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I'm an anomaly. At least, that's what I've been told most of my life. Apparently, girls aren't "supposed" to be gamers, engineers or listen to Hard Rock/Heavy Metal. Silliness, if you ask me. :)
An early 80s child, my love for gaming started when my Dad took me to Radio Shack (lord, am I dating myself here) to pick up Hero's Quest for our shiny new Tandy PC. It was my first RPG and oh, did I ever love that game. Sure, I had to go back and pick up the cheat book a few weeks later because I was terrible at it, but still.
(*In my best old woman voice*) Back in my day, there were no online guides or Let's Plays. We had to drive to the nearest Radio Shack. We got our book and the classic Sierra "Adventure Window". Seriously, look at this thing ... we were so deprived ;)
I started out as a PC gamer, with Sierra being the end all, be all of game makers for me. Then my Uncle got an NES with R.O.B and I got a Gameboy. While my sisters played with their Barbies and Polly Pockets, I was sitting in the corner with Tetris or sneaking over to my Uncle's house for some Zelda, Excitebike and Super Mario Bros. Wasn't long before I was hooked on console and handheld gaming too.
My gaming went through a lull after the SNES, so I missed out on a lot of great systems and experiences. Having a child young and going off to college kinda sucks up all a person's time, what can I say?!
Now, fast forward some years, I'm making up for all the time I lost when I was young and broke. I'm married to a gamer (though he plays less than me) and we have to two gamer sons. It is an absolute blast being able to share this great hobby with my family. I swear a lot more than I probably should in front of my kids, but man is it worth it, ha!