Gamer Spotlight: Ben Kuchera


Ben Kuchera

Senior Opinion Editor at Polygon

Twitter: @BenKuchera


Ben Kuchera has been writing professionally about video games for over a decade. His career began at the website Ars Technica where he spent nearly ten years before moving on in 2012 to run the newly formed Penny Arcade Report. After PAR shut down after 2 years he moved on to his current position as Senior Opinions Editor at Polygon. Ben lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with his wife and 5 children.

What is the first video game you ever played?

I’m honestly not sure! I believe it was something on the Atari system my cousins had in their basement.

What is your favorite game of all time?

This is such a hard question, but my go-to answer is always Super Mario 64. I remember feeling such a sense of wonder when I played it, and it was one of the first 3D games that didn’t feel like it was hurt by the extra dimension. It was everything I wanted in a Mario game, and I don’t think anything before or really since has felt the same way to me.

Which hobbies or pastimes do you enjoy besides gaming?

I love flying things, although I’m much more of a dabbler than a real enthusiast. I’ve been up in helicopters, planes, gliders, I’ve gone skydiving. Being in the air is one of my favorite things, and my wife always gets me a new experience in the sky for my birthday.

How do you balance gaming and family life?

It’s really tricky, especially since I have such a big family with five kids. You just have to pick your moments, and really take your free time seriously. I only get an hour or so a night to play, if that, so I try to stick to games I really care about, and I like playing games with my children.

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