My parents saw my love of Pac Man and video games from when I was 3. They got me a computer ti-99 when I was like 4-5. I would type code from magazines on it even though I didn't know what I was doing. When I was 12, I realized I could make all sorts of games with if then, but I couldn't figure out how to do graphics on the c64. When I was 15, I spent like 8 years trying to make the first mmorpg. The first time I quit was because I didn't have socket code for qbasic though the rest of the game was solid. I recoded it in c++, but Ultima Online came out so I quit since I figured there's only a market for one major mmorpg. Been indie devving since. Also have a degree from Carnegie Mellon. But wouldn't you know it that despite coding for my entire life, and having a degree, I can't seem to get employment. I think it is odd that people say software engineers are in demand. Anyway, thank God for indie devving. I don't need some corporation to believe in my skills. I'll just make high quality software on my own.