Cool Cats

I owe a lot of my inspirations to a lot of different people. Here are just a few of them that I could remember.

Ashens

Been following this Briton since I saw his first POP Station review way back in ‘06. Honestly one of the first online personalities who got me thinking about possibly establishing my own sort of presence on the Internet, as he made it look so much fun. I reckon he covers more cheapo Poundland products than video games at this current point in time, but he’s still a great source of entertainment regardless.

Classic Game Room

Mark is the kind of guy you wanna drink cold beer and discuss the finer points of Truxton with. His passion for classic games and ultra-chill vibes are much appreciated in a day and age of shrieking teeny-boppers shouting over modern releases. His love for the Vectrex is real, and it is beautiful.

Dan Ryckert

Lovable, scarily relatable “idiot.” A real life Waluigi and general mischief-maker that I have found it impossible not to respect and appreciate. Give us Taco Bell or give us death. Also, give some of his books a shot. You’ll be glad you did.

Frank Cifaldi

Quite possibly the hardest-working man in games preservation today. His work is absolutely vital, and he’s a better hero in the industry than we maybe deserve. Regardless, his work is greatly appreciated, and deserves as much support as it can get.

Gaming Hell

Ant Cooke has been cool as hell to me. On a personal level I think they’re super rad, and on a professional level they run one of the most interesting games websites on the net. The sheer variety of stuff they cover (and the different ways they choose to cover it) is incredible, and I have hella respect for their mentality to cover whatever they want, whenever they want, however they want. Also, man oh man do I love the whole design of their website.

Gaming.moe

The work Heidi is putting in on covering the history of the Japanese games industry [for the benefit of English-speaking audiences] is essential stuff. She’s also an expert on the subject of kusogē games, which makes her a greatly appreciated asset on this side of the globe. Also, you didn’t hear this from me, but I reckon she might be a fan of Vanessa Lewis from Virtua Fighter.

Jeff Gerstmann

I reckon he’s probably known by most as “the man with the most integrity in games journalism.” While that is probably absolutely true, he’s also just an entertaining dude to watch and listen to, with fascinating insights into the games industry. In addition to sharing a lot of similar thoughts on games, I also agree with his stances on shitty pizza and dirty Miami bass sound. His advice in regards to getting a foot in the business of games writing / journalism was instrumental in the foundation of this website. Giant Bomb continues to be the only “major” gaming news site I keep up with.

Jeremy Parish

Jeremy’s work in covering the history of Nintendo, through projects such as Game Boy World and Good Nintentions, is as important as it is fascinating (which is to say, very much so). The attention to detail that goes into his work and his hard work in putting in the research is super inspiring stuff. Dude also keeps himself super busy between a number of different sites and projects, so much so that I honestly can’t keep up with all of it. But when I do check in on what he’s been up to, I’m never disappointed.

Kim Justice

British lady who does longform – and I do mean long – videos on all manner of games, game companies, and game developers. Super informative, covers a wide variety of topics, and consistently providing compelling content. A particular wealth of knowledge on matters of the British computer games scene of the late 80s / early 90s — which was never a strong suite of mine, but I feel like I might at least score a passing grade on the subject now thanks to her videos.

The Obscuritory

Phil Salvador covers games and software I’ve never heard of and would probably never stumble upon on my own. As a bonus, they make it super fascinating to read about and leave me wanting to check out everything he covers for myself. Also, he’s got another one of those website designs that I would totally steal if I could get away with it.

Rokkan

Rad Brazilian gal with a passion for old-school Sega. A pleasure to talk about games with, draws some awesome art, and she’s super cute to boot. You can catch some of her writing on Medium, and it comes highly recommended.

Skirt Defense Force

Eva was one of the of the first folk to reach out to me about my games writing and give me solid advice on the matter. Her support was greatly appreciated, and her own site was cool while it lasted (it is currently on indefinite hiatus as of May 2017). Good taste in anime too! Dirty Pair for life.

Stop Skeletons From Fighting

Formerly known as “The Happy Video Game Nerd,” Derek Alexander now collaborates with his girlfriend Grace Kramer to make super insightful content centered around the histories of franchises and developers. Their “Punching Weight” series is a personal favorite of mine, covering games that seek to overachieve.

Vinnny Vinesauce

I don’t really get much into regularly-scheduled gaming live streams, truth be told. Vinny from Vinesauce is pretty much the only exception. Entertaining, super affable dude who would probably be rad as heck to hang out with. Regularly dedicates his Sundays to “shit shows” packed to the brim with bad games, so check those out if you need a regular fix of trash.

Special Thanks

  • The lady that keeps my dumb ass on the right track and cheers this sad sack up on something like a daily basis. Hey lady.
  • That brother of mine who always makes me want to step up my game so I can attempt to keep up with him. Yes, your cat is cuter than mine.
  • A whole bunch of hearts all wrapped together in one. Thanks hon.
  • A buddy of mine who shares my sense of humor and helped me refine my “criticism” techniques. Psst, what’s the answer to number one?
  • A certain professor who motivated me to keep up this whole writing gimmick. Hope you enjoyed that movie I gave you.