Paul Charchian is a Minnesota-based fantasy football analyst and radio host, and the creator of Fanball.com. A lifelong gamer, he hosts Video Games Weekly on KFAN on Tuesday nights. The VR enthusiast recently took some time to chat with OiO about his career and his passion for gaming.
Sam Charchian is a video game industry veteran, with 10 years of service at Microsoft and five more at Sony. Originally from Eden Prairie, Minnesota, Charchian knew from a young age that he had to be a computer programmer. His passions for programming and video games led him to a career that included launching Xbox Live, and working with some of the biggest developers in the industry.
Gaming has been a personal passion since the first time I saw an arcade in a mall. I have owned every major console released since the Sega Genesis, with the exception of the original XBox. For me, a Saturday spent playing video or board games with my wife or a few close friends would always be more appealing than a night out. Gaming is, and always will be a part of me.
So what happens when a hardcore gamer brings life into the world? Would my gaming self cease to exist, buried in a cavalcade of dirty cloth diapers? Would the world be forced to evolve without my tsunami of treachery and weiner jokes?
Steve Johnson is a recently retired right-handed pitcher who amassed a 6-1 record and a 4.26 ERA over 76 major league innings in parts of four seasons with the Baltimore Orioles and Seattle Mariners. The Baltimore native is the son of a successful pitcher on one of the best pitching staffs in the history of Major League Baseball (Dave Johnson). An avid gamer, Johnson recently took some time to talk about balancing his passion for video games with the demands of being a professional athlete.
John Gallagher is an entertainment illustrator who has worked in screen-based entertainment since 1995. His resume includes four seasons working on The Flash, as well as two on Supergirl, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Falling Skies, Once Upon a Time and dozens of others. He also previously spent nine years working in video games at Bioware Corp prior to moving to film in 2008.
Ruel Gaviola grew up around games, mainly at family parties where games of poker and mah jong were not uncommon. For years his idea of game night centered around poker and all of its variations. It wasn’t until he discovered Pandemic that he was drawn into the wonderful world of tabletop gaming and his passion for the hobby grew.
Maryland transplant Brian Shea is digital editor at Game Informer magazine in Minneapolis. A 2009 graduate from Salisbury University, the journalist spent seven years writing for his own sites and doing freelance work before landing a full-time gig. Now he plays video games for both a living and a hobby.
After realizing that he didn’t like the way he looked in a picture, Shea introduced a new hobby into his life – working out. He recently took a few moments to talk about changing his body image while balancing his job and recreational gaming.