About: Michael is the Editor in Chief of PCGMedia, which entails issuing an automated “yes” response to every question posed by the staff. He is also a philosophy major, which is probably what ruined his relationship with Nintendo software. In charge of many of the key editorials, Michael has been praised for cogency and incisiveness by figures in local politics, but focuses most of his energy into the videogames industry, where things are often less volatile but always more entertaining.
Games: Final Fantasy’s VI, VIII, IX. Men of War series, and any RTS. Huge Arma fan, and dedicated PC gamer of the private decision persuasion.
Music: Hopelessly infatuated Kate Bush. Huge fan of Ryuichi Sakamoto and Joe Hisaishi. Nobuo Uematsu. Motorhead. Enjoy’s old school rock and metal. Contemporary classical and Italian baroque.
Academic focus: Political philosophy and the philosophy of language. Religious history. Ba Hons.
About: Dean Rosen is a lifelong avid console gamer whose favorite type of story is an interactive one. It’s said that he dwells in and around southeast Asian mountain communities. Though there are many legends, none have found conclusive evidence of his existence.
Games: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, Silent Hill 2, and usually whatever the most recent Tekken is.
Music: Melodeath, Metalcore, Thrash, NWOBHM, Orchestral music, 80′s Classics and the opening music from The Real Adventures of Johnny Quest
Academic focus: Music Commercial Composition (University of Hertfordshire)
Miguel Rey Garcia
About: Miguel reviews videogames – writes stuff – directed an advertisement or two. Miguel dabbles in a lot of random things and is fortunate because he gets to do the things he loves. He has been playing shooters since he “was a babe,” and qualified in his first cash tournament when he was 12. Shooters are his home, and he loves brutal difficulty levels. He does enjoy the occasional RPG and fighting game. He used to play for the Fakkel Brigade in the ETF2L and ESL.eu. Miguel has been changing his name a lot because he’s “grown up,” but now he just goes by ‘Justis’.
Games: Alpha Protocol (GOTYEY), Saint’s Row 2, Team Fortress 2 (before the scout patch), QuakeLive, PARSEC47, Syobon Action, Kamen Rider Climax Heroes OOO, Street Fighter IV, Persona 3, Neverwinter Nights, Dark Souls, PlanetSide 2, CoD4, Counter-Strike
Music: Almost anything 80s, Neo-prog, Normal prog… the occasional Jason Mraz and the lovable Priscilla Ahn. He’s not all justice and muscles. He has a soft spot (probably where his brain is meant to be). “UGUUUU ☆*:.｡. o(≧▽≦)o .｡.:*☆”
Academic Focus: BA in Film and Television, and an MA in JUSTICE (not legally binding).
About: Chi has been playing videogames since she can remember. Growing up with 5 older brothers whose videogame rules dictated that the youngest sibling always play last, she developed a certain curiosity and love for games as soon as they were more available to her. Though her childhood consisted mostly of console gaming, she currently prefers PC gaming. Chi is pursuing a career in foreign affairs but will always have time for videogames.
Games: DotA2, DotA Allstars, Heroes of Newerth (before they went F2P), StarCraft II, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, Final Fantasy X, Final Fantasy VII, anything that has Tekken written on it
Music: Smashing Pumpkins – they are their own genre, Metal, some Electronica, some indie game soundtracks, Nuevo Flamenco
Academic Focus: BA in Mass Communications (University of Hertfordshire)
About: Fortunately for Tom, PCGMedia has no formal requirements for any staff to actually be good at videogames. However, Tom’s ineptitude in the gaming arts hasn’t stopped him from loving the media, and he is constantly searching for exciting new games in a vain attempt to find one he’s more than “distinctively average” at.
Games: Dota 2, Age of Empires II, Tetris, Mashed (Wrecked was disappointing), Starcraft II, Dark Souls, SpyParty!
Music: David Bowie, Joy Division, Roots Manuva, Portishead, Talking Heads
AcademicFocus: A degree in Film & Television. Soooooooooo useful.