Born from the ashes of Canadian Online Gamers we now move forward to COGconnected. We are your go to spot for news, reviews, videos, previews and editorials on all things gaming with a little geek culture thrown in for good measure. From indies to the big guns, this team of 30+ writers is dedicated to honest coverage that readers can trust. We all remember why we started playing games – they’re fun – and we strive to keep that spirit alive in everything we cover.
Who are we you ask?
Trevor Houston – Co-Founder, Co-Owner & Executive Editor – Co-owner and co-founder of COGconnected (formerly known as Canadian Online Gamers), Trevor has been covering the video game industry since 2006. He has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of the Fraser Valley. He can been seen daily posting news, writing previews, uploading videos, writing reviews, social networking and managing everything that is COGconnected. As Executive Editor, Trevor edits submissions, mentors new writers, trains the crew, frequently attends video game events and maintains great relationships with many Publishers and PR firms. He is also COGconnected’s main advertising guy. He is also a judge for the Canadian Video Game Awards, and one hell of a Madden player. You can follow Trevor on Twitter @Bringer_of_COG.
Shawn Petraschuk – Co-Founder, Co-Owner & Executive Editor – Fearless leader, dashing and debonair Executive Editor, and Co-Founder/Owner of COGconnected. Raised on an NES, came of age on the PS1, turned ‘crusty, old grumpy gamer’ on the Xbox One and PS4. I play it all from shooters to RPGs all while grumbling about getting owned by 12-year-olds. The reflexes just ain’t what they used to be ya know? Follow Shawn on Twitter @callmeshawnp for his rants and musings!
Patrick Anderson – News Editor – Patrick first got hooked on video games while playing Lode Runner on the Commodore 64. Since then, he has balanced his love of gaming with his other interests, including writing, sports and obsessively polishing his iPhone’s screen. Patrick’s involvement with COG involves submitting news, writing reviews, attending events, and desperately defending his purchase of a PlayStation TV to anyone who will listen.
Paul Sullivan – Editor & Real OG – A gamer, writer, and social media guy, Paul joined COG in 2011. As a youngster, a desire to read the dialogue in Final Fantasy and The Legend of Zelda actually drove Paul to learn to read and he’s been gaming ever since. Paul enjoys playing most genres, but particularly enjoys action, adventure, and RPGs. He’s unable to resist clever wordplay, but has mixed feelings on Vogon poetry. You can follow Paul on Twitter as @yvr_paul.
Nicholas Plouffe – Content Editor – Nick is an avid tabletop and video gamer from the great white north. While he’s currently in another field to pay off student loans, this debt was accrued to obtain a diploma in game design. He’s spent over a year working for a AAA studio in Vancouver and knows what it takes to bring a game from the pre-production stage all the way to gold master, putting away small mountains of coffee and a lot of late nights in the process. He enjoys most genres, but has a soft spot for classic RPGs like Fallout or Baldur’s Gate.
Doug Mercer – Senior Contributor – A writer, reviewer, film buff, gamer and comic lover Doug balances the things that got him beat up in school with also loving hockey, football and MMA. He will play anything, but leans more towards RPG’s or third person adventure games (is this even the proper term for Uncharted and GoW and such?) as well as daring anyone to take him on in movie trivia.
Judi Azmand – Staff Contributor – Thanks to all the electronic retail stores and her mother, Judi first started playing video games on local demo computers and systems at the age of three. Currently a full-time student at Simon Fraser University and working part-time, Judi’s time management skills are put to the test but gaming is one that will always be attended to. She’ll tackle any game or subject that’s put her way in hopes that her contributions to COG will make readers learn about and indulge in the world of gaming.
Stephan Adamus – Staff Contributor – Stephan has an English degree from Simon Fraser University, and is the On The Road Team Leader & Coordinator for Science World, a homeschool instructor, and an editor. He’s a 31 year old guy from the greater Vancouver area, who grew up playing lots of Nintendo, and Super Nintendo. Stephan seriously got into playing videogames after Santa brought him a PS1 and a copy of Final Fantasy VII in 1998. He’s an RPG, Adventure, Action, and Platformer kinda game player, who now collects retro Nintendo and PlayStation games with a mighty passion! He also loves the metal, and hopes to bring a retro review perspective to the COGconnected community.
Mary Gushie – Staff Contributor – Being a girl gamer at a very young age, Mary has learned to combine her passion for the video game industry and her love of writing into one here at COG. Most days she can be found checking out the latest Nintendo or PlayStation offering, all while posting on her various social media accounts. Her industry knowledge and bubbly personality shine in every one of her pieces.
