I was born a gamer, well, at least in the sense that I’ve been playing video games since my stubby little child fingers could grasp a controller. My love for portable games started with the original GameBoy despite its four hour battery life, greenish screen, and lack of ability to play in direct sunlight or darkness. The ability to carry it with me anywhere, which I did with plenty of extra packs of batteries, had me hooked. Now, as an adult, I find portable gaming to be just as appealing as it was back then. Not being tied down in front of a TV or computer screen means I can grab some quick game time anywhere. Almost as long as I’ve been a gamer, I’ve been a fan of gaming publications. It started with the first issue of Nintendo Power (which I still have) and grew from there. I’ve always enjoyed reading and writing so the desire to enter the crazily competitive world of video game journalism seems a natural fit for me. I have done freelance work for various websites, both paid and voluntary, and enjoyed all of it. I started Portable Nintendo Nerd so that I could have the freedom to cover whatever I’d like whenever I can. That said, PNN is a labor of love and hobby. I don’t have a PR team to land me early review copies of games, I rent or buy them when they come out like everyone else. I also don’t have other people playing them and writing reviews for me. I play each title for at least one week before reviewing it, covering as much of it as I possibly can. My decision to cover only Nintendo titles was not made out of being biased towards one company or another. My choice to cover Nintendo titles was made because, as I have said, I am the only person working on PNN. In order to avoid spreading myself too thin, I decided to place my focus on only one handheld. There is plenty of news breaking on a nearly daily basis to keep whole journalism teams covered up; one man can only do so much. I was faced with the decision of trying to cover everything a little bit or cover one thing as best I can. I have equal amounts of gamer love for the PSP and even my phone (only because of Angry Birds). I am married, and have been since 2006. We met in middle school, went our own ways and married other people, then ended up back together. Funny how stuff works out like that, isn’t it? My wife had a stroke the day before Valentine’s Day of 2010 and we spent a large amount of time in physical rehab. Since that point, she continues to make a little progress all the time and goes to outpatient therapy regularly. Other things about me; I’m fairly patient, have a great sense of humor, I’m an introvert by nature but will be outgoing with people that share the same interests as I do, and I hate discussing politics or religion with friends. I’m also a huge Penny Arcade fan with a lot of respect towards Mike and Jerry for what they’ve accomplished and support their Child’s Play charity whenever I can.