I just caught up on a year+ worth of RetroGaming Roundup goodness. My donation is in and I would encourage everyone to do the same - it's time consuming to put these shows together and any volunteer effort of this magnitude should be rewarded with a little cabbage!
I'm from just south of Boston, MA and in 1979 my local roller-skating rink got their first few arcade games. Since I wasn't particularly good with wheels on my feet and at 10 years of age wasn't interested in girls, I spent my roller-skating money on Space Invaders. Oh how I loved thee! A year later I found myself at a summer beach location with a small food joint called "Gunnies" (at Gunrock Beach) and they had exactly two cabs: Pac Man and a Galaxian. What a great summer! That year (1980) I got the Atari 2600 VCS for Christmas - I'm fortunate enough to have a couple of polaroid pics of me opening the BIG box!
Anyway, enough for the intro... I'm 41 and probably my story is like many of yours... I go to the local yard sales every week to rescue classic video game consoles (I'm more a console guy than an arcade guy - but love both). I've rescued no fewer than 21 Atari 2600 consoles and cared for them (unlike their previous owners who let dust build up on them and put them out on the front lawn for $2 -- these things have feelings you know!!).
I'll just wrap up this short intro with some pics:
Here is my current Atari 2600 setup:
And my NES collection:
Here is my man cave down stairs... it's nicer now with a custom arcade seat and a nice blue area rug that cordons off my 6x9 slide of perfection:
And here I am last month at my trek to the FunSpot Arcade up in NH (about 2.5 hours north of me):