Derek Heemsbergen
Derek Heemsbergen
Former Podcast Host, Reviews Editor
I've been gaming since I was a wee child, enchanted by and thriving off of the worlds inside those little plastic cartridges. RPGs defined my childhood and remain my favorite genre. There's something about getting to know a group of characters and experiencing their world step-by-step that I find enthralling. As such, I gravitate more towards JRPGs and prefer to customize pre-defined characters, rather than creating characters from scratch. I can stomach the genre's typical tropes and clichés if character interactions are top-notch (I'm looking at you, Falcom). I love retro aesthetics and pixel art, especially when they're combined with solid gameplay systems.

My personal life isn't nearly as dynamic as an RPG character's. I'm not descended from a legendary hero, I've never piloted a giant mech, and I don't even know any magic. Ideally, I'd like to inherit an ancient relic and use its power to save the world, but the University of Arizona didn't offer a program in Impossible Heroics. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in both Linguistics and East Asian Studies at the University of Arizona. Defying the opposition, I've somehow managed to break into game localization in addition to writing for a few game sites around the web. Here's hoping it doesn't all come crashing down on me. Furthermore, I — wait, nobody said anything about character limi

Aside from gaming, I like to spend my spare time lifting weights, doing Yoga, getting another gaming tattoo, making jokes that teeter precariously on the edge of self-effacing, drinking too much not enough coffee, reading, dancing in my underwear, and wishing I still had ferrets. Miss you, Oy, Chai, and Kupo. I also love food! If it involves avocado, hummus, chia seed, or Sriracha, count me in.
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