Hey, I stumbled upon this site and I’m curious. Who are you?
Hello! My name is Gabriel Machado Pureza. I’m a Brazilian journalist who is very passionate about games. I play them since I was 4 and I used to read game magazines all the time in my childhood (there was no internet back then, folks), so I always kinda liked the idea of having a site about games someday, but never truly considered it until a friend came up with the idea some time ago. I was finishing college by then and was very busy, so I never really had the time to try. During the first half of 2017, though, I was graduated and unemployed, so I decided to create Angry Duck Gamer. Today I’m a freelance journalist and this blog helped me to score a few gigs, so it seems like it was a good idea to create it.
Ok. Cool. Why are you a duck, though? Worse, an angry duck?
Well, it’s because of the avatar picture of my Twitter profile (which I won’t be linking since all I do on it is to complain in Portuguese), which is a baby duck. I chose it because I really love how angry he looks. I’ve been called a duck on that site so often that I kinda got attached to the persona. That said, you can expect some anger in the reviews and analysis, but this site will not be focused on games about ducks. Be warned!
Ok, Mr. Duck Guy, I get it (but I’m sad because I was really expecting real ducks), but if you are Brazilian, why are you writing in English?
Well, to get a broader audience, really. It was a very tough decision since the idea was initially to do a Brazilian site, but most of the games I’ll cover will be in English anyway, so I guess the major part of my readers will be able to read in English too. Also, more than half of my clients are English speakers these days.
Sure, sure, you do like to talk about yourself, but what’s this site about anyway?
It’s pretty easy to find news and content about mainstream games. Most game journalists, for instance, cover games like Mass Effect, Battlefield, Assassin’s Creed and FIFA to exhaustion. However, it’s very hard to find good news sites that cover non-AAA and indie games. When they actually do that, they either focus completely on a niche (like CRPGs, for instance) or indie games in general. What I’m aiming to do here is give a qualified journalistic coverage to games that aren’t necessarily AAA. The site will be more focused in genres that I like the most, like RPGs, but won’t be genre-exclusive.
Seems like a lot of work. Will you be working alone on the site?
Very interesting. So… I have a huge pile of money and I’m interested in sharing some of it with you if you work for me. Can I see your portfolio or something like that?
Sure! I love money and I really need it to eat and pay for stuff, contact me anytime! I generally write about exciting stuff like games, tech and boring stuff like economy, the financial market and the blockchain industry. I’m also an expert in standard journalistic work and I’ve been doing copywriting since last year. My portfolio can be found here (it’s in Portuguese but there are some articles in English there) and you can always send me an email or contact me through this site and social media (links above).