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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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The past, the present, and the futureNov 12 2011 - 2:47pm
My favorite games of 2009Dec 12 2009 - 1:41pm
On letting go of a rare and impractical piece of videogame memorabiliaApr 30 2009 - 10:45pm
Do improved graphics outweigh unreliability?Apr 16 2009 - 8:25pm
Resident Evil 5 and the recipe for a successful marriageMar 26 2009 - 10:07pm
Killzone 2: Can amazing looks make up for an utter lack of personality?Mar 11 2009 - 9:04pm
The formula for a good gameFeb 19 2009 - 10:17pm
The use and misuse of the term 'gameplay'Feb 12 2009 - 11:35pm
Killzone 2 demo impressionsFeb 5 2009 - 10:34pm
Are nonlinear, open world games a dead end?Jan 28 2009 - 10:24pm
Gaming pet peevesJan 22 2009 - 10:05pm
Has LittleBigPlanet lived up to its promises?Jan 14 2009 - 8:57pm
What is the best Christmas game?Dec 20 2008 - 4:23pm
Mirror's Edge ReviewDec 19 2008 - 5:15am
Picking apart the Resident Evil 5 demoDec 10 2008 - 11:06pm
Is Gears of War 2 a tearjerker?Dec 3 2008 - 11:46pm
Home vs. NXE: Can Sony's virtual dystopia overcome Microsoft's hollow commercial machine?Nov 29 2008 - 8:49pm
I hate movie-licensed video gamesNov 20 2008 - 11:36pm
Dead Space and the evolution and elimination of HUDsNov 12 2008 - 10:52pm
My first experience as a playtesterNov 5 2008 - 9:39pm
Back in the gameNov 1 2008 - 3:43pm
On having a game roomJun 11 2008 - 9:41pm
Moving to SeattleJun 8 2008 - 8:01pm
Cel-shaded visual design in videogamesMay 28 2008 - 9:35pm
The bizarre and hazardous nature of Boom BloxMay 21 2008 - 2:48pm

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