As I announced on the latest Indie and Mojo Show episode, I will be interning at Game Informer.

You read that right folks: I will be interning at Game Informer over the summer months. I’m generally a pretty open individual, so it has been a bit of a struggle the last few weeks not to tell everybody I meet that I am one of three interns hired for this summer. You can expect to see me writing some things on the site along side my two fellow interns: Ali Rapp, who already posted an excellent introductory blog, and… well, the other intern hasn’t revealed his/her identity yet, so I’ll let him/her do so in their own time.

As some of you may know, I started blogging on Game Informer with the intent to improve my writing, express my love of video games and gaming, and to build up a number of writing samples in case I wanted to pursue a career in gaming journalism. Later, I found out that Game Informer has an internship program, but that it wasn’t taking applications. I applied anyway. After months of silence, being told a few times that there was no program or that it wasn’t going to be ready for the summer, I finally heard back from them. It was exciting, nerve-racking, and insane all at once. And now I am finally going to fulfill one of my life dreams of working at Game Informer. Since I’m going to be a bit more of a regular name around here, I figured that I should probably tell everyone a bit more about myself than I previously have.

My name is Jack Gardner and I am graduating the University of Minnesota in a matter of days with a degree in English and a Minor in History. That basically means I’ve written and read a lot about literary and critical theory, as well as a fair amount of history (mostly dealing with the time period from the late Roman to the early Middle Ages). I got into English because I have been fascinated with stories and writing since I was small. When it became time to declare my major I went with English because, frankly, it is one of the few things I am pretty good at (in my opinion). The History bit is just because I find people in both the past and present fascinating. People are weird.

I’ve been playing video games since the days of the NES, though I didn’t really get into gaming until I played Super Mario World. It almost seemed like magic watching that colorful little plumber go on his adventure to save the Mushroom Kingdom. Since then, I haven’t even considered NOT playing video games.

Being my usual, charming self. Also, that is my first cup of coffee ever.

Random facts about me:

I’m just an average dork.

I’m sort-of fluent in Spanish.

I write creatively in my free time when I feel like letting off some steam or when I want to make myself frustrated from writer’s block. I’ve published a book of poetry and short stories called “The Speech.” It isn’t very good and I am constantly making changes to it to improve the text.
I read ALL THE TIME. Some of my favorite books, in no particular order, are: Out of the Silent Planet, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Scaramouche, Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Don Quixote, and the list goes on….

I have an obsession with Godzilla and love playing with Legos.

I love Star Wars. I think that “love” might be a bit of an understatement. I watch Star Wars when I am sad, happy, stressed, or baking/cooking. There are just so many things that are perfect about it it boggles my mind.

I have few reservations about acting like a fool. Examples: I once sang a love song about Mario Kart to over 200 people; I sometimes dance in my car at stop lights when I catch other people looking at me; I once gave a eulogy for a balloon.

I like musicals. Singing in the Rain, Man of La Mancha, and Les Miserables are some of my favorites.

I make the best dang cookies you will ever eat.

I love video game music and have many soundtracks and remixes. Some that stand out are Kow Otani’s “Roar of the Earth” from Shadow of the Colossus, the Red Dead Redemption soundtrack, Legend of Zelda orchestral songs, and the Harry-Gregson Williams composed Metal Gear Solid soundtracks.

I am a decent drawer.

I can play the trumpet, bass guitar, euphonium, and baritone (euphoniums, baritones, and trumpets are essentially the same thing so not as impressive as it sounds).

Ultimate Frisbee is pretty much the only sport I am good at.

I like Indian/spicy food.

A few of my favorite games: Shadow of the Colossus, Super Mario World, Star Ocean: Till the End of Time, Ace Combat 5, Earth Defense Force 2017, Mass Effect series, Minecraft, Ocarina of Time, Super Smash Bros Melee/Brawl, League of Legends, Portal, Team Fortress 2, and Amnesia the Dark Descent (I have a hard time picking favorites…).

You can follow me on twitter: Riverboatjack

One of the many reasons I am so excited to work at Game Informer is that I freaking love the magazine. I have been reading it since I was ten years old. It is probably one of the reasons I became interested in gaming in the first place. Even my username on GIO is a throwback to the old handles the editors used to have in the old Game Informer magazine! I love Game Informer and I am going to work my butt off to make sure that whatever content I create is of the highest quality.

I'm taking my first steps on a grand adventure. I'm glad I can share it with such a great community.