The tagline on GI’s front cover: “Game Informer: The World’s #1 Video Game Magazine”
The tagline to the next three months of my life: “Game Informer: The World’s #1 Job”

I think I owe it to video gamers around the world to say that I’m whole-heartedly grateful for the opportunity to be a Game Informer intern this summer. It’s been a long time coming, and I’m excited to finally contribute to a publication I’ve subscribed to for over 10 years. Also, I’m nervous.

I’m nervous because in my world, video game journalism is the Major League, and Game Informer is the New York Yankees. I’m nervous because each month GI goes out to millions of people and is seen by hundreds of thousands more online. I’m nervous because I know that my experience level with video games probably pales in comparison to that of the greater GI community. Regardless of these stakes, though, and in fact in light of them, I hereby pledge to work the hardest I can in bringing you news, previews, features, and anything else I may write in the upcoming weeks. You all have made GI what it is today, and I look forward to virtually meeting and interacting with you.

A little bit about myself:
My name is Matt, and I’m originally from a tiny rural town in northeast Arkansas. As you might guess, there’s not a lot going on in rural northeast Arkansas, so a good portion of my adolescence was spent locked away in my bedroom playing Morrowind and Final Fantasy. Because of those experiences, and the fact that I’m an only child, my preferred genre of video game has almost always been the single-player RPG.

Eventually I made my way to North Carolina for undergrad, where my hardcore RPG habits took a hiatus. As it turns out, staying in my dorm room on Friday nights playing Age of Empires online didn’t exactly boost my college social cache. It was around this time that I got into sports games and competitive FPS – i.e. games that are “cool” to play in freshman dorms (though I’ll always maintain that The Witcher series is infinitely cooler than the Madden one).

I currently live in Boston, MA. I moved there last summer to attend graduate school full-time and do freelance work for a few online publications. I graduate next week (woot!) and will officially move to Minneapolis for the summer a few days after.

Things I’m into besides video games: creative writing, musical theater, basketball, hiking in New England, Red Bull, tabletop games, backflips, and the Tao Te Ching.

Things I’m not into: Diet Coke.

Thanks for taking the time to read my initial post. I can’t wait any longer to get my hands on some awesome unreleased games, so I’m going to go do that now. Feel free to follow me on Twitter at @GamerAkers

Matt A. (because I feel it’s necessary to distinguish myself from the other 4 Matt’s in the GI office)