Staff

Steven Williamson

Title: General Manager
Email: steven.williamson@psu.com

A child of the 70s, Steven is so old he can remember playing 3D Monster Maze on the ZX Spectrum and spending many months trying to beat the final level of Commando on Commodore 64. He never did.

Such is his passion for videogames, he almost lost his girlfriend of 10 years after spending more time than is healthy locked away in a darkened room playing Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. “You need to make a choice,” she said one night. “It’s me or that bloody computer?” Steven made that choice, and eventually she came to her senses. They’re now married, she now loves gaming too, and the rest is history.

Steven has worked in the industry for over eight years, working for some of the top U.K. publications and websites. He now works full-time managing all aspects of PSU.com and hopes to achieve his goal of making it the best independant PlayStation website on the net.

You can find Steven on Twitter @ steven_gamer

MIKE HARRADENCE

Title: U.K. Executive Editor
Email: mike.harradence@psu.com

Mike's been an avid gamer ever since he could muster the intelligence required to operate a control pad. For the record, that was about five years old. As a result, he's been gaming since the days of the NES, and has owned virtually every single major console ever released over the years. Unsurprisingly, his gaming tastes cover a myriad of franchises, including Mario, Sonic, Shenmue, Resident Evil, Tomb Raider, Streets of Rage, Donkey Kong, The Legend of Zelda, Uncharted, Metal Gear Solid, F-Zero, Silent Hill, Devil May Cry, Formula One, Command & Conquer, The Elder Scrolls and heaps more. As for his favourite game? That'd have to go to the original Resident Evil in all its gory glory. His favourite console is, unequivocally, the Sega Dreamcast. He seems to favour the underdogs in this respect, having also enjoyed his time with the GameCube and Sega Saturn. The original PlayStation is where he made the transition from a semi-hardcore gamer to full-on gaming geek, though.

Mike's history as a games journalist dates back about five years, though he had been previously doing the job in a non-paid capacity 'for fun' until he decided that he might actually have a half-decent chance at making some money out of it. Eventually, after cutting his teeth in a number of freelance-based positions over the past couple of years, he joined up on PSU in summer 2007 and never looked back.

KYLE PRAHL

Title: U.S. Managing Editor
Email: kyle@psu.com

Kyle first stepped foot into the world of PlayStation as a bright-eyed seven-year-old on Christmas morning in 1999. In the years since, he's made incredible memories and even better friends playing every Sony system under the sun. This passion drives a desire to learn more about the people, ideas, and artifacts that make up the most exciting industry on the planet. Kyle cites compelling single-player experiences like Kingdom Hearts, Final Fantasy, and Metal Gear Solid as some of his favorite titles, but somewhere within his personal Top 10, the likes of Crash Team Racing (on which he ranks in the worldwide leaderboards), Mega Man Legends, and Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando reside. If he's not gaming, you can probably find Kyle cooking, golfing, snowboarding, or studying communication, in which he majors at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Go Gophers!

Follow Kyle on Twitter @ PaybackPrahl

TIMOTHY NUNES

Title: U.S Managing Editor
Email: timothy@psu.com

Born in February of 1987, combining with a few mishaps in his childhood, Tim missed out on the first major wave in the gaming industry, so things like Commodore 64 and even the Atari sound like historical topics to him. He first dabbled into gaming with the original Game Boy, and spent an unhealthy amount of hours trading beginning Pokemon with his cousin to have all three. He then “upgraded” to the Nintendo 64, because he thought that “64-bits was better than 32-bits;” he learned his lesson quickly after the Christmas of ‘99.

After spending some time with a new cousin through marriage, he was exposed to the one game that would change his life forever: Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty. Driven by the vast dialogue, realistic graphics, and the sweet mullet that Snake sported, he began his obsession with the MGS series, and that obsession begot his love for the PlayStation brand; he’s owned every model and remodel of every PlayStation console to date; for the record, all of them, apart from the Vita, have had an MGS game on them.

ERNEST LIN

Title: U.S Editor
Email: ernest.lin@psu.com

Ernest began his life as a gamer after his parents gave him an obscure floppy disk game titled, "Santa Saves Christmas." After that, he often would play games on his programmer mom's (at the time) high-tech Pentium 1 computer. Now a cross-platform gamer, he has owned Sega, Microsoft, Nintendo, and of course Sony systems over the years. Halo, Metal Gear Solid, Uncharted, Marathon, and Bioshock are among his favorite franchises to date. He's also a pro at the Xbox Kinect game Dance Central and was formerly an avid Dance Dance Revolution player. His favorite game genres include action/adventure, shooter, rhythm, and quirky Japanese games.

