Blades of Steel! I appreciated how this fighting game had a hockey mini-game between fights. Very innovative.
I grew up loving classic gaming magazines like Nintendo Power, GamePro (RIP), Electonic Gaming Monthly etc. I'd be lying if I didn't say I was jealous of people who got to write about video games for a living and visit exclusive events like E3. Now that I'm able to attend those events, I get to provide first hand coverage from the industry I love. While I do write articles on Shogun Gamer, I prefer creating and working in media formats like audio, video and photography whenever possible.
In 2003, Corey Rollins was informed by a high-school career councilor that according to standardized testing he would be best suited to work as a funeral home director, stand up comedian or in the military. He opted for film school instead.
After graduating from the Vancouver Art Institutes Digital Film program at the top of his class, he briefly worked for Lions Gate Studio’s on a horrible made-for-TV movie called, “Perfect Note”. Despite not knowing whether it actually ever aired, he would still like to apologize for its existence.
Quickly realizing that movie set life was damaging his long-time romance with film, he took at job at Electronic Arts Canada as a QA tester, eventually becoming a Developer Point of Contact. During his time at EA, he worked on publishing three installments of the highly popular FIFA franchise. He will be forever known at EA as the guy who discovered that if you create Chuck Norris and Steven Segal as custom characters in FIFA World Cup 06 and have them play each other, the game crashes 100% of the time. True story.
In hopes of advancing his career, Corey opted to return to school. He graduated from BCIT Marketing Management and Entrepreneurship program and competed nationally on BCIT’s “Advancing Canadian Entrepreneurs” business team.
Upon graduation he launched ShogunGamer.com with Ian Fisher, which quickly became the largest Canadian focused video game news website. He has provided live coverage of North America’s largest gaming conventions (E3, PAX, CES, GDC etc.) and his work has been featured on websites such as Kotaku, Joystiq, Destructoid and TechVibes. In 2010, he created a viral marketing campaign for “Pokemon Apokelypse” which generated over 8 million views and has been featured on PerezHilton.com, TMZ, Breakfast Television, Escapist Magazine and even The Naked News.
With additional post graduation experience working as a community manager, scratch DJ, web and graphic designer, Drupal programmer, photographer and video game producer, Corey is a veritable Swiss army knife of multi-media bad-assery, business experience and technological know-how.