Hello there! I'm Jed Whitaker, Editor-in-chief of Tomodom, a "game journalism" website with a diverse cast consisting of many females, LGBTQ, straight white males and everything in between. Our goal is to show that all types of people can be serious gamers and game journalists.
We are also working on a Kickstarter called DIG, or Diversity and Inclusivity in Gaming. More details about that to come in the future!
Hello Destructoid! My name is DimmuJed aka Jed aka Mr. Make It Nugget On Them Hoes! I was born on February 8th, 1987 (a good year if I do say so myself.) Some of my first memories, if not THEE first memories I have are of video games. I had an Atari 2600, an NES and an original Game Boy as my first consoles, and was introduced to video games by my cousin Rick, who used to be my idol, but now is a drug addict/convict and is probably in prison (another story for another blog).
I don't know my background, but at times I'm told I look Asian
I am currently 23 years old (for 7ish more days), and have a fiancée, Drea, and a 20 month old daughter, Juliet. We are from the state of Ohio, which is getting slammed with snow and ice at the moment, but it's expected. I (currently) work for the Geek Squad at our local Best Buy, and she works at a teenage rehabilitation center, of sorts. I have attended some college at THEE Ohio State University, and at the University of Advancing Technology, or UAT in Phoenix, Arizona. UAT wasn't for me, and apparently isn't for anyone, as I don't know of anyone successful that has graduated from there. I attended there for game design, which I know accept isn't for me.
Me and Drea, Pokemon Bitches! Why do I look so concerned?
Some of my favorite games series are: Bubble Bobble, Legend of Zelda, Silent Hill, Resident Evil, Star Fox, Serious Sam, Castlevania, Metal Gear Solid, Halo, Final Fight, House of the Dead, Point Blank, Kirby, Smash Bros., Sonic the Hedgehog, Twisted Metal, Donkey Kong, so on and so forth. My favorite system overall would have to be the NES, it just has so many great games, great graphics (in a retro sense), and great music. My second favorite system is the Dreamcast, and third is the Xbox 360. I currently own all current generation consoles (including handhelds) though rarely play anything other than Xbox 360 and Wii. I also have a great gaming capable PC, but it's used mostly for video editing and media streaming.
Me sleeping with my mustache I grew for the Movember charity
Speaking of videos, you may have seen THIS POST on the front page of Destructoid in 2008. That was a video I made with the help of Drea and my friend. That's right...made. The video is 100% faked, Drea and I are really engaged, and had just gotten engaged days before that, which is what gave me the idea. As you can see, the video has over 500,000 views, which has earned me over 9000 internets. The level and video have been featured on Kotaku, Media Molecule's site, as well as in the Official PlayStation Magazine. Do I feel bad about faking it? To a degree, but not really because if you read the comments on the YouTube video, you will see it touched and inspired so many people, and you can't be upset with me for that, now can you? I also made a sequel of sorts, after I had been contacted by an advertising firm that did advertising for Sony, but nothing came out of it but a lot of wasted time. We were also supposed to do a phone interview for some women's magazine that was based in Europe, but we never found the time.
My friend Tony and I playing what I call "Monopoly with Dragons"
I've also written one achievement guide ever which happens to be for Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection. Shortly after posting the guide, I received a message on Xbox Live from a former Destructoid editor, William Haley. From there we started talking, and I was offered a contributor spot over at Girls Entertainment Network, as one of the only males on the site. I didn't write a whole lot there, but if you feel the need, you can still see my old articles.
As you can see I was celebrating Hanksgiving, where we give thanks for Tom Hanks
After my writing stint, I started to work on a YouTube series Haley had inherited, The Music of Video Games, which already had a large fan base, some of who didn't like the changes we made once we took over the channel. Subscribers didn't like that we had sponsorship that required us to have small banner ads from Goozex, which didn't last very long, as Goozex kind of forgot to pay us after a few months, no hard feelings. I produced videos 501-548 there, and transitioned the series to HD. Subscribers had mixed feelings towards some of my videos, but overall there was positive reaction. I hope the channel starts back up soon, as I believe the original creator has the reigns again!
Mohawk + Beard + Threadless = Win?
The Music of Video Games HD premiered on Machinima's YouTube Channel with the release of our Scott Pilgrim vs. The World video, which is the only successful video I produced for them. I did a few more videos for them, but none of them got featured on the front page like Scott Pilgrim did, therefore they failed...hard. The Music of Video Games wasn't really a great match for Machinima anyways, not enough 12 year old humor (not that I'm not a fan of it.) As of right now, the entire series is on hiatus, and I haven't made many videos sense.
Juliet watching me play Xbox 360
My goals in life right now are to provide for my family, write a blog a day for a year, and lose weight. The reason behind writing a blog a day for a year, is that practice makes perfect, and I'd eventually like to be a paid contributor to video gaming websites, blogs, and magazines. I view the Destructoid community blogs as a good place to get a start, and get honest feedback from the community. Another goal I have to eventually move someplace warm out west, like LA, San Diego, San Fransisco, or Phoenix, as long as a decent paying job accompanies my move. I'd also like to produce more video based things, as I think video is the future of "journalism" and text will soon be for old people.
Thanks for reading my (late) intro blog, and I hope we can all end up friends! If anyone wants to add me on Xbox Live, my gamertag is Jed05. On PSN and Steam it's DimmuJed. See ya on the flip side!