Russell Barba worked in the video game industry during the early 90's as a computer artist, game animator, and game clean-up artist. He worked on “Harley’s Humongous Adventure” for the Super Nintendo (built the Lego Land Playfield in the game), “Taz-Mania” for the Super Nintendo (scale art, spot animations, rear view mirror images, and level terrain), “We’re Back – A Dinosaur Story” (early stages of the sprites for Rex and Elsa, and the title screen), and “Dominus” (built 72 of the playfields). Dominus was scheduled to be released on the Super Nintendo and the Sega Genesis but was ultimately cancelled. The game was later released on the PC. He also worked for “Sega of America”. While there he did work on “Jurassic Park” for the Sega CD (designed and built interface objects and icons in the environment, did clean-up on 3D rendered objects and dinosaurs), and “Wild Woody” for the Sega CD (animation, clean-up, title screen, and co-designed the mechanical world and its enemy sprites).
Scott Zillner is a Professional Toy Prototype Artist and Prop Maker who has done work for JAKKS Pacific, Disney and other companies. He has done the paint designs for many of the action figures you collected over the years. Some of his most notable work includes painting the prop toys seen in the movie Tron Legacy, along with creating and painting Disney's Mindstyle "Tron Stitch". He has also worked on the paint designs for Disney Infinity figures, World of Nintendo Figures, Star Wars Lego Statues, Dragonball Z figures, Halo Statues and an extensive line of WWE and UFC figures.
John Lester has been reviewing rare and retro video game systems and games on YouTube since 2008. He is one of the hosts of the All Gen Gamers podcast which is a weekly podcast for people and video games of all generations. In early 2013, John started producing video games, and his first game “Gamester81: The Video Game” came out for the ColecoVision (his favorite console). In early 2014 John joined the team at CollectorVision Games and they are now producing new games for the Atari 2600, ColecoVision, Intellivision, NES, SNES, Genesis, Game Boy Advance and even modern consoles.
Austin "Lockstin" Lockwood is a YouTuber who strives to think too hard about games and more. He is a video-game researcher and Internet personality best known for being the creator and host of the video-game theory YouTube channel, Gnoggin. He is always asking the difficult questions such as "How do fire flowers work?" "Does Donkey Kong have dentures?" and "What would happen if you drank Nuka-Cola Quantum?" Applying science and logic to the often illogical world of videos games is what he does best. But that doesn't stop him from doing reviews and discussions on the side.
2017 guests confirmed so far!
More to be announced later this year!
At age 14, Brian Linville had programmed his first computer game in basic as well as finished his first novella. By his early 20’s, Brian had been published in Dragon Magazine, the flagship magazine for Dungeons & Dragons. Since then, he has been professionally published over a dozen times and worked freelance as a writer and game designer for several game studios. Finally in 2012, he founded his own studio in Sacramento called Stigma Games.
Katie Wilson has been a working actress in Los Angeles since 2008. You can see her on Hallmark Movie Channel's and TVGN's Planet 360 as a "Geek Peek" correspondent. She has also hosted multiple entertainment/geek/gamer shows online such as Phil Defranco's "Like Totally Awesome”, and "Like It Love It." Katie has also appeared on KTLA's travel shows, "America's Best," "California Adventure TV" and "Passport to Explore." Katie's movie credits include - SyFy Channel's “2012: Ice Age”, “3 Times A Charm”, and “Bobby Fischer Live”. She is also involved in a number of web series and sketches including - The Dark Horse, Walking in Circles, Beer of Thrones, Six Figures, Until College, and Machinima's Walk of Shame. Katie also creates medieval/fantasy/geek/gamer vlogs twice a week on her YouTube channel and is the co-host of “Kingdom Geek” for Fullscreen Media.
Videogame Bang is a technology and entertainment Podcast and blog in Sacramento California that is hosted by Cory Vincent and Aaron Carter that has been entertaining the masses for years. The crew has worked tirelessly to create bi-weekly shows that have included interviews with some of the video game and entertainment industries most brilliant minds. They cover everything from nerd, geek, gaming, cosplaying, tech, and movie culture. They weed through the news, and give you what’s important without any agenda or fluff. The most unapologetic podcast in Sacramento… and we are sorry if that offends you...
Sean Long has been making funny video reviews and parodies on YouTube since 2007. He is the Editor-In-Chief for “BKBN.net” and has been a correspondent for the “Machinima Network” since 2011. Most of his work consists of him reviewing action figures, movies, video games, cartoons, TV shows, and comics. He has been featured on the Reality TV Show “Collection Intervention” on SyFy in 2012.
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Ami Yoshiko is an actress, cosplayer and Youtuber from the bay area who loves videogames, anime and loves to connect and play with her fans on her live streams and IRL. Her Youtube channel consists of cosplay tutorials, crazy story times from convention horror stories to wacky daily occurrences, and gameplay of her favorites such as Overwatch, Dangan Ronpa and Persona with weekly videos and live streams hosted on PlayStation 4. She has made her Television Debut on the Netflix Series, "13 Reasons Why" and "Ballers" on HBO and has appeared on several VR and Esports commercials. Ami has worked as a cosplay model for several companies and videogames such as Halo, Japan Crate and Moba Legends, as well as a Promotional Model at events such as Anime Expo, E3 and San Diego Comic Con.
