The Team

Founder

Brett Walton

Brett created gamrReview in 2010, initially as part of the VGChartz network of sites. In March 2012, gamrReview became a stand-alone site in its own right, now under the direct management of Craig Snow and Karl Koebke and dedicated to bringing the most informative, trustworthy and interesting game reviews and previews on the web.

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Editor-in-Chief

Craig Snow

Craig initially joined the staff as a general news contributor, before quickly shifting his emphasis towards reviews. Having been on the review team since almost the very beginning, he has gradually built up his role within the review section and seen that aspect of the site transform beyond recognition into the gamrReview site that it is now.

As well as being joint Editor-in-Chief alongside Karl, Craig is our second most active reviewer, and is also our primary Copy Editor. He lists StarCraft: Brood War, Diablo II: Lord of Destruction, Shadow of the Colossus, The Orange Box (in particular Portal), Dota 2, and Race Driver: GRID as his favourite titles.

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Editor-in-Chief

Karl Koebke

Karl is a Chemistry graduate from Michigan Technological University and is currently working towards a Ph. D. in Biochemistry from University of Wisconsin: Milwaukee. After spending a few months on the VGChartz forums he applied to become a reviewer on a whim in 2008 and, to his surprise, was accepted. Since then he has slowly increased his workload by becoming the site's most prolific reviewer, and one of gamrReview's Editors-in-Chief.  Gaming has been a passion of Karl's since his first playthrough of Pitfall, although he didn't have a favorite genre until he played Earthbound on the Super Nintendo. Since then, JRPGs have been Karl's main focus in gaming and he lists Earthbound, Final Fantasy VII, Super Mario RPG, Persona 4, Shadow of the Colossus and Valkyria Chronicles as his favorite games.

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Senior Editor

Nick Pantazis

Nick is a writer, editor, and respiratory therapy student. His passions in life are writing and healthcare, and he's an avid fan of video games, anime, science fiction books, movies, and just about anything nerdy. He has been part of the VGChartz staff since 2007. He created the original review system for the site and continues to work closely with Karl and Craig in maintaining gamrReview as a both an editor and writer. Nick's favorite games are Shadow of the Colossus, Chrono Trigger, Majora's Mask, Skyrim, Portal 1 and 2, and the Pokemon franchise. 

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Content Editor

Xavier Griffiths

Xavier is a student at Fordham University where he studies English and Communications. Xavier joined VGChartz and applied for a spot on the review team as a way to improve and increase his writing output in early 2009. In addition to writing reviews, he offers support as a content and copy editor for gamrReview. Alongside books and films, videogames is Xavier’s favorite hobby and the one he has been interested in the longest. Always willing to try something new, he enjoys playing games across a wide range of genres and platforms. His list of favorite games include Pokemon Silver Version, Crash Bandicoot 3 Warped, Soul Calibur II, Super Mario Galaxy 2, and, most recently, Rayman Origins.

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Copy Editor

Arthur Kabrick

Though Arthur Kabrick began gaming on the original Game Boy, when he experienced PlayStation with the PS1, he never went back – except, of course, for the Gameboy Advance. He joined the site in June 2008, coining the phrase “joined for the numbers, stayed for the community”. It was only in January 2010, however, that he signed up to VG Chartz staff as a reviewer and news/features writer. Among his favourite games of all time are Shadow of the Colossus and the Ratchet & Clank and God of War franchises, as well as those old 2D Zelda games. Recently, however, he has become more of a PC gamer. Arthur was born in, and currently resides in, London (no, not the Canadian one), and other than gaming, his interests include politics, reading science fiction and fantasy, tennis, and, of course, wearing a top hat and monocle and walking around with a cane.

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Reviewer

Brent Galietti

Brent is an Accounting and MBA graduate from the University of Central Florida. He started out as a Nintendo fan in his younger years but has since expanded his horizons to encapsulate the entire industry (though the platformer still holds a special place in his heart). Brent joined gamrReview in Spring 2010 to chase the dream of reviewing video games and has enjoyed every minute of it. When not gaming, he's watching sports incessantly and commenting on the sport world at large on Twitter (feel free to join in!).

Among his favorite series are: Pokemon, Ace Attorney, Shin Megami Tensei, Sonic, and the amazing cult classic that is Valkyria Chronicles.

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Reviewer

Chris Matulich

Having been enraptured with the gaming industry since he and his brother got their grubby little hands on their first Nintendo back in 1989, Chris hasn't looked back since. He likes to consider himself a connoisseur of the industry, dabbling in all genres and platforms as he sees fit, but can never really tear himself away from his precious RPGs, whether it be the now western dominated genre of the present, or his beloved, quirky Japanese games of yesteryear.

