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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 31 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 person who lives in Chicago and enjoys video games, science, and music.

He is currently playing (or rather, catching up on):
The Witcher 3
Fallout 4
Crusader Kings II (I will never stop playing this game)
Star Wars: Battlefront

If he isn't playing video games, he is probably reading about them. He recently read the first Witcher novel 'The Last Wish' and is currently reading 'The Stolen Throne', the prequel to Dragon Age: Origins.




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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 his 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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Albert E | Senior Author
Albert is a trophy hunter with a ravenous appetite for role-playing games with breathtaking storylines. He also has a penchant for adventure games with innovative mechanics.


When he is not trying to earn feats in his PlayStation consoles, he may be playing some games on the PC or iOS.


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Noe Ponce | Senior 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 | Senior 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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Jake Sapir | Senior 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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Charlotte Cutts | Author
Charlotte Cutts is a 23 year old research/teaching assistant living in Hamburg, Germany. She finished a BA in Jurisprudence with Law Studies in Europe at the University of Oxford, moving on to the Master’s in Law program for international students at the University of Hamburg. Her first memories of gaming include playing Sonic & Knuckles with her aunt after school, and accidentally scoring an own goal with her eyes shut on FIFA 97. Her favourite game of all time is Crash Bandicoot 2; her proudest gaming achievement is doing the Cossack during a bout of Just Dance without dislocating her kneecaps.

Aside from gaming, she is a huge music nerd and loves nothing more than lying back with a glass of wine and a lit candle after a day of teaching. Feed her biscuits to keep her happy.




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D.L. Smith-Lee | Author
Born and raised in the wilds of urban and suburban Chicago in the beautiful chaos known as the Millennial Era, D.L. Smith-Lee is a proud gamer and author with works of short speculative fiction published in several venues. His first owned video game system was the ever popular PlayStation, where he discovered his love of action, adventure, and role playing games. His all time favorites are the Kingdom Hearts series, the Legend of Zelda series, and the Final Fantasy series among others.

Currently owning the PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U, PS Vita, and New Nintendo 3DS, he's on a thriving search for more adventures with these systems. As an office lackey for the government by day and a passionate writer and gamer by night, he finds balance in the mayhem.


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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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Joel Campos | Author
Joel is currently working full-time as an architectural drafter in the suburbs of Chicago. He attended Southern Illinois University where he majored in architecture. While not working, he is usually found playing Xbox or watching sports. His passion for video games has brought him to write about them. His love for gaming started when he was about 5 years old and he first played NBA Jam for the Sega Genesis.

He currently owns a Gaming PC, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Playstation One, 3ds, Wii, Wii U, and a Gamecube. The Halo series is the series that made him realize that gaming was going to be a huge part of his life. Other favorite games include, Madden, NHL, Gears of War, The Legend of Dragoon, and Final Fantasy. Joel can be found on just about any platform playing video games almost every day.


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Tabitha Baker | Author
Tabs is a student at the University of Exeter, England, studying English. After being handed the controller to Golden Eye on the N64 at around 5, much to her mother’s distaste, she has spent her time poring over anything game-related.

From constantly replaying the same demo of Crash Bandicoot on PS1, to plunging deep into her favourite titles until the early hours every night, she has grown up obsessed with video game culture and experience. Among her favourites are Assassin’s Creed, Dead Island, and Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, as well as Resident Evil, which sparked a long term love of survival horror and third person shooter genres.

While the larger games are most often her favourite, she also devotes plenty of time in the Indie market, and loves the creativity it emphasises. She has taken this love of creativity in gaming and transferred it to her blog, Musings of a Mario Minion, in which she looks critically at the video game industry, and celebrates some lesser known, independent content.




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Bronsen Earl | Author
Bronsen fell in love with gaming the moment that his GameBoy Color made its first ding. Even though his love of literature came much later he eventually found a way to mix the two through several papers and blog post. Being a native from New Orleans, Bronsen is easy going and carefree when it comes to life in general. He believes that everything happens for a reason, even if that reason is small and insignificant.

Some of Bronsen's favorite games include Borderlands, Final Fantasy VIII, Mirrors Edge, Skyrim, and anything with Mario. When he isn't in front of his t.v., Bronsen can be found reading self published novels or listening to indie music. He loves to support work that might not get noticed by the general population. Bronsen currently resides in Arlington, TX.




