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 About Us:

From its launch in 2008, Brutal Gamer has had a top notch team of writers and critics ready to report, review, and otherwise bring the best in gaming, comics, toys, and all things pop culture to our readers. Brutal Gamer is not a website dedicated to one specific piece of hardware or one genre of comic or film, and we strive to cut through the typical industry fanboyism to bring truly honest takes on games, hardware, and the industry in general to our readers.

You want ‘brutal honesty’? You’ve found it.



At Brutal Gamer our reviews are judged on a 100 point scale, measured in a percentage. 0 is -of course- awful, while anything 50% to 70% is about average. High 80s to 100? That’s being as close to perfect (in the eyes of the reviewer) as possible.

Please remember that here at BG, a 50 means the game (book, movie, etc…) is average and does just what it needs to do to get by.  It would denote something that you should maybe rent if you’re not especially interested, or buy if it’s a title/genre you have time invested in.  To get above a 50, something needs to display at least one or two elements that lift it beyond the ‘norm’.

  • Games are judged on presentation (visual and auditory), control, and story.
  • Books and comics are judged also by presentation, but with a much heavier tilt towards content and writing- as you might expect.
  • Hardware and technology items are reviewed based upon ease of use, design, bells and whistles, and functionality.
  • Movies of both the theatrical and home video variety are critiqued in much the same way as the above, and DVDs/Blu Rays are also marked for their ‘extras’ selection.

Just looking for a quick take on something, but a little more than just a number? That’s what our Final Thoughts are for. Each review ends with a parting thought from the critic that sums up the main bulk of the preceding work, both for good and bad, and will tell you in no uncertain terms if what you’re reading about is worth your time.


About Our Staff:


Jason Micciche | Editor-in-chief, Podcast Co-Host

About me: I’ve been a gamer since Moon Patrol on the Atari 2600… let that sink in. I also have a monster-sized place in my heart for comic books, dig action figures of the vintage and modern variety, and have a deep love of ’80s nostalgia.
Favorite Games: Doom (series), Halo (series), Super Mario Bros 3, Diablo II, Super Punch-out!!, Crash Bandicoot, Tecmo Bowl, Street Fighter Alpha 3, Mortal Kombat 2, BioShock, Batman: Arkham Asylum.
Favorite Genres: First-person shooters, adventure, hack’n slash
Current consoles owned: I pretty much still have everything still hooked up and ready to play, legacy-wise. That said, I can most often be found playing on my Xbox One, PS4, Switch, and PC.
Twitter:[email protected]_tas


Mike Jones | Indie Editor

About me:  Been playing games since I got a Commodore +4 as a kid.  Admittedly a bit of a Nintendo geek.
Favourite genres: RPG, Puzzle, Platform, FPS, TPS
Current consoles owned: PS2, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Android, 3DS & PS Vita
PSN ID: Ognawk
Xbox Live GamerTag: Ognawk



Mack | Senior Editor

About me: Gaming since Atari, I’m a fan of media on multiple platforms. I am always watching or playing something! Who knows what I will be on to next?
Favourite genres: RPG, Puzzle, Platform, FPS, TPS
Current consoles owned:  PS4, Xbox 360, iOS, PC
Steam: Mackeyp42
Twitter:[email protected]



Jessica Russo | Managing Editor

About me: The movies, music and television of the ’80s are Jessica’s obsession. She’s a fan of almost everything from the ‘me decade’ including (but not limited to) Barbie, Jem, She-Ra, and neon print anything.
Favorite games: Rock Band, The Legend of Zelda, Bejewled, Ms Pac-Man
Favorite Genres: Puzzle, rhythm (come back- please!), platformers
Current consoles owned: PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch


Rick Brown | Xbox Editor, Podcast Co-Host

About Me: A little crazy and a whole lot of funny. I write about video games while I wait to make the money. Also part-time rapper.
Favorite Games: Reckoning: Kingdoms of Amalur, Batman: Arkham Series, Madden Series, Mass Effect Series, Diablo 3
Favorite Genres: Third person adventure games, sports, FPS
Current Consoles Owned: Xbox One (Xbone), Xbox 360
Xbox Live GamerTag: Doc Brown303
Twitter: Docbrown303



Erich Martin | Staff Writer, Podcast Host

About me: Erich was introduced to gaming by his grandfather before he could walk. Since then, he has grown up loving Nintendo and most games in general. He couples his love of videogames with journalism to cover news, provide reviews and tell it how it is in the gaming world.
Favorite Games: Super Metroid, Luigi’s Mansion, Pokemon Gold
Favorite Genre: Metroidvania and Adventure/Puzzle
Owned Consoles: Switch, Wii U, PS3, PS4, Xbox One, PC, 3DS, PS Vita

Michael Stebbins | Nintendo Editor

About Me: I was raised on a healthy diet of local multiplayer, Nintendo focused gaming.  With the release of the PS3, that diet extended to include Sony’s consoles, and even the odd JRPG on the Xbox 360.  Nowadays, I play everything I can get my hands on, whether the latest Nintendo great, the next big FPS, or the quietly released indie classic.  I graduated from San Jose State University with a BA in English and enjoy the quiet things in life (like skim boarding, backpacking, and sweet, satisfying headshots).
Favorite Games: The Legend of Zelda (series), Tales of (series), Fire Emblem (series), Shin Megami Tensei (series), Super Mario (series), Call of Duty (series), Battlefield (series), Metroid (series), Super Smash Bros (series), Pokemon (series), Warcraft III, Lord of the Rings: Conquest
Favorite Genres: First-Person Shooters, Strategy RPGS, Japanese RPGs, Western RPGs, Fighting Games, Adventures…really all of them.
Current Consoles Owned: Switch, Wii U, New 3DS XL, PS4, Xbox One, PS3, PS Vita, PC, and most everything preceding.
Nintendo ID: Cloudtoucher


