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Yeah, I know, it's an essay. So skip the parts you don't care about.

You know that weird kid in high school who was ignored by everyone? Quiet, smart, had a few friends, never went to parties or anything?

That was me. I had a few friends, but not many. I was bullied once or twice but there weren't many people who really felt like picking on me. I got good enough grades, but didn't care enough to continually get straight A's. I was good at math, science, art, and english, but failed miserably in social studies.

I first got to experience Windows XP on a laptop that my parents bought for me for college in 2004 - prior to that, my parents had avoided computers enough to stay stuck in Windows 98 with a 56k connection.

I went to college (Bethel University in St. Paul, MN) in the fall of 2004 as an Applied Physics major. In 2005, I was hired as an IT support guy in my college's library. That semester, I took my first computer science course. That summer, I built my first computer (Athlon 64, 2GB of RAM, GeForce 6600GT). The next year at school, I switched to a computer science major. Within a year, I was using linux as my main operating system. By my senior year, I had stopped using Windows altogether.

As a result of my awkward growth in computer knowledge, I have gaps in my knowledge. Weird ones.

In gaming, I grew up with Mortal Kombat, Primal Rage, The Legacy of Kain, Hitman, Thief, Metal Gear Solid, Deus Ex, Vagrant Story, Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines, Neverwinter Nights, and a number of other, less memorable games. I continue to enjoy these and consider the current generation of gaming kind of half-assed, with the occasional exception (Demon's Souls being the most notable).

I am a PC gamer with my occasional stints into console gaming entirely taken up by the PS3, although I can't say I've been willing to touch the thing since Sony removed linux support.

In the end, I can best be described as a linux-focused traditional gamer. I love the classics and any game that is willing to use a more classic formula. I play all of my Windows games using Wine on linux. I even maintain the Dungeons and Dragons Online page on WineHQ's AppDB. It's not much, but it's what I have time for.

I now work as a python and C developer, postgresql database administrator, and (occasionally) linux systems administrator at a company named Consistent State.
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valczir
4:43 PM on 02.10.2011
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