Like many, started on a Mac, but as I repped for Apple at the time, I got a pre-release COLOR Mac2. Heaven. Even at $6 per hour. Once in the DOS world, AW inspired me to build faster, streamlined rigs, stripping un-needed services and optimizing everything I could think of to let the game run as fast as it could.
Here we are 27 years later. When I finally was able to find a suck - uh, investor to buy AlienWare, I was able to retire and buy an island where I rehab old WW2 planes and snort tequila shots off of the natives' bosoms.
Some of the above is not factual.