I'm 20 and a programmer, my website is at http://my-toyz.com/blog/
,but probably going to grab a new domain this summer. Undergraduate in CS at a large engineering school, graduating at the end of this year, then probably going to work at MS.
My first job in high school was as a courier, an occupation seriously romanticized by stuff like Snow Crash and Infamous. I started programming when I was 11 or 12, then stopped once I tried to learn C++, then went back to it with http://www.amazon.com/Programming-Principles-Practice-Using-C/dp/0321543726
when I was 17. Good book for starting programmers who want to jump in the deep end.
I grew up in the mid 90's, early 00's, so I was part of the PS, N64, PS2, Gamecube, XBOX era. However, I was first introduced to gaming by my grandfather who owned a Tempest cabinet and an NES with Super Mario Bros, Duck Hunt, Galaga, along with some other games that I didn't like (fuck Centipede). I'm extremely fond of the PS era RPGs (FFIX, Legend of Dragoon), before they started getting really cutscene heavy, but pretty much fell in love with all genres. My best memories are from FFIX, Need for Speed : Hot Pursuit, Super Smash Bros, Crash Bandicoot, Klonoa, Einhander, Pokemon, Mario Party, Jak and Daxter series, Tomba, Tekken 2, SMB 1, 3, and Superstar Saga. My uncle recently gave me a copy of Bushido Blade to try out and I'm sad I didn't pick it up when I was a kid, great game. Nowadays I prefer independent titles for various reasons. My recent favorites have been The Binding of Isaac, Castle Crashers, Super Meat Boy, Spelunky (waiting for XBLA version though, don't like the feel of the PC version even with a gamepad), and Amnesia : The Dark Descent. I'm really looking forward to The Witness.
At school I worked as a programmer at a bioinformatics lab (recently stopped since boss went on sabbatical), and have done/will do some internships at MS. I have a few games on my site, and tons of unfinished projects which I'm ashamed of, but I tell myself they were good learning experiences. I'm most experienced with C++, C, C#, and Perl, but have dabbled in or done small projects with most of the popular languages so I'm fairly language agnostic. I'd like to think that I'm decently well-versed in most topics in Computer Science, but have made a point to focus on systems and networking because I like it.
I'm interested in making browser-based games so getting familiar with AS3 and Flash. I'm doing a re-make/update of an older game I wrote a couple years ago, Reflex (on my site).
I'm mostly here to meet new people, whether you want to collab or just chat. Shoot me an e-mail or message me or something for whatever reason. You can find me on Skype at bogeymoon, I've been trying to interact with people more so I should be on, but I might forget.