I’m Syp, a gamer/writer/fugitive in my 40s. I’m married to a wonderful woman, have four kids, am a pastor of a church in New York, and am a reporter for Massively OP.
I’ve been gaming ever since I was a wee tyke on my Atari 2600, and grew up programming games, pouring over RPG manuals, and eventually becoming a big fan of MMORPGs. My MMO career really started in 2004 with City of Heroes and World of Warcraft, although I’ve played most everything since. “Syp” comes from a Gnome Warlock I created back in 2006, and I’ve used that and variations on that name ever since.
I began blogging in 2008 with WAAAGH!, a Warhammer Online blog that ran until early 2009. When my time in WAR came to an end, I realized that I didn’t want to stop blogging and instead wanted to comment on other MMOs and retro games well. That doesn’t fit so well in a Warhammer Online-specific blog, and rather than stretch the credibility of that blog too far, I decided to carve out another niche in the blogosphere and create Bio Break to handle the rest of my gaming interests.
My favorite MMOs over the years include Anarchy Online, World of Warcraft, Guild Wars 2, Lord of the Rings Online, The Secret World, Fallen Earth, City of Heroes, Warhammer Online, RIFT, Dungeons and Dragons Online, and WildStar.
So why “Bio Break” as a title? Firstly, because “Exploding Sheep” was taken in the WordPress database. Alas. Bio Break is a gamer term that’s always amused me as a politic way of saying “I gotta go POTTY!” to your teammates, and it just sounded right as the title of a blog. It’s alliterative, not too serious, and has toilet humor built right in!
As a MMO gamer, I’ve been happy settling somewhere in the middle between “casual” and “hardcore”. I’m not much of a raider or a PvPer, and often become consumed by “fluff” and other trivial activities in games. I am always eager to try out new titles, and have been involved in MMOs ever since trying out Anarchy Online. On launch day.
You can follow me on Twitter (@Sypster) or email me at justinmassively -at- yahoo -dot- com.