Meeting way back in Middle School, the two guys who would go on to create Gameinsight Productions bonded over Simon Wu’s abundance of school supplies and the unorganized Alex Miller’s need of them. The two quickly became fast friends (though Simon maintains that Alex still owes him money for the paper and pencils…) thanks to a shared interest in Video games. However, it wasn’t until High School (and quite a few nerdy all-night gaming sleepovers later) that the two decided to try their throats at internet media. Wait, something about that sounds off…
Their first journey into online media production came when Alex was unwillingly roped into helping a friend commentate on a webcast of a high school football game. Finding that he enjoyed talking to himself, Alex helped out several more times over the course of the year. Meanwhile Simon, while managing the tech section of the school newspaper, started a weekly school news podcast. Enjoying the medium he began to host it every week, inviting teachers, students, and visiting speakers to be guests on the program, something Alex began to do regularly.
Towards the end of their senior year the two decided that they weren’t ready to quit making podcasts. They loved listening to themselves talk after all and they weren’t going to let a little thing like graduation get in the way of it. With a love for such podcasts as the Roosterteeth Podcast (then the Drunk Tank) and Two Chimps on a Davenport, Alex and Simon knew they wanted to focus their new project on gaming, but wanted to avoid being just another podcast where gamers talk about games. Instead, they wanted to be different, to focus on the bigger picture and the bigger issues. Seeking out the help of John Tarr and Dan Broadbent, the hosts of Two Chimps on a Davenport as well as the founders and operators of Wikigameguides.com, they pitched their idea for a gaming news analysis podcast. Thus, the Com-cast and GameDistiller Productions were born.
Jonathan Tung is a 24-year-old purveyor of video games, japanese cartoons, and all other forms of geek culture. He is currently pursuing an English Major at San Jose State University in San Jose, CA, in the hopes of landing a job working at one of the big gaming news sites in the near future. So far, it's looking pretty good.