PRGE Speakers and Special Guests

Speakers & Special Guests

Atari 2600 Programmer Panel
Howard Scott Warshaw, Rob Zydbel, Bob Smith, Tod Frye conduct the Atari 2600 programmmer panel at PRGE.

PRGE is proud to host over 50 hours of panel programming at the 2017 expo. We are bringing in speakers from all over the country including notable figures from the early days of the gaming industry as well as current celebrities.

Speakers and panels at PRGE will take place in auditoriums just outside the main show hall. Please visit our panel schedule for times and locations.

Panel descriptions can be viewed here »


Thor Aackerlund

Thor Aackerlund

In 1990, Thor Aackerlund took the first place prize in the Nintendo World Championships (NWC). The NWC is a video game competition series, organized by Nintendo of America, and touring twenty-nine cities across the United States and culmnating with a World Finals event in Hollywood, California.

Although he enjoyed some minor fame following his win, he largely fell out of the public eye until he surfaced in the 2011 documentary film, Ecstacy of Order: The Tetris Masters. The film follows the lives of several gamers from around the country as they prepare to compete in the 2010 Classic Tetris World Championship held in Los Angeles, California - a tournament that now takes place annually at the Portland Retro Gaming Expo!


Chris Bidwell

Chris "BSG4000" Bidwell

25 years after making the semi-finals in the 1990 Nintendo World Championships in Cincinnati, Chris realized his boyhood dream and earned a spot as a finalist in the 2015 Nintendo World Championships by winning the NWC '15 qualifying event in Chicago.

The Ohio native is a proud father, an avid video game collector with over 5,300 games and 20+ years in the hobby, a host of Now You're Playing with Podcast, and is the founder of the Columbus Retro League, a league for off-beat, casual-competitive retro console gaming.


Kinsey Burke

Kinsey Burke

Kinsey is an avid collector who hails from Seattle, WA. She hosts a YouTube channel spotlighting video games and craft beer, and is also a regular contributor on Metal Jesus Rocks.


John Champeau

John Champeau

John Champeau is an Atari 2600 homebrew author from Connecticut. His company, Champ Games, has released several well-received arcade ports, including Lady Bug and Scramble. Champ Games (aka CHAMProgramming) previously developed several ports of classic arcade games for the PC back in the 90's.


Frank Cifaldi

Frank Cifaldi

Frank Cifaldi is Head of Restoration at Digital Eclipse and one of gaming's leading researchers and historians.

His past credentials include being senior editor at 1UP.com, editorial director and community manager for Turner Broadcasting's GameTap games-on-demand service, and a contributing author to publications that include Edge, Wired, Nintendo Official Magazine UK and GamesIndustry.biz, among others.


Pat the NES Punk

Pat "The NES Punk" Contri

Pat Contri is a video game player, collector, and historian known for his web shows Pat the NES Punk, Flea Market Madness, and The Completely Unnecessary Podcast. He is the author of Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the NES Library, runs thepunkeffect.com, and conducts the live annual NES Charity Marathon benefiting children's hospitals. In his spare time he enjoys eating numerous nachos, and hanging out with an old Jersey hippie named Frank.


David Crane

David Crane

Crane started his programming career at Atari, making games for the 2600. Crane left Atari in 1979 and co-founded Activision, along with Alan Miller, Jim Levy, Bob Whitehead, and Larry Kaplan. At Activision, he was best known as the designer of Pitfall!. Pitfall! was a huge hit, and maintained the top slot on the Billboard charts for 64 weeks and was named video game of the year in 1982. In 1986, Crane left Activision to co-found Absolute Entertainment with Garry Kitchen. With Absolute, he was known for Amazing Tennis and A Boy and His Blob: Trouble on Blobolonia, a successful NES title following the adventures of the protagonist and his companion, a shape-shifting blob.


