Way back in '98 I was playing a multiplayer flightsim called AirWarrior. I was flying on the Pacific map and having a blast. This one sortie I flew to an enemy airfield and started my dive down with my sights aimed firmly on the end of the runway where the new planes appeared. Must have been doing about 600+ knots when I dropped my bombs at the last moment and yanked back on my joystick to pull up, only to hear a loud crack and have the stick come away from the base. I was left in dumb silence looking at the broken joystick in my hand and seeing my plane crash into the ground. I learnt how to fly planes with a mouse quite well after that.
In '01 I built my first PC, took 2 attempts. First attempt I used a shim which I'll never do again as I ended up frying the processor within 4 seconds of booting. :'(