Staff

Management team

Ron Burke

Executive Director & Editor-In-Chief

Ron Burke is the Director, creator, and owner of Gaming Trend.  Currently living in Fort Worth Texas, Ron is what you’d call a hardcore old-school gamer.  He’s owned every major console since the Colecovision, as well as a Commodore 16, a VIC 20, a Commodore 64, an Amiga 500, and so on.  Working with Origin, he was the first Counselor in Ultima Online, and then later the first Seer.  As a reviewer, Ron has authored over 1000 previews and reviews, as well as interviewing some of the luminaries of this industry including Richard Garriott, Hironobu Sakaguchi, Mike Laidlaw, Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk, Peter Molyneux, and many more.

Mike Dunn

Executive Producer & Editor-At-Large

Mike Dunn has been working for Gaming Trend (and Console Gold) in multiple capacities since 2003. In addition to writing, he has also provided design, development, branding and marketing for the site. Professionally, Mike is a UX Architect for Spredfast In Austin, TX.

Keith Schleicher

Lead Tabletop Editor

While not working as a Database Administrator, Keith Schleicher has been associated with Gaming Trend since 2003. While his love of video games started with the Telestar Alpha (a pong console with four different games), he trule started playing video games when he received the ill-fated TI-99/4A. While the Speech Synthesizer seemed to be the height of gaming, eventually a 286 AT computer running at 8/12 Hz and a CGA monitor would be his outlet for a while. Eventually he’d graduate to 386, 486, Pentium, and Athlon systems, building some of those systems while doing some hardware reviews and attending Comdex. With the release of the Dreamcast that started his conversion to the console world. Since then he has acquired an NES, SNES, PS2, PS3, PSP, GBA-SP, DS, Xbox, Xbox 360, Gamecube, and Wii. While not playing video games he enjoys bowling, reading, playing board games, listening to music, and watching movies and TV. He originally hails from Wisconsin but is now living in Michigan with his wife and son.

A Kay Purcell

Lead Editor

Best known online as damphyr, Kay is a Pokémon addict who dreams of running away to join the X-Men. This purple haired wonder writes about fandom, community, and Internet culture, works for DeviantArt by day, and acts as head mixologist at DrunkenFandom.com by night.

Editorial Staff

Bryan Ertmer

Editor

Christian DeCoster is a freelance writer and indie developer. Before writing at Gaming Trend, he wrote for GameSkinny. Enjoys horror movies good and bad, as well as Southern Bastards, the best comic no one's reading, and weird indie games.

Codi Spence

Editor

Elisha Deogracias

News Editor

Elisha Deogracias is an aspiring accountant by day, freelance writer by night. Before writing for Gaming Trend, he had a small gig on the now defunct examiner.com. When not being a third wheel with his best friends on dates or yearning for some closure on Pushing Daisies, he's busy catching up on The Unbelievable Gwenpool and wacky rhythm games. Still doesn't know if he's a kid or a squid.

Hunter Wolfe

Editor

Jay Malone

Editor

Avid video game lover who enjoys Tennessee Vol athletics more than one man should. I also listen to hip-hop whenever possible. I'm an odd fellow. Currently attending the great University of Tennessee.

Joe DeClara

Editor & Podcast Host

In addition to acting as Gaming Trend's news editor, Joe DeClara also writes reviews, op-eds, first-impression pieces, and other publishable musings for the site. Joe also produces and co-hosts Gaming Trend's weekly video game podcast, GT Reboot, and regularly creates video content on Gaming Trend's YouTube and Twitch channels. Joe's favorite games are Zelda: Majora's Mask, Dishonored, Super Mario Bros. 3 and Hearthstone. His favorite game is not The Witcher 3 because he hasn't played it yet.

John Farrell

Tabletop Editor

Law School graduate living in Philadelphia, Pa. We love these games because we can share them, and grow together as we experience each new tool experiment with togetherness. I have been playing board games and RPGs for as long as I can remember, and coupled with tenacity and weirdness I love the work I do with Gamingtrend, sharing that passion with all of you.

Josh Devlin

Editor

Josh blew down the Walls of Jericho. He was a saint from the old testament that fought as a brave warrior for God. A man's man. Built like a brick house; he had the strength of ten men, could run faster than a deer, and hit harder than a battering ram. Excuse me, one second... Um, it seems there has been some sort of a mix up. The man I was just describing is, in fact, not our Josh. Our Josh is a nerd who plays video games. He has never hit anything. His first foray into gaming was with Sesame Street ABC on the NES, but he fell out of gaming for many years because it was not allowed in his house. In 2005, he bought an Xbox 360 just to play Halo 2, and it was all downhill from there. Josh has been writing for Gaming Trend since September 2013 as a reviews editor and occasionally podcasting. He hopes to turn writing about video games into a career. Josh's biggest hobbies and passions include watching ungodly amounts of anime and buying way too many video games. He also loves marshmallow Peeps and listening to gangster rap, sometimes together.

Kyle Movius

Editor

Maddy Wojdak

Editor

Matt Welsh

Editor

Michael Eyre

Tabletop Editor

I am a journeyman musician, writer and amateur astronomer who makes a living as a Project Manager in Port Angeles, WA. A hopeless creative, I also love to play jazz, write, cook, and of course, play board games!

Mike Pearce

Editor & Podcast Host

A proud Seattleite and wannabe novelist, Mike loves to travel, to eat, to drink, and to play video games...excessively. If you don't think tattoos, scotch, soccer and 80's synth go together, you haven't met him.

Nick South

Tabletop Editor

Noah McGuire

Editor

Hey, I'm Noah! I'm currently studying Journalism and Screen Studies, with a minor in Game Design, at the University of Michigan - Dearborn. I've loved videogames from an early age, and I hope to one day work in the industry as a writer or to otherwise contribute to the creative aspect of game design. If you wanna talk about The Legend of Zelda or Overwatch, I'm your guy!

Patrick Rost

Editor

My name is Patrick, and I write about games that are new, and then I typically go back to playing games that are old. I'm a huge fan of the Super Nintendo and PlayStation 2 gaming eras, and tend to focus my love on classic RPGs (J- or otherwise), sports games, and racing titles. Shoot me an e-mail if you have any questions, or if you want to discuss leveling theories for defensive characters in Phantom Brave.

Sean Anthony

News Editor

Sean Anthony both sells video games and writes about them. Gaming has been a huge part of his life ever since he was a child. His first video game was Kirby's Adventure, and he still goes back to replay it to remember how much better Kirby games have gotten since then.

Travis Northup

Reviews Editor

You know that jerk online that relentlessly trash talks you after every kill? That guy was probably Travis "Tie Guy" Northup. Competitive, snarky, and constantly wearing a tie--he's like the Barney Stinson of nerdy stuff. He has been writing his opinions about electronic media since he was a teenager, and is pretty much the only person to hold his opinions in high regard. When he isn't busy heckling video games, he is working as sales manager for a technology media conglomerate or partaking in various comedic pursuits.

Victor Grunn

Reviews Editor

Victor Grunn has been a gamer since the days of single-button joysticks and the Atari 800XL. When not lamenting the loss of the Ultima series or setting people on fire in Team Fortress 2, he's an aspiring indie game developer and freelance writer.

Zach Faber

Editor

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