80s kid here. Intellivision. Loved pinball. Played all the classics in the arcade [I forget the wave – there’s officially waves, which blows my mind a bit].
Got my Tandy color computer 2 in ’83 at 11 and video game interest started going away and learning BASIC took its place.
By 16, i declared that “video games are for kids ’cause that’s what they tell me” and I abandoned them. Had NO IDEA people would continue playing as adults. I was mighty wrong there!!
No regrets. I *did* get to do some beta testing beyond that, but I played-for-a-purpose then other than score. After testing for DOOM, lost interest totally in all forms ’til Minecraft. That changed things for me.
Yup smile emoticon I could probably slice my life-so-far into stages. Never a regret with any of it so far. As I like to say when ppl ask meaning-of-life stuff, “Happy to be here” smile emoticon