How gaming turned me into a coder

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I think the first word I learned to type fast—and I mean really fast—was “fireball.”

Like most of us, I started my typing career with a “hunt-and-peck” technique, using my index fingers and keeping my eyes focused on the keyboard to find letters as I needed them. It’s not a technique that allows you to read and write at the same time; you might call it half-duplex. It was okay for typing cd and dir, but it wasn’t nearly fast enough to get ahead in the game. Especially if that game was a MUD.

Gaming with multi-user dungeons

MUD is short for multi-user dungeon. Or multi-user domain, depending on who (and when) you ask. MUDs are text-based adventure games, like

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