I heard about EB when I played Super Smash Bros. Melee, but it was in 2008, that I finally took the leap of faith, and decided to start my adventure in Eagleland.
It was nothing like I've ever seen before, I fell in love with this game (and I'm not a huge fan of RPGs, mind that).
Earthbound came to me in a time where I was at my lowest: my parents just separated, things in high-school weren't going so well (grades and not so great people), I isolated myself, and worst of all, I stopped drawing. Drawing is my life, and giving it up meant pretty much surviving without a purpose.
Earthbound showed me how the world can be beautiful even from the simplest things and that routine and everyday life, can hold something special.
It also taught me that you can't limit yourself to your surroundings, but you also have to see what the world has to offer, and how you can meet friends along the way, to assist you in your journey.
Speaking of friends all over the world: being Italian, prevented me from having many people to talk about this game, since it's barely known here, and because it never had a full translation into my native language.
Starmen.net gave me the chance to speak with people form all over the world, develop and improve my art, but especially, it gave me some of the best friends I could ever hope for.
It took me an obscure retro videogame to fly on my own from Naples (Italy) to Boston,MA to hang with some of those friends at PAX East 2015. I also got the chance to meet in person one of the two men who made Starmen.net and most of the MOTHER related achievements possible: Reid Young, CEO of Fangamer and co-founder of Starmen.net.
I wrote my Business Economics graduation thesis on his company, and I was glad to give it to him personally in Boston.
I still have a few friends to meet, and of course the other man who we MOTHER fans owe a lot: Clyde "Tomato" Mandelyn.
It'll take a while, but I'm sure I'll make it someday.
So thank you Earthbound, for giving me amazing crew of friends, a new outlook on life, the inspiration to draw again, but most important: for giving me hope for the future.
May your world keep on spinning...