Christmas of '88, Santa brought me and my brother a Nintendo Entertainment System. That's when everything fell apart...
I kid. Although, Blackjack and Depthcharge on the 386 quickly lost their position as prime video game entertainment in our home.
Countless hours were spent playing Tetris, Final Fantasy, and of course, Super Mario. We'd get so loud and wired up, Mum would shout at us from the kitchen to calm down - but usually wound up joining us for a crack at a few levels. I think we were pretty balanced kids though; very rarely did an excess of video games degrade into bad behavior or poor grades.
My brother took his love of video games a step further, and now makes video games for a living at a major company in Vancouver (no - not EA). I still indulge regularly, an avid console and PC gamer. MMO, RTS, and FPS are part of my regular vocabulary, as are LOL, LFG, and OMGWTFBBQ.
My brother wound up taking the NES with him when he moved out - I didn't argue, as it seemed to have more sentimental value for him (though, it did for me too). Today, he decided he no longer wanted it, and brought it over. We wound up playing the new Super Mario Bros Wii game together for most of the afternoon, totally borking my writing plans for the day... but it was just like old times.
I'll leave you with one of my favorite pieces of internet g33kdom... many of you have probably already seen it. It's nonsensical outrageousness at it's best. Enjoy!