While this year’s Thanksgiving has come and gone, some game journalists are still feeling the sting from their family’s comments about their career during Thanksgiving dinner.We spoke with two prominent game journalists to talk about their experiences during Thanksgiving dinner with their families. First we spoke with Adam Sessler, executive producer at Revision3 Games, to talk about his humiliating story.
“They wanted to know if I had finally moved on from G4 and had found a legitimate use for my English literature degree,” began Sessler, “I always tell them that video game journalism is a legitimate use but they never take it seriously. Anyway, I talked about the PlayStation 4 fiasco I had but they just simplified it into me whining that I did not get to play some video games early. I corrected them and said that I reviewed them for a living, but then my mom just asked me why I couldn’t be a paramedic like my sister.”
“I think the most humiliating part was my family telling my wife that she could do better,” explained Sessler, “That hurt a lot. I’m doing the best I can with the skills I have gained all throughout my life. It’s just that my skills have best prepared me to play video games and review them on a website. It’s not my fault life decided to give me these talents. Growing up, I never thought I would become a well-respected video game journalist and I know I am well-respected because I have a Wikipedia page. But my mom just kept talking about how my sister saves lives all day. Big deal, I could do it too if I had the training.”
The Escapist’s Bob “MovieBob” Chipman also allowed us to repost his Thanksgiving rant about how his family treated him during dinner.
I don’t know what my family wants from me to be honest. I moved out of their house a year and a half ago. I have a job talking about movies and video games on the internet. I even make my own shows and I have a blog. What else do they want from a 32 year old man?
I showed my nieces and nephews the Super Mario 3D World review I did and I proudly explained to my family that it was the first professional video game review I have ever done in my life. Those little brats tore me to pieces. They said that my criticism of Bowser being the antagonist again was a flimsy excuse to air out my past grievances with the Mario series when gameplay is clearly the main focus of the game. I guess those brats didn’t forget about my Mario origins rant from last year. I mean, he is from Brooklyn, not the Mushroom Kingdom. At least I know those twerps were listening to me.
My parents took me aside and wondered if I needed to move back in. Hell no! I am a proud, independent game journalist and film critic like Roger Ebert. They said that they want to help me find a real job and maybe set me up with a girlfriend that they think would settle for me. They just don’t understand how serious my profession is. I spent all night playing PS4 games just so I could understand what that mysterious Japanese company Sony was trying to accomplish. After I told them that, they kind of gave up saying that it’s really their fault for not stopping me from playing Super Nintendo all night when I was a kid. Don’t know what that means and don’t really care because they got off my case.
I don’t think I’m going to go to my family’s Thanksgiving next year. But maybe I should because when next year rolls around, I’ll have another video game review done that’ll show my jerk nephew Kyle that he will never be as good as me with two professional reviews on a website.
Gaming journalists are advised next year to call themselves analysts and not elaborate further due to signing non-disclosure agreements with big-name companies like Sony.