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Brandon Erickson

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Brief Bio

Brandon Erickson was born in Loma Linda, California on January 14, 1980 and raised in the suburbs of Portland, Oregon. Though he dimly recalls playing the Atari as a child, his interest in gaming really took off when, at age six, he and his older brother donated several days of yard work to their father in exchange for a Nintendo Entertainment System.

Though Brandon would go on to accrue many great achievements outside the world of video games—varsity athlete, all-state jazz guitarist, college chemistry student of the year—he never lost his interest in the hobby. Indeed, at least a small part of his free time has always been devoted to reading about and playing video games.

In 2004, Brandon developed an interest in classic arcade gaming after witnessing a competition at Portland’s Ground Kontrol. Feeling drawn to the no-frills intensity of old-school gaming, he embarked on a quest to conquer the arcade classic Star Wars (Atari, 1983), in the process discovering a preternatural aptitude for competitive gaming.

Since then, Brandon has gained widespread recognition as arguably the greatest Star Wars player of all time. Although most well known for a charity event in which he played Star Wars for over 54 hours on a single quarter, he has also earned praise for winning Portland’s first Guitar Hero tournament.

Brandon graduated from Yale University with a BA in History, and later earned an MA in Counseling Psychology from Lewis & Clark Graduate School. In 2012, he will begin physician training in an MD program, with the plan of becoming a surgeon. Despite his busy life, he maintains an active interest in the artistic, educational, and technological potential of video games.

You can find some of Brandon's old writings on his blog, Mind The Game.

Ten All-Time Favorites Games
Resident Evil 4 (GameCube), Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (PS3), Lunar: The Silver Star (Sega CD), Snatcher (Sega CD), Sonic CD (Mega CD), Streets of Rage 2 (Genesis), Metal Gear Solid 4 (PS3), Zelda: Majora's Mask (Nintendo 64), Star Wars Arcade (Atari, 1983), Radiant Silvergun (Sega Saturn)
Five Current Favorites Games
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (PS3), Red Dead Redemption (PS3), Mass Effect 2 (Xbox 360), Portal 2 (PS3), Shadow of the Colossus HD (PS3)
Favorite Types of Games
RPGs, action/adventure, racing

Recent Writing

TitlePublishedsort icon
God of War – Second OpinionJul 11 2005 - 11:00pm
Killer7 Second OpinionAug 5 2006 - 11:00pm
Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King – Consumer GuideDec 22 2006 - 8:30pm
Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King – ReviewDec 22 2006 - 8:34pm
Guitar Hero II – Consumer GuideJan 21 2007 - 1:17pm
Guitar Hero II – ReviewJan 21 2007 - 1:17pm
Wii Sports – Consumer GuideJan 31 2007 - 10:41am
Wii Sports – ReviewJan 31 2007 - 10:47am
Sonic and the Secret Rings – Consumer GuideMar 12 2007 - 10:55am
Sonic and the Secret Rings – ReviewMar 12 2007 - 11:01am
God of War II ReviewApr 25 2007 - 12:44pm
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 – Consumer GuideJun 7 2007 - 12:51pm
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 – ReviewJun 7 2007 - 12:53pm
Resident Evil 4: Wii Edition – Consumer GuideJun 27 2007 - 7:47pm
Resident Evil 4: Wii Edition – ReviewJun 27 2007 - 7:48pm
New study on videogames and aggression yields surprising resultsAug 29 2007 - 6:16pm
Odin Sphere – Consumer GuideAug 31 2007 - 6:12am
Odin Sphere – ReviewAug 31 2007 - 6:17am
Super Paper Mario – Second OpinionSep 5 2007 - 7:37am
Super Paper Mario and the evolution of videogamesSep 5 2007 - 4:25pm
Researchers create computer game that can sense player frustrationSep 12 2007 - 6:46pm
Computers and the stories they tellSep 19 2007 - 7:15pm
The theory of videogame relativitySep 26 2007 - 7:41pm
Could a videogame help kids fight cancer?Oct 3 2007 - 6:55pm
Boogie – Consumer GuideOct 8 2007 - 7:05am

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