Well, since I started late, a lot of my friends were already well into their gaming careers… Three of them also used to work at a local game store, so I had some very good recommendations right from the get-go.
I started “researching” (can’t think of a better term) games I might get into in addition to their suggestions after speaking to an old friend of mine who had powered through the Mass Effect trilogy. He told me a bit about the games’ storyline - and I fell in love with the idea of such involved stories tying into games. I’ve always been an avid reader so I’m a sucker for a kickass story.
Prior to my PS3, the extent of my gaming experience was honestly Mario 64 and getting wrecked by my big brother at Mario Kart 64 and Goldeneye when I was 7 and he was 13. It literally hadn’t even occurred to me that games had actual stories. It’s such a thrill now, I just love it. Funny story though: Because of the aforementioned ass-kickings in Goldeneye, I was terrified of FPSs and bought Borderlands solely because I was told I’d love it by my best friend, without thinking to ask about gameplay (I started with Portal 2). I was actually mortified when I realized it was an FPS - shit stressed me out for weeks while I got used to it!
As for Socks - we think she’s a mix of two breeds that are actually bred specifically for their soft fur. Nobody believes me when I say she’s the softest thing you’ll ever touch until they pet her, then they tell others for me!