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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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Zooo – ReviewNov 16 2005 - 12:00am
Zooo – Consumer GuideNov 16 2005 - 12:00am
Ziro ReviewMar 17 2010 - 7:10pm
Zettai Hero Project: Unlosing Ranger vs. Darkdeath Evilman ReviewMar 11 2011 - 1:59am
ZAC: A web browser for autistic childrenOct 30 2008 - 3:57pm
XBlaze - Lost: Memories ReviewAug 12 2015 - 6:48am
Wiimote hacked to help people with disabilitiesAug 31 2009 - 10:36am
Wii, PS3 used in therapy for kids with cerebral palsyOct 31 2008 - 6:06pm
Who needs video?: "Non-visual" mobile phone games for blind and sighted playersSep 14 2009 - 11:51am
What Did I Do to Deserve This, My Lord!? 2 ReviewMay 13 2010 - 6:25am
We Love Katamari – ReviewMay 2 2006 - 11:00pm
We Love Katamari – Consumer GuideMay 2 2006 - 11:00pm
Want a revolution? Stop trying to start oneJun 3 2010 - 12:09pm
Vocal Joystick lets physically disabled control a computer mouse with their voiceOct 27 2008 - 2:16pm
Virtual reality project lets kids with Down Syndrome communicate with each otherNov 17 2008 - 7:30pm
Video: Playing Guitar Hero 3 one-handed with pedal controllerOct 21 2008 - 1:55pm
Video: Gamer, tech journalist Michael Phillips demonstrates his accessible Mac setupNov 13 2008 - 7:02pm
Video games don't make us more empathetic?Jul 8 2007 - 7:44pm
Video game helps disabled people learn life skillsNov 12 2008 - 8:32pm
Video game as screening, therapeutic tool for people with fragile X syndromeNov 11 2008 - 12:00am
Van Helsing – ReviewAug 31 2004 - 11:00pm
Van Helsing – Consumer GuideAug 31 2004 - 11:00pm
Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmeria – ReviewJan 17 2007 - 11:01pm
Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmeria – Consumer GuideJan 17 2007 - 11:00pm
UNC-Chapel Hill students make games for blind playersOct 23 2008 - 3:26pm

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