I became interested in video gaming (both playing and developing) at a very young age, thanks to Nibbles and Gorillasthe two games included with QBasic as a demonstration of that language’s capabilities. Nibbles was based off of the old arcade game snakethe player controlled an ever-moving line which could turn and “eat” dots while growing progressively bigger. Gorillas was a simple artillery game, where two gorillas stood on opposing skyscrapers and lobbed bananas at each other. Players adjusted the angle, velocity, and gravitational pull for each shot.I was impressed by how well these games achieved their purposedemonstrating the language’s capabilities while being addictive and innovative enough to reward continuous play. It was then that I decided to dedicate my life to finding and/or creating the perfect video game. As I grew, this obsession caused me to become very interested in the types of games people play and whyas well as what constitutes a game in the first place. Is jump roping a game? What about an interactive screensaver? I’m increasingly interested today in what are called “art games”interactive experiences that emphasize the new possibilities of video games. I try to support independent game developers whenever possible, and I hope that you will, too.I spend most of my time coming up with game ideas and presenting the power of games to others. You can read more about my work in the Projects section. When not working on my main projects, I enjoy reading detective fiction and watching horror moviesas of yet, I haven’t tried to create either of my own, but I feel that the day is coming soon. Some of my favorite books are The Hound of the Baskervilles, And Then There Were None, and Maigret at the Crossroads. Some of my favorite movies are The Exorcist, Nightmare on Elm Street, and Alien.I guess I should tell you why I go by the name “Bad Sector Acula.” The “Acula” bit comes from Dr. Acula, a reference to my love of horror and also the name of a screenplay in one of my favorite television shows, Scrubs. A sector is another name for a military compass, used between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries. It represents my belief that the tools of the past will point to the games of the future. Finally, “Bad” refers to the my rebellious approach to video game computing. I chose “Bad Sector Acula” as my pen name when I was fourteen, and it’s stuck ever since.If you’re still reading this, I want to say thank you. It means a lot that you would take the time to get interested in someone’s work that you’ve never met before, and I hope that with people like you out there, the time when video games take on a whole new dimension is just around the corner.

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