Oooh, audience participation! Let's see.
1. I heard many many things about Demon's Souls. I did not possess a PS3 at the time but vowed to get one as soon as there were at least a couple of games (i.e. more than one, DS) I'd like to play on the system. Eventually it got there but by then I lost my interest and the repeated deaths were too much for me.
Got back into Dark Souls via the Broken Forum community and the fact that it came out on PC. For whatever reason the whole thing just clicked there (even though it didn't on the 360, which I tried for a while - gave up at Ornstein and Smough) and I spent a ridiculous amount of hours (about 350) on the game. Dark Souls remains my favorite. The world crafting, the NPCs, the combat. None other Souls game feels the same.
2. Not sure, actually. Came on with you being nearly done with DS, I think, and instantly knew I had to watch the whole thing. Your approach to exploration was hugely rewarding (i.e. FINALLY someone appreciates all the things I do, and is capable of noticing way more :D).
3. Bouldering in Utah when younger.