Much the same here, though my first computer games were text-based games on mainframes. Not exactly FPS, but some included shooting down other players. (Or their space ships, anyway. At 110 baud.)
Today for me it's Killing Floor and Team Fortress 2 but I too got here via the Wolfenstein/Doom/Quake route. Sounds like our tastes in music differ but whatever, the violence is still... within people, not the music. Music is an expression, a release, not a cause. Ditto games.
Been playing violent computer games since 1974. Why am I not rampaging twice a week? Stockpiling firearms? Foaming at the mouth while I pontificate about the second amendment and how important it is for survival?
As the father of an autistic child, I have to say that this reaction is completely over the top. We've managed to deal with bullying without taking massive legal actions against entire economies with the intended result of toppling empires.
We took the radical step of HAVING CONFERENCES WITH THE TEACHERS AND PARENTS.
Excessive, I know. But sometimes you just gotta pull out the big guns.
Last week I bought myself a Christmas gift I'd promised myself: a new motherboard, CPU and memory to upgrade my main system, which I'd previously and now once again use for gaming. (1. I'd been using my laptop for the prior year, which had slightly better performance. 2. I know it's early, wanted to avoid the rush, had the money. 3. I hesitate to dignify an anemic 11-year-old Pentium 4-based computer with the term "gaming rig".)
I installed the OS, drivers, and Steam. I logged into Steam, typed in the code from the e-mail that's intended to prevent account hijacking ("We've never seen you log in from this machine before"), and told it to install my games.
Then I watched some TV. After it was finished I copied my configuration files and started playing.
Assuming everything up to installing Steam was a sunk cost, the hardest part was waiting for the downloads. That and digging around for the configuration files, I guess.
I have my issues with Steam, but this isn't one of them. Once I've bought them I can play my games anywhere. A co-worker and I once traded some in-game TF2 items on our lunch break; he logged into my laptop, did the e-mail thing, I logged into my desktop. Biggest problem he had was remembering his user ID and password.
Totally portable and nearly hassle-free.
If I'd ever thought about buying a Wii, this article just killed the last remnants of any such desire.