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Brandon Erickson

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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

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"Wiiitis" documented by magnetic resonance imagingApr 2 2008 - 6:07pm
Are nonlinear, open world games a dead end?Jan 28 2009 - 10:24pm
Back in the gameNov 1 2008 - 3:43pm
Bloodier videogames make players more aggressive, say researchersApr 23 2008 - 3:50pm
Boogie – Consumer GuideOct 8 2007 - 7:05am
Boogie – ReviewOct 8 2007 - 7:59am
Bully: Scholarship Edition – Consumer GuideMay 21 2008 - 7:34am
Bully: Scholarship Edition – ReviewMay 21 2008 - 7:45am
Burnout Paradise – Consumer GuideApr 1 2008 - 10:41pm
Burnout Paradise – ReviewApr 1 2008 - 10:47pm
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare – Consumer GuideDec 27 2007 - 6:39am
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare – ReviewDec 27 2007 - 6:44am
Cel-shaded visual design in videogamesMay 28 2008 - 9:35pm
Computers and the stories they tellSep 19 2007 - 7:15pm
Could a videogame help kids fight cancer?Oct 3 2007 - 6:55pm
Dead Space and the evolution and elimination of HUDsNov 12 2008 - 10:52pm
Defending Guitar Hero and Rock Band: Why there's nothing wrong with being a fake musicianDec 12 2007 - 12:03pm
Dialectical realism: How Assassin's Creed killed its own potentialMar 12 2008 - 6:45pm
Do improved graphics outweigh unreliability?Apr 16 2009 - 8:25pm
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
Eternal Sonata – Consumer GuideFeb 13 2008 - 1:08am
Eternal Sonata – ReviewFeb 13 2008 - 1:13am
FPS players feel better after dying than after killing others, say researchersFeb 22 2008 - 12:06pm
Gamers learn surgical skills faster than non-gamersMay 14 2008 - 6:47pm

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