About Cliqist

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Who is Cliqist?


gregGreg Micek – Editor – greg@cliqist.com

Greg Micek has been writing on and off about games since the late nineties, always with a focus on indie games.  He started DIYGames.com in 2000, which was one of the earliest gaming sites to focus exclusively on indie games.  During his time writing he’s been fortunate enough to have his work appear within CloudChaser, Gamasutra, InQuest Magazine, as well as a monthly column in Computer Games Magazine.  Cliqist was started in the same spirit as DIY, to help spread the word on a subset of games and their developers that are being marginalized and undervalued by the gaming world as a whole.



Marcus Estrada – Writer – marcus@cliqist.com

Marcus is a fellow with a love for video games, horror, and Japanese food. When he’s not writing about games for a multitude of sites, he’s usually still playing one. One day when he became fed up with the way sites would ignore niche titles he decided to start his own site by the name of Pixel Pacas. Writing about video games is something he hopes to continue doing for many years to come.  Some of Marcus’s favorite games include Silent Hill 2, Killer7, and The Sims.


ashtonAshton Harding – Coder – ashton@cliqist.com

Ashton Harding is a programmer and game/anime enthusiast from Spring, Texas. He is currently on track to acquire a PhD in Computer Science (Spec: Artificial Intelligence), on the side he is learning Japanese and cyber security. Basically born with a controller and keyboard in hand, he has always loved games and computers. Ashton’s favorite genres are: MUDDs, VNs, and RPGs. Some of his favorite games are Pokemon Red, Secret of Mana, Ultima Online, and Zork!.  His favorite OS is a hard tie between Kali-linux and Crunchbang! You can follow him on Twitter @Ashton_Harding.


charlotteCharlotte “Charlie” Humphries – Writer – charlie@cliqist.om

Some say that Charlotte can smell incorrect spelling from three miles away. It is actually four and a half, but let’s not split hairs. When she isn’t proof-reading or playing games, Charlotte spends her days at community events cosplaying as Deadpool, or cat herding. Her favourite video game character is Patricia Tannis. If you want to read more of her ramblings, head over to http://www.humphriesck.wordpress.com.


bradBrad Jones – Writer – brad@cliqist.com

Brad Jones is a Yorkshire-born writer currently spending his time in Scotland and the Northeastern United States in roughly even measure. He likes to write about things like genre movies, pro wrestling and video games. You know, the stuff that will be considered fine art in thirty years but no one gives the time of day just now. You can find Brad on Twitter under the handle @radjonze.


nathanielNathaniel Liles – Writer – nathaniel@cliqist.com

Nathaniel Liles is a freelance writer, writing major, and indie musician based in Southern Indiana. While procrastinating or avoiding real-world responsibility, Nathaniel enjoys playing rhythm games, action RPGs, and very colorful games with many bright, flashing lights. You can listen to Nathaniel sing songs or download his music for free on his BandCamp page. You can watch him play games on his Twitch channel. You can also follow him on twitter at @NathanielLiles. And finally, you can read more of his writing over at EliteGamingComputers.com. He’s a pretty connected guy.


davidDavid Lins – Writer – david@cliqist.com

David Lins is a freelance writer from Pennsylvania that has loved video games since he was old enough to hold a controller. He enjoys all sorts of games, but prefers difficult or terrifying ones. Currently, he plays too many roguelikes. When not writing about his favorite hobby, he loves to drink beer, write fiction, play tabletop RPGs or board games, and hang out with his friends and family. He also has a passion for technology and loves tinkering with his phone, computer, and other devices. Follow David on Twitter for “hilarious” or “insightful” tweets about nothing in particular.


moeMitchell “Moe” Long – Writer – mitchell@cliqist.com

Mitchell “Moe” Long is a North Carolina writer with a passion for all things pop culture. Besides gaming, Moe enjoys cult classic films, listening to vinyl, and drinking far too much coffee. In addition to Cliqist, Moe writes about music and movies, and is currently composing what he hopes will one day be a novel about the universally awkward period of life known as high school. Feel free to check out and subscribe to his Examiner page as well as connect with him on Twitter.


jasonJason McMaster – Writer – jason@cliqist.com

Jason McMaster is a writer and video editor. His current work includes content and upkeep for Quarter to Three. Qt3 was one of TIME Techland’s top 50 sites of 2012. Before starting work on Qt3, Jason wrote for Gamasutra, GameSpy, Firing Squad, and Game Shark. As a video editor, Jason has worked creating gameplay footage and featurettes for Crispy Gamer and GameZone as well as several independent projects and KickStarter. Jason lives in Birmingham, AL with his wife Sarah and their 5 cats.  You can stalk him on Twitter if you like.



Julie Morley – Writer – julie@cliqist.com

Julie Morley is a freelance writer and comic artist from Spring, Texas. She attended the Academy of Art University for two years, studying Animation and Illustration. Whilst here, she learned about writing comic scripts, storyboards, and general storytelling.  Since leaving college, she has been working on personal comic projects, stories, and illustrations. She aspires to release a self published comic within two years. For the majority of her life, she has been playing console games, typically being third-person shooters and sandboxes. Her favorite game of existence is Dark Cloud II (Dark Chronicle) and her favorite Indie game is Gone Home.


emilyEmily Tofanelli – Jr Writer – emily@cliqist.com

Emily Tofanelli is a freelance writer native to the Bay Area. She is a lover of RPGs, french fries, and terrible ghost-hunting shows. Her favorite games include Golden Sun, all versions of Animal Crossing, and Persona 4. She currently works in the free-to-play games industry, and can’t get enough of it. While not playing or writing about games, she can be found attempting to make her cat a YouTube star, and being incredibly inactive on Twitter.



Martin Toney – Writer – martin@cliqist.com

Martin Toney is a career journalist inside and outside the video game industry, he has worked with Newspapers, Magazines, Radio stations and a great deal of online publications. He lives on the North Coast of Ireland where he is lucky enough to see parts of Game of Thrones getting made. Apparently it feels nice to live on “The Kings Road to Winterfell.”


suzanneSuzanne Verras – Writer – suzanne@cliqist.com

Suzanne Verras is a freelance writer and a university student from Leiden, The Netherlands. She is a video game enthusiast, but also loves movies and art. She has her own video game, film and art blog called Miss Lily Blogs where she posts all kinds of articles as well as her Let’s Plays. Her favorite games include Bioshock, Myst, Ratchet and Clank and Amnesia: The Dark Descent. In the future she hopes to be writing full-time and one of her dreams is to sell her artwork one day. You can follow her on Twitter: MissLilyTweets.


Can I Help?

You bet you can!  We’re always looking for new contributors to help with previews, reviews, columns, and features.  If you think you might be interested please reach out to greg@cliqist.com and we’ll be glad to send you information on how you can get involved!

If you’re not the writing type you can always check us out on Twitter and help spread the word!


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Greg Micek

Greg Micek has been writing on and off about games since the late nineties, always with a focus on indie games. He started DIYGames.com in 2000, which was one of the earliest gaming sites to focus exclusively on indie games.

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