Chris earned a BA in English Literature from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, a Masters in Special Education from Hunter College, currently teaches in a NYC school for students with disabilities during the day, and writes for gamrReview at night, being apart of the team since the Summer of 2010. Chris has also slowly making his way into the comics scene, thoroughly enjoying The Walking Dead, Sin City, and basically anything that has Wolverine or Batman.

While he's a big enthusiast of retro gaming, Chris doesn't discriminate between retro and modern, playing anything and everything that strikes his interest. Topping his favorites list (at the moment) are Bravely Default, Persona 4, The Last of Us, South Park: Stick of Truth, Final Fantasy IV, Chrono Cross, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Batman: Arkham City, Knights of the Old Republic, Darksiders, Metroid, Super Metroid, Shadow Complex, BioShock, Baldurs Gate II, Monkey Island II: LeChuck's Revenge, Kingdom Hearts II, Battletoads & Double Dragon, Left 4 Dead, The World Ends With You, and Mega Man II.

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Reviewer

Gordon Bryant

Gordon Bryant graduated from Mohawk College for Television Broadcast Technology in 2009, focusing on the writing elements of television production. While gaming has been his primary hobby for most of his life, he enjoys reviewing movies, television shows, novels, and other forms of entertainment in his spare time. In addition to writing reviews, he also enjoys writing editorials, short stories, and novels. While he always felt he played a wide variety of games, his time reviewing for gamrReview has expanded his (already open) mind when it comes to his tastes and he hopes to continue this trend in the future.

Somewhat of a gaming snob, he hates it when people limit themselves to only a genre or two, or feel that some games are 'too kiddy' for adults to enjoy;  he feels that all games can be fun regardless of their intended audience and advocates this by trying as many new games or genres as he can.  His favorite games are Final Fantasy VI, Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Megaman 2, and the trilogy of Donkey Kong Country games on the SNES.

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Reviewer

Jake Weston

Like many children growing up in the 90s, Jake Weston began his life long love of gaming with his Super Nintendo, beginning with Super Mario World and Mega Man X. After a childhood satiated on super-powered plumbers, blue bombers, anthropomorphized bandicoots and radical hedgehogs, Jake discovered that his passion lied in this interactive medium, and decided to try his hand at his own gaming blog. Soon after that, he began writing for other various websites, and was brought on board the VGChartz staff in the summer of 2011.

In between playing and reviewing games, composing music, and working on that movie script that will totally be finished one day you guys I swear, Jake Weston currently studies Cinema at the University of Oregon. His favorite games include the Mass Effect series, Metal Gear Solid, Valkyria Chronicles, Final Fantasy VIII, and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.

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Reviewer

Joseph Trotter

Joseph hails from Bury, England, a place famous for black pudding, Robert Peel, the Police force, and inspiring some of Charles Dickens' characters; all the makings of a wild night out. A keen hoarder, Joseph spends much of his spare time and pennies collecting vinyl records and fine books, leaving few moments to actually enjoy these delicacies. Although he always dreamt of playing football for his beloved Leicester City, enthusiasm was unfortunately not meted with talent. Instead, Joseph has somehow ended up at the University of Glasgow studying Classics, where he spends most of his time fraternising with the thoughts of men long dead.

Somewhere between these events Joseph picked up a controller and has never looked back, or up. His first console was a Nintendo 64, brought one Christmas in tandem with his mortal enemy and brother, David. Joseph stumbled upon VGChartz in 2010 off a recommendation from a good friend. Spotting a vacancy the next year, he threw his hat into the ring and was as surprised as everybody else to be offered an editorial/features role, before moving onto the gamrReview team. His favourite games are Zelda: Ocarina of Time, KOTOR, Banjo-Kazooie, Shadow of the Colossus and Half-Life 2. Probably.

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Reviewer

Kasper Andersen

Born in 1990, it wasn't until the Nintendo 64 era that Kasper started gaming, and in his early teen years, it started becoming a passion. Since then, he's gamed on many different platforms and became an active member of the VGChartz community in 2008, the first step on the path to becoming a gamrReview reviewer in 2011. In 2012 he received his bachelor's degree in software engineering and started his master's degree in game programming by spending a semester with DADIU.

Kasper is not too fond of retro gaming and often prefers newer games over older ones. In the same vain, he is also very excited about the future of video game controllers that the Wii kickstarted, with a particular soft spot for the full body gaming achieved with Kinect.

