I hadn't played or even heard of Kerbal Space Program until it kept showing up in my Steam queue after it's 1.0 release - even though I kept clicking "not interested". As it looked like an indie game aimed at kids, little did I know that it is aimed at kids, the kid that still resides in all of us looking and learning at new things in wonder! I finally, after the umteempth time it showed in my queue, I downloaded the demo - my life hasn't been the same since!
I spent over 40 hours in about 3 days just in the demo - needless to say, I bought the game. From there, I spent 2 straight days trying to get to Mun and back - finally did it! And promptly realized on reentry that I had forgotten to attach parachutes... From there, I discovered the great Scott Manley who eloquently lays out many of KSP's complexities in a simple to understand way - Thank you Scott Manley! From there, I discovered Twitch where @EJ_SA, @DasValdez, & @MatoroIgnika were the trifecta of KSP live streaming at the time - and inspired me to give live streaming a go!
So through Kerbal Space Program, I have learned more about space flight and engineering in general, than I did while being an R&D engineer with Hewlett-Packard! Thank you @SQUAD for creating a game that not only entertains beyond reason, it teaches, it inspires, and changes the courses of peoples' lives! This is truly the best game I have ever played, and continue to play (even well beyond 10K hours now) - it's truly a privilege!
KSP 2 certainly has some huge expectations in it now!