Gaming Trend is an entirely independent wholly-owned website run by volunteers – this site is run by gamers, for gamers. Focused heavily on console and PC gaming, Gaming Trend covers gaming industry news, announcements, release dates, previews, and much more. In addition to the PC and console market, Gaming Trend covers handheld console platforms, board games, casual titles, as well as Smartphone gaming.
Meet the Management Team:
Ron Burke, Executive Director and Editor-In-Chief
Ron Burke is the Director, creator, and owner of Gaming Trend. Hailing from Phoenix Arizona, Ron is the Manager of Internet Operations for a nationwide Internet Service Provider. With a Bachelors Degree in Computer Science and a minor in International Business, Ron has focused his professional life on Network Engineering, and more recently management.
Ron is what you’d call a hardcore old-school gamer. He’s owned every major console since the Colecovision, as well as a Commodore 16, a VIC 20, a Commodore 64, an Amiga 500, and so on. Ron is a RPG player, enjoying most Japanese and Western RPGs. The RPG that started him on this path was Ultima. Joining the Prodigy Internet Service entirely so he could join the Ultima Dragons (Knightshade Dragon -=UDIC=-), Ron is an avid collector of all things Ultima. Working with Origin, he was the first Counselor in Ultima Online, and then later the first Seer. As a reviewer, Ron has authored over 1000 previews and reviews, as well as interviewing some of the luminaries of this industry including Richard Garriott, Hironobu Sakaguchi, Mike Laidlaw, Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk, Peter Molyneux, and many more. Building Gaming Trend into what you see today has been a labor of love shouldered by many people. Their contributions are too numerous to even begin to catalog.
In his hobbies beyond gaming, Ron practices Martial Arts. Ron has a 3rd Dan in Moo Duk Kwan Tang Soo Do, a 3rd Dan in Matsumura Seito Shorin Ryu, a 1st Dan in Taegeuk Taekwondo, a 1st Dan in American Taekwondo, a brown belt in Kempo and Jiujitsu, and has just recently begun to dabble in Wing Chung Kung Fu. He also enjoys drumming and is an avid fan of Rock Band where he plays on his modified ION Rocker. In addition, Ron occasional composes music though he’s not prone to sharing his work.
Ron Burke is married to Laura Burke. They’ve recently celebrated their 15th wedding anniversary. Laura contributes to Gaming Trend by reviewing some of kids games that we receive. Ron is also a 6 year Veteran of the United States Air Force where he served as a Combat Controller under the 819th and 823rd RED HORSE Squadron. After being injured in the line of duty, Ron began work in the Communications Squadron until his honorable discharge in 1999.
Mike Dunn, Executive Producer and Managing Editor
Michael Dunn, a User Experience Designer that lives and works in Austin, TX, has been a part of several high-profile online initiatives in several capacities for clients such as HP, Waste Management, Reliant Energy, HBO, Sony Pictures, and Mattel. A little over ten years ago, Mike gave up on his dreams of being a moderately unsuccessful comic artist and animator slash waiter and decided to help build the internet instead; a decision that has led him through the trenches of web design and programming to a passion for user experience and common sense methodologies for interactive media. Having previously worked with a variety of Houston-based agencies, including Six Foot Studios and FKM, he is currently a senior member of the user interface team at HomeAway, Inc, the world’s largest online network of vacation rental websites.
Mike’s gaming experience extends back to the coin-op/atari 2600 days, but his first real ‘console’ was a Commodore 64. His wife, Aimi, and three children- Griffin, Oriana, and Zephyr- graciously put up with this obsession of his. Of course, without Gaming Trend, Mike might never have a proper excuse to play video games for extended periods of time…
David Roberts, Managing Editor, Gaming Trend.com
David has been gaming since his dad made the bad decision of bringing home an NES to a four year old kid. Ever since, he’s had his face glued to one TV screen or another, mashing away at buttons on a keyboard, gamepad or handheld. Never one to turn down a new experience, he loves all sorts of games and genres, and will play just about anything as long as it tries something different. His favorite games challenge conventions, and he loves that he can still be surprised after playing games for almost twenty-five years. Playing everything from the latest AAA blockbuster, to the smallest indie game, to even casual free-to-play iOS games — and everything in between — he believes that excellent gameplay can come from even the unlikeliest of subjects. There’s a story behind every game, and he wants to find them.
When he’s not frantically typing emails, he’s studying English at ASU. He also enjoys watching films, listening to music, and DJing in his spare time. He currently resides in Phoenix, AZ with his girlfriend and daughter, but his heart lives in Seattle.
Keith Schleicher, Managing Editor, TableTopThrowdown.com (coming soon!)
