Staff

Steve Hannley
Editor in Chief

Steve has been around the industry for over a decade and has been involved with Hardcore Gamer for eight years. In that time, he’s worked with multiple gaming publications including IGN, Gamepro, 1UP and more before finally taking the reigns of Hardcore Gamer in 2009. When he’s not managing both the editorial and business sides of the brand, he’s off gallivanting around the world.

steve at hardcoregamer.com

It'sMeforYouAdam Beck
Editorial Director

The Canadian with the heart of rice, Adam Beck has survived in forty below weather and hazardous snow storms for far too long. His Tim Horton’s degree can only go so far and his poutine grad school scholarship is about to run up, so what better way to make a living than writing about his favorite pastime: video games. He has gone from a lonely Asset Manager to a full on Editorial Director with a dream of developing his own video game in the future. Until then, he’ll be subjected to hundreds of stereotypical Canadian jokes on a daily basis.

thebeck at hardcoregamer.com

matt bunnyMatt Whittaker
Supervising Editor

Matt Whittaker was born at the Stork Factory and was delivered to his parents’ doorstep over twenty-three years ago. Because he was terrible at most things (chemistry, liking cauliflower, and empathy), he took to writing about video games for kicks. Fast forward to the present day, and Matt continues to vomit out whatever gaming-related thoughts spawn from his mind in a more official capacity. Also, Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards is the best Nintendo game ever, and if you disagree, he’ll use the deadly Fridge Power on you.

mattwhittaker at hardcoregamer.com

Jeremy “JPeeples” Peeples
Senior Editor

Jeremy Peeples started gaming in 1987 and his first console was a Sears-bought Atari. Mastery of Pole Position led him to love Rad Racer on the NES and his hatred of the snickering dog in Duck Hunt will never end. He loves all systems and his adoration of the OUYA has grown to almost unhealthy levels at various points, and has become a running joke thanks to God-awful games like Man Boobs Are Candy Corn HD being exclusive to the platform.

jpeeples at hardcoregamer.com

Lee Cooper
Senior Editor

Lee Cooper is not the heir to any denim fortunes, but he’s a writer with enough pizzazz to reclaim his manliness after having used the word pizzazz in too many sentences. In his spare time, he demonstrates tolerance in multiracial neighborhoods, raises a dangerously obese cat, and waters his ex-girlfriends ficus with urine. Also, he plays video games sometimes.

lee at hardcoregamer.com

Geoff Thew
Features Editor

Geoff Thew once wore his hair in a ponytail, and he considers this to be the second greatest mistake of his life. The first, of course, was picking up video games. His imposing stature, sharp features, and way with words could have made him a great athlete, actor, or author. Instead he went to school for game design and became an entirely different A-word. He wastes his spare potential watching anime and movies, and takes great pride in his large Nendoroid collection (Solid Snake is the cutest).

geoff at hardcoregamer.com

James Cunningham
Editor

James Cunningham has been gaming since the late 70s and it’s warped his world view ever since. I was all about arcades up to the Genesis, which finally reeled me in to home gaming thanks to the power of Sonic. It’s been a lot of fun watching the gaming world change over the decades, and it’s great to know the evolution isn’t going to be slowing down any time soon.

james at hardcoregamer.com

Alex Carlson
Editor

It began with a hand-me-down Sega Genesis and rose into an undying love for gaming. Alex has been both roaming the past and looking to the future. He’s been a long-time fan of retro platformers and high-intensity character action games. An avid videographer, Let’s Player and music fan, he’s always working on some kind of project. Other pastimes include watching anime and browsing YouTube. His favorite games include Metroid Prime, Banjo-Tooie, Persona 3, Bayonetta 2 and nearly every 16-bit Sonic the Hedgehog game. Someday he’ll return to his own dimension…someday…

alex at hardcoregamer.com

Bradly Halestorm
Editor

Bradly is what one might call a ‘fiend’ — a fiend for all things Japanese gaming-related, with a particular love of JRPGs, STGs, visual novels and over-the-top action games a la Bayonetta. His favorite developer is Platinum Games, and he generally considers the Dreamcast and Sega Saturn the two best home consoles in the history of video games. Ask him what his favorite games are, and he’ll quickly reply, “Panzer Dragoon Saga, Albert Odyssey, Phantom Dust, Elemental Gearbolt, Vanquish, Yakuza 4 and, of course, Shenmue.” Though it should be known that he generally likes any and everything released in the 90s under the Working Designs name. Oh, and he has this weird interest in exclusive Japanese Xbox games.

