Playing for a living
Laurel man quits job to find success as video game reviewer
by Anath Hartmann

You could say Super Mario Brothers changed Kyle Orland’s life and he hasn’t put his joystick down since turning his childhood love into a full-fledged career.

In 1997, the then-14-year-old received a manual on the Web language HTML as a gift from his mother that he utilized to create a Web page about the digital, mustachioed Nintendo duo and their video games.

‘‘When I went into college, I planned to make video games,” said Orland, 25, a 2004 University of Maryland, College Park graduate. ‘‘But I didn’t quite have the skills, I think. So I went into journalism, which seemed kind of like a natural transition because I liked to write and I’m very passionate about ”

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