Sophia Tong: Global Editor in Chief
On the Radar: Sophia is a transplanted Canadian who decided several years ago that she was done with boring office jobs, and decided to go back to school and study journalism. She spent years writing for various websites, not knowing she could turn it into a career. Before GamesRadar, she worked at IGN for a few months and then spent more than three years working at GameSpot. Now she's ready to rule the internet with this kickass team. When she’s not busy playing random video games she likes to bake cupcakes, take embarrassing photos of her dog, and take naps.
First Gaming Obsession: Beast (ASCII game on the PC)
Pro Tip: Mudding (multi-user dungeon) is dangerous. Don’t do it.
Follow Sophia on Twitter: @sophiatong
On the Radar: Tom Magrino has covered the games industry since
2006. He's been compared to Steve Martin by Ozzy Osbourne and Daniel Craig by
Tim Schafer. His voice, heard largely on GamesRadar’s RadioRadar podcast,
recalls that of Kermit the Frog. It ain't easy bein' Magreen.
First Gaming Obsession: Legend of the Red Dragon (PC)
Pro Tip: Screen glare is best dealt with by scooting right up close to your
monitor and then draping a big, thick blanket over it and your head.
Follow Tom on Twitter: @TMag_GR
On the Radar: Hollander’s first memory involves dying to the goomba in the beginning of Super Mario Bros. and passing the controller to his father, who wanted to play so much that he intentionally withheld vital gameplay information (like how to jump). He’s been gaming nonstop ever since, and after working at a few different outlets and freelancing for PC Gamer and PlayStation the Official Magazine, he landed at GamesRadar.
First Gaming Obsession: Revenge of the Gator (Gameboy)
Pro Tip: Always play as a healer in MMOs, that way you’ll never have a problem finding a group! Also, if you ever get annoyed at someone, you can stop healing them. It’s like playing God.
Follow Hollander on Twitter: @HollanderCooper
On the Radar: Growing
up under Florida’s hot sun, Henry found comfort indoors playing
videogames while hiding out from fresh air. Following years of practice
with the alphabet, he eventually learned how to put words in sentences,
which inspired him to be a writer. He then came to California to strike
it rich in the lucrative game journalism world. He currently lives in a
studio apartment somewhat bigger than a prison cell.
First Gaming Obsession: Super Mario Bros (NES)
Pro Tip: Crouch on the white block near the end of World 1-3 in Mario 3 to get your first warp whistle.
Follow Henry on Twitter: @hEnereyG
On the Radar: Ryan’s parents always scolded him as a child for spending too much time indoors playing video games. “Go outside,” they’d chide, “and use your imagination.” Upon deciding that outdoor adventuring was for babies, Ryan instead used his imagination to build incredible amusement parks in Theme Park (much to the dismay of his father, who had hoped young Ryan would grow up to be a baseball star). He went on to study journalism at Central Michigan University, and has since worked as a staff editor for PlayStation: The Official Magazine, @Gamer Magazine, and now GamesRadar. Also, cartwheels are his preferred method of locomotion, which is problematic because he cannot pull one off successfully.
First gaming obsession: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: The Manhattan Project
Pro Tip: Wanna make some easy money? Give your WoW account to a raiding friend, then steal it back months later and sell it on eBay.
Follow Ryan on Twitter: @RyanTaljonick
On the Radar: After graduating with a BS in Business and becoming exposed to the cruel realities that he had to get a job, Lorenzo chased the corporate monster, landing jobs labeling stool samples, working in an internet start-up, and even manning the trenches of game testing. Now he’s taken refuge in GamesRadar’s cheats and guides pages learning the ropes of games journalism, and helping gamers in their struggle with achievement and trophy related strife.
First Gaming Obsession: Contra (NES)
Pro Tip: Ignore the scowl. Just bring a sandwich, a beverage brewed with hops, and Star Wars Trivial Pursuit and everything will be all right.
Follow Lorenzo on Twitter: @LVeloria
On the Radar: When Lucas was 10, he got his first console for Christmas, the almighty Super Nintendo--and his parents worried that he would play until he passed out due to lack of sleep and/or food. This was but one chapter in Lucas' lifelong passion for all things gaming. Having grown up reading stacks upon stacks of gaming magazines, Lucas decided that he would combine his knack for writing and his love of videogames by going into journalism. After nabbing a BA in Journalism from Rutgers University and interning at PC Gamer, he joined the talented crew at GamesRadar to live out his lifelong dream.
First Gaming Obsession: Donkey Kong Country 2 (SNES)
Pro Tip: Chain-spamming flatland tricks is the key to high scores in Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4.
