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Jason Karney

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Brief Bio

Jason's heritage in gaming started at a young age with toys like Simon Says, Mindbreaker, and the venerable TI Speak-n-Spell. Eventually, playing Defender on the TI-994A computer in 16 colors with the add-on speech synthesizer cemented "gaming" in Jason's mind.

In the late 1980s, Jason was exposed to the NES and the Japan-originated classics of Super Mario Bros., Castlevania, The Legend of Zelda and many other titles. Shigeru Miyamoto was not yet a legendary game designer, but Jason still remembers an interview with the budding star in Nintendo Power. This was Jason's first glimpse of the game industry, and the fact that making games was a process that involved actual people.

The TRS-80 computer led to tinkering with programming, which culminated with Jason studying Computer Science at The University of Akron. Tabletop, pencil-and-paper games Dungeons & Dragons and Shadowrun and PC games like Doom were popular past-times for Jason and his roommates in their dorm.

After college, Jason took a hiatus from gaming while working at the now-defunct NetGenics Inc., a biotech startup which occupied a great deal of his time and energy. Later he rediscovered his passion with titles like Castlevania: Symphony of the Night and Final Fantasy VII on the PlayStation, and Jet Grind Radio and Space Channel 5 on the Dreamcast.

Jason stumbled upon GameCritics.com in its nascent form, and joined what he felt was an intelligent community of articulate gamers. Progressing from playing and talking about games to evangelizing and critiquing them through reviews seemed natural to Jason as he joined the staff of GameCritics.com. He finds time to play and review games while working as a software configuration manager in the financial industry.

Ten All-Time Favorites Games
Streets of Rage II, Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy VIII, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow, Sly Cooper (series), Bangai-O (Dreamcast), Jet Grind Radio, Rogue Galaxy, Xenosaga III
Five Current Favorites Games
Persona 3, Rock Band, Cooking Mama, Folklore, Tales of the Abyss
Favorite Types of Games
RPG, shmups (not good at 'em but like 'em), music, story-driven

Recent Writing

Titlesort iconPublished
Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros’ Treasure – ReviewFeb 22 2008 - 11:57am
Zack & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros’ Treasure – Consumer GuideFeb 22 2008 - 11:50am
Xenosaga: Episode I—Der Wille zur Macht – Second OpinionDec 3 2003 - 12:00am
Xenosaga Episode II: Jenseits von Gut and Bose – ReviewOct 18 2005 - 11:00pm
Xenosaga Episode II: Jenseits von Gut and Bose – Consumer GuideOct 18 2005 - 11:00pm
Vertigo ReviewSep 7 2009 - 3:33pm
Twittter users, watcha' playin'?Apr 16 2009 - 10:50am
To Dirge or not to DirgeAug 28 2006 - 11:24am
Tales of Symphonia – ReviewSep 7 2004 - 11:00pm
Tales of Symphonia – Consumer GuideApr 17 2007 - 9:47am
Tales of Legendia – ReviewAug 22 2006 - 11:00pm
Tales of Legendia – Consumer GuideAug 22 2006 - 11:00pm
Super Monkey Ball Touch & Roll – ReviewJun 27 2006 - 11:00pm
Super Monkey Ball Touch & Roll – Consumer GuideJun 26 2006 - 11:00pm
Star Ocean: Till the End of Time – ReviewMay 16 2006 - 11:00pm
Star Ocean: Till the End of Time – Consumer GuideMay 16 2006 - 11:00pm
Soul Calibur IV ReviewOct 9 2008 - 4:27am
Sonic Heroes – ReviewApr 13 2004 - 11:00pm
Sonic Heroes – Consumer GuideApr 13 2004 - 11:00pm
Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves – ReviewDec 21 2005 - 12:00am
Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves – Consumer GuideDec 21 2005 - 12:00am
Sly 2: Band of Thieves – ReviewOct 26 2004 - 11:00pm
Sly 2: Band of Thieves – Consumer GuideOct 26 2004 - 11:00pm
Saving the (Rogue) Galaxy, saving gaming (for me)?Feb 6 2007 - 10:24am
Rogue Galaxy – ReviewJun 15 2007 - 7:04am

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