About Us


From its launch in 2008, BG 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 1-10 point scale. 0 being sub-par, 5 being average and 10 being as close to perfect (in the eyes of the reviewer) as possible. Please remember that here at BG, a 5 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 5, 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.

No, we don’t apply number ‘grades’ to these elements, but all of them are touched upon in our reviews.

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

Role on BG: Owner/Editor-in-Chief

About me: Former screenwriter and comic book scribe, I’ve been a gamer since Moon Patrol on the Atari 2600. I also still have a place in my heart for comics and I love ’80s nostalgia and action figures.

Favorite Games: Doom (series), Halo (series), Super Mario World, Diablo II, Super Punch-out!!, Crash Bandicoot, Tecmo Bowl, Street Fighter Alpha 3, Mortal Kombat 2

Favorite Genres: First-person shooters, adventure, hack’n slash

Current consoles owned: Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360, Wii U, Razer Edge, PS3, PS Vita, 3DS, Dreamcast, Saturn, 3DO, Virtual Boy – and yes, I have all this stuff actually hooked up and ready to play.

Twitter: @jason_tas


Amy Nelson

Role on BG:  Deputy Editor in Chief

About me: Gamer since the 80′s, married to a gamer & programmer, and we have 5 lovely gaming children!

Favorite genres: Puzzles, retro, competitive

Current consoles owned: PS3, Xbox 360, PSP, Wii, DS, PC

PSN ID: MacAnthony

XBox Live GamerTag: MacAnthony

Steam ID: MacAnthony

Twitter: @averyzoe


Mike Jones

Role on BG: 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


Kiri Leatherland

Role on BG: PlayStation Editor (Europe)

About me:    My name is Kiri I am a mother of two and gaming fills my name between nappy changes LOL. I am also super competitive and can be often found shouting at the other half kicking my butt on Injustice.

Favorite Games :  The Last Of Us, Assassins Creed (franchise), Batman: Arkham City, Singstar, Injustice, Watchdogs, Final Fantasy XIII 1,2, and Lightning Returns & Hitman Absolution

Favorite Genres: Horror, RPG, JRPG, Third Person Shooter, and Action.

Current consoles owned:  PS4

PSN ID: Uni-Kiri

Twitter: Kirixmofomuff


Lisa Rome

Role on BG: PlayStation Editor (US)

About me: Nintendo born-n-raised, but now I game on every platform. Wanting to combine my enjoyment of video games with my desire to get paid to play them, I started writing following PAX Prime 2014. Brutal Gamer is my first publication position and I hope to stay for a while. I am also a lover of RPGs and story-heavy games and my favorite leisure activity is spending hours customizing characters.

Favorite Games: Shadow of the Colossus, Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Skyrim, Bioshock, and Mario Party

Favorite Genres: RPGs/JRPGs, Turn-based Strategy, Fighting, Action Adventure

Current consoles owned: PS4, PS3, PS2, Xbox 360, 3DS, Wii, N64, SNES, NES, Sega Genesis, Sega DreamCast, Atari


Steam: lm_rome3

Twitter: @lmrome3


Rick Brown

Role on BG: Xbox Editor

Bio: 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 Genre: Third person adventure games, sports, FPS
Current Consoles Owned: Xbox One (Xbone), Xbox 360
Xbox Live GamerTag: Doc Brown303
Twitter: Docbrown303


Dan Spiler

Role on BG: PC Co-Editor

About Me: From the frigid wasteland of Canada, Dan has been writing since the early years, when a blank piece of parchment meant a whole world was waiting for him to discover it at the tip of his quill. Then he grew up and realized he could never be like Harry Potter, so he turned to video games instead. In his off-hours, he likes to scorn people who like long walks on the beach; too much sand.

Favorite Games: Chocobo’s Dungeon 2 (PS1), Legend of Legaia (PS1), Mysterious Dungeon (DS), Hearthstone (PC/iOS), Heroes of the Storm (PC), Guild Wars 2 (PC), Final Fantasy 8 (PS1), Pokemon (all of them, all the time, forever) (GB, GBA, DS, 3DS)

Current Consoles Owned: PC (Master Race), Xbox 360, PS3, Wii (so last gen)

PSN ID: BeefyDan

SteamID: Dan_BG

Twitter: @danspiler


Carter Pringle

Role on BG: PC Co-Editor

About me: I am an avid and passionate gamer, as well as a Strategy junkie. With no real former training in the writer’s craft, I’ve been slowly trying to perfect my methods to make intriguing reviews for you, the reader. Along with Strategy I also love RPGs (including some MMOs), Vehicle-based Combat games, and I even fall in love with the occasional, yet weird, simulation game. Feel free to add me on Steam, I have many titles and maybe we can play something together!

Favorite games: Mount&Blade: Warband, Empire: Total War

Current consoles owned: PC, Xbox 360

Xbox Live GamerTag: zH1N1 (I never play online)

Steam ID: Delta 0-7 Sev

Twitter:  @CarterPringle


Ted Stokes

Role on BG: Entertainment Editor

About me: Writer and a professional critic for more than a decade published in print and online he now works as BrutalGamer’s general entertainment specialist. Gamer, reviewer and thinker.

Favorite Games: Left4Dead, Team Fortress 2, Halo (1), Super Mario Bros, Alan Wake, Battlefield 3 and Starcraft II.

Favorite Genres: Action, sci-fi and strategy.

