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LAist Interview: Dan "Shoe" Hsu On Halo 3

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Dan "Shoe" Hsu knows video games. As the Editor-in-Chief of Electronic Gaming Monthly, one of the most popular magazines in the world of gaming, it's part of his job. Shoe, 35, first dove into video game coverage in 1996. After graduating from the University of Michigan with a degree in Statistics, he sent query letters to 30 different organizations in the rapidly-growing industry. "I was looking for a job, any job in the game industry," Shoe recalls. EGM editor Joe Funk, impressed with Shoe's query letter, called him up and offered him a job as a games reviewer. Shoe took over the EIC job six years ago, and has steered the publication through some of the most exciting developments in gaming history, including the launch of the Playstation 2, the Xbox and the Wii.

This has been a busy week for Shoe. As we said yesterday, the biggest game of the year hit retail shelves at midnight. By now, fans and newcomers alike have had their first taste of Halo 3, so we thought it appropriate to interview one of the folks who has had the most time with the game up to this point. Shoe has been playing Halo 3 since Friday, and in one of the first official reviews, he scored the game a perfect 10.

LAist sat down for a few hours of Halo 3 action this past weekend (all of the press got our copies early) with Shoe and some of the other EGM crew, and after some running and gunning in both co-op campaign, deathmatch and Forge, the gaming magazine's chieftan sat down to discuss what makes Halo 3 the event game of the year, and how noobs can can get in on the first-person shooter magic.

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So, how many hours a week do you actually play video games?
(laughs) It can be almost my entire week. Since getting Halo 3 on Friday afternoon, I've put in about 25 hours on it (by Monday afternoon). But it varies week to week. During a work week, I usually put in two to three hours of play a night.