Who is Joey Thurmond?


If you had asked me several years ago where I would end up, I would’ve shrugged my shoulders and internally lamented my lack of direction. I had no idea what I wanted to do, but after being instructed in the art of handwriting by my grandfather, I began experimenting with this activity in my own way by writing awful videogame reviews. However, that didn’t matter to me at the time. It was something I adored doing in my spare time, so I continued to hone my skills until I realized hammering my keyboard for hours on end ranting about and indulging in videogames was what I was destined to do. See? God does have a sense of humor.

In pursuit of this eccentric career path, I landed at High Point University in 2013, which was not only less than an hour from where I currently live, but also offered a Bachelor’s degree in “Game and Interactive Media Design” that had coincidentally just been added to the college’s Communication department. Talk about providence. With classes focused on game theory, game criticism, and journalism, I graduated in 2015 and have been contributing much of my writing to Push Square since late 2013. I also have a Master’s degree in English Writing from Gardner-Webb University and write for TechRaptor and Gamechurch.

I would’ve never dreamed I would make it this far, but videogame journalism is my passion. I love the people in the industry and desire to not only critique their work, but also tell their stories and the history of this profound medium we all love. I strive to put the “journalism” in videogame journalism. Otherwise, I’d just be a videogame hobbyist, and quite honestly, that’s what most of my ilk are like for better or worse. But I’ve got a long way to go myself.

To inspect my personal, published, or academic work, check out the above categories. My website is essentially an ever-updating resume that chronicles all of my work, so that’s convenient for both you and me. If you want to know more about who I am and what I’ve accomplished, feel free to inspect my social media (particularly my LinkedIn profile) by clicking on the icons beneath my snazzy logo. And if you happen to have any questions, please contact me at drjoeystein@gmail.com. Thanks for stopping by!