Warren Davis

Warren Davis

Warren Davis is an American actor and video game programmer. He is best known for inventing the arcade classic Q*bert. His other video arcade credits include Joust 2, Lotto Fun, Exterminator, Terminator 2, and Revolution X, which featured Aerosmith; as well as Us. Vs. Them, a laserdisc game.

Davis developed the video digitization system that was used in Williams/Midway video games from the late 1980s thru mid-90's. This allowed images of live actors videotaped in front of a blue-screen to be placed in games. Games which used this technology include Narc, the Mortal Kombat series, the NBA Jam series, Terminator 2, Revolution X, and others.


Joe DeCuir

Joe DeCuir

Joe Decuir was one of the original engineers at Atari, who helped design, build, and produce the Atari 2600. He also wrote the game Video Olympics, a Pong collection that launched with the system. He later went on to help develop the Amiga, and the USB architecture.


Joey DeSena

Joey "Roo" DeSena

Once described as the "Alton Brown of video games" - his greatest compliment - Joey "Roo" DeSena co-founded the geek-centric website, clanofthegraywolf.com, in 2009. His flagship series, "16-Bit Gems", brings to light underappreciated classics from the 16-bit era of video gaming. While his other main series, "The Way Games Work", explains video game technology to the layman (with equal parts Bill Nye & G4).


Dan & Terry Diebold

Terry Diebold

The game collecting community lost it when Terry and Dan Diebold found the only known prototype "Nintendo Playstation" console packed away in a box of junk Terry had bought in an auction for $75.

Terry is bringing this one-of-a-kind piece of video game history to PRGE. The Nintendo Playstation will be set up for viewing by the public in our video game museum.


Marc Ericksen

Marc Ericksen

Marc is a long time, well known, and still active San Francisco Illustrator who has created illustrations used Nationally and Internationally across a broad spectrum of applications from technical cutaways for Intel and Varian, to book covers for Zebra Press and Ballantine Publishing to packaging art for everyone from Hidden Valley, to Del Monte and Clorox and illustrations for teams like the San Francisco 49ers, Giants, and The San Jose Sharks.

For 20 years, from 1982 through 2002, he also created box art for almost 100 beloved videogames, from Broderbund's original Choplifter, to Tengen's Tetris. He is responsible for such iconic covers as Data East's Bad Dudes, and Heavy Barrel, to SNK's P.O.W. and Guerrilla War. He did art for Sega Genesis, Atari (Galaga), Maxis, Tengen, 360 Pacific, Strategic Simulations, Avalon Hill, Tronix, Activision, Lucas Arts, Koei, HesWare, Data Age, Hudson Software, Infogrames, Electronic Arts, Data East, Broderbund, and of course, Capcom, and the controversial MegaMan2. Marc also created the original premiere cover art for volume 1 of GamePro Magazine, and 5 subsequent covers, as well as cover art for PC Games Magazine, and point of purchase art for games like Activision's Pitfall.

His work can be seen at marcericksen.com and retrogameart.com.


Ian Ferguson

Ian Ferguson

By day, Ian Ferguson is a mild-mannered game store clerk, but by night he is one-half of the popular Completely Unnecessary Podcast along with Pat "The NES Punk" Contri.


Nina Freeman

Nina Freeman

Nina Freeman is a level designer at Fullbright in Portland, Oregon. They recently released their latest narrative exploration game, Tacoma. Previous games that Nina worked on include Independent Games Festival (IGF) nominee how do you Do It? and IGF Nuovo winner Cibele. You can find her work at ninasays.so, and you can follow her on Twitter at @hentaiphd.


Ed Fries

Ed Fries

Ed Fries (pronounced "freeze") is the former vice president of game publishing at Microsoft during much of the Xbox's lifecycle.

Fries fell in love with games while playing early arcade games like Frogger. He has both parents who are engineers, and he sees in his love for games something similar to his father's love for airplanes while working at Boeing. As a teen he programmed clones of popular arcade games on the Atari 800, and a publisher found him and offered him the chance to have his games published.

