The Players

  • Ajax Moroni

  • Ajay KumarAjay Kumar

    Ajay has been a hardcore gamer since he owned a Sega Genesis during the Dark Ages of the 90s. He moved on to the Nintendo 64 and had brief affair with the GameCube before becoming a member of the Glorious PC Gaming Master Race. Ajay games on Android phones because the Apple logo makes him hungry. When he's not gaming he does freelance writing.

  • 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 Moser

    Alexander Moser lives in Brooklyn. He spends his time reading, writing, and going for runs in Prospect Park.

  • 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, 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Ayesha Depay

    Ayesha Depay is a writer, student, and gamer. She claims she does not know how many hours of her life were lost playing Age of Empires and Crash Bandicoot as a kid. Ayesha is still on the no sleep diet playing League of legends into the wee hours. Find more on

  • Ben JonesBen Jones

    Former movie review writer for his local newspaper: The Telescope, and aspiring novelist, Ben Jones has been writing for as long as he has been playing games. He's an avid fan of some of the more classic RPG's like Final Fantasy III, Chrono Trigger, and The Legend of Zelda. To him the quality of a game's story is just as important as it's gameplay.

  • Brandon Carbaugh

    is an author, editor, and freelance writer based in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. You can follow him on twitter @bmcarbaugh, or at

  • 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

    9th grader Caleb Jackson had a passion for video games ever since he was 4. Since then, he regularly 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Donald BorensteinDonald Borenstein

    Donald Borenstein is (ugh) yet another freelance writer who recently graduated from college, but wait please don't stop reading yet! He likes RPGs, Turn Based Strategy, Adventure, and Stealth games. He wishes someone would hurry up and make a new Roller Coaster Tycoon already.

  • Eric MillerEric Miller

    Eric Miller is a freelance writer with experience that he considers important. Eric currently lives in Southern California hoping that it doesn’t fall into the ocean before he finds a safe place to watch the end of world.

  • 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.

  • Ilya ZarembskyIlya Zarembsky

    "Ilya Zarembsky is an MFA Game Design student at the NYU Game Center. He has been playing, thinking about, and making games since 1984. His favorite racing game is a tie between Project Gotham Racing and Rallisport Challenge."

  • Impish Noire

    Impish Noire is an enthusiastic gamer that is southern born and raised by Yankees. Ever heard a New Yorker's colloquialism said with a southern accent? Just ask.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

    Contributor, 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • John MarkleyJohn Markley

  • Jon Luke TaylorJon Luke Taylor

    Jon Luke Taylor has grown up on stories. Whether it's books, games, or comics, it's fuel. He is an aspiring writer in his spare time and hopes some day his degree in Psychology will be worth something.

  • 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.

  • JubbliesACJubbliesAC

    Jubblies AC has been a gaming and tech geek since 2000. She has been following different mobile games particularly the retro titles. Jubblies AC also attends various tech and gaming conferences here and abroad. Message her at for more geeky updates.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Kendall Gibson

    Kendall Gibson comprises one half a set of identical twins. His family lives in Boston. He goes to school on Long Island. In the future, he wants to live in a foreign country and write a book. His backup plan: become the #1 pool player, ever. Will he succeed? Yes. Maybe. I don't know.

  • Kevin TejadaKevin 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

    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

  • 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.

  • Melissa M. ParkerMelissa M. Parker

    For contributor 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.

  • 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.

  • Michael MulloolyMichael Mullooly

    Michael Mullooly is an award- winning blogger and student journalist. He spends his days glued to a keyboard as well as playing and writing about video games when he really should be studying. You can find his blog here -

  • 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.

  • Peter VandbergPeter Vandberg

    is a freelance writer fascinated by all things digital. He spends his time writing about Android and the mobile industry, playing with gadgets, and contemplating the world. In the little spare time he has, Peter likes to build empires and crush enemies in old RTS games.

  • Quaid

  • 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.

  • Riki SmallingRiki Smalling

    Riki is your average kid from New York City. Though once known to mock mobile phone games, he has found a new appreciation for the "take-anywhere" platform. Riki is a musician and an aspiring writer who unlike many - view video games as an art.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Saul BerenbaumSaul Berenbaum

    Saul Berenbaum has been playing videogames since he was two years old. An independent filmmaker and freelance editor, he'll cut a music video in an afternoon and then play through Super Mario Bros. in seven minutes just because he can. He also loves to brag about having beaten Viewtiful Joe 1 & 2 on Ultra V-Rated, like he's doing right now. You can reach him at

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Tim PaulTim Paul

    A 2013 graduate from Franklin Pierce University with a Bachelor’s in English and Creative Writing, Tim Paul is a lot of things. But mostly, he is a 29 year old NY native, with an obsession for video games and driving race cars.

  • 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.

  • Trevor Gulley

  • Tyler BurtTyler Burt

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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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