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Chris Chandler - Co-Founder and Business Relationship Manager

Contact: GamingWithSwagChris@gmail.com

Once introduced to Atari by his father at the ripe age of two, Chris took to video games and computers almost immediately. Focused on retro gaming and video game history, he is proficient in remembering secret areas, continue codes, and how to beat games long forgotten.  One specialty of his is a focus on portable gaming.

Chris recently became a dad in 2013, and again in the Fall of 2015.  Although this has reduced his gaming time somewhat, he remains committed to researching video game history and playing games in between diaper changes.

Favorite Games: Super Mario Bros. 3, Wizards and Warriors, Doom, Wolfenstein, Jagged Alliance, X-COM, Day of the Tentacle, Sam & Max: Hit the Road, Space Duel, Arkanoid, Final Fantasy VI, Civilization V, and Batman Arkham series.


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Dean McCarthy - Co-Founder and Editor-In-Chief

Contact: GamingWithSwagDean@gmail.com

Although he grew up on the Nintendo NES and Sega Genesis, Dean was no stranger to other platforms and splits his time pretty evenly now between PS4 and Xbox One. Other hobbies include expanding both his home video library, Philadelphia sports, and absorbing as much pop culture trivia as his brain can handle.

Dean is the father of a baby girl, and is beginning the process of nerding her up a little bit.

Favorite Video Games: Mass Effect 2, Dead Rising 1, The Portal series, Final Fantasy V, Counter Strike, Assassin's Creed Black Flag, Minecraft, Jaws: The Revenge, Contra, Horizon Zero Dawn.

Favorite Tabletop Games: Star Wars Destiny, Settlers of Catan - Explorers and Pirates, 7 Wonders, Dicemasters, Codenames, Lords of Waterdeep, any trivia game.


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Scott Bolderson - Contributor

Scott used to spend hours playing Pac-Man against his mother on the family Atari 2600. Ever since, he has found far more joy playing the quirky, unusual, and "bad" games than most AAA games. An avid board gamer, he is slowly rediscovering his fondness for video games with an emphasis on sports and racing games. He still has a Game.com full set and loves the Virtual Boy. Also enjoys visiting strange roadside attractions.

Favorite Video Games: Baseball Stars (NES), MVP Baseball 2005 (PS2), Lunar Pool (NES), Journey Escape (2600), Skaterock (C64), Ten Pin Alley (PS1), Discs of Tron (Arcade).

Favorite Tabletop Games: Power Grid, Saint Petersburg, Clank!, This Game is Bonkers!, Ra

 


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Brad Jarman - Contributor

After a year of saving change, a young Brad J bought his first NES and his lifelong love affair with games began. After having owned (and still owning in many cases) most classic consoles, Brad now primarily plays PC games, specializing in rogue-likes, RPGs, and games that could be described as "old-school". Outside of video gaming, Brad has an ever growing board game collection that now numbers somewhere over the 200 mark. He also has an encyclopedic knowledge of horror movies and comic book trivia, but alas, zero nunchucks skills.

Favorite Video Games: Mount and Blade: Warbands, F.T.L., the Baldur's Gate series, Final Fantasy VI, Earthbound, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, The Binding of Issac, Super Mario Super Sluggers, the Dragon Warrior series, almost any game where you build something

Favorite Tabletop Games: Mage Knight, Agricola, Dominant Species, Space Alert, Catacombs, Age of Steam, Splendor, Codenames, 7 Wonders, Tales of the Arabian Nights


 
 

C.J. Stunkard (aka Old School C.J.) - Contributor

Old School C.J. is a writer, entrepreneur, and toy enthusiast. He has no gaming cred since he won’t play most modern video games. He still thinks books are better. Sources say this is due to his being referred to as a "noob" who got "pwned" , but some have suggested it’s due to an incident when he pressed a single button on an Xbox controller that resulted in accidentally buying DLC for a game the owner didn't even have. OSCJ sticks to retro titles or retro consoles, dismissing even modern Indie games of a similar breed to the 16-bit consoles he loves.

In lieu of playing video games, Old School C.J. spends time with his wife and son, hangs with buddies, sells collectibles on Ebay, and pretends he is a writer. His opinions seldom reflect the overarching views of GamingWithSwag.com, or average gamers (as evidenced by his love of the Star Wars prequels, his pursuit of physical fitness, and his belief that Jesus is cooler than Batman). Always one step from quitting the gaming world entirely, Old School C.J. writes with the rose-colored glasses of a simpler time in video game history, a time when you could save progress of your game play to an actual cartridge.  In Facebook terms, his relationship to gaming is “complicated”. 

Favorite Games – Catan (And its Non Seafarers Expansions), Super Mario All-Stars, Contra III, Super Street Fighter II, Final Fantasy VI, Mario Kart: Double Dash, Goldeneye, TMNT and X-Men Arcade, Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Tetris, Warcraft 2, and Imaginary Games involving action figures or LEGOs. And sometimes, Plants Versus Zombies. 


