One does not just wake up one day as a geek. It is something that happens slowly over time as a result of what you are exposed to and what intrigues you enough as a child. I was lucky enough to be born with a big brother (7 years older, to be exact) who loved nerd stuff, from Star Wars to Atari (this was quite some time ago, obviously). It was his excitement that sparked my love for cool nerd toys. A love that would go on to eventually define a big part of my character and who I would become. Spoiler alert, a geek. But I know I would not be the geek I am now had I not played with these cool nerd toys growing up. For that, I thank my parents and my big brother. Hell, even my sister had a She-Ra figure. We were all pretty effing nerdy now that I look back. We even played Dungeons and Dragons as a family. Holy crap, I just realized I grew up in a nerd family. How insane and awesome is that?
Anyway, here are the toys and consoles and games that truly had an impact on my life and who I became, and I am sure quite a few of you can relate to some of these choices.