Tonight, we delve into the untold
world of Commander Keen that goes beyond pogo sticks, candy, and saving
the Galaxy from certain destruction. A world of
A world that is so far removed from the life of that happy, healthy
ten-year-old before he became Commander Keen, that much of it has been
Blaze was the middle child of a family of five in the year 1990.
His parents, Arthur and Susan Blaze, were employed with Milwaukee's
modest media industry. Billy's fourteen-year-old brother, Bobby, was an
accomplished football player at his local high school, and his younger
sister, Lily, at age eight, showed a remarkable talent for the clarinet.
Unlike his siblings, young
Billy showed no outstanding achievements, academically, or in cultural
and sporting areas.
The victim of a mild case of
"middle child syndrome", Billy would often distance himself from his
other family members, pursuing solitary activities such as playing
computer-games on his Atari-2600. His only outdoor exercise came from
bouncing around on an old pogo stick.
The Blazes seemed to be your
average nuclear family of the early nineties. However, the high-speed
alpha particles of destruction that would blow this family's nucleus
apart were, unbeknownst to anyone at the time, already being loaded into
the particle accelerator of Destiny.