Gamer Spotlight: Mike Futter

Mike Futter

News Editor at Game Informer

Twitter: @Futterish

Mike Futter is one of the most trusted names in video game news. As the News Editor at Game Informer, Mike is responsible for bringing you the most up to date and accurate gaming news around. A gamer since his parents brought home a TI-99/4A computer, he grew up playing NES classics like Mega Man and The Legend of Zelda. After spending his early career as a nonprofit fundraiser and grantmaker, Mike decided to redirect his skills and experience towards his lifelong passion for gaming. In 2013 he joined the staff of Game Informer where he now leads their news coverage and analysis from his home in New Jersey where he lives with his wife and two children.

What is the first video game you ever played?

If I recall correctly, it was Dig Dug on an arcade cabinet. I’ll always have a soft spot for that game, because inflating enemies until they explode just feels right, ya know?

What is your favorite game of all time?

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the past is, hands down, my favorite game of all time. I’ve played it at least 10 times all the way through. Something about the juxtaposition between the light and dark worlds, the eeriness of that first trip through the portal, and the familiar-meets-foreign callbacks to the original game in the series make it special for me.

Which hobbies or pastimes do you enjoy besides gaming?

I love to cook, I’m a professionally trained singer (though, you won’t hear me anywhere but the shower and car these days), and I carve out as much time for reading as I possibly can. When I’m on vacation, you can usually find me with my toes in the sand and a book in my hands.

Do you play or plan on playing video games with your children?

I play mostly with my seven year old, Paul. He loves Minecraft, Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare, Star Wars Battlefront, Lego games, and all of the Toys to Life games. We play together as often as we can.
We also play a lot of board games together. He learned how to play Chess at a young age, and he gravitates toward the heavier board games that fill my tabletop closet. Our most recent games have been Star Wars Rebellion and Star Wars Imperial Assault.

How do you balance gaming and family life?

I try to carve out a little time each day to get some time in. Most of my gaming is done on the weekend, though. I know a lot of core gamers don’t love mobile gaming, but it’s improving and for busy people, it isn’t a bad solution (as long as you don’t get suckered into pay-to-win).


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