I have been gaming in one form or another for pretty much all my life.
As a kid, I played games with my parents and grandma. Yahtzee, Uno, Aggravation, Clue, Go Fish, etc. I also had an Atari 2600, so had exposure to video games at an early age as well. Won a Nintendo in 4th grade at a school raffle, which widened my video gaming horizons. In 6th grade, was introduced to the Top Secret S.I. RPG, which was my first intro to pen and paper RPG’s, though it was only after I purchased the books for it myself that I learned that we had been playing it completely wrong.
The same friend who taught us Top Secret unwillingly ran us through a quick D&D game (just threw us up against a green dragon to kill us because he didn’t really want to play D&D), which was still enough to hook me and one other friend on the fantasy theme, and the two of us would run games for each other for the next few years, moving on to AD&D 2nd after a short while. He also got Hero Quest at some point, which we played pretty often together.
Around this time, Timothy Zahn’s Star Wars trilogy came out, which rekindled a love of Star Wars for me, so I also got into West End Games’ Star Wars RPG, which I played with the same friend who got into D&D with me.
Board gaming did not really expand until high school, as my school had a gaming club. The teacher who ran it had a huge cabinet full of games I had never heard of. Axis & Allies, Fortress America, Shogun, Fury of Dracula (1st ed), Buck Rogers Battle for the 25th Century, Nuclear War, Quest for the Magic Ring, Space Hulk, Awful Green Things from Outer Space, Battle Masters, Kingmaker, Diplomacy, Talisman, the Dragonlance board game, and what felt like countless others. More importantly, I found more friends who were interested in the same things I was through this club. The teacher would organize a couple of trips per year to the vendor halls at Strategicon, which was always fun, and how I was the first of us to pick up Magic the Gathering, which became a big thing for the club. I branched out into a couple of other CCG’s as well over the high school years, which some people joined in with me.
High school is also when I got my first computer, and was thus introduced to a much broader scope of video games. X-Wing was one of my first games, and it was so fun to be able to engage in the SW universe in this new fashion. But also got to play new styles of games that Nintendo (and Super Nintendo, by that point) didn’t really offer. Strategy games like Warcraft, the old TSR/SSI RPG games, space flight sims, first person shooters, etc.
Gaming interests continued to evolve as I went to college, encountered more RPG’s mostly in the World of Darkness line, and more video games as Playstation was released. Also learned Star Fleet Battles and some other games I was not familiar with. After college was a bit of a gaming hiatus outside of video games, as the friends I hung around with then weren’t really gamers of any stripe. It was only when I reconnected with a few of my gaming friends who were in the area a couple of years later that I resumed role playing and board gaming.
So due to my wide exposure to games, overall I’m pretty open to any kind of game and in any format. There are games that have lost their shine over time, but that I’d still play if asked (Munchkin, for instance), and there are certainly types of video games that don’t really interest me at all (sports games, mostly), but in general I’m happy to play anything.