The NES (my cousin's NES to be precise) was the one that pulled me into it all, but the SNES is the thing that had me buying game magazines and whatnot.
NES. I had a 2600, but after suffering through that damned Raiders of the Lost Ark game( a game that required 2 controllers to play, and we only had one, so to select items, I had to switch the controller to the other port, then switch back to use it, then switch back to drop it, then finally switch back to continue moving........WTF???????), Contra,Castlevania, and Ninja Gaiden(Ninja Gaiden.....you insufferable bastard!!!!) had me reading Nintendo Power in the grocery store whenever I could sneak away from my parents.
Its been a downward spiral of obsession ever since.
Playstation One was my second but easily a console i spent way more time with playing games like final fantasy, and whatever else i played but don't remember right now, it ended up sucking me in and making spend crazy amounts of time into it and getting really in depth with a bunch of games on it where as i don;t think you could really do with allot of the games i had played on the sega megadrive since they never did tend to get all that complex as games in general other than moving to the right.
PS1 for me, that system blew me away and I really began playing games as much as I could. I started to spend alot of money on games and even buying magazines to see which games were good or coming out in the near future.
Previously I had played some NES, Genesis (Mega Drive) and of course PC but PS1 really got me into gaming
PC MASTER RACE.
My dad bought Wolf3D and sat down and made me play it - since he couldn't figure out vidyagames. I was 10 at the time.
Pretty sure it was all downhill after that...
Edit: Had an NES and SNES before Wolf3D - so maybe it was earlier? I remember being blown away by Super Mario 3, and Super Mario World was one of the best gaming experiences I've ever had...
This is going to show my age a little, but my Sinclair Spectrum back in 1985 is what truely made me a gamer, hours and hours spent playing Dizzy and terrible arcade conversions of Afterburner and Outrun only made me want more. Then came the NES and it was downhill from there ^_^
It's the NES for me. I had played arcade games occasionally but having a NES at home was exceptionally convenient. A lot of great gaming memories from that box and some terrific game music as well. From then on I HAD to own at least one system per generation while dabbling with the PC whenever I could.
While I played a considerable amount of Atari 2600 games (at a very early age), it was the NES (nintendo entertainment system) that hooked me hard, I played every game that I could put my hands on for it (I used to rent an unhealthy amount of games)
Same here. Was given a Atari 2600 when my older cousin got a NES for Christmas.
Many many years latter I game my old PS2 to my fiances younger cousin to carry on the tradition.......and the little shit never even played it.
I played a lot of DK64 & 1080 snowboarding on my n64 but I really got into gaming after buying my original xbox. Mechassault 2 came with it and it was the dopest shit I had ever seen! I think I knew gaming would be a big hobby of mine when I was online reading previews of Splinter Cell Chaos Theory.
This! I played it when I was 2. I think my mother has a pic of me playing Phoenix on the console, with me staring up at the screen. I might have to see if she still has that pic.
Then it was the NES, and I was sold after it! It's in my blood to be a gamer!
So, not the first game system your played or owned, but what was the first system that you had where you felt like a gamer, reading reviews, taking the time to consider your purchases and not buying a game because the box art looked cool, actually knowing when a game was coming out?
By this description, it would probably be the PC, because before 2011 I had no access to reviews of games outside of the odd magazine. So my basis for buying a game was whatever one appeared to be the most appealing in the store and word of mouth. If I was to take gamer as when I started playing a lot of video-games, it would be the PS2.