Hello, Waypoint people. I am Ben, a 23-year-old white he/him from a small town in western Washington state. I work at my local library while I’m going to school for either a history or education degree. I have a passion for video games, history, writing, professional wrestling, and movies.
Most of my gaming is done on my Xbox One, but I also have a laptop for strategy games and a 2DS for Pokemon and other JRPGs. I have a group of friends who I play games with several nights a week, so I don’t do a ton of solo gaming anymore. Some of my favorite games to play currently are: Battlefield 4 (I have like 700+ hours logged in it, it’s easily my favorite multiplayer shooter of this generation), Stellaris, Fortnite, BattleTech, and Ultimate General: Civil War.
I am an aspiring writer, mostly of fiction but I also enjoy writing about my passions like movies and pro wrestling. I have trouble surfacing most of what I write to the public though, as I have very low self-esteem which carries over into how I feel about my work. I’m working on getting better about that stuff, such as writing this post and trying to become active in discussions here.
There’s a good chance I would not be here, on this site and writing this post, if it weren’t for Dan Ryckert of Giant Bomb. Way back in 2010 when I was in high school I became a huge fan of Game Informer’s Replay show, which was really my first exposure to the whole “watch other people play games” genre. It really reinvigorated my love of games, which I was starting to fall away from in my early high school days, and got me plugged into different online communities that were bound together by people’s mutual love of games (such as the Overblood facebook group). I’ve since fallen off of watching Replay because of guys like Dan, Jason, and Tim Turi moving on to new things, but I followed Dan and Jason to Giant Bomb’s content when they moved there, and have become a GB super fan ever since. That of course introduced me to Austin Walker, which lead me to Waypoint when it started, though I didn’t really start consuming their content regularly until Rob joined the team (huge Three Moves Ahead fan here).
I look forward to interacting here with y’all in the future. I’m an absolute sucker for reading comments and forums because I love seeing other people’s different perspectives on things, but I don’t often add my own voice to those conversations I spend so much time reading. I think that comes from my anxieties and low opinion of myself. I’m trying to throw off those lurker tendencies here though. You better believe I’m gonna bump that pro-wrestling thread to talk about the G1 Climax.