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Huh. I didn't think my memory was this bad. Well, I'm a half British, half American guy currently living in England. My plan is to move to America next year to begin work on a game design diploma. Oh, that's right, I also enjoy video games.
After many years of British schooling I will soon be hopping overseas to pursue my dream career of game design. It's been quite a struggle in the past with various people asking me what I want to do with my life and having no answer to give them. As a fan of games, I would always think that creating these experiences for other people would be an incredible thing to be a part of, however this was one of those silly "awesome jobs that will never be more than a distant dream" fantasies, like seeing a guy driving a fast car and wanting to be a race car driver (actually I don't think racing is for me but hopefully you see the point I'm driving at. No pun intended). So one day I accidentally blurted out that I would like to be a game designer, fully expecting a response along the lines of "what? You want to play them computer games all day? Bah!".
But that didn't happen. I was met with encouragement and support. This is when I got really excited about the idea. Why couldn't I have my dream job? Was it so far fetched? After some research I discovered that the road to game design is a tough and demanding one, but my enthusiasm and confidence remained strong. I found a university, visited it, talked to game design students and veterans and now I know that this is absolutely what I want to do with my life. So, I'm applying for enrollment next year and I'll see what happens from there.
Unfortunately, my actual history with games is rather unspectacular. My first console was a Playstation 1 with only a handful of games along with it. I also had a Gameboy Pocket later on, but this was all I had for a long time. I later leveled up and got a Playstation 2 along with a Gameboy Advance, and this is where I really started to fall in love with games. Before I could believe it, it was the next generation, and the Playstation 3 and Nintendo DS were under the Christmas tree. It's hard to believe looking back now, but I only looked at reviews to see cool pictures of some tough guy setting other dudes on fire or splattering their blood all over the room. I didn't pay attention to scores or the state of the industry; I didn't note the developers who made my favourite games, or the publishers who were on top. I don't know when my moment of enlightenment was, but I'm thankful that I finally realized that I should be trying to deeply understand the workings of my favourite hobby.
A few years and one Xbox 360 later, I've been trying to experience the best (and sometimes worst) that's on offer. So that's pretty much it. I'm excited for what the future holds for us all.