Adults playing video games remains cool

Editor-in-chiefMore than a decade ago, I wrote a column and produced a podcast for Gaming Insurrection about adults who game (Editor’s note: Listen to Episode 17 of the Editor’s Podcast if you’re interested). As the young kids these days like to say, I said what I said. I’ve been a proud gamer since 1988, so that’s 31 years and counting as of this writing.


Video games have provided a career — if I hadn’t wanted to meet the creators of Mortal Kombat back in the day, I wouldn’t have picked up a pen and started my journalism career. Video games have been my escape when life got hard and tough fast — I don’t know where I would have been without GI and Borderlands when my life fell apart a few years ago. Gaming was truly the way I healed.


Giving me a way to focus my energy, time and talents, video games are a major part of my past, present and future. While I may not be a full-time professional journalist with aspirations of working for Nintendo anymore, I am still a journalist with a love for storytelling and talking about games. Time is limited for me with going to school, restarting a family and working, and there are times when it goes on hold. Though gaming is a shared love with my partner, we prioritize in the Beatty-Hicks household as we have always done and will continue to do hopefully with our future little 3-UP.


Games have been in my life from the time I learned to count, through my K-12 years, college years, adult working life, and now college again. There hasn’t been a time that I could say I didn’t somehow have a controller in hand or a game on the brain to try. And that’s the way it will always will be.



Lyndsey Hicks is editor-in-chief of Gaming Insurrection. She can be reached by email at