Born from the ashes of Canadian Online Gamers we now move forward to COGconnected. We are your go-to spot for news, reviews, videos, lists, previews, cosplay 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, Owner & Editor in Chief – Owner and co-founder of COGconnected (formerly known as Canadian Online Gamers), Trevor has been covering the video game industry since 2006. As one of the original founders of COG, Trevor can be seen daily doing all things that make COGconnected one of Canada’s top independent video game websites. Trevor has a tenacious passion for the industry and is relentless in his desire to produce engaging content for readers to enjoy. He is also a judge for the Canadian Video Game Awards. You can follow Trevor on Twitter @Bringer_of_COG.

Paul Sullivan –  Executive Editor – A gamer, writer, and people manager, 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 plays it all, but particularly enjoys action, adventure, and RPGs. He’s unable to resist clever wordplay, but has mixed feelings on Vogon poetry. This train ain’t got no brakes, and Paul can be found neck deep in emails or on Twitter as @yvr_paul.

Garrett Drake – Video Producer – With a passion for storytelling, filmmaking, and video games, Garrett spends his days running live sound, producing gaming videos, and podcasting with his best friends. He predominantly enjoys RPGs, loves arena shooters, and occasionally partakes in brutally competitive matches of FIFA. He can regularly be found at the movies or the always delectable, Taco Bell.

Erin Soares – Content Editor and Staff Trainer – 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 in 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 the majority of her time playing RPGs, puzzle and strategy games, and First Person Shooters.

Michael Chow – Associate Editor – Michael has a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology from Simon Fraser University and is working towards his Graduate Diploma in Business Administration. Though enjoying most forms of media, Michael has gravitated towards video games for as long as he remembers. Most of his gaming is done on the PS4, but he enjoys games on all platforms. You can follow Michael on Twitter at @machow91.

Alex Everatt – Social Media Manager and Staff Writer – For Christmas 1986, his parents bought Alex and his sister the brand new Nintendo Entertainment System. It was his first real foray into video games, and he’s been gaming ever since! He’s a huge fan of Nintendo’s biggest franchises, from Super Mario to Metroid, to Zelda. He also has a love for first-person shooters, such as Wolfenstein 3D, Doom 2, Halo:ODST and Bioshock Infinite – but his favourite FPS will always be Duke Nukem 3D. He is married to an amazing wife and has two awesome sons. Follow Alex on Twitter: @alex_everatt.

Alexander Thomas – Content Editor – Alexander began his virtual journey with a little title called Final Fantasy Mystic Quest, and ever since then he has been bound by obsession in the pursuit of discovering the perfect fantasy RPG. A Nintendo and PlayStation loyalist, the answer to any given situation is a resounding “FALCON PUNCH!” regardless of the question. Outside of his work with COGconnected, Alexander is an aspiring novelist meaning if he cannot find the perfect fantasy story, he will one day write it and give big fat credit to COGconnected for publishing him first. Follow him on Twitter @AlexanderOfCOG.

James Paley – News Editor and Video Editor- James is a university graduate who dreams of having a real job of his own one day. When he’s not playing or writing about video games, he writes terrible poetry and watches entirely too much anime. Follow him on Twitter: @JamesPaley.

Patrick Anderson – Content 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. Twitter @patrickcognews

Doug Mercer – Staff 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.

Mario Brash – News Editor – Writer, gamer, coffee enthusiast, prospective novelist. It started with Super Nintendo, and as you can imagine he’s had great taste in gaming since. When he’s not busy nit-picking everyone else’s work, Mario excellently pretends to know what’s going on. You can discover him and his randomness over @DumbJedi.

Grady Penna – Staff Contributor – Grady is a writer, photographer and video editor living in San Francisco. His passion for gaming began after his mother refused to let videogames into their household when he was a kid, thus creating a never-ending desire to experience them in all their glory from that point onward. Grady enjoys all types of games but has a soft spot for story-driven RPGs and immersive first-person shooters. Two of his favorite games are Metal Gear Solid 3 and Persona 4 Golden, but the list could go on and on. You can find Grady on Twitter @grady_penna.

Thi Chao – Staff Writer – This one of COGconnected’s veterans. She has been writing with COG since early 2016 and has produced over 130 articles for the site. You can catch her posting deals and cosplay articles on the weekends, in addition to her written reviews.

Lou Systma – 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! Follow me on Twitter: @LouWSytsma

Anthony Bacchus – News Editor –  Anthony has saved the world from constant alien threats, upended the walls of Olympus and rescued more princesses than he can count in his lifetime. He also plays video games. Follow his ramblings on Twitter @anthonybacchus

Scott Sullivan – Staff Contributor – Scott’s one of COG’s veterans, but he’s still just as enthusiastic about the industry as he was when he entered it. You can talk shop with him on almost anything, but he’s especially fond of the SNES-era of games. You can also pick his brain on most things NHL. Give this handsome bastard a follow on Twitter @scosull

Jake Hill Staff Contributor – One faithful day in 1998, Jake started a game of Final Fantasy 7. Hundreds of hours of gameplay, and decades later, he’s still mining the depths of dense RPGs, but he’s also moved on to tactical and real-time strategy. He’s also gotten pretty into Overwatch, but he hasn’t gotten any good at it. Check him out on Twitter @Rambling_Moose

Lillian King – Staff Contributor – Born and raised in Toledo, Ohio, Lillian’s first console was an original Xbox that her mother commandeered to sing karaoke. This didn’t stop her from dipping into the 2003 game adaptation of The Hobbit, which caused an ongoing spiral that frequently results with more consoles than she knows what to do with. A graduate of Bowling Green State University, she uses her degree in creative writing to write unmarketable anime poetry and, more excitingly, reviews for COG.

Isaac Monterose – News Editor – Isaac has been gaming since he was three years old and his favorite games are all about sneaking around. His current hobbies include playing games, reading, and watching movies. As a COGconnected copywriter, he covers the latest in gaming news and also occasionally writes reviews.

Andrew Gilbert – News Editor – The brooding bad boy of COG. You can often find Andrew wearing leather and discussing the importance of strong writing in video games before having a full-blown breakdown over a Kingdom Hearts cutscene. Despite playing video games for over twenty years, he’s never quite gotten good at them, but loves to use them as a vehicle to escape the everlasting chains of this mortal realm. Surely the most pretentious writer we have on staff, Andrew Gilbert plays by nobody’s rules – not even his own.

Felix Wong – Staff Contributor – Felix plays questionable VR games so you don’t have to. Aside from covering videogames, he also writes weird fiction and non-fiction about Hong Kong. Boost his ego by following him on Twitter: @koolkatfelix

Stephanie Sung – Staff Contributor – Stephanie is either at work or playing RPGs in bed, there is no in-between. She likes to talk about her dog and other uninteresting things – maybe that’s why she only has two friends. You are more than welcome to become her third friend and give her a follow on Twitter @saibbys

Derek Miller – Staff Contributor – Derek has been with COGconnected since 2017. He’s a passionate Carolina Hurricanes fan and can often be seen yelling at the refs online via his Twitter account: @sanegamereviews

 

We score our reviews using the following scale:

  • 100: Masterpiece
  • 90-99: Brilliant
  • 80-89: Great
  • 70-79: Good
  • 60-69: Decent
  • 50-59: Mediocre
  • 40-49: Flawed
  • 30-39: Bad
  • 20-29: Real Bad
  • 10-19: Horrible
  • 0-9: Irredeemable

 

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