Games Team

Jeff Wong

Editor

Email: jeff.wong@theaustraliatimes.com.au

My earliest video-game memories were playing Tekken 2, Crash Bandicoot, and Total Annihilation with my father when I was but a wee child. From then, my passion for video-games only grew greater, and more insatiable. I found myself dipping my toes in almost every genre of video-game - from 4-player RTS games to the odd horror-survival here and there. Thanks to a shared passion in the family, I was fortunate enough to have access to several consoles to really explore the depths and intricacies of the video-game spectrum. These days, I still find myself playing between four to five different games a week, ranging from casual MMO's, to survival-crafts, to RTS'. But usually every night my friends and I round up a rag-tag crew of misfits to endure a nightly session of Dota 2 (2200+ hours strong). I love to talk about the mechanics and subtle nuances of video-games, and I'm pretty goshdang excited to be writing articles for a game magazine.

Kelly Sargent

Contributor

Email: kelly.sargent@theaustraliatimes.com.au

Kelly Sargent has a Journalism degree from Monash University with a major in International Studies. Kelly is a keen traveller and worked as a travel writer for Discover Australia before exploring South America for 8 months. With a keen interest in media, Kelly worked for a couple of years with Australian Associated Press (AAP) and now puts all her efforts into new digital media with The Australia Times.

Duran Mojcec Boskovic

Contributor

Email: duran.mojcecboskovic@theaustraliatimes.com.au

Duran Is a gamer, music junkie, writer, and occasional amatuer photographer. He took a path with more than a few turns to get to where he is now, starting his tertiary education in game development then switching to business, then film and then finally journalism, he's had an opportunity to sample a bit from a wide pool of different things. Video games has been his primary hobby (obsession his parents would say) though it all although he's begun to develop a keen interest for the culture surrounding the things he loves. It's this interest that made the Australia Times a perfect match for this new journalist still flexing his journalistic muscles.

Dean Gerst

Contributor

Email: dean.gerst@theaustraliatimes.com.au

Moved to Melbourne from Queensland 2 years ago to chase the city life. I'm open to all genres of music expect anything that sounds hipster shite. I enjoy playing games in my spare time and exploring the city with my brother who I finally convinced to leave the laid back coastal life.

Josiah Roche

Contributor

Email: josiah.roche@theaustraliatimes.com.au

Playing video games for a solid 17 years, Josiah is a qualified journalist and has been writing for The Australia Times Games Magazine for the past year. Josiah is currently the Founder and CEO of a new Video Games Publisher called GSR (Game Shark Reviews).

Marcus Rockstrom

Contributor

Email: marcus.rockstrom@theaustraliatimes.com.au

Marcus has been in love with stories and narratives since reading an ancient copy of The Hobbit at age 5, so much so that he did an entire degree on studying them. While he love books and films, video games have long been a large part of this (let's face it) obsession with storytelling. Having spent more time than is likely healthy immersing himself in their massive worlds and tales, the only thing he's spent as much time on is talking about them endlessly with anyone who will listen.

Daniel King

Contributor

Email: daniel.king@theaustraliatimes.com.au

Daniels interest in video games began when he was six, serving as a method of connecting to his four older brothers. Hes laid his hands on every console he can find and approaches all games with enthusiasm whether its squashing Goombas or solving puzzles; hes the first to jump on board. In 2010 Daniel realised he could combine his interests in games and writing by becoming an entertainment journalist. Daniels articles aim to entertain, to steer you towards genres you may have previously avoided, and to remind us all of the incredible, cooperative and competitive community we find when playing.

Kris Godwin

Contributor

Email: kris.godwin@theaustraliatimes.com.au

Kris has been gaming his entire life; starting with the majesty that was Super Mario Bros. for NES. Since then, he's held a burning passion for anything Nintendo – with his favourite gaming series being the timeless Legend of Zelda. Of course, he also enjoy the offerings of all gaming companies, with a particularly fanatical obsession over Metal Gear Solid and the works of Fumito Ueda.When not gaming, he is passionate about animal welfare, writing, and diving into the crazy world of the paranormal and ancient history.He graduated with a BA Honours, specialising in gaming theory and the postmodern aspects of Nintendo. He is also the author of the Tarinn Fables series of novels.

Benjamin White

Contributor

Email: benjamin.white@theaustraliatimes.com.au

I have always been a generation behind when it came to gaming. While my friends played Playstation 2 and Xbox, I was playing RTS games on my parents computer. While everyone was playing the latest Call of Duty on the PS3 or Xbox 360, I was playing game on my PS2. It was always just a fun casual experience for me, right up till my teenage years. I discovered a little FPS game from the 90s called Doom. Little 11 years old Ben was hooked. That is where my gaming obsession begun, over the next few years after I brought my PS3, I found myself playing so many different games such as, Assassins Creed, Tomb Raider, Uncharted, Mass Effect just to name a few. I discovered that not only are video games a great, fun way to pass the time, but also they have so much potential as a storytelling medium. And after doing a course in media and Journalism, I discovered a passion for writing and also production. I also love making and editing videos, and if I could combine these passions with games And with plenty of Magazines, TV shows and online videos and blogs out there focused on Video Games. Combining my passions for media and games together would be my dream career for the future.

Nathan Franklin

Contributor

Email: nathan.franklin@theaustraliatimes.com.au

Nathan is an English guy and global citizen. He is pretty confident that most countries disagree with that latter part. When he is not writing, he enjoys playing videogames, watching movies of most genres, reading literature and listening to music. Although seemingly charming and carefree on the outside, on the inside, Nathan is actually living in a permanent state of existential conflict but somehow, he will make it. He will always keep writing though, since it is essentially part of him.

Clare Belshaw

Contributor

Email: clare.belshaw@theaustraliatimes.com.au

My name is Clare Belshaw, I'm 25 and I've been a gamer for most of my life, spending endless hours on my dad's PC playing Age of Empires, then promptly getting frustrated when every kingdom ganged up against me, forcing me to spawn a bunch of big daddies to sort out the problem. I've sunk more hours than I would care to admit playing Minecraft and Planetside 2 (Because jetpack), andI have a Bachelor in Ancient History. Currently I'm working towards becoming a novelist because I have an allergic reaction to the idea of being financially successful. Aside from video games I love comic books, movies and trashy genre television.

Samuel Borgert

Contributor

Email: samuel.borgert@theaustraliatimes.com.au

1/2 Hit105 Radio show,1/3 YouTube group,1 full time Journalism student,A pinch of child care work,1 cup of flour,Mix together & bake for 40 minutes at 180 degrees.

Ashton Peck

Contributor

Email: ashton.peck@theaustraliatimes.com.au

I am a recent graduate from RMIT University with a Bachelor of Arts (Creative Writing), specialising in screenwriting. My passion for writing comes from my love of film. I have written and directed short films and co-wrote the feature film 'Wolf' (2014). I contribute scripts to the YouTube channel Planet Dolan and in my spare time write music and take photos.