I have a very loose definition of the term "life-defining moments". I'm talking about when you find yourself in a place or a situation that you never dreamed you'd be in that has a certain significance or surreality no matter how small. Cool, meaningful moments.

A few days ago, I stood on Red Square at night as strings of lights outlined every line and corner of the GUM, Lenin's Mausoleum stood stout just beyond the walls of the Kremlin, the seat of Russian government, a bounding, panting stray dog happily trotted up to me in the glow of twilight and the buildings all around, as even more lights shone up, casting Saint Basil's Cathedral with under-lit majesty, and as the dog licked my hand contently, I played Tetris on Red Square.

This was my Gaming Pilgrimage.