Ryan Taljonick yada yada Super Mario Bros.
Like many of my peers born in the mid '80s, my first game, the one by which I learned video games existed, was Super Mario Bros. for the NES. I remember that day as clearly as if it occurred 22 years ago (which it did).
I was hanging out with a neighborhood friend at his place, and as boredom set in, he suggested we turn on a magical box attached to his television--and that's when I met Mario. I was immediately drawn in by games; I loved the challenge, the new worlds they presented--and at the time, not knowing you needed a console to play them, I happily suggested we take Mario over to my place and show my mom. You can imagine my disappointment upon discovering I couldn't just push the game's cartridge into my TV.