bradly at hardcoregamer.com

Nikola Suprak
Editor

 Nikola likes games, long walks on the beach, and playing games while walking long distances on sandy surfaces. He once beat Bowser in an arm wrestling contest. When he twirls his mustache the entire room smells of musk. Follow him @NikolaSuprak for all the latest tips on beard grooming and thoughts on the best indie games. Or don’t, and have a gross beard.

nikola at hardcoregamer.com

Kevin Dunsmore
Editor

 If snark could kill, Kevin would be a serial killer, or at least have few crimes of passion under his belt. This is a man who loves his shooters, piling hours and hours into whatever the latest Call of Duty or Battlefield might be. Kevin has been in the industry for over five years and wrote at a bevy of websites before finding a permanent home at Hardcore Gamer. Well, permanent if those acquittals hold up.

kevin at hardcoregamer.com

Jacob “Jake” Whritenour
Editor

Jake Whritenour lives in New Jersey where he trains to be the best like no one ever was. When he’s away from the site he’s busy catching and training Pokémon. He’s also a fan of Luigi and hopes one year the legendary green plumber can shine bright once again.

jake at hardcoregamer.com

Marcus Estrada
Editor

Marcus Estrada resides in the far too sunny state of California where he obsesses over niche games that few would proclaim affection for. Visual novels, rhythm/music, and casual puzzlers are just some of his favorite genres. Of course, he’s also always happy to sing the praises of a terrifying new horror game, cool Kickstarter project, or “super indie” independent title.

marcus at hardcoregamer.com

Jahanzeb Khan
Editor, Hardcore Gamer Australia

Jahanzeb Khan might be Australian, but don’t let that fool you. While he may consume kangaroo tempura and echidna sliders, he is arguably the biggest gamer in a mostly deserted land. The first (and only) person on the continent to play Freedom Planet, this is a man who knows what’s up.

jahanzeb at hardcoregamer.com


Dermot Creegan
Editor

Soccer and video games. If those two things ever defined a person more accurately, it’s Dermot. When he’s not leading most soccer leagues in the greater Seattle area in goals and assists or training with the Sounders, he’s losing himself in the latest video game — probably Nintendo related. His garb of choice is a Hanten and when he’s not beating Twilight Princess for the twentieth time, he’s having his bi-weekly Treasure Tracker meeting of which he is currently the sole member of.

dermot at hardcoregamer.com


Julian Aidan
Editor

Born in Lansing, Michigan in 1951, Julian Aidan is a renowned film producer, screenwriter, director and musician. Holding a 7th-dan black belt in Aikido, Aidan operates one Japan’s most renowned martial art dojos. When he’s not acting in films or strumming his 1971 Fender Stratocaster, he’s volunteering as a reserve deputy sheriff in Maricopa County. He also frequently confuses details of his life with Steven Seagal.

julian at hardcoregamer.com


Thomas Ella
Editor

Thomas Ella is the kind of guy who plays through The Last of Us in one sitting and then drinks in the shower until the pain goes away. He’d prefer if you didn’t check his trophy list, but if you do, he’d just like you to know that he has no idea how that Hannah Montana: The Movie: The Game platinum got on there.

thomas at hardcoregamer.com


Spencer Campbell
Editor

Spencer Campbell has summited many mountains just to shout, “Video games are for nerds!!” After extensive scientific testing, he has concluded that they are. He plans on accepting his Nobel Prize as soon as the dorks in Sweden return his calls.

spencer at hardcoregamer.com


Marc Cavazos
Japanese Correspondent, Hardcore Gamer Japan

Marc Cavazos left behind a luxurious life of cowboys and barbecues found in suburban Texas at a young age to explore the world and find adventures. Now he currently resides in the futuristic and cyberpunk land of Tokyo, Japan. An avid Japanese speaker, Marc enjoys studying Kanji, reading Shonen Jump, listening to shoegaze music, playing bass guitar, and challenging grade school kids to Pokemon matches at cafes in Akihabara.

marc at hardcoregamer.com


Brandon Boatman
News Writer

Brandon Boatman is life long resident of an unknown town in Tennessee. In his spare time he enjoys killing NPCs, looting their corpses, and praising the Sun. Besides abusing the dead he also likes to watch anime, code, play sports, and write about the happenings of the gaming industry.

brandon at hardcoregamer.com

Darrius Judge
Editor at Large

Known for his ruthless grip, Darrius Judge (born 1959 in Ferguson, MO) is our resident OSHA agent and expert on game development, having single-handedly created the WiiWare title SPOGS Racing while high on bath salts.

judge at hardcoregamer.com