Staff

Steve Hannley
Publisher

Steve has been around the industry for well over a decade and has been involved with Hardcore Gamer for more than ten 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.

beck 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

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

Marcus Estrada
Head of Indie Developments

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

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


Adnan Riaz
UK Editor

Adnan Riaz is based in the UK and predominantly writes news for Hardcore Gamer. Every so often, though, he moves out of his comfort zone to bring exclusive interviews to Hardcore Gamer or write the occasional review. He holds degrees in both History and Journalism, not to mention that he is an avid lover of politics, sports and, of course, gaming. Follow him on Twitter to find out what he’s working on next.

adnan at hardcoregamer.com


Jordan Helm
UK Correspondent

Hailing from t’North of the UK, you can be certain that Jordan is your atypically opinionated, atypically British video game enthusiast. And by British we of course mean a dry, blunt, nihilist with a hint of a smart-arse attitude. He loves nothing more than creativity and Shepherd’s Pie. Has recently leveled up from lazy to “distractedly occupied.”

jordan at hardcoregamer.com


Kyle LeClair
Staff Writer

Hailing from Atlantic Canada, Kyle LeClair grew up on a steady diet of Electronic Gaming Monthly, GamePro, Game Players…well, you get the idea. Having divorced himself from reality ages ago and adopting the additional alias of “SlyDante” in the process, he now spends his days as a writer searching for potential cult hits and the next big thing in video games to promote, mainly by browsing the indie circuit a lot. He also considers Mega Man 3 to be best game ever made, and will fight you to the death if you dare talk negative about it.

kyle at hardcoregamer.com


Chris Shive
Staff Writer

What started as a simple pastime back in the Paleozoic era, Chris now plays video games as a way to escape reality in between his numerous trips to prison. The years of institutionalization mixed with gaming 23 hours a day have taken a toll on his mind. His brain is now an undifferentiated paste with minimal activity detected. In spite of this, he pieces together words in what usually results in incoherent articles that are best described as word salad with failed attempts at humor. He is allowed to continue to partake in game journalism because living out his fantasy of being a talented writer is better than him acting out the notion that he assumed the war god’s throne by killing Ares.

chrisshive at hardcoregamer.com


Sam Spyrison
Staff Writer

Sam has proudly called himself a gamer ever since he first played Crash Bandicoot on his dad’s Playstation almost 20 years ago. These days, he’s willing to give any genre a shot, but he prefers games with immersive open worlds and well-crafted stories and combat, as well as the occasional indie title and way too much Rocket League. Outside of gaming, Sam enjoys watching Chicago sports, wrestling and any TV show or movie that’s remotely superhero related.

sam at hardcoregamer.com


Kirstin Swalley
Staff Writer

Kirstin started gaming at the tender age of 3, and ran into far too many goombas before she figured out what the jump button was. From the SNES and beyond she has played games as though her life depends on it, and hopes to continue doing so until the end of time. She also hopes to someday pet a bat on the head and pilot a giant robot.

kirstin at hardcoregamer.com


Cory Wells
Staff Writer

Cory was molded by the 8-bit gaming era, choosing the likes of Mega Man and Sonic the Hedgehog over Mario and Link. Both games would grant him skills for both precision and cat-like reflexes. Stuck in South Carolina, Cory is certainly out of place for a gaming journalist. He favors sports, racing and survival horror titles, but is really okay with any game that isn’t “Freemium”. He doesn’t understand E-Sports and probably never will. Maybe it’s because he’s old.

cory at hardcoregamer.com


Jacob Bukacek
Staff Writer

At all started with The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. The moment he started playing that game, it was all over. It’s been more than 20 years since Jake first picked up the controller, and his interest hasn’t faded in the slightest. He generally favors RPGs, shooters and platformers, but enjoys the odd and unusual above all else. Luigi’s Mansion is his favorite Mario game. He’s finished Majora’s Mask at least 10 times, and he just doesn’t understand people who can’t see the brilliance that is Transistor’s combat system. He doesn’t know as much as he thinks he does, so feel free to call him out on it.

jacobbukacek 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


Fran Soto
News Writer

Before she knew what dreams and aspirations were, Fran did at least know one thing: she wanted to play video games for the rest of her life. Becoming one with the controller was a steady practice that Fran has been honing since the young age of five. While you were studying the blade, Fran was studying the precarious platforming of Mario Bros and Ninja Gaiden on the NES. Through her training, she’s ascended to Super Sonic status, regularly saved Hyrule and defeated the evil God of Magic. Fran has a deep love for the Golden Age of gaming and anything RPG. When she’s not training to become an Overwatch Pro, Fran enjoys her downtime by invading others in Dark Souls and rewatching The Office for the 50th time with her cat and partner.

fransoto at hardcoregamer.com