Sidd Masand – Staff Contributor – Sidd may be a new addition to the COGconnected community but he’s been writing about the video game industry for over 13 years. Sidd used to write for the now defunct website Arm Chair Empire. He loves all things related to rhythm gaming and is still rocking out to Guitar Hero and Rock Band everyday. He completed a degree in Engineering at the University of Alberta.
Lou Sytsma – Staff Contributor – Do you know about Pong? Well… I invented it. No, not really! But… I was around when it came out and blew me away. That heady feeling of excitement has carried on today with not just video games but all media – books, music, movies etc. These are exciting times as all these art forms draw closer and closer together to create more and more engrossing stories. I feel very lucky and grateful to be part of the COG Team and provide a baby boomer’s perspective on the state of gaming. It feeds my inner child!
Scott Sullivan – Staff Contributor – Scott has been playing games since he could barely stand, and has a special spot in his heart for anything nintendo related. He is a recent graduate of NAIT’S BTECH program, and is the guy to call on anything computer related. He’s relatively new to the COG team, having just started this year, but he brings experience from writing for other sites like Armchair Empire. He’s essentially a man of all trades, and covers content on PS4, PC, 3DS and the Vita.
Tyler Treese – Staff Contributor – Tyler is a lifelong fan of video games who loves learning more about the industry. He loves to tell the stories of developers, and wants to help the gaming community become more welcoming than it currently is. When not playing retro classics like Snoopy’s Silly Sports Spectacular, he can be found watching mixed martial arts or eating pizza.
Cale Boudreau – Staff Contributor – Writer, blogger, gamer, cheesesteak connoisseur. I’m a video game aficionado who’s been stompin’ Goomba heads since the NES days. Covering all things related to gaming culture, looking to drop some serious knowledge on you folks. If that’s not enough, I also made the Kessel run in less than twelve parsecs.
Steven Ritz – Staff Contributor – Steven is rocket scientist by day and a game reviewer by night. Located in sunny Los Angeles, he spends his spare time soaking up what LA has to offer as well as reviewing games for PC and PS4. If you are ever wandering around the western foothills of the Angeles Forest and hear terrible banjo music, that’s probably Steven. As far as games he mostly prefers tactics and strategy games as well as RPGs, but is known to go off on a MOBA binge from time to time.
Ahmed Mohamed – Staff Contributor – Ahmed is a games writer from southern Ontario that enjoys a plethora of genres and likes to critique games at a deep level. His favorite games include Halo and Jet Set Radio Future among more recent titles like RAGE and Beyond Two Souls. He plans to study digital media and journalism at university and has been writing about games for 3 years.’
Royce Dean – Staff Contributor – Legends speak of an infant born unto this world with a controller in one hand, and a mouse in the other. This man’s name is Royce Dean. Royce travels the lands in search of games filled with compelling gameplay and fascinating artwork. Driven by the deities “Nintendo” and “Blizzard”, Royce rains hellfire upon all he deems inferior with a flick of his thumb. What the legends fail to mention were his Art School education, work in public transit, and fear of yucky spiders. If caught during a full moon, Royce can be found rolling in piles of Amiibo and Transformers toys…ehem…Action Figures.
Erin Soares – Staff Contributor – A recent graduate from the University of the Fraser Valley, Erin works in the criminal justice field. Her free time involves cuddles from her two cats and the consumption of geek culture. From video games to movies and from books to the occasional anime binge, there are never enough hours of the day for it all. While new to the gaming industry in a writing capacity, Erin has been playing video games on various platforms/consoles for over 10 years. She will play anything but spends majority of her time playing RPGs, puzzle and strategy games, and First Person Shooters.
Lydia Tang – Staff Contributor – Lydia has been playing video games for most of her life, with her first being either the amazing Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets game on PC or 3D Pinball: Space Cadet. She grew up with Nintendo, dabbled in the rest, and soon found her way back to PC. When not writing for COG, she is writing fiction, histories, and asinine jokes for her friends. You can follow Lydia on Twitter @lydiajtang.
Lucas Raycevick – Staff Contributor – Playing his first video game at four years old and making his first gaming video at twelve, Lucas Raycevick has a lot of experience in gaming media. Reviews, previews, podcasts, montages, commentary and top 5’s, Lucas has done it all. Taking a break after the fall of GamerXperience and in turn, posting on Machinima Respawn, Lucas Raycevick is back as part of the Canadian Online Gamers Network.
– 100: An Unparalleled Experience
– 90-99: Excellent
– 80-89: Very/Pretty Good
– 70-79: Good
– 60-69: Above Average
– 50-59: Average
– 40-49: Below Average
– 30-39: Passable
– 20-29: Flawed
– 10-19: Fundamentally Broken
– 0-9: A complete waste of time
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