obligatory “I can’t believe I remembered my password to this 16 year old account”
Hello fellow Texan! Though I don’t live there anymore. I checked out Powerhouse Animation’s demo reals, impressive stuff! I’ve actually seen “The Greatest Race” bit that was done for New Balance. I work for Nike and it was making the rounds on Slack a while ago.
As for me, I’m about to turn 34. One of the first forums I joined on the internet was SCU, when I was 17. That is pretty insane to think about. Shortly after, I joined the MP2D forum. I was more active over here as the fangame threads were really hot back then. I was also part of MHQ staff for a long time and participated in 10 years of Metroid marathons for charity. Since my last post on this forum, I’ve lived in 4 different states, got married to my high school sweetheart, had a daughter, bought a house, and worked on 100 too many (unfinished) video game projects.
It goes without saying that these communities were a big part of my life. The very reason I got into programming was because of all the awesome Metroid fan game projects that gave me so much inspiration. I’m now a principle software architect working for a fortune 100 company. Looking back, never would I have imagined my life would lead me to where it has, which in a lot of ways is due to this community. Not going to call out names but I have made some very close friends for life through here.
I do feel like a video chat or something of the sort would be akin to a high school reunion. I never went to mine, as most of my friends back then were on the internet (IRC and forums). Now that is kind of how everyone is. I guess we were pioneers.