Luis Angeles – Founder & Editor-in-Chief
Hola Nation, my name is Luis Angeles! I’m 25 years old and currently attending Lewis University. I’m majoring in Political Science with a minor in English/History. When I was 4, my first games that I actually remember playing day and night were Madden 94’, Sonic, and Space Jam for the Sega system. These games changed my life! They made me more competitive whenever I played sports, video games, table games, or anything else that involved coming in first place! A few years passed and my grandpa bought me my first PlayStation! During these times all you would see was Crash Bandicoot on my TV. To this day, that game is one of the funniest games I’ve ever played! As I got older and continued to play video games, I realized that I would always be a gamer. When the OG Xbox came out that included Halo CE, I immediately fell in love! I’m also married to the most beautiful Woman on God’s earth!
Douglas Overbeck – Senior Editor & Co-founder
My name is Doug Overbeck. I am a 25-year-old gamer and game maker from Shorewood, Illinois. I graduated from the University of St. Francis in 2013 with a Bachelor’s Degree in English. As far as my interests are concerned, I am very into fantasy and sci-fi, especially things with dragons and dinosaurs. I like to think of myself as a fairly creative guy; a slightly eccentric artist, intellectual, and, of course, a bit of a nerd. I tend to extensively research anything I get interested in just for fun, which I like to think helps my writing. Some series I read include A Song of Fire and Ice (Game of Thrones), Dune, The Inheritance Cycle, and all sorts of classic mythology like Celtic and Greek. When I am gaming, I mostly play platformers and role-playing games. My favorite video games include titles such as Pokémon, Monster Hunter, and Super Smash Bros., probably because they are games I can enjoy with my friends and are still fun to play by themselves. However, I frequent such series as The Elder Scrolls, Metroid, Final Fantasy, and many more, too. I am excited to be able to write about some of my favorite games and cover news on others as they emerge. I also enjoy many tabletop games such as Magic: the Gathering, Dungeons, and Dragons, and Pathfinder.
I prefer tabletop gaming to video gaming in general. I occasionally create my own tabletop roleplaying games or supplements for the games that I like. Right now I am working on my own system that combines ideas taken from card games and role playing games, which I hope to be able to Kickstart once I am ready. When I am not gaming or working, I like to write poetry, build model robots from Zoids and Gundam, compose songs on my ocarina, and go hiking out in the woods. I have a pet project that is a revival of the epic poem storytelling tradition that I hope to publish one day. I can be found frequenting conventions from time to time, usually in costume. Follow me on Twitter for updates about my projects and brief reviews of books and games.
Nicole Seraphita – Head Writer & Co-founder
My name is Nicole Seraphita, and I’m 28. I’ve been gaming since the days of the NES and have owned at least one system from each generation since then. My favorite type of games if most definitely RPGs, with my favorites being titled like Chrono Cross, Persona 4, and Tales of Xillia, though I also sometimes dabble in platforming games, fighting games, and visual novels. When I’m not writing for APGNation or playing games, I enjoy table top and card games, watch anime, and write fiction that I occasionally publish online. I tend to write a lot of Sci-fi and the occasional bit of fantasy, with the often overlooked sub-genre of Biopunk being my favorite. I’ve also written a few visual novels though only one of them has made it all the way to completion thus far. My current dream is to be able to bring the Monster Girl genre to a western audience. I received a Bachelor of Arts in History from Louis University and a Master of Arts in History from Eastern Illinois University.
Sean Winnett – Senior Editor & Co-founder
My name is Sean, and I am a 28-year-old writer/marketing professional living in Boise, Idaho. I have been a gamer for as long as I can remember and have always had a passion for the video game industry. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Boise State University in 2010, with an emphasis in Public Relations.
I grew up playing a lot of strategy games and RPG’s. Since then, I’ve played a bit of everything. Some of my favorite games of all time include Chrono Trigger (along with a million other SNES RPG’s), the Halo Series, and Bioshock Infinite. For the past few years, I’ve been an attendee of San Diego Comic-Con, which has led to some of the best experiences of my life.
Outside of gaming and my professional life, I enjoy playing guitar, reading comic books, drinking far too much coffee, and catching up on TV shows like The Walking Dead, Doctor Who, and Game of Thrones.
Jeffrey Pannell – Lead Editor & Co-founder
Nation! I face you! This is Jeff, resident horror aficionado, and lifelong video-game addict, reporting for duty. I’m currently 31 years old, living in Texas (born and raised) and gaming is, well, more than just a thing I do. It is a passion. I love to write about it, talk about it, think about it, and well… GAME. I was but a young lad when I was introduced to the wonders of the Atari 2600 and, eventually, computers. That spun off into my day job and alternate persona: mild-mannered IT Guy. I happen to have a Master’s in Management Information Systems and work for the government in a SECRET LAB! I’ve said too much already.
