The Players

  • Al JacksonAl Jackson

    Hardcore Droid's founder and editor has been a writer, an aspiring graphic artist, a heavy metal singer, as well as a secondary and trade school teacher. His short stories have appeared in online magazines, anthologies and literary journals.


  • Alex MadellAlex Madell

    Alex Madell graduated from Temple University with a degree in journalism. He loves video games, Philip K Dick and Grant Morrison. He's been playing games since elementary school and reading since before He also writes copious amounts of fiction in order to fulfill his dream of becoming a published author.


  • Aliya Tyus-BarnwellAliya Tyus-Barnwell

    Aliya Tyus-Barnwell's first system was the old gray box known as the NES. Experience taught her that the assessment "hardcore" is not limited to games like Thrill Kill, and she's no longer ashamed to admit the cuteness of games like Dungeon Defenders. Now she writes techy news for Digital Trends and hones her fiction with the Brooklyn Speculative Fiction Writers.


  • Anthony RamirezAnthony Ramirez

    Anthony dreams of crusading for the whales and the wolves while he shreds pixels in the Counter-Strike: Source surf mod, or even during some CSGO competitive matchmaking. Screenwriter in progress... Anthony is a noteworthy momma's boy as well. @ironyalchemist on Twitter and Instagram.


  • Brian PennyBrian Penny

    is not a gamer. At least that’s what he told his parents after secretly dropping out of AZ State to play Smash Bros & Goldeneye. After two years of battling a crippling World of Warcraft addiction, he walked away from a successful career as an analyst in the mortgage industry to blow the whistle on corruption. When he’s not tea bagging fellow gamers, Brian kills time writing for The Huffington Post, Mainstreet, Lifehack, and more. He documents his experiences working with Anonymous, fighting the banks, and practicing meditation and yoga on his blog.


  • Chad ManniciaChad Mannicia

    Chad Mannicia is the lead programmer and designer at Little Killerz. He and his team are responsible for the critically acclaimed mobile RPG, Tales of Illyria.


  • Cruise DeShevyCruise DeShevy

    Writer and mobile technical support agent, Cruise is naturally analytical and to the point. In his spare time he can be found scoping out new technology & gaming on a mobile game console from his collection


  • Dan Soliman

    Dan Soliman is a freelance writer based in Brooklyn, NY. When he's not writing and gaming he can be found gazing admiringly at the wardrobes from Whose Line is it Anyway? reruns.


  • Impish Noire

    Impish Noire is southern born and raised by New Yorkers. She enjoys sharing her true and honest opinion for the entertainment of others. When she is not at a 9 to 5 she is playing some sort of game or haunting the library.


  • Isaac Davis

    Isaac Davis is a NYC writer, recovering student, and downtrodden former rollercoaster tycoon. Any leads on amusement park design work are greatly appreciated.


  • Jake Hills

    Jake has been a gamer since the days of Genesis, and he cries a little bit when people engage in console wars. When he's not going to class at Rutgers University, Jake can be found writing, playing the guitar, or kicking some butt in Halo matchmaking. Oh, and he thinks Kingdom Hearts is the greatest game of all time.


  • Javan Richards

    I'm a recent graduate of some school you've never heard of (Bard College) that loves to challenge himself physically and intellectually by meeting interesting people, pushing himself in fitness and in life, reading, watching, writing and creating cool stuff.


  • Jeanne DeVoeJeanne DeVoe

    Feature editor, Jeanne Jackson, is a writer with more than 25 years experience on newspapers, magazines and websites. A graduate of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, she worked for the Asbury Park Press newspaper for 11 years and wrote a column for the Times of Trenton for nearly a decade. She has written for numerous publications including New Jersey Monthly and Working Mother. She has written and edited for both Princeton and Rutgers University and Columbia Teachers College. She is currently teaching journalism at Rutgers University and working as a communications specialist at the Princeton Plasma Physics Lab.


