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Arthur Damian | Executive Editor
Arthur Damian is a full-time Admissions Coordinator for Lehman College, working in the Office of Transfer Evaluations. At 29 years old, Arthur has a BA in English, and loves to read and write. Videogames have been an important part of his life since he was 5, from the Nintendo Entertainment System all the way up to the Xbox 360. An avid reader of gaming blogs, Arthur likes to keep up to date on all the happenings of the gaming world, and has his own blog on Destructoid's community forums. His favorite system is the Super Nintendo, and his favorite games are Chrono Trigger, Earthbound, Silent Hill 2, Resident Evil 4, Super Metroid, and Rocket Knight Adventures, among many others. When he isn't working or reading up on games, Arthur enjoys drumming along in Rock Band 3, the game that keeps on giving and has the honor of being one of the few games of which he has never gotten tired. Arthur has a vast knowledge of games, movies, and music, and he was always looking for ways to use it in real life applications. Arthur currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.




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Kristen Spencer | Editor
Kristen Spencer currently toils the days away as the Media Director for a local non-profit, serving as graphic designer, media planner, copywriter, webmaster and the go-to girl for any tech related issues, which means she spends at least 10 minutes of any given day turning things off and on again. But the written word is her true passion. Not the sweaty kind of passion. She has 10+ years of experience reporting for various newspapers, magazines and websites, including The Florida Times Union, Folio Weekly, The St. John’s Record, Ponte Vedra Lifestyle Magazine, CountGameula and ThatVideoGameBlog.

And yeah, okay, maybe it's a little sweaty.

When she's not working hard for the money, so hard for it honey, she's restoring her vintage Honda motorcycle, building her street photography portfolio, and playing story-centric video games. Kristen was raised on the Sega Genesis, but had a thing for Mario on the side, which psychologists believe to be the root of her current console fidelity issues. Thankfully, her PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Nintendo Wii are perfectly content in this polyamorous relationship. Meanwhile, the Ouya watches through the window, its tears mixed with the rain.

She and her twin sister, Lauren, both graduated from Florida State University with matching BA’s in English Literature, to compliment their matching DNA .


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Cody Shults | Editor
Cody is a PhD student living and studying in Chicago. When he isn’t doing research, he is most likely found in his man cave logging more hours in Skyrim on his PC. Gaming started very early for Cody, specifically at the tender age of 3, when his parents brought home the Nintendo Entertainment System. This is also when he met his first loves, Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda. Although he has gone through many consoles, he always commits himself to the next Mario or Zelda iterations, and will always fondly remember his first three dimensional experiences on the Nintendo 64 with Super Mario 64 and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.

Cody has a broad range of games he enjoys, but always finds himself coming back to the RPG. From the Elder Scrolls series to Final Fantasy, he enjoys spending hours immersed in a great story and grinding XP to hit the next level.

Cody is also a musician, and when he isn’t gaming, he is writing music. He plays guitar and synthesizers for his lovely wife and their cat, and also does some home recording of it. He is also a novice home brewer, and is most likely working on a new craft beer in his fermentation tank.

Cody received his B.Sc. from the University of South Florida in 2009, and is currently working on his PhD at Loyola University Chicago.




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Andrew Burrage | Editor
Andrew Burrage is a Florida native now living in Chicago, IL. Whether it involves pen and paper, boards, or PCs and consoles, Andrew likes to geek out with all kinds of games. As with many kids growing up in the 80s, his first dealings with video games started with an NES and a funny little Italian plumber. He has been hooked ever since and tries to get his hands on the latest and greatest whenever he can. Andrew prefers role-playing and strategy, and is a huge fan of puzzle and platform games. Any game with an engrossing narrative is sure to pique his interest; Bioshock Infinite and Mass Effect currently top his favorites.

Aside from gaming, Andrew loves to watch movies and has recently taken up building computers for fun. He enjoys reading science fiction and fantasy novels, and is an avid Game of Thrones fan (both the books and television show). Andrew has a B.Sc. in Chemistry from the University of Florida and is now trying to earn his PhD in virology. Andrew can be reached at @aburrage on Twitter.




