I will tell my age by stating that I was 12 years old in 1977, when Atari released something called the Video Computer System. I suppose one could argue that video games really came on the scene in the early 70's with the myriad pong clones and something called Odyssey and Channel F, but my first knowledge of video games came in October of 1977. In the name of full disclosure, I should also add that I did not get my Sears Video Arcade (2600 clone) until Christmas of 1981 when I was 16 years old.
Suffice it too say that my main childhood years were spent outdoors riding bikes (summer) and tobogganning (winter), playing Hot Wheels and Matchbox with my older brother, and even something called G.I. Joe (not the 2 inch tall action figures, but the 12 inch tall dolls). At the risk of sounding like an old codger, I wonder how many kids get outdoors for physical activity these days. Maybe that has been replaced by physical activity on Kinect, Move, and Wii, but is it the same?
I guess I wonder what it would have been like to have video games in the house from my earliest toddler days, and the thought seems sort of alien and strange, to say the least.