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Introducing Staff Writer Travis Taft

vgs-article-rotation2-650I asked Travis to do a little write up, explaining who he is to our followers.  As we add more staff writers, we will be doing similar features with them as well as our longer, established staff.  Here’s what he wrote:

Hey everybody. My name is Travis and I’m a total gameaholic. I can honestly say that my earliest memory is of my dad setting up my first NES. Since then I’ve owned systems from Sega, Sony, and Microsoft, but there isn’t a Nintendo console I don’t own to this day. I even have a Virtual Boy!

While I still play plenty of modern games, I’m really a retro gamer at heart. I’ve become something of a collector of obsolete video games, my oldest working console being an Atari 2600. My favorite console is the Super Nintendo and I still give my SNES plenty of love.

I’m personally a fan of the puzzle end of gaming as opposed to more reflex-based play. I tend not to think about what my favorite game of all time is, but Super Metroid and Portal each had amazingbalance between action and problem solving. Don’t get me wrong – lightning fast twitch game play canbe awesome. Super Smash Brothers and Mario Kart have been the focal point for some of the happiesthours of my life. Deep down, though, nothing gets my gamer senses tingling like the feeling of having figured something out. I like games that are like locks meant to be picked, or collections of variables meant to be optimized.

I also enjoy games that are not on a screen. I play lots of board games with friends, and I have recently fallen victim to the grasp of Magic the Gathering. For what it’s worth, though, the bulk of my Magic playtime happens on my iPad, so it still counts as a videogame. Over the last eight years, I have developed a much more specialized relationship to gaming.

Following a surfing accident that left me paralyzed from the neck down, a large chunk of the gaming world slipped beyond my grasp. Luckily, a lot of mobility has returned since the day of the injury, but my hands are still slow and don’t have a full range of motion. As a result I favor slow, strategic games over those twitch-reflex games that much more than I used to. No Guitar Hero for me. I also use a wheelchair to get around, so no Dance Dance Revolution or X-Box Kinect games either.

On the plus side, I have become fascinated with the role of games in medicine. I have seen the benefits of the Wii’s motion controls in Physical Therapy. People are simply more inclined to do work if it comes with colorful interactive packaging.

Above all, I think I’m most interested in the psychology of videogames. With the power of current systems and the variety of game types in the world today, I truly believe that video games may be the most important voice of our generation. And even though there are plenty of people out there who like to think of games as murder simulators, in my eyes they are tools of self-expression and forces for good.

Please help us in welcoming Travis to our reporting team and make him feel welcomed.

Check out his first article, a review of The Sandbox for iO.S here.

About Grace "Kayhynn" Snoke

Grace Snoke is a corporate journalist and author who enjoys gaming, reading, writing and jewelry making. Outside of her day job, she writes for a number of sites including: Video Game, Obsolete Gamer, SciTech Nerds and for a couple blogs and sites she owns. You can learn more about her adventures as an author here.


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