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Robert Price | Editor
Born in the autumn of 1992 and raised in Texas, but later settling down in Oklahoma, Robert started his life of gaming by picking up the original Nintendo Entertainment System when he was only 3 years old and spent much time playing Super Mario Bros 3. From there on he spent most of his time enjoying video games and putting them in a special place in his heart. He played just about any game he could get his hands on. Over time he would get a great collection of titles but then trade it for something newer. In due time, he learned to hold onto what he enjoys and not give it up for just anything. He has spent years collecting games and memorabilia to add to his collection which consists of stuffed characters, posters, stands, soundtracks, older systems, art books, strategy guides, and of course video games.

Robert, after years of experiencing the video gaming world, has developed a fond love for adventure, survival horror, strategy, and fighting games. Games with story, depth, sacrifice, and a "practice makes perfect" mentality tend to keep him sucked in for the longest periods of time. Game series such as Fallout, Silent Hill, Legacy of Kain, Civilization, Persona, Far Cry, and the Elder Scrolls have always stuck out to him the most. He also has an odd love for an older series of games called Monster Rancher which he would spend hours just searching through discs to get the perfect monster to raise and train.

When Robert isn't working or spending time with his fiancee, he can be found scouring the web for interesting information, logging in hours on whatever game has caught his interest most recently, listening to music, or playing Magic: the Gathering with is friends. With an admiration for all forms of games, be them competitive or cooperative, Robert is up for anything.


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Derek Bartnett | Senior Author
For 20 consecutive years, since his parents put a Nintendo Entertainment System in his hands (because who else could hook it up to the box?), Derek Bartnett has been in training for a career in gaming. His geek obsession with staying on top of the latest news and gaming trends can only be topped by his extensive knowledge in all things technology, movies and television. Derek is what you would call a classic early adopter. He requires all of the latest gadgets and gaming hardware, as soon as they become available, or he might just pass away.


Derek had an appreciation for video games as a child, but did not became a hardcore gamer until his thirteenth birthday when he was gifted with Golden Eye for Nintendo 64. Derek turned what is a 12 hour single player campaign into 350 hours over countless nights playing multiplayer with friends. Derek requires as many games as possible, across all platforms, in all formats. He's an advocate of all genres, but action adventure games have a special place in his heart, such as Dark Souls and God of War.

Derek is a graduate of Hofstra University class 2009 with a bachelors degree in Political Science. Derek currently resides in New York City, and is always in search for friends to game online with. PSN: Dseed, Xbox Live: Dseed86




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Nick Christophi | Senior Author
Hailing from the tiny island of Bahrain, Nick’s passion for playing video-games started at a very young age. Like many living in the third world, his first gaming experience involved a knock off gaming console; in his case, a knock off Nintendo gaming system called “The Family Game”. Although the console included almost every single game a kid could want to play at a young age, he eventually moved on to playing PC games like Half-Life and System Shock 2 on his family’s work computer.

He has since owned all of the Playstation consoles, and miraculously managed to not break, overheat, or hurt the feelings of the one flimsy Xbox 360 console he has owned since 2007.

Although Nick enjoys playing games of all sorts, he particularly enjoys playing games that are incredibly immersive. Games such as S.T.A.L.K.E.R Shadow of Chernobyl, Far Cry 2, and games in the Mass Effect, Half-Life and Battlefield series, have all made him realize just how immersive and enjoyable video-games can be.

Nick currently resides in Ottawa, Ontario. He is also a talented musician who plays the bass guitar, and produces his own music in his makeshift home studio during his abundant spare time.


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Aaron Yorke | Author
Aaron is a big Nintendo fan living in suburban New Jersey. While his favorite game publisher hasn’t been very consistent in putting out legendary offerings lately, he’ll always come back to his Wii (or Wii U) for the next Mario or Zelda title. That’s probably because Mario and Link are the two heroes who first introduced him to videogames.