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Chris Moyse | Author
Having played videogames since the mid 80's, two facts become instantly apparent: Chris is arguably as important to the industry as Dragon's Lair, and is also old enough to get into bars without I.D.
A resident of merrie old England, Chris has been playing games all his life, though is yet reach any level of secured competence. His favourite genre is Fighting Games, and he has spent the last 25 years ruining his finger joints performing knuckle-cracking combos.

Chris is passionate about videogames, as a form of artistic entertainment and as a fascinating historical artifact. He is yet to fall into the trap of becoming a jaded gamer, having been battle-hardened by such wars as Arcade vs Pinball, Nintendo vs Sega, and the tragic coming of the Atari Jaguar.


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Haya Borham | Author
At the age of 5, Haya started her gaming expedition by playing DOS games like Hocus Pocus, Cool Spot and Jazz Jackrabbit. At 17, an epiphany hit her while playing the opening sequence of AC Revelations: the video game industry is where she will end up working in - by any means necessary.

Her favorite games include Assassin’s Creed, Mirror’s Edge, Broforce, Life is Strange and Batman: Arkham. She enjoys a diverse spectrum of game genres. And whether it’s indie or AAA, she’s game!

Haya is 22 now - majoring in Business Informatics in Cairo, Egypt. She’s constantly driving her parents perplexed due to her obsession with what is irrelevant to her studies (i.e., video games - duh!). Even though she’s living in a 3rd world country, she’s en route to her dream by exploring opportunities in the only industry that makes her eyes light up.


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Riley Bogan | Author
Riley loved nothing more on the beautiful summer days of his youth than to stay inside all day and play video games. After his dad introduced him at a young age to classics like Final Fantasy VII and Spyro the Dragon, video games have served as a way to build connections with friends and family around him. Since then, Riley has kept a soft spot for the oldies, but some of his more recent favorites include Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, the Dragon Age series, and Paper Mario.

Riley is studying Secondary English Education at Indiana University. You could say Riley likes working with kids: he plans to go on to teach middle school after graduating, and looks forward to the far-off day when he gets to live out his dream of running a goat farm.


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Monique Sheldrake | Author
Monique is a full-time office grunt with a background in psychology. She lives in Queensland, Australia with her boyfriend, a plush fox from Japan and a large pile of games and game...stuff. Seriously, so much stuff. Where did all this stuff come from?

At the soft and impressionable age of five, Mon was handed her first fat Playstation One with two games: Croc and Crash Bandicoot 2. Not long after, she was given Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee and gleefully took the survival of an entire race into her own hands. Early exposure to a villain with a giant N on his forehead and vicious scrabs led to a long-time love affair with gaming and Playstation.

Mon's favourite non-gaming activities include learning to play guitar, drawing, writing stories of varying length and cooking and ingesting large quantities of curry. Her favourite shape is a star, her favourite colour is red and her favourite breed of cat is all of them. Dogs are also great, but they must be large and dorky!

Mon has a disgustingly large backlog and between new releases she can often be found swearing at old, clunky JRPGs with magnificent storylines. Only eight games to go!


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Ashley Ruggirello | Author
Ashley (A.M.) Ruggirello is an author, designer and doting wife living in beer and cheese land, WI. She considers herself a designer by nature and writer at heart, though she always wanted to make video game walk-throughs as a child (there’s still time, right?). Ashley’s favorite color is chartreuse, and she has an undeniable attraction to moss (not of the Kate variety). She's the self-proclaimed Sony Girl of Milwaukee, and will debate with anyone in defense of her beloved console.

Ashley's favorite game of all time is Beyond Good and Evil. She waits with bated breath for Ubisoft to release its sequel. Hopefully it happens soon, because she's not sure her skin is supposed to be this shade of purple. When she's not playing video games, she's usually writing a handful of work in progress (WIP) sci-fi novels—from vampires to the apocalypse, she's got all bases covered!

Don't get her started with puns (or a pun-off, for that matter).

