Andrew on Medium: October 2021
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That last comment is an interesting one. Continuous gameplay music — “background music,” or BGMas I’ll call it — has a bit of history. As with many other things that seem like common sense now, somebody had to come up with the idea first.
The above isn’t a lot of information, but it’s a hell of a lot more than I had at the beginning of this year. In fact, I started this year assuming that I would never find my father. Why? Because people have told me as much.
Late 2003. I’m standing alone in the gymnasium of my high school with the entire student body surrounding me. The lights are in my face; somewhere in that light is a microphone. It’s the fall Homecoming rally. I don’t belong here.
When I was four years old, a psychiatrist told my adoptive parents that I was a sociopath. That wasn’t his exact verbiage, of course, but you don’t even have to read between the lines of that report. It’s right there at the surface: No empathy. Manipulative. Will never bond with anyone. Reading through that file in my teens, I found myself thinking: That’s harsh language to describe a preschooler.