Follow Lucas on Twitter: @Ljrepresent
Andy Hartup: Executive Editor (UK)
On the Radar: Although he only joined the GamesRadar team in 2013, people have been paying Andy to write about games since 2003. He still can’t quite believe it’s happening, and he occasionally worries that one day someone will notice, and ask him to get a proper job. During his career, Andy has interviewed many industry greats like Hideo Kojima, Cliffy B, and David Cage. He’s never whooped at a press conference, but he did shed a solitary tear when Bethesda announced Skyrim. He once scored a game ‘zero out of ten’.
First gaming obsession: Sid Meier’s Civilization
Pro tip: Remember: Only Robinson Crusoe had everything done by Friday
Follow Andy on Twitter: @andyhartup
On the Radar: Justin's been on the UK GamesRadar team since
early 2006, back when all this was just fields. Before that, he worked
for regional weekly newspaper The Somerset County Gazette, reviewing
games whenever he could, even though he only ever got sent 2D fighting
games from SNK. Oh, and Viewtiful Joe. That was a good day. He earned a
degree in multimedia journalism at Bournemouth, but only recalls taking
pictures of squirrels in the park and gambling Lovehearts and chocolate
bars on the results of house tournaments on PES 2.
First Gaming Obsession: Treasure Island Dizzy (ZX Spectrum+)
Pro Tip: Run home behind a taxi and save a tenner.
Follow Justin on Twitter: @CatGoneCrazy
On the Radar: Harnessing a dark, alchemical combination of words and video games to kickstart his career online (after the grim discovery that a film degree doesn’t necessarily qualify anyone for anything) Dave escaped the dread, blasted landscape of the windswept north and travelled to the more sensible and civilised south more than six whole years ago. He spends his days perfecting the noble art of the Psycho Crusher, pondering the various nobilities and failures of Man, lambasting weak storytelling in all it’s forms, and weaving consistently semi-spectacular results from the eldritch culinary arts. He also reads and watches an inordinate amount of horror, and finds ECTO-1’s siren hauntingly beautiful to this very day.
First Gaming Obsession: Harrier Attack (Spectrum +2)
Pro Tip: Cthulhu is coming. Look busy.
Follow David on Twitter: @David_H_Esq
On the Radar: Iain has been playing video games since the
heady times of the rubber-keyed ZX Spectrum, and still fondly remembers buying
cassette tapes based on box art that bore no resemblance to the actual product.
These days he is better known to many as ‘Mr Trophy’, due to his slightly
unhealthy obsession with amassing intangible PlayStation silverware. By the
time PS4 launched he had already unlocked over 50 platinum trophies, and the
shelves of his virtual award cabinet are straining under the weight of more
than 6000 shiny pots. He does not care for Xbox achievements.
First Gaming Obsession: Sensible World of Soccer (Amiga)
Pro Tip: Don’t believe everything you read on Wikipedia.[citation
Follow Iain on Twitter: @wilbossman
On the Radar: Takeshi joined the company in 2011 to start up the video team for GamesRadar. Until that time, he produced videos and covered events worldwide for GameSpot for 5 years. As a huge import games fanatic, he's owned a Twin Famicom, Sega MegaDrive, PC Engine, and a Japanese PSP, DS, and 3DS. Since then, he's been known to walk in front of cameras during live streams and laugh inappropriately during shoots.
First gaming obsession: Ultima IV (Apple II)
Pro Tip: The pencil is mightier than the sword. At least in Track in Field.
Follow Takeshi on Twitter: @takeshihiraoka
Frank Adams: Associate Video Producer
On the Radar: Growing up in Sonoma County I spent as much time as possible playing games on my families Texas Instrumunts home personal computer, TI-99, playing games like Adventure using the cassette drive, writing simple programs with Basic, playing a quick round of TI Invaders or my favorite at the time Hunt the Wumpus. That last one sounds a little dirty but I assure you it was totally legit. By 1989 I was able to enter the current gen at the time just a few years later than my friends when I got a NES. My chores and homework quickly took a back seat to make room for games like Super Mario Bros, Metroid, and The Legend of Zelda.
First Gaming Obsession: Hunt the Wumpus (TI-99/4A)
Pro Tip: UP, UP, DOWN, DOWN, LEFT, RIGHT, LEFT, RIGHT, B, A, START applies to everything in life.
Follow Frank on Twitter: @GRadarFrank
Thomas Darnell: Associate Video Producer
On the Radar: Thomas has been everything from a PE Teacher to a Locksmith but his passion has always been video production. After attempting to be an aspiring filmmaker he decided to get a real job and make videos about videogames on the Internet. He spent a little time making videos for the duders over at Giantbomb and Tested, took a little break to be a stay at home dad (played a lot of MMOs), then found his way to GamesRadar.
First Gaming Obsession: Super Street Fighter II
Pro Tip: If you bind everything to your mouse, you can play WOW and hold your infant son at the same time
Follow Thomas on Twitter: @thodar