Growing up in different countries, Karam has a unique global perspective about gaming. He brings with him that set of eyes and ears that can look at the state of gaming from afar. His gaming loves cover just about every genre, and he is a constant presence on Xbox Live and PSN. Karam is a Systems Administrator by day and lives in Georgia with his wife and three children. By night he transforms into Aye Karamba (Live) or Aaqiloon (PSN), and his virtual aliases live online.
Twitter: @SpawnFirst, Steam ID: karamsoul, Xbox Live: Aye Karamba, PSN: Aaqiloon
Chris is ridiculous. True story: instead of paying rent one month he bought a Nintendo 3DS. Being a fan of all gaming platforms is tough on his wallet, but he’s a gamer on a budget. He plays his PS Vita or 3DS while on the train to/from work and his Xbox 360 or Wii U when at home. He won his university’s Video Game Olympics competition back in April of 2012 and mentions it whenever he can in conversation. His other interests include comedy, surviving Chicago, and hangin’ out with his pup, Theta.
Twitter: @These_7hings, Steam ID: a_stick_n_stone, Xbox Live: a stick n stone
Alice is a novelist, Shakespearean actress, and gamer who once survived emergency surgery in Bangladesh, but still finds most video games more exciting. She still has recurring nightmares about Uninvited (from 1986) thanks to an early childhood playing games on an ancient Mac. She’s played Mass Effect more times than most people should own up to and is eagerly awaiting her very own episode of Intervention, which will likely be the Best. Episode. Ever. She also occasionally speaks German, but only when it’s most inappropriate.
SteamID : aliceirvin, Xbox Live: Vinnie VanLowe
Staff Writer/News Writer
Mark is an Irish student passionate about games. He enjoys playing sports such as soccer and rugby, but loves playing video games at any time possible. Mark plays mostly on the Xbox 360, but also plays on the PC from time to time. He is a multiplayer manic and also loves to delve into deep storylines within RPGs.
Xbox Live: Fatal xCaliBoR
Steam ID: FatalxCaliBoR
PR and Marketing Manager
Vernon is a Computer Science major at Southern Polytechnic State University, who has been gaming since as long as he can remember. He plays almost exclusively on the PC, but doesn’t mind playing on consoles once in a while. Vernon also has quite a weakness for Steam sales (just ask his wallet).
Steam ID: vernong1992
Brian is member of the University of Mary Washington’s class of 2012 and graduated with a BS in Computer Science. He has been gaming since the first day he held an original GameBoy in his hands and hasn’t stopped since. He now plays mostly shooters and RPGs on his Xbox 360 but will occasionally work in some sports or fighting games when he’s in the mood. He is also a huge fan of playing marathon sessions of Legend of Zelda when the opportunity arises.
Twitter: @bodweiser1, Steam ID: the_bodweiser, Xbox Live: the bodweiser,
Video Content Director
You’ve just stumbled upon a huge horror gamer. Anything with weird monsters, lovable creatures, or things that go bump in the night – Justin loves to play. Triple A horror titles or smaller indie titles, he loves’em all. Watch, comment, subscribe, but most of all, enjoy!
Reuben is a student, a nerd and an all round SpaceBadass. When he’s not playing games in his free time he reads anything he can get his hands on, is an aspiring stand-up comedian and makes gaming videos on Youtube. He decied to try writing because it was neater than leaving all of the words in his head, where they were liable to clutter the place up. He’s owned every iteration of the Pokemon franchise (he usually chooses the Grass starter, except Chikorita, because why would you?), completed Borderlands 2 more times than can possibly be good for his mental health and owns a worryingly large collection of gaming reference t-shirts. He usually plays both PS3 and Xbox 360 games, but is probably going to jump to PC for the next generation. He hopes to contribute as much to SpawnFirst as he can, and he feels really stange about writing in third person. He may also have over written his bio.
Xbox Live: CruelCoffee, PSN and Steam: RoboFish_MkII
UK Staff Writer
Fraser enjoys long walks on the beach, and doesn’t like rude people. He also plays a ludicrous amount of games on both PC and PS3 and is Studying Computer Games Development at college in Scotland, U.K., and of course games journalisming with these fine fellows you see above and below. His wallet fell seriously ill in 2009 of a Steam Sale and has never recovered since, leading to many, many games. He has high hopes that he can suitably inform and entertain many of you fine people, and play a part to make SpawnFirst-a great website, even better. As ever, feel free to add his steam account.
Steam ID: SuperFraz
Senior Staff Writer
Buddy was a journalism major at the University of Alabama. He now spends
his days writing novels that will probably never get published and wishing
he were an extra in an Anthony Hopkins film. He’s been gaming since he can
remember and has owned every console from the NES to the TurboGrafx-16 to,
yes, even the Phillips CD-i. He loves all games, but his favorite genres
are shooters and RPGs. His favorite game is The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of
Twitter: @buddyacker , Steam ID: buddyacker, Xbox Live: buddyacker, PSN: BuddyAcker
John is a third year journalism major and a fifth year policy debater, but gaming is his passion. He firmly believes that the PS2 is the finest console ever made and will defend to the death that playing Pokemon is not and never was lame. He owns every current gen console and is excited for the advent of the PS4 and Xbox One. He enjoys action-adventure and survival horror, but can hold his own in a discussion about nearly any genre. He listens to a surprising amount of alternative music and can fix a mean bowl of Frosted Flakes.
SteamID : Darthstar1, Xbox Live: Darthstar10
Senior News Editor
Angie has a passion for gaming. She has never been able to
put the controller down since first picking up an SNES controller at the age of
3. She loves researching anything gaming related and talking games amongst her friends.
PSN: klerikofkaos, Xbox Live: Merciful Cyborg
Chris West is a graduate of Texas Tech University where he earned his BS in Electronic Media in Communications. Chris has been passionate about games since he was a kid and today prefers games with a strong narrative. He also has a soft spot for horror games, legitimately scary games mind you, and any game claiming to be challenging, Dark Souls for example. When he isn’t playing games, he’s pursuing his other passions: music and photography. Chris can play both guitar and bass and then take high quality pictures of the performance with his camera. In the end, Chris enjoys writing about his passions and ideas, when he isn’t destroying his friends in Call of Duty.
PSN: SteelSkittle2116 Xbox Live: Skittles8806 Steam: steelskittle
Geron studies Graphic and Game Design at GMU, giving him a hands-on look inside game development. His love for games goes back to his preschool days, when he’d sneak away to fight koopas during naptime. He’s got his eyes on Nintendo, but flirts with the work of many others in the industry. When he’s not looking for the last piece of heart, he’s creating artwork for various purposes. Ironically, his first published artwork was in issue #144 of Nintendo Power, when he was 10 years old!
Zac is a Communication/Journalism major at Shippensburg University. He loves all types of video game on all platforms, but mainly sticks to the PC.
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