At the risk of sounding sentimental, I want to talk about why it was a big deal for me to meet Tim Schafer today.
One of my clearest childhood memories is the moment when I first saw The Secret of Monkey Island being played.
I'd never seen a game like it before and even though I was only ten it was like a revelation. I stopped thinking of games as a toy I was into, and started thinking of them as this blob of endless possibility. I begged my dad to get it for me, and fortunately he did.
As I grew up, I grew up with Tim's career. I started to think of games as things made by people. Wanting to be one of those people. And Tim was always The Example™.
And so I did that. Everything worked out great, and here I am.
Nah, just kidding.
What really happened is that I got distracted, got a job which eventually turned into a pretty decent career. Not half bad, and certainly nothing to feel sad about.
But it was always there in the background, as a worry that I'd missed my chance to get involved. Then, as the indie scene blew up I finally got to make my first game with my close friend Kieran. Although that, too, hasn't resulted in anything close to a games career, we still make games together when we can. Making and seeing people enjoy them has been a high point in my life.
All the while, I'd also been interested in writing music, and making those first little games marked the end of what had been five years of university-induced writer's block. Suddenly it was fun again, and my confidence regrew.
So I quit my job and launched into a career in-- no, I don't believe you fell for it again! That didn't happen. My living situation would have made that almost impossible.
But what I did do is ask my work for a day back, per week. A day that is just for me, for music. Six months from starting that I am about to release my third soundtrack for a console game release, with some more projects in the works.
It's a solid start, if not the big explosive success story that might have happened in some other timeline where I'd been more single minded or I'd actually stuck with those programming books or things had lined up just right.
But it does feel like something was planted in me long ago, patiently growing its roots in me, and is just now starting to push up to the surface. And it all traces back to that moment where I gazed on the intro of The Secret of Monkey Island and thought: "I need to know more."