This site represents a vision for fair, impartial reporting on video games and the industry that doesn't stoke controversy or take itself too seriously. Here, you'll find the impressions of a lifelong gamer, written by a professional editor, with the goal of sharing candid feedback that treats a beloved form of entertainment with respect.
My goal always has been to provide the kind of balanced coverage that I believe most people want from gaming media outlets. I try to portray the pros and cons of any game or gaming subject without bias or pandering to any one group or kind of reader, and devoid of the kind of sensationalism or exploitation common in clickbait.
This site is not monetized. I don't profit from it, except for the satisfaction of informing the public and promoting the industry. On occasion I receive review keys/codes, but always endeavor to be transparent and impartial. Above all I try to be honest. I share how much time I've spent playing a game, and whether my skill might influence my impressions.
And, hopefully, my posts reflect not only my candor but my dedication to the craft of gaming and writing. I take copious notes so I can provide comprehensive impressions even if I've only played a few hours. That is my responsibility to the community and my readers. I won't take shortcuts. I'd rather provide too much info than too little.
I hope you share my vision for a site that provides candid appraisals of video games and the industry while respecting gamers and developers alike. This Gamer's Life is a passion project born of this goal. It is updated with new content and also archives notable posts that appeared elsewhere. Please see the About section for a list of blogs, and thanks so much for your visit!
Please also visit the related Twitter account @Shootist2600, where I share industry news and promote individual developers and independent studios that together represent the future of the industry. These rising stars and their nascent creations, crowd-funded projects or fully financed games deserve the attention and support of the industry and gamers everywhere.
A tourist with a typewriter ...
A former 1UP.com blogger and GameInformer.com Featured Community Blogger, for years I shared impressions of my journeys across virtual kingdoms, dungeons, battlefields, galaxies and time periods. My blogs on This Gamer's Life share such video game exploits and others to inform, entertain and illuminate the virtual path.
... And a camera
I was selected as a Featured Community Blogger on the relative strength of my video game "phlogs" (photo blogs), so I share custom screenshots from various games played over the years. I also share photos from show floors and elsewhere. Images selected are those I hope can best appeal, inspire and evoke a sense of wonder.