Add her on the PlayStation Network: supersmaaashley




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Joey Walsh | Author
For nearly 20 long years, Joey Walsh's video game obsession has been flourishing out of control; beginning with his parents' TurboGrafx 16 at the age of 4, and shortly after, the NES. Joey's obsessions eventually expanded from just video games to all things related: anime, comics, cinema, science fiction and fantasy novels, board games. In other words, video games were his gateway to a better world. It did not take much for him to decide that he would want a job somewhere in the industry.

When Joey does find time to contribute to society, he attends his neighborhood community college in Southern California in search of a business degree. He is also a firm believer in living a healthy, active lifestyle to ensure many years of future gaming because he dreams of someday being able to play Final Fantasy XV.


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Elizabeth Surerus | Author
Living in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, Beth thoroughly enjoys gardening and hiking, but secretly loves spending weekends curled up on the couch with her boyfriend and cats playing video games and watching movies or The Walking Dead. Professionally, she has been helping pets in the veterinary field for over 10 years. She's a die hard Playstation advocate, and you can usually find her playing games like Fallout or dying too many times in Call of Duty.

Her love of video games started with the original NES as a child, evolved to computer gaming (Warcraft & Left 4 Dead), and now usually involves the Playstation 4, or cell phone games when she's on the go. Her favorite video game of all time is The Last of Us, and she was fortunate enough to meet Troy Baker at Comicon in 2015!


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Huvra Mehta | Author
A student at CWRU in Cleveland Ohio, Huvra is currently studying Computer Science and Cognitive Science in the hopes of one day designing the very video games she loves to play. Her father introduced her to the VideoGame at a young age and there was just no looking back. She can still fondly remember her favorite CD-Rom Game: Nancy Drew and the Ghost Dogs of Moon Lake!

Huvra doesn’t really have a home state, having never lived in one place longer than 5 years. But her family currently lives in New Jersey. She’s always wanted to be a writer and is currently working on an original fantasy novel. When she’s not writing or playing video games or studying, she also loves to create digital art and photography.

Her favorite types of games are survival and character-driven exploration games. Her favorites include the Bioshock Trilogy, Minecraft, Kentucky Route Zero, and The Long Dark. She is currently playing the Metro Redux series. She welcomes suggestions for new games.


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Will Georgiadis | Author
Will is a full-time student in the prototypically British town of York (yes, that’s right: the original, not the ‘New’) who was introduced to the gaming universe through the medium of a PlayStation 2 with a remarkably well-made The Incredibles spin-off game and some classics from Lego and LucasArts. He is embarrassed to say that his love of gaming has only recently reached its stride, and more so to admit that a large portion of his teenage years were spent hurling insults at his classmates on every Call of Duty ever produced. Recently, however, his tastes have diversified, and he is currently enjoying the vast expanses of the Fallout and Metal Gear series, along with some indie gameplay on the recently-released Firewatch.

Will lives with 9 other people in a disproportionately small student house and is currently studying English Literature with a view to doing something with his life that may or may not involve a decent amount of writing and/or teaching. It’s a bit vague, really, but he can be forgiven. He’s a student!


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Chrissy Hoff | Author
By day, Chrissy is a freelance Virtual Assistant. By any other time, she is an avid gamer and proud nerd. Like many gamers from the 80s, she started her obsession with a shiny new NES she received for Christmas, often holing up in her room to play Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario Bros. 2 until far past her bedtime.

Today, she strongly favors RPGs and fantasy games, and is a sucker for indie titles with interesting art styles. She will probably never give up her love for Final Fantasy VII and Legend of Dragoon, and continues to revisit the titles every few years.

Living in Hawaii with her husband and two cats, she enjoys random adventures of hiking and swimming, writing and reading about video games, and attending as many anime, comic, and video game conventions as she can.




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Dane Sauve | Author
Dane Sauve is a student at Laurentian University who is studying both English literature as well as philosophy. When Dane isn’t reading English medieval literature or knee deep in an ancient Greek text he is most likely gaming. Dane started getting into gaming when his parents got him a Nintendo 64 with a copy of Ocarina of Time. However, his real passion for gaming erupted when he got his first copy of Dark Souls for the Xbox 360. Ever since then Dane has made it a point to search through the video game world to find the same excitement that Dark Souls brought him. His favorite games include the Souls series, Binding of Isaac, Smite, and Fallout 4.


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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.