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.


  • 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.


  • 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 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.


  • 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.


  • Jeff VogelJeff Vogel

    Jeff Vogel is Spiderweb Software and thus the designer and developer of the company's numerous popular and critically acclaimed RPGs. You can learn more about him and his superb games at www.spidweb.com.


  • Jen Schiller

    Jen Schiller is a freelance writer with a penchant for nerdy subject matter. Her gaming career began with Aladdin on the Genesis, and she is still hard-pressed to name a platformer she enjoys more. Find her on twitter @jenisaur.


  • Joe MatarJoe Matar

    Joe Matar hasn't stopped gaming ever since he first played Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders for the Commodore 64. He is always on the lookout for solid game narratives and never gets tired of writing about the games that do it right. Or terribly wrong.


  • John MarkleyJohn Markley

    John is a gamer from Illinois who has been playing video games since encountering Galaga on his cousin’s Atari 2600. His favorite gaming memories include Final Fantasy III, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles arcade, Planescape: Torment, Persona 3 and 4, the Infamous series, and the time a series of “friendly fire” incidents while playing NES brawler River City Ransom with his cousin escalated into an actual fistfight.


  • Katie WoodruffKatie Woodruff

    A recent U.C. Davis graduate and an aspiring writer, Katie spends a lot of her time writing short stories, working on her novel, or playing video games.


  • Kelly LoKelly Lo

    Kelly is a Hong Kong native with a passion for pizza, video games, and engaging stories. She usually sticks to playing RPGs and action-adventures but will try anything once.


  • 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 Simpsonsparadox.com.


  • Melissa M. ParkerMelissa M. Parker

    For reviews editor Melissa Parker, it all began with Starfox 64. Ever since, she's been using the boost to get through. Once upon a time you could've found her playing Tekken at the old Chinatown arcade, but now she plays at home on her Xbox, and that suits her fine. One of her favorite childhood memories is of going to a Mexican place by the water and playing some Stones on the jukebox, while taking over the Harley-Davidson pinball machine.


  • 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 left behind 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.


  • Tom HoefnerTom Hoefner

    "Vell, Tom's just zis guy, ya know?" - Gag Halfrunt, Brain Care Specialist


  • 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 BurtTyler Burt

    Hardcore Droid Editor Tyler Burt is from Los Angeles, California. He grew up with games, and still plays them today at various hours of the night.


  • Will McCoolWill McCool

    Growing up in a rural town left plenty of time for video games, which he has been doing nonstop since the days of the Nintendo. Now living in a far bigger town (a city, really) he still spends plenty of time parked on the couch playing video games with his wife. On other days he writes, explores the marvels that the world has to offer and plans how best to clear zombies out of an urban area.


  • Zackery CuevasZackery Cuevas

    Zackery Cuevas is a freelance writer from New York City. He enjoys playing videogames, writing about videogames and complaining about videogames. A console gamer at heart, Zackery has recently opened himself up to the joys of PC and mobile gaming.



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