We believe in a world where all gamers can be united under one flag where communication is open, fun is palpable and friendships are forged. We thrive in the understanding that the joy of gaming is universal and a sociable, culture blurring movement. We at the Canadian Online Gamers Network (COGN) proudly help build and guide that movement. Together we are positivity and responsibility.
We call this concept Game Canadian. Canadians take an immense sense of pride in being approachable, intelligent, friendly, hospitable and open-minded. We aim to project these qualities to the gaming public without being attached to brand specific gaming console hardware. Not only does COGN feature a full suite of editorial content including up-to-date gaming news and reviews, we marry content and community in exciting ways that allow members to get involved.
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Who are we you ask?
Kirby Yablonski (The Outcast) – Co-Founder & Editor in Chief - A graduate of Simon Fraser University and a man who started writing articles (e.g. reviews) in the video gaming industry in 1999, Kirby is responsible for editing content from other writers, posting news, as well as writing his own reviews and previews. He also originates and maintains relationships with publishers, developers, and PR reps in the video game industry. Kirby is also the recipient of the Microsoft MVP Award in 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015. He has also been a judge for the 2012 & 2013 Canadian Video Game Awards.
Trevor Houston (MRBIGCAT) – Co-Founder & Executive Editor - Trevor has been writing in the video game industry since 2006. Trevor has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of the Fraser Valley. He is responsible for posting news, writing previews, uploading videos, as well as writing reviews and previews exclusively for Canadian Online Gamers. Trevor also edits reviews, mentors new writers, social networks, frequently attends video game events and maintains great relationships with many Publishers and PR firms. He was also a judge for the 2013 Canadian Video Game Awards.
Shawn Petraschuk (Digital Anomaly) – Co-Owner & Associate Editor - A lifelong gamer, fitness and MMA enthusiast, comic book nerd and hockey junkie Shawn joined the COG team as a contributor in late 2012. A long standing member of the community Shawn was spurred to start helping out when he was one of the only community members to pick up a WiiU on its release. Since then he hasn’t looked back contributing reviews for almost every other platform as well as diving into podcasts and some site upkeep. Balancing a busy life with his work as a city bus operator in Vancouver as well as being a husband and father of two he still manages to get in the all-important gaming time to help keep his sanity intact. Follow Shawn on Twitter @callmeshawnp for his rants and musings!
Frank Naresh (Alucardblack) – Staff Contributor - Frank has been writing game reviews since about 2001. Frank contributes to COG in such that his focus is on RPG’s and action games. He attends preview events when able too and writes reviews on whatever games are assigned to him.
John Elliott (JohnnyXeo) – Staff Contributor – John began writing reviews in 2008 and is actively involved in Canadian