I'm the kind of man who is thankful for all the good things that happen to me in life. OtakuDante's Gaming Inferno didn't begin overnight, but involved a long road of reviewing for other websites as well as a leap of faith on my part. With that being said I would like to take the time (and this page) to thank all those who have either influenced, or supported me in some way over the years. This is a 'Thank You' to all those who helped me become the successful reviewer that I am today ...
Aris (@SoSolidOxide) - Aris is a friend I met through Twitter. He's been uplifting, and supportive of my blogging and social media efforts. We think alike when comes to thinking outside of the box. He's also the creator behind two of my blog's new header art. That includes the Inferno's new header, and Reporto Deporto's NES themed header. Not many friends would offer such services so freely, and that's why Aris gets a special thanks from me. Thank you Aris for making my work here look even more professional than it already was! Thanks for being the Awesome friend that you are!
Dave Olsen (www.movieset.com) - Dave gets top spot, because he is the guy who actually got me started in reviewing. When I first began my venture on Twitter (before most people knew who I was) Dave had posted a tweet about looking for micro reviewers for his website. What made this experience so great was that dave helped me organize my thoughts for the reviews, and he even sent DVDs for review all the way from Canada! Even though my career at movieset.com didn't last long (due to the site format change) I am still very grateful for the experience. Dave even sent me a signed movie poster as a farewell gift which was truly Awesome. Thanks Dave!
Christopher Thorne (xcritic 18+) - I have worked with Chris going on about three years now. Most of you will have no clue about this, but I actually do Adult DVD reviews on the side. I found this job after applying at several different movie review sites with no success. I was determined to get back into the DVD reviewing business after working for movieset.com. It took many months, but after contacting Chris about the position he didn't hesitate in allowing me on his review staff. I have learned many things about composing proper reviews from Chris, and his website. To this day I'm still learning new things. Thanks Christopher!
Andre Tipton (@otakuman5000/realotakugamer.com) - One day in my reviewing career I decided to reach out, and search for a reviewing job doing something I've always enjoyed. Andre gladly accepted me as one of his staff on the new website he had just created. The site offered me a chance to review both video games, and anime. To this day Andre's website is still growing in popularity, and has an amazing review staff that supports one another. Lately my own work has come between my working for Andre, but we still support each other as much as we can. Thanks Andre (@otakuman5000)!
Andy Merrill (xblaratings.com) - Like realotakugamer.com, xblaratings.com offered an outlet for me to express my interest in videogames. When I began reviewing for xblaratings.com I had switched game consoles to the Xbox 360. At this point in my life I was pretty distraught with my decision to trade consoles. I had loved playing on the PS3, but the hacking incident really tried my patience with Sony. After beginning reviews on xblaratings.com I saw a great opportunity. I realized that I could do this sort of thing on my own, and after a moment of inspiration I did just that. That was the beginning of my venture into requesting indie, and arcade games for review. If it wasn't for Andy Merrill 'OtakuDante's Gaming Inferno' wouldn't be as successful as it is today. Thanks Andy!
@kilroyfx (Bloody Checkers/XBLIG) - I don't know @kilroyfx's real name but his XBLIG title 'Bloody Checkers' was the first requested game I actually reviewed on OtakuDante's Gaming Inferno. If @kilroyfx had not trusted me enough to do a review on his game I'm not sure this review blog would be here today. Thanks @kilroyfx!
@skoddle (Astro Cluster/XBLIG) - @skoddle is one of the friendliest indie game developers that you'll ever meet. His debut XBLIG title 'Astro Cluster' was my second requested game for review, and it led to an Awesome friendship that I'll never forget. After reviewing @skoddle's game we began to talk over Twitter, and eventually in LIVE developer matches with other reviewers. Skoddle is a great guy, and Awesome developer. I'm definitely glad I got to know him. Thanks @skoddle!
David Alonzo (NISA) - Perhaps on of the greatest blessings of recent years was to be able to get onboard with NIS America via David Alonzo. David is a proper PR by my own standards. He's polite, and actually appreciates the work I put into my reviews. If it weren't for David's trust in me I don't think I'd have ever had the opportunity to review as many JRPGs as I have. Many thanks David. I hope to work with you for a long time to come.
Zac Gunnel (Tecmo Koei) - Like the previously mentioned JRPG PRs, Zac was my entryway into the offerings of one of the action genres greatest all-time publishers. This game publisher known as "Tecmo Koei" has a special place in my heart, especially for the NES, and Xbox 'Ninja Gaiden' titles. They are also the ones behind one of my all-time favorite fighting games, "DOA". It has been a privilege to be able to work with Zac, and provide reviews on some of Tecmo's greatest releases. I appreciate it more than you'll ever now Zac. It has been a pleasure working with you, and I hope our PR - Journalist relationship continues for many more years.
Danielle Tunstall (@d_tunstall) - This amazing, and exceptionally talented lady has opened up my eyes to a unique brand of art I never would've thought existed. She's a master manipulator of photographs, and uses the medium like a painter uses paint, a brush, and canvas. If you've stopped by my site you have probably taken a peek at her exclusive "Art of the Month" page. That page is a mainstay fixture for a good reason. After being allowed to share Danielle's art with you I knew from pageviews that you too loved her work. I could not, in my right mind deprive you of such artistic mastery, and with Danielle's approval I have been able to continue to provide monthly updates featuring her finest pieces. My thanks goes out to Danielle for being willing to share her work with us, and I hope she succeeds in finding true fame & fortune one day. Thanks Danielle!
My Followers, Friends & Readers - Without proper support any reviewer will ultimately fail. This is why I want to take the opportunity to thank all of those who have supported me in my reviewing here at 'OtakuDante's Gaming Inferno'. Without my loyal readers, my friends, and my followers I couldn't continue doing what I do, nor would I be willing to. Thanks to all of you for your support!
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