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JOURNALISM News: Mark Bozon, formerly of IGN, joins the new EGM


Yes, it's a bit old that Mark Bozon, the lovable little dude to Matt Casamassina's stuck-up-ness on IGN's Nintendo channel, has left the video game juggernaut after not wanting to really make a move to the new consolidated San Francisco offices. Kind of like the opposite of what Niero did. Of the Nintendo crew back when I was on IGN and IGN alone, he was always the one I liked the best. And truthuflly, I have not been to IGN or my old IGN blog in probably almost a year, because ... well, the site's gone downhill.

But better days are ahead for the brother of the guy who brought us Shantae and A Boy and His Blob Wii. Mark's been recruited by the brand-new EGM and will, I'm guessing, be taking up a big brunt of their Nintendo coverage, except WayForward's stuff, for obvious reasons. He joins Dan "Shoe" Hsu and Demian Linn of Bitmob, Ryan O'Donnell and Matt Chandronai from Area5, John Keefer (recently of Crispy Gamer), Brady Fiechter (former EIC of Play Magazine), which is a very solid line-up so far. He's also got a new Twitter page set-up, so if you're a follower like I was, be sure to switch on over, since his old IGN one is now done.

My thoughts on it? Well, it's a plus for EGM, and somewhat of a loss for IGN, but I can't really judge it too much because, like I said, I don't go to IGN much anymore. And it might be good for Bozon, who should be able to flex his creative muscles (or huge fat stores?) at EGM. Sometimes, it takes making a switch to go from being OK to totally awesome (see: Jeff Gerstmann circa GameSpot vs. Jeff Gerstmann circa Giant Bomb). I'll be interested to see how Bozon writes now, as he'd garnered a bit of controversy at IGN among Wii fans for some of his reviews and comments (then again, those people simultaneously love and hate Casamassina), which perhaps seemed tailored more towards IGN's general groupthink of "Wii = bad" than anything else.

Also, it means I really need to polish up my resume a bit and get back into this blogging thing. I'll never get a job writing about vidja games on two posts a month. :p
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About Brian Szabelskione of us since 12:13 PM on 02.11.2007

Oh, hi there. Didnít see you enter. Anyways, welcome to my humble little blog. For those of you not familiar with who I am, the nameís Brian. Iím 24 years old and hail from Findlay, Ohio. I work at the local newspaper here as a copy editor, putting my four long years of college to actual use. Kind of. I think.

For those of you who might recognize me from elsewhere, I work as Assistant Gaming Editor over at Blogcritics Gaming and as Features Editor over at Tomopop. It's a lot of work, but it's worth it because I get to do a lot of cool shit with a lot of cool people.

I've been gaming since the relatively young age of around 3 and I've played plenty of games, both good and bad. I'm continuously expanding my gaming collection, which has become more of an archive in recent years as I'm focusing on collecting older, less well-known titles. You'd honestly be surprised on what people are missing out on in bargain bins...

Other than gaming, I love anime, manga, sports, movies, TV, and a whole lot more. I also happen to have something of a legendary love for Cammy, to the point that I am the site's unofficial official Cammy fanboy. And yes, I do play as her in Street Fighter and do so quite well, too.

Also, I am Chad Concelmo's B.F.F., my prize for coming in first in The Great Retro Quiz .18 - ActRaiser. Accept no substitutes. Not even Aerox.

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