The first game Aaron fell in love with was Super Mario World, but The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past was his first obsession. Despite the outstanding 3D Zelda games to come out starting with 1998’s Ocarina of Time, A Link to the Past will always be Aaron’s favorite game. That’s likely due to the hours spent battling Ganon’s minions that defined his life as a six-year-old.

In more modern times, Aaron will dabble in shooters and RPGs. Despite the fact that he’s now in his mid-20s, he’s still an incurable Pokémon fanatic. Gritty, realistic shooters are great, but Aaron will always prefer the colorful fantasy lands produced by Nintendo games.

Aaron’s greatest triumph in gaming was when he finally defeated Ganon in the original Legend of Zelda. His greatest disappointment is that Yoshi’s Story is on the Wii’s virtual console, but Yoshi’s Island isn’t.

While Aaron is a big sports fan, he’s upset that the current landscape of sports games “forces” fans to buy a new title every year, even when an online update would suffice in most cases. Though he enjoys all Mario Karts, he’s adamant that Mario Kart 64 is overrated and Mario Kart: Double Dash is underrated.


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Albert Eres | Author
Albert Eres first exposed himself to the wonders of video games through the archaic block called the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). After countless hours of trying to save the princess in Super Mario Bros. and shooting relentless ducks in Duck Hunt, his world has not been the same. He graduated from the NES to the PlayStation and experienced the world of Final Fantasy (specifically the seventh installment), a franchise that he is still obsessed with to this day. He also dabbled with the handheld console called the Game Boy, where Pokémon Blue Version took a chunk of his childhood. Unfortunately, he never owned the other version and is majorly aware of only the original 150 monsters.

So far, Albert has owned the NES, most versions of the Game Boy, Wii, and all three generations of the PlayStation. He is mainly interested in adventure, fighting, and role-playing games. For a period of time, he only played flash games. His Steam account is full of Humble Bundle games that he still has not found the time to play. However, he is addicted to mobile games that make a player run, fly, or swim continually; allow a player to pick a class and go kill countless enemies; and test a player’s mettle with puzzles with ridiculous solutions.

Albert rarely tweets on Twitter (@hexcursed), but when he does, it may or may not be important. His Steam account is most likely deactivated due to inactivity. His friendless PSN username is hexcursed.


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Noe Ponce | Author
Noe grew up in a magical time known as the 1990s, when the age of videogames was in full bloom. The original Game Boy had just come out in ’89, the Super Nintendo was released in ’91, and Pokémon in ’96. It was great time to be alive. Some of Noe’s most cherished gaming memories include summers spent at his cousin’s house playing hours of Streets of Rage and Sonic the Hedgehog, having his mom beat the first boss level in Super Mario World for him and playing as Diddy Kong in Donkey Kong Country with his dad.

Growing up with a controller in hand helped develop Noe’s overly active imagination. He would often fantasize about having super powers, magical weapons and awesome fighting skills, staging epic fight scenes in his head. As he got older, Noe developed a strong love of fiction and fantasy, which only further ignited his passion for gaming. It was through this adoration that Noe discovered his two favorite types of games, RPGs and Adventures. His top games being Final Fantasy VIII, Persona 3 FES and Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask.

Today, Noe now spends most his free time playing SMITE, Warframe and a plethora of Steam games he no doubt bought on sale. When Noe is not playing, talking or thinking about gaming-- just kidding, he is always thinking about gaming-- he is attending class, working out or spending time with his family, including his adorable two-year-old daughter Juniper, who has recently learned how to turn off his computer and does so at inopportune moments.


