Since I was a little kid, I loved to watch T.V. shows for countless hours. At that age, I liked to draw monsters and animals and sometimes I made up stories about them and drew comics.
Then I got my first game console, the Nintendo 64. It was joyfully gripping, and yet, amazing. It was a cartoon, in 3D that I was able to control with my own fingers. At first, it felt like magic.
The time passed, and around the time when I got 8, I got hungry for making my own games.
I asked my parents if I would someday be able to make my own games, they said that I would need wait until I get 30 years old. I didn’t want to wait that long! I really wanted to make it happen! So I plugged my ethernet cable to my big boxy computer and started searching on Google: “How to make your own game”, a lot of results were very expensive programs that required lots of confusing sequences of words in order to program, but then a neat white website showed up called YoYoGames, it was announcing a tool called Game Maker that everyone could use for free. Without thinking twice, I downloaded it and installed it.
Soon, I began to wander around the options, it was so easy to use. I made really small games until I got 9. I started working on a platformer with a story that I hopefully finished at when I got 10.
By that time, every single thing I made became serious.
The time has passed. Thanks to the Internet and it’s community of friendly people, I’ve been getting better. Better programmer, better cartoonist, better using the programs I love and use. Of course, it needed a lot of practice, and yet, I know that I’m not perfect, there’s still a whole world of learning for me.
I even won two consecutive years in animation competitions in my state, but let’s be honest, Mexico is not really recognized for being good with electronics, specially my state.
All I know about programming, is thanks to the Internet. All I know about Flash, is thanks to the Internet. All I know about the things I really do well is thanks to the Internet.
No one else showed me how to get the work done, no one around me knew how. So I would like to say thanks to that anonymous teacher that knows everything, because thanks to him, I’m one step closer to grant the wish of the young me.