Meet the Team!

Jim Novak

I’m so proud to be a founding member of the Handheld Gaming Community! I’ve been playing handhelds since 5th grade, when the original Gameboy entered into my life. Since then, I’ve owned just about every handheld system there is at some point. When I’m not playing games, I’m directing middle school bands, spending time with my wife and two children, composing and arranging music, playing trumpet, and working on my graduate studies. Favorite Handhelds: Playstation Vita and Nintendo Switch. Favorite Genre: RPG, particularly those from Square Enix and Level 5.

Henriët Bootsman

I still remember getting my first gameboy for Christmas from my parents, as well as the paper rounds I did so I could buy a gameboy advance. Handheld gaming is something I’ve loved all my life. I love playing big JRPG’S, and I can spend hours if not months playing them.

Kuan Lee

I enjoy shooting, racing, turn-based strategy games, and long walks on the beach.

Steve Miles

Spent over 40 years gaming and played plenty of titles over plenty of platforms. Handheld consoles seemed a natural progression with their portability and ease of use, and with technology forever advancing. It’s now great to play titles I used to play all those years ago…on the go!
Switch and Vita are my two main favourites and any title with dark themes ..RPGs, first person or rogue-like my main interest…

Andre Xast

Been playing games since Atari. And don’t have any plan to stop anytime soon. Been in the HGC since the early days and proud.

Ezz Khattab

I came here to play games and eat pizza, and I’m all out of pizza. I like all game genres but early 90’s shooters like DOOM hold a special place in my heart. Oh, and Vita means life.

Sofia Cortes

My life as a gamer first started with Pokemon on the GBA. My favorite genres are RPG, Strategy and Simulation of any kind with the classic pixel art style on top. However, if a game has a good story to tell or good characters to meet, the genre or graphics won’t matter. That is the most important to me in any game.

Michael Candelin

Living near Oxford, England, Michael is an avid gamer and has been gaming since the mid 80’s. He has a great passion for games in the Fantasy genre; especially Roleplaying, Openworld Survival and Strategy. Michael has a vast collection of old and new consoles and is always looking to add to his collection, his current favourite being the Nintendo Switch.

Anna Koselke

I like to eat spaghetti, play video games, and write– all in that order or all at once. My favorite handheld system would have to be the Nintendo 3DS, with my favorite game on it either being The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D or Animal Crossing: New Leaf. I tend to spend most of my time playing (J)RPG and simulation games.

Don Robbins

When I’m not listening to Coltrane albums, I avidly enjoy playing video games. My favorite handheld systems are the Nintendo Switch Lite and Sony PSP. I adore retro first person shooters and 3D fighters. I cut my gaming teeth blasting through Atari’s Asteroids and Missile Command, but happily acquired a Game Boy Advance and DS Lite along the way.

Tiffany Tanner

As a Pokemon fanatic and lover of RPGs, I’ve been playing games since the Gamecube. I’m currently pursuing my Master’s, but games will always remain a passion of mine. The Nintendo Switch sold me the day Bethesda ported out Skyrim— one of my all-time favorite titles —and has remained my go-to console since. Favorite Genres: RPGs, Action-Adventure, Horror

Phillipe Negron

My passion for video games began with the Sega Master System back in 1986. Ever since, I have grown to love video games of every genre, most importantly, on handheld devices. While nothing will ever come close to a PC or a game console connected to a TV, there’s just something intimate and special about playing games on a handheld device. Technology has allowed for handheld gaming to significantly improve in recent years so there’s never been a better time to become a handheld enthusiast! My favorite handhelds are the PSP, PS Vita and the almighty Nintendo Switch. My favorite genres are RPGs, racing sim, visual novels, and action-adventure games.

Roberto Milan

8 bit roots. Obsessive compulsive whose backlog literally gives him anxiety. I fancy the Switch/3DS/Vita and enjoy rogue lites, action/rpg, mmorpg, puzzle…oh and Overwatch…I play a lot of Overwatch.

I believe in the people and I don’t eat things with feelings.

Ian Blum

A shameless millennial gamer, who frequents jrpgs, action rpgs, adventure games, roguelikes, roguelites, monster collecting games, classic platformers, and the occasional brawler. My heart is in handheld gaming and some of my favorite systems are the PSP, PS Vita, DS, 3DS, and the Switch.

Hideki Atago

Started Playing Panzer Dragoon on the Sega Saturn and that was when I got hooked to the hobby, although I mainly play any RPG’s, Action games, Action-Adventure Games and a ton of Rhythm games. I do play games of every Genre except sports games and my favourite system would be my Vita and Switch.

Chris Berry

Hello Spoony Bards! I’m Chris, a father of three from Sussex in the UK. I’ve been gaming ever since I was able to hold a controller, be it portable or handheld! From blockbuster AAA experiences, to Indie one-person efforts, if it has an element I like, I’ll give it a go. My specialisms lie in RPGs, Survival Horror, and Puzzle games; with Silent Hill, Resident Evil, The Legend of Zelda, Castlevania and Final Fantasy being amongst my favourites! Happy trails!

Joel Thoman

My love affair with handheld gaming started with my Sega Game Gear. I liked the idea that I could take my games on the go. Even now I find that there is nothing better than spending time playing my handhelds! I play a wide variety of games, and am always on the look out for something new and interesting to play!

Rahul Paul

As an attention deficit child and an adult, the only that engages me is gaming. Most of my time goes into playing AAA games but I’ve developed a very soft spot for indie titles after getting the Switch(which is also my first handheld). My worst habit is that I stall ending a game because good games leave a void afterward. I am from New Delhi, India, oh and video game music is life.

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