  • Jessica Critcher

    is a writer, newly transplanted to Alameda, California. She contributes regularly to Gender Focus and is busy querying her debut novel, a post-apocalyptic story set in 1953. Follow her on Twitter @JessCritcher or find her on Instagram at JessicaCritcher for adorable pictures of her chihuahua, Ada Lovelace.


  • Joel Schanke

    While most of my time is spent being entertained by my Italian baby and fiancé, there is always time to be spent playing video games, reading, and watching hockey. I aspire to become a writer and video game connoisseur, sometimes wondering why I use all my energy playing so many video games instead of writing. I guess because creating worlds requires me to be a part of one first. I don’t know, I’m still anticipating the release of the next Elder Scrolls title.


  • Kathryn Haro

    Kathryn Haro is an NYC based freelance writer and editor. She spends her free time playing video games, writing short stories, talking to her cat, Cheeto, and taking long naps.


  • Kevin Tejada

    likes to play games, read comics, watch TV shows, and do other things that pretty much everyone else enjoys. He also has a degree in English, so he's probably into reading, writing, and all that.


  • Lenny DiBonoLenny DiBono

    Lenny is a passionate writer, a lover of the universe, and a man who appreciates wild, whacky ideas. He is currently working on his own novel, based around the idea of inner universal exploration. When he is not writing, he is exercising, laying around with his dogs, and planning his next travels. His ultimate dream is to buy an RV, explore the world, and write while on the road.


  • Matthew ByrdMatthew Byrd

    Matthew Byrd is a freelance writer living in Brooklyn, NY. In the rare moments he's not gaming, or attacking the notorious blank page, you're likely to find him enjoying a slice in the park while re-reading Kurt Vonnegut. Follow him on Twitter (@ByrdMan014), or don't. That's the beauty of choice.


  • Matthew Hung

    Matt is not good at saying impressive things about himself. His hobbies include reading, cooking, writing mean things about people's hard work, fighting the urge to play games excessively, succumbing to those urges and living up to self-deprecating descriptions of himself.


  • Matthew Noojin

    Matthew Noojin is an American writer, musician, and apple pie enthusiast.


  • Meg StivisonMeg Stivison

    has been a videogamer since discovering text-based adventure games as a little girl. She blogs on games and life at Simpsonsparadox.com.


  • Nick (Catfish_Maw) Walker

    Nick is bad at video games, which he sees as a plus: The more times he dies, loses, accidentally deletes a save, etc., the more time he has to observe the pixel-by-pixel machinations. He enjoys writing, coding, listening to Jazz, and talking people's ears off about the history of the 3DO or whatever.


  • Roger Malespin

    Roger Malespin is a freelance writer and editor from New York City. A fool more foolish than most, he is a noted beer enthusiast, heavy metal superfan, and voracious consumer of nerd culture. When not working, he is an avid reader and likes nothing more than being home alone with a book on a rainy day.


  • Sarah Northway

    Sarah Northway is an independent video game developer. She wrote the post apocalyptic strategy series Rebuild, including Rebuild 3: Gangs of Deadsville scheduled for release in 2014. She and her husband Colin travel the world while making games and are about to release the mobile version of their physics puzzle game Incredipede.


  • Shalia WynnShalia Wynn

    Shalia Wynn is a web developer and aspiring game designer from Chicago with an obsession for all things Tomb Raider, Mass Effect and old-school gaming. You can follow her on twitter (@Terratunaz) where she hopes to actually start posting again.


  • Siobhan Harmer

    Siobhan Harmer is a video game, coffee and travel lover from England. Although she is the human equivalent of a sloth Siobhan sometimes writes things, most of which you can find on her blog There You Are Sibby.


  • Steve DourountoudakisSteve Dourountoudakis

    Steve Dourountoudakis is an aspiring English teacher and Queens College student. He loves playing video games and reading Virginia Woolf. When he’s not doing these things, he wonders where he went wrong.


  • Travis FahsTravis Fahs

    has been a game journalist since 2006, writing for IGN, Gamasutra, and Cheat Code Central. An avid gaming history buff, he enjoys writing about classic gaming most of all.



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