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What games did you play as a child and how did they develop your skills, which skills or how did they affect your adult life?

Most of us have played either monopoly, chess, scrabble, risk, make-believe or play-pretend.
One of my favourite teen-games was a single-player where you create a character, chose a class and are released from prison on a mission to explore the world and in the end - get rid of Dagoth Ur, a deamon lurking in a cave. In this game you can join guilds (tradesmen, warriors etc), societies and Houses. You can join all the guilds, but not all houses, unless you download a modification that allows you to do that, and other things. You can also make your own modifications. I played the game for months, downloading mods, making my own, trying all combinations, testing them to see what the result would be.
In a game expansion that came later the character that you've created is taken to a new world to explore, but not before its strenght is tested by a secret society that represents this world.
It was a beautiful, though a bit crude game if you compare it to what is now available on the market.
Back to my question: what games did you play as a child or teen and how did they develop your skills, which skills or how did they affect or helped you in your adult life?

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  • May 7 2013: Just the act of playing with friends, getting along with different personalities, sharing, doing favors, honesty, decision making (oh yes, i still do the bubblegum, bubblegum song), language, and getting used to the fact that disagreements between friends and strangers should and are temporary, they should never escalate beyond an exchange of opinions or truths.

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