Hm... I guess a relevent hobby worth talking about (since I already covered my musical talent and shared some of my artisticness in previous installments of this meme), would be gaming.
I've been playing video games since I was about the age of 3 or 4.
It was around 1987 or 1988 and I remember the older brothers of my childhood best friend had gotten a Nintendo. We would sit and watch them play from time to time and when they weren't around we would try our hand at it (we weren't very good). They had a handful of games, including some old school skating boarding game I could never figure out the controls to, Mike Tyson's Punchout, Super Mario Bros, The Legend of Zelda, DuckTales, Gauntlet, Castlevania and Anticipation. My friend and I played Mario, Zelda, DuckTales and Gauntlet regularly, and would occasionally play Castlevania, although I remember thinking that one was a bit creepy! One of her brothers was really good at Gauntlet though - while we could only get so far on our own, I remember he giving me updates on how far her oldest brother had gotten while playing himself!
We also tried Anticipation but since weren't even 5, it was years before we were any good at that game! (Anticipation's the one where the computer draws an image and you have to guess what it is and spell it correctly before the time runs out - if you get it correct you get that colored piece and once you get all the colored pieces in that level you advance to the next slightly harder level - there's 3 levels you have to beat in order to win.)
Eventually I got some more games, including The Legend of Zelda (which my mom's brother spent what seemed like an entire day and night playing when he came to visit us once, getting all the way to the last level - he got farther than I had ever seen!), the Little Mermaid game (which I didn't beat until I was older - that one's actually pretty easy, I could do it in under a half hour, as I started timing myself for kicks, lol...), and my favorite to play was Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: The Arcade Game, although I never got to beat that one until I got the Game Genie cheat adapter. Over the years I've gone back and bought a few from used gaming stores that my childhood best friend had (we used to borrow games and bring them back and forth to each others houses). I used to rent them from the video store some weeks too - I remember there being a Muppet game where in one stage you had to float around on inter-tubes without crashing into various objects... I have yet to find that one for sale!
As we got older, my friend got annoyed with me a bit, as I got a little too into the game (ie: jumping when my character did, or freaking out and giving a little shriek if I thought I was going to die, etc) - I remember her playing the last level on Mario and I had to go stand in the closet as she beat it cuz I was distracting her too much with my "getting in the game" a bit too much, lol...
In 5th grade, I worked hard and got good grades and my dad promised he'd get me a Sega Genesis, as by then the 2 big systems to have were a Super NES or a Sega Genesis and I really wanted the Sega as I liked playing Sonic over at a friend's house.
The console we got came with Sonic 2, which as you know, was the first one that introduced Sonic's sidekick Tails. In single player mode Tails mostly just followed you around, and in co-op mode the 2nd player could control him a little bit, but there wasn't much to do with him. He was cute though and I enjoyed saving all the little critters from Dr. Robotnik. I had trouble getting past the Vegas level though... I recently went back and played it not too long ago, finally reaching the last level and OMG... that last level is a PAIN IN THE BUTT! Other games I had for Sega were The Lion King and Toy Story. The Lion King game I enjoyed, but again, I hard time getting past the Hukuna Matata level - fortunately, I had subscribed to Disney Adventures magazine and they published a cheat code that let you select what level you started at and could give you infinite lives - thanks to this, I was able to eventually beat the game (now I can do it without the code). They also published a code for Toy Story which made it so I could finally see the end of the game (some of the later levels were really difficult!) I also purchased used the Anamaniacs game as well as Aladdin, which I had played at a friend's on her Super NES system.
Sometime in high school I got hooked on The Sims and had bought multiple expansions for it (Livin' Large, Hot Date, and Unleashed - the one with the pets). I loved building the houses and thanks to the rosebud code I could just give myself infinite money so I never had to worry about my Sims missing work. Back in the late 80s, I also enjoyed playing DOS floppy disk games, like Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade as well as some mine hunter game my dad (which I wish we could remember the name as I LOVED that one - from what I can find online, it's similar to Boulder Dash).
Speaking of his roommate... he had an XBox and I remember playing Fable on it a little bit - that was a pretty neat game! If we ever get an XBox, that's one game I wouldn't mind getting and playing more - the concept was pretty interesting, as your actions determined what path your character would ultimately take. You could be a hero or an evil villain!
Do you game? What games and consoles have you played?