For many of us, video games have been a regular part of our lives for years. It's difficult to recall the days when a controller was a foreign device, or the time someone introduced us to our very first arcade cabinet or console. And now, looking back, it's kind of weird to think about how life has changed, and how the way you think about and play video games has changed along with it.
You didn't always have an inherent understanding of how most games work--that was something you learned along the way. And you haven't always dedicated the same amount of time to games each week, because life often demands your attention. A gamer's life goes through multiple stages, each of which we've painstakingly detailed (and supplemented with amazing photos of real people playing real games) in the following slides.