I couldn't tell you the first game I've ever played, only that I've been hooked ever since. It wasn't until I was gifted with a copy of Shining Force II that things changed; I began to understand that I would love games for a long time to come. What started as a past time quickly turned into a genuine interest in well-written characters, great gameplay, and stellar stories.
There's usually no rhyme or reason as to why I like or dislike a game, but the usual constant is the world. If a game is okay, I will think it great if the characters are understandable, the development between them believable, and if the story is written well. This same concept transfers over to my tabletop hobbies, where I regularly partake in D&D style pen and paper RPGs, and Warhammer 40k matches. The lore and fluff behind every universe will make or break my interest in it.
I'm a huge fan of rock music, the first song I can recall hearing growing up was the Counting Crows' "Mr. Jones" off of the phenomenal album "August and Everything after," and it has shaped the music I've listened to for the rest of my life. Much like my interest in the world/stories/characters in games, I feel the need to connect to the lyrics or tune I'm hearing at any given time. Without it, to me, music is somewhat empty. I have been in a band before, but no longer am due to the normal things that usually break bands up in general. I still love to sing, and enjoy indulging in embarrassing karaoke moments to this day.
I currently work in the maritime industry, but have worked towards breaking into the field of voice acting. I've done small bits of recording in a studio, and hope to be that guy you hear behind a character of your next favorite game at some point in time. This is a true-to-form dream for me. I began writing for RPGFan in July of 2013, a little over 10 years after I started lurking this site for the pretty pictures. I'm glad it's come full circle, and now I'm a member of this fantastic site and community.