Aside from gaming, Ernest has a strong interest in film, technology, Japanese culture, business, and anime. After living across the United States while growing up, traveling became one of his favorite pastimes. He's stayed in Taiwan and studied abroad in Japan. Previously, he wrote about games for TehPwnGaming.com and 411mania.com. Ernest very recently graduated from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, where he majored in marketing and minored in Japanese.

You can follow Ernest on Twitter @ ErnstyLin

STEVEN DALE CHAFFIN JNR.

Title: U.S Editor
Email: stevenchaffin@psu.com

Steven Chaffin, Jr. is an American editor for PlayStation Universe who grew up on the likes of Super Mario Brothers and Donkey Kong on the NES, Super Nintendo, and Nintendo 64. On the PlayStation One, Steven enjoyed acquiring eggs in Spyro: the Dragon and racing his parents and friends Test Drive 5 and outrunning officers in Driver. His passion for gaming grew with the PlayStation 2 as he discovered the Ratchet and Clank and Jak series, developing his platforming skills and giving him a greater appreciation for console gaming.

This passion rolled over into the following generation, as Steven joined PS3Forums.com and dove right in: dropping fierce chimera in Resistance: Fall of Man, exploring the chaotic realm of The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, and speeding past competitors in Motorstorm. He later stumbled upon Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. The rest is history.

Steven was a staff member on PSU’s community forums and Database Manager in 2012, and joined the content team on March 2013. He later became the U.S. Editor and assists in editing the work of others whilst creating new features, editorials, and news stories.

You can find more from Steven on his personal blog and on Twitter @steven_chaffin.

DANE SMITH

Title: Japan Editor
Email: dane.smith@psu.com

Hailing from Nova Scotia, Canada, Dane has been a gamer since he was 4 years old. He caught the game journalism bug when getting subscriptions to Nintendo Power and Game Players magazine in elementary school. Who says video games don't promote education? A licensed teacher by day, and a writer by night, he is traveling the globe and calls Nagoya, Japan his current home. Creator of the hit series Lasombra Files and Skip and Max's Prime Time Gaming, and PSU's review guru, you never know what he'll create or write about next as RPGs are his bread and butter. Working as a writer/director for KOEI would be a dream come true for him.

Missed any of his original work? Always be sure to check his back issue catalog or have a fun chat with him anytime on Facebook or Twitter.

ALEX LOCHER

Title: U.K/E.U. Editor
Email: alex.locher@psu.com

Alex was first a member of the community, now he's an editor and writer at PSU but is still extremely active in the community. He is the founder of the legendary Community Reviews section, CEO of PSU's DUST 514 corporation and advocate for anything that gives the community new ways to express their love of gaming at PSU.

He started his PlayStation journey in 1996 with games like Resident Evil, Tomb Raider, Metal Gear Solid and WipeOut 2097. His gaming genesis started with the awesome Commodore 64 followed be Sega. Outside of gaming, Alex likes archery, Kukishin Ryu style rokushakubojutsu (art of fighting with 6ft staff), exercising and chilling out in the PSU forums. He's all kinds of badass!

You can follow Alex on Twitter @ LogiBro514

ALEX FOOTE

Title: Social Media Manager
Email: alex.foote@psu.com

28 years young. Alex has been playing video games since escaping the womb, spending most of his time as a child rocking Alex the Kidd on the Master System II. He can still be found playing that very same game in the dark corner of the office where his Xbox360 lies when he’s not swearing and mumbling erratically to himself.

Alex joined us in March for the PS4 reveal, and things took off from there. He’s now our Social Media guy and can be found lingering around the PSU Twitter or Facebook

You can follow Alex on Twitter @ Patient62482

THE PSU TEAM

PlayStation Universe wouldn't be able to survive without the many excellent contributors on the team. Contributors include: Joseph Fait, Don Oliveira, Will Robinson, Justin Titus, Paul Kelly, Benjamin Shillabeer-Hall, Fraser Miller, Timothy Weaver, Matt Fernandez, Lazar Odic, Richard Archer, Anthony White, Lee Millington and Garri Bagdasarov.