As John got older, "I told him lots of times that if he was ever going to make money with this stuff he'd need to be the head of a computing department," says John Schuneman, John's stepfather. "I kept telling him to get into the scientific uses for computers." John, now age 29, never did. He never finished college, or worked for a big company. But he kept his singular focus on games. And for the last five years his stepfather has been eating those words, with pride.
When I was just entering adolescence, I was going through some "mental things" and, yes, I did lots of bad things that I never got caught doing. But one healthy outlet for my... energy... was to draw comics -- violent comics. So, I invented a little character and named him Melvin.