Author: Barak Bullock

Hello, Nation! My name is Barak Bullock. I’m a 22-year-old average pro gamer from Austin, Texas, whose storied journey into gaming began as a young boy with the timeless Goldeneye 007 on N64. I graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor’s degree in Rhetoric & Writing from The University of Texas at Austin.

After I got an Xbox, I started playing games like Halo: Combat Evolved, TimeSplitters 2, NBA Street Volume 2 and Kung Fu Chaos. Then Halo 2 came out, and life was never the same. Four or five Xbox 360s, 58,000 gamerscore, and hundreds of games later, I still consider myself a hardcore gamer.

When I’m not gaming, I read deeply into US politics, listen to death metal, drink exotic coffees and hatch schemes to take over the world.

Dark Souls 3 Review

Game: Dark Souls 3 Developer: FromSoftware Publisher: Bandai Namco Games Reviewed On: PS4 Price: $59.99 As fans and observers of the Dark Souls series know, Dark Souls games are not like other games. ...

Barak Bullock’s Game of the Year 2015

My choice for GOTY 2015 is not based on an informed sampling of the best this year had to offer. Because I delayed joining the next-gen world for close to two years, I didn’t get to play many of this ...

Gamers Should Defend Educational Games

Though the educational potential of video games is well known, games have been integrated into formal education with varying degrees of success. Often students, especially those who are gamers, find t...

Mass Effect Andromeda Gameplay Details Leaked

According to moderators at Reddit’s r/masseffect, an anonymous source with access to an early build of Mass Effect Andromeda – the forthcoming installment of Bioware’s famous space RPG ser...

Interview: ESA Reps Talk Start Democracy

After posting our recent analysis of Start Democracy – an online effort to register gamers to vote coordinated by the Video Game Voters Network (VGVN) – APGNation reached out to two representatives of...

Start Democracy: The Gamer Vote in 2015

With the 2016 federal elections on the horizon, gamers are mobilizing to register themselves to vote through a new initiative by the Video Game Voter Network called “Start Democracy.” Launched on Nove...

Street Fighter V DLC Fighters Leaked

The identities of Capcom’s Street Fighter V’s six planned DLC characters have been confirmed by in-game sound files discovered by data-miners at Shoryuken. WAV files of an announcer stating the charac...

Why The Debate Over Video Game Violence Is Over

Credit to SebastianvonBuchwald for this awesome Mario vs. Sonic piece! For gamers, the debate over whether violent video games make players violent is as old as time itself. Many have probably heard t...