I remember when I got into gaming. It was early 1980's, and my father brought home a computer from work. I barely remember what it looked like, but I remember the old game about going into an underground temple. It was an early rogue-lite, where you had 500 turns to find an amulet and get out, with the map an ascii screen. My sisters and I would delve in, debating whether to drink from a pool with randomized effects, or trade with the Drow merchants. Or playing the old Star Trek game where you had to manage your shields or use the warp drive to move across the map.
That's how I got started. Haven't really stopped since.