Gamer Spotlight: Kyle Hilliard


Kyle Hilliard

Associate Editor at Game Informer

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Twitter: @KyleMHilliard

What is the first video game you ever played?

The first video game I have a memory of playing is Super Mario Bros. at a friend’s house. I was very young, and remember running into the first pit repeatedly. The first game, however, that I have a true memory of playing and understanding the goal is Super Mario Land 2: Six Golden Coins on my older brother’s Game Boy. That was the Game Boy bundle that came with Tetris, so I have memories of playing that, as well.

What is your favorite game of all time?

My list of top 10 games is constantly fluctuating, but number one is always the same – The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. It was the first Zelda I played and it just blew me away. I had played and enjoyed plenty of video games before then, but that was the first game to hit an emotional chord beyond just being fun to play. It made me realize the potential of an interactive story and world and it put me on the path to learn more about video games and eventually want to write about them as a career.

What do you do for fun when not playing video games?

I have a lot of love for movies, in particular following the trajectory and history of my favorite directors. I also love stand-up comedy so I listen to a lot of comedy podcasts and try to watch and attend stand-up shows as much as possible. I also play the drums, but haven’t lived in proximity of my drumset for a long time. That should be changing soon, however, so I am excited to get back into music. And of course, I spend a lot of time playing with my daughter.

How do you balance gaming and family life?

It’s tough, especially since my kid is a night owl like her parents. Like much of your life following having a child, you have to schedule it in advance. If there’s a game I really want to play, it’s important the kid gets to bed at her normal bed time as opposed to letting her stay up late. I’ve also found myself trying to wake up early to get in gaming, too. I also end up playing more handheld and Wii U games since I can play those without monopolizing the TV away from everyone. My wife and I both play a lot of video games, so it is and probably always will be a big part of our household entertainment, but we do have to schedule it out. 10527386_10100857073390064_6156989815058880095_n

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