Zach Wilkerson
Reviews Editor




At RPGFan Since:
October 2018

Columbus, Ohio, USA

Favorite Games/Series:
Dragon Quest, Suikoden, Lunar 1 and 2, Final Fantasy, Metroid Prime, Mario 64 and Odyssey, Xenogears, Xenoblade Chronicles series, NieR Automata, Earthbound, Chrono Trigger, Grandia 2, Smash Bros. Melee, Chrono Trigger, GTA IV

Favorite Genres:
JRPGs (first and foremost, of course), other RPGs, Platformers, Action, all types of open world games

Other Interests:
Movies, books, basketball, and way too much TV

My earliest video game memories involve my grandparents — two wonderful people who I still talk to about RPGs to this day. When I was 4 years old, I remember watching both of them play everything from Final Fantasy to Dragon Warrior to Faxanadu on their NES. I'd watch in awe as they took pleasure in the story, the characters, and even level grinding. Of course, there's nothing I wanted to do more than to play these games. They'd always patiently let me start a save file and get as far into the game as I could. Then, when I inevitably got stuck, they'd level up my save file and progress the story. They helped me save the princess in Dragon Warrior, and even beat the last boss in Final Fantasy.

Ever since I finally managed to beat an RPG on my own a year or two later, I haven't looked back. Not only have they kept me connected to my family as I've moved around the country, RPGs have seen me through almost every phase of my life; some of my strongest memories involve falling in love with a story or a character during a pivotal moment in my childhood and early adulthood. I can't imagine my life without them.

Above all, RPGs engendered my love of story. I majored in English in college, minored in film, and even went to graduate school for library science. Now I'm an English teacher, so I spend my days trying to convince high school students that books are awesome, and my evenings watching, reading, playing, or otherwise consuming any story I can get my hands on. I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to share that love with all of you!

I've been a fan of (obsessed with) RPGFan almost since the beginning, and I couldn't be any more excited to be working with a group of passionate fans who helped form me into the "RPG fan" that I am today!

Twitch Schedule & Status

July 21: No stream • 10am PDT/1pm EDT

Golden Sun w/Kat • 4pm PDT/7pm EDT

Tales of Xillia 2 w/Scott • 8pm PDT/11pm EDT

Tales of Xillia 2 w/Scott • 8pm PDT/11pm EDT

Golden Sun w/Kat • 4pm PDT/7pm EDT
Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers w/Scott • 7pm PDT/10pm EDT

Trials of Mana w/Scott • 5pm PDT/8pm EDT

Trails of Cold Steel II (Nightmare Mode) w/Scott • 3pm PDT/6pm EDT

Crowdfunding Chronicles Volume 16

Crowdfunding Chronicles Volume 16

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