His favorite games remain moving targets, but on the list you can currently find games like Heavy Rain, Flower, Mirror's Edge, Batman: Arkham City, Mass Effect 3, inFamous 2 and others.

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Reviewer

Daniel Share-Strom

An extreme gamer since the age of two, Daniel took two years of the University of Ontario Institute of Technology`s Game Development and Entrepreneurship program before switching majors to Communications. As a passionate fan of the gaming industry, with a flair for writing, he naturally jumped at the chance to write for gamrReview (VGChartz at the time) when the opportunity presented itself in 2008.

He has owned nearly every big game system since the NES, including all current-generation consoles. Daniel has a wide-ranging taste in games, with favourite franchises including - but not limited to - Super Smash Brothers, Heavy Rain, Kingdom Hearts, Resident Evil, Super Mario, Halo, Gears of War, and Mass Effect. However, his favourite just might be the Super Nintendo classic, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time.

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Writer

Connor Weller

Born in 1994, Connor is currently studying for a Mathematics degree at Plymouth University. His gaming life began all the way back in 1998, when he played his first ever game: Final Fantasy 7, and hasn't stopped since. Ever since then, he's been a Sony gamer, playing his way through Crash Bandicoot, Spyro, Gran Turismo and others throughout his childhood. As of late, he's also invested in Nintendo's offerings, and ranks Portal, Final Fantasy 12, Chrono Trigger, Super Mario Galaxy 2 and Xenoblade Chronicles as his favourite games. He joined the gamrReview team in 2012 as a Writer.

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Writer

Noah Glaser

Noah Glaser has been a video game addict ever since he played Space Invaders on the Atari 2600. Since then he has continued to maintain his passion for gaming while obtaining his Bachelors in Information Technology. The Super Nintendo is his favorite console of all-time, and the Zelda series has stood out as his favorite series.

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Writer

Sam Rowett

Sam Rowett is a writer and gamer from the north of England. He strongly advocates the notion that games are art and likes RPGs, action games, old-school FPS titles, and his own gloriously long hair. His personal site is http://www.pywritechnics.com/

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Jared Katz

Jared Katz has been a gamer since the age of 3, being first introduced to the medium through his brother’s SEGA Genesis with Sonic the Hedgehog. He has since expanded his gaming palate to various genres and platforms, with his favorite being JRPGS and Platformers.

Outside of gaming Jared uses his leisure time reading books and manga or watching anime and various TV shows. Even though Sega has stopped making video game hardware, he has not yet accepted that fact and will furiously deny it if questioned about it. 

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Writer

Patrick Day-Childs

Patrick has been writing for video game sites since he was around 12 years old. He's written a book, hospitalized himself while playing Gauntlet and has won a couple of tournaments. He spent the first half of his life in Sheffield, the second half in Runcorn and now lives in Southampton.

He's an avid game collector and owns a Street Fighter 2 Championship Edition Arcade machine, Philips CD-i and a bunch of other tat that he refuses to get rid of.

Patrick also spends a lot of his time training in Martial Arts and contact sports. 

Finally, he's a father to be. His child is due on June first.

Favourite games include:
DOOM, Call of Duty 4, Papers, Please. Zelda and Dragon Age. 

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Writer

Jes Taylor

Jes Taylor has been a gamer all his life, an obsession that started the first day he played Super Mario Bros 3 on NES. If it's related to video games, odds are he knows everything about it. Jes is a huge Mass Effect fan and could easily tell you everything and anything about the franchise. 

Jes has written for numerous video game websites over the years and his obsession for video games has led him here. His favorite games are, as of this moment: Mass Effect 2, Crysis 3, Super Mario World, Mass Effect 3, inFamous and Super Smash Bros.

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Writer

Daniel Carreras

A graduate in Computing from the University of Brighton, Daniel is currently working on his own game development projects whilst writing about games and reviewing them in his spare time. After years of lurking VGChartz.com, analysing sales figures on hardware and software, he noticed a position to become a staff member at gamrReview and applied without hesitation.

Like most people, Daniel started his love of gaming at a young age, when his parents bought the family a Sega Mega Drive with The Lion King included. Gaming is now the passion that drives Daniel, from reading the latest news on releases, to getting every achievement on the games he holds dear, everything in his life centres around gaming, and he wouldn't have it any other way. He maintains a site which tracks his game development progress and reviews old games, which can be found at: http://caesoose.com

Favourite games include: The Mass Effect Series, S.T.A.L.K.E.R Series, Halo series, The Binding of Isaac, FTL, FFVIII, Asura's Wrath.

