The first time I picked up a NES controller and started playing Super Mario Bros, I was entranced by the glowing pixels that came to life at the press of my fingertips. The characters. The challenges to overcome. The experiences.
It was MAGICAL!!
From a young age, I knew what I wanted to do when I grew up. I wanted to MAKE GAMES!
Over the years I built all sorts of little games. Board games, card games, point-and-click adventures built in HyperCard. Eventually I was able to dabble in real programming and some 3D applications. I was going to do this. I was going to be a game developer....
But then reality hit me in the face like the unforgiving fist of an 8-bit era Mike Tyson.
Nobody was making money, making games, in rural Idaho. The internet was in its infancy. I couldn't afford to move, or get the degree I thought I would need to get hired in the industry. I was becoming an "adult" now, and my dreams felt impossible to realize.
"Some day..." I promised myself.