About Us - Worldwide Nintendo Wii, 3DS, DS Coverage
Jorge Ba-oh - Managing Director, Founder
As a keen Nintendo and video game enthusiast, Jorge is Cubed3's creator and designer, founding the site in 2003. Jorge manages the website technically, working alongside the editorial team to continue to update the site, and is one of the main daily news reporters.
He lives, works in London and enjoys design, arts, music and the occasional visit to the outside world!
Adam Riley - Operations Director, Senior Editor
Adam joined up with Cubed3 back when it was merely a fledgling website, providing snippets of news to eager gaming fans. It was not long before he made a strong impression, bombarding Jorge with constant news submissions. Having been a creative talent from a young age, it was only a short time before he squeezed his way into the small team and took control of the retro review side of C3. Once his confidence built up, which certainly did not take a long time, he dipped his toe further into the writing scene with a slew of in-depth articles and even took on the role of Editor for others' work.
Moving away from causing waves throughout the Industry with his rapid-fire news updates, numerous exclusive interviews, and visits to press events, now in the role of Operations Director he focuses more on strong relations with game developers and PR teams, finding new opportunities for the website's growth, as well as producing radio shows.
Cubed3 just wouldn't be the same without him!
Az Elias - Senior Editor
A dedicated Cubed3 member for many years, Az gladly accepted the opportunity to contribute to the site as a writer, and now mostly reviews games for PlayStation platforms, with the odd Nintendo and PC game in between.
Having grown up playing SNES games and falling in love with Nintendo through classics in the Zelda, Metroid, Donkey Kong and Mario series, Az is also somewhat of a casual collector, owning a wealth of different consoles and games from many generations. He developed an obsession with his favourite series, Final Fantasy, from the moment it came out in Europe, and still awaits the day that Shenmue III is released.
Rudy Lavaux - Review and Feature Writer
Having some previous experience writing absurdly long reviews for some French website, Rudy gladly joined the ranks of C3 to share his love for video games... which equals his love for writing about them. Despite first experiencing video games on a SEGA arcade machine, and developing his skills at home on his parents' Commodore 64 and Atari 2600, he fell in love with Nintendo after trying Metroid for the NES back in the day. He's always bought Nintendo's consoles first since the days of the Game Boy and Super Nintendo, only occasionally buying another brand to taste the great exclusives that the competition offered (rumour has it that he first cheated on Nintendo with a PC-Engine in his early gaming days). He's such a manic collector that he can't beat his games as fast as he buys them. He can't stand missing a single game in his favourite series. He's also a bit of a MacGyver, always coming up with the most improbable ways to fix up his broken stuff... and managing to do so. As a Belgian, he also enjoys good beer, chocolate, mussels, chips and making fun of politics. Oh, and reporting C3 bugs to Jorge!
Shane Jury - Reviews and Feature Writer
Shane happened upon this fair community of Cubed3 whilst browsing the newly-opened portal of the World Wide Web, and has stuck around ever since. Kicking things off with a Master System, Shane soon went for the best of both worlds with a Mega Drive and a Super Nintendo. Every generation since he's been on the Nintendo bandwagon, together with an occasional hop on the Sony and Microsoft wagons, with a broad perspective and a willingness to try anything. A fan of many titles and franchises, including Pokemon, Mario, Final Fantasy, The Legend of Zelda, Viewtiful Joe and, most of all, Sonic, you'll see Shane in any thread with one of these franchises in the title, when he isn't slapping up news posts or tapping away at another review.
Stuart Lawrence - Reviews and Feature Writer
Stuart, or Stu, as he likes to be called, joined C3 curious about Nintendo news at E3 2006. Eager to join his first ever forum but not really sure of what was to come, Stu began to impulsively check Cubed3 every day. Having seized the opportunity to write for C3 when it was temporarily down near the end of 2009, he writes news articles and the occasional review for the site. Stuart is a fan of all things in gaming and especially with Nintendo and SEGA. He started university to study Computer Science in 2010.
