Remember when I said I was a huge games journalism nerd? I still am, and I felt like I was on the front lines back when GameSpot ousted Jeff Gerstmann. What is now known as Gerstmann-gate was a big deal back in 2007. I had actually been a huge fan of Jeff, Ryan Davis, Brad Shoemaker, Rich Gallup, Alex Navarro, and Vinny Caravella back in the On The Spot and Hotspot days. So it was a natural thing for me to jump to Giant Bomb when it was formed and had risen like a phoenix from the ashes.
It’s still one of my favorite places to check out on a weekly basis, but it’s not the only place that I would go to. Early on, I got drawn into podcasts as they were starting to blow up. I am still a big fan of Joystiq. I would listen to the Joystiq podcast with Chris Grant, Ludwig Kietzmann, and Justin McElroy. where they would talk about games on a weekly basis. I also have to throw in a shout-out to the Xbox 360 Fancast, featuring Alexander Sliwinski, Richard Mitchell, and Dave Hinkle. These are the guys who helped me come to informed opinions about games, and theirs were opinions I respected. Did I always agree? No, but games journalism is subjective. It’s an opinion. Those opinions can help shape you, but ultimately it’s up to you to decide if you enjoy a game or not.
However, these are some of the journalists that led me to want to do exactly this: write. I was never much for writing back during my school years, probably because I was lazy and high school is kind of a joke. It always seems you look back on that time and regret not doing better than you did. It took me a long time to figure out what I wanted to do with my life, and I think that is true for a lot of people today. However, I now know what I want to do. At almost 27-years-old, I want to try to become a video game journalist.