In 2010, Fries created and released a version of Halo for the vintage Atari 2600 Video Computer System.

Most recently, Ed has been restoring vintage arcade games including a rare yellow single-player Computer Space and Atari's prototype, Color Gotcha. In Ed's panel at PRGE he will recount his adventures bringing these iconic games back to life.


Tod Frye

Tod Frye

Tod Frye is a computer programmer once employed by Atari, and is most notable for being charged with the home adaptation of Pac-Man for the Atari 2600 video computer system. Other games designed by Tod include LCD Breakout Atari handheld, Asteroids for Atari 400/800, and the Swordquest series (Earthworld, Fireworld, Waterworld, and the uncompleted Airworld). Unreleased titles include Save Mary and Shooting Arcade and Xevious for the Atari 2600.


Gamester81

Gamester81

John "Gamester81" Lester operates the game review site, Gamester81.com and is one fourth of the popular All Gen Gamers podcast. Gamester resides in the Phoenix, AZ area. In early 2014, John released a homebrew called Gamester81: The Video Game on the Colecovision platform. He is also the co-creator of the Game On Expo in Mesa, Arizona.


The Gaming Historian

The Gaming Historian

Norman "The Gaming Historian" Caruso operates the Gaming Historian YouTube channel which he started in 2008 to create entertaining and educational videos on the history of video games.


Josh Hamblin

Josh Hamblin

Josh Hamblin is the owner of online game store, The Place 4 Gamers. At PRGE he will be moderating a panel exploring the inside scoop on owning a retail video game business. Josh doesn't shy away from the controversy around the "reselling" of classic video games and will cover topics including game values, engaging positively with collectors and understanding the marketplace. Forget everything you though you knew about "filthy resellers". He has a ton of useful information for collectors to help them build their collections as quickly and economically as possible.


John Hancock

John Hancock

"The Immortal" John Hancock is a mega-collector known for his comprehensive game collection and his comprehensive knowledge of all things video game. He is also the founder of the Cowlitz Gamers for Kids charity game expo in Kelso, Washington which has raised tens of thousands of dollars for local children's charities. John has his own YouTube channel where he releases several videos per week and he is a regular contributor on the Metal Jesus Rocks channel.


Ben Heckendorn

Ben Heckendorn

Better known as "Ben Heck" on the Interwebs, Ben Heckendorn is an American console modder and star of element14's The Ben Heck Show, a popular online TV program celebrating maker culture. A typical episode has Ben creating a new product or hacking existing devices, such as an Xbox, for different uses, sometimes based on viewers' suggestions. Learn more about Ben Heckendorn at his website, BenHeck.com


Jason Heine

Jason Heine

Jason is the head of Heine House Entertainment, a company that develops custom audio innovations and works on other creative projects. He's a musician and sound designer who produces a wide range of entertainment, from video game audio to original musical scores and soundtracks. Jason travels the convention scene to speak about retro video games, and to perform live video game drum cover songs. He's also known for his popular "Thrift Store Hopping" video series on YouTube and is co-host and producer of the pioneering video game podcast "All Gen Gamers." Jason is also a co-founder of Game On Expo in Arizona.


Rebecca Heineman

Rebecca Heineman

Rebecca Heineman is a long-time veteran of the computer game industry. She was a founding member of Interplay Productions, Logicware, Contraband Entertainment and has also been affiliated at various times with Barking Lizards Technologies, Electronic Arts, Bloomberg, Microsoft, MacPlay and Ubisoft. In the mid-1980s, Heineman programmed the cult classic graphic adventure games Tass Times in Tonetown and The Bard's Tale III: Thief of Fate. Heineman also programmed the Macintosh, Super Nintendo and Apple IIGS ports of Another World, as well as some other lesser-known games, such as Mindshadow, Borrowed Time, Battle Chess, and The Tracer Sanction.

