10670157_10205006448622397_8826892116626212274_nMy name is Matthew Shiflet, I’m a student at Ohio University’s Honors Tutorial College, and video games are my passion.

I’m part of OU’s class of 2019, and I intend to graduate with a minor in marketing and a certificate in social media alongside my bachelor’s in journalism. I’m currently spending the second semester of my junior year studying as an exchange student at Hong Kong Baptist University in Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong.

I’ve been reading and writing since I was three years old, and I’ve been gaming for almost as long. It wasn’t until high school that I decided to smash the two together for a viable career path.

On August 19, 2013, when I was a junior in high school, I started my first blog, My Opinion as a Gamer. I focused on editorial topics but eventually branched into other types of writing as well. The posts from that blog are available at the linked archive.

In mid-January of 2014, I was invited to write for Gamers Sphere, a larger website consisting of several writers and video producers. I wrote there as a Senior Editor until August 2017. I performed various duties from reporting to PR, and I previously recorded and edited narrated gameplay videos.

At Gamers Sphere, I’ve interviewed a variety of people from developing companies such as Roll_7 Studios (Not a Hero, OlliOlli) and Housemarque Studios (Outland, RESOGUN). I’ve stepped into the entertainment industry with interviews with GRAMMY winner Glen Slater, BattleBots Season 6 runner-up Ray Billings, and The Walking Dead star Chad L. Coleman.

During my first semester of college, I was a culture reporter for The Post, a student newspaper at Ohio University. I also wrote occasional video game reviews for the publication through my sophomore year.  You can click on this link to see an archive of all my work at The Post.

My newest and largest project is serving as the PR Manager for GuessworkVR, an indie game development studio with a focus on virtual reality content. The team is currently developing its first game, UNDR[H2O], and it’s my job to get the word out about the project through our social media pages and website. I began working with the team in April 2016, but my role is minimal at the moment, as the team is still early in development. I’m currently working behind the scenes on an all-encompassing PR plan for a larger media blitz for when the time is right. As the one-man marketing and PR contact, I will be working to get our game in the public eye when it is ready.

I have great verbal communication skills and have won state-level awards for my public speaking roles at conventions and competitions. I qualified as a semi-finalist and competed in a national competition in early 2015 and have presented at conventions in front of hundreds.

Some of my other skills include news and press release writing, editing, familiarity with developing a PR plan, time management, and the ability to learn new programs and applications quickly.

This is only a small sampling of my life so far, but there’s plenty more to learn about me. My resume is located on the appropriate tab on this site. If there is more you’d like to know about me, contact me via any of my personal or company contacts below.





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