Who Am I?

Devin GriffithsWriting is in my blood: I began creating stories for myself (and anyone else who’d read them) in second grade. When asked by my teachers to keep a journal, all my entries centered around a character undertaking some sort of adventure–usually perilous. And while my peers were learning to type using instruction books and teaching templates, I taught myself the keyboard by composing stories on my dad’s manual typewriter, an old blue and white Smith-Corona with faded keys. At 15, I began writing professionally, and though the path has rarely been straight, I’ve kept on it ever since.

I’m also a lifelong gamer: I grew up during the first video game boom of the late ’70s/early ’80s, and spent more time than I care to admit dropping quarters into a dizzying array of arcade games–including favorites like Joust, Defender, Stargate, Tempest, Major Havoc, Spy Hunter, Pac-Man and Rolling Thunder. I also owned the first Atari 5200 on the block (more Defender), and–in celebration of true geekdom–was known to host regular D&D or Top Secret campaigns. My family’s purchase of an Apple IIe opened up the world of computer games (Zork, Lode Runner and the Ultima series rapidly became mainstays). The introduction of Doom post-college exposed me to first-person shooters, but it was the game’s deathmatch mode that really hooked me: after my first (very) late night fragging session, there was no turning back.

In 2007, I caught my first glimpse of the real power of video games: a chance conversation led me into the bizarre realms of professional video gaming, gold farming, virtual economies and games for health. Further investigation revealed that video games were infiltrating virtually every aspect of society–and it seemed that no one over the age of 35 knew about it. Not only had I uncovered a story begging to be told, I’d found a way to justify my years of game playing. My first book, Virtual Ascendance: Video Games and the Remaking of Realitychronicles my adventures down the weird and twisted rabbit hole of video gaming.

  1. Jay S. Levy says:

    Congrats on the website! Good stuff on gaming and I love your writing!!!

  2. Devin,

    It was good to meet with you @ the Incommn get-together this morning. I’m looking forward to a continuing conversation and learning more about your work.


  3. Mike says:

    OK, Devin. I’m signed up now. Good conversation at the B’town Fair. Nice to meet your mom. Don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned it, but back in the ’80s I was a part owner of a game company. No video, but a pre-video game called Ace of Aces. Remind me to bring a copy to one of the adult classes and I’ll show you.

  4. Jimm O'D says:

    Nicely done! ~ Jimm O’D

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