Hood's Hellions

Hoods Hellions 405th Infantry Halo Cosplayers

Hood's Hellions are the Portland's own group of Halo cosplayers. They will be helping to keep the peace at PRGE and making sure the Covenant doesn't spoil the fun. Watch for spontaneous Spartan dance parties.

Steve Hendricks

Steve Hendricks

Steve Hendricks started with Atari in 1977 and worked in the Coin-Op group, working for George Opperman. There he designed entire game cabinet graphics for memorable games like Asteroids. He then moved into the Consumer group where he created cartridge box illustrations for games like Golf, Checkers, Steeple Chase, Night Driver, Haunted Mansion, Othello, Defender, Pole Position, and Warlords to name a few. His last year with Atari was in the Advanced Products group, (one of three such groups at the time), where he designed on a unique retail product demo cabinet for 2600 games.

After Atari, Steve spend several years as a freelance illustrator creating video game illustrations for Activision, as well as illustrations for Warner Video, Bantam Books, Coors Brewing and Teledyne Semiconductor. He then moved on to Worlds of Wonder (WOW) where he became the assistant creative director, overseeing toy and plush package design, packaging illustration and Toy Fair show graphics. Laser Tag and Teddy Ruxpin were two of the most memorable products to come from WOW. Later Steve joined Sega where, as Assistant Creative Director, he oversaw all the creative for packaging, trade shows and licensed products.

Steve is currently the Creative Director at FineLine Graphics & Design, Inc.


Jennell Jaquays

Jennell Jaquays

Jennell Jaquays is a game designer and artist of table-top role-playing games (RPGs) and video games. Some of her works include the Dungeons & Dragons modules "Dark Tower" and "Caverns of Thracia" for Judges Guild; development and design of conversions on games such as Pac-Man and Donkey Kong for Coleco's home arcade video game system; and more recent design work for various video games, including the Age of Empires series, Quake 2, and Quake III Arena. The most renowned of her many works as a fantasy artist is the cover illustration for TSR's Dragon Mountain game.

Anna Kerr

Anna Kerr

Anna Kerr joins PRGE from Seattle, Washington where she hosts the Circuits and Coffee YouTube channel, entertaining her audience with thoughts and puns on games, tech, travel and lifestyle. Additionally, she is a regular guest host on the Metal Jesus Rocks channel.


The Completionist

Jirard "The Completionist" Khalil

The Completionist is a weekly YouTube web series created by Jirard Khalil and Greg Wilmot. Nearly every week, Jirard chooses one game and completes every possible in-game task, 100%, in three to four days. In each episode, Jirard sequentially discusses several aspects of the spotlight game, hitting the story, presentation, gameplay, the final level, and the overall difficulty involved in 100% completion. All episodes end with a general score as to whether or not the game is worth 100% completing, ranging from "Complete it," "Finish it," "Play it," "Look at it," or "Donate it" (Formerly "Burn it").


The Unipiper

Brian "The Unipiper" Kidd

Brian Kidd rolls two unusual hobbies into one character. As the Unipiper, Kidd rides a unicycle while playing the bagpipes. He performs in a variety of costumes - most notably Darth Vader, Link, and Gandalf - while performing character-appropriate tunes on the pipes.

Brian will performing some videogame themed one-wheel piping for our PRGE attendees. Look for him throughout the show hall all weekend long!


Garry Kitchen

Garry Kitchen

From 1981-1995, Garry was an industry leader in the development of home video games, generating over $300 million in retail sales. His 2600 adaptation of the hit Nintendo arcade game Donkey Kong, published by Coleco, was one of the top selling games on the Atari platform, selling over 4 million units. In 1983, Kitchen followed up the success of Donkey Kong with his hit title Keystone Kapers, published by Activision and a nominee for Video Game of the Year.