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David Logan | Author
David is a native of Denver, CO who grew up at a time when the video game craze was just getting a foothold in the consciousness of young kids and teenagers all over America. His earliest exposure to video games was in the early arcades that sprung up in the late seventies and he has been in love with them ever since. He can remember going over to friends’ houses and playing games on the Odyssey, Intellivision, ColecoVision and the Atari 2600. It wouldn’t be until 1985 when his mother would get him his own console: the original Nintendo with Super Mario Bros. and Mike Tyson’s Punch Out. He was even one of the first kids in his school to receive the early issues of Nintendo Power Magazine and used the tips and tricks he found within to "up his gamer cred."
David has owned almost every gaming console since the original NES in one form or another except for maybe two or three and continues to collect consoles and game software to this day. At current he has and original NES, SNES, Sega Genesis, Sega Dreamcast, Xbox, two Xbox 360s, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, DSi Lite, DSi XL, two 3DS XLs, two PSPs, and a Playstation Vita as well as a plethora of video game software to go along with each console. The next console he plans to purchase in the Xbox One.
When he is not playing video games (he likes all kinds), David is doing homework or spending time with his family. He also enjoys cuddling up with a nice, thick Stephen King novel. He is a freelance web and graphic design artist and loves to scour the Internet to see what his contemporaries are up to regarding new design styles and new design technologies. In addition, he spends several hours a day hitting his favorite video game web sites to see what is new and exciting with his favorite hobby.
His Gamertag and PSN ID is: BigDave300. Send him a friend invite!
David received his Bachelor of Science in Web Design & Multimedia in 2010 from Westwood College. He is currently working on his Masters of Fine Art in Web Design & New Media from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, CA.




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Michael Phillips | Author
Michael Phillips is a broadcast journalism major who spends his days working at a Los Angeles radio station and teaching for a nonprofit education company. He is an avid gamer who has been in love with video games since he first played Sonic the Hedgehog 2 on Sega Genesis.
Michael has recently defected from the Xbox and is now the happy owner of a PS4. Michael is a sucker for an open world RPG and when given a choice is often the scourge of the land versus the virtuous hero. Michael has recently become obsessed with indie games and is fascinated with the visions they are able to bring to life. Some of Michael’s all time favorite games include Elder Scrolls Skyrim, Don’t Starve, The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time, Awesomenauts, any game involving Kirby, the Hitman series, Sonic Adventure, God of War, Kingdom hearts and many more.
You can find Michael on PSN (Miguel_Demetri) playing Call of Duty, Awesomenauts or Mercenary Kings.




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Kenneth Cummings | Author
Ken was born in 1994, and before the nineties had ended, he was already a gamer for life, starting with Pokémon Blue Version. He has a passion for storytelling, especially in the gaming medium. Growing up on a healthy diet of healthy of JRPGs and point-and-click adventure games, young Kenny grew up playing Nintendo and Sony consoles, before becoming a snobby member of the PC master race.

Nowadays, his time is divided between writing about the games he loves, complaining about companies that ruin the games that he loves, getting salty in Persona 4 Ultimate, grinding in old RPGs, and begging Square Enix to port Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King.


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Matt Thames | Author
Matt Thames is blogger for Selby.com.au. He has been playing video games since the 80s, when he got his start on the Atari system.
Matt's been gaming on various platforms ever since. He still owns his original Gameboy, as well as a Sega Dreamcast, along with all the newest systems. RPGs are his current fascination, but he still enjoys playing the Mario franchises, as well. He currently resides in NC, and enjoys playing video games with his kids, as well as solo.




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Vince Borkowski | Author
Vince started his video game journey when his friend loaned him a GameBoy Color to play while he was stuck at home with chicken pox.
From Pokemon Red and Link's Awakening he's progressed to all manner of N64, PS2, GameCube, Xbox, and hand-held games.
An avid fan of the Metroid, Persona, Zelda, Pokemon, and Harvest Moon series, Vince has played everything from world-building games to JRPGs. Vince is a neuroscience graduate student at Loyola University Chicago and also enjoys reading in his non-gaming fun time.


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Aaran Fronda | Author
When competitive gaming came along and blew his tiny little mind. It combined the comradery of real-world sports, with the pace only PC gaming can offer. He would play Counter-Strike (CS) for hours on end and eventually started playing in the CSGN league. Stupidly, he thought he would one day go pro. How wrong he was. His online claim to gaming fame, was that his former clan (Fubar.cs) played against 4K's ladies team. The drudging he and his team received finally put the delusions of grandeur to bed and the dream of being the next SK^Heaton died, but thankfully, his love of games did not.

