Welcome to Gen Y Gamers’ Lounge. We’re all old(ish) now. Gone are the days of blistered palms caused by N64 controllers. Instead, they are replaced by the blisters from raking the yard of your mortgaged house. You’ve got responsibilities now – a job, spouse, children, optimizing your retirement funds, digging yourself out of student loan debt. You barely have time to play video games anymore let alone waste your precious free time on obnoxious clickbait articles from the mainstream gaming ‘journalism’ sites. GYG offers a break from the nonsense. Rest here a while and take part in some good, old-fashioned nostalgia, honest reviews and the occasional news. Gen Xers and Zees welcome.
Alex Alusheff, Founder
I’ve been a gamer since I was 5 years old. My first was my counsin’s hand-me-down SNES in the late 90s. But I fondly remember the days with my N64, PS2 and Xbox 360. As an adult, I supported my gaming addiction by working as a business journalist after college, winning awards for my reporting on the craft beer and insurance industry in Michigan.
I later sold my soul to become a mortgage banker before settling into the insurance industry. With a little more time on my hands, I can add to my gaming collection and if I’m lucky, play for an hour or two when everyone’s asleep. I love retro computer games, the N64 and PS2. I enjoy RPGs, turn-based strategy and appreciate a good story above all else. I love buying games but I rarely finish them. It’s a form of tsundoku. My wife loves it.
Joe Delaney, Co-Founder
My love for gaming began when I got an N64 for Christmas when I was 8. It also established my status as a Nintendo fanboy to this very day. Sometimes I’ll enjoy games that aren’t made by Nintendo (if they pay me well enough).
I majored in Creative Writing in college, because I cared more about my passion than I did about making enough money to eat. After graduation, I did a little writing for WhatCulture, where the first comment I ever received was “your article is bad and you should feel bad.” Since then I’ve worked about 17 different jobs that I either quit or got fired from (including swindling people into getting mortgages with Alex). Let’s hope I don’t get fired from this one!
My favorite genres of games are platformers, action RPGs, and Metroidvanias. My favorite series are Zelda, Mario, Dark Souls, and Metal Gear Solid.
Brian Wells, Co-Founder
I don’t even know how old I was when I got my first video game system. It was the original Nintendo. My family was living in Germany at the time, and we were walking through a store when my dad saw it. The box was already opened, but taped back shut. It was also in the furniture department of whatever store it was. I don’t remember what happened from there, but it went home with us.
Since then, I’ve owned every Nintendo system up to the Wii. I’ve owned every generation of PlayStation, and I had a short stint with an Xbox 360. I’ll play almost anything, as long as it doesn’t have to be played online. I don’t take kindly to being called names by an 8-year-old with a headset, and I’m also usually not very good at online games.
Spencer Furniss, Contributor
My very first memory is sitting in my dad’s bedroom playing Sonic 2, and I had to have been at the oldest three years old. I swear I have those loops and music burned into my brain by now but I’m not complaining. I grew up playing Sega and Playstation, paving my way through MegaMan 8, Spyro, Sonic, and Rampage World tour through sheer attrition. Ever since then, I’ve been hooked on games, especially trying to prove to myself that any game of any difficulty can be beaten.
These days, I spend a lot of time playing Smite and random games from GamePass if I’m not working my way through an RPG or grinding some monsters in Monster Hunter World. I’m always down to revisit Halo, and always trying to get my hands on something different to play, whether it’s new or old. By this point, I’ve played around a thousand different games between every generation since the Atari, just looking for the experiences that scratch my gaming itch
Adam Rolf, Contributor
Gaming has been ingrained in my soul since my parents first bought me a system on my seventh birthday – a Nintendo 64. I used to spend hours in Super Mario 64 searching for glitches and secrets with no walkthrough guides or cheats, just pure curiosity. Since then I’ve owned a PS2, PC, all the Xbox consoles and all the Gameboys up to DS. My love of video games stretches far and wide from RTS and RPG to fighters and MOBAs. Growing up, my favorite games were Conker’s Bad Fur Day, Age of Empires 2 and Kingdom Hearts.
After high school I served in the Navy, trained and competed in mixed martial arts, and I’m just graduated college. Over the years I’ve played a lot of League of Legends with roommates, fighting and fps games with friends, and spent hundreds of hours delved into the free roam worlds of games like Elder Scrolls, Mass Effect, and Fallout. I’ve also had numerous affairs with turn based games like the recent Civilization 6 and RTS games such as Age of Empires I-III.