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Born in 1980, Michael Elkins (aka lilrut) is a longtime escapist who fell in love with games when, at age six, his neighbor introduced him to the Atari 2600. Weened on Pacman, Missle Command, Frogger, and Pitfall, by 1990 he had moved on to the Nintendo Entertainment System, falling into an endless “minus world” from which he would never return.

Raising kids of his own now, he takes pleasure in his boys and their ability to correctly name every character in a Mario game while still lacking the ability to recite their street address, mother’s maiden name, or phone number.

Because he also fell in love with poverty at an early age, lilrut thought it would be a good idea to couple his devotion to video games with an education in writing and the English language (not to be confused with  Java, C++, PHP, or any other relevant codes of our time). Living a month behind on his mortgage and annually under the guillotine at work, lilrut persists in both the digital and physical realms, dutifully biting his betters in gadfly fashion.

When he’s not busy winning, losing, or drawing,  Michael can be found engaged in language games at the University of California, Merced, where he has been deemed a slightly annoying and partially (or potentially) beneficial eyesore.

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