Current consoles owned: PC, PS3

Twitter: @TedStokes


Jake Rogers

Role on BG: iOS Editor

Bio:Jake, the laid back one. When he’s not working you’ll find him being used for target practice on well known First Person Shooters, watching some grizzly horror films or chuckling at YouTube fail compilations.

Favorite GamesOcarina Of tIme, Prince Of Persia The Sands Of tIme, GTAV

Favorite Genres: Action/Adventure

Current consoles owned: PS4, PS3, Xbox 360, Nintendo 3DS

PSN ID: Jakexhorror

Xbox Live GamerTag: Jakexhorror

Twitter: @Jake_VGS


Jessica Russo

Role on BG: 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, Ms Pac-Man and neon print anything.

Favorite games: Rock Band 3, Kinect Sports, Bejewled, Ms Pac-Man

Favorite Genres: Puzzle, rhythm (come back- please!), platformers

Current consoles owned: PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U, PC


Hannah Benedict

Role on BG: Community Manager

About me:  A reformed glam band fan, stay at home mother of 3 boys, a dog and wife to BG Features Editor Troy Benedict. Raised in a predominately male & geeky household, I’m not easily offended. I’m a Lady of Gaming and love it.

Favorite Games: Mortal Kombat, Soulcalibur, Peggle, Various Guitar Hero series including Aerosmith & Beatles, Peggle, Zuma, Luxor

Favorite Genres: puzzle, retro, fighting, mobile games, casual games, music, compilation, racing

Current consoles owned: PS2, PS3, Xbox 360 & Kinect, Wii, DS Lite, iPod

XBox Live GamerTag: mammaknows – only polite requesters need apply!


Troy Benedict

Role on BG: US Staff Writer

About me: I’m a husband, a father (of 3), and a gamer. While I don’t find time to play games as much as I used to, I still enjoy keeping up on the latest industry news and writing about it. It has been rumored that I like turtles.

Favorite Games: The Secret of Monkey Island (PC), MDK2 (Dreamcast), Super Meat Boy (XBLA)
Below are my Xbox and PS3 handles. Please send a brief message if you’re going to send a request. It might sound snobby, but I don’t accept blank friend requests.

Favorite Genres: Adventure games, platformers

Current consoles owned: PS2, PS3, Xbox 360 & Kinect, Wii, DS Lite, iPod

PSN ID: AceCarnage

XBox Live GamerTag: Retr0Vertig0 (those are zeros not O’s)


Naeem Ali

Role on BG: UK staff writer

About me: I’ve been an avid gamer since I was a child (which is going way back when) the very first console I owned was the Sega Master System, during my time as a gamer I have pretty much come across nearly every console including the Bally Astrocade(which requiered cassette tapes to play games) so I have broad range of knowledge when it comes to video games. My favourite game of all time is between Shadow Hearts (a rare gem of an RPG released for the Playstation 2) and Final Fantasy VIII (in my honest opinion, the best in the Final Fantasy series).

Favorite games: Shadow Hearts, Final Fantasy VIII, Asura’s Wrath, God Hand, Metal Gear series, Ninja Gaiden (Sega Master System Version) Amnesia: The Dark Descent

Current consoles owned:  Playstation 3, Nintendo DS, PC, Nintendo 3DS

PSN ID: Uchiha872007

Twitter: @MrAwkwardOne


Jake Callier

Role on BG: US staff writer

About me: I’m the youngest staff member here at BG at sixteen years of age and I’m currently pursuing my dreams of becoming a journalist. If I’m not working on a game review then I’m writing on of my many book ideas. I was practically born with a controller in my hand. I feel at home on any system from the Atari 5200 to the Xbox One and PS4. The first game I remember being able to play well was Super Smash Bros., but the first game I remember having an absolute love for was Mega-Man Legends on the PS1. I have a blast with the other staff here at BG, and I hope to keep writing along with these amazing people from now to the distant future.

Favorite Games: Saints Row 2, Max Payne 3, Spyro: The Dragon series, Tony Hawks Pro Skater, Dead Rising 3

Favorite Genres: Literally any kind is good enough for me.

Current consoles owned: Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, iPod, 3DS, NES, Gamecube, N64, PS2, PS1, Gameb-Okay, let’s just say I have a lot.

Xbox Live GamerTag (Xbox One): Purplefizzgamer

Xbox Live GamerTag (Xbox 360): Oldmanbobbeh

Steam ID: SgtGraardor

PSN ID: MMMajora


Rick Rozenberg

Role on BG: EU Staff Writer

About me: I am a 22 year old studying for a degree in journalism. My love for gaming started with my dad showing me games like Wolfstein 3D and Aladdin. As I grew older, so did my interest in games. I would religiously read Dutch game magazines to keep up to date. Initially, I wanted my passion for gaming to stay a hobby, but after failing my pursuit in getting a degree in psychology and law, I chose a study that is more creative: journalism. After that choice. combining my love for gaming and journalism was easily made.

Favorite games: World of Warcraft, Animal Crossing and GTA (from London up to the fifth).

Current consoles owned: N64, Wii, PS2, PS3, Xbox 360, 3DS and PC

PSN ID: Kaelnukem

Xbox Live GamerTag: Kaelnukem

Steam ID: Kaelnukem

Twitter: @RickRozenberg


Nadia Adalath

Role on BG: Canadian Staff Writer

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


Contributors to BrutalGamer:

Nadia Adalath

Benjamin Madamba

Marie Lapierre


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: @Leigh_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!