SirLink - Reviews and Feature Writer
SirLink discovered Cubed3 in late 2010 whilst searching for a friendly Nintendo community. He avidly started posting immediately after he created his account, becoming a well-known and active member of the website in no time at all. While he did contribute every now and then, he didn't join the staff as a proper reviewer until late 2012.
His first gaming experiences were on the original PlayStation with the Spyro trilogy, but his interest in playing games was limited. Once he played some Nintendo 64 classics such as Mario Kart 64 at a friend's place and ultimately got a used Nintendo GameCube with over two dozen games from eBay at the age of 10, he knew that gaming was the perfect hobby for him. The following Christmas, he received his The Legend of Zelda: Collector's Edition and it's been his favourite series ever since.
It's not just Zelda though. There are a lot of other franchises SirLink loves to play, such as Okami, Pokemon, Mario, Metroid, Fire Emblem, Monster Hunter, Final Fantasy, Tales of, Super Smash Bros. and many more. Even now, his journey to delve into even more series he hasn't tried yet continues.
Susan Gray - Reviews and Feature Writer
Despite having joined over 4 years ago in Cubed3's infancy, Sue has only yet found her creative footing in the world of gaming, and it's a pretty damn good place!
Playing videogames from the tender age of 6, she's grown up with her SEGA idols Sonic and Tails, hoping to see their spectacular return on the Wii, along with her bit on the side, Mario and his pals! Fulfilling the anti stereotype of the non-poncey English student, she enjoys writing the odd bit of fiction, deciding what musical instrument she'll play next and the odd art of body placement called dancing. You'll often find Sue spouting strange but hopefully relevant posts in Off Topic and the forum where creativity flourishes and bites laziness in the behind (Your Work).
Joshua Callum Jeffery - Reviews and Feature Writer
Josh joined C3 right at the start of 2005, with nothing on his back but a love of all things Nintendo. In the three years he's been a C3 member, he's become an avid poster on C3's forums, and in mid-2007 was accepted to the C3 moderator's team due to his self proclaimed strong sense of justice, and determined to help make C3 a nicer place. As a C3 mod, his aim is to keep the forums, mostly the Wi-Fi Boards, clear of any dirty spam that might ruin fair C3. His favourite game series include The Legend of Zelda, Phoenix Wright, and Sonic The Hedgehog, though some of his favourite games lie in the Mario, Metroid and Pokémon series too. His favourite game is the Super Smash Bros titles. With a firm interest in games, Josh's goal is to eventually become a reviewer.
Jacob - Reviews and Feature Writer
Jacob joined Cubed3 in February 2005 and became a staff member in mid-2007. Since then, he's served as a moderator on the site's forums while also turning in the occasional review. Current favored platform is the Nintendo 3DS. Favorite games run the gamut, from stalwart Nintendo franchises like Fire Emblem and The Legend of Zelda, to newer titles from the Bioshock and Mass Effect franchises.
Outside of video games, Jacob is kept busy (far too busy!) with the day-job and other hobbies, such as reading, writing, and listening to music.
Liam C - Reviews and Feature Writer
Liam has been with us since 2008, when he stumbled upon Cubed3 whilst looking for a friendly group of people to play Super Smash Bros. Brawl with.
He has had a strong passion for video games and all things Nintendo ever since playing The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time for the Nintendo 64; whilst he played games before this, this is the gem that captured his interest the most and made him an avid Zelda fan.
Some of Liam's favourite game series include Mario, Zelda, Metroid, Resident Evil, Professor Layton, and many more!
When he isn't playing games, he's either talking about them or just doing something completely irrelevant.
Fun fact: One of his first words was "SEGA" - Those old Sonic intros certainly did their job!
