Video games had humble beginnings, as anyone playing Pong in a dimly-lit bar in the 1970s can tell you. From those roots, gaming has grown to be perhaps the dominant form of artistic and cultural expression in the 21st century. It’s a field where technology blends seamlessly with creativity, where art competes with the demands of commerce, and where massive, world-spanning cutting-edge games can stand side-by-side with small independent creative visions. Unfortunately, through these changes, writing about games hasn’t seemed to progress.
That’s where we come in.
At Game Rant, we believe that gaming deserves writing that matches its creativity and vitality. We don’t just share the same headlines that everyone else does. We strive to provide in-depth content you won’t find anywhere else. We don’t just tell you what we think: we generate discussion with our in-depth, expert-driven content.
- Reviews. We don’t just tell you if a game is awesome. We want you to understand the experience playing it, as well as the story behind the game. Game reviews can and should be just as mature and in-depth as the best film criticism, and that’s what we go for.
- Original insight. An industry that changes as quickly and decisively as gaming needs to be understood by those most affected. We let you understand where the field is, and where it is going. From technological advances to business shakeups, we keep you up-to-date on what matters most.
- Informed Analysis: Our writers are gamers, programmers, and industry insiders. Everything we write comes from that crucial intersection of knowledge and fandom, giving you a broader insight than you’ll find anywhere else.
- Thoughtful discussions. Our opinions aren’t the last word- they’re just the beginning. We we want to generate interesting, fun, troll-free discussions of games and gaming.
We’re passionate experts. We love gaming, and we want to share that passion with you, and hope to create a space where you can share your thoughts. We love the history of games, and can’t wait to see where they go next. We’re excited to bring our brand of thoughtful and informed opinions with them.
Rob Keyes (Editor-in-Chief)
Robert Keyes started writing for Screen Rant in 2008 as its only Canadian writer. He was offered a writing position at Screen Rant based on his participation on the site as a long-time commenter and story-submitter and quickly became an Editor before co-creating and launching its sister site as the Editor-in-Chief of GameRant.com.
Rob is 27 years old with a Masters Degree in Economics, but spends his efforts pursuing his entertainment passions as a gamer and an avid viewer of all kinds of film and television. He doesn’t sleep and when not on the computer, he’s playing sports or helping on the family horse farm.
When it comes to games, Rob is the world’s best 1-on-1 Tie Interceptor pilot (X-Wing Alliance), broke LucasArts dev records in Rogue Squadron and is a one-man army in Battlefield 3 (PC) and MechWarrior Online (PC). He’s a big proponent of co-operative play and developers/publishers supporting the modding community.
Follow Rob on Twitter @rob_keyes.
Andrew Dyce (Features Editor)
Andrew Dyce was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada with a NES controller in one hand and a GameBoy in the other. As the years have progressed, his tastes have turned to other next-gen consoles. Superficially an Xbox-fanboy, don’t expect any heated attacks on the PlayStation 3, as he won’t hesitate to rattle of the numerous reasons that games like Heavy Rain and Tony Hawk: Pro Skater changed the modern world.
Andrew’s favorite games run through all genres, from shooters like Halo and CounterStrike to RPGs like Mass Effect, Dragon Age: Origins, and Fable 2. The masterpieces of his youth are not forgotten, as the multiplayer components of GoldenEye and Forsaken on the N64 will simply never be matched. Andrew can also be found most nights sending a few dozen e-mails to Warner Bros. demanding a San Francisco Rush reboot.
When Andrew isn’t playing video games or writing about them, he enjoys reading, watching TV and movies, and embracing his Canadian culture by taking in at least 3 hockey games a week. Most nights are spent neck-deep in some NHL 11 action, when not working towards an Honors Degree in English at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg. When your two greatest passions are writing and gaming, there’s no better place than Game Rant.
Follow Andrew on Twitter @andrew_dyce
Anthony Taormina (Editor)
Anthony is Game Rant’s lead writer and host of the upcoming Game Rant podcast. Raised on everything pop culture, Anthony has been deeply involved in all facets of the entertainment industry since birth. After graduating from San Diego State University with a degree in Film Production, Anthony took to the world of video games by joining the Game Rant writing staff.
An owner of every console since Atari, Anthony is willing to try any video game, good or bad, but prefers the ones that involve a deep and involving story. With the Ocarina of Time gladly sitting as his favorite game of all time, Anthony is a sucker for any game that has players wielding a fabled sword, but can still appreciate everything from a solid sports title to a game with a deep multiplayer experience.
By eventually combining his love of video games with his skills in film, Anthony hopes to bring some unique content to Game Rant in the future.
Follow Anthony on Twitter @ANTaormina
Ben Kendrick (Editor)
Ben Kendrick is a graduate of the New School’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program, with an emphasis in fiction. Currently, Ben is nearing completion of his novel: How I Saw Myself on America’s Most Wanted and serves as the co-editor of the literary magazine LIT.
In his professional life Ben is a college English professor in Brooklyn and is already the author of a theological curriculum based on the ABC television show Lost, as well as numerous columns in various publications.
Ben has been an avid gamer ever since he received his first console, an NES he discovered, and subsequently set-up, after snooping through his parent’s closet a week prior to Christmas. He is especially interested in games that successfully advance the player’s ability to interact with narrative and characters in a meaningful way.
Please visit his website if for no other reason than to get a better sense of the conditions under which he was conceived.
Follow Ben on Twitter @iambenkendrick
Riley Little (Ast. Editor)
Riley Little is Game Rant’s weekend editor, also helping manage Game Rant’s social media wing. He was born in Huntsville, Ontario, Canada and landed a gig with Game Rant along with Ryan and John, by running into Rob Keyes at Comic-Con and on the flights back to Canada. After keeping in touch and sharing some common interests (i.e. video games) Rob offered Riley and the trio a chance to write articles for the site.
Riley’s best memories of video games come from the SNES with Donkey Kong, but games really took his personal interest with the arrival of N64. Smash Bros., Mario Kart, and Mario 64 revolutionized gaming for Riley and he instantly fell in love. The best game series of all time in his opinion… SUPER SMASH BROS. No, it’s not perfect but the nostalgia puts it over for him.
Aside from gaming, Riley loves fishing and plays hockey (yes, very Canadian I know). He is a Toronto Maple Leaf fan, but most of the time he wishes he weren’t. Riley recently returned from shooting a Bruce Lee travelogue for Northern River Productions, a project which details all the locations Bruce Lee shot his movies in, very cool stuff.
Yes, you may click the image to enlarge and see this awesomeness that is this Ninja Turtles cover starring Riley.
Follow Riley on Twitter @TheRileyLittle
John Jacques (Contributor)
John Jacques was born in Bracebridge, Ontario and ran into Rob Keyes while nerdin’ it up at the San Diego Comic-Con. He was was later invited to join Game Rant’s team as a writer along with hometown friend Riley Little.
John’s favorite games include the original Mario Kart, Perfect Dark, Fallout, Half-Life 2, Counter-Strike and Gears of War. Having worked in a Cyber Cafe and then in an Electronics Department, he pretty much makes sure his life revolves around games – seems to be a pretty good theme so far.
When John isn’t being an nerd (every now and then), he’s a football (read: soccer) fanatic and worships Manchester United and Toronto FC, even though one of those clubs isn’t quite as successful as the other (it’s the Toronto Curse). Also, by far his favorite band is JOURNEY – and he damn well encourages you to play some right now as you read this!
Follow John J on Twitter @makelevi