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Modojo @ Shacknews: New Phone, Who Dis?

Modojo, your destination for all things mobile and handheld gaming, is evolving. It’s finally reached the point where you’ve force-fed it enough Rare Candies that a change is a-coming. No more pressing B to stop Robomo from reaching its final form this time as we barrel on toward a new beginning with the brand that started it all for us: Shacknews.

Brittany here, who you may already recognize from regular Shacknews games writing. I’ve been the Editor in Chief of Modojo for a few years now, and I’m thrilled about where it’s taken us. Along with some seriously talented staff members and our own Asif Khan’s guiding hand, we’ve shined brightly on our own, a bastion of mobile gaming goodness afloat in the sea of the internet.

But we want more, you see. We want to feel closer to our brethren at Shack. There’s a void we want to plug up for you, the people, and it’s a Modojo-shaped mobile hole that only we can fill. With that said, we’re bringing you Modojo @ Shacknews, your new hotspot for smartphones, handhelds, mobile devices, and any other wacky portable thing you can think of. If you want it, we’ve got it.

You’re going to be seeing a whole lot of Modojo at Shacknews, where the brand will live on. We can’t wait to show you what’s in store!

And now, without further ado, a statement from Asif to kick things off:

"We are officially merging Modojo's mobile gaming coverage into Shacknews today. Shackers' gaming tastes have evolved over the last twenty-one years to include mobile gaming. We acquired Modojo.com in 2015 and ran it as a separate site. Shacknews has grown our monthly active users rapidly in that time and it only makes sense to leverage our size to benefit all of Modojo's great mobile gaming guides and news coverage. Modojo is not going away, and we will preserve the site's history. We look forward to continuing to work alongside Brittany and Kevin to create awesome content, including mobile gameplay videos, for years to come!"

But wait! There's more. You may have noticed a particularly charming and talented author from Modojo who's been consistently delivering excellent news, guides, features, and reviews since his tenure at Modojo began in earnest last year. His name is Kevin Tucker, and we want you to get to know him a lot better as the year wears on. K-Tuck, as we call him, has written up an introduction to help bring you up to speed. In his own words:

"Greetings Shackers! My name is Kevin Tucker, and I've been working as Lead Editor for Shacknews' mobile-oriented sister site Modojo since last February. During my tenure there I was able to write about everything from smart new technology to reviews and guides for the latest mobile and handheld games, including penning around 70 stories regarding Pokémon Go, by far our most popular topic. Now that Modojo is being rolled into Shack, I've been given the opportunity to join the crew and make Modojo's signature blend of mobile-oriented herbs and spices available to you, the dedicated Shacknews reader.

A little background on myself: I'm a lifelong gamer with experience spanning most major platforms available since the late 1980s. Like many budding game enthusiasts, I cut my teeth on Nintendo's 8-bit NES and later moved up to the Super NES. I got my first PC in my preteen years, and quickly took up pursuits in BASIC, Pascal, and later HTML; before long, I was hopelessly addicted to Warcraft 2 and some obscure game called Quake. I eventually progressed to the likes of Unreal Tournament, Half-Life, TFC, and Counter-Strike before my interests shifted back to console gaming, namely with the Nintendo 64 and later the PlayStation.

I've always been fond of reading about games, and back in my early years, I thought writing about them was a sort of dream job. Once I hit college and realized I really didn't care for computer programming any more, I began to focus on my writing, and in 2007, I got my got my first freelance gig. I would eventually go on to earn my B.A. in Communication, and started down my path as a proper video games journalist in 2015.

I'm absolutely stoked to be part of the Shacknews team. As you guys well know, Shack plays host to some of the most talented and illustrious writers in the industry, and I hope to continue that standard of excellence by helping Shacknews continue to be the outlet of choice for discerning players across all walks of gaming, be it PC, console, mobile, handheld, or otherwise."

And there you have it. Welcome to Modojo @ Shacknews! It's going to be a wild ride. Buckle up. 

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