Who I Am
Hello there! My name is Joe. I was born in the mid-80s to a family that embraced technology. For as long as I can remember my dad, who has a masters in electrical engineering, always wanted to have access to the newest technology; if for no reason other than to play around with it. That interested was definitely passed on to myself and my two older brothers. Much of my childhood was spent watching someone poke around the guts of the family computer, trying to upgrade or repair some aspect of it. One of the landmark days seared into my memory is the day my dad brought home our first CD-ROM drive. It came in a giant yellow and black box. Made by Creative, the drive itself couldn’t have been faster than a 4x, but it ushered in a new era of gaming. Bundled with it were a few game CDs, the first I’d ever seen, such as Rebel Assault and Return to Zork. The games were terrible, but that wasn’t the point. This was the moment I became a PC gamer for life!
As the years went by I was a firsthand observer and participant in the gaming trends over the years. Windows 3.1 became Windows 95, 98, XP, and so on all the way up to 10. The 386 processor eventually broke the megahertz barrier only to jump into multiple cores. Graphical rendering, once handled by the processor, received its own dedicated line of hardware 3D accelerators that had all sorts of awkward transitions in the late 90s before settling down a bit near the mid-00s. 2D sprites gave way to full 3D environments, which some are pushing to a full-VR experience today. Voxels, sadly, never did a whole lot… All that goes to say: I’ve seen PCs and PC gaming change a lot over the years. I’m certainly not an expert on any facet of it, I’ve rarely been able to keep up with the cutting edge of new technology and hardware, and it’s never really been an aspect of my profession; but it’s been a life-long hobby and a particular passion of mine. It’s one of the few things that’s kept my interest day after day, month after month, year after year.
That’s why I created RavingLuhn. If you haven’t done so, please read my About page to understand just what the focus of the website is.
There are a few goals I hope to accomplish via RavingLuhn:
- RavingLuhn, ultimately, is my attempt to give back to the hobby that’s afforded me so much enjoyment over the years. The games I played growing up were made by development teams that poured their hearts and best creative efforts into making them. A lot of the titles made many years ago still deserve to be recognized and appreciated today. Hopefully, my blog can help facilitate that.
- After so many years of consuming computer games as entertainment, I want to use them as a springboard to generate creative material of my own. For starters, I’ll stick with writing blog posts about them. Eventually I may fan out into other areas like writing short stories set in the worlds of some games, as well as pen and ink drawings, or paintings.
- RavingLuhn isn’t the first blog I’ve ever started, but I hope this will be the first one to “stick” for the long haul. I hope to stay to a regular writing schedule, publishing new posts at least every two weeks. This will allow me to work on writing as a discipline, and will motivate me to find ways to produce material at a consistent pace. Assuming my newfound sense of discipline pays off, I hope to corral that to other projects that are significantly larger in scope.
- I have no illusions about my tiny chances of attaining popularity or astronomical numbers of page views – I’m not in this for the express purpose of becoming well-known or generating extra income from it. While it’d be nice if that happened, it can’t be a specific goal for me. RavingLuhn is a labor of love towards, and is an extension of, my favorite hobby. I’m doing this to A) add a creative outlet to my life, B) improve my writing quality and output by removing the often paralyzing question of “what do I write about today?”, and C) it’s a reason to systematically play through my immense backlog of games.
People say that behind any great man is an even greater woman. I’m not a great man, I’m just a nerd writing a blog. However, I still have a wonderful woman at my side. My wife, Mandy, has been my encourager and support coach since 2004. Any time I have a
hairbrained well planned scheme, she tells me to go for it and supports me 100%, even when those schemes involve playing lots of video games and shunning social interaction for a time. Her example prompts me to both try new things and continue in the things I’ve already started. If you read this, thanks for your support. It really does help. 🙂