About Us - Worldwide Nintendo Wii, 3DS, DS Coverage
Jorge Ba-oh - Managing Director, Founder
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
Az is Senior Editor at Cubed3, and mostly reviews games for PlayStation, Nintendo and PC platforms.
Having grown up playing SNES games and Nintendo 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, after it eventually came out in Europe, and still awaits the day that Shenmue III is released.
Jamie was first introduced to games through his grandfather’s love of point-and-click adventure games, and grew up playing the likes of Kyrandia, Flight of the Amazon Queen, Day of the Tentacle, and Monkey Island. A Sega Mega Drive soon followed, and a PlayStation after that. A love of JRPGs developed after first playing Final Fantasy VII. Now he mostly plays indie games on his PC, when time allows.
A qualified broadcast journalist, documentary filmmaker, and voice actor, Jamie tends to not have too much free time these days. When he does, he likes reading, writing, playing pool and snooker, watching documentaries, quiz shows, and awfully made films with sharks in them. He has been told he has the worst taste in music, and is cursed with supporting Newcastle United.
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.
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.
Ofisil has contemplated on the meaning of life the universe and everything at least 42 times. He carries around a wooden sword, wears a +5 INT -15 CHA cloak, and plays life in Nightmare Mode.
Brandon enjoys a good RPG about as much as a good bite to eat. In his spare time he usually forgets to actually play video games.
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.
Liam Cook - Reviews and Feature Writer
Liam has been with Cubed since 2008, when he stumbled upon the site 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!
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.
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.
Thom discovered Cubed3 a few years back when attempting to decide whether or not he should buy Epic Mickey 2. A long time gamer, first introduced to gaming by the (you'll never see this coming!) world of Super Mario Bros., he still fondly remembers his 11th birthday when he received Final Fantasy VII, and the obsessive nature by which he unwrapped Ocarina of Time one fateful Christmas.
A believer in the unique and strange, if you asked Thom the best game he's played in the last year, Katamari would come up more than a few times. Also a cinephile and musician, Compton lives in Columbus, Ohio and spends his nights as an IT specialist.
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.
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.
A Jack of all the trades that don't involve exposure to sunlight, Thomas has been employed in various odd positions over his life. These include being a webdesigner, 3d artist/modeler and a database engineer. Currently he works with his partner at lostagain.nl - their own firm that makes educational online games for dutch people. (But he hopes they will branch out into languages he can actually speak.)
He welcomes the opportunity to write reviews occasionally as a break to his typical day of fixing bugs and pulling his hair out over 3d vector maths that he almost understands.
A long time gamer he inherited a Commodore Plus /4 from his brother, which he enjoyed and appreciated for a long time despite it having hugely outdated graphics. He quickly found a fondness for large exploration based games “Mercenary Escape From Targ”, “Elite”, and when he finally got a PC “Little Big Adventure” - which remains one of his all time favorite games and obsessions. Needless to say when he finally got a Nintendo 64, Zelda blew his mind and Nintendo quickly became his platform of choice - Purchasing a NES and a SNES to catch up on the classics.
Thomas remains a diverse gamer liking a wide range of titles and hating the “hardcore/casual” definitions of today. That said, its advisable to keep Sports titles or anything needing a sense of rhythm away from him as he insists he is allergic.
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).
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.
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.
The name's DiMezzo. Aria DiMezzo. License to review games, and fast. Make the list and prepare to be pixellated.
Andrew - 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!
Tom has loved video games since getting his first Master System II at the age of five. His favourite game of all time would probably have to be Super Mario Bros. 3 (Super Mario All-Stars version for the SNES!), followed very closely by Gunstar Heroes on the Mega Drive. His current gaming console is PlayStation 4, and he is always up for meeting new friends. Feel free to add him at Tomson291288.
John is a London-based writer, artist and student. He was introduced to the world of gaming fairly late, one of his first experiences being Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets on the PC, where he probably spent more time staring at loading screens than playing the actual game itself. He soon moved onto Nintendo consoles and quickly became a Zelda fanatic - it was around that time he also discovered a love for game music.
Though John enjoys a variety of genres, the music of Final Fantasy has always been a firm favourite of his. He is adamant that the OSTs for FFXI and FFXIII-2, while flawed, are criminally underrated masterpieces.
In his spare time, John also enjoys writing, reading, art, and cakes of all types. He is an avid fan of Harry Potter, The Beatles, Kraftwerk, the TV show Community, and rhythm games - he dreams of one day conquering every single song in Cytus, but this has unfortunately become an increasingly difficult achievement to pull off as time goes on.
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.
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 his time throughout Europe.
His first memorable gaming experience is playing Goof Troop on the SNES and he 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.
An avid-lover of all things Metal Gear Solid, Devil May Cry, and pretentious French lit. Has beaten DMC3 on Dante Must Die at least five times, and is deathly terrified of what series Capcom and Konami are going to target next.
Like so many people, Michael grew up being mesmerised by an 8-bit pixelated Mario sprite roaming through the Mushroom Kingdom. Playing Super Mario Bros. ignited what would be his passion in life, but when he's not jumping on goombas or risking the lives of a few dozen Pikmin, he likes to catch up on his movies. Michael will watch anything with Al Pacino, Marlon Brando and Ed Norton, and will defiantly claim Leonardo DiCaprio is becoming legend. He is quite partial to Titanic... Okay, he loves it, but it is a statement that does more harm than good. Michael likes to read anything Stephen King, watch anything from The X Files to Alias to Fringe, and is also very keen on dusting off his old Linkin Park and Eminem CDs. Yes, CDs. That's pretty much Michael wrapped up and packaged straight out of the 90s!
Josh Di Falco
Raised in a family with a NES controller in his hand, Josh grew up with Super Mario Bros. and IronSword: Wizards & Warriors II. Before too long, the NES had to make way for the PlayStation, as Spyro the Dragon and Final Fantasy VIII took over the rest of his childhood. It was at this point that he realised his love for RPGs. Josh is not afraid to invest hundreds of hours into a Triple Triad or Blitzball session, while trying to save the world from an impending doom.
Leo lives in the Netherlands and has been an unofficial reviewer since 2011. He has done official work as a translator for Dutch to English and English to Dutch. His favourite game genres include RPGs, ARPGs, shooters, fighting games, hack and slash games, and racers, but is not a fan of platforming-puzzle games.
Cubed3 Autobot - C3's Autobot Butler
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Currently living and working in Japan, Chris specialises in Japanese games.
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David Kelly - Feature Writer
Davy is an experienced video game player and reviewer from Northern Ireland.
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