Snow. It’s a wonderful thing. I haven’t seen it in such a long time, and I haven’t felt the perfect sting of a truly cold day in years. For someone who was raised in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains and later lived near Detroit for most of his life, Minneapolis feels a lot like home. I just moved up from Texas, where I spent my college career pursuing a B.A. in the Mayborn School of Journalism at the University of North Texas. Now I’m officially an intern at Game Informer, and it already looks like it’ll be everything I wanted and more.

I’ve wanted to get a job writing about games ever since I found out that it was a thing you could do, but there’s been a few obstacles to that dream. When I was a kid, my parents wholeheartedly believed that video games rotted the human brain and wouldn’t allow them in my house. My uncle, on the other hand, took me into his personal office one day and sat me down in front of his high-end PC. At that age, I could barely use the joystick that he placed on his desk before booting up MechWarrior. I quickly learned though, and soon I was playing every kind of game he had. When my mom found out, she was pissed – but it was too late to do anything. I had discovered my calling.

From there, I went on to seek out video games in all shapes and forms. I found them in the pages of printed media like Nintendo Power, before the Internet became a commodity. I found them in arcades, as games like Final Fight took quarter after quarter from my pockets. I found them in the myriad of consoles that my friends owned. Luckily, they seemed to enjoy watching as I obsessively played through any game they had. Then one day, after a series of shady playground deals, I became the owner of a secondhand Game Boy. Some of my fondest/most terrifying memories are from hiding in my room and playing Link’s Awakening or Super Mario Land 2 with the sound on low.

Anyway, I’ve been talking about myself for way too long. Let’s talk about what I’m here to do: write for all of you lovely people. The dedicated GI community is a big part of why I wanted this internship in the first place, and I can’t wait to start talking about games and get you talking back. I want to use what I’ve learned from my game writing on blogs, school newspapers, my own site, and freelancing while still learning all I can from the GI editors and readers. You can find me on Twitter @gwubba. Maybe you folks will give me a reason to use it more than a few times a year.

Here’s to an excellent three months, and if I’m extremely lucky, even more after that.