Martin Segarra | Staff Writer

About Me: I’m a passionate gamer and writer who enjoys action-adventure games and first person shooters and who thinks Naughty Dog can do no wrong!
Favorite Games:  Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, Batman: Arkham Asylum, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare,
Current Consoles Owned: PS3, PS4, PS Vita
PSN ID: segarrin
SteamID: joystickero1994
Twitter: @MartinSegarra


Nadia Adalath | Interviews Editor

About me: Hey there I’m Nadia! I’m from the wonderful country of Canada and a graduate of Journalism. My goal with my work is to give people a helping hand with getting the word out about their projects, as well as learning about the individuals that create them. In my spare time I love to play video games, collect Pokemon cards, and read.
Favorite Games: Pokemon Alpha Sapphire,  the Tales of Series, Professor Layton Vs Phoenix Wright, Resonance of Fate, OSU (A rhythm game)
Favorite Genres: RPG, Adventure, Visual Novel
Current consoles owned:  3DS, PS3, PSP
Steam: angeleyes127
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nadia.adalath?fref=ts


Benjamin Madamba | Staff Writer

About me: I am an RPG gamer at heart having replayed Xenogears, Final Fantasy VIII and Legends of Legaia to death. An avid JRPG fan, Persona and Shin Megami Tensei are among the many topics that I love to talk about. I also enjoys anime and neckties.
Favourite genres: JRPG, RPG
Current platforms owned: PS4, PS Vita, PC


Gnomedic | Staff Writer


About me: Currently residing in Chicago, IL, I work full-time as a paramedic while pursuing a degree at Arizona State University for English with a minor in Mass Media Communications with aspirations to work as a medical writer or for a gaming or media company. When I’m not working or studying, I’m volunteering with the Extra Life charity in a Chicago Guild leadership role or playing games like Dungeons & Dragons (tabletop), World of Warcraft, Minecraft, Persona, and Pokemon.
Favourite genres: JRPGs, MMOs, Horror, Tabletop
Current consoles owned: PS4, PS3, PC, 3DS
Steam: Gnomedic
Twitter: @gnomedic
Twitch: twitch.tv/gnomedic
Youtube: youtube.com/gnomedicX
Instagram: @gnomedic


David McDonald | Staff Writer

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About me: Recent college graduate and life long gamer, now working as a freelance journalist
Favorite genres: (J)RPGs, Shooters, turn based strategies and roguelikes
Current platforms owned: PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360
Steam: erttheking
PSN ID: erttheking43
Facebook: David MacDonald


Megan Humphries | Staff Writer


About me: As of 2016, I am in my final year of Multimedia Honours at TUKS. I am pretty well versed in all things weeaboo and geek. I’ve loved videogames from Sanic’s first GOTTA GO FAST and Duke Nukem 3D and even made my own for my 3rd year of Multimedia. I have enjoyed anime from the days when Pokemon was considered satanic and was (kinda inappropriately) exposed to Hellsing when I was a young lass. In the past couple years I have really gotten into manga, particularly Berserk to see where the story headed after the original anime. If there’s one thing I will always love 110% it is cats. Don’t doubt my faith in my love for felines.
Favorite genres: RPG, FPS, Horror
Current platforms owned: PS3, PSP, PC
Steam: cat_onice
Youtube: theonlycatonice

Dylan Lepore | Staff Writer, Podcast Co-Host

13501727_296692660675895_5626907719459107004_n-1About me: Dylan is a writer, gamer, avid movie lover, and PlayStation fan extraordinaire. Currently, he attends Radford University in pursuit of a BS in Journalism Concentration. When he’s not writing the next epic post (but you know he is), he plays games like Destiny, Uncharted, Wolfenstein, DOOM, Dishonored, and more!
Favorite genres: Platform, FPS, Horror, Adventure, and the occasional Racing game
Current platforms owned: PS3, PSP, PS4, PS1, PSVITA, PS2, Mobile (Apple, Android)
PSN: Dylanslegos
Personal Website: Here
Twitter: @Dylanslegos
YouTube: Dylanslegos
Instagram: Dylanslegos
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Hana Benedict
Adam Hollick
Dan Atlee
Aaron Chester
Kiri Leatherland
Dan Spiler
Jake Callier
Robb Moreira
Rick Rozenberg


And finally, our illustrious founder:

Leigh Groocock

Role on BG: BG founder and former commander-in-chief
About me: I’m busy at University learning all about Journalism!
Favourite genres of games: FPS, TPS, platformers and action
Current consoles owned: Xbox 360, DS, PSP and PS3
Xbox Live gamer tag: NEB Viatrophy
PSN ID: SG_Viatrophy
Twitter:[email protected]_BG


If you have any other questions or would like to contribute to the site, please visit the Contact Us page and let us know. Brutal Gamer is always on the lookout for new writers who are passionate about gaming, comics, toys – and anything in between!