RPGs grabbed me early on as I was entranced by two things: The Legend of Zelda and Final Fantasy.That has transformed into a horrible obsession with all things JRPG related. Chances are if Square-Enix has made it, and it features a leveling system? I’ve played it. My favorite game, ever, without a doubt, is Chrono Trigger. I play it on a yearly basis still and know it like the back of my hand. I’ve also been playing World of Warcraft (along with every other MMO under the sun at one point) for nearly a decade now. Fighting games are my other video game love. Street Fighter II was a turning point in my young life, I think. I’ve been a fan of the FGC and a rabid fan of all things fight game since. I’m also a rabid lover of all things eSport (Hearthstone/Starcraft/WoW Arena/League of Legends, etc.).
Outside of games? I immerse myself in pop culture like any geek should. Genre TV? You bet. Genre fiction? Oh yeah. Movies? They’re my other drug (especially horror flicks). I’ll be glad to talk about darn near anything related to TV/Movies/Games/Comics/You Name It. Look me on B.net sometime (Granak#1369) and play a game of Hearthstone with me.
Ryan Mo – Managing Editor
Ryan Mo refers to himself in the third-person perspective because he is uncomfortable with directly writing to readers. His writing voice takes after that of John Barth, one of his influences while studying English Literature in college (but he’ll also settle for Christopher Walken). Growing up, he took an interest in Magic: The Gathering for its card artwork and names, the latter of which expanded his vocabulary and contributed to nearly every horrible deck he’s ever made. Ryan has never played a Zelda game, and the only Pokémon installment he’s touched is Sapphire Version. He’s not sorry for that. He believes Castlevania: Symphony of the Night has the best OST of all time and hopes for Baldur’s Gate III to be completed and released. If he could have any pet, Ryan would choose an Ultralisk, but recently settled for a Mackerel tabby who he affectionately named Milktea.
Ryan is simultaneously amused and perplexed by the micro-aggressive tendencies of the Tumblr community and is constantly warned never to go on Reddit. When he is not dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s, he might be writing about music, making (little) headway through his queue of books, or stripping Tyria to craft that piece of Ascended Gear on Guild Wars 2. He is Honey Boy’s #1 fan and always insists on adding more lens flare.
Stephanie Muscari – Editor
Hey there! My name is Stephanie Muscari, an aspiring novelist from Melbourne, Australia, who loves writing — both fiction and non-fiction — and enjoys editing. Having graduated from University studying Professional Writing and Editing, I continue to do what I love most: writing novels, short stories and poetry, as well as writing and editing articles, working on my blog, and listening to my favorite band, Linkin Park. But apart from writing, there is one other primary passion of mine: video games. From playing Monkey Island and Commander Keen on Microsoft DOS, to Doom, Mario, The Sims, Silent Hill, Grand Theft Auto, and Tomb Raider, my love for video games became a part of my life at a young age and they always will be.
Garrett Bridges – Writer & Contributing Editor
Hey, guys! Garrett here. I’m a 29-year-old gamer that was born and raised in gorgeous Southern California. I have an Associate’s Degree in Journalism, and writing about games has been a dream of mine since high school.I’ve been a gamer since birth thanks to my father, who had the NES ready to go as soon as I was.
I continue to game daily with my brother and our friends, and it’s been a huge part of our lives. I truly believe in the ability of games to speak as art, to help people cope with difficulties in their lives, and to bring people together. It’s an amazing hobby! When I’m not playing a game, I’m either buried in a book, hanging out with my cat or dogs, spending time with family and friends, or watching movies. I’m very into technology, and I enjoy reading about and trying out the latest gadgets. I am very much looking forward to exploring the new generation of games with you all!
Thomas Saunders – Writer
Talking about yourself sucks, so let’s get this over and done with. I’ve been playing games since I was 4 when my dad blessed me with a wonderful Sega Megadrive. Since then I have been playing games fairly regularly. I tend to play all manner of things and usually take on way too many games at once. I have a soft spot for Fighting Games, JRPG’s and most Indie Games. Away from interactive movie video games I have managed to bag myself a degree in Business. I am currently working in marketing. In my spare time, I like to hit and strum various instruments in order to produce something that resembles “music”, whilst also enjoying the pleasures of a crazy social life. Follow me on Twitter, I’m usually rambling about video games or wrestling.
