As I sit here in the Game Informer offices typing out this introductory blog post, I can’t help but ponder the unlikely circumstances that led me to being a Game Informer intern. When I started writing for an incredibly small gaming site almost three years ago, I didn’t expect it to amount to anything more than a hobby. Slowly, that hobby began to demand more and more attention, and soon enough it became a direction in life.

Writing about games has become something very special to me. Whether for a review or an opinion piece, I do my best to put a piece of myself into everything I write. The gaming industry is a wonderful place where artistry and creativity flourishes, and I take pride in the small role I have played in discussing and writing about it. I hope that my time at Game Informer will allow me to explore these aspects of games even further.

I try to play everything I can get my hands on. I can generally find something to like about most games, but the ones I end up loving are few and far between. More than anything, I value originality in narrative and worldbuilding, and am oftentimes willing to overlook an imperfect story if a game is trying to do something new and interesting. In fact, I usually prefer that kind of experience over something impeccably crafted, yet unoriginal. I don’t subscribe to the notion of story being more important than gameplay or vice versa, but when it comes time to make a top 10 list for the year, the game that affected me most with its storytelling will usually take my top spot.

My favorite game of all time is Metal Gear Solid 3. It was a formative experience, showing me that even with all of its goofy writing and narrative dissonance a video game can tell a deep, resonant story. Red Dead Redemption, Deadly Premonition, and any number of Silent Hill titles fall in the same league for me, and to an extent each are responsible for my pursuit of a future in the industry. To me, games are a storytelling medium, and I never miss an opportunity to tell people as much.

If I had to pick a favorite series, it would easily be Silent Hill. The number two spot however would be much more contentious. Kingdom Hearts, Mortal Kombat, Senran Kagura, Metal Gear, Condemned, BioShock, Overwatch, The Witcher, and so many more make up my gaming interests, each nestled in their own special place in my heart, and I’ll gladly tell anyone why for the asking.

There are rare times when I’m not playing games, and that’s when I’m thinking about what else to do with my life. In my head, I’m always workshopping ideas for games and stories in general, and I constantly have multiple short stories in the works. One day I’ll gather the courage to put them out into the world.

I’m proud to be here, and I’m excited at the possibilities this internship will afford me now and in the future. I can’t wait to post features and news stories, and I’m honored to be able to work alongside industry veterans that I have looked up to for so long. I’m also going to keep pestering Reiner until he lets me on some episodes of Replay.

If you want to follow me on these adventures, you can follow me on Twitter @Bad_Durandal.