I want to start this by apologizing for the lack of content over the past few days. I’ve been busy with mainsite work, which, after mentioning to a couple folks who play in the Monday night gamenight I host, made me realize you would have no idea what that means. It also made me think, hey, you guys read the stuff I put together every day and I really appreciate it so I figure I could tell you a little about myself. Give a little context. That whole thing.
Obviously my name is Jeff. I started writing here more than a year ago, mostly about general industry news and trends. It was all very boring, but I was still fairly green to the blogging scene. I started writing here because I had done some writing work for this blog’s parent site, Bullz-Eye.com as well as a sister blog to this one about technology and gadgets, Gadget Teaser. Around last December, a couple friends who I had gamed with in the past mentioned League of Legends. I was immediately in love, being a long time Dota fan myself. I started looking around for League of Legends blogs and didn’t find any so I focused this blog in that direction and here we are.
As for my personal life, I’m twenty-six, living in North Carolina and writing full-time. You know, I think I’ll just go back to the beginning and give you a little rundown of my experience as a gamer and we’ll see how this goes. I’ve been gaming since I was a kid. In fact, I have some very vivid memories of myself as a kid, running around the house on Christmas Eve chanting “Nin-ten-do! Nin-ten-do!” I didn’t get one that year, but I played at my friends’ houses as often as I could and I was a big computer game geek. Fast forward a few years and I got an N64 for Christmas and got truly hooked on the gaming scene. My Advanced Chemistry course in high school had about a day a month during which we had nothing to do. A few of us would bring in consoles and we’d hook them up and order out some of the best drive-in burgers you can get (look up Swensons if you’re ever in northeast Ohio). In college I was a huge Halo freak. My friends and I played across the LAN for huge chunks of the day, every day of the week. We skipped class for Halo (and Counter-Strike before that). We played in local tournaments. We hosted our own tournaments, and I even looked up a few regional tourneys when I was home on breaks. Once upon a time I was thinking about playing Halo professionally. I even played with a few of the world’s best players at the time in a tourney outside Columbus and fared well enough to fuel the dream. Instead, I met a girl and started writing and went after those things, but I didn’t exactly leave gaming behind.
Shortly after college I started playing WoW. I was almost exactly two years late, just before the launch of Burning Crusade. I joined a server with a couple friends, the same friends who got me into LoL, incidentally, and just ran with it. A year later I was an officer in a BT raid guild, gobbling up info about Wrath. That was about the time my brother told me about Dota. I had seen him play it a couple times, but I had gotten as much from Warcraft 3 as I thought was possible, so I didn’t mess with it much. A couple months passed and he was still playing so I joined in. I fell in love with the playstyle – the pace, the reasonable game length, the complexity of different characters and builds, the flow of the map – and left WoW behind.
That basically brings you up to speed on my history writing here and my history gaming. I recently rekindled my WoW flame, but that has since died out (a story for another post) and I’m still going strong with League of Legends. I’ve also started writing more reviews for the blog’s parent site, alongside Jason Zingale, who has long been in charge of the gaming section among other things at Bullz-Eye. Jason’s reviews are more about the experience of playing a game than the technical side, which I’ve always appreciated. I really don’t care if something has the Havok engine if it plays like crap. It’s a good spot to turn if you’re looking for some new reviews.
Anyway, I hope this gives you a little insight into my life. I’m thinking about starting up a personal blog in the coming weeks, which I’ll be sure to share here. It will likely be focused on pop culture, but even more likely it will be a confused wreck of half-baked thoughts and theories. If you like things a little more organized, this will still be the place.