I don’t know when it happened exactly, but at some point in the last 5 years, I stopped being a huge movie nut, and transferred some of that love over to video games. I used to read Premiere magazine, and Entertainment Weekly. I would surf Film Threat, and Cinematical, Rotten Tomatoes was a weekly pilgramige, and I always knew what new releases were out on video. My DVD collection was huge, and always growing.
Then a strange thing happened. About 3 years ago I kind of stopped buying DVD’s. You can almost see a line in my collection that looks like a growth line in a tree. Tons of DVD’s, then nothing.
I’ve always been a fan of video games. I had an Atari 2600 when I was a kid, I got in trouble for going to the Arcade which was across Wharncliffe Ave when I was in grade school. I spent a lot of time in arcades through high school. I bought a Super Nintendo in high school (and a 13″ colour TV to play it on even). I had an Atari Lynx handheld system in high school too. I played a ton of Warcraft, Half Life, Quake, and got into modding levels for Quake and Half Life in college. After college I bought a PS2 which led to an Xbox, which eventually led to an Xbox 360, and now a PS3.
So I’ve always had games, and I’ve always read games magazines, but gaming as a lifestyle never appealed to me. I never considered it as a career, and never even thought about gaming journalism the way I thought about comics and comics journalism, or the way that I considered Movies and TV as a career choice.
What’s kind of strange is that I find myself more and more drawn to gaming, and less turned on by movies. Oh sure, I still enjoy a good flick, and I’m totally freaking out about Watchmen and the new James Bond flicks, but I’d much rather read about Little Big Workshop, or a review of Gears of War 2, or the latest on the New Xbox Experience than read about movie news anymore.