Chris Kohler

Chris Kohler

Chris Kohler is a gaming journalist, game collector, and author of Power-Up: How Japanese Video Games Gave the World an Extra Life. Chris has become recognized for his Retro Gaming Roadshow panel where he discusses and appraises rare video game memoribilia along with collector Steve Lin at game expos across the country including PAX Prime, PAX East and the Seattle Retro Gaming Expo.

Tim Lapetino

Tim Lapetino

Tim Lapetino is a writer, creative director and author of the 2016 book, Art of Atari. His award-winning design and branding work has been published in more than a dozen books and magazines. He co-authored the design inspiration book Damn Good: Top Designers Discuss Their All-Time Favorite Projects and has written for HOW magazine, Geek Monthly, RETRO magazine, and others. He is the founder and Executive Director of the Museum of Video Game Art (MOVA), and is dedicated to chronicling the intersection of design and pop culture.


Kelsey Lewin

Kelsey Lewin

Kelsey Lewin is a small-business owner from Seattle, Washington. When she's not living the dream as co-owner of Seattle's famous Pink Gorilla vidoe game store, she is a frequent guest on the Metal Jesus Rocks YouTube channel and a co-host of the Game Blitz Podcast. You can also catch Kelsey on her own YouTube channel, Kelsey Lewin Gaming.


Metal Jesus Rocks

Jason "Metal Jesus Rocks" Lindsey

The Metal Jesus is a long-haired rocker dude who runs a popular YouTube channel dedicated to Retro Gaming with a Heavy Metal soundtrack. With the help of the Seattle gaming community he covers Hidden Gems, Buying Guides as well as the popular I HATE U series, Gamer Eats and much more. He was also an employee at mega publisher Sierra On-Line in the 90s and he brings his love of big box PC gaming to his channel as well. New videos released every Tues & Friday!


Nathan Martin

Nathan Martin

In addition to being one of the original creators of Seattle gaming expos (even before PRGE!), Nathan is the host of Seattle's popular Question Block Trivia Night.


Robin Mihara

Robin Mihara

In 1990 Nintendo traveled across the United States promoting their Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) through a series of video game competitions, culminating in the Nintendo World Championships (NWC). Robin Mihara was the third place winner of the 1990 NWC. More recently he was the subject of documentary film Ecstacy of Order: The Tetris Masters.


Ron Milner

Ron Milner

Ron is President of Applied Design Laboratories, but from 1973-1984, as an employee of Atari Inc, he worked at the Grass Valley Think Tank (also known as Cyan Engineering). Ron was involved in many pivotal technologies in video games and home computers and was co-inventor of the Atari 2600 video game system.


David Murray

David Murray

David Murray is the creator of The 8-Bit Guy channel, a computer video series focusing mainly on retro technology from the 80's, 90's and 2000's. He makes educational content about retro technology and some of his most popular videos include detailed mini-documentaries on 8-bit computer graphics and sound.


Darrin Peloquin

Darrin Peloquin

Darrin Peloquin is the writer/director of the 2017 documentary, The Bits of Yesterday. This panoptic documentary on the niche culture of the retro video game collector follows gaming enthusiasts and fans as they relive their childhood memories, make new ones and champion to keep an antiquated media format alive.


Retronauts

Retronauts

The original classic gaming podcast, Retronauts, continues its endless quest to explore the history of video games, one game at a time. Join Jeremy Parish, Bob Mackey, Ryan Peyton and James Clinton Howell as they team up to chronicle the creations that have paved the way for today's hits. From forgotten black-and-white arcade machines to modern-day remakes, Retronauts spans more than four decades of vintage gaming greatness!


Peanut Butter Gamer

Peanut Butter Gamer

PeanutButterGamer (PBG), whose real name is Austin Hargrave, rocks the YouTube channel PeanutButterGamer. He makes video game reviews and top 10 videos. Probably most known for his Legend of Zelda videos during Normalboot's Zelda month, he also has a Let's play channel called PBGGameplay where he does walkthroughs and hardcore gameplays with the other members of Normalboots.com.


