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 a 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: 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 College 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
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: Fresh out of college, Zach is the newest face to join
GR. Even though this is his first real-person job, Zach’s been in love with
video games since he could remember. He also spent a summer up at Microsoft
Studios as an associate producer, so his knowledge isn’t all derived from
fandom! He has a deep love of gaming and truly believes in their import (he’s
also the type of person to use import, if that tells you anything).
First gaming obsession: TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES
Pro-tip: The Wizard’s level 2 super move will kill the
Dragon in 3 hits in Gauntlet Legends. Real life.
Follow Zach on Twitter: @ZachBetka
On the Radar: Greg Henninger has had several strange jobs throughout his young life. He found himself mostly nude in a stage production The Caucasian Chalk Circle , a set designer in Honolulu, an extra on the show Lost, and a professional Gondolier in San Diego. He couldn't be happier to have landed his role as Community Manager here at GamesRadar. Keep your eyes glued to Facebook and Twitter and of course Twitch to watch his ridiculous ramblings.
First Gaming Obsession: Star Wars Tie Fighter
Pro Tip: If you want to land a big tip while rowing a gondola, make sure you sing "Dual of the Fates"
Follow Greg on Twitter: @greghenninger
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