2nd generation gamers
|My mother, now involved in local community theater.|
|Not actually my father, but close enough.|
Honorable mention for teaching me Chess around the age of 10, and a fine teacher he was. My first gaming tournament was in children's Chess. I was distraught after losing one of my games (I had won many previously) and was ready to leave in tears. I thought that I had lost the whole thing. He told me to stay, because I might still win the thing. I didn't understand back then, but it clearly wasn't single-elimination. I suppose it was either double-elimination or Swiss, because I did win that competition and more
Although the NES really brought video gaming to a new level and went gangbusters with kids, it's important to realize that the first video gamers were adults, adults who had kids or soon would. The games were in bars and in those new-fangled "computers" as text-based adventures at the very least. Those guys were the true 1st-gen video gamers.