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Paul Lanois

Paul is a global privacy, data protection and information security professional and is an attorney admitted to the Bars of the District of Columbia (DC-USA), New York (NY-USA) and the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS). He regularly publishes articles on technology law and is frequently invited to speak on such topics. He has spoken at numerous conferences across the United States, Europe and Asia. He received the Association of Corporate Counsel’s “Top 10 30-Somethings” 2018 award and was named a “Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Trailblazer” by the National Law Journal and an “Innovative Corporate Counsel” by Law 360. He was also recognized as a leading lawyer in The Legal 500’s GC Powerlist.
He has been recognized as a Fellow of Information Privacy (FIP) by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) and is a Certified Information Privacy Professional, with concentrations in Asian law (CIPP/A), US law (CIPP/US), European law (CIPP/E) and Canadian law (CIPP/C). He is also a Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM) and a Certified Information Privacy Technologist (CIPT). He was an Associate Professor at the University of Cergy-Pontoise in France and an attorney at major international law firms (Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, Allen & Overy and Linklaters). He graduated from the University of Paris-Sorbonne (France) with a Master’s degree in Business Law and a postgraduate degree in Private and Public Economic Law. He also holds an LL.M. degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School (USA) and a Certificate in Business and Public Policy from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

8 Bit Steve

8-Bit Steve has been an absolute maniac for the NES since he first set eyes on it in 1986. Steve started making content and competing in the NES space in 2011 with no end in sight. Steve was one of the hosts of the very successful 8-Bit & Retro Podcast that ran for 3 years, has published 5 books in the video game strategy category, and is a staff writer for Steve has completed over 300 NES games on his journey to beat them all and has tallied over 100 NES world records in speed running and high score along the way. In September of 2023 8-Bit Steve became Twin Galaxies all time Expert Skill Index leader for the NES console becoming only the second player in Twin Galaxies history to hold this title

In 2024 Steve will be releasing the long awaited book “Nintendo Hard” that ranks every US licensed NES game by difficulty. The book features over 50 guest writers that provide expert analysis or testimony. These guest writers include world record holders, former Nintendo employees, game developers, authors, convention owners, journalists, website owners, and many more. Steve is also debuting two new flagship books in 2024. The first is Steve’s “The Definitive” Series and will focus on a specific genre on a specific console. The book defines the genre on the console and takes a much more expansive and deeper dive than other books do into each game. The first book in this series will be “The Definitive Book of SNES RPGs” which will be released in two volumes. The second book series will be “Giant Book of”. The Giant Book of series is all about featuring a topic in video games and including every possible thing there is to know about it in one book. The first book will be “Giant book of NES Horror” that is set to release in quarter four of 2024. You can find out more about Steve at

Tristan Ibarra


Brett DJ Arch Angel Strasser

Editorial Board

Ryan BurgerRyan is the publisher of Old School Gamer Magazine and started it with his kids to further his enjoyment of gaming and make a truely family business.  His first computer was a TI-99/4a, first game console an Intellivision (Sears Version), and first arcade game Gauntlet.  He is a full time Business/Computers teacher and has run Old School Gamer since 2017 from his home in the small town of Grimes Iowa just outside of Des Moines.  He, his wife Becky live with and a shrinking percentage of 5 kids who are going out on their own.  Several of which are involved in the magazine.




Bill Donohue – Bill is a friend to those who need no friends; an enemy to those who have no enemies. He created The Cleansing, along with all of its bizarre characters: Gazuga, The Unholy Three, the Undead Lizard Warriors, Skullbats, and the Mortar Shell Catchers. He once caused hundreds of gamers to put pieces of cheese into their mail. Along with his band, The Rockin’ Chair!, he composed the ultimate Super Bomberman 2 anthem – “No Boot” (now available on and other fine streaming sites). His dog, Domino, is fond of practical jokes and frozen cow femurs. He is very capable with pistols, rifles and shotguns. Above all, he is a river to his people!


Brian Szarek – Brian has worked as an Editor for OSGM since issue 3. He is an avid gamer of arcade classics as well as both vintage and current home consoles. During his time getting reacquainted with vintage gaming over the past five years or so, he has been an active member of the online gaming community. He also has a passion for preserving and restoring vintage consoles and games. When not busy editing and contributing pieces for OSGM, he also enjoys collecting vintage Beatles vinyl records as well as spendng time with his wife and two beautiful children in the suburbs of Cincinnati, OH.




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