Steven Williamson – General Manager
Steven lives in the UK and oversees the daily running of the site. He’s been working in the videogames industry for over 10 years and loves nothing more than spending his evenings snuggled up on the sofa with an RPG, or tucked up in bed with his PlayStation Vita.
Christopher Clement – Community and IT Manager
Chris is a long-time member of the PSU forums, avid gamer, and all-around nerd. He lives with his wife and two sons in the state of Georgia in the United States. At PSU, Chris is in charge of site programming, design, and IT management. He also serves as PSU’s Community Manager.
Outside of PSU, Chris has nearly 15 years of software development experience.
Mike Harradence – Senior Editor
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.
John-Paul Jones – Senior Editor
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.
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 wont 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.
Kyle Prahl – Senior Editor
An advocate for video games from a very young age, Kyle loves telling people why this medium is important, meaningful, and worth their time. It’s that drive that first brought him to PlayStation Universe in 2012, and being a champion for Sony’s thriving ecosystem continues to fuel his writing. His earliest gaming memories include trading Pokémon rumors on the playground and sneaking away from family reunions to play Crash Bandicoot, but these days, he’ll play just about anything that pushes the medium forward in some regard. A few of his favorite recent titles include Horizon Zero Dawn, NieR: Automata, and Final Fantasy XIV. If you care about PlayStation or the life of a pale Midwesterner, you should follow him on Twitter.
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.
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
Neil S Bolt – Senior Editor and Podcast Host
Birthed from the belching black smoke of the monolithic ZX Spectrum factories that swept across the nation in the early 1980’s, Neil has understandably been interested in playing and discussing games for some time now.
He grew up as a certified Sega Boy before the undignified death of the company’s console business led him to the lush plains of PlayStation and PC. From here, the journey took in a love of Metal Gear Solid, XCOM, GTA, and most importantly, Pro Evolution Soccer. More recently, Neil has enjoyed an eclectic selection of gaming treats such as What Remains of Edith Finch, Titanfall 2, Hitman, Fortnite, Wolfenstein II, and Stardew Valley (as well as more XCOM and PES).
On PSU, Neil tends to review a lot of games in an unendingly greedy, and futile, quest to play and rate everything possible on PlayStation, but he also chips in with the occasional ridiculous feature, and hosts PSU’s long-running PlayStation Unchained podcast alongside Ben Shillabeer-Hall.
Neil’s biggest passions are sadly mired in mediocrity, as he is a fan of both Sonic the Hedgehog and Arsenal Football Club.
Aaron Varshney – Technical Advisor
Breathing in the fresh air of the Somerset countryside in the UK, Aaron has been brought up around technology. Starting on the ZX-81 and the BBC Master, he has gone on to play computer games it what seems forever. An avid games collector of all kinds, the Sony family of consoles is where his heart lies along with his PC.
While making games for a living, he also does web design and 3D graphics for other companies on a freelance basis and has been working in the Games, Game Editorial Magazines (formerly Future Publishing), and the Web industry for over 7 years.
If you’d like to join the team at PlayStation Universe, please reach out. We’re always looking for talented writers and contributors! Email us at: [email protected]