On a side note, I blame Toys 'R' Us for stalling my childhood education. For the longest time, I would write my "R" backwards because I had been taught by our neighborhood toy store that this was the correct way. I was convinced that any attempt to correct me was some sort of twisted conspiracy by parents and teachers alike to mess me up.
The only game that I was really good at (and is probably why I love it so much) was Megaman. I was the Megaman master. Even if it's been years, when I pick up the console, my finger muscles remember exactly where to jump/slide/shoot in each level because I played it that much. This is also why it feels so bizarre when I try playing the Megaman reboots on playstation, because my hands can't handle the concept that I'm not holding an nes directional pad + a/b/start/select control.
On another side note, I can remember the exact moment I beat my first Megaman boss. It was Tomahawk Man from Megaman 6. When it happened, I crawled over to the couch where my dad had passed out and said in an elated whisper, "I did it!" He didn't wake up, but that's okay. That was a turning point in my life (and also the moment that my dad had to start sharing the nintendo with me more and more. Sucker).
But because I spent so much time playing rpg's, I think some of the philosophy has inevitably crossed over into my real life. And I don't mean I suddenly go ransacking stranger's houses to steal money/find potions.
As I mentioned in a previous post, sometimes I even hear a level up noise in my head when it happens.
Because I mentioned megaman, you should check out this page on my website (if you haven't already) where I posted a megaman tribute song I created using ChucK.