Cubed3 Autobot - C3's Autobot Butler
I am Cubed3 AutoBot. I live to serve the human members of Cubed3 by automating the little things that you can see on this website. When I am not working I enjoy a pint of oil and playing magnets with the lady robots. Bzzzzzzt! LOL
Andrew Fenning - Reviews and Feature Writer
A Cubed3 member since the ancient days of the Gamecube, Cheesing It Up has been a Nintendo gamer for many Moons now. He's a bit of a nerd (aren't we all?), specialising in astrophysics, and is always ready to answer any questions on the subject. When not stargazing he can often be found watching anime or playing guitar. There's always time for video games though!
Freda Cooper - Reviews and Feature Writer
Freda has been a film fan for as long as she can remember - the best qualification for being a movie critic. As well as writing for Cubed3 her reviews appear on several other movie websites, as well as her weekly film show on radio. Her tastes in films are very broad, although she does confess a weakness for the works of Kevin Spacey and Philip Seymour Hoffman. Don't ask her to choose an all-time favourite movie, though - it's easier for her to choose ten! When not found in a darkened screening room Freda's generally a bit of a culture vulture and also loves tennis, but that love only extends to watching.
Chris Leebody - Review & Feature Writer
Chris is a 21 year old English Literature student from Belfast, United Kingdom. He is an aspiring full time video game journalist who has been playing video games since he was a small child and has spent the best part of half a life times earnings so far on buying games. He is a particular fan of PC gaming as well as the Playstation and Nintendo platforms and loves playing any Role Playing or RTS game.
Gareth - Review & Feature Writer
FiDRoC is a long time gamer old enough to remember the days when the ZX Spectrum was considered to be cutting edge technology and has subsequently held Hungry Horace responsible for his eating disorder.
In a past life FiDRoC tore it up regularly on the wheels of steel and has toured all over the UK, played at a number of major music festivals and generally made a total racket as the tour DJ for a relatively successful chart bothering band. Besides holding down numerous long running residencies in both Manchester and London he's also had a stint on a pirate radio station (long before internet radio was a thing).
Albert Lichi - Reviews and Feature Writer
Former concept artist and game designer at Will Wright's multimedia think-tank, Stupid Fun Club. Albert is a regular freelance concept artist and avid video game collector. He can't be bargained with, can't be reasoned with. He doesn't feel pity, remorse or fear. Professional painter.
David Lovato - Reviews and Feature Writer
Born in California, David spent his youth moving around the country, but never lost his love of writing and video games. A lifelong Nintendo fan, David believes a great game can come from anywhere, and is always on the hunt for the next one.
Jordan Hurst - Reviews and Feature Writer
Jordan hails from Toronto, Canada. He joined Cubed3 in 2014, primarily as a PC reviewer. Although he specializes in PC games these days, Nintendo was his introduction to gaming, specifically Super Metroid. He's even made games a career, as he went to college for Game Programming, and occasionally creates games of his own.
Brian Short - Reviews and Feature Writer
Brian came to Cubed3 in August 2014. Video games have been filling him with wonder and fascination ever since he got his hands on a Game Boy Color and Link's Awakening. In 2007 he finally discovered online gaming with Halo on the PC. There is just something fascinating to him about spamming the crouch button and seeing another player from some other country repeat the action in some sort of unspoken "look at us on the internet" ritual.
Brian has a very bad habit of getting sucked into multiplayer games. Left 4 Dead, Lead and Gold, Halo, and Minecraft are all likely culprits for his large backloggery. However, he has vowed to slow down on his purchasing and multiplayer habits in a quest to vanquish the backlog. Godspeed Brian, Godspeed.
Lex Firth - Reviews and Feature Writer
Lex started gaming from a very early age, his Pokémon-infused childhood leading the way to endless Friday nights wandering around Blockbuster trying to decide which GameCube game to try next (and somehow always ending up with Sonic Adventure). His real love affair with Nintendo came relatively late with the release of the Wii, and since then he's been hooked.
Outside of gaming, Lex is an avid linguist and is currently aiming to study Translation in the near future.
