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When Doug Elfman was growing up in New Orleans and Athens, Ga., adults kept telling him he was wasting his life by playing video games. But he stayed his course, killing virtual Nazis and angry-eyed mushrooms. And now he writes the biggest, self-syndicated video game column in America, and perhaps the world. He's like the Roger Ebert of video games.
Elfman, a graduate of Louisiana State University, interned at the Times-Picayune in 1990, then explored newspapers throughout the South, covering hurricanes, presidential campaign stops, and lots of court cases involving indicted mayors and criminals who pummeled store Santas.
Then, in 2000, Elfman became a nationally recognized music critic at The Las Vegas Review-Journal, where he also began writing about games. It was there he earned three first-place awards -- for feature writing, and arts and entertainment criticism -- from the American Association of Sunday and Feature Editors. But he came to prominence mostly for coining the phrase "suckity-suck-sucked" after experiencing a Britney Spears concert.
For the past few years, Elfman -- whose family is rebuilding in Gentilly, post-Katrina -- has been critiquing TV shows on staff at The Sun-Times in Chicago. Occasionally, he appears on "Good Morning America" to talk about TV.
"So my job, in essence, is to sleep in, then watch and play TV," Elfman said. "Whenever college journalists ask me how to attain such a lifestyle, I paraphrase Mariah Carey, whom I never listen to, by saying, 'You gotta make it happen.' "
- From The New Orleans Times-Picayune, Dec. 7, 2007
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