John Riggs

John Riggs

John is a master at modifying NES game ROMs to do new and interesting things. You can learn more about what he does on his YouTube channel, RIGG'd Games.


Ed Rotberg

Ed Rotberg

Ed was a key member of Atari's coin-op division, back when the staples of action gaming were introduced with each new Atari arcade game: "Missile Command," "Asteroids," "Centipede," "Tempest"; the list goes on. During his first stint at Atari in the late 1970s and early 1980s, Ed was the primary force behind the 3-D tank game, "Battlezone." He worked for Atari Games again a few years later, having a guiding hand in "Blasteroids" (a 1987 update to "Asteroids"), "S.T.U.N. Runner," and, with Ed Logg, "Steel Talons."

During most of the years between tours of duty at Atari, 1981-1986, Ed was Vice President of Software at Sente, Atari founder Nolan Bushnell's new coin-op company. Later, he worked for Apple Computer and 3DO.


Bob Smith

Bob Smith

Bob is a 20-year veteran game programmer and one of the founders of Imagic. In addition to Imagic, he has worked for Atari and Accolade writing such noteworthy games as Video Pinball and Star Wars for the Atari 2600. His best known work is probably 1982's Dragonfire, although he also wrote Riddle of the Sphinx. He continued working on games through the 1980s and 1990s for a variety of companies.


Pamela Smith

Pamela Smith

Pamela Smith worked for Atari in the Promotion Design department for Consumer Electronics from 1982 - 1984. She designed the holiday packaging for the 5200 game console, and the retail point-of-purchase and sales support materials for the Ms. Pac Man, DigDug, Pengo and Phoenix games. She worked with the team that designed and produced the 1983 sales catalogs, including the 2600 and 5200 video game consoles and the entire line up of games.

Pamela has worked as a graphic designer for over 30 years. Her previous employers include Landor Associates, Maxtor Corporation and Medtronic Inc. She has consulted for Apple Computer, Borland International, Brocade, Hewlett-Packard, and VMWare. Her work has received awards from Communication Arts, The Art Directors Club of New York, Creativity Magazine and POPAI.


Darrell Spice Jr.

Darrell Spice Jr.

Darrell Spice, Jr. has been programming since being introduced to the Commodore PET in 1980. He's been involved in the Atari community since porting Stella: A Multi-Platform Atari 2600 VCS Emulator to OS/2 in 1996. Since then he's written a number of homebrews for the Atari 2600, including tournament favorite Medieval Mayhem. His latest, Draconian, will be released this year at PRGE.


SpaceHamster

SpaceHamster

Jeff, a.k.a. SpaceHamster operates a popular YouTube channel where he does Top Tens, Commentary and Video Game Review-ish videos.


Switch

Switch

Jeff "Switch" Sorensen provides the soundtrack for the Portland Retro Gaming Expo. As our loyal house DJ, he provides just the right atmosphere for a 90,000 square foot hall filled with classic gaming goodness, which is no small task. Switch also operates the Radio Free Nerdcore podcast that covers video gaming culture among other topics.

Chris Tang

Chris Tang

Chris grew up as a competitive gamer, succeeding with many high-profile victories including Nintendo and Sega World Championships - a side effect of which helped him to fulfill his dream of becoming a creator in the game industry. Contributing to top franchises such as "Street Fighter", "Marvel Vs. Capcom", "Transformers", "Primal Rage" and "Tetris", he's done everything from game design, game play implementation and story writing, to voice directing and voice acting. In 2016, Chris became a member of the U.S. National Video Game Team, and was voted to be inducted into the International Video Game Hall of Fame in Ottumwa, Iowa the following year.

