My name is Donyea Cooley-White, better known online as Mr BlackMagik. Growing up with a dad that played video games, I’ve had a controller in my hands ever since I was a kid. My fondest gaming memories are of classic N64 games (Mario Party, Turok, Perfect Dark, Tony Hawk, the list goes on…) and of course, Halo 2 on Xbox.
Halo 2 is where it all started for me. It was my first online gaming experience and it eventually led to my involvement in competitive gaming with MLG. Later on I got into other competitive shooters such as Gears of War and Rainbow Six Vegas 2. But that’s a story for another day.
Thanks to Halo 2, my passion still lies with the first and third-person shooter genre. I also highly enjoy stealth, specific sports titles, puzzle, and generally anything that catches my eye.
Outside of gaming I am a full-time college student working towards a Bachelors degree in Computer Information Technology. It was always between IT and Game Development for me as a kid, and IT won. I did however spend a few years in the gaming industry as a Quality Assurance Tester for Activision. One of their branches is located here in Minnesota and I got to work on games such as Call of Duty: Ghosts, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Deadpool, NASCAR, and dreadfully even Angry Birds Trilogy. Seriously, check the credits!
Near the middle of 2014, a few friends and I started the DRM Gamecast. A podcast for us to discuss general gaming topics and opinions. Not too long after it expanded into a full website producing news, reviews, and other daily content. The DRM Gamecast has since officially ended and the experience was great for me. I learned a lot about gaming websites, PR work, reviews, and much more. Now I’ve decided to scale back and release opinions and reviews of my own.
If you have any questions, hit me up on twitter or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org