The Faces and Names of the Nerds who Write Here
Matt “HalfBeard” Broitman – Founder, Editor, and Reviewer
Matt created the site about two years ago as creative outlet since then he has worked hard to make HalfBeard’s HUD a source of video game content you can trust and enjoy. He’s a video game nerd through and through with quite a few systems and games under his belt. His former time as a stand up comedian keeps him trying to write funny and engaging articles while his passion for the medium keeps them informative as well. You can contact Matt via Steam at HalfBeard, XBOX live at “Halfbearding”, via PSN at “Sakaar”, or just bug him on Twitter via @MattBroitman.
Matthew “Aurabolt” Szlapka -Feature Writer
A young man looking for work in the real life, Matthew “Aurabolt” Szlapka has been immersed in videogames and gaming of all sorts since his early years of watching and listening. With a head full of Autism, and a heart filled with crispy goodness, he is willing and able to write reviews and feature articles for the world to see. While his favorite genre of gaming has-and always will be RPGs- he is vicious player of all kinds of games from all genres: FPS to Indie. He is an old-school gamer, but not adverse to a new generation…unless it involves sports games; If the playground or sports stadium isn’t playing them, why are they on his screen unless he’s watching? (In apology to nerds everywhere, he at least likes to watch sports.) He is also a hefty writer and reading, trying to write a book while also searching for more games and other media that he can enjoy…It just happens that most of it is videogames. He can’t help it, it was in his blood since childhood for “hand-eye coordination.” Please stop looking at him like that.
Scott Robertson – News Writer
Scott Robertson has been an avid gamer for well over a decade now, despite not being two decades old himself. Receiving an N64 when he was six led him down the road he walks today, as his infatuation with Mario Kart 64 soon turned into a deep passion for all video games. After discovering the perfect blend of game-playing and having a social life in high school, and leaving his WoW phase behind him, he spent his first year away from his Midwestern home going to college on the East Coast. Upon returning home, he began writing about games back in July of 2012, discovering he had a knack for them. His all-time favorites include Knights of the Old Republic, the Battlefront series, NBA 2K11, Fallout 3, the Backyard Sports series, and The Simpsons: Hit & Run. You can find Scott on Steam as Robertron, on Xbox Live as Scotsman716, and on Twitter @srobertron.
D’Arcy Briggs – News Writer & Social Media Manager
D’Arcy Briggs is a student at the University of Victoria and has a degree in History with a focus on Canada. He is also an improviser and works for the Victoria BC Ska Society. D’Arcy has been playing games since the early 90s on many platforms and enjoys Racing, Adventure, and Role-playing games. You can find him on Steam and PSN as ‘Darcyska’.
Michael Raston – Guest Writer
Michael Raston is a gamer in his mid twenties. After wasting most of his life playing games, he has decided to start writing about them. check out more of his ramblings at http://lowerguk.tumblr.com.
Jason Shenkenfelder – Guest Writer
Born in the 1980’s, Jason was raised on a steady diet of old school Nintendo games. He has spent the last three decades amassing huge collections of games spanning more than twelve different consoles. His collection is a little like him in that it is crazy-weird and will blow your mind with nerd-tasticness. When it comes to all things retro or fringe Jason is definitely your man. Expect this author to provide nothing less than a blast from the retro past with two scoops of WTF and sometimes raisins.