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When Andy McNamara called me to set up an interview with Game Informer, I was surprised for a million reasons. The biggest reason though, was that I didn’t even remember applying. Looking back through my emails now, I can see that Andy put out a call on twitter for writers, and I responded. I sent him an email with such low hopes for a response that I had completely forgotten about applying at all by the time he called.Here I am though, in the Game Informer offices writing up a blog. I must have done something right to get here. Whatever it was, I am glad I did it. I think it was the suit I wore during the interview.I knew early on that I wanted to write about video games, and took every opportunity to do so. My high school and college newspapers did not feature video game editorial, so I made sure they did. When I interned in college at a local arts newspaper, I pointed out that they needed video game writing, and they allowed me to do so as long as it stayed out of the printed newspaper and solely on the website.Once I had some words with my name next to them on a professional website, I went to metacritic.com and literally visited every website that contributed review scores and sent them a message. If the contact section of their website had an email address, they received a link to my work and a friendly demand that they allow me to write for them. I wrote for bylines, free video games, possible credibility, and every once in awhile a little bit of money, all of which was quickly turned around right back into video games.I wanted to write about video games, and I wanted it to be my full time job. I did other things besides obsessively pursue my career goals, like get married.I tied the knot in the tail end of 2009 to the coolest, nerdiest, most beautiful, brilliant woman on the planet, who I am fairly certain will be reading this blog as soon as it appears online. Our wedding was Zelda themed. We had a triforce cake, Koji Kondo music, and subtle triangles everywhere. The groomsmen and maids of honor even wore miniature Zelda video game cartridge necklaces and cuff links. It was classy and nerdy, and it was all my wife’s idea. All I had to do was excitedly agree to all of her plans and proposals.Basically, video games are a huge part of my life, and I couldn’t be more excited about them becoming a huge part of my career. I still can’t believe I'm here, and I don’t think I will for at least another three months.
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