Posts Tagged ‘gaming’

As you probably already know, I started up this site is a way of coping with finding myself unemployed. It was a pretty dark time, and my hope was that finally starting up my own blog would give me some hope and channel some of my energy in a positive way. The site’s done all that and more, and I’m having a great time providing my own personal, unfiltered view on pretty much whatever catches my fancy. Even though this site was birthed in darkness, a bright ray of light has burst forth, as I just learned yesterday that I’ll be starting a new job in April.

Starting next month, I work here.

If you happen to follow my Twitter feed then you already know that I’ve accepted a position as a Communications Specialist at EA Sports, working on the Madden and NCAA Football franchises. It’s really a dream come true, and I can’t wait to start representing a couple of the games that I play every single year. For those of you who know me personally you understand that my love of games is only rivaled by my love of football, so this really the best of both worlds.

The big question is, what happens to the site? I’m happy to say that I have no intentions of abandoning the blog, though there will be a few changes. First off, I won’t be reviewing any EA games, sports or otherwise, starting in April. It’s absolutely a conflict of interest for me to do so, and I want you to know that you can always trust what I’m writing on this site. These reviews are for you, funded by you, so I won’t write about the games made by my employer. Also, I won’t review games that are direct competitors, so when 2K launches their next NBA game then I won’t review it. I haven’t decided how to handle more disconnected relations like Call of Duty, but I’m willing to go with whatever the community consensus is on that matter.

Lastly, there will most likely be some EA Sports-related posts going up on the page from time to time, but I’m only going to be posting things which I believe the community will enjoy. This blog isn’t going to become a marketing channel, and if it does then I’ll simply shut it down.

I hope that you’ll see the site for what it is and what it will continue to be, my way of contributing in some small way to the community that’s provided so much. If you no longer trust my writing because you think I’ve been corrupted by “The Man” then that’s your prerogative. You’re wrong, but I’m not going to argue with you to try and make you change your mind. I’m so grateful for the opportunity EA has given me, and I’m grateful to all of you for sticking with me on this journey. In gaming parlance, the rest of this month is going to be like one long-ass loading screen, and then starting next month I’ll be tackling a brand new level.

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For my entire adult life I’ve toiled away in relative obscurity, working a variety of jobs in order to make ends meet. That all changed in February 2012 when I was released from my job as a PR manager and found myself unemployed for the first time in my entire adult life.

Needless to say, without a job I have no income, and with no income I have to cut back on pretty much all the non-essentials. Which includes video games. This is heartbreaking, since games have been my passion, my obsession and my career for the better part of a decade.

But then, an idea! I would start a website where people could donate money to help me buy new games, and thus Brad the Broke Gamer was born. Here’s the rundown; you just click on that handy-dandy PayPal donate button, and any proceeds I receive will go toward buying a new game which I will then review on the site. The best part is that YOU get to pick what games I play, via the poll that’s always running on the page. Just vote on which game you want me to play and whenever we hit the magic $$ total I’ll trundle on over to the store and buy a copy of the top vote-getter. You control the agenda and I’m only going to talk about the games you care about. Also, since you’re paying for the games you know my reviews will be honest; no publisher freebies here.

In addition to games I’ll also be writing about TV shows, sporting news and other things which amuse me, so be sure to check back frequently to stay abreast of all the latest posts. The sites going to be a work in progress for a while, so if there’s anything you’d like to see then just shoot an email to bhilderbrand84 [at] gmail dawt com and I’ll take your advice into consideration.

Now if you’ll excuse me, the lights are starting to dim so I’d best go hand-crank the generator again.