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.”
Dark and determined Commander Shepard from Mass Effect 1, 2 & 3, ever hopeful and shining Cinderella, psychotic Princess Morebucks and sunny Ms. Keane from The Powerpuff Girls, sleek and sexy Naomi Hunter from the Metal Gear Series, superspy Sam and superspoiled Mandy from Totally Spies, and super fighter Aayla Secura from Star Wars: The Clone Wars all have one thing in common. Their spirits and their voices spring from the heart of Jennifer Hale.
Jennifer has brought to life a wild range of characters from a disgruntled 12 year old boy, to a timeless heroic princess, a quirky ancient alien, a ridiculously perky tour guide, a rock star, a shy four year old and a sizzling super-bad girl. At the top of her field in animation, commercials, and promos, Jennifer is responsible for these and many more memorable characters as well as lending her signature voice to many products and programs familiar to all of us.
A singer as well as an actress, Jennifer is currently working on her first solo CD. When she’s not acting or singing, she’s hanging out with her friends and family, riding horses, rock climbing or volunteering.
Steve Downes is an American DJ and voice actor. He is best known for his work as the voice of Master Chief in the popular Halo video game series. He worked as a disc jockey from 1978 until present. Most recently, he works as the morning show host for 97.1 WDRV The Drive in Chicago, Illinois. Downes also hosts the nationally syndicated radio show, The Classics.
Steve Downes has been in commercial voice since 1990. He has provided voices for several video games. His first experience in voice acting for video games came in 1999 when he played the role of Gunnar in the video game Septerra Core: Legacy of the Creator by Valkyrie Studios. Despite the relatively minor role, his performance caught the attention of the voice acting director and music composer of the game, Martin “Marty” O’Donnell. When Marty began working on the video game Halo: Combat Evolved at Bungie, he invited Steve to voice the game’s main character, Master Chief.
Jonny is an actor/director know for titles such as Matador, Overwatch, Hitman, Heroes of the Storm, Prototype 2, Stinky and Dirty.
Jonny’s passions led him to start his career in Dallas Texas, landing him some fun direct to DVD action movies (Walking Tall: Long Justice, Missionary Man) and early TV appearances (Prison Break). He produced and directed his first feature film (Small Timers) and many online series before moving to LA. Since living in LA he has made his way into television (Matador, The Closer, NCIS: Los Angeles) and voice over (Overwatch as Lucio, Hitman, Heroes of the Storm, Prototype 2, Stinky and Dirty). He is currently working on a few new VO titles and is a producer at Facebook.
Greg Bryk is one of Canada’s busiest and most dynamic actors, having created numerous indelible characters while moving seamlessly between comedy and drama.
In the world of gaming Greg recently played the role of Joseph “The Father” Seed, the main antagonist in Far Cry 5.
Greg was first introduced to audiences as “Alexander ‘The Juggernaut’ Yount” in the hit comedy Men With Brooms with Leslie Nielsen and Paul Gross. Shortly after, Bryk starred in four seasons of the critically acclaimed television series ReGenesis.
Bryk is currently one of the leads of the hot new series Bitten for Syfy and Space, in which Bryk plays the Alpha head of the werewolf pack, along with Laura Vandervoort and Greyston Holt.
Bryk has appeared in major TV mini series and MOW’s such as Lifetime’s The Gathering, Margaret Atwood’s The Robber Bride, Syfy’s RED: The Werewolf Hunter, Hallmark’s Mistletoe Over Manhattan and NBC’s XIII; as well as stand out work in such feature films as David Cronenberg’s A History Of Violence, New Line Cinema’s Shoot’ Em Up, and Allan Moyle’s Weirdsville. Bryk gave an award winning performance in Clement Virgo’s gritty drama Poor Boy’s Game also starring Danny Glover. Bryk also stars in Virgo’s epic mini-series Book Of Negroes for CBC and BET.
Some of Bryk’s feature films include Marvel Comic’s The Incredible Hulk, SAW V and SAW 3D and Red to name a few. He utterly charmed as a cross dressing cop in Simon Ennis’s eccentric comedic gem You Might As Well Live, and chilled your blood in Stephen King thriller Dolan’s Cadillac.
Greg makes his home in Toronto with his wife Danielle and has three beautiful children, Dempsey, Billy and Ella. He is fully aware that he leads a completely charmed life.
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.
Eric Wile is a credited video game designer. He has done level design, story boarding, concept design, game engine design etc. He currently resides in Colorful Colorado. His passion for gaming started when he was young. He started playing the Atari when he was young and was so good that he collected a wide scale of badges and letters from the game companies. He even got mentioned as one of the top 25 players in the nation when he was only 8. During this time he started to develop a reputation at the arcades in Colorado as the player to beat. He broke many long held records for the Atari as well.
In 2002 Eric moved to San Diego for the chance of a lifetime. He accepted an offer from Verant Interactive. Verant, later bought by Sony and the name was changed to Sony Online Entertainment. They started producing and developing MMOs and ironically at the time this was Sony’s most profitable division.
