I was born in 1973. My dad was an early adopter of electronics and gizmos. In 1977 we got our first "console," a Pong clone. In 1979 we got a Magnavox Odyssey2, but games were hard to find for it around here and so later that year (probably for Christmas) we got an Atari 2600. In 1980 we got a TRS-80 Model III and that started me down the path of home computers, but that's a post for a different forum.
I still have the Atari we bought in 1979 and have a few others I picked up over the years, back when you could pick them up in thrift stores for a couple of bucks. When I inherited my old Atari 2600 I also got all my old games -- probably 40 or 50 carts. Then I started collecting them from pawn shops and thrift stores. I set an arbitrary limit of $5/game and I bought all the ones I could find. Later I raised my limit to $10/game. I think I have around 300 carts or so sitting in a closet with a layer of dust on them. I bought an A26 Maxicart years ago when it was first released, and now use a Harmony cart for playing games.
Ferg is a great podcaster and a great storyteller. I enjoy the episodes about the games I know and the games I don't know almost equally.