How video games lead me to wealth and success
My name is John, I'm 21, I did not graduate college, yet, I drive a new BMW M3, live in a half a million dollar condo, own many other luxuries like a 55" 1080p HDTV and a new Alienware Area51m laptop(which is a paper-weight by the way, never buy Alienware. They're crap). No, I have not received outside help from parents, friends or others. All that I have I have made on my own. It's fair to say I make a good bit of money for my age, I wont say exactly how much but you can guess the ballpark. And I owe it all to video games.
When I was 7 I used to go over to my friends house all the time to play DOOM on his 386 running Windows 3.1. Since then I've been addicted to video games. My parents bought a 386 as well not long after, I couldn't wait to play on it, but how? Most games ran under DOS in those days so I had to teach myself how to navigate around DOS in order to play. I became pretty proficient at it.
As I got older games started to require a graphics accelerator, video memory, more RAM, faster processor clock speeds, and more hard drive space. In order to make my computer capable of playing the latest and greatest I became very knowledgeable about hardware and how to install it, even build a computer from scratch. From that, drivers, OS settings, resolution, and software updates became must-know topics.
Through high school all I wanted to do was play games on the school computers but they were locked out and only gave access to Internet Explorer. This got me into hacking. Illegal as it may have been, my intentions were harmless. Every time the school installed new security measures I found a way to crack it and install the latest game. By the end of my Junior year, Counter-Strike was installed on the school server and the computer labs became LAN parties. In my quest to take classes where I knew I'd have access to a school computer I happened to take a CCNA course, which I loved.
Since then I kind of bounced around computer jobs taking training courses when they offered it and learned everything else on my own. I currently work for a tier 1 Internet backbone company with the job responsibility of basically... making sure the Internet works. What lead me into this field and my current situation in life? Video games. The want to play video games has driven me to learn almost every aspect of computers, hardware, operating systems, networking, and a little programing. They've also helped me to develop extremely good problem solving skills which is very important in my line of work. Funny how life works out...
Please note that the video games in question are computer games only, I can't say that console games could ever lead a kid to career success.. Though, at the moment I am hacking my PSP to play homebrew apps, so you never know.
For the jocks that read this and think 'get a girlfriend', trust me, I've had and have plenty. They say geeks are in style these days, don't ask me why...
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