Scott and I both agreed we should share with you some of our personal motivations for creating Experience Points. We hope our short introductions will give you a better understanding of our writing styles, personalities, and goals.
As you can see from the title of this post, my name is Jorge. You can pronounce it however you like. Shen is the most common persona I use when gaming and it means quite a bit to me. Like many other gamers this alias, among others, has been used for years. I've more an affinity to my gamer tag than my middle name, and I am not alone in this.
I share a lot with gamers all around the world. Millions of us were there when Mario finally reached the princess, when Aeris was murdered, and when Samus Aran took off her Varia suit and revealed she was a woman. Our shared experiences are not limited to videogames either. Many of us have fond memories of Golden Eye battles with friends around the N64 or heated debates about pirates/ninjas and pie/cake.
We can't deny we find ourselves in a gaming community. Just take a look at the Penny-Arcade Expo which just concluded in Seattle if you don't believe me. There you will find people of all ages, some fit "gamer" stereotypes and many do not. Above all you will find a widely diverse group of people content and sharing their enthusiasm with others. I want to take this sense of community and put it into this blog.
I hope to move beyond "fanboy" fanaticism but avoid putting myself upon a pedestal and by doing so create a dialogue between readers and writers. I like to imagine it like a videogame book club, and this blog is our couch, our console, and our margaritas all in one.
Really, I love thinking about, talking about, and writing about the videogames. I hope by sharing all this you will enjoy the process as much as I do. Welcome again to EXP.