I got C64 in late 80's. Yes it was basically at the end of C64's "life". I was so happy, I wanted to have it so much.
Then after that I got the nintendo's.. NES, Gameboy, SNES, N64, GBA, GC, and last: Wii.
Not playing much anymore, though. Lack of time, and also I think the games are not as fun anymore. I loved the era of SNES, big gigantic games that were so well made. Hey, Super Mario World and Zelda: A Link to Past. But also the NES era, Zelda series, Mario series. I could sit and play for hours and hours.
But also C64 time, I played for hours too but the games were frustrating so we gave up a little quicker ;) Also being younger, more subjective to parents rules. Bubble Bobble, Giana Sisters, Boulder Dash, many many more.. Turbo tapes... (along with some real games too of course)
I wanted disk but never got it, it was expensive after all, not rich parents.
I also dabbled in basic at that time. No one else in my friend circle did that. But not much anyway, I did not understand much, I only typed to see what result I got. :D Yes I did understand some but not much. It was at later stage I started to understand. (I used Visual Basic a lot back in mid-end of 90's to start of 2000's and made a number of software)
We got our first PC in -93 that was 486 sx 33 and I basically claimed it. ;)