Chris has been the finals announcer of the Classic Tetris World Championships since 2010, and is the voice behind the recent "BOOM! Tetris for Jeff!" meme. He is also the co-creator and design lead of the tentatively titled "Flight Armor Project: STRIKE HARBINGER", a spiritual successor to classic sci fi action-RPGs and rail shooters. The game is currently on demo tour before its release on PC, console and in arcades next year - check it out in the Retrocade area, and at www.strikeharbinger.com.


Chris Trimiew

Chris Trimiew

A lifelong collector, Chris started his career in gaming at Working Designs working on games such as Vanguard Bandits and the Arc The Lad Collection. He went on to work as a reviewer for Silicon Mag before founding Lost Classics which he currently owns and operates.


Howard Scott Warshaw

Howard Scott Warshaw

Howard Scott Warshaw, MA, ME, LMFT was the sole designer and programmer of one of the greatest flops in video gaming. He will discuss all the behind the scenes machinations and shenanigans which led to turning one of the most coveted licenses in video game history into a dynasty crushing disaster and ultimately the sub-flooring of the New Mexico desert. He will also discuss his experience carrying the moniker "maker of the worst game ever" for three decades. It's a tale of hubris, triumph, blind ambition and in the end... resiliency.

Artist, technologist, creator and healer, Howard Scott Warshaw is first and foremost a communicator. His career accomplishments include video game pioneer, MoMA artist, award winning film producer, celebrated software developer, author and columnist. Howard enlists this eclectic skill set to serve others as a psychotherapist in California's Silicon Valley, where he specializes in the issues of hi-tech leaders and the super-intelligent. Check out his blog at hswarshaw.com.


Watch Out For Fireballs

Watch Out For Fireballs!

Watch Out for Fireballs! is a retro games club podcast curated by Gary Butterfield and Kole Ross. They ran a successful Kickstarter to fund their live broadcast at PRGE in 2013. How cool is that?


Brett Weiss

Brett Weiss

Longtime gamer and full-time freelance writer Brett Weiss is the author of more than 1,500 published articles. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including Game Informer, Gameroom Magazine, Classic Gamer Magazine, RETRO Magazine, the Pingame Journal, Video Game Collector, Video Game Trader, AntiqueWeek, Fangoria, Filmfax, The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, The Miami Herald, The Sacramento Bee and The Charlotte Observer, among many others. His annual spring, fall, summer and holiday video game gift guides are enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of readers.

He's also the author of eight books, including the "Classic Home Video Games" series and The 100 Greatest Console Video Games: 1977-1987. Weiss recently contributed to Pat "The NES Punk" Contri's Ultimate NES book, and he's a co-host of the ColecoVisions Podcast. His book covering the Super Nintendo will be out next year. You can learn more about Brett on his web site, BrettWeissWords.com.


Reggie Williams

Reggie Williams

"Radical" Reggie Williams is a beloved video game enthusiast, collecter and frequent guest on the Metal Jesus Rocks YouTube channel. You can check out his new YouTube channel here.


Albert Yarusso

Albert Yarusso

Albert Yarusso owns and runs AtariAge.com, one of the busiest destinations for classic gaming on the web. AtariAge is a central hub for new homebrew development on a variety of classic gaming consoles and computers and has been publishing new games in physical form for the Atari 2600, 5200, 7800, and other systems for classic gaming enthusiasts since 2001.

Albert got his start in computing on an Atari 800XL at a young age, where he taught himself BASIC and 6502 Assembly, releasing his first commercial product ("Robowars II") at the age of 14. He would later go on to work as a professional game developer for Looking Glass Technologies and Ion Storm, and was a key member of the team that released the award-winning Deus Ex game for the PC and later Playstation 2.


Rob Zydbel

Rob Zdybel

Rob Zdybel has been a developer of console games since the early days of Atari where he made games for both the 2600 and the Atari 800 computer. He made several games under the Atari and Sega labels before moving on to work for 3DO. During his days at 3DO, Rob has worked on one tank game after another, first for the Nintendo 64 console and more recently for the Playstation 2.