Ten years ago today I pulled into San Francisco, my entire life in the trunk and backseat of a tiny compact sedan. Unfortunately, the site I was hired for didn’t survive to this landmark date, but somehow I’ve managed to parlay what I figured would be a fleeting flirtation with the gaming press as a graphic designer into a career of writing about video games. Apparently, some people even like the work I do. And others are salty about things I wrote nearly a decade ago. It all balances out.
For work today, I marked this personal milestone by writing about the game that eased me into both the press and San Francisco: Boktai. Man, I love that game. Pity Lunar Knights scuttled the whole thing by throwing out the series’ most unique feature and then failing to chart anyway. Then again, I’d hate to see what Konami would have done to the series had it survived.
I still can’t believe I’ve lived in San Francisco for so long — this is the second-longest I’ve been in any one city — but I still love it. Life isn’t at all what I would have expected a decade ago, and while it could be better in many ways (though I’ve long since learned not to expose details of my life online; I only write about myself when necessary to give personal grounding to video game analyses, and even then it’s generally only light happy stuff) it’s still pretty rad.
Thanks to those of you who have been reading all this time for sticking around. And thanks to you newcomers for having joined in more recently.
That being said, if I’m still doing this 10 years from now, I will be disappointed in myself.