I’m in Game Informer headquarters. No really, let me prove it to you. 

Gaming memorabilia is absolutely everywhere. There’s a life-size statue of the Dovahkiin and a disturbingly life-like one of the 2013 Lara Croft. Everyone has action figures and other collectibles all over their workspace: on, above, beneath, and often surrounding the desk. 

Most impressive of all is the GI Vault, which is far more amazing than anything Pandora has to offer. Within is a copy of virtually (pun intended) every video game that has ever been released. I got to see a copy of Mega Man Legends 2 in person, as opposed to just gazing longingly at an EBay listing. This place is beyond words.

I could go on about the wonders of this place forever, but I’d like to talk about what made me the gamer I am.

The first game that really made a lasting impact on my life was The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening. It's one of the first games I can remember playing that had more substance than Minesweeper. My mom gave it to me, along with a Game Boy Color, the night of my tenth birthday. She told me to wait until morning to play it. 

Instead, I wandered in the mysterious forest all night long.

I graduated from Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania in May 2012. During our final semester, my friends seemed to spend all their time studying like dutiful students, while I was splitting my time between schoolwork and playing (and replaying) The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword.

More than a year out of college, I was still unsure about what I wanted to do with my life. One day, after reading many unhelpful self-help books, I thought: “If I could press a button and have any job anywhere, where would I be?” I knew the answer right away: Game Informer. I’ve been reading the magazine almost as long as I’ve been a gamer, and I’ve always loved writing. So I applied, I waited anxiously, and now I’m here, still awash in that feeling of achievement that only comes from meeting a goal you’d considered unattainable.

To distract myself from the wait for Pokémon X and Y, I’m doing my best to finish to finish up Knights of the Old Republic 2, while catching up on the Halo and Mass Effect series. I pulled myself out of Skyrim long enough to finish the Tomb Raider reboot this summer, and loved it. Although platformers and RPGs are my favorite genres, there are so many other genres I want to keep exploring. I’d particularly like to overcome my fear of zombies so I can play some popular horror titles without being unbearably freaked out the entire time. I’m open to suggestions!

For at least the next three months, though, my focus will be on this internship. I’m so thankful for this opportunity, and I plan to make the most of my time here. I’m also excited to be part of a gaming community for the first time, and I’ve heard great things about GI Online. Lastly, I’ll say that if you’re thinking of applying – go for it!