Allo’ There!

The name’s Asher “Laughing_Seal” Trigg, I’m a 17-year-old Australian teen,  that has loved all things gaming since I can remember. I’m not joking. I’ve been obsessed since primary school. My earliest gaming memories are of sitting in front of my family’s old square television, playing Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy and Haven: Call Of the King on PS2. As a kid I adored Good Game Spawn Point, a kids show that reviewed video games every week. By the time I was 12, I had completely transitioned to their Adult show: Good Game, which also reviewed M, MA and R18+ games. In fact, up until 2016, I continued watching their show, and their daily YouTube channel Good Game Pocket. Sadly, the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Company) decided to axe them at the beginning of 2017. This forced the show to finish  the show after their ten year anniversary, prompting people to “#bringoutyourcontrollers” in protest. As much as the show has finished, I still watch old episodes to this day, and follow good old Bajo in his YouTube channel, cause i just don’t have the time to tune in live for him on twitch. For me, these guys were, and are still, my biggest role models and I have huge nostalgia for them. I was super psyched earlier this year when I found out that Good Game was being brought back as a smaller scale YouTube show, featuring my favorite roaming journalist, Goose.

In fact, it is these guys that made me seriously consider Games Journalism as a  possible career path, and I am so glad for it. So Bajo, Hex, Junglist, Bindy, Dave, Goose, DARREN (or whoever his voice actor is, your real name eludes me still today) Nichboy, Rad, Hingers, Pete, John, Baby Sam, Sonita, Eliot, Janet and the rest of the Good Game Crew: If you ever read this, I cannot thank you enough for making my childhood, enriching my life in general, being the wonderful people you always have been, and for inspiring me to become a Games Journalist/Critic. Seriously, You guys all rock and deserve the highest respect. Also: YOU’RE ALL FREAKING HILARIOUS! I would not be still watching all your old episodes today if I didn’t find them infinitely funny and enjoyable. I adore you all. I love Bajo’s hilariously disfigured character creations, Hex’s Witcher fascination, Goose’s controversial opinions,  DARREN’s  data dumps, your banter, your sense of humor. In short, I just miss all of you. I’ve accepted you’ve all gone your separate ways and that you’re happy to do that,   and that’s good for all of you. I’m just happy I was able to spend years upon years of awaiting the next review from you guys. You guys also introduced me to one of the only games I am able to come back to , even after nine years: Minecraft. In turn you introduced me to my other group of role-models…

Another huge influence for me, is The Yogscast. I have been obsessed with them ever since Grade Four when they made Minecraft Mod Spotlights (Yes, I was that kind of kid), I loved Simon’s silliness and sense of humour, Lewis’  attempts at trying to keep everything on track, and everyone else contributing to the mad brilliance of it all. Special mention to Kim and Hannah’s fright night series, it is something, not unlike Good Game, I re-watch even now after it stopped years ago. It’s from them that I learned my love of horror films and games. Plus, it’s because of Hannah and Kim, that me and my sister do what we call “Hannah an’ Kim it”, where we tag team a horror game. This was after she saw me watching their Until Dawn play-through, and decided to buy it.

Yet again, to everyone in the past and present Yogscast crew, Simon (Diggy Diggy Hole!), Lewis (I loved yoglabs, but I still haven’t seen SOI, sorry), Hannah (I loved your Walking Dead and Quantic Dream stuff), Duncan (How many grey hairs have you given Kim?), Kim (Yolo is one of the best Minecraft shows I have ever watched), Martyn (Loved your Mario Maker stuff), Sips (I heard you like Rimworld), Ridgedog (Thank-you for getting me into GMOD), Rythian (Thank-you for introducing me to Bioshock Infinite, now one of my favorite games), Strippin (Because of you I found my love of Deadpool, and ohmygod that until dawn play-through was hilarious), Zoey (Always great to have fellow LGBT people in stuff I like, Keep swinging that bat!), Zylus (Keep that winrate up, and again, representation), Ben (CHAMPION OF THE PEOPLE!), Tom (I vote for the senate!), Parv (Anyone seen him?), Turps (Someday you’ll make it through the blizzard for Triforce. One Day.), Pyrion (Best host of Triforce) Trott (Best german trott there is), Ross (“EAT SHIT”) and Smith (“Oh god it’s Ross”), I love you guys.

To both The Yogscast and the Good Game Team, you made my childhood, you still entertain me today, and I am so glad I saw you both. I would not be the same person without any you. You are all hilarious, wonderful entertainers that I will never, have never forgotten.

As for this website, I made it as place to practice games journalism, building up a digital portfolio. Relaying the latest news in gaming, along with some other tid-bits, at least when I’m not eating, sleeping, studying or just relaxing with a controller or keyboard in my hands. Which at the moment, is suprisingly little as I’m in the middle of year 12. *Wipes sweat from brow*

I’m hoping that you’ll enjoy this site and that it will be of some use to you.

Kindest Regards,

Laughing_Seal.