It all started with me when i was about 9. I'm born in a family of tech-retards (great people though)!. My dad thought it was quite an accomplishment to get the TV working, and my mom still asks me to "program" the microwave for her when she wants to cook something (I bought the microwave, she always said "Why bother, if i want to boil i'll use water and if i want to grill i'll use the oven). My dad still doesn't know how to turn on a computer (His PC, which i installed for him, is gathering dust in his room).
Anyway, a friend of the family, a guy i'll call Sven, once came over with his friend who i'll call Sasha. They were talking about gaming - i asked them what they were talking about, and they told me about N64 - a gaming computer. They figured it'd be a good idea to bring the N64 with them next time, and they brought mario cart. We played a bit, and frankly, i sucked at it. I figured "gaming is crap, who cares". I left, he said "Give it a chance".
Well, i asked something amongst the lines of "Well, i don't like this, what's the best game you have than?"
He: Well, that'd be zelda. After bitching about it for a long time like a spoiled little brat, he loaned me he N64 and zelda, with the looming warning of "I'll throw you off my balcony if you erase my save games".
The moment he brought the game, i was having the greatest fun (On his savegame), jumping between buildings in Kakariko village with the hookshot and throwing bombs at people. I started to explore the place, slash through enemies, i had a blast of a time, didn't stop before i went to bed. I played the song of storms after figuring the ocarina out, and making a thunderstorm scared me to death, afraid that "I fucked his game up".
As luck (Well, a grim way to say it), he was addicted to pot and got a new girlfriend, so he wasn't really playing a lot - In fact, he let me borrow his N64 for over a year. During this time, i finished OOT, but not only that, it sparked my interest for gaming like a god-fucking-damn inferno. I always sticked to RPGs/adventures as my favorite though. Not just that, i got a PC from my dad (With a comment of "Before, when we wanted to have fun we went outside... ahh well, new generation *sigh*"). I got interested in programming (Especially security, networking, destructive coding and botnet infrastructures). I wanted to make my own game once, and i'm even halfway through - it's a zelda ironically, being made by me and a few friends with a ripped Minish cap engine emulation system. I taught myself Java, Perl, C++, Python, even LOLCODE (look it up), and a few others, including PhP.
Right now, i'm a hardcore gamer + computer nerd. I just want to thank zelda for opening a world up to me - without it, i'd be some mediocre fuck going to shitty parties and get STDs instead of having fun D&Ding with friends and stuff, grow up to be some 30-year old banker and finally kill myself at 35 because nobody loves me.