Advisory Board

Doc Mack – Galloping Ghost Arcade/Productions – Doc is the owner of the 600+ arcade game Galloping Ghost Arcade in Brookfield, IL.  He’s a gift to this industry that is working with the entire arcade scene to grow it and develop it further.  His other related enterprises include Galloping Ghost Productions (newly developed arcade games), and Kombat Kon (fan event for Mortal Kombat fans).

 

 

Dan Loosen – Midwest Gaming Classic / GOAT Store – Dan Loosen has been running the GOAT Store, LLC with his business partner Gary Heil for 18 years. The company was formed when the pair was trying to collect video games at a time that people selling games didn’t think about their collectible nature. The company has grown and changed throughout the past 18 years, now having more than 20,000 items in stock, and selling throughout the world! The GOAT Store has expanded to publish games for retro consoles and host the annual Midwest Gaming Classic trade show in Milwaukee, Wisconsin that draws more than 10,000 gamers together. Dan will bring this “behind the scenes” knowledge in his articles.

Billy Mitchell – History’s most famous video game player. Proclaimed the Video Game Player of the Century at the 1999 Tokyo Game Show, Billy has enjoyed a remarkable career that included history’s first perfect score on Pac-Man (3,333,360 points on July 3, 1999) and appearing in the 1982 LIFE magazine photograph that featured the video game superstars of the Golden Age of video games. Famous the world over as the iconic creator of Rickey’s World Famous Sauce, Billy is based in Hollywood, Florida and is the co-creator of the annual Kong Off (the official Donkey Kong World Championship).

 

Walter Day – As the founder of Twin Galaxies, the oldest video game scorekeeping and adjudication service in history, Walter Day is known as the creator of e-sports and has often been called The Patron Saint of Video Games.  His remarkable efforts to find, verify and catalog video game world records has led to a decades-long partnership with The Guinness Book of World Records.

Staff Writers

Leonard Herman – The Game Scholar, is regarded as one of the earliest and most respected videogame historians. The first edition of his book Phoenix: The Fall & Rise of Home Videogames, which was published in 1994, is considered to be the first serious and comprehensive book about the history of videogames. He has written articles for Videogaming & Computer Illustrated, Games Magazine, Electronic Gaming Monthly, the Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine, Pocket Games, Classic Gamer Magazine, Edge, Game Informer, Classic Gamer Magazine, Manci Games, Gamespot.com and Video Game Trader, which he also edited. He has also contributed articles to several videogame-related books, including Supercade, The Video Game Explosion and The Encyclopedia of Video Games. Mr. Herman has also written the book ABC To the VCS (A Directory of Software for the Atari 2600), a compendium of game summaries. He has also written and designed user’s manuals for the following Atari VCS games: Cracked, Save the Whales, Pick-Up, Rush Hour, Looping, The Entity and Lasercade, as well as the user’s guide to Ralph Baer’s Pinball! for the Odyssey2. In 1994, he founded Rolenta Press, a publisher of videogame books, whose catalogue included Videogames: In the Beginning, by Ralph H. Baer, the inventor of the videogame console, and Confessions of the Game Doctor by Bill Kunkel, the world’s first videogame journalist. Two Rolenta Press books were included in a list of the top ten videogame books of all time by Game Informer magazine in 2008. Mr. Herman has served as an advisor for Videotopia, Classic Gaming Expo and the National Videogame Museum. He has appeared in several episodes of G4’s Icons and in the documentary, The King of Arcades. In 2003, Mr. Herman received a Classic Gaming Expo Achievement Award in recognition for his accomplishments in documenting game history

 

Michael Thomasson – Michael Thomasson is one of the most widely respected videogame historians in the field today. He currently teaches college level videogame history, design, and graphics courses. For television, Michael conducted research for MTV’s videogame related program Video MODS. In print, he authored Downright Bizarre Games, and has contributed to nearly a dozen gaming texts. Michael’s historical columns have been distributed in newspapers and magazines worldwide. He has written business plans for several vendors and managed a dozen game-related retail stores spanning three decades. Michael consults for multiple video game and computer museums and has worked on nearly a hundred game titles on Atari, Coleco, Sega and other console platforms. In 2014, The Guinness Book of World Records declared that Thomasson had “The Largest Videogame Collection” in the world. His businesses sponsor gaming tradeshows and expos across the US and Canada.  Visit www.GoodDealGames.com.

Brett Weiss – A full-time freelance writer, Brett Weiss is the author of the Classic Home Video Games series, The 100 Greatest Console Video Games: 1977-1987, Encyclopedia of KISS, and various other books, including the forthcoming The SNES Omnibus: The Super Nintendo and Its Games, Vol. 1 (A–M). He’s had articles published in numerous magazines and newspapers, including the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Game Informer, Classic Gamer Magazine, Video Game Trader, Video Game Collector, Filmfax, Fangoria, and AntiqueWeek, among others.

 

Dan Loosen – Dan Loosen has been running the GOAT Store, LLC with his business partner Gary Heil for 18 years. The company was formed when the pair was trying to collect video games at a time that people selling games didn’t think about their collectible nature. The company has grown and changed throughout the past 18 years, now having more than 20,000 items in stock, and selling throughout the world! The GOAT Store has expanded to publish games for retro consoles and host the annual Midwest Gaming Classic trade show in Milwaukee, Wisconsin that draws more than 10,000 gamers together. Dan will bring this “behind the scenes” knowledge in his articles.