David Hellman is a San Francisco-based artist working in videogames, comics and animation. He painted the worlds of the acclaimed indie game Braid, animated the web series Jeff & Casey Time, and still updates his web comic A Lesson Is Learned But The Damage Is Irreversible every few years when humanity is in its greatest peril. His web comic, They Always Die, invites readers to vote on the course of the adventure.
David Hellman will be at the show selling and signing copies of his new book “Second Quest”, which is a graphic novel about a girl living on an island in the sky who begins to doubt the legends she was taught growing up. By asking dangerous questions about her culture’s history, she incites a conflict with the city’s elders. Second Quest was inspired by the famous videogame series The Legend of Zelda, and on one level is a skewed reflection of its mythology.
Arlo is a Youtuber who strives to create a friendly, upbeat environment where discussion is greatly encouraged and bad puns run rampant. This includes reviews, opinion pieces, let's plays, analyses, nostalgia talk, comedy bits, and anything else he feels like cooking up. Whether he's offering a positive reaction or an honest criticism or a pained lament, lighthearted comedy is at the heart of everything Arlo does. His main focus is Nintendo, but he dabbles in PC gaming and other consoles as well.
DENA "Cyborcat" NATALI
Dena Natali has been making videos since 2006 and has been a member of Channel Awesome since 2010. She takes a positive and detailed look at retro games, horror games, horror movies, and whatever else she feels like. She is best known for her Silent Hill retrospectives where she has now covered all of the American releases of the games and both movies. Shows include "The Game Den", "The Film Den", and "Pixels as BIG as CATS", which takes a brief look at Atari 2600 games.
(Displayed by Terry & Dan Diebold - Owners of the “Nintendo Playstation” prototype)
Back in 1988, Sony inked a deal with Nintendo to add its then new CD-ROM technology to the upcoming SNES console. However, the 2 companies couldn’t agree to terms and the project was scrapped. The "Nintendo PlayStation" is now the stuff of gaming legend, with reportedly only about 200 prototypes ever produced and destroyed. But, as luck would have it, one of those systems fell into the hands of a father and son: Terry and Dan Diebold. They will be bringing the “Nintendo Playstation” prototype for display.
Chris Kohler is a video game journalist who has written for several publications over the last 20 years. He is currently the Games Editor at WIRED and is also the co-host of the Stitcher Award-winning podcast “Good Job, Brain!” He is the author of several books; this year, his 2004 book “Power-Up: How Japanese Video Games Gave the World an Extra Life” was re-released in an all-new definitive edition from Dover Publications.
Chris Kohler will be at the show selling and signing copies of the new edition of his classic book “Power-Up: How Japanese Video Games Gave the World an Extra Life”. Power-Up examines the story of Japanese video games, from their earliest roots in Space Invaders and Donkey Kong to the present day. The 2016 edition includes an all-new chapter and a foreword from Shuhei Yoshida, President of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.'s Worldwide Studios.
Eric Wile is a credited video game designer who worked for Verant Interactive, Sony Online Entertainment, Big Idea Interactive and SCEA (Sony Computer Electronics America). He worked in many roles including Game Master for EQ, Quality Assurance, Concept Design, Game Engine Design, Development, Level Design and Storyboarding. In his career he received back to back Team Member of the Month Awards, as well as received the Sony Achievement award for his work on developing EverQuest: Macintosh Edition. Eric had a major hand in the development of several extremely popular titles such as EverQuest, EverQuest II, EverQuest Online Adventures, PlanetSide, Star Wars: Galaxies and Vanguard: Saga of Heroes.
Andre "Black Nerd" Meadows is an actor/comedian and the creator of the YouTube Channel BLACK NERD COMEDY. Every week Andre posts rants, reviews, vlogs and videos filled with geek culture, 80's retro, and 90's nostalgia. He has had a few roles in independent films including “The Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie” and "Sharknado 4", and has been a web celebrity on “Disney XD's Clash of Karts: Mario Kart 8 TV special”. Andre has moderated Comic-Con panels for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Power Rangers, and the All That Reunion. He is also the host of “Catching Up with Andre” for Regal Cinemas; "Crash Course Games" produced by John & Hank Green, and is the co-host of “Kingdom Geek” for Fullscreen Media. He performed the Ninja Rap for Vanilla Ice, sang "Reading Rainbow" with LeVar Burton, made comedic videos with the Power Rangers Movie & TV casts, was invited to the Nintendo of America Office, received dating advice from Ice Cube & Kevin Hart, and has done collaborations with Nostalgia Critic, Channel Awesome, Angry Video Game Nerd, and other various YouTube channels. He is very proud of the fact that he probably has a bigger Smurf collection than most of you.
RICHARD M. ALVAREZ
Richard Michael Alvarez is the creator and director of Stupid Mario Brothers, Stupid Mario World, and The Plumber Knight Returns on YouTube.
Rich has been making content on YouTube since July of 2006. On his channel you can find entertaining videos such as Music Video Parodies, Live Action Video Game Sketches and shows, Let's Plays, Top 10s, Let's Cook video's (with his Wife Jackie) and Much More video game related content! He is mostly known for is long running series “Stupid Mario Brothers” which ran for 5 seasons on YouTube (the show has now come back as Stupid Mario World), and is known for his follow-up series “The Plumber Knight Returns” which takes place 20 years after the death of Luigi and the Princess. He has also done 4 different shows on the Machinima gaming channel, which are Super Mario News, Super Mario Chat Roulette, Super Mario Drive Thru, and Snez Pez.