When his thumbs, which have been worn down to mere nubs from playing Super Meat Boy, are finally given a break, his calloused fingers take their turn, as he strums away at his guitar. He loves to write little ditties down and then gleefully watch, while his girlfriend cringes as he plays ballads back to her. Other than that, like any true Englishman, he loves nothing more than a pint in his local pub, but please keep your hands off his pork scratchings.

Fronda received his BA (Hons) from the University of East Anglia in 2010, and everyday contemplates returning to academia, because it’s probably a lot more fun than this whole job thing.


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Michael Beckwith | Author
Michael Beckwith is a graduate from Brunel University where he studied Computer Games Design and Creative Writing. He has denied rumours that he chose these subjects so he had an excuse to play video games and watch cartoons all day. His first video game was Sonic the Hedgehog 2, which he played on his dads Sega Genesis, but he didn't become engrossed with video games until the GameCube.

He is a self-admitted Nintendo fanboy; his favourite games including Super Mario Galaxy, Super Smash Bros Brawl, Xenoblade Chronicles and many others. Aside from his gaming, he has a particular love for writing, whether it be fictional stories or his thoughts on films, cartoons, anime and, of course, games.
He currently lives in Orpington, Kent; his dream is to be as suave as Professor Layton or, barring that, make a career out of Games journalism.




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Ken Kee | Author
No one ever told Ken that the joy of gaming that he experienced as a kid was supposed to dissipate once he reached adulthood. He continues to enjoy every gaming title with the open-mindedness of a 10-year-old trekking on his first Gameboy Color Pokemon journey. Some of Ken’s personal favorites include Chrono Trigger, Earthbound, Link to the Past, Final Fantasy XII and Kingdom Hearts II amongst many other titles.

When he isn’t gaming, whenever that may be, Ken enjoys partaking in craft beers, trying out new foods/ restaurants, and simply writing for the sake of writing. He is also a huge pro-wrestling fan, and watches a variety of television and anime series. Ken’s love of music almost matches his love of gaming. He favors indie, alternative and electronic sounds. Ken currently resides in Washington, D.C.


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Taylor Wells | Author
Taylor graduated from the University of Missouri’s Journalism School to pursue his dream career of writing, which lead him back home to Chicago to become an advertising copywriter. However, beneath his mild-mannered exterior, Taylor is a raving videogame junky at heart. Beginning his videogame career with a Sega Game Gear bigger than his head, he has been hooked ever since.

Now, Taylor enjoys playing a wide variety of games; including shooters, strategy games, old arcade classics, and fighting games. RPGs and story-based games will always be his favorite, but he’s always open to the new and exciting. If you're ever looking for Taylor, just check the streets of Chicago; he'll be the guy with his nose buried in a fat book making horrible 90s pop-culture references.




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Jake Sapir | Author
On the cutting edge of early 90's technology, Jake entered the world of gaming through edutainment titles like The Oregon Train and Number Munchers. His first true video games were Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and Aladdin for the Sega Genesis (or Mega Drive) and he was hooked immediately. The very concept of playing games on the TV excited him, let alone such exciting ones.

As a child at the start of the 3D revolution, he only wanted one thing: a Playstation. But it was too expensive, so he decided on the Nintendo 64. That Nintendo 64 kid in the famous video? It isn't him, but it's a pretty good representation of his reaction on that birthday. Constant trips to Blockbuster in the cold Chicago winter to rent Super Mario 64 were common until the game became easier to find. Then one day, reading Nintendo Power, he saw news of a game called Zelda. Nintendo was making a 3D Zelda game, and though he had no idea what that meant, he knew he had to get this game that people kept talking about. From the moment he received the golden cartridge from his grandmother (who happens to be named Zelda), it was clear: Ocarina of Time was and still is his favorite video game ever.

