The Players

  • AjaxAjax

    Hardcore Droid's Editor-in-Chief 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.

  • Amanda LynnAmanda Lynn

    Amanda is a freelance writer and in-progress novelist whose poetry and short stories appear in Boston Literary Magazine, inkscrawl, HOOT Review, and other publications. Her gaming career hails back to the days of 5 1/4-inch floppy disks, and her continued passion for thumb-happy virtual worlds enabled her to eventually gain street cred as a QA tester for a mobile developer in Raleigh, NC. When she's not writing or gaming, Amanda slowly wades through programming books with the hope of someday creating her own mobile title.

  • Andrey RevenkoAndrey Revenko

    Andrey Revenko is a game developer and designer who hails from Moscow, Russia. He is the Project manager at Nekki, and is responsible for such ground breaking mobile games as Vector.

  • 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.

  • Charles CrossCharles Cross

    Charles Cross is one of the core members of the up and coming independent game development studio, Valorware. He has a strong background in software development, and has worked for NASA and other research and development companies as a software engineer. He and his two other teammates at Valorware are currently working to release the sequel to their first RPG, 9th Dawn, in early 2014.

  • 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.

  • Dabney BaileyDabney Bailey

    Dabney Bailey is a freelance writer who has a passion for video games, especially ones with magical swords, elves, and fire-breathing dragons. He usually spends his days writing or playing video games -- possibly a combination of both.

  • David WallDavid Wall

    David grew up in the Washington DC suburbs. He had the kind of wholesome, American upbringing that’s synonymous with your standard family sitcom, in other words, pretty boring. He took solace in a few hobbies that would grow to be great passions: music, gaming, and soccer. Now he takes great pleasure writing and ranting about his favorite games for every platform he can get his hands on.

  • Francis RafaelFrancis Rafael

    plans to conquer the world. His multi-year embark in Dwarf Fortress is simply a simulation of how he will soon take over this wretched planet. (It involves a lot of levers, vampire blood, and a magma-powered machine). When he's not busy planning world domination, he writes stories for children and young adults.

  • James ChristyJames Christy

    Contributor, James Christy, is a blogger and lifelong gamer living in Philadelphia, PA. His other writings can be found at When not writing about gadgets or Android games he spends his time reading about the Singularity, playing in a rock band, and writing a graphic novel.

  • Jason Schneider

    Reviews Editor, Jay Schneider started his writing career as a music journalist in 2008, and began reviewing games shortly thereafter. But he's been gaming since the early 90s.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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

    Tyler Burt is a writer from Los Angeles, California. He grew up with games, and still plays them today at odd 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.

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