Hey all, Brandon here. 2018 was one heck of a wild year. Personally, I was able to get a lot of my outstanding health issues resolved, or at least fixed enough so that the therapy is just maintenance at this point. On the website front, Gamer Professionals has had a wide variety of new faces added to the team, and I couldn’t be prouder of them.
Over the last year and a half, though, my thoughts on what Gamer Professionals should be have changed quite a bit. Originally, when I opened the publication, I wanted it to be a publication that featured bright academic voices and folks from all walks of professional life, focusing on games media. Games media has changed quite a bit, though, from when I started out doing this. The gaming industry is now a multi-billion dollar machine that anybody can get into, from PC games to the more traditional home console. They’ve entered the span of pop culture in movies like Ready Player One, they’ve entered the lives of many in the mobile space in games like Pokémon GO, and they’ve gone off and become anime spin-offs or feature films like Final Fantasy XV.
Games and the media are everywhere, and how we’ve come to consume them is changing rapidly. Nowadays, we can digest incredible amounts of information in the palm of our hand, and the industry is becoming much more diverse. Gamer Professionals needs to take that direction as well. Instead of being Professionals that talk about Gaming, this year, we are going to become Gamer Professionals that now have a penchant for talking about other subjects like popular culture and anime. The ideal future is that we get enough diversity in our opinions to branch out even further than this and get opinions on science and health care because you know, I’m in pharmacy school right now, and I’m always looking to plug for my profession if I can.
So yup, you got that right. This year, we’re expanding our coverage umbrella to include popular culture and anime. We are always looking for new and promising talents, so if you think you have what it takes to cover not just games, but the pop culture and anime currently going around, you should get in touch with me (brandon[at]gamerpros[dot]co) or the Managing Editor, Jordan Aslett (jordan[at]gamerpros[dot]co). Experience is always welcome, but not an absolute requirement. Send us writing samples!
As far as my personal updates, you might not see me around as much as before. I’ll still be around doing behind-the-scenes stuff and paying all the bills, but I won’t be covering as much as before. The reason for that is I’m starting clinical rotations in May, which is a full-time job without pay. I’m really looking forward to this, though, as it means I’m that much closer to becoming a pharmacist. In my immediate future, though, I’m wrapping up my classroom learning in the next few months! I truly appreciate every single one of you who have continued to stop by and read the site over the last three and a half years. I can’t wait to see what we can now do together now that we’ve ordered a bigger umbrella. Take care, and I’ll see you in the next article.