Looking back on 30

Today I turned 31.

I am humbled and deeply grateful for all of the messages and well wishes I have received to mark this occasion. One of the most incredible realizations as I've watched the notifications tick in throughout the day is that there is an incredible number of "Happy birthday!" messages from people I've either never actually met and/or didn't know a year ago.

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Game Awards and PlayStation Experience Predictions

As #TrevorTrovember  (my project to write an entry a day on my site here during the month of November) comes to a close, I wanted to do something special. So in addition to the written content I usually produce, I put together a video version of this article as well. Here are my predictions on who will win at The Game Awards Thursday, as well as five predictions for the PlayStation Experience Keynote this Saturday at 10AM PT. Check the link for the full list of nominees and categories. I don't follow the eSports scene so I wouldn't be speaking about those categories with any authority and I haven't seen any of the content up for Best Fan Creation so I left these categories out. I haven't played a lot of the other games nominated in some of the categories (Multiplayer and Shooter for example) but I'm in tune enough with the industry that I still felt equipped to address them.

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How PlayStation Experience Changed My Life

In July 2014, I started what I considered to be my first really "adult" job. I'd been a salaried employee for a couple companies in the years prior but they were entry-level positions (or at least entry-level pay). This new job doubled my salary so I found myself with far more disposable income than I was accustomed to spending.

Fast forward a couple months to when PlayStation announces this PlayStation Experience convention, a two-day event specifically for their fans. For years, I had wanted to attend conventions like E3 or PAX but never had the means to do so. But this convention was going to be in Las Vegas? "That's only a five-hour drive from Phoenix," I thought. So I treated myself to a weekend getaway to see what this new thing was actually going to be about.

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