Like many classic gamers, I wasn’t just into playing the games; I was into how they worked, how they “thought” and made their decisions. I originally lusted after my first computer (a gleaming, 64K, Apple II-compatible, one-ton – or so it seemed when I was merely eleven years old – Franklin ACE 1000) primarily so I could learn how to program my own games.

It didn’t quite work out that way, but video games did have a seismic effect on my life. In fact, I credit my whole career track to the multitude of interests spawned by two things: the original Star Wars and Pac-Man. Somehow, my interest in both of these things led to a fascination with computers, graphics, photography, writing…and the end result is me today, a mildly successful (but ever teetering
on the edge of being completely broke) TV promotions producer.

It’s easy to see the role these things have played in my life. Now how do I explain this to the woman I’m marrying in just under six months?

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