldn't say I have the broadest interest in games. I tend to stick to shooters mostly, but I do enjoy the occasional RPG. The problem I find is that I don't have much time anymore to play video games as much as I used to. I guess that comes with being a grad student working on my master's degree.
Still, the highlight of my week is watching the videos that Rooster Teeth uploads. These videos have provided me with so much laughter, and not much in my life does that. I really appreciate what this company does and what they represent. Thank you Rooster Teeth.