“The best way to predict your future is to create it.”
It’s 1983, yours truly is born, Return of the Jedi hits theatres, Pioneer 10 becomes the 1st man-made object to leave the solar system, IBM releases PC DOS 2.0, and the Gariott brothers start Origin Systems, Inc. (OSI). Just over a decade later Origin creates the world of BioForge, and captures the imagination of my young mind. This is the story of my obsession to understand the code of BioForge.
A man’s home is his castle until the queen arrives, and at the heart of every castle is the home theatre. Walking into a cinema is like stepping into another world. The real world gives way to endless possibilities, set inside a cacoon of luxury. It’s like stepping into a time machine and the outside world fades away whilst you’re inside. I’d always wondered what it would be like to have unlimited and immediate access to one of these time machines.
Time flies when you’re having fun; according to the Wayback Machine I slipped off the face of the online earth around the end of 2008. This happens to coincide with the time I moved out of my childhood home. It turns out that a self-hosted website running on a self-maintained server gathering dust in the basement where power outages are frequent doesn’t last long on its own.