Monday, November 9, 2015

Seeing Your Name in Lights

So my name is, as of today, in the credits of a major video game for the fourth time. I can't quite explain how it feels to see it emblazoned there. It's a mark of where I've gotten in life, and I never thought I'd see success in such an obvious form. For all the times I've felt and feel like a failure, there's proof that I'm not.

It's an emotional thing, to see your name in lights. The first game that my name was in at Blizzard was World of Warcraft. It's the game that I've played the most in my life. It shaped my gaming career, and my eventual education and career paths. After Warlords of Draenor launched, I sat through the credits and broke down into a blubbering mess when my name scrolled by. For that moment, I wasn't a nobody.

My reaction the other three times hasn't been quite as emotional, but I still tear up when I see my name there. I can only hope it never becomes routine. I want to feel that same emotion 10 years from now.