Area of Effect is a blog about issues that come up in the world of gaming and the community reaction to them. Video games have always helped people connect, and now with platforms like Youtube, Twitter, Twitch and Discord, among others, the gaming community is more connected than ever before. Because of this, news spreads fast and a lot of people have the ability to share their opinions. The goal of this blog is to try and aggregate all the different reactions people have to certain news or issues and present them in a way that is easier to read than scrolling through comments sections or Twitter threads. Basically, I will look at the big things that happen in gaming and examine the “area” where they have the most “effect”. I had help coming up with the name, so I have no problem pointing out how good it is (that’s a joke).

That’s me, Cody Nespor. Like most, I’ve been playing video games pretty much for as long as I can remember. I really fell in love with gaming through Super Smash Bros. Brawl, however. That was the first game I ever really tried to play seriously and ay my peak I was ranked as the 52nd best player in my home state of Pennsylvania on the now-defunct AllisBrawl website. Since then I’ve “effectively retired” from any sort of gaming in a competitive capacity, but I still love it. In 2018 I graduated from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania with a degree in digital media production and now I’m working towards a master’s degree in journalism at West Virginia University.

I’m not going to lie to myself and think that I could possibly cover everything that happens in gaming, nor do I want to claim that I will be able to perfectly encapsulate the community’s full reaction, but I am going to give it my best shot and hopefully I can make something that some people can enjoy.

If you happen to like what you see you can follow me on Twitter at @CodyNesporSRU or you can read more of my writing at WVU’s student newspaper.