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Tera Kirk

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Brief Bio

Tera Kirk grew up in a small Nebraska town called Papillion. Although she has a nonverbal learning disability that affects her visual-spatial skills (among other things), she's always loved video games. Her first game system was a Commodore Vic-20, which her mom bought at a garage sale for $20. With this little computer Tera learned to write Mad Libs in BASIC, to play chess and to steal gold from Fort Knox.

But then a friend introduced her to the seedy underworld of the Mario brothers and she spent her saved-up birthday and Christmas money to buy a Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). Her mom didn't like the Nintendo at first, but The Legend of Zelda changed her mind. (When Tera got Zelda II: The Adventure of Link one Christmas, she suspected it was as much for her mother as for her).

Though she graduated from Agnes Scott College in 2002 and recently learned how to find the movie theater restroom by herself, Tera still loves video games. Far from being a brain-rotting waste of time, they've helped her practice spatial skills and discover new passions. Her love of games like Kid Icarus and The Battle of Olympus led to a degree in Classical Languages and Literatures. She thinks games have a place in discussions on disability and other cultural issues, and is excited to work with the like-minded staff at GameCritics.com.

Ten All-Time Favorites Games
Raid on Fort Knox (Commodore Vic-20), Super Mario Bros. 3 (NES), Star Fox (SNES), Conker's Bad Fur Day (N64), Paper Mario (N64), Tetris Gold (MAC), Dragon Warrior (NES), Kid Icarus (NES), The Battle of Olympus (NES), The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (SNES)
Five Current Favorites Games
Elebits (Wii), Contact (Nintendo DS), Lunar: Dragon Song (Nintendo DS), Kingdom Hearts II (PS2), Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime (Nintendo DS)
Favorite Types of Games
role-playing games, adventure games, platformers, puzzle games

Recent Writing

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GameCritics.com Podcast Episode 27 TranscriptDec 19 2009 - 1:27pm
"Life as a Disabled Gamer"Oct 8 2008 - 8:45pm
A digital art exhibit about disabilityJan 20 2009 - 12:00am
A trilogy of gaming-disability newsNov 18 2008 - 4:12pm
ADA Amendments Act: good for gamers with disabilities?Jan 5 2009 - 7:00pm
Aibicom, a tool for creating a one-switch interfaceDec 30 2008 - 12:00am
Aliens in the Attic ReviewAug 18 2009 - 7:53am
Animaniacs: Lights, Camera, Action! – Consumer GuideOct 25 2005 - 11:00pm
Animaniacs: Lights, Camera, Action! – ReviewOct 25 2005 - 11:00pm
Arcana Heart 3: LOVE MAX!!!!! ReviewNov 28 2014 - 11:56pm
Assault Android Cactus ReviewNov 26 2015 - 5:52pm
Battle Princess of Arcadias ReviewAug 15 2014 - 2:26pm
Bayonetta includes one-switch mode for disabled gamersAug 26 2009 - 6:01pm
Blind gamers play mainstream video games, tooAug 28 2009 - 4:39pm
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Consumer GuideAug 16 2005 - 11:00pm
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – ReviewAug 16 2005 - 11:00pm
Computerized toy helps autistic children learn languageNov 11 2008 - 8:12pm
Could force feedback joysticks help disabled gamers?Oct 28 2008 - 4:41pm
Dawn of Mana – Consumer GuideOct 30 2007 - 8:01am
Dawn of Mana – ReviewOct 30 2007 - 8:07am
Destroy All Humans!: Big Willy Unleashed – Consumer GuideMay 22 2008 - 3:50am
Destroy All Humans!: Big Willy Unleashed – ReviewMay 22 2008 - 4:07am
Diablo III Second OpinionMay 16 2014 - 8:37am
Disabilities, Nintendo's Demo Play and a wishlistSep 2 2009 - 11:22am
Disabled gamer case study: Why I like the games I likeNov 4 2008 - 12:18am

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