Power Up Gaming is a UK-based video games website, focused on delivering high-quality news articles, features, reviews, previews and opinion pieces that cover both current and retro gaming. Alongside mainstream games, we also pride ourselves on giving recognition to independent and mobile games and cover a broad range of titles on the site – be they developed by a one-man indie studio or one of the largest ‘triple-A’ companies.
Editor-in-ChiefChris Mawson is a journalism graduate, a self-confessed Sega fanboy and a lover of retro games. As well as being a keen news writer and editor, he also takes an interest in web development and is responsible for programming and maintaining the back-end of the site. While he claims to be a video games collector, he’s actually just a bit of a hoarder, having never traded in a single game he’s bought. He’s also incredibly nocturnal and despises mornings; it’s best not to approach him before 11am.Creative DirectorChris Needham’s earliest gaming memory was being sat in the back of the car when his parents asked if he’d prefer a Sega Mega Drive or Super Nintendo. Soon finding himself with a second-hand Sega, it’s still set up in the same room of the same house some 19 years later. From there, it was onto the Sony bandwagon where he’s been sat ever since, though he still owns the console stepping stones that led from that day to being an avid PS4 gamer.Managing EditorScott Russell is an all-round funny man. He may talk nonsense in a way that would make even Ted Cruz blush, but his heart is in the right place: surrounding, and also fully entrenched in video games. His favourite is Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, which has given him respect for old men and moustaches above all else. Scott edits reviews and previews, and thoroughly dislikes Americanisms in the English languages.Editor, FeaturesAdam Lloyd was raised by a pod of pygmy hippos on the outer rings of Saturn, until the morphine wore off and he was disappointed to realise that he lived in the north of England. Since then, he’s been trying to recapture that sense of escapism by playing video games. His first consoles were the NES and Mega Drive, and he has a love of retro gaming due to his crippling desire to hold onto the past. When he isn’t playing video games, he tries to be funny online via Twitter.Editor, Previews & ReviewsJamaal Ryan will forever be in a balancing crisis. As a licensed social worker in the state of New Jersey, Jamaal has a passion for working with the mentally ill. But the minute he steps out of his office, that completely changes. Jamaal doesn’t listen to music, he listens to video game podcasts. Jamaal doesn’t watch TV (don’t even ask him what Dr. Hoo is), he’s obsessed with catching up on the latest gaming news. Jamaal doesn’t bother with putting money towards replacing his socks and underwear that has holes in them, he puts himself into debt by buying video games. Jamaal is a proud owner of all branded gaming platforms. He has fond memories as a Nintendo fan, spends most of his gaming time on Xbox consoles, and adores his experiences on all Playstation platforms.Staff WriterAustin Flynn is a journalism graduate from the United States. Growing up with a Super Nintendo-obsessed older brother paved the way for his exposure to classics such as Super Mario RPG, NBA Jam, Secret of Mana and Mega Man X. As the school years went by, he realized he had to be much better with math and computers if he wanted to be a video game designer so he decided to develop his writing skills. It didn’t take long for him to become interested in creative writing and go off to college playing games and keeping his pen to the paper. Some of his all-time favorite titles include Shadow of the Colossus, Monster Hunter, Kingdom Hearts, Secret of Mana and Super Smash Bros. Melee.Staff WriterHarry Bowers is a Literature and History student who loves to write. He’ll take any excuse to rant about his favourite hobby, games. As a self-confessed Sony fanboy he’s always plotting where his next trophy will come from. Harry is that most basic breed of ignorant console gamer; the type who sane folks will try and steer away from on the internet. When asked what his favourite Super Smash Bros. game is he will invariably answer PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale. Dreams of becoming Nathan Drake are a sad reality in his life. When he isn't gaming Harry entertains various obsessions with music, history and literature. He now also enjoys bugging poor developers on twitter under the ego-nourishing banner of Community Manager. You can hit Harry up on twitter via @PowerUpBowers in order to tell him how suitably angelic he looks in his profile picture.Staff WriterHayden Waugh is a journalism graduate from Australia, who enjoys writing about games almost as much as he enjoys playing them. His love of games started with Pitfall on the Atari 2600 and evolved into him getting consumed by Pokémon Red on the GameBoy. These days, he plays Xbox and is mostly into Action/Adventure games - with a soft-spot for history. He still waits for such a game that can beat Assassin’s Creed II.Staff WriterContributorJD Schmidt has been an avid gamer for as long as he can remember. Hailing from Alberta, Canada, his first memories of gaming are playing Super Mario Bros. and Adventure Island II (which he still plays all the time) with his brother and grandma. His all-time favorite games include most of the Final Fantasy series (especially Final Fantasy IX, but definitely not Final Fantasy VIII) Pokémon Blue/Red/Yellow, and Sonic the Hedgehog 2. He is also a big fan of video game music, and a lover of anything related to The Lord of the Rings. If he isn’t playing a game or watching a movie, he’s probably writing about a game or a movie.Staff WriterThe man, the myth, the legend: Caleb Mina is my name. I'm a 22-year old married man who currently resides in the rainy, wet, yet extremely beautiful Pacific Northwest, in Washington State, USA. I love games and writing, which probably comes without saying. My wife and I also have a huge affection for Disney. I'm a Star Wars nerd, as well as an outdoor-adventurist. Oh, and if you think you've been places around the world, I dare you to compare our passports. Catch me on Xbox One in the trenches of Battlefield, or come for a friendly battle of Pokemon on 3DS.
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