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I was a quiet kid growing up. As an only child, I had a lot of alone time. As a result I developed what my school would call an overactive imagination. Coming from the South – Texas to be exact – a child who can throw a football is valued greater than a child who just wanted to pretend the world was as magical as any story would have you believe.
I had played video games, but never thought I would own my own system because ever since I could walk I was put into sports and told to believe that it should be my only extracurricular activity. When I was four my aunt bought me something that changed my life forever: a Sega Genesis with a copy of Sonic the Hedgehog 2. Something about being that small blue hedgehog resonated. Video games provided me an escape from reality. I was no longer a spectator watching events unfold, but one of the main characters in a universe causing real change in the world. I had found my calling.
As I grew, so did my passion for games. In middle school I came to the horrible realization I couldn’t make a living off of playing games, or so I thought. The world was always telling me go to college and become a doctor or other high paying professions. I left Houston and enrolled in Texas A&M to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. Gaming was always a hobby, but soon it became a passion I couldn’t ignore. At times during college, I would go to GameStop instead of the grocery store or class. It was bliss!
In my junior year of college I gave up my medical pursuits because of an Outasight song lyric, “What in the world do you do, if your dreams do not come true? Is it love of confusion?” I realized medicine wasn’t my passion and that I should not only play more games but pursue a life working with them. I love writing stories and coming up with a whole new world – thank you Disney – so I dedicated myself to writing stories for and about video games. A year later I graduated from Texas A&M with a communication & journalism degree, and now I’m here at Game Informer.
So who am I? I am the greatest Pokémon master from Houston who has a love/hate relationship with Sonic. A Keyblade bearer who pulled out the master sword then escaped Aperture laboratories only to find himself in a world infected by the T-Virus. Now I find myself in a new universe called Game Informer to serve you. But more importantly, who are you?
Hey welcome to GI. Sega eh? You ever play Sonic & Knuckles 3? I hope you enjoy your time here on the site and at GI.
Haha, loved this introduction! My name is Jeremy, welcome home!
Welcome to GIO, and congrats on becoming a GI intern!
Amazing blog. Really!!! It is rare that I get the opportunity to see sports from someone else's point of view. I played since I was 5 years old. I traveled every summer on AAU teams. I got to see the world because I could dunk in 7th grade, hit a ball so far you never could find it, and played defense like it was the only explanation for my life. I went to college on scholarship, played a little arena ball in Phoenix and now I teach sports for a living. But your blog is another reason I love GIO. It helps me to see sports from other peoples points of view and will help me to keep creating a safe place where hopefully they never feel forced to play. Thank you again.
Nice intro. And welcome to GI, and congrats on the internship.
Congratulations on the internship. Welcome to GIO.
Wow, what a great introduction. It's a pleasure to meet you! I'm DrJoeystein, but you can call me Dr. J or Joey for short. I've truly been active here on GIO a little over a year writing some blogs and reviews. Like you, I think I've discovered that writing about video games is my passion. I'm deeply considering going to a local university that offers a major in Interactive Game and Media Design; it would be perfect to have. Anyway, congrats on the internship! I'll see you around.
It's so nice to see fresh faces. Welcome to GIO:)
Welcome to the GameInformer Online. So we have two new interns here at the same time!? o.0
Just kidding, hope you enjoy your time.
Glad to have you!Hope you enjoy your internship over at GI!
Sounds like you followed your bliss! ; ) Welcome to GIO. Happy to have you onboard.
Welcome and congratulations!
Hey im Dawson and i hope to i can get a intern here too! Great to meet you and i look forward to seeing you around.
Congrats on landing the internship. Can't wait to see some of your stuff. Also, you win my vote as best intern for the keyblade mention, and all those other video game mentions.
Wow, so much in common with this guy, even where we are from, and what games we started off playing. Pretty awesome, except I just started college. But still, small world.