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Editor: Francis has been a die hard gamer since the 8-bit era. While he enjoys games from all generations, he has a particular fondness for the early days of arcade and console gaming. While Francis plays games from most any genre, role playing games, fighters, and shooters are his games of choice. Before founding HeyPoorPlayer, Francis was a staff writer for the websites Nuclear Geek and Gaming Judgement.
Favorite Games: Streets of Rage II, Shining Force II, Garou: Mark of the Wolves
Deputy Editor: Jonathan was HeyPoorPlayer’s first British person, so expect him to thoroughly exploit this by quoting Monty Python and saying things like “Pip, pip, toodly-whotsit!” for the delight of American readers. He likes artsy-fartsy games, RPGs and RPG-Hybrids (which means pretty much everything at this point). He’s also just realised how much fun it is to refer to himself in the third person like he’s The Rock or something. Please follow him on twitter @Jtizzlefish. His self-esteem depends on it!
Some games wot I thought were really good: Final Fantasy 7, Deus Ex, Silent Hill 2, Metal Gear Solid 2, Spec Ops: The Line, Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines
Senior Contributor: Alex Lupella has been forced to write his whole life. The son of a newspaper editor, he was encouraged to write down whatever he was thinking. He has been playing video games since he was a tiny human. His parents would hide (steal) the controllers to make him go to bed. As the years went by he developed a love of all sorts of games but has a soft spot for retro and throwback titles. He also has an addiction to board and tabletop games.
A Few Favorite Games: Galaga, Kirby’s Dream Land, Fallout (all), NBA Jam, Super Mario World, Bionic Commando, Bases Loaded 3, Super Mario RPG
Senior Contributor: Jay just decided that today seemed like as good a day as any to write a new, updated bio for himself. Trouble is, he hasn’t the faintest idea where to begin. While he thinks, let’s run through the basics. Jay began writing for Hey Poor Player in 2012, and hosts and edits the Hey Poor Podcast in addition to his typety-typing activities. He was previously seen writing for and talking on It’s Super Effective. He also has a webcomic called Black Basin, which he updates (occasionally) on Saturdays. He talkboxes on his Twitter @extremesalsaing, which is an extremely inadvisable hive of whatever he has been foolish enough to get interested in that week.
Favorite games: Okami, Bioshock, Shadow of the Colossus, Xenoblade Chronicles, The World Ends With You, Pokemon Emerald, Bastion
Senior Contributor: Mike Vito has been a slave to gaming ever since playing his grandfather’s Atari 2600. A collector of all things retro, his main focus is obtaining a full NES collection. Being a father has rekindled his spirt for Nintendo and he now spends most of his time teaching his kids about the games of yesteryear.
Senior Contributor: Starting out with nothing more than a Game Boy and a copy of Donkey Kong Land, Kenny has happily been gaming for almost his entire life. Easily-excitable and a bit on the chatty side, Kenny has always been eager to share gaming-related thoughts, opinions, and news with others and has been doing so on Hey Poor Player since 2014 and has previously worked with both PKMNcast and SCATcast. Although his taste in gaming spreads across a wide number of companies and consoles, Kenny holds a particular fondness for Nintendo handheld consoles. He is also very proud of his amiibo collection. You can also find him on Twitter @SuperBayleef talking about video games and general nonsense.
Favorite Games: Ys Series, Persona Series, Senran Kagura Series, Metal Gear Solid Series, Castlevania Symphony of the Night, Okami
Contributor: Spivey has been a fan of handheld games since he received a Gameboy with Pokemon Blue when he was five. Ever since, he has been putting in way too much effort playing RPGs and and having a love/hate relationship with Sonic the Hedgehog. He is also a member of The Senseless Podcast, which no one should ever listen to.
Contributor: Caleb has been playing games since he was born… in the middle of the PlayStation 1 Era. Despite his young age, he enjoys all sorts of games from all sorts of eras, but he does prefer the PlayStation brand over everything else. Eager to talk about games to anyone and everyone who will listen, Caleb is excited to be a part of the HPP team! You can find him on twitter @caleb4tribe.
Favorite games include: Persona 4 Golden, The Last of Us, BioShock Infinite, Portal 2, and Metal Gear Solid 3.
Contributor: David is a certified triple threat of charm, wit, and enchanting eyebrows. Since none of those things make a skilled gamer, he’s not always that good. That doesn’t stop his drive to reach for the digital stars, though. You can often find David grinding, customizing, shooting, stabbing, grinding, playing god, platforming, upgrading, hyping, grinding, and grinding. He digs deep in the retro trenches but also balances on the cutting edge. David is a man who plays his games with depleted mana stores and half a heart left.
David’s most favorite of all video games is the under-appreciated gem, SaGa Frontier for ps1. More favorites: Portal, Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne, World of Warcraft, Half-Life 2, Silent Hill 2, Dark Souls 2, and just way too many more.
Contributor: Jennifer L. Pastor is a Pennsylvania-born, Texas-raised writer and editor who may have a little bit of a passion for video games. When not playing or talking about games, she writes fiction, poetry, and essays. Check out her shenanegans (and cat pictures!) on Twitter at @jlynnpastor.
Contributor: Delano is a lifelong gamer who lives in Johannesburg, South Africa. He
loves all games, but has a particular afflicition for indie and retro, with
an eye towards the modding community. When he’s not playing games, he
indulges in politics, art, reading and writing, history, electronic music,
and general geekery. He’s an eccentric who loves the strange and beautiful.
Contributor: Joanna is a lifelong gamer who insisted the Super Mario Bros manual was a bedtime story as a child. Video games took her to a galaxy far far away where she met and eventually married her husband. Now she reads Minecraft books to her own kiddo while finally making use of her degree to write about games like a proper adult. This is her favorite bio on the Citadel.
Contributor: Dean Moses was born in England in February of 1991. At the age of nineteen he moved to New York City, where he hoped to fulfill two of his longtime dreams: marry the love of his life and become an author. For the past five years he has written for newspapers, including the New York Amsterdam News and the Spring Creek Sun, as well as transcribed for the New York Times’ Lens Blog. He is the author of A Stalled Ox from 1888’s Black Hill Press. Dean currently resides in Queens, New York with his wife and two cats.
Contributor: Hailing from not-so-jolly old England, Michael is a Freelance Writer that spends most of his days writing, playing video games or writing about the video games he’s playing. That, or moaning about stuff on Twitter. He graduated from Brunel University, having studied Creative Writing & Computer Games Design. His gaming interests have become broader in recent years, but his heart will always belong to Nintendo. He’s also a self-admitted defender of the PlayStation Vita and a Sonic the Hedgehog apologist.
Social Media Manager, Contributor: A graduate of Full Sail University in the field of Game Design, Beth currently works at a small game development studio as a QA Engineer (a fancy name for a QA Tester – which means she plays video games for a living). Beth is obsessed with Heroclix and loves all things BioWare. In her spare time she enjoys gaming, reading, writing, and playing with her dogs (yes, she’s a crazy dog mom). She’s also quite a big fan of sleeping and eating and is trying to figure out how to combine these abilities.
Podcast Host, Contributor: I Coleman believes that videogames are the most important, most fascinating, and most potentially world-changing entertainment medium today. When not saying dorky, embarrassing crap like that, I is a game designer, science fiction author, and former reviews editor for the now-defunct GamerSyndrome.com with years of experience writing for and about games.
Contributor: I’m not too picky when it comes to video games; if it’s fun or has a good story, chances are I’ll be a fan. My favorite game ever is Super Metroid, but other favorites include Metal Gear Solid 3, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Disgaea, Final Fantasy VI, and Xenoblade Chronicles.
Contributor: Nathaniel hails from the San Francisco- Bay Area. He has a love of videography and video games and puts the two together to create content for your viewing pleasure. Other passions and hobbies include, DJing, photography, watching anime, and building Gunpla.
Contributor: Eating, breathing and living video games on a daily basis, Anthony is particularly fond of the Nintendo variety, but is by no means a console warrior. Somewhere in the midst of his obsession with cat pictures, he finds the time to pen about his favorite hobby. Having previously written for over three sites, Anthony remains dedicated to spreading the gospel of EarthBound.
Contributor: If ever there was a gaming equivalent to “Jack of all trades,” Nick would be it. Ever since his parents decided to bring an NES into the house, Nick has been enamored with all sorts of interactive media. A few years ago, he began following a Kickstarter for the Oculus Rift virtual reality system. Now VR is everywhere, and he’s ready to tell you all about it!
Contributor: A games writer who battles everyday not to feel silly when he tells
people that playing a game for two days straight so he can review it still
counts as work. The Metal Gear Solid games are overrated; fight me.
Guest Contributor: I’ve been battling Mother Brain and saving the land of Hyrule since I can remember… Writer, gamer, cosplayer, crafter, poet, mother, and more!
Guest Contributor: Burt is a guy that likes to write. He likes to write a lot. Whenever someone will let him, or better yet pay him to write – he’ll do it. Sometimes, he even blathers on at his own site: ossua.com between writing his novel, penning short stories and working his dayjob. As a member of the thirty-something generation of gamers, he enjoys retro-titles, platformers, RPGs, shooters, puzzles, word games and things that are flat out weird. He has been writing for HeyPoorPlayer since early 2011.
Favorite Game: Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
Guest Contributor: Adam Foster likes Mass Effect, MMOs, and JRPGs — perhaps sometimes too much. He has a taste for the absurd vis-a-vis videogames, and loves when a game doesn’t take itself seriously. When not ranting about current goings on in the industry, you can find various other musings on his twitter @tamriilin.
Five favorite games of all time: Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Anno 1404, Persona 3 Portable, Fez, Mass Effect 2.
Josh Smith: Host of the YouTube game review show Trash or Treasure and massive enthusiast of the Metroid and Metal Gear Solid series. Josh contributed reviews and videos for Hey Poor Player during 2016.
Kevin Chapman: Kevin wrote for Hey Poor Player 2015-2016. He also runs a Let’s Play Youtube Channel called XB3 Gaming with his good friend D-Rod.
Bryan Dull: Bryan is an old pop culture enthusiast who enjoys film, games, and anime…probably to an unhealthy degree. He is a host of the Non-playable Geeks Podcast. He contributed to hey Poor Player during 2016.
Gary Swallow: Gary is a sarcastic asshole, who used to write things for Hey Poor Player. He dreams of fire, chains and demons. Some people call these nightmares.