Gamer Spotlight: Wesley Yin-Poole


Wesley Yin-Poole (Deputy Editor, Eurogamer)

After University, Wesley got his first taste of a career in journalism working in the features department of one of the biggest newspapers in the UK, The Mail. It was a learning experience that taught him about doing research, conducting interviews, and other skills that a budding journalist needs to know. After that he got his post-graduate diploma in Magazine Journalism and worked for a variety of publications including Chemist & Druggist, The Publican, and Cabinet Maker (yes it was a magazine about furniture).

His career in video games journalism started with a stint as Deputy Editor for the website for a few years before joining Eurogamer in 2010 as News Editor. He now serves as Deputy Editor where he’s involved in nearly all aspects of the site including writing features and occasionally covering the latest industry news.

What is the first video game that you remember playing?

“I think it was Super Mario Bros. on the NES. I’ve got a vague memory of playing something on an Atari ST, but I’m sure my first video game was probably a handheld, maybe a Game & Watch thing or perhaps the Double Dragon Tiger handheld. I definitely played lots of arcade games, too, whenever we went on holiday or the circus came to town. I remember playing Gauntlet and Operation Wolf, and there were probably loads more. Sorry, it’s really hard to remember! Certainly the NES was my first video game console I properly remember playing.”

What are your favorite games of all time?

Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo, World of Warcraft, Destiny and, if I had to pick a football game, I’d probably go with Pro Evolution soccer 2005. Street Fighter 2 is the fighting game I have the fondest memory of, and SSF2T is the one I’m best at (aren’t all our favourite games the ones we’re best at?). World of Warcraft almost ruined my life but I have no regrets. I could play that game forever! And PS2-era PES holds a special place in my heart, simply because it was the backdrop to so many formative university experiences.

wes2Which hobbies or pastimes do you enjoy besides gaming?

“I love football, both watching and playing. I do a lot less of the playing these days! I’m a Chelsea fan (I grew up in south London) and I try to watch as many of their games as possible. Elsewhere, I love to read, although I find Audible is an easier fit into my life now as there’s so little time to actually sit down to read a book. And I love watching TV. Netflix is a wonderful thing!

Do you and your children play video games together?

“Not yet! My children are a bit young to play video games with me. My daughter is just three and my son is just one. Although I sometimes sit with my daughter and help her with basic apps that involve pushing balloons around, that sort of thing. I’m really looking forward to introducing my kids to Street Fighter. I have a training regime all planned out already. It’ll be proper Ryu and Ken growing up in the mountains of Japan stuff. Can’t wait. I’m sure they’ll love it.

How do you make time for gaming with a busy family life and career?

“It’s very difficult! Luckily at Eurogamer we’re able to play games during work hours. After all, we can’t report on games properly if we’re not playing them! I’m usually the one who picks the kids up from nursery after work. By the time I’ve put them to bed, it can be pushing 8pm. I’m usually shattered by then! So it’s a lot easier to put something on the telly for my wife and I to watch together than for me to focus on a video game. But occasionally I’ll stay up to play something after my wife has gone to bed – usually FIFA, Call of Duty or something else I’m into. Recently I’ve been working through the wonderful Resident Evil 2 remake, but it’s slow progress.

I find it hard to play a lot of popular games these days that are always online or revolve around constant multiplayer, because if my kids wake up and start crying or calling for me, I need to go see them. If I’m in a fireteam with others, that’ll ruin their game. If I’m playing a long-running competitive game, like a battle royale, I’ll end up idle and dead. So I tend to focus on quick-fire multiplayer experiences (a FIFA match usually lasts just 15 minutes) or games I can pause (single-player stuff). Gone are the days when I would have hours of time to devote to a video game knowing I wouldn’t be disturbed. That’s life!

What is your proudest moment as a parent?

“Recently, when I was bathing my daughter, she asked me about hearts. I said it’s where we keep all our love for everyone. All my love for her was in my heart, I said. She replied to say all her love for me was in her heart.”

Follow Wesley on Twitter at @wyp100 and the latest video game news at @eurogamer

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