John-Paul Jones – General Manager & Editor-in-Chief
John-Paul oversees the daily running of the site.
More often than not, hobbies and pastimes are instrumental in keeping an individual along the straight and narrow, and in the case of John-Paul (‘JP’ to his mates or those who are adverse to double-barrelled names), gaming has proven key in keeping him out of all kinds of trouble that, quite frankly, his dear old mum wouldn’t approve of.
Based in the UK and a gamer since 1983 where the titles had pixels the size of your thumb and sound effects akin to a dying 56K modem, he’s owned and played games on just about every system from the ZX80 to the PS4 Pro. Currently, he finds himself infatuated with Sega’s Yakuza series to the extent that it’s almost as if somehow he’s living the Tokyo gangster lifestyle vicariously through the likes of Kazuma Kiryu and company.
He’s also one of the very few PS4 gamers in the world that’s utterly obsessed with Mount & Blade: Warband, and in case we forget, he has also has a taste for the old whiskey too; not that the latter affects his Super Serious Games Writing one jot. Nope, not one.
A scribbler of all things games related for well over 15 years, John-Paul’s love of writing about games is equalled only by his love of playing the things, but don’t ask him about Overlord: Fellowship of Evil though; the poor soul still suffers the worst flashbacks and nobody deserves to have that sort of thing in their life really.
You can however, along with the rest of his followers, join in their collective despair by following him on Twitter.
Michael Harradence – Senior Editor
Mike runs the News Shift and has been with PSU since way back in the day. If you’ve been to PSU a few times, odds are you’ve seen one of Mike’s articles on the front page.
Tim Nunes – Senior Editor
Tim has taken a great deal of personal insight from video games: following beliefs, learning from mistakes, and loving anything that Hideo Kojima dreams up. Accompanying his love for gaming is his won’t for linguistic fortitude. Even as a kid, he would play games like Soul Reaver 2 with captions, letting the complex language sink in until it stuck–but that was before the PlayStation brand completely sank in.
The astounding, mature content that Hideo Kojima has brought to the industry sparked a following in Tim that won’t be extinguished, believing that mature, life-oriented stories in the gaming industry will make video games as relevant as movies and books already are.
Tim Nunes is a Bachelor’s graduate out of small-town Southwest Minnesota State University, and he treats everything he does like a philosophy. Regarding video games, literature, American football, or anything you may love to talk about, feel free to reach out to Tim on his official Twitter page.
Adam Byrne – Senior Editor
Hailing from just outside of Dublin, Ireland, Adam has a fiery penchant for video games, sport and everything in-between. Having started out mashing random buttons on the Super Nintendo’s Action Replay for fun in his infancy to cowering behind the couch in sheer dread of Resident Evil 2, he’s been around the gaming block – in one form or another – for over fifteen years.
Hoping to get a foothold in the industry he holds so dear, Adam’s risen up the ranks quickly here at PSU and looks set to continue his work long into the future. If he’s not writing about all things PlayStation you can find him trawling through the forums under the handle ‘Shockwave’ or taking on all-comers in FIFA.
You can find Adam on Twitter or by his PSN ID: NeoShockWave.
Joe Apsey – Senior Editor
From the UK, Joe has been playing games as far back as he can remember, with collecting all the Star coins in New Super Mario Bros. being one of his earliest memories. Having loved games since then, Joe now focuses on his catalogue of PlayStation 4 games which he has been amassing since 2011. Some of his favourite experiences include Bioshock Infinite for its mind-boggling story, Bulletstorm for its frantic action, and Bloodborne for its grueling and rewarding combat. That love for games has transferred into his love for writing about the industry and its many facets. When not writing, you can often find him hunting down the next platinum trophy, slowly amassing a collection of JPEGs that have absolutely no monetary value at all. Ah well, he has fun doing it.
You can follow Joe on Twitter.
John Websall – Senior Editor
Counting Final Fantasy VII, The Last of Us, the original Mass Effect trilogy, and The Witcher 3 amongst his favourite games, John enjoys anything that promises to take up an absurdly large amount of his free time. When he’s not gaming, chances are you’ll find him engrossed in a science fiction or fantasy novel; basically, John’s happiest when his attention is as far from the real world as possible.
Laddie Simco – Senior Editor
Laddie doesn’t recall a time when she didn’t play video games and likes to say that she was born with a controller in her hands. She was happy to play anything indiscriminately until she met Sir Dan Fortesque from her favorite game ever MediEvil. Her tiny brain exploded in a cloud of X’s, O’s, triangles, and squares. Ever since then, she’s been a Playstation fangirl. If Laddie isn’t playing video games, she’s probably enjoying a few of her other favorite things which include cats. Yes, she’s on her way to becoming a crazy cat lady! Plus, she likes to drink, mostly IPA’s and whiskey, especially Japanese Whisky. She also claims to understand David Lynch and listens to all kinds of music as long as it isn’t Country.
Ernest Lin – Senior Editor and Social Media Manager
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 computer programmer mom’s (at the time) high-tech Pentium 1 computer. Now a cross-platform gamer, he has owned Sega, Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony consoles over the years. Metal Gear Solid, Halo, Uncharted, Marathon, and Bioshock are among his favorite franchises. His favorite game genres include action/adventure, shooter, rhythm, and quirky Japanese games.
Aside from gaming, Ernest is an avid follower of film, technology, Japanese culture, marketing, and anime. After living across the United States while growing up, traveling became one of his favorite pastimes. Over the years, he’s spent summers in Taiwan and Japan.
You can follow Ernest on Twitter
Jack McCaskill – Editor-At-Large and Digital Fiasco Producer
Hailing from parts unknown, Jack McCaskill is more machine than man, twisted and evil. He doesn’t agree with the other four dentists, and always stays crispy in milk. Will defend Alpha Protocol unto his death.
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