In January 2010, I began work at Joystiq’s WoW Insider, taking the helm of a newly created column. That started a thus far illustrious career in writing gaming content for outlets as diverse as Yahoo! Games, Best Buy, and Tecca. But don’t just take my word for it. Take a look at these links and see for yourself:
Profanity filters, homophobic slurs, and Blizzard’s shaky relationship with the LGBT community
In January 2012, it was revealed that World of Warcraft’s profanity filter blocked the word “homosexual,” but more common gay slurs popular with gamers (i.e., faggot) were allowed. That led me to write this op-ed discussing Blizzard’s past controversies involving gay gamers, and what the company can do to right the wrong.
The worst Call of Duty player in the world goes hands on with Black Ops 2
Challenge: Despite being a terrible Call of Duty player, I was assigned to visit Treyarch in Santa Monica to preview Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. Solution: Write a brutally honest preview of the game from the perspective of someone who is horrifically bad at the game. The typical Tecca reader is not a hardcore FPS gamer, so instead of attacking readers with a wall of information, I took a more entertaining approach. The result was the unique column above, which became a viral hit on Google+.
WRUP: Meanwhile, in the other universe
What aRe yoU Playing is a weekly column on WoW Insider that showcases what other games the blog’s writers are enjoying. After taking over the helm of the column, I injected as much creativity and personality into each opening as best I could. In this well-regarded WRUP, I gave readers a glimpse into the alternate universe of the TV show Fringe, and more specifically, what their favorite WoW Insider writers’ doppelgangers were playing “over there.”
WRUP: WoW Insider’s first childrens’ book
Presenting information in new, novel ways? Yeah, I can do that. In yet another creative reach for WRUP, I wrote and illustrated a childrens’ story. It was very well received and even passed around inside Blizzard Entertainment.
The WoW Insider Show, live at PAX East 2012 (Episode 240)
Can I do more than just write? Of course I can! I was part of the live WoW Insider podcasting panel at the 2012 PAX East conference.
E3 2012: Worms Revolution aims to provide massive amounts of destruction for minimal amounts of money
I provided on-site coverage of the 2012 E3 gaming conference for Tecca. That content was syndicated to both Yahoo! and the Best Buy website.