Shameless Link: Gaming Made Me on RPS
In short, it's about Patricia Hernandez's coming of age, seen through the lens of Fallout 2. While I've never been an immigrant lesbian, I also found apocalyptic visions of America's future appealing as a teenager. Red Dawn and Fallout were powerful influences, and I still think of the work that Interplay did as being essential to anyone who considers themselves a gamer of the Old School.
(This is also a hard act to follow, but I have to imagine that our little corner of the web has its share of folks who could write a mean article on gaming's influence on their personality.)