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From its humble beginnings in the early days of online video game coverage more than a decade ago, Shacknews has grown to become one of the leading gaming sites on the internet. Shacknews covers games across every major platform with news and in-depth previews and interviews, and is home to a large community of dedicated gamers.

Shacknews also offers high-speed downloads of demos, patches, movies, as well as thousands of screenshots and streaming videos. Shacknews reaches millions of gamers every month with the work of a small but dedicated full-time staff.

History

Shacknews was founded as sCary's Quakeholio in 1996 as a website dedicated to id Software's then-upcoming Quake. Over the years, the website evolved and its coverage expanded. The site was later renamed Shugashack before eventually coming to be known as Shacknews.

Shacknews Staff

Keep up with us via Twitter and check out the games we play each week in What Are You Playing?

Name:
Garnett Lee
Title:
Editorial Director
Primary Gaming Platforms:
ALL!
Favorite Genres:
RPGs-particularly story-based, RTS, action-adventure, racing, NFL and FIFA, shooters
Twitter:
@garnettlee

Gaming is fun. That’s really about what you need to know. There are lots of ways we have fun with games and Garnett draws on his lengthy experience and broad gaming taste to find the right lens through which to see the editorial vision for GameFly Media. The sites reflect his enthusiasm for games and commitment to community participation. He created and hosts the Shacknews Daily video show and Weekend Confirmed podcast.

Name:
John Keefer
Title:
Managing Editor
Years in the Industry:
Enough
Primary Gaming Platforms:
PC
Favorite Genres:
RPG, RTS, MMO
Twitter:
@keefinator

John runs the day-to-day zoo that is Shacknews. He’s the resident old guy, and his first gaming console was the original Pong. He grew up in arcades and started writing about games during his 19-year tenure at three Florida newspapers. He started in the industry running GameSpy as Managing Editor and was a frequent visitor to Shacknews when it was still Shuga Shack run by sCary.

Name:
Andrew Yoon
Title:
Senior Writer
Twitter:
@scxzor

Andrew started working in the games industry back in 2004, working on the marketing for The X-Files: Resist or Serve. Thankfully, he got a chance to work on some better games, before switching sides to journalism. He became Lead Editor for PSP and PS3 Fanboy, and often co-hosted the PS Nation podcast. Eventually, Andrew became East Coast Editor for Joystiq before leaving for sunny California. He currently serves as Senior Editor at Shacknews.

Name:
Steve Watts
Title:
Staff Writer
Primary Gaming Platforms:
Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
Favorite Genres:
Action/Adventure, RPG, Shooter, Puzzle
Twitter:
@SporkyReeve

Steve is mostly an aging console gamer with a soft spot for the classics. He feels the “new-fangled ones” are making great strides in storytelling, though, and that’s worth applauding.

Name:
Alice O’Connor
Title:
Warm-up act
Primary Gaming Platforms:
PC
Favorite Genres:
Good games
Twitter:
@asponge

Alice was a mere Shacknews community character account until they mistakenly offered her a job in an unlikely mix-up.

Name:
“Indie” Jeff Mattas
Title:
Staff Writer
Primary Gaming Platforms:
PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
Favorite Genres:
RPG, Shooter, Platformer, Puzzle, Adventure, and all things Independent
Twitter:
@JeffMattas

Jeff is always on the lookout for the best indie games, because he strongly believes that the most significant and surprising artistic innovations in gaming are born when the authors have complete creative control.

Name:
Ozzie Mejia
Title:
Staff Writer
Primary Gaming Platforms:
Xbox 360, PS3, PC
Favorite Genres:
Action, Puzzle
Twitter:
@Ozz_Mejia

Ozzie has been a proud gamer since he picked up his first controller at the age of 6. He is an avid Cherry Coke enthusiast.

Name:
Tyler J. Smith
Title:
Intern, handling videos and database entry
Primary Gaming Platforms:
PC, Xbox 360
Favorite Genres:
RTS, RPG
Twitter:
@tylerjamessmith

Tyler has been Shacking since 1999, and he currently lives in an area of Pittsburgh, PA, where a fast Internet connection is of mythical origin.



Top Games

  1. Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord
  2. Resistance 3
  3. Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII
  4. MX vs. ATV Supercross
  5. Space Pirates and Zombies 2
  6. Hearts of Iron IV
  7. Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn
  8. Grand Theft Auto V
  9. DayZ
  10. Batman: Arkham Knight

Most Anticipated

  1. Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord
  2. MX vs. ATV Supercross
  3. Space Pirates and Zombies 2
  4. Hearts of Iron IV
  5. DayZ
  6. Batman: Arkham Knight
  7. Survarium
  8. Kerbal Space Program
  9. Dragon Age: Inquisition
  10. R.B.I. Baseball 14

Top Rentals

  1. Grand Theft Auto V
  2. Beyond: Two Souls
  3. Batman: Arkham Origins
  4. Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
  5. Call of Duty: Ghosts
  6. Battlefield 4
  7. NBA 2K14
  8. Diablo III
  9. Madden NFL 25
  10. The Last of Us