For me; it was like 1999 or so...I had begged my parents to get a computer, because at school we played Math Blaster, and I fell absolutely in love with it, also the Oregon Trail was great. Such fun. So I get the Computer and am now stumped(I was 10 years old)at where do I obtain Math Blaster? I tried searching for it around the Internet, and I looked at stores but didn't see it any any shelves. Frustrating for me as a kid. Then I was googling around and found a game called Dink Smallwood, which looked cooooooooooooooooool. Problem being was, the download was about 600MB or so...and would take 9 hours to download at my then dial up 56k connection, so basically for 9 hours no one could use the phone...ahah, and my parents wouldn't let me leave the computer on over-night. I was a sad panda, then. Found some game that I think was some MMORPG I can't remember right now, Rose Online comes to mind, but Wiki says that was 2005...odd. Was a huge download also, like 800MB. It was not going to happen with Dial Up. So then my cousin was visiting down, and we were talking on the phone before he came over and he said he had this great game he burned me a copy of(yeap, back then, it was all the rage. ) So I looked up this game...Diablo. It looked like Dink Smallwood, I was so excited, he brought it over and we played all day & night, and the next day and after he left I just kept playing it like...every chance I got, when I wasn't at school or eating or sleeping, I'd play Diablo. We played it for so long, for me, who had thought Math Blaster was the pinnacle of PC Video gaming, it was a HUGE "WHOA" moment. Then, in 2000, I download the demo for a game called...Starcraft About 30 minutes after playing the Demo, my father was going to Walmart and I said I wanted to go with him, found Starcraft on the shelf and begged him to buy it, and he did...well, there went another addiction, I was thrust into the world of RTS. (Also discovered Red Alert that year) In 2001, Diablo II was found to exist, and I wrote up a three page essay to my father upon why I needed the game. Haha, yeah. In 2003, my cousin again told me of another game he had recently gotten; Warcraft III, and told me it was a follow up to some game I had played with him when I was way younger(Guess SC wasn't my first RTS, just the first I remember really) I got WarCraft III with some birthday money and loved it, as the game was booting up, I saw a Logo, "Blizzard Entertainment". I suddenly realized all of my favorite games were made by the same developer, it was like "Wow...these must be the Gods of Gaming" Ever since then I've been a really hardcore gamer(though I dislike WoW). What is the story of how you "became a gamer"