I'm Mike and I'm really glad you're here to listen to my friends and I prattle on endlessly about video games, one of our favorite pastimes. As a chaser from the drunken spouting that we do on each episode of The Escort Mission Podcast, how about a little information about yours truly?
I've been playing games for multiple decades, but not necessarily discussing them with anyone. The Escort Mission Podcast is now one of my favorite things to do because it's a great release to talk critically, intelligently, and emotionally to my friends about something that we all do and enjoy. As an only child growing up in various nooks of the USA, I didn't often have a lot of strong social activity beyond a couple years of Little League baseball and the forced interactivity of school. Thus, I learned to entertain myself really well, which often meant finding geeky solace in the imaginary worlds of Nintendo, Sega, and Sony.
Video games have been my constant companion from the first couple times I attempted to beat Super Mario Brothers on an NES when I was 5, until the current days of Draw Something on my iPhone or Mass Effect 3 on my Xbox 360, with many systems and games inbetween. I spend plenty of time reading about games now that game journalism has blown up on the Internet, so I try to stay as informed about all of the shared experiences in gaming as I can. Games are a unique medium that takes a lot of the best parts of other media like film, literature, and music to make something much bigger and significant than the sum of its parts. If you want worlds that are created with backstories, characters, and game mechanics that let you interact with them, then a few hours spent in most modern video game will deliver. For an introvert who doesn't feel confident about themselves a lot of the time, the realm of video games is a controlled experience with immense gratification. Good video game memories are worth their weight in gold.
When I'm not obsessed with a video game, I can often be found writing and/or playing music. At least in my circle of friends, I'm more or less known as the "music guy" who writes and releases original music for fun. Learning to play the guitar in 1996 definitely changed my life and starting to create my own music a few years later changed how I think about music as a hobby and lifestyle. Basically, it's an impulse that I can't, and don't want to, resist. I hope to be making music for the rest of my life, and I hope as large of a subset of that music gets heard by others and is as enjoyable to them as it is to me. As a byproduct of this impulse and obsession, I can often be won over by a game that has great music, despite any other shortcomings.
I hope The Escort Mission (and its shining gem of a podcast) becomes a second home for you to analyze and dissect the events and issues of the gaming world much like it has become ours.