Brad Feingold – Brad has been a die-hard arcade fan ever since he can remember. From the first time he played Space Invaders, to the first time he played Pacman, Brad has always had a love for video games. Hanging out at either the Great American Fun Factory in the mall, or spending the night in front of the glowing games at the local roller rink, he was always thinking about when he can spend the next quarter. Brad is also a reviewer for Mobile Beat Magazine as well as a freelance videographer, part time disc jockey, performing artist and photographer. But has a true love is for video games and Star Wars, as he is a member of the 501st Central Garrison. His ultimate dream is to own a fully working pinball machine and arcade machine. Difficult to say which one, but a Star Wars one would be nice start.

Patrick Hickey, Jr. – is the founder and editor-in-chief of ReviewFix.com and a lecturer of English and journalism at Kingsborough Community College, in Brooklyn, New York. Over the past decade, his video game coverage has been featured in national ad campaigns by top publishers the likes of Nintendo, Deep Silver, Disney and EA Sports. His upcoming book, “The Minds Behind the Games: Interviews With Cult and Classic Game Developers,” from McFarland and Company, has already earned praise from Forbes, Huffington Post, The New York Daily News and MSG Networks. He is also a former editor at NBC and National Video Games Writer at the late-Examiner.com

Todd Friedman is heavily involved in the video game community. He is currently writing for GameRoom Magazine, Little Player Magazine, RetroGaming Times and The Walter Day Collection. He has Co-Promoted the Video Game Summit in Illinois for the past 9 Years. Todd is an avid video game collector with over 3400 console games and 25 systems, One of his main responsibilities is keeping the Walter Day trading cards alive and well by keeping an inventory of the cards and writing on the website and getting autographs from the card holders themselves. Todd holds over 60 world records on the Nintendo Wii game DJ Hero. Todd was also a nominee for the International Video Game Hall of Fame, class of 2016. He has also helped out with such events as ICON and IVGHOF in Ottumwa Iowa.

Kristopher Purzycki is a doctoral student at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where he studies computer games and digital media. His current research focuses on the ways we develop a sense of place within computer games. Although primarily a PC player, he has grown up with consoles since received Video Pinball for Christmas. Since then, he has outlived an Atari 2600, two Sega Genesis, two Playstations, and is currently waiting for his kids’ Xbox to quit so he can pony up for a Playstation 4. For them of course.

 

Antoine Clerc-Renaud – Video Game Historian and Freelance Writer – Now living in Montreal, by way of France where he grew up and lived for 24 years, Antoine is a passionate gamer and a dedicated writer. Video Game History is a true mission for him and he’s always on the lookout to learn something new or unheard of. He wrote, co-wrote or supervised several books on the subject including Coleco – The Official Book (self-published) and PlayStation Anthology (Geeks-Line). His love for writing allows him to fully immerse himself in research, interviews while filling blank pages that don’t stay empty very long.

 

Beat Writers and Bloggers

Brendan Meharry – Growing up while the fifth generation of consoles reigned supreme meant that Brendan missed out on much of the 80’s and early 90’s of gaming the first time around. He either lacked the cognitive ability to play them, as naturally, he was a baby – or he simply didn’t exist yet. Undeterred, Brendan started a blog called Retro Game On in 2011. This followed his exploits as he collected and played everything he could get his hands on no matter what the release date.  While RGO is mainly YouTube focused these days concentrating on video reviews and historical features, the itch to do some old fashion writing never went away. More recently, Brendan has been a staff writer for the gaming website, GameCloud, mostly focusing on the indie gaming scene in his locale of Perth, Australia.

Bill Lange – Bill is a software engineer. He designs and developments cloud based software solutions. He resides in NJ with his wife Lucy and their dog Yoda. In his spare time, he likes to tinker with game programming, 8-bit computers and the classic arcade machines of his youth.

 

 

Johnny Nieves – Johnny was born in the early 90s but raised by a family that wasn’t over the 80s. Some of his earliest memories involve learning Super Mario Bros. secrets from his parents and losing miserably at Street Fighter II against his older brother. Being a little too young to have enjoyed the peak of retro gaming in the late 70s and 80s, he likes to bring his own perspective into the community. He is the founder of the Retro Dustbin blog and podcast where he and his friends share their opinions of classic games and what’s “new in retro.” Alongside his love for gaming, he is something of a comic book geek and collects vinyl records. Some call him a hipster, to which he adamantly denies while sipping craft beer.

Artists

Thor Thorvaldson, Jr. – Thor is one of those lucky fellows who turned his childhood obsession into a paying job, transforming his love for Pac-Man, Donkey Kong and Dig Dug into a semi-career of creating art for Nintendo Force Magazine, RETRO Magazine, Little Player Magazine and Hardcore Gaming 101. He has also worked with Bryan Belcher’s Mega Man-athon, Brett Weiss, David Craddock and John Szczepaniak, and numerous Nerdcore Hip-Hop musicians, including Mega Ran, Mikal kHill, DJ Cutman, Beefy, Sulfur and Tribe One.

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