Dan Stanyon - Reviews and Feature Writer
Dan's been gaming as long as he can remember. From an early age he was playing Nintendo classics such as Pokemon and Mario, but it was really in the PS2/GC era that the hobby really picked up some steam. He swears blind that the Gamecube hosted the "golden age" of gaming, though he often finds little company in that mindset.
Nowadays he's a second year philosophy undergraduate at the University of Cambridge, which makes gaming a little more difficult to find time for, but as with all addictions they don't break easily - owning a 3DS and Wii U from the modern era, but keeping the retro interests alive as well with a NES, N64, Saturn, GBA and GC, he has a backlog that will take several lifetimes to get through. He has since given up trying.
Leigh has written about video games for a variety of different publications, big and small, for over seven years and has covered dozens of different events in this time throughout Europe.
His first memorable gaming experience is playing Goof Troop on the SNES and has continued to play games every day since. Nintendo may not be his main gaming platform these days but the company still has a special place in his heart.
Ian started off as a person who simply loved games and hunting down many of the lesser-known titles to play them. Fascinated with many of the unique aspects of games he became entralled with the many new ideas and concepts he found and outright enjoyed finding unique games. Not to say that he dislikes the mainstream games as he very much enjoys them and can often be found spending time playing Civ V on his free time.
Ian wrote several reviews before he started to focus heavily on becoming a constant reviewer as he was more than happy to simply stand by and simply enjoy the games he loved, from 'Dark Cloud 2' to 'Lost Kingdoms II'. The game that changed all this was a small, visual novel, game on Steam called 'Long Live the Queen!'. Having outright enjoyed the game he looked around only to notice that no one had even submitted a review for the game. He decided to change all that and write a review. It didn't take long before he was actively hunting down games in his vast collection, many of which he enjoyed, trying to find those games, be they good or bad, that he felt needed more attention.
As of now Ian is a fan of the JRPG genre and enjoys being able to simply sit down and lose himself in a game. Though a bit of a perfectionist who tries to hunt down every secret if possible, he never lets that get in the way of his enjoyment. However, he has developed a guilty pleasure for intentionally playing BAD games simply for the chance to rip into them in a review.
Nikola has been writing reviews for games so long that his fifth grade book report of The Giver was actually a review of Conker's Bad Fur day. He failed the assignment but kindled a lifetime passion of telling everyone he saw about which games he liked and didn't liked. He continues to review games as a public service to prevent games like Final Fantasy: All The Bravest from falling into the hands of unsuspecting, innocent people.
He is a longtime fan of RPGs, FPSs, and other acronym based gaming genres. Some of his favorite games include Lunar: Silver Star Story, Suikoden II, Super Mario Galaxy, and Paper Mario. Outside of gaming, Nikola enjoys writing, basketball, and trying to find a prosecutor willing to charge the developer of The Letter with a crime against humanity. It is harder than you may think.
Ofisil started damaging other people's property at age 7, killed a couple of his friends at school at age 11 and finally started having dreams about becoming God and destroying the planet at age 15. His mother explained to her neighbors, her son's school principal and the psychiatrist that the blame should go to The Legend of Zelda, Doom and Final Fantasy 7. He then sacrificed his mother to Diablo for blaming his loved ones. His wife managed to get him out of prison at age 31 where he figured he could hide this dangerous aspect of himself by reviewing games in Cubed3.
When he is not reading fiction or science books, (or science fiction), drawing (or crying because he lacks talent), composing music, (and getting angry because time is never enough), or playing video games, he tries to make ends meet. Once in a while he is reminded by actual human beings that tolerate him, that he lives under the wonderful sunny sky of Greece, but soon forgets about it and spents the rest of his day meddling with Photoshop, Illustrator, 3ds Max and VC++. His wife thinks she made a mistake by getting him out of jail...
Eric is a Cubed3 reviewer for the PS3, 3DS and PC systems, with a long history of RPG and strategy game backgrounds. He began gaming with the NES and quickly gravitated to RPGs and platform games.
