While Evan was not with Toronto Thumbs for as long as some of the others, he became an integral part of the site. He’s one of the most well-rounded people I know; a great writer, an exceedingly talented photographer, fantastic at event coverage, and just an all-around great dude – Evan’s positivity is infectious. Within a short space of time, Evan surpassed his role as that of a writer and became part of my brainstorming group – the Thumbs Illuminati, if you will. We always have so much fun (seriously, if you missed our Instagram takeover for the CVA’s, you suck). – ed.
I was brought into the Thumbs fold just over a year ago; an unsuspecting, bright-eyed journo-virgin fresh from a role in gaming PR and excited to see what was next for me. While chatting with me over Facebook, Jorge casually mentioned that he might post a piece of mine if I was up to writing one. Encouraged by the suggestion I took up the challenge and dove into my first game review with gusto.
I played the game for hour after hour, driven by the misguided fervour one would expect from a new writer in the midst of popping their cherry. After a time I hit the final key of what ended up being a scathing review of the game in question, and I felt great. I haven’t read it since, and I’m sure it’s terrible but golly, I enjoyed writing it.
In the year that followed I was treated not only to a series of titles, but a bunch of industry events, and my aforementioned fervour evolved into a more sensible appreciation of the latter. Reviewing games was fun, but the process took time. Event write-ups were quicker, and tended to result from an evening of good company and complimentary libations. This combination of factors made it clear where my priorities were. I will defend the validity of preference in that I met a lot of great people and now enjoy a satisfying library of fond memories.
Toronto Thumbs, it’s been a treat. I’m grateful for the experiences, and given the chance I’d do it again twice.
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