Unlike the stereotypical Nintendo fan, though, his taste in games is varied. He splits his time between the likes of Skylanders, Forza, Destiny, Pokemon, and Kingdom Hearts. He is a proponent of many failed consoles, having spent countless hours with the Game.com, Neo Geo Pocket, N-Gage, Dreamcast, and even the Virtual Boy. One step into his Chicago apartment shows his devotion, from the Master Sword on the wall to the Portal Gun on the shelf. An avid player of both video and tabletop games, he hopes to prove that not all accountants are boring.




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Cody Scaggs | Author
Cody Scaggs is an avid gamer, filmgoer, TV enthusiast, foodie, and wannabe beer snob. When he's not writing about the things he loves he's either doing them or dreaming about traveling. He is a co-founder and lead blogger at HiLounge.com, and he also runs a Twitch.tv account where he plays and streams video games under the channel name HiLounge.




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Ben DeRidder | Author
Ben DeRidder is a full-time student living in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He has many hobbies including hunting and playing guitar but his favorite pastime is playing video games. The first game Ben remembers playing is Pokemon Yellow when he was 4 years old. He quickly fell in love and started playing every game he could find. He received an original Playstation from his parents at the age of 5 and spent most of his hours playing Spyro the Dragon and Crash Bandicoot.

Ben enjoys a wide range of games from RPGs to first person shooters to mobile games. Some of his favorite games include: Jak and Daxter, Uncharted, Metal Gear Solid and Fallout 3.


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Zack Wilson | Author
Zack was born in 1994, and spent much of his early years playing his Gameboy Color and Super Nintendo. His first game that he ever played was Pokemon Yellow. Zack’s favorite gaming genre is JRPG, but he dabbles in just about every type of gaming genre, except maybe puzzle games. His favorite game of all time is a toss-up between Final Fantasy VI and The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask.

Zack is currently spending his time playing games and attending Truman State University. You will primarily find him playing on his PC, Wii U, PS4, and 3DS. While a Nintendo fanboy at heart, he tries to cater to all gaming companies.


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Kevin Bröker | Author
I am a 21 year old student and avid gamer. With a huge background in MMO's, World of Warcraft being the current and ever so frequent addiction, I also particularly enjoy open world games like the Assassin's Creed series. Heavily opinionated and frequently critical, nevertheless I tend to focus on finding the "good" in games. Studying English & American Studies at the University of Vienna, I also have a particular interest in writing (a-duh!) and storytelling in particular. Content to write articles while I study, it is a great dream to write a book as well as venture into the world of writing for videogames in the future.




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Zack Biro | Author
Zack lives in Eastern PA and recently got a Masters in Public History. He spends most of his time working in the museum and non-profit world. Zack started gaming at a very young age with NES, PC, and board games. He was drawn to the strong characters and stories of RPG games and was always looking to get lost in a new universe. Zack expanded his gaming to include Playstation, Xbox, and Gameboy, but continues to primarily play PC games. His lifetime favorites include Mass Effect, Knights of the Old Republic, FIFA and NBA 2K.


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Gilad A | Admin
Gilad had been gaming for years (and we do mean years). Being nearly 40 years old Gilad had managed to play nearly anything from the old Atari 80 consoles to the latest gaming consoles.
Gilad is a technology "freak", always online and always reading and writing news. His real passion (also a kind of toy) is RC 3D Helicopters.
His favorite all times game? Well Siera's king quest's series :-)




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Dane N | Admin
Dane started off gaming at the tender age of 3 with the first Atari console. His favorite video game genres are turn-based RPGs (can I get a shout out for Tactics Ogre?) and fighting games. Dane has been obsessed with the Street Fighter IV series for the past 4 years, and attends EVO every year. He hopes to one day get into the top-64 there.


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Gilad A | Admin
Gilad had been gaming for years (and we do mean years). Being nearly 40 years old Gilad had managed to play nearly anything from the old Atari 80 consoles to the latest gaming consoles.

Gilad is a technology "freak", always online and always reading and writing news. His real passion (also a kind of toy) is RC 3D Helicopters.

His favorite all times game? Well Siera's king quest's series :-)