Hi! My name is Tom but I’m usually known as UltrViolet in the gaming biz.
I’m a middle-aged guy who lives alone in an old somewhat rural-ish suburban house with
a dog I adopted and a mackeral tabby cat that showed up at my back door in 2017, and a ginger white-footed tabby that showed up at my back door in 2022.
I’m a software developer by trade. I currently work generally in the area of “infrastructure lifecycle management,” which, for me, basically means working on tools for monitoring infrastructure.
Anyway this site, Endgame Viable, is where I’ve done most of my blogging since about 2012. I often write about games I’m playing, but sometimes I write about programming or writing or music or whatever.
I’ve been playing computer games pretty much since computer games were invented. Before that, I started “gaming” when my older brothers introduced me to Dungeons and Dragons around 1979. (I played card games and ping-pong with the family even before that.) I graduated to an Atari 2600, then a TRS-80 Color Computer, then an Amiga. I moved to DOS/Windows/PC Gaming when Doom and Quake made all other computer platforms obsolete.
I can trace my origins in writing “blog posts” back to around 1997, when I posted “match summaries” on a Quake clan web site. I’ve maintained one or more of my own web sites since 1998. My first semi-regular blogging, in the format that we know today, began around 2003 on my real name web site, using a PHP blog platform that I wrote myself. I wrote about politics and current events until around 2010 when I got bored with that. I certainly wouldn’t want to touch politics and current events now.
I launched Endgame Viable in October 2013 because I wanted to put game-related content on its own site, and I wanted to switch to WordPress and stop maintaining my dumb PHP thing. (Actually I started in 2012 but I renamed the site in 2013.)
Then, in 2021, I got so sick of WordPress and how slow it ran on my web host that I pulled the plug on it and switched to a Hugo statically-generated web site.
I write here under the name “UltrViolet” because it was the only name I could think of when I started. It’s the name I used in Quake, playing in the Crayola Clan. I’ve been trying to think of a different name to use for years now, a subject that itself could probably fill several blog posts.