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I got into programming computers when I was ten years old. I was in a children's home at the time and was behaving in math class and had my grades at an acceptable level, so they let me partake in a week long computer class.
In this class I learned how to write a few lines of BASIC on a Timex Sinclair 2000 with 2k of memory and a tape recorder to record and load programs. Once the class was over, and reading those "Choose Your Own" adventure books at the time, I started to write computer text adventure games in a composition notebook not having a computer handy.
The Children's Home of Cromwell CT saw my dedication and signed me up for a computer camp at the American School for the Deaf in Hartford CT where I attended and won an award, "Most Dedicated to Programming" because when everyone else was playing games... I was making them!
Now, because I have to work so hard, I don't get nearly as much time making computer games as I would like; I spend most of my time writing business software etc. It's not nearly as fun but my heart is still for this most creative outlet that breadths music, art, animation, math, physics, story telling and so much more.
The days of individual programmers being able to make blockbuster games may be a thing of the past, but I can dream can't I? Just because the mainstream needs a complete movie production staff, I still like trying to make my own stuff... you should try it.. it's not about the destination... the journey is pretty rewarding too.. even if you can't get a game finished! :)