I started at five years old playing my dad's copy of SC & BW over summer break. Surprisingly I beat the game in a month of daily playing...and then the reality of multiplayer hit me and I stomped with Zerg for BW but I soon stopped playing because of temper tantrums. At ten years old I picked it up again after getting WoL for my birthday after a four-year hiatus I started yet again in August when I joined SC2Mapster.
SC1 around the time of its release. i was a Protoss fan even before the game was released so I started immediately with the Protoss campaign. It was so hard for me at the time. I was so used to Command and Conquer macromanagement that I never thought of building more than one unit-production building at a time. and I remember that the second to last mission took me more than 4 hours to complete... It might have been the first game I had played that actually had an interesting plot.
i played orcs vs humans (blessed awesome shareware) that got me to warcraft2 (bought it the next day :D ) and i had to wait for starcraft to come out to play it. Was worth the wait (mmm vanilla was shit for "balance" but still awesome fun (campaign/humor was NEW in the scene at the time)) and brood war made up for any qualms i had had = kreygasm dark archon!
Sc2 was a good and weird feeling for me because my kid was born right before it came out, so for me it is my son's sc (it will never be mine really and that's fine) since i want to make maps / tell stories within game platforms (and so.. so does he <3 )
My Dad bought it when it came out because of the spawns you can make for multiple computers. We used to do FFAs with him, my two brothers and myself locally. Those are some of my best memories. I only got to watch the campaign at first since my older brothers got to play but Tassadar was my favorite character. Zeratul actually freaked me out because he was so mysterious. Somehow I had no idea Kerrigan was taken alive and the chrysalis you were protecting had her in it. Huge shocker for me at the time.
My dad and I would watch TV all the time, I would watch him play his RTS games back in the 90's and early 00's one fateful day a commercial came on.
That Commercial that came out was that goofy N64 skit with Saddam Hussein and a totally rad 90's kid playing StarCraft 64.
My dad and I flew at warp speed to the local best buy (I believe) and bought it (and the expansion pak) I remember my dad playing the boot camp missions with Terran Theme 4 blaring out the TV at full volume.
A month or two later my Dad let me play it after he beat the game and the rest was history.
My first rts games were Warcraft2 and Red Alert 2. I loved both of them and still find them my favorites. I remember how i felt like a cruel Orc Death Knight warchief playing Warcraft 2 and killing even the critters as a "sacrifice to the dark gods of orcs for fortune" :D I didn't even know Warcraft 3 existed already at that time. But i got it a bit later. My first experience with Starcraft came around the time Sc2 was already in development. I got Starcraft 2 on release day.