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Matt Bertz has been covering interactive entertainment since 2001, but his passion
for video games started much earlier with the ancient standalone handheld title
Mattel Football. His love for games was cemented with the discovery that Link could
burn bushes to reveal hidden dungeons in The Legend of Zelda. Upon graduating high
school, Matt turned his love for entertainment into a career, pursuing degrees in
print journalism and creative writing from the University of St. Thomas and specializing
in entertainment writing. His first break came in 2001, writing game reviews for
PC Upgrade magazine. Prior to joining Game Informer in 2006, Matt served as editor-in-chief
of Surge magazine, a short-lived gaming publication that won the 2004 Silver Eddie
Award for best consumer entertainment magazine under 250,000 circulation. He also
has contributed as a freelancer to Newsweek, AOL, Inked, Laptop, and Men’s Fitness,
among other publications.