I am from Austria (Europe / no kangaroos) and 37 by now, started using computers in 1993 (a 8086 PC back then) for playing games and using office programs, but switched over to fiddling around with the operating system (DOS, yeah ) soon and started programming. I really got hooked, did a master in computer science and now work as a kind of mixture of a software developer and researcher, mostly using Linux now.
Regarding computer games I am basically playing them since I am using computers, the game I definitely played most is Civilization 1. Also I played a lot of RTS stuff (Age of Empires, StarCraft) and some car racing games (e.g. Need for Speed). Recently some Skyrim. Nevertheless I am really a casual gamer who plays for "just" for fun and never got "good" at any single game.
I came over here from Star Citizen, I love both projects for the amount of information they are providing, because it's really interesting following the process. I have never played Descent, or Wing Commander, but plan to do that soon (GoG to the rescue ), to check out what I have gotten myself into .