On the opening day of the Penny Arcade Expo in Seattle, Bioshock creator Ken Levine, continuing the trend of keynotes past, chronicled his rise to nerd-dom in a glorious salute to the game fan.
He began with a recent anecdote, from just after BioShock was released. He went to EB to buy a Rome: Total War expansion pack. He was checking out the box at a stop light, and two guys in a pickup truck started harassing him, reportedly saying: 'Hey loser, what are you looking at, gay porn?' "And I realized," he said "that I've got this Fabio-looking guy on the cover. So I'm going to tell them what I think of them, and instead what came out of my mouth was 'no, it's not gay porn -- it's an expansion pack to a very nice simulation game!' And I was instantly transformed from a 40 year old guy into the nerdy kid I was in high school."
"When my parents rolled my character, they didn't get any 18s," joked Levine. "They got a couple 12s maybe, maybe a couple 5s; strength, agility, charisma."