My grandmother was an engineer for Southern Bell (a predecessor of Bellsouth/ATT). My mother worked as a Help Desk operator for IBM for several years. So, I come by a love of computers honestly. However, for the first few years of my gaming life I only operated on a SNES, the controller like an extension of my short, chubby fingers. Watching certain children now I can believe that I was a better gamer when I was small. The reflexes are faster, the mind willing to consider so many possibilities in solving puzzles, the determination like some terrible fixation. Even still, it was a whole new world when we finally got our own PC and I was allowed to navigate the digital world with mouse and keyboard.
While my aunt immediately took to The Sims, a game I would eventually racked up hundreds of hours on, I fell into the world of side-scrolling adventure games. The one that solidified my future as a PC gamer was Torin’s Passage. (more…)