Alex O'Neill

Alex O'Neill

Alex is a freelance writer, podcaster and lover of Chipotle. From Maryland, he's been writing about video games since he was a junior in high school and has been podcasting just as long. You can hear him talk games on Irrational Passions Podcast and find all his assorted thoughts on Twitter @ALFighter27

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How Persona 3 Helped Me Overcome Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

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Some of us use gaming as an escape. Whether things in life are too hard or just too much for us, gaming gives us a world that we can to run to when we need to find some peace. Maybe it’s just somewhere that you can be the hero, or change the world, or save the princess, or find people who understand you. When Chronic Fatigue Syndrome took over my life, that was what I needed—a place where people understood me—because I felt more alone than I had in my entire life. I wasn’t physically alone, but when you’re the only person you’ve ever even heard of who is battling CFS, it’s harrowing. Most of all, it’s isolating. Read More

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Playing With Mom Inspired My Love of Games

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Final Fantasy VII is not a game I believe a 6-year-old should be playing. It has a lot of vulgarity, a very complicated story, and adult themes that would go right over a kid’s head. Despite this, it’s a fantastic game with some deep and satisfying combat and amazing bosses. When trying to make the game palatable for a 6-year-old kid, you have to insert a buffer. My mom was that buffer for me. Read More