Got my VCS in 1982. Played the Pac Man cartridge that came with it for 6 months before I found someone to borrow me Space Invaders.. That was some awesome experience!
Then 600XL+1010 recorder in April 1984, 800XL+1050 in 1986. My 800XL died around 1990.. Got me a 130XE with buggy GTIA (Meh..)
1994 PC, soon found out about Emulators, managed to copy my old Floppies to the pc emulation by connecting 2 output lines of the Atari joystick port to the PC joystick (bitrate of the Turbo basic interface 'driver' was ca. 10 Baud :-)
Bought 2 800s from Eb*y in 2007, left them to age a little more in the basement for another 5 years thinking they are broken anyway given the dirt and smell..
Then one day discovered they are both in perfect working condition, put all my love in restoration and since then I am hooked again.