Tabitha Dickerson – Writer & Contributing Editor
Welcome to the sovereignty of our nation. I am Tabitha Dickerson. I am currently 27 years old. First introduced to the world of “vidya” at the ripe old age of four, my first console was a Sega MegaDrive (Genesis). The only game I had for a number of years was Sonic 2. Upon becoming extremely proficient at that, I moved onto games like Spiderman/Venom Separation Anxiety, Maximum Carnage, Toy Story, and many more. My next console was a Playstation where I developed my love for all things Sony, increasingly becoming obsessed with anything JRPG related. I studied photography and the entertainment industry after completing my HSC in 2006. I have joined The Nation with a view to providing the best possible objective news coverage and accurate reviews possible. I also write for Highland Arrow from time to time, when Maiya’s site cooperates with me. Hopefully, I can help grow the Nation as well as acquire further experience, waffling on about an industry and media that I absolutely adore. Currently own every major console except the WiiU.
Barak Bullock – Writer
Hello, Nation! My name is Barak Bullock. I’m a 22-year-old average pro gamer from Austin, Texas, whose storied journey into gaming began as a young boy with the timeless Goldeneye 007 on N64. I graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor’s degree in Rhetoric & Writing from The University of Texas at Austin and am keen on entering the world of journalism with aplomb.
After I got an Xbox, I started playing games like Halo: Combat Evolved, TimeSplitters 2, NBA Street Volume 2 and Kung Fu Chaos. Then Halo 2 came out, and life was never the same. Four or five Xbox 360s, 58,000 gamerscore, and hundreds of games later, I still consider myself a hardcore gamer.
My all-time favorites from the 360 era include Oblivion, Call of Duty 4, BioShock, Mass Effect, Fallout 3, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, Skyrim, Gears of War 3 and Dark Souls II. I keep a YouTube channel where I’ve posted montages of those last two games by the way (search BarakalypseNow). I also love fighting games like Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Mortal Kombat, Marvel vs. Capcom 2, and Street Fighter: Third Strike.
When I’m not gaming, I read deeply into US politics, listen to death metal, drink exotic coffees and hatch schemes to take over the world.
Jordan Handler – Writer
Hello, Nation! I’m Jordan Handler, 21, and have been a New York gamer since 2001 when I picked up Pikmin for the first time on the Nintendo Gamecube. Since then, gaming has been a part of my very essence and has brought me to countless worlds of vast and intricate stories, stunning visuals, and scores of music that enthrall me even after 15 years.
Gaming is such a large part of my life that my list of favorite games is consistently changing. For now, Myst, Pikmin, Rise of Nations, Portal, Europa Universalis 4, Victoria II, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, and Valkyria Chronicles are my favorites. However, only the first four will remain as they hold very special places in my heart.
When I’m not pleading with or cursing whatever supernatural force unbalances the game against me, I am busy being a student in Political Science and Journalism with a minor in History. If I’m not doing that, reading a fantastical story about whatever catches my fancy, enjoying a good dose of comedy or drama from Netflix (Futurama and Star Wars: The Clone Wars, although I’m starting Game of Thrones), or writing fantastical stories about whatever catches my fancy. If I’m not doing that, I’m listening to almost any genre of music (except polka) while daydreaming. If I’m not doing that, then clearly I am not me and have been replaced by an evil clone with a handlebar mustache. In such a case, please lock him in the meat freezer.
I’ve joined APGNation to provide you the reader with as much information on the gaming industry and the very games we play as I can bring to you. Being a gamer is a very important part of me and helped me through a large part of my life. I want to use the journalistic skills I am learning in and out of the classroom to give future and present gamers the opportunity to enjoy all there is to offer in the great digital sea of gaming. After all, it is not only an escape from our world but an entrance into many other worlds as well.
Alasdair Fraser – Writer
Heya! My name is Alasdair Fraser and I like nerdy stuff. I live in Scotland but I’m from a tiny island in the Caribbean called Antigua. Games have been a huge part of my life since I first got my hands on a GameBoy and a copy of Pokemon. I mainly play commercial shooters; fantasy RPGs, and RTSs on PC/Xbox One. You will also be happy to know that I am on the mend from an especially crippling World of Warcraft addiction, 6 months with my nose clean.
As well as gaming, I’m an ASOIAF super fan, completely obsessed with Warhammer 40k, Warcraft, and Halo lore. I’m in my third year doing Politics and International Relations at the University of Aberdeen. I blog pretty frequently and grumble about politics, games, and Gamergate. I’m also writing a novella.
