I’ll never forget the first time I was seduced by a computer. I was living in Chicago and had met a friend who invited me over to his house. We went into his room and I watched as his brother was typing away on a keyboard that was putting words onto a monochrome monitor. I asked him what he was doing and he continued to type away for a little and then said “watch this”. At which point I saw him type the word “run” on the keyboard and hit enter. That was followed the screen converting from words to some rudimentary graphics that began to move. He told me that the images I was seeing on the screen were from a game he had “programmed”. It was at that moment that I realized that this machine was something that would become a big part of my life.
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