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While most staffers started with the Atari 2600, it was his dad’s Bally
Astrocade that introduced Jeff to the exciting world of video games.
Obscure Atari rip-offs aside, his parents’ refusal to buy him an NES
ensured that some of Jeff’s earliest gaming memories were social ones,
at friends’ homes and in arcades. When he successfully negotiated an end
to the video game embargo in ‘91, it began a hobby that has since cost
him most of his disposable income. While current-gen consoles have
revived Jeff’s love of social gaming, he also still plays the 8-bit
classics he was denied as a kid. Degrees in English and Japanese from
the University of Minnesota and a yearlong study program in Japan round
out Jeff’s educational background, and landed him an internship at Game
Informer. As one of the new hires for 2.0, Jeff looks forward to having
the money and an excuse to play all the coolest new games of tomorrow.
(“It’s research for work, I swear!”)