Shane Bond has been an avid gamer for 24 years. He first found his love for gaming watching his dad play Super Mario Bros. on the original Nintendo when he was five. His first console given to him was a Sega Genesis when he turned seven and played an inordinate amount of hours on Sonic II. Since then Shane has played or owned nearly every console since, including some PC gaming. Shane graduated from California State University of East Bay in 2012 with a degree in journalism and wrote for various publications afterwards as a city government reporter. Outside of writing and video games, Shane has been training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for four years. Shane also watches more anime than he should.
Geron is a freelance journalist currently holed up in the middle of Alaska. He is in love with gaming both for its potential as a medium in the modern world and its simpler role as an endlessly entertaining past time. When he isn’t gaming or writing about games, he can usually be found singing loudly to his children or complaining about the cold.
Keisuke “Kei” Isobe
Huge video game, comic book, and anime fan. Spends way too much time watching things he doesn’t like. Hates Zack Snyder. Mains Falco.
Jack is unsure why he’s a contributor to The Punished Backlog, as compared to the rest of the team his qualifications in the gaming department are considerably lacking. But fun passion projects are right up his alley (he has his own podcast too!), and he is excited to bring a unique, albeit sarcastic voice to the site. You can follow him on twitter @JackLinnehan where he mostly tweets about sports, Survivor, and generally lots of jokes.
Peter “PJ” Manning
PJ has been gaming for the better part of 15 years. His first console was the iconic, purple Gamecube with a copy of The Wind Waker he often revisits. His love of Nintendo persists to this day. In addition to unapologetically defending his Wii U, his current arsenal consists of a PS4, Vita, and 3DS. While studying English at Boston College, his roommate introduced him to the wonderful world of speedrunning, a community PJ now actively follows.
PJ is an avid Zelda player and complete trash at any competitive shooter. He is okay at Smash 4 and looking to Platinum Persona 5. Sunshine>Galaxy>SM64.
Samuel “Sam” Martinelli
Sam has been playing video games since his earliest years and has been writing about them for the last year and a half. He’s a big fan of Nintendo games and complaining about Bioshock Infinite. You probably think his opinions are bad and you only click on his articles to hate-read them.
A lifelong New Yorker, Sam views gaming as far more than a silly little pastime, and hopes though critical analysis and in-depth reviews to convince others of games’ artistic merit.
Genesis has been playing games since she was introduced to them in the second grade. She’s now almost done with high school, and hopes to gain a degree in literally anything. Genesis has no idea what she’s going to end up doing, but she enjoys journalism immensely. She writes for her school’s newspaper and enjoys gaming, and now here she is. You can find her either petting her cat, getting stuck in the Deku Tree, or just falling asleep.
David is the creator and editor of The Punished Backlog. A recent Penn graduate, David enjoys gaming and writing. Now, he’s combining his passions and doing both at the same time, all from the comfort of his French apartment!
Follow him on Twitter at @David_Silbert to keep up to date with all things The Punished Backlog.
Augustine is our resident Blizzard and PC gaming expert. When he’s not playing World of Warcraft, Overwatch or League of Legends, he’s probably playing some random steam game that looks interesting or is replaying Final Fantasy 8, the best one, for the 100th time.Follow us on social media!