Ever since I was a kid I had a strong interest in storytelling and world building. Nearly every minute of my life has been spent thinking of new creative ideas for stories and the worlds the stories take place in. Early on in life I decided that I was going to become an author who would create stories for books and films, but then that all changed in 2007 when I played a game called BioShock for the first time.
Before playing BioShock, I honestly never had much interest in video games. Besides the Point-&-Click Adventure game genre (there was a time I collected them), I was never really exposed to video games that presented an interesting story and world, and because of that, video games just appeared to be nothing more than a way to kill time if I was ever bored and there was nothing on TV.
Then I played BioShock and not only was I given an amazing world and story, it showed me what video games can do that no other forms of storytelling could, and I instantly wanted more. From that time on video games have become an important part of my life, and for a while, my thought of being an author expanded to creating stories for books, films, and even video games. However, after my experience in college for Game Art & Design and having worked on a couple of game projects I was shown that I truly have the Creativity, the Passion, and the Dedication to become a Game Developer.
Outside of Gaming
When I was 6, I was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome (a form of Autism) and like anyone growing up with the disorder, I always felt like an outcast due to people lacking an understanding of my disorder. However, this all changed when at the age of 16 I created a YouTube video called IN MY MIND to help people understand the disorder. The video has gained a lot of positive feedback and now has over a million views. Because of my popular YouTube video, I have also done some educational speaking and even wrote a book.