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Writer

Zach Frimpong

The one pastime that gives Zach the greatest amount of enjoyement is video games. After playing Crash Bandicoot 3 on the Playstation at the age of 3, he became hooked. Since then, Zach has played a large variety of games across a number of different genres and platforms. Zach especially enjoys talking about and writing about games and the gaming industry. He runs his own gaming channel FringyGaming where he discusses gaming news and does reviews.

Some of Zach's favourite gaming franchises are Super Smash Bros, Uncharted, inFamous, Grand Theft Auto, Mass Effect, Crash Bandicoot and Ratchet and Clank.

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Writer

Jesse Harness

Jesse has been unabashadly hooked on video games ever since he got his hands on an NES in the early '90s. He is a graduate from Henderson State University's MLA program where he earned his Master's degree in English. He currently resides in northwestern Arkansas where he writes lots of fancy things for lots of incredibly tasteful people when he's not making his eyes bleed from playing too many video games or chuckling to himself while rubbing his hands together and plotting his imminent conquest of the world.

Jesse's tastes have a strong Nintendo leaning in general, and his favorite video game franchises are Paper Mario, Ace Attorney, Super Smash Bros., and Zero Escape. And of course he has a special Kefka-shaped place in his heart for Final Fantasy VI.
 

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Jeffrey Knox

Jeffrey graduated from the University of Southern Maine with a BA in Media Studies. Films, books and the outdoors have been a passion of his since his childhood. He dabbled in video games during his time in middle school through endless nights of Smash Bros. with his friends. It was not until his later years in college when he dove in to the culture of video games and discovered what a great medium for story-telling they are. His favorite games include: The Legend of Zelda, Metroid Prime, Portal, Bioshock, Shadow of the Colossus, Journey, Fire Emblem, Smash Bros., and the ridiculously fun Borderlands 2. 

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Andy Smith

Andy recalls playing Nintendo for the first time at the age of 3 and can not honestly remember a day without gaming since. Andy has attained the degrees of Bachelor of Music from Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, AR and Master of Music from Kent State University in Kent, OH. He is currently located in Little Rock, AR where he works a day job and founded the Knurding Out Podcast network where he Co-Hosts the Knurding Out Podcast (comics, movies, games, beer) and the Foreign Object Podcast (WWE Wrestling) and produces a number of other shows.

Andy's favorite games include Final Fantasy IV, Super Metroid, Soulblazer, The Assassin's Creed Series, and Balloon Fighter. His favorite genres include Indie, jRPG's, Adventure, and Puzzle Games.

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Writer

Stephen C Barrett

Born in 1975, Steve became fascinated by video games at around five years old the first time he laid eyes on the arcade game, Pac Man.  However, it wasn't until the Nintendo Entertainment System that he became obsessed with the home console market.  When games like Super Mario Bros and The Legend of Zelda hit the market, it was clear to him that home video games were destined to become a permanent form of entertainment.

His very favorite game series is Zelda, but his other favorites include the Super Mario, Metroid, Bioshock, Castlevania, Mario Kart and Resident Evil series.

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Graeme Wilson

A 20 year old aspiring filmmaker, Graeme became enamored with video games at a young age. His first console being a Nintendo Gamecube, he can recall sinking hundreds upon hundreds of hours into games such as Super Smash Bros. Melee, Luigi's Mansion, and Resident Evil 4. Over the years, Graeme gravitated towards very story-driven games, and playing these persuaded Graeme to try his hand at creating his own stories, spawning his love of filmmaking. 

Some of Graeme's favorite games include Silent Hill 2, Catherine, Resident Evil 4, Persona 4 Golden, Symphony of the Night, Resistance 2, Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII, and anything made by Ken Levine.

You can view Graeme's short films here.

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Mathew Miller

Mathew can't remember a time when he didn't love games. Other than his fanboy view of Iron Man, Mathew has fond memories sitting in front of the TV playing Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and Battletoads & Double Dragon on his Genesis.

Mathew's favorite games include Bioshock Infinite, Banjo-Kazooie, the Halo series, Super Mario 64, Goldeneye 007, the Mass Effect series, and, more recently, Titanfall.

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Ben Burnham

From the good ol' days spent zipping through Emerald Hill Zone in Sonic 2 and up to having his mind blown by the likes of Rayman Origins, Ben has always had a love for the art that we know of as video games. Appreciating them not just for their fun gameplay but also for their sometimes incredible storytelling, Ben finds a well-written game to be easily as powerful as the best of other mediums such as movies and books, if not more so due to their interactive nature.

He's also an aspiring writer, and digs reviewing and discussing video games almost as much as he enjoys playing them.

Ben would also like to remind everyone to always eat their waffles.

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