During his time at Sony Online Entertainment, Eric had a major hand in the development of several extremely popular titles such as EverQuest, EverQuest II, EverQuest Online Adventures, PlanetSide, Star Wars: Galaxies and Vanguard: Saga of Heroes.
However his crowning achievement was his involvement with the popular EverQuest franchise, even going so far to develop EverQuest: Macintosh Edition, which earned him the prestigious Sony Achievement award.
He is currently in production of his own indie tabletop game.
Tom is a rare breed, succeeding for over 30 years in the tabletop cards and dice market. He created a science fiction action game called Champions of the Galaxy and founded his company, Filsinger Games, in 1987. Since then Tom has written and released over 45 expansions, creating 200+ game cards and characters. His company has branched out and has licensing agreements with independent wrestling organizations like Ring of Honor, as well as wrestling legends such as Randy “Macho Man” Savage, Rob Van Dam, and hundreds more. All the games can be played using an online simulator as well as on a tabletop.
Tom’s career highlights include partnering with Marvel Comics icon Stan Lee in 2008. Stan has called Champions of the Galaxy, “a really cool game.”
Stop by the Filsinger Games table and chat with Tom about the game industry — he has plenty of stories. You can also play game tournaments and there will be prizes for the winners!
Wood Hawker is an eccentric Australian (but living in America) video game orientated content creator. You can find his reviews and random stupidity on the YouTube channel, Beatemups. Come for the games but stay for the… I dunno, accent? Heavily focused on everything Nintendo, reviewing almost everything Switch he can get his hands on. Although his channel covers everything across gaming, from the classic NES all the way to newest PS4 & Xbox One. Whether you are looking for reviews, gaming discussions, vlogs, fanmail unboxings, skits, top 10 lists, podcasts, clickbait or awkward humor, he has you covered. Find Wood this year at Game On Expo (Yes, he knows how that sounds.)
Pat Contri is a video game player, collector, and historian known for his web shows Pat the NES Punk, Flea Market Madness, and The Completely Unnecessary Podcast. He is the author of Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the NES Library, and conducts the live annual NES Charity Marathon benefiting children’s hospitals.
In his spare time he enjoys eating nachos, and hanging out with an old Jersey hippie named Frank.
Alex Faciane has been working as a video games writer for over five years, as a comedian for more than ten, and he’s been playing old JRPGs since he can remember. He currently works as a host, producer, writer, and director at ThatOneVideoGamer on shows like The Completionist, Super Beard Bros., and Defend It, and he’s been running an educational Pokémon channel called The Dex! with his girlfriend PokeKellz that whole time, too. Talk to him about weird stuff, go see his weird panels, and In-N-Out definitively has the best fast food burger of all time.
The Game Chasers
Billy and Jay make up the dynamic game collecting team known as The Game Chasers. Their mission: to scour the land far and wide to uncover gaming treasures of old. Whether it be gaming stores, flea markets, thrift stores, or even peoples attics, they search out retro games and have a blast while doing it. In 2011 they decided to put their adventures on YouTube and became an instant hit.
Eric Perez started playing video games at the age of four when his older brother bought a Sega Master System. From there he was instantly hooked on playing with anything he could get his hands on. Shortly after, his life was forever changed when he received his own NES for Christmas and the rest is history. In 2010, Eric decided to start a video game review show on YouTube called The 8-bit Eric Show, since then he decided to start collecting video games again and became friends with many other gamers in the YouTube community.
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.
Radical Reggie is an avid collector of various game types. He is especially a big fan of import gaming. Reggie is also a veteran of the U.S. Army where he served his country. Reggie continues to delight everyone that follows him with his knowledge of retro and current gaming while keeping it real and down to earth. He’s very proud of his great collection of games that he’s acquired throughout the years, and is happy to share his passion of video games with the world.
Erik Pierson’s YouTube channel Retail Archaeology covers dead malls, retail history, urban exploration, and retro video games & toys. Erik has been playing video games since he can remember and collecting them for over 15 years. His love of video games fueled his passion for urban exploration and filming dead malls and abandoned places. He discovered urban exploration is very much like playing a real life video game! This lead to the creation of the Retail Archaeology channel in November of 2016. The Retail Archaeology channel has also covered topics such as video game and toy hunting, the resurgence of arcades, and many other subjects.
Tyler (iretrogamer) may be the grandson of Silver Age comic book artist Mike Esposito, but growing up, it was always about video games. In the 90s, Tyler and his gaming-mad father collected Sega, Nintendo, TurboGrafx-16, and other classic consoles. Those wonder years of gaming are captured in My Retro Life, a series compiled from vintage home movie clips of Tyler’s childhood.
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.
Jeffrey Wittenhagen is an avid retro video game writer (with 10 books published!), collector, gamer and a cohost of the VGBS Gaming Podcast. As time has gone on, he has written an award winning gaming book called Hidden Treasures (recently re-released as Hidden Gaming Gems: Generation by Generation) and has published multiple retro gaming collector books such as: The Complete NES, The Complete SNES as well as NES Oddities & the Homebrew Revolution. He also has done compendiums to go along with the books consisting of personal stories from contributors and passionate gamers.
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.