When I was little I used to watch my oldest brother and my Grandpa play their "Intellivision" and "Atari 2600."
They would sometimes let me and my other older brother play with them. That was where it all began.
My first console was an "Atari 400." The NES was out, my brother and I really wanted one, but our Mom couldn't afford it at the time.
So, one of our teachers gave us her husband's Atari 400. That machine got a lot of use for about a year, until our Mom surprised us with an NES for Christmas.
Since then, between me and my brother, we've owned almost every console that's come out... And still have them.