To elevate the culture and conversation around gaming, while strengthening black voices within the community.
When I was growing up, playing video games and watching anime wasn’t the cool thing to do. I spent most of my time code-switching, creating a duality that served as an all-access pass to various cultures. I could hang around the cool kids just as quickly as I could hang in the computer lab learning photoshop and playing bootleg anime fighters. As I grew older, so did my tastes and interests. I still love to play video games, but I felt like the culture around gaming didn’t grow up with me. More importantly, the scene didn’t look or sound like the culture I live in every day. I’m always surprised by the number of people who enjoy nerd shit but hide like a mark of shame. I grew tired of it and decided to do something about it.
My first thought was to make a video game, but after purchasing a desktop and spending hours and money on books and courses, I threw in the towel. Next, I tried writing about games, and to my surprise, people liked it. So I created a website to be the next big thing in “games media.” My first website, The Grey Backpack, was all the youthful and naive energy of my 20s. I didn’t know what I was doing, but I was going to figure it out. That type of energy and lack of direction would last but so long. So I went to work at a typical 9 to 5.
However, every day, I kept thinking about video games. Things would happen in the industry that I had to talk about, even it was to myself. I was still enjoying my nerd shit and continued to look for my place in the nerd community. Finally, I decided to give it another go. I started a new website (the one you’re reading now) with a simple goal – create the platform and community I always wanted. Something that feels authentic. For the people like me, who live between “nerd” and pop culture. That would grow with us and speak our language. Is it going to be easy? Hell no, but if I do it right, it will be a hell of a ride. And if I succeed – I can build something that can invest in others. So other streamers, writers, and content creators won’t have to fight for a seat at the table because I built a table with chairs open for them.