Steve Hannley

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.

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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.

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matt bunnyMatt Whittaker
Editor at Large

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.

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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.

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James Cunningham

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.

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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.

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Kevin Dunsmore

 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.

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Jacob “Jake” Whritenour

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.

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Thomas Ella

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.

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Adnan Riaz
UK Editor

Graduate from the University of York, Adnan loves literally anything to do with films, music, television and video games. He’s not shy to express his opinions on all of them either. Make sure you follow him on Twitter to find him rambling on about all of the above.

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Natalie Collazo
Staff Writer

Natalie was born twenty-one years ago from the beautiful city of North Cuba, (Miami, Florida). Unable to understand basic math or science, she decided that being an English Lit major was probably the best route to take when choosing which difficulty to pursue. Her accomplishments include collecting every wave of amiibo at retail price and cosplaying as Ash Williams at every single convention she goes to.

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Jason Bohn
Staff Writer

From the land of Nowhere comes Jason Bohn. He talks too much because his mind is gone. He sports a couple really lame tattoos. And the most used button on his alarm is “snooze” (with apologies to KMFDM and their song “Intro”). With a thirty year history of gaming, he has found that even his blood is pixelized. The lack of proper nutrient and oxygen flow that this causes is almost certainly the source of his love for terrible, terrible puns. Feel free to chastise him for these.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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Shaan Joshi
Staff Writer

Like other writers on the site, Shaan Joshi was born in the snowy tundras of Canada. Unsurprisingly, Shaan chose to take refuge from the harsh winters by staying indoors, making hot chocolate and falling in love with video games. Unfortunately for him, he was whisked away to the blisteringly hot tropics of Florida during his teenage years, where he continued to escape from the harsh outdoors by playing games indoors. While he’s not studying to be a video game programmer, you can probably find him gushing about the The Legend of Zelda, Ace Attorney, and Metal Gear, which he claims are the best things to come out of Japan.

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Derrick Bettis
News Writer

Derrick Alexander Bettis is a hybrid of rap bravado and video game aficionado that the world has never seen before. When he’s not leveling up in life, or what others like to call the massively multiplayer genre, you can probably find him singing along to a musical from his show tune collection. Other than that he’s pretty basic and shouldn’t be trusted around donuts.

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Shawn Reynolds
News Writer

Shawn fell in love with video games at the age of 10 and has dedicated his pursuits to writing and designing them ever since. Aside from playing video games Shawn likes to write novels, draw, and listen to ’90s rap and R&B.

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Edward Dang
News Writer

They told him he could be anything, so he stayed in his room and played video games. Be it anime, comics, books, movies, music, or games, Edward has devoted himself to the pursuit of media that can make him feel things the human language cannot describe. He is addicted to being in more than one place at once, to a life that’s beyond what we can live alone, to a pile of pixels on a rectangle that he thinks is art. He has too many opinions and not enough respect; because it’s a game, he can take it seriously. He also likes pigs.

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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.

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Antony Matthews
News Writer

Antony has been a video game fanatic for as long as he can remember. With his first console being the SNES, he quickly grew a soft spot for the artistic nature of video games as they hooked him in with their entertaining challenges and individual ways of storytelling. Outside of video games, Antony explores the creative world of film, sometimes goes outside, and eats noodles. He believes this bio is missing some sort of satirical joke.

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Jason O’Connell
Features Writer

Jason O’Connell lives in the world of adventure in any form he can get it in, from running around in the middle of the wilderness with only the shirt on his back, to laying around on the couch while indulging himself in his favorite action/adventure game. Secretly, he wishes he could be Nathan Drake or Indiana Jones, but settles for being just another crazy man trekking around in the woods.

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Tyler Robertson
News Writer

Since he was a wee tot, Tyler has loved video games, but not until very recently did he realize that he wanted video games to be his whole life, to be devoted to the art and to the industry, and that is how he ended up here at Hardcore Gamer. Other than that, Tyler spends his time playing drums and trying to convince his movie-loving friend that the Marvel Cinematic Universe is not a heap of trash.

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Darrius Judge
Assistant to the Editor in Chief

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.

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