Nightmare Mode is a jack-of-all-trades video game site, written by gamers who aim to provide engaging, thoughtful material to you, our dear readers. We tend to write about things that we are very passionate about. Sometimes, this means the material will be loosely game-related. The underlying constant, however, is always an attempt to hold video games in a high regard, to write about them intelligently. There is no rigid structure: we write articles, critiques, news items, reviews, interviews, analysis and the occasional (and by that we mean often) bullshit.
The only two ‘rules’ are: (1) we write assuming that you are part of the literate side of the internet and (2) we write assuming that a game is far more than the sum of its graphics, sound, gameplay, “fun factor” (what does that mean anyways?), replay value and any other bunkum Hocus Pocus mainstream gaming sites use to lend their descriptions a scientific aspect.
Patricia Hernandez: Editor and co-founder of Nightmare Mode who leads a bevy of projects in the same way TaeYeon probably leads SNSD. Oh, video games? Patricia plays those. She likes to shoot other people, especially if it feels crunchy. And role playing games, because she gets a little too “engaged” with character interactions (this song, and this person, will always make her ache). She also makes games, too, it being part of her ‘major’ and all. Though writing about games seems to be more enjoyable, hence…this. Stubborn, intense and opinionated, it’s no surprise she practically lives on the internet. Favorite games, somewhat in order: Persona 4, Dragon Age Origins, Fallout 2, Gears of War 2, Mass Effect 2, Wind Waker, Metal Gear Solid, Tales of the Abyss, Heavy Rain and Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor . Further things of interest: Paula Deen, Cole Train/Balrog, and GIFs.
Tom Auxier: Editor/Co-Founder. He’s played games since he was a wee lad, starting with Sonic 2, where he couldn’t beat the first level. He’s come a long way since then. He is a lover of narrative who writes fiction, comics, and about games by day, fighting crime by night. His favorite games are: Chrono Trigger, Earthbound, Planescape: Torment, Super Mario World, Demon’s Souls, Half Life 2, Persona 3, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, Final Fantasy Tactics, and Heroes of Might and Magic 3. Other things he feels passionately about are the film The American Astronaut, indie rock, film noir, and the X-Men, whom he knows more about than you.
He can be found on twitter @TrueAxiom, where he dispenses pithy wisdom and retweets from funnier people. His email is email@example.com, which is where extremely wealthy people who want to fund his fantasy novel about a sentient, god-like ocean should contact. Or, you know, if you think he’s a cool guy.
Fernando Cordeiro: Senior Writer/Co-founder, worked here since time immemorial. Grumpy old consultant man, he isn’t actually in the gaming business. Likes Sergio Leone movies, beer brewing and long walks on the beach. Dislikes happy friendly people and olives. Loves Psychonauts and No More Heroes. Hates women with too much make-up and dates with shitty people. Loves the first two months after a job is lost. Detests loading times and the TV Cable company. Obsessed about solo synchronized swimming. Mesmerized by the word ‘chihuahua’. Maniac about typing naked. Traumatized by just everything else.
Stefan ‘Samurai’ Terry: writer/contributor. He is a strange being that has been called many things: a samurai, a tree spirit, a wizard, a ninja, even a cat, though exactly what he is has yet to be discovered. Can generally be found in the shadows or around corners, and plays games as much as he can get away with before being sucked back to the spirit world or the internet. Favorite games include but are not limited to: Legend of Zelda: The WInd Waker, Persona 3 and 4, Okami, the Pokemon main series-you know, the colored ones, Shadow of the Colossus, Golden Sun and The Lost Age, Monster Hunter, Monster Hunter, and, of course, Monster Hunter. He probably won’t speak to you if you see him in person, because he hates talking, but can be quite talkative through his long and silly email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grant French: writer/webmaster. Grant Lives for gaming. Some say he is addicted, but he wasnt always this way. He use to be clean and lead a productive life. He has won the award for “tyop kngi” 10 years in a row since the year 2000. He has travelled the world and lived in 20+ countries. While he was still clean he won an indusrty award for training jack-in-the-boxes for the under priviliged. Now that his life has degraded into a spiraling negative feed back loop he works in IT. The time not spent gaming is instead wisely spent on wiring and talking about gaming. Other than that he Webmasters a few sites on the side. Currently his hopes are set on his screen play about a divorce attorney from Georgia who nurses an amateur comedian who is a serial polygamist back to health after she accidentally hits him with her bike, being picked up.
Mark Wolsiefer Jr : writer/contributor. He is a happily married game designer/developer with a Bachelor’s of Science in Game Development. He likes to spend most of his time with his wife and dog. Unwinding with an engaging game or novel after a long day’s work is one of his favorite past times. He currently has an unannounced iPhone game in development and a manuscript in progress. Some of his favorite games are Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, BioShock, Knights of the Old Republic, Mass Effect series, Psychonauts, The Legend of Dragoon, the first three Spyro games, and the Ratchet and Clank series. He also suggests most people read The Mysterious Stranger and that the Darth Bane Trilogy is a better Sith lord story than Darth Vader’s.
curly haired boy: writer. He is a gamer searching for new immersive experiences. He’s a loyal Servant of the Newell, but tends to get bogged down in a deep game rather than working on his backlog. He’s an enthusiastic PC gamer, and you can find him on twitter at @curlyhairedboy, where his one-track mind is readily evident.
He also boycotts Ubisoft games.
Tim Bowman: contributor. Tim is a Windy City native who has been gaming for most of his life. The original Mortal Kombat warped his young mind, and Grand Theft Auto 3 taught him that life only gets serious when it gives you six stars. Now as a poor college student, he’s often forced to choose between buying a new game and basic life necessities. An inspiring game journalist, Tim often wonders what the hell the “Gamer’s Guide” actually is. He’s convinced that Conker’s Bad Fur Day on the N64 is the greatest game ever made. He’s pretty sure we’re all going to die from a nuclear holocaust too. When he’s not gaming, Tim enjoys listening to the soothing sounds of Motorhead, three hour naps, punching yuppies in the face, and devouring Chicago pizza.
Kevin Pennyfeather: contributor. New on the scene with a big dream, Kevin Pennyfeather is a young student currently trudging his way through highschool while doing what he’s loved for 15 years: playing video games! With a deeply rooted love for team-based shooter gameplay, and a healthy attraction to immersive role-playing and action adventure games, Kevin likes to take an objective view of what he’s playing while having a blast! He’s played the Trombone for 6 years and the Bass guitar for 2. Kevin– being a true Canadian– also loves to play-watch-LIVE hockey on the side.
Jake Davidson: contributor. Jake is a not-so ordinary high school student. He spends his time being dissapointed in the generation he’s been brought up in, as well as playing more games than is healthy/socially acceptable. Funnily enough he strongly dislikes the subject of English, but enjoys writing about his one true love. He plans on becoming a 3D animator for the video games industry, despite the shocking state of the higher education system in Not-So Jolly Olde England. His favourite games include: Red Dead Redemption, Fallout 3, Fallout: New Vegas and Bioshock (clearly an admiration for Art Deco). The literary work to which he attributes exactly how he feels about the world is Catch 22 by Joseph Heller. Another of Jake’s passions is writing about himself in the third-person.
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