The name’s Asher “Laughing_Seal” Trigg, I’m a 20-year-old Australian currently in my second year at Swinburne University, studying a Bachelor Of Media & Communication, Majoring in Journalism and Video Games.
I 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 in the kitchen, 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 religiously. Sadly, the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Company, not American) 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. For me, these guys were, and are still, my biggest role models and I have a huge amount of nostalgia for them. There was a small youtube show that their reporter Goose started, it lasted for one year. However, Goose and a few of the crew of Good Game started a new youtube channel altogether seperate to the ABC, called Back Pocket, which has been amazing to watch so far. Admittedly though Im always a bit behind as I always forget to watch live, but hey, thats what youtubes for. Still, I watch those old Good Game episodes to this day, and will probably never stop until something forces me to.
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, Goose, James Cottee, 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. I would not be still watching all your old episodes today if I didn’t find them infinitely funny and enjoyable. You guys also introduced me to one of the only games I am able to come back to, even a whole decade later: Minecraft. As a result of that, you indirectly 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 promise I’m not cringy). I love 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. It’s because of Hannah and Kim, that me and my sister sometimes do what we call “Hannah and Kim-ing it”, where we tag team a choice-driven game. This was after she saw me watching their Until Dawn play-through, and decided to buy it for us to enjoy ourselves. We have since also done it with Man Of Medan, The Life Is Strange franchise and, to a lesser extent, Detroit: Become Human.
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 have never, will never forget.
As for this website, I made it as place to practice games journalism, building up a digital portfolio. My articles have slowed immensely, mainly because I want to start uploading mostly Uni work here, and I need to wait until things get more stable before I start doing reviews again.
I’m hoping that you’ll enjoy this site and that it will be of some use to you.
For those interested:
Good Game’s Youtube Channel
(Seriously, go watch them if you have the time)
*For the essays on this website, everything is cited in the Swinburne Harvard referencing style.