I was eleven when my parents bought us a computer game that would forever change my life.  It was a game where you guide a family through life and watch them live with real world reactions.

I became obsessed trying to keep everyone happy; monitoring every move and finding ways to keep their lives fulfilled.

My computer hacker cousin Tom introduced me to a cheat code where you have all the money in the world and it was a lot of fun in the beginning but I grew bored quickly and struggled to find new means of entertainment in this virtual world.

I trapped everyone in a room with no door and watched them all die; one by one.

My computer hacker cousin Tom doesn't know this but he taught me a valuable life lesson when I was eleven.

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