Looking at the news story about the Atari games buried in the desert jogged my memory about my first console. What was the first console that got you into gaming? I got an Atari 2600 when I was about 5 or 6 (80/81) I think. Vividly remember playing Space Invaders and The Empire Strikes Back on it. I also remember my Dad seeing his arse one day because I wouldn't go out and play on a warm day so he actually got the old black and white telly and put it in the garden so I could get a bit of sun whilst playing. After that I got a Vectrex that came with a different coloured piece of plastic to put over the screen with different games but it was a bit shit as I recall. It's surprising how much detail I can recall even though I was only young. I've never been without a games machine since really, except a brief period in my teens when I discovered booze and fingering girls!