Texas native Troy Baker has recently risen to be one of the most prolific actors in video games. In 2013 alone, his performances as Joel in The Last of Us, Booker DeWitt in Bioshock Infinite, and even The Joker in Batman: Arkham Origins quickly caught the eye of both fans and media alike, landing several nominations and awards including Spike’s VGX, DICE and BAFTA. He was even featured in Entertainment Weekly’s “Best of 2013” issue. Troy also plays bow-wielding Avenger “Hawkeye” in both Disney’s Marvel Avengers Assemble and Ultimate Spiderman. An avid gamer, comic book nerd and cartoon fanatic, Troy says that “being a part of something you’re going to geek out over later is the best part of the job.”
Brian F. Colin
Creator of such video game classics as Rampage, Xenophobe and General Chaos, Brian F. Colin is a vastly experienced game designer, artist, animator and development group leader of over 80 video game titles to his credit… including the creation of some of the most popular, highest earning & best-selling titles in video game history!
Although well-known for sharing first-hand, anecdotal insights into the early days of arcade game development, this year he’ll be sharing tales from the sets and locations of the new Rampage movie, starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, coming out August 20th, later this year.
Riggs by name and by nature, John Riggs’s YouTube channel features tutorials on how you can make and design your own video game hacks as well as how to put them on physical cartridges. He also hosts a series called Open Cart Surgery where he takes games that aren’t working anymore and cleans and/or replaces parts needed, in hopes to breath new life into them.
He’s a coin-carrying member of the Metal Jesus Crew, loves breakfast cereal more than a grown-up should, and is looking forward to his first time attending the Game On Expo.
Terry & Dan Diebold
A former Advanta Maintenance worker (Terry Diebold) acquired the Nintendo/PlayStation prototype as part of a lot during Advanta’s 2009 bankruptcy auction. The prototype was reportedly left behind by former CEO and President of New York-based Sony Interactive Entertainment, which was the mother company for the 1994 founded Sony Computer Entertainment of America (SCEA) Ólafur Jóhann Ólafsson who became a board member at Advanta. On Reddit in July 2015 it was reported by Dan Diebold (co-owner) that one of the original Nintendo/PlayStation prototypes with a controller was in his father’s attic. The system was later confirmed and is fully operational. The unit plays Super Famicom and Famicom cartridges as well the boot cartridge that came with the unit and music CDs. Since then Terry and Dan have traveled far with the prototype and have been on many podcasts with more to come in 2018!
A gamer since 1975, Brett Weiss has been professionally writing for more than 20 years. He’s the author of nine books, including The 100 Greatest Console Video Games: 1977-1987, the Classic Home Video Games series, and The SNES Omnibus: The Super Nintendo and Its Games, Vol. 1 (A-M).
Weiss has written more than 1500 articles for such publications as the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Miami Herald, the Sacramento Bee, the Charlotte Observer, Fangoria, Filmfax, Game Informer, Video Game Trader, Classic Gamer Magazine, Game Room, the Comics Buyer’s Guide, Toy Shop, Toy Cars & Models, Back Issue, Alter Ego, Robot, The Pingame Journal, and Old School Gamer, among many others. Weiss has a national monthly column in AntiqueWeek called The Pop Culture Collective, and he contributed more than 50 write-ups to Pat Contri’s Ultimate NES book.
Like most kids, Jared Thorbahn didn’t grow up having alot of money to spend on his favorite hobby: video games. One day he stumbled upon cheapassgamer.com, a website where people share information on video game deals. After being an active forum member for several years, he became the social media manager for the website. Everyday, yes everyday, he helps over 240k followers on Twitter and Facebook get the best video game deals. Come join him as he goes through his surefire methods to get deals on the games you want to play along with raffle prizes that he got great deals on.