Jurjen Tiersma (1970) grew up in a dark, grim, and confusing world full of fear and terrors. Luckily, he found some portals to other worlds, some of which he managed to create himself by drawing and painting them, others well hidden inside the sleeves of metal albums, the tears on comic book pages, and the games he played on grey boxes with names like NES en SNES.
In 1992, after being turned down by the Christelijke Academie voor Beeldende Kunsten in Kampen (the commission wasn’t to fond of his series of paintings called ‘Satanic Landscapes’), and generally failing to accomplish anything constructive in reality, Tiersma became a game counselor at Nintendo in Nieuwegein, where he guided people through the paths he before endured, helping them overcome monsters, trials and confusion.
In 1998 Tiersma found his purpose of life in being a freelance videogame journalist and game translator. As such, he traveled all over the world, writing thousands of stories about the challenges he had faced and treasures he discovered, meeting many a hero of him, including his savior Shigeru Miyamoto.