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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

TitlePublishedsort icon
Pokémon Ruby/Sapphire – Second OpinionMay 18 2004 - 11:00pm
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga – Second OpinionMay 25 2004 - 11:00pm
Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life – Consumer GuideJul 6 2004 - 11:00pm
Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life – ReviewJul 6 2004 - 11:00pm
Van Helsing – Consumer GuideAug 31 2004 - 11:00pm
Van Helsing – ReviewAug 31 2004 - 11:00pm
Mega Man Anniversary Collection – ReviewSep 28 2004 - 11:00pm
Mega Man Anniversary Collection – Consumer GuideSep 28 2004 - 11:00pm
Okage: Shadow King – ReviewOct 26 2004 - 11:00pm
Okage: Shadow King – Consumer GuideOct 26 2004 - 11:00pm
Summoner: A Goddess Reborn – ReviewDec 8 2004 - 12:00am
Summoner: A Goddess Reborn – Consumer GuideDec 8 2004 - 12:00am
Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door – Consumer GuideJan 5 2005 - 12:00am
Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door – ReviewJan 5 2005 - 12:00am
Radiata Stories – Consumer GuideJan 11 2005 - 12:00am
La Pucelle Tactics – ReviewFeb 16 2005 - 12:00am
La Pucelle Tactics – Consumer GuideFeb 16 2005 - 12:00am
Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories ReviewMar 16 2005 - 12:00am
Shadow of Rome – ReviewApr 26 2005 - 11:00pm
Shadow of Rome – Consumer GuideApr 26 2005 - 11:00pm
Donkey Konga: Jungle Beat – ReviewMay 17 2005 - 11:00pm
Donkey Konga: Jungle Beat – Consumer GuideMay 17 2005 - 11:00pm
Rave Master – ReviewMay 31 2005 - 11:00pm
Rave Master – Consumer GuideMay 31 2005 - 11:00pm
Rave Master: Special Attack Force! – Consumer GuideJun 14 2005 - 11:00pm

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