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-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 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.
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.
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 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.
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 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 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 is a NYC writer, recovering student, and downtrodden former rollercoaster tycoon. Any leads on amusement park design work are greatly appreciated.
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 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.
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 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.
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 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 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 - ninetyninepercentgaming.wordpress.com
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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 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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