Bio: Nick Baumfeld has been involved in the video game industry for a good 12 years. He has seen the industry from all view points and has a background in websites, website integration and social media. Nick pioneered the online video game rental business back in the day, moved forward into online video game trading and then moved viral with the well received Video Games Application on Facebook. Today, he has joined up with EGM founder Steve Harris to create something truly unique and special; EGMNOW, a community dedicated to all manner of gamers.
Gaming MO: Nick is a first person shooter type of gamer and enjoys heated bouts of Halo with friends and family (even while being schooled by his children).
Bio: In one of Andrew’s college journalism classes—yes, quite a few “gaming journalists” have journalism degrees—each student had to send a letter to the editor of a publication of their choice. Most chose outlets like the New York Times, Sports Illustrated, or Time. Andrew chose Electronic Gaming Monthly. It was also during this time as a journalist-in-training that Andrew decided that, unlike Frank West, he wasn’t too keen on the possibly of covering wars, you know? Well, unless the conflicts involve spiky-haired anime-styled protagonists, that is.
Gaming MO: Though he’s certainly got a soft spot for Japanese games—particularly RPGs—Andrew’s open to just about any type of experience from any country of origin, so long as it’s done well.
Bio: Ray’s been working as a professional game journalist for almost four years, but he’s got an extensive background in media production, which he started way back as a freshman in high school. Ray can still remember when he got his NES on his 4th birthday—and how he’s been addicted to playing games ever since, compiling a museum-like collection over the years. Ray’s New Jersey roots are also always evident at the EGM offices, as his bouts of rage while playing shovelware is now the stuff of legend.
Gaming MO: Given enough time, Ray will play anything and everything—and, on many occasions, he has tried—but when push comes to shove, action-adventure, RPGs, and shooters are his preferred poisons.
Bio: Marc’s worked in gaming journalism for 20 years, starting with Sendai Publishing, the originator of Electronic Gaming Monthly. He’s spent a great deal of that time behind the scenes, which is why he might not be as well-known as some of his brethren. In fact, he even took a few years off at the beginning of the millennium to study at Oxford and complete his master’s degree in some obscure literary period that no one really cares about but makes him brag continually—occasionally in Latin. And then, after spending all that money, he returned to gaming where he belongs. These days he works on the EGM family of publications and has a weekly newspaper column called Rocky Mountain Gamer.
Gaming MO: Marc plays every type of game except RTS—and, even then, he makes an exception with StarCraft. His favorites are platform games, adventures, and role- playing.
Bio: England-based Matt is the newest member of the EGM family—he is but a humble grasshopper eager to learn from some of the most experienced folks in the industry. Matt’s been an avid gamer for over 10 years, starting with a copy of Crash Bandicoot and a PlayStation. He’s managed to kick the unhealthy amount of time spent gaming from his younger days, but he still likes to binge every now and again.
Gaming MO: Matt mainly enjoys RPGs and MMOs that he can spend many hours investing in, while avoiding becoming obsessed. It’s difficult, but he always has at least one mainstream game to pull him away.
Eric L. Patterson
Bio: Getting his start via self-publishing game-related fanzines in junior high, Eric’s been writing about and covering the world of videogames for over 20 years now. His work’s been a part of publications such as GameFan, Animerica, Play, and Official PlayStation Magazine, which all led to his current position of EGM news editor. Eric’s also active in the gaming community on a personal level; he’s currently a full-time host on two different regularly produced podcasts dedicated to videogaming, as well as being an outspoken voice on topics such as equality in gaming and consumer rights.
Gaming MO: Eric’s tastes tend to usually run a bit beyond the norm, trending more toward games that offer novel experiences or venture into uncharted territory. His personal favorites are survival-horror, music/rhythm games, RPGs, adventures, the unique offerings of the indie scene, and the still-very- much-alive world of Japanese gaming.
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