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Colony of GamersThe greatest gaming news & community site in the known universe. CoG's mission is to provide a home for gamers, a place where they can get the latest news, learn about the hottest games, find a group to play them with. We believe gaming is the ultimate social activity.
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Founders & Editorial Board
Michael "Doctor Finger" Chauvet - Editor-in-Chief (contact info)
Michael's gaming memories go all the way back to the Atari 2600 and the Commodore Vic-20. In the years since he's played just about every type of game on nearly every platform. His first entry to the industry came via several years working in a GameStop, an experience which gave him a lot of insight into the retail side of the business. He began game writing for Evil Avatar before founding Colony of Gamers, along the way freelancing for 1UP, Gamespot & Bleeding Cool and being quoted about the industry in Reuters, USA Today and the LA Times. His primary gaming interests include shooters, turn-based strategy, role playing games and just about everything multiplayer.
Michael has began as the Senior News Editor of Colony of Gamers before moving up to Editor-in-Chief. He currently lives and works in New York City.
Andrew "TrackZero" Hodder - Senior Features Editor Emeritus
Andrew lives and works in Toronto doing a number of IT Ninja related tasks. He has been gaming since he was four years old on his Commodore VIC-20, with his father manually typing out every game to run since there was no storage on the system. Followed shortly thereafter with his introduction to consoles from his cousins hand me down Vectrex system. As the years went by, he played on numerous consoles and computer builds as well as spending a small fortune at the arcade with every quarter he could find. Most of his gaming youth was spent playing through Sierra adventure games, RPGs and any sidescroller he could get his hands on.
Through the years he found himself outpacing any local gamers he encountered. However with the magic of the internet, competitive gaming once again took its hold. His self-proclaimed best match was beating Thresh in Quake mere days after he had won John Carmacks Ferrari. He also held the XBLA Peggle top score for stage 1-1 for two months. He also likes boasting about things like that.
In addition to video games, Andrew studies the classic geek hobbies of movies, PnP RPGs and comics. Followed by a love for road hockey and documentaries. He also hates quoting famous people.
Scott "Psykoboy2" Benton - In-Game Chat Host/Senior Field Correspondent
Clayton "Voodoo" Cannon - Immortal Machines Producer
After watching news piece after news piece in late 2007 state that PC Gaming was on the verge of total collapse, Clayton decided it was time to start a site dedicated to PC Gaming without Fear, Uncertainty or Doubt. Immortal Machines originally launched as a features & news site with an accompanying podcast, but it was soon discovered that we enjoyed playing and talking about PC Games a lot more than writing about them. In early 2009, the site was relaunched as a podcast-only PC Gaming site along with an entirely new cast of characters. That cast frequently changes as PC Gamers of differing interests join us for different recordings. Clayton now acts as producer for the show.
Nicholas "BAPenguin" Puelo - Community Relations
Owner, creator, and mad scientist of Co-Optimus, Nick spends every spare minute devoted to gaming. Nick help's CoG out with community relations, tips, and posts The Weekly Release.
Nick's resume includes over 7 years of gaming coverage experience, including leadership roles at many prominent gaming outlets. He has created numerous websites to feed his insatiable appetite for world domination, of which, is coming along nicely.
John "Ten19" Sampson - Technical Wizard
John has been playing, thinking about, playing, trying to make and playing games for a very long time. Among other weird and proud moments, he's made DOOM .wads, turned the Quake engine into a synth, did voice work for the very first Warcraft 3 custom campaign and managed music for Rainwave. He's currently trying his best to make games when not being distracted by playing them.
Mike "pheriannath" Katsufrakis - Design God
James "fitbabits" Young - Editor Emeritus
Loren "AgtFox" Halek - Editor Emeritus
James "Lekon" Barry - Features Editor (Contact info)
James has been playing video games since he was three years old, when some of his first steps took him towards an Atari 800. It's been a wild love affair since then, and he's had many happy memories of the arcades, the consoles, and the various PC's that have shown him virtual worlds and grand stories since then.
Currently, his primary gaming interests are turn based strategies, RPGs, anything with a co-op element, and almost any of the remarkable indie games that keep showing up in his inbox. The current indie scene has amazing echos of the original "garage programmer" feel of the Atari days, and he hopes to keep covering as many indie studios as he can.
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