John lives in New Zealand. Online, he typically goes by the username of DeltaBladeX, and chances are if you see the username anywhere, that will be him. He has been playing video games for more than 20 years now, starting with the Mega Drive and C64, and now playing on a 2DS and PC. He also has a great many other systems, mostly Sony and Nintendo focused at this time, though he has also owned Microsoft systems until recently.
Drew has been gaming since he was 2 years old, starting on the Amstrad CPC464 with such classics as Dizzy the Egg. Turning his passion into his life he studied Game Design at University and ran a Game Development Society. He then sold out to the man and ended up working as a Software Engineer for the government instead of making games. To make up for this he neglects his friends and wife to play games for most of his waking hours.
Having played and owned just about every released console and handheld he regularly buys the latest games and tears through them quickly. He still hopes to one day return to the industry he loves in one capacity or another.
Very picky about the games he'll play, Rob prefers games with a deep plot, or some element of tactical thinking. If he gives a good score to a FPS, you can be sure it is a good one.
Other interesting tidbits: Rob is deaf, and he also has a law degree and enjoys using it as a coffee coaster.
Shanker started gaming from an early age with the original Game Boy and classic titles such as Tetris, Super Mario Land 2 and Duck Tales. He dabbled in PC gaming, but spent most of his time playing games on Nintendo consoles, while also sampling classic titles on the PS2, Xbox 360 and PS3. Today, Shanker splits the majority of his gaming time between his PC, Wii U and 3DS, but his 360 and PS3 remain connected for easy access to classics that are unavailable elsewhere.
Over the years, many series have caught Shanker’s attention, including The Legend of Zelda, Metroid and Super Mario. While Shanker cannot play games as much as he used to, he always manages to make time for Mario Kart and Smash Bros on the Wii U. Modern technology also helps him squeeze in extra gaming as he can replay his old favourites, like Knights of the Old Republic, on his phone, as well as experience new titles, like Fire Emblem: Awakening, on his 3DS.
Michael actually didn't spend his early years in front of a screen and was potentially a normal child until puberty came bundled with an Atari 2600. The console was soon replaced by his first real computer, an Amstrad CPC 6128 that had so few games that he protested this unfair condition by occupying his friend's Commodore 64. Several Atari ST, STE and TTs later, the era of home computers came to an end and the reign of the Windows-based PCs began. Initially working for a variety of German gaming and IT publications, Michael's career in journalism only lasted a few years before he embarked on a journey that would later be dubbed "community management". Two decades and several employers after the discovery that life in cyberspace exists, he still works with people and customers online, which are sometimes even the same thing. His love for video games has never waned and he still spends unreasonable amounts of time exploring exciting worlds inside the circuits of the Nintendo 3DS, PC, and Playstation Vita.
André Eriksson started to game at a very young age due to his father introducing it to him. Throughout the years his tastes expanded beyond platformers into more and more advanced and obscure genres. Currently he plays mostly JRPGs and visual novels, as those genres value slow paced but careful decisions. At the end of the day, however, any game works.
On the rare occasions he does neither work nor play he reads or writes, as he loves taking in and sharing information. He also loves to slowly analyze everything, which might be why he likes video games to begin with, as they allow him to do just that at the pace he likes.
This lead him to writing reviews for Cubed3, as it allowed him to combine his three greatest interests: writing, gaming and analyzing.
Sandy became interested in Cubed3 after being invited to write for the team. He was running a gaming WordPress blog before, and has recently become a lover of writing, who really enjoys writing critically and honestly about games. He is also adamant that he will write his way into being an indispensable member of the Cubed3 team.
Sandy has been playing and enjoying video games ever since receiving a Game Boy Color at the age of seven. As an avid follower of Nintendo and Sony, Sandy has had many great (and not so great!) gaming experiences with every genre. If he had to pick one genre to play above all others it would be horror or action-adventures, as outlined by his favourite series Resident Evil, Metal Gear Solid and Zelda.
A veteran in the world of gaming Joe is a professional in many ways - burning through games at a rate of knots and churning out reviews like nobody's business. There is no challenge he can't handle!
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