By Combining Christmas Gifts, My Brother Helped Me Fall in Love With Games

How the gift of an SNES marked the moment my brother and I started to walk our own paths.

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Weird thing I can’t let go of: Patrick’s brother is 2 years his junior at the beginning of the piece, but 4 years younger in the second half. I’m guessing Timothy is fictional and Patrick can’t keep his (many) lies straight.

Your web of deceit is collapsing, Patrick.


Hahaha I noticed that too. Maybe Patrick ages at a faster rate than his brother o_o

Yeah, he buried the lede about his brother discovering the secret to slowing the aging process when he was only a toddler!