Nick Bayer – Writer
Greetings Nation! The name’s Nick Bayer, I’m 26 and have identified as a gamer since my father brought home Commander Keen when I was 5. I currently work as a Medical Social Worker and spend all of my free time gaming, spending time with my beautiful fiance, or gaming with my beautiful fiance. I graduated in 2013 from Grand Valley State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, and I currently am in my final semester at Grand Valley State University for a Master’s Degree in Social Work. I mainly use PC as my gaming platform of choice, primarily enjoying the genres of RPG, action-adventure, FPS, and strategy games (including Grand Strategy). I also play an unhealthy amount of Dota 2. My favorites include Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne, Bioshock, Crusader Kings 2, the Ace Combat series (4-6), and Spec Ops: The Line. My favorite games are the ones that excel at telling wonderful stories!
Ryan Finfrock – Writer
“Cheap five dollar dress.” That’s what my last name loosely means in German. That is pretty much my only claim to fame at this point of my life. In other parts of life, I am a 22-year-old student from Cincinnati, Ohio studying Electronic Media and Broadcasting with a minor in Political Science at Northern Kentucky University. If I’m not studying, working, or sleeping, I am trying my hardest to sneak in some game time on my Xbox One or 3DS. I also enjoy the occasional iOS game on my iPhone or iPad.
I am also a novice filmmaker and news junkie. I work with production folks on a daily basis and start my morning browsing the interwebs and see what the biggest news of the day happens to be. I work as a production assistant and assignment editor at WKRC-TV in Cincinnati.
I am a firm believer that video games are art. I started realizing this during the Mass Effect 3 controversy. I couldn’t believe that people wanted Bioware to change the ending to the game. To me, it was like people wanting to change the Mona Lisa because they didn’t like how the hands looked. This was the point where I was writing a lot about video games on my blog and developed a strong passion to video games. I believe video games can be a very powerful platform and the second best form of storytelling next to reading a book.
Bioshock continues to be my favorite game of all time because it brings together good gameplay (at the time) and fantastic storytelling. Also, it has one of the best twists in the history of gaming. I also enjoyed reading Atlas Shrugged, so that helped me enjoy Bioshock. I also take fantasy football way too seriously and am a desperate, die-hard Cincinnati Bengals fan.
Jesse Gomez – YouTube Reviewer
Hello, APGNation! My name is Jesse, and I am an eighteen-year-old Gamer/YouTuber from London. As of now I am currently studying Computers/Business and Media Video Production at College. At the age of five, I remember playing my first ever video game which was Ocarina of Time and I remember being completely blown away and ever since then I have been hooked to what I can say for sure is the most awesome interactive form of entertainment (ever). A few of my favorite games being Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, Soul Blade, Resident Evil 3 and The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion.
When not gaming, you will probably find me editing videos for my YouTube channel, writing scripts for said videos, watching movies on Netflix or reading books (I am a bit of a sucker for anything made by H. P. Lovecraft or J.R.R. Tolkein). Overall though, I am a bit of a nerd for anything gaming and movie related and here is hoping that whatever content I make, you guy’s enjoy but for now… so long, farewell, auch widersehen, good night!
Mat Falzon – YouTube Reviewer
I’m Mat, 23 years old and married with kids. I’ve been a gamer since as long as I can remember with some of my first consoles being the original Playstation, Sega Megadrive and Nintendo 64. I have fond memories of teaming up with my brother and grandfather to finish a game and we used to do everything together. These days I spend a lot of my time being a dad but when I get any slice of free time I switch on the PS4, PS3 or PC to get my game on! I also try to squeeze in some mobile gaming where I can.
I love the mainstream games like everybody else, but I am also really impressed with indie games, they like to explore new ideas, and I absolutely love that! I am also a steam-o-holic, can’t help but buy cheap games for my desktop 😛
I have been a huge fan of gaming news and reviews for years now, and I am always looking up on the latest every single day. I always wanted to do reviews for years now but felt that I couldn’t that is until I watched reviews of great Youtubers like Chris Stuckmann and thought to myself, I’m going to give this a go!
I have my own YouTube Channel now called m8t5 Reviews which I have had for over a year now in which I try to review all of the latest in gaming and I plan to do the same for APGNations YouTube Channel, so I am hard at work! I hope everyone enjoys APGNation.com, and I hope to hear from people! Feel free to check out my personal Youtube Channel and I am also on Facebook!
Now if you’ll excuse me, it’s time to keep making awesome content!!! 😀
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