About 11 years ago I went into a GameStop. I don’t remember where it was located. I don’t remember which of my parents drove me there. I don’t even remember if I bought or traded any games. The only thing I remember from that trip is that I received my first issue of Game Informer Magazine. I still remember the cover vividly; it prominently featured Dante duel-wielding his pistols against a red background for a cover-story about the first Devil May Cry. I didn’t realize it at the time, but that first issue helped set me on a path that would eventually lead me to this moment, typing my first post as a Game Informer intern.

Video games have been an integral part of my life since I was about four years old. I would sit in the basement for hours playing whatever games my parents owned for their NES. Even my low skill level, or complete lack thereof, couldn’t stop me from getting immense enjoyment out of a game. I don’t think I won a single game against the AI in Blades of Steel, but that never stopped me from having fun.

As I grew older I had to divide my time between more activities, but I could always find time for video games, even if that meant waking up at 5 a.m. to play before I went to school. I spent the first 18 years of my life in a town called Clarkston, Michigan. I began playing hockey and baseball during elementary school and continued to play all the way through high school. I also played football for a couple years while attending Clarkston Middle School. Hockey is hands down my favorite sport to play and watch, but I still keep up with baseball and football as well.

I have always enjoyed writing, but it wasn’t until my junior year at Clarkston High School that I connected the dots and decided to pursue a career in video game journalism. Following high school, I attended Central Michigan University with a major in online journalism and a minor in cinema studies. I began writing video game reviews for Central Michigan Life in 2011 and started writing film reviews in 2012. I am finished with classes, but this internship is the last thing I need to officially graduate from CMU.

I tend to gravitate toward shooters, RPGs and horror games, but I enjoy plenty of games from other genres as well. Whether it’s a side-scrolling game like Abe’s Oddysee, a racing game like Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit or a RTS like Command & Conquer, I’ll try any game from any genre at least once.

That’s a cursory glance at my life and how I ended up where I am today. I don’t know much about you or your past, but I do know at least one thing. Through our love of gaming we share a common bond, and that bond means I already have a more personal connection with you than I do with most people on the planet. 

I’m excited about my next few months with Game Informer, and the interactions I will have with the Game Informer community during that time. Talk to you soon.