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My name is Eric Frederiksen.
I knew, with absolute certainty, that I was a gamer during the week of November 13th, 2000.
one week, Shenmue and Skies of Arcadia hit the Dreamcast, and I was in
heaven. I understood the true meaning of the fall rush for the first
time, and I liked it. It was like a drug rush. More games than I could
possibly play were coming out, and for the first time I had money to
buy them. It was awesome.
Yeah, I’d played lots of
games before Skies and Shenmue. And they certainly weren’t the best
ones I’ve ever played, either. Games like Shining Force and Final
Fantasy VI had captured my attention long before and extracted many
hours of my life through my fingertips.
Metal Gear Solid was
one of the first games that gave me that “Wish I could see it for the
first time again” feeling. Silent Hill taught me the true meaning of
survival horror in a video game.
I’d even faithfully read NextGen magazine for some time before that, something I kept doing right up until the last, sad issue.
knew I was a gamer before that week, but here’s what I figured out:
Gamer is the word I would tell people to use to describe me. I am a
gamer. It’s a lifestyle, where the first thing I pay for after
utilities and necessities is games. Even as early as my NES, the focus
of my waking life has been games. I’ve always been renting new games,
saving up for new game systems, and reading magazines and later on,
Books like NextGen and even IGN’s Dreamcast site are ultimately what led me to major in Journalism at the University of Minnesota (and my interest in animation and Japanese culture brought me to my Asian Languages and Literatures minor, obviously).
As an aside, I also helped operate the Manga Anime Society at the U of M, a club that still meets every week.
my time at the U, I had a few personal blogs, but it never occurred to
me to start a video-game specific blog before then. I just kind of
dreamt starry-eyed about writing about video games someday, wondering
how I would ever get that far.
After finishing college, I got a
job fixing DSL and figuring out how the Internet works. I’m still doing
that today, and I’m *** good at it. During the past few years, I’ve
brought my resume to Game Informer—the locally based and
internationally read gaming magazine that’s been around almost as long
as EGM before its bucket was suddenly, forcibly kicked. Once, I even
got to meet and talk to none other than Andy McNamara.
It was kind of like an interview, but more like a fan tour. I was…
well, really immature then. If I had a chance to go in today, our
conversation would be very different. But then, I don’t know that
without that conversation, I would be who I am.
conversation, and the regrets that came from it, fueled me over time to
actively work on writing. First, my good friend and writing mentor Serdar Yegulalp introduced me to anime.advancedmn.com.
I began writing anime and manga reviews for the site, something I still
do. I also started my own blog on my webspace. I’ve had this blog for
just over a year and while I don’t post on it every day, I do post
regularly. I’ve also started writing at gaming site Kombo.com, a higher-traffic site under the same corporate umbrella as the anime site.
fuel the fires and oil the gears in my head, I increased my intake of
gaming commentary tenfold. It started sort of a renewed fire for games
and writing as I read more and more sites, started listening to
podcasts like ListenUP and RebelFM, and started interacting with more
successful writers via Twitter and through Kombo.
So that’s me.
I’m a gamer. More than anything, I like to play, think about, write
about, and talk about games. When I get home tonight, I’ll play games.
When I wake up this weekend, I’ll play games. I could’ve said that ten
years ago, and I’ll be able to say it 10 years from now.
To contact me, email piratesyar at gmail dot com. Find me on twitter, and facebook as well.