In the summer of 2008, Alex Inigo had a vision of creating a shared Youtube group that was dedicated to showing everyone that gamers can be friendly, respectful, united, and competitive, yet still be opinionated and biased. This group was called Games and ME.
When Games and ME started, it was comprised of a few friends who loved playing and talking about video games. It didn’t matter what biases each person held… it was more important that discourse was allowed and that each person’s opinions were given equal value. Because of the nature of this social group however, it was readily apparent that by hanging out regularly that opinions would be swayed and an X factor was needed to be introduced to shake things up. This was when Alex thought to look for strong personalities on the Internet and recruit them for Games and ME. This was when he met Anthony.
Anthony Fernandez had been running a successful Youtube video game opinion channel for the past few months, shunning the comic antics of The Angry Video Game Nerd, and gathered both loyal fans and hateful enemies along the way. There was an instant charm seeing this young mustached Hispanic male with a crappy Xbox 360 webcam spouting off his opinions about the goings on in the industry. Alex took a chance by contacting Anthony one day and, one thing led to another, and Anthony joined the group.
But it wasn’t until Games and ME started podcasting that they both realized that their chemistry on the air was something special. Later that year, Games and ME launched The Pixel and Polygon Protection Group and installed Anthony and Alex as hosts. Anthony would be the primary on air personality, with Alex providing humor, witty banter, and backup.
Weeks came and went and things started going sour for Games and ME and, eventually, the group disbanded. Despite this, Alex and Anthony continued their friendship and have been close friends since. Hosting The Pixel and Polygon Protection Group proved to be incredibly inspirational to Anthony that he then decided to pursue a degree in English. From time to time, Alex would call Anthony up, talk about the good old days of the podcast and, of course, talk about the newest video games. Alex would often comment how interesting their conversations were and wished that they had a podcast to share those ideas on. Anthony would then reply back, saying that if they ever did do it again, that it would have to be them only this time, as equal hosts.
Fast forward to the end of 2011. Alex and Anthony recorded a special Game of the Year episode on Anthony’s channel. This was to be the first time anyone has heard of Alex since the disbanding of Games and ME and the first time Anthony posted a new video on his Youtube channel. When people listened to the video, the chemistry was there, and yet something had changed. Both hosts were more confident, more educated, and had a lot more to bring to the table. Little did everyone watching the video know that Alex and Anthony had plans to create an all new website with a brand new podcast to publish. That new site was Gamer Horizon.
The editorial team of the popular geek website Those Geeks You Know merged with Gamer Horizon soon after to form a website that is essentially a complete package: insightful editorials, interesting impressions, detailed reviews, and entertaining podcasts that only they can provide. The team is joined by former Games and ME member and Roundhouse Roundup host Ted Polak, indie game afficionado Ari Margo, and former Games and ME member and old school gamer Chris Barnes.
Today, the Gamer Horizon website plays host to a diverse group of gamers who are passionate about playing games and playing together. The crew hope that both the website and podcast help them understand not only their fans but gamers all over the world and connect us all through the community formed within. But don’t take our word for it: Here’s some of our fans, voicing their opinions about Gamer Horizon!
“Great new podcast guys! I liked the conversations you two chat up and the discussions you guys have had me wanting to add my input in constantly, aka meaning it got me involved and thinking. Keep it up.”
“Love the show! Keep up the great work!”
“Hey guys love the show!”
“This is Douglas here from iSugoi.com, and I just wanted to say that I enjoy the podcast series thus far!”
“Hey guys! I want to say it’s great to hear from you two again! I’ve been a follower since the old podcast and am excited to see how the website is going to turn out!”
“I just wanted to say that I love the podcast and I’m looking forward to future episodes!”
“This fan will give you two all the support you deserve!”
“Hello gentlemen! Just wanted to let you guys know your new show is awesome! I used to listen your previous podcast, but this new one is much better! You guys covered a lot of topics about modern gaming that I find very interesting, chief among them the elitist attitude of some gamers these days. Thanks guys for a really compelling podcast and good luck!”