In 1988, I discovered Nintendo. I'd been on the planet for 9 years by that point, but life didn't really begin until my parents bought an NES. The little gray box practically became my new religion, and the passion for video games that resulted is a passion that burns white-hot to this day.
In 1998, I graduated from high school and started attending the local community college on a scholarship (otherwise I clearly would've gone to Harvard or Yale). Around that time, I discovered the Internet and I learned that people like me could throw up web sites if only they took the time to learn how. Communication has always been important to me, so I invested that time.
It didn't take long for me to realize that I could merge my two interests: games and web design. Inspired by IGN, GameSpot and a number of similar sites, I started work on my own gaming site and that grew into HonestGamers, the site that I run today. Along the way, I learned a lot about web design, about writing and about working with other writers and gamers.
HonestGamers afforded me new opportunities that I wouldn't otherwise have had. I fulfilled a childhood dream and wrote for a magazine (Hardcore Gamer Magazine) for several years, something that never would have happened if I didn't have my site to act as a portfolio. I've written for GamesRadar and GameRevolution, as well and--most meaningfully to me on a personal level--I've also written guides for IGN.
These days, I make my living as a freelancer. I'm constantly looking for new games to review and I'm always interested in hearing from new sites who are ready to pay me to write about the games that I love.