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Welcome to obsession!

I'm not sure why it seems like such a big thing, nor why it's only now come to my attention. It's not like I ever had a chart of things (or groups, or catergories, etc) that I considered to be my main focus in life. You know, behind living life to the full, meeting as many nice people as possible and making sure you enjoy your time as much as you can, there is something you live for.

When my Dad refused to get my a games consoles as a kid, I felt hard done by. Who wouldn't, at the age of 9/10? All the other kids had one. He was insistent on getting a PC. Although being more expensive it could do more than jobs, it was more than a learning platform; it was a games system. That was how he won me and my brother over. And hell; did it work!

Then came music. Not just hearing it, but making it, living it. The days of staying up all night playing games came to end when I started playing guitar and going to gigs. I couldn't get enough of it. Muse drove me to pick up a guitar, because Matt Bellamy could do things with his guitar I wanted to do, it sounded so damn awesome. Concerts were a place to make awesome new friends, people who shared similar views on music and life. In the middle of all this, I was still playing games. I brought Half Life 2 before I owned a PC good enough to play it on. I brought an xbox 360 which I played for a few months, before my brother consumed it and pushed just short of the red ring of death.

Go back to 2010. I had no job, it was first year of uni so work was slim and was doing my usual re-run of Half Life. I realised how much of an impact it had had on me. I got a tattoo of it. Then Mass Effect came along and consumed me. The Download Forums were replaced with Google Reader, which fed articles from different video game websites.

Now I'm at the end of uni, doing a course based on music. Last year I was introduced to Sound Design, the module that looked at sound for other media flatforms like video games, films and plays. A new dream slowly formed, as I read more, played more and started creating. My ambition has changed.

It feels strange saying it, but I'd now say I live more video games than I do music.


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