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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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Would a videogame by any other name smell as sweet?Feb 6 2008 - 7:13pm
Wii Sports – ReviewJan 31 2007 - 10:47am
Wii Sports – Consumer GuideJan 31 2007 - 10:41am
Why the Check Mii Out Channel is a complete shamNov 14 2007 - 8:58am
What is the best Christmas game?Dec 20 2008 - 4:23pm
What do gamers and lab rats have in common?Oct 10 2007 - 7:01pm
Virtual reality for the blindApr 16 2008 - 6:23pm
Videogame violence revisitedNov 7 2007 - 6:13pm
Videogame technology used to model crowd behavior in military training programFeb 27 2008 - 1:03pm
Videogame length and the question of quality versus quantityNov 28 2007 - 9:34pm
Vibration enhances emotional impact of videogames, Swedish study suggestsMar 5 2008 - 12:06pm
Trying to appreciate HaloJan 16 2008 - 7:18pm
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 – ReviewJun 7 2007 - 12:53pm
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 – Consumer GuideJun 7 2007 - 12:51pm
Tolerating ambiguity: The challenge of making choices in videogamesJan 9 2008 - 4:53pm
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 08 – ReviewOct 27 2007 - 8:33am
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 08 – Consumer GuideOct 27 2007 - 8:30am
The use and misuse of the term 'gameplay'Feb 12 2009 - 11:35pm
The theory of videogame relativitySep 26 2007 - 7:41pm
The past, the present, and the futureNov 12 2011 - 2:47pm
The motivational power of Grand Theft Auto IVApr 30 2008 - 12:43pm
The importance of save systems in videogamesFeb 19 2008 - 8:52pm
The future of conversation in videogamesOct 17 2007 - 7:08pm
The formula for a good gameFeb 19 2009 - 10:17pm
The debate over videogame "addiction"Mar 26 2008 - 5:03am

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