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Chit-Chat / Re: Introduce Yourself!
« on: August 14, 2014, 01:48:07 pm »
Hi there! My name is Tom "SteepInKline" Kline, and I'm a college student from Endwell, NY currently finishing up my Bachelor's in Creative Writing at SUNY Oswego. After I graduate, I plan to pursue a Master's degree in Game Design/Interactive Media/Whatever Euphemism for 'Yo Man Let's Study and Make Video Games: The Degree Program' My School of Choice Uses.

My first experience with games came when I was 3 years old. I remember dying consistently on the first Goomba in Super Mario Land on my brother's Game Boy.  At first, video games were a kind of passing interest (like most things for a three-year-old). It wasn't until I was 7, when Pokemon Red and Blue were first released, that I began to fall madly in love with the medium. 

Growing up, I was often laughed at and scolded for even suggesting that video games had any merit beyond mere time-wasting and escapism. Imagine my surprise, then, when college-aged me stumbled upon the academic field of Game Studies. Finally, the medium I grew to love has started to gain respect amongst academia! I knew what I wanted to do with my life from that point on.

Which leads me to why I'm here: I want to make games. I don't have a huge background in coding, so I've been looking into Stencyl and other design tools as of late to build a portfolio. I made a game for a Digital Storytelling class recently (though honestly, it was junk) that was based on a game made by the professors, but I'd like to try making my own from scratch from here on out.

Anyway, that's pretty much all there is to say about me. Nice to meet you all!

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