I graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park (Go Terps!) in 2004 with degrees in journalism and computer science.
- First game experience: When I was six, a kid on my block that I absolutely hated got an NES with Super Mario Bros. I went to his house practically every day that summer and tolerated his company just to play. On my seventh birthday, I got my own NES and the rest is history.
- Games that changed me: Super Mario Bros. 3 and River City Ransom dominated my early childhood. Tekken 3, Magic: The Gathering and Subspace helped me maintain friendships. Metal Gear Solid, Ico and Space Channel 5 moved me (don't laugh). Dance Dance Revolution helped keep me from my destiny as a fat slob (though I'm still a slob). Super Mario 64 is the best game ever made.
- Potential sources of bias and conflicts of interests: As stated above, I write for many other video game publications, and consider others as potential employers, so I may not be totally unbiased when writing about game journalism. I've fought long and hard to fight tendencies towards Nintendo fanboyism over the last 17 years, and I think I've largely succeeded. Just don't go badmouthing Mario in front of me.
- Why I'm blogging about games: It's a good way to get paid just to keep up with the news. It fills in the holes in my day as a work-at-home freelancer. I enjoy the relaxed writing style and the ability to work with minimal editing. That's why I'm blogging. As for games, I think they're destined to be the dominant new media of our generation, and I very much want to be along for the ride in some capacity.