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.

  • Alex WenAlex Wen

    Managing a town, clearing rows of candy and saving the world on the R train to Manhattan. Alex is a writer committed to sharing the joy and pain of playing in a digital world. He's a RPG enthusiast, but enjoys taking rhythm game breaks between monster battles.

  • 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. She is no longer ashamed to admit the cuteness of games like Dungeon Defenders and Machinarium.

  • Ashlee Appoloney

    Ashlee likes to travel to new cities, go to the movies, head to conventions with friends, gaming ... But above all her first love is writing! From articles to blog posts to books and everything in between, there's probably nothing she hasn't dabbled in and nothing she doesn't like doing when it comes to being creative in the literary world.

  • Ashley HurwitzAshley Hurwitz

    is a freelance writer living in Brooklyn. She is currently dabbling in creative writing, game critiquing, and pretending to be a playwright. When she isn't writing she can be found wasting away on Tumblr and romancing BioWare characters.

  • 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.

  • Caleb JacksonCaleb Jackson

    Caleb Jackson is currently going into the 8th grade. He's had a passion for video games ever since he was 4. Since then, he plays such games as Grand Theft Auto, Call of Duty, and Battlefield. He also enjoys playing android games.

  • Chad David

    Avid gamer, freelance writer and unabashed lover of sandwiches. Chad has been trying his best to become a master of all of those things for as long as he can remember. At any given point you can probably find him enjoying one of those activities, and on a good day, enjoying all of them at the same time.

  • 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.

  • Claire DonnerClaire Donner

    Claire Donner is a blogger and comics professional residing in Brooklyn, New York. Her film criticism and illustrations appear regularly in various independent digital and analog publications, and she is passionate about old school action games that reflect her movie genre obsessions, like Contra, Metroid and House of the Dead. She looks forward to someone developing a serious Android update of Xenophobe.

  • 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.

  • 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

    Jessica Critcher is a freelance writer and regular contributor to Gender Focus. Her novel would probably be finished by now if she didn't play so much Mass Effect.

  • Joseph McGeeJoseph McGee

    Joe is a soon-to-be college grad looking for any and every excuse to continue scribbling. He has contributed to a number of blogs covering arts and entertainment in the Philly area. He is excited to combine his passion for writing with his life-long love of video games.

  • Karl Mjolnir

    Karl is a native of Philadelphia, PA. When he isn't busy working on his website, he's usually knee-deep in an RPG or a strategy game.

  • 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.

  • Meg StivisonMeg Stivison

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

  • Meirion Jordan

    Meirion Jordan is a Welsh poet, editor and critic. He has published three volumes of poetry and has performed his work in the UK and in Europe. In his time off from gaming he can usually be found in a traditional pub session, playing fiddle with his ceilidh band.

  • Richard GoodacreRichard Goodacre

    Richard is a fan of all forms of games, from boards and books to screens and consoles, with a special place in his heart for works of beauty, immersive stories, worthy challenges, and interesting puzzles. Taking his passion and putting it to use, he currently writes about the ever growing gaming scene on the Android platform.

  • Sam Riedel

    is a freelance writer living in New York City, where he lives with his girlfriend and several guitars. He has been sequestering himself in his room to play video games since he was 8 years old, some more hardcore than others. He enjoys RPGs, strategy games, and every single thing related to Pokemon. Following Sam on Twitter (@SamusMcQueen) has been known to cause heart murmurs in Southern belles and small children.

  • 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.

  • Sharang BiswasSharang Biswas

    Having finished two bio-engineering degrees, Sharang Biswas is currently in Art School, studying Interaction Design and Creative Technology at NYU-ITP. He fondly remembers Age of Empires II, the source of his interest in Medieval History, and Neverwinter Nights, which spurred his passion for Dungeons and Dragons and tabletop RPG's. He's also "sort of an artist," though he still questions what that word actually means.

  • 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.

  • Tyler Rosen

    Tyler Rosen started playing games at age 3 when his older sister let him borrow her SNES with Super Mario World. Since then, he continues to play just about everything under the sun while writing about them. When he's not doing that, he's either catching up on some T.V show he put off watching for too long, or blasting heavy metal way too late at night.

  • Zackery CuevasZackery Cuevas

    Zackery Cuevas is Hardcord Droid's News Editor. He enjoys playing videogames, writing about videogames and complaining about videogames. A console gamer at heart, Zackery has recently embraced the joys of PC and mobile gaming.

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