I was thinking today about some of the things that have led me to be who I am, where I am and what I do: It all comes down to my parents.
Just talking about what I do: I work for a software development company. So, how did my parents affect me to form what I do for work?
Well, my fondest memories growing up are ones where my parents played a computer game with me. I remember on the Commodore Vic-20, my parents joining in and playing a text-based adventure game with me. I remember on the Amiga and perhaps the PC, my parents playing the Monkey Island adventures with me.
What I think this did, is gave me attention, something kids obviously need. I don’t have fond memories of playing those games by myself, alone, I remember and have fond thoughts about my mum and dad being there with me. Additionally, my parents often watched motorsport with me, they often woke me up at 3am so I could watch the races in Japan or Australia… How interesting is that?
I believe just those few hours my parents spent with me, formed my love of computers, my love of ‘gaming’, helped with my love of motorsport and eventually, they led me to be working on what I am today.
This then made me think about my little brothers. Although I don’t think they share their gaming with my parents, they did have chance to share it with me. I feel guilty really not being there for them anymore, but I’m glad that they might have memories where I was, even if I was just in the room at the time. I’m really pleased that at an age where most kids didn’t have a computer I was able to provide them with upgrades from my old computers while I was attempting to keep the newest and latest in my own machines.
I sometimes wonder if people know just what an effect they have on those around them…
I began my gaming journey via the family Commodore Vic-20, then later with my own C-64 and Amiga A600. These systems kept my attention until I moved up to PCs around the Windows MS-DOS Pre-Windows 95 era, which means I never really got into the console gaming market in a big way.
My parents spent a significant amount of time sharing my early gaming experiences, and this really helped foster my interests. I discovered racing games and space games for the first time, and those are still my main genres of interest to this day.
These days I use gaming to try to escape from the pressures of real life. I occasionally upload or stream gameplay to YouTube and Twitch, and enjoy the social interaction with viewers and other gamers.
Tim is British and lives in the United States with his wife and kids.
He works for software developers Image Space Inc. and Studio 397 on their racing simulations, and is a fan of Gaming, Motorsports, and photography.