When I was four years old my big brother had a transparent purple Game Boy Color. He wasn’t always nice, but he did let me have turns at playing the games. The game I remember the most was Pokémon Blue Version, which I didn’t get to play until he got the new Pokémon Gold Version, because the old games could only have one save at a time.
I remember looking up on the internet for glitches, my favorite was the MissingNo Pokémon. This particular glitch broke the game so much that an unregistered Pokémon with an image so distorted that it looked like a bar code. I learned from reading forums (pre-YouTube) how to find it. My first years of school I got most of my diction from my classmates and strangers on video game forums. I never really used computers in school besides learning Word and playing Flash games. I had 99% of my PC use at home. It’s crazy to think that all of the square game cartridges and the bulky game console of my childhood can fit on a single mobile app today.
My dad has a huge pride and this causes most of the things he does to be DIY. One of the things he did was build our home computers himself. You can’t really “see” Google, Microsoft Paint, or the STAR Reading Test, but you can see the things inside of your computer. When my dad took apart and added new components I loved to just look inside. I always remembered thinking that computers were just little cities of people that carried messages to each other and that’s how computers worked.