Origin Systems was a game developer and publisher that existed from 1983 until 2004.
My roommate got a job there in early 1991 (as I recall) and I couldn't believe that was even a career opportunity. I fell in love with the possibility when I got a taste of the inside of a game company while visiting him at the office.
So many smart people working together on a common goal!
Right then I decided that I needed to be in games. I did SO many silly things to convince them that I would be a good hire that I could just about fill up a book. Ultimately, I spent 1.5 years becoming part of the team at Origin while I watched for job openings and applied for each of them I felt qualified for. Persistence and kindness ultimately paid off because I finally landed a job there!
Arriving at the offices on my first day, a Monday morning in September 1992, I find out that Origin had just been purchased by Electronic Arts!
The entire day was set aside to walk everyone through an orientation at Electronic Arts and what that would mean to us. Halfway through the day, we were all escorted to a party boat on Lake Travis where we each received a Sega Genesis and some EA games. And all the drinks we wanted.
Nicely played, EA. Nicely played.
I stayed there until 1998, and it was one of the greatest experiences of my life. I'd never trade it for the world, and honestly I have my doubts that first day at work will ever be topped. But we'll see!