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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
Associate Editor: 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
Social Media Manager and Senior 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 and Senior 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.
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: 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 hosted and edited the Hey Poor Podcast until Fall 2016. He was previously seen writing for and talking on It’s Super Effective, and had a brief stint at The Odyssey. He likes to read, draw, cook, and stare into the sun, waiting for his eyes to fry so that he no longer has to lay his gaze upon the villainous machinations of man. 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, Shadow of the Colossus, Xenoblade Chronicles, The World Ends With You, Pokemon Emerald, Bastion
Co-Social Media Manager, Community Manager and Assistant Editor: Nerd by day and also by night, Zoe is a support main first and human second. Currently in Atlanta, GA, she loves naps, narrative-driven games, cooking, and blowing people up in Overwatch.
Contributor: Jesse Collins brings a decade of knowledge and experience in the video game industry. In his work, Jesse keeps up-to-date and modern to the best of his ability in the ever-changing industry. Currently in public relations and marketing for indie development video games, Jesse has also been a journalist for several publications in the past. He doesn’t THINK outside of the box, he LIVES outside of it.
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: 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.
Contributor: A stubborn man on a valiant quest to prove he has impeccable tastes. Will defend his favorite games to the death, sword in one hand controller in the other.
Contributor: When not sleeping (which is…a lot of the time), Aimee is writing up a storm for her latest ideas. Hailing from the city Birmingham, she’s had a love for video games since playing Star Wars Episode 1: Racer on the PC with her trusty joystick! Since then she’s developed a firm love for RPGs and JRPGs and considers them her second love, straight after dogs. Her favourite games are: Tales of Berseria, Dragon Age II (don’t judge!), Final Fantasy X and Pyre. You can hear her ramble about them @honhonitsaimee on Twitter.
Contributor: Early twenties journalist, based in both Helsinki, Finland and London, Britain. I’m mostly interested in RPGs, including Fantasy and Horror, but also write topical pieces on gaming culture. I live with my partner and our four year old Australian Kelpie, Vernon.
Contributor: Like the games he grew up with, Kevin has been around for a fair old time. Fond memories of his first game Pitfall on the Atari through to current PS4 pleasures seer in his mind. He is also a sucker for a good narrative. In whatever spare time is left, Kevin is also an anime, movie and football/soccer enthusiast. Kevin’s previous work can be seen at The Average Gamer. Favourite games: Bayonetta series, The Walking Dead series, God of War series, Chrono Trigger.
Guest Contributor: Burt is a guy who 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.
Dean Moses: Dean moved from England to New York at the young age of nineteen to marry the love of his life and become a writer. He managed to achieve this! Dean wrote for Hey Poor Player and made videos during 2016.
Anthony Spivey: Anthony is 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.
Michael Beckwith: 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
Alex Lupella: Alex has been forced to write his entire life, and until 2016, he wrote for HPP as well.
Joanna Mueller: 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.