Dave Kibler (aka Next Gen Dave) - Contributor

Next Gen Dave here.. When I was a wee lad many fortnights ago my uncle gave me his old Commodore 64, and I started immediately playing games like Monopoly and Arkanoid; soon after that my hard working mother spoiled me and bought me a NES and I had no idea how my life was going to be forever changed. Fast forward many systems later and am currently happily married and I am a proud father of 2. If I’m not working, at church, or playing with my kids you will find me getting lost on my XBONE or the 3DS when taking dumps or just hiding in the bathroom for a 5 minutes of quiet time. I love game SWAG and I love Microsoft and Nintendo memorabilia.  Time to go back to the dark zone and find some sweet sweet loot. Have fun!! BIG BUSINESS OUT

Favorite games: The Division, Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Punch-Out!, Myst, Yo-Noid, The New Tomb Raider series, Call of Duty Modern warfare 2, The Gears of War Franchise, Mario Kart, The Legend of Zelda Franchise, Luigi’s Mansion, and anything involving Amiibo.


 
 

Mark Buckmaster - Contributor

Contact: markb@lowki.net

While he has been immersed in gaming culture for the better part of 30 years, his first gaming console wasn’t easy to come by. Years of begging and pleading finally paid off around 1991 when a phone call to his dad at work yielded him and his brothers an SNES and a brand new copy of Final Fantasy II (US). Never give up on your dreams, kids! Now expecting his first child himself, he fully expects to repay that favor to the universe when his son comes of age.

Mark gravitates towards games with heavy RPG elements, loads of collectibles and intricate skill selection mechanisms. While new fires have been burning in his heart of hearts for tabletops and board games over the past few years, console and PC gaming is at his core. He wouldn’t blink an eye if you told him you played a game for two days straight without leaving your house. He’d likely be right there next to you, dialing up the local Chinese food place for some Sesame Chicken to celebrate your 7 Killstreak or brand new platinum trophy.

Favorite Games: Final Fantasy 2, 3, 7 (US), Fallout 4, Destiny, Path of Exile, Paper Mario, Resident Evil 4, 5, Super Smash Brothers 64, Mega Man X, Mystic Quest, Pokemon White, The World Ends With You, Super Mario 64, Xenogears, Front Mission 4, Animal Crossing, Pokemon Go, Diablo II, III, Hearthstone, Counterstrike, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Culdcept Saga, Puzzle Quest, Pandemic, Dominant Species


 
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Bobby Jones - Contributor

Bobby is a father of two who doesn’t have as much time for games as he once did so he makes his kids play with him. Thankfully there are a wealth of games that appeal to kids and parents alike. He also enjoys grown up video and boards games when parenting and work as a data analyst allow. He grew up on SNES and Sega Genesis before graduating to PC games. Now he enjoys board games and the occasional video gaming session.

Favorite Video Games: Shadow of the Colossus, Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, Portal

Favorite Tabletop Games: Explorers and Pirates, Star Wars: Imperial Assault, Star Realms, Memoir ’44, Star Wars: Destiny, Castle Panic


 
 

Sean Chandler - Contributor

Video Games have always been special to me.  Nothing takes me back more than when I'm face to face with a game I enjoyed in my past.  That being said, I still spend the majority of my time playing the latest & greatest on whatever system Sony has designed!  As with all things in life, I tend to play a variety of different genres ranging from indie games to AAA titles.  Trophy & achievement hunting is my favorite pastime, which I consider to be one of the most important innovations in modern gaming.

Favorite games: Final Fantasy IV and X, Diddy Kong Racing, BioShock 2, LittleBigPlanet, Metal Gear Solid 3, Minecraft, Nom Nom Galaxy, The Uncharted Series


 
 

Gareth Burns - Contributor

It all started when I opened my SNES, Populous, and Final Fantasy II.  That lead to years of trading carts on the bus with Sean.   This took us into Jr. High where we were swapping PS One discs.  I took a break towards the end of high school when I enlisted in the military and mostly played Halo.  I later got a PS3 on launch day but didn't use it until Uncharted 2 came out.  Since then I have been a full time gamer.  I have lived in Japan for over 10 years now, and while my gaming has slowed since the birth of my daughter, I love to get an hour or two in when I can.

Favorite games: Final Fantasy IV and VI, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, Super Mario 64, Power Stone, Telltale’s Walking Dead Series, The Last of Us, Axiom Verge


Bacon – Cuisine and Friend

Bacon has expanded from the role of king of breakfasts, to amplify a wide variety of food items for Lunch, Dinner, or even some desserts (Fried Bacon Wrapped Snickers?).  The saying “Everything is Better with Bacon” is one of the truest things a person can speak, and our friend Bacon can surprising speak as well.  He in a Groot-like fashion can only say “I’m Bacon”, but I think we can extrapolate many things from this simple sentence.  First, he is self-aware which for some is sufficient to grant rights and a soul.  Second, there seems to be greater understanding of the English language, as the sentence does include a contraction which is not an introductory use of our language. This makes me believe that he often knows what we are saying to him, even if his response doesn’t necessarily reflect as such.  And third, Bacon’s tone indicates pleasure in the fact; Bacon is happy to be Bacon and wants people to know exactly who and what he is.  Bacon is new to video games, but seems to be pleased to be included and serves as a constant reminder that life can be enjoyed and is often delicious.

Favorite games: babe and friends (game boy color), Bad Piggies, Sim Farm, Bacon Man, Pass The Pigs, Pigs in Space (Atari 2600), Piglet's Big Game, Power Piggs of the dark age (SNES), Jerry Glanville's Pigskin footbrawl (Genesis), Porky Pig's Haunted Holiday (SNES)