While not working as a Database Administrator, Keith Schleicher has been associated with Gaming Trend since 2003. While his love of video games started with the Telestar Alpha (a pong console with four different games), he trule started playing video games when he received the ill-fated TI-99/4A. While the Speech Synthesizer seemed to be the height of gaming, eventually a 286 AT computer running at 8/12 Hz and a CGA monitor would be his outlet for a while. Eventually he’d graduate to 386, 486, Pentium, and Athlon systems, building some of those systems while doing some hardware reviews and attending Comdex. With the release of the Dreamcast that started his conversion to the console world. Since then he has acquired an NES, SNES, PS2, PS3, PSP, GBA-SP, DS, Xbox, Xbox 360, Gamecube, and Wii. While not playing video games he enjoys bowling, reading, playing board games, listening to music, and watching movies and TV. He originally hails from Wisconsin but is now living in Michigan with his wife and son.
Victor Grunn, Lead Reviews Editor, GamingTrend.com
Victor Grunn has been a gamer since the days of single-button joysticks and the Atari 800XL. When not lamenting the loss of the Ultima series or setting people on fire in Team Fortress 2, he’s an aspiring indie game developer and freelance writer.
Breanna Goodman, Lead Features Editor, GamingTrend.com
Stefan Alexander, Editor, GamingTrend.com
Stefan started gaming the day his dad brought home a shiny, brand new commodore 64. He’s been hooked ever since. Whether he’s leveling up his ninja in Final Fantasy Tactics, cruising the streets of San Andreas or working on his Terran build order, videogames are never far from his mind. He is currently on the lookout for an appropriate 12 step program to address his electronic addiction.
Lucious Barnes, Editor, GamingTrend.com
I’ve been a huge fan and critic of games and movies ever since I had a voice to speak about them. I love power and influence of great storytelling, interactive and otherwise, and now want to be more than just a consumer. My biggest strength in this regard? Almost every time, I’m fair all the time.
Matt Buckley, Editor, GamingTrend.com
Matt has a love for video games that has existed since he could comfortably grasp a joystick and play Combat on the family Atari 2600. While fond memories of SNES and shareware PC games still dance in his head, he is dedicated to enjoying as much of modern gaming as possible on all platforms. Matt has served as a game critic for several publications since 2009. When not playing games and writing reviews, Matt is an Ethernet network engineer for an international bandwidth provider. He is a musician through schooling, as well as a recording engineer, and he remains active composing and recording music. Matt also is a Crossfitter and an avid fan of MMA and hockey (go Flyers!).
Atlas Burke, Editor, GamingTrend.com
Named after a Greek titan, a book of maps, or his Great-Grandfather, Atlas grew up near Detroit. After studying Cell Biology at the University of Michigan and spending a year looking into microscopes, Atlas decided to volunteer–playing video games. hobbies run from gaming to music (voice, bass, guitar) to rugby. Atlas is a strong supporter of indie and low-cost gaming, an area he thinks is underserved by the media.
Spencer Campbell, Editor, GamingTrend.com
Spencer graduated from UNC Asheville with a degree in New Media in 2013. He’s been playing games his entire life, and has a real passion for game criticism and news. Always in a gaming mindset, you can find him snatching up cartridges and discs wherever he can to add to his collection.
Jacob Czarnecki, Editor, GamingTrend.com
As you might have guessed, Jacob Czarnecki is a person who is very enthusiastic about video games. He has been an avid gamer since he was in the first or second grade, and his first console was a PlayStation, which ended up frying in an outlet and bellowing smoke.That later created a reason to get a PlayStation 2, which introduced him to FPS games (Star Wars Battlefront being his first). Growing up, Jacob’s family lived in multiple countries because his father was in the military. He lived in Germany, South Korea, North Carolina, Arizona, and has traveled so much that he once uttered, “Do we HAVE to go to Venice again?”. He is now located is in his place of birth: Arizona. Jacob has multiple wants in his life: to make it into an elite branch of the military, to reach an enlightened state of mind, and to serve a purpose that benefits others and not just himself. That doesn’t mean that he isn’t a fan of fun. Jacob likes to shred on his electric guitar when he can, likes to go on hikes but he likes camping even more, and absolutely loves handling firearms at the shooting range. He is one of the biggest Star Wars and Halo fans that you will find and just loves everybody (unless you give him a very good reason not to). Was it mentioned that Heavy Metal is this guy’s favorite music genre? If not, it just was. Jacob has no idea what he wants to study in College, but he knows for certain that he’s going. He still has to reach the pinnacle of his life, and he’ll do anything he can to make it there in the best way possible.
Josh Devlin, Editor, GamingTrend.com
Josh blew down the Walls of Jericho. He was a saint from the old testament that fought as a brave warrior for God. A man’s man. Built like a brick house; he had the strength of ten men, could run faster than a deer, and hit harder than a battering ram. Excuse me, one second… Um, it seems there has been some sort of a mix up. The man I was just describing is, in fact, not our Josh. Our Josh is a nerd who plays video games. He has never hit anything. His first foray into gaming was with Sesame Street ABC on the NES, but he fell out of gaming for many years because it was not allowed in his house. In 2005, he bought an Xbox 360 just to play Halo 2, and it was all downhill from there. Josh has been writing for Gaming Trend since September 2013 as a news reporter and occasionally a features writer. He lives in South Florida, working as a pool guy, and hopes to turn writing about video games into a career. Josh’s biggest hobbies and passions include; watching ungodly amounts of anime, buying too many video games that he doesn’t have enough time to play, and playing basketball with little to no skill at all. He also loves marshmallow Peeps and singing 50′s Motown hits in the shower.
Sean Lama, Editor, GamingTrend.com
I’ve been playing video games since the beginning of (my) time and writing about video games for over a decade. I’m an “experience” guy – don’t give me convoluted mechanics, give me something I can dim the lights to and vibe on.
George Loftus, Editor, GamingTrend.com
Jay Malone, Editor, GamingTrend.com
Avid video game lover who enjoys Tennessee Vol athletics more than one man should. I also listen to hip-hop whenever possible. I’m an odd fellow. Currently attending the great University of Tennessee.
Travis Northup, Editor, GamingTrend.com
You know that jerk online that relentlessly trash talks you after every kill? That guy was probably Travis “Tie Guy” Northup. Competitive, snarky, and constantly wearing a tie–he’s like the Barney Stinson of nerdy stuff. He has been writing his opinions about electronic media since he was a teenager, and is pretty much the only person to hold his opinions in high regard. When he isn’t busy heckling video games, he is working as sales manager for a technology media conglomerate or partaking in various comedic pursuits.
Justin Pauls, Editor, GamingTrend.com
Born and raised in Winnipeg, Canada, at a young age I was forced to decide whether the harsh northern winters were going to claim my fingers, or to turn to the safer pursuits of indoor activities. Little did I know that a little game called Ninja Gaiden would bring my digits more pain than frostbite ever could. Starting with Vectrex and C64 games and moving forward through the era of electronic entertainment, I sampled as much as I could in the different platforms, and began my interest in PC gaming from wrestling with DOS memory management. While console games were a part of my earliest gaming memories and I certainly had played on most platforms including 3D0, all things Nintendo, PS1 and the like, truly the PC was my domain until the Xbox. As an old PC gamer, I ever chased the cutting edge technology. Eye of the beholder with CGA 4 colors was my first step down the the path of blowing thousands of dollars on PC upgrades over two decades. Ultima 7, with the Guardian talking to me through my monitor, still haunts my dreams and keeps me ever hoping for a decent Ultima 8 and 9. From the 3DFX SLI VooDoo2s and Aureal to today’s GPU driven DirectX games, the new and shiny pictures seem to keep me going. My PC gaming has slowed down with the market shift though, and although I have choice games that will ever be on PC, I have found myself in console gaming with a bit of portable gaming in my life. Back around the turn of the millenium (and long before fatherhood), I had fired off an email offering to help Ron with a little-known site called ConsoleGold. Little did I know it would be be a part of my life to this day. While I’ve seen my fair share of shovelware (thanks Ron!), I manage to try and find the fun in most games. Leaning towards sandbox and action titles, I’ve grown to love games for their potential to reach art. Console agnostic and excited for the progress of tomorrow, I fancy the latest and greatest, but still enjoy the good old classics … as long as they’ve been revamped from their 8bit graphic roots.
Tom Peeters, Editor, GamingTrend.com
Tom has been gaming ever since he could walk. As soon as he got his hands on an NES, his childhood revolved around the adventures of Mario and Link. Later on, he switched to Playstation, but eventually became a PC fanboy, and to this day it still remains his platform of choice. Tom studies law at Ghent University, Belgium and next to video games, his hobbies are a variety of martial arts, playing rugby and once in a while he also does a CrossFit workout.
Patrick Rost, Editor, GamingTrend.com
My name is Patrick Rost, and I am a young graduate from The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, the #1 liberal arts university in the state of Oklahoma. I’ve been playing sports games since the days of Joe Montana Sports Talk Football on the Sega Genesis, and my loyalty to the genre as stretched over as many years. Aside from sports titles, I also find myself magnetically drawn to cheesy RPGs that fulfill my need to grind for levels for hours on end. Please contact me if you’d like to ask a question, or of course, discuss the game Phantom Brave for 30 straight hours.
Sam Vary, Editor, GamingTrend.com
Sam is an aspiring novelist who spends his days handling tech support for a Manhattan-based website called streeteasy.com. Despite living in Brooklyn and being a white twenty-something who likes to think he’s got some sort of creative talent, he hopes to avoid being pigeon-holed, because we are all beautiful snowflakes. He has come to Gaming Trend with the intent of improving his writing by way of a deep and abiding love for PC gaming, but hopes to let consoles into his life just as soon as his pockets become a bit deeper. He and his wife can often be found wandering around Central Park, where they enjoy making fun of people who resemble their own dogs.