We always had a computer in our house growing up, but until I was old enough to use it responsibly, it was locked away in the forbidden zone known as the basement. In hindsight, I understand the reasoning, computers are incredibly finicky machines, and an immature hand can do a lot of damage to one of those incredibly user-unfriendly machines from the late 80s, early 90s. But I still hated it as a kid.
I was 8 (almost 9!) when Sid Meyer's Civilization was released to the world, and it was one of the first gamer games that my dad let me play after I had proven myself mature enough to handle Space Quest and Oregon Trail. I was hooked immediately - I had always had an inquisitive mind and was always fascinated by the idea of strategy and planning out alternatives. I really enjoyed figuring out the best way to tackle a game; getting to the solution was a big part of the fun for me.
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