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


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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 but hopes to eventually make money, because unfortunately awesome cannot be eaten. When she is not at a 9 to 5 pretending to be somewhere else 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.


  • Jack Goodwillie

    Jack Goodwillie is a writer, musician, ex-athlete and recent Temple University alum. He keeps himself busy in a variety of ways, but video games have always been a constant in his life. The Sonic the Hedgehog franchise, EA Sports NHL series, WWE, Dragon Ball Z and Pokemon franchises are among his favorites. You can follow him on Twitter @jackgoodwillie.


  • 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.


  • Justin Goodman

    Justin Goodman is a reviewer of many shapes, publishing book reviews in Cleaver Magazine and music reviews for InYourSpeakers. Nostalgia brings him to game reviewing now. Or that's his justification, anyway.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • Michael Jaoui

    Michael Jaoui is a Brooklyn-based textbook digital editor, game reviewer, and short story writer. You can usually find him sleeping on his roof or scribbling story notes in his bed. He smells like freshly-baked cookies and small-batch bourbon.


  • 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

    Sharang Biswas finished two engineering degrees before deciding to attend 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 currently, a writer, game designer and "sort of an artist," though he still questions what an artist actually does.


  • 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.


  • Tyler Horst

    Tyler is a writer, filmmaker, and photographer from Philadelphia. His proudest accomplishment is creating a home-movie version of Star Wars: Episode 7 in elementary school, but his cousin tragically taped over the VHS with an episode of Yu-Gi-Oh!. He still hasn't forgiven his cousin for this. You can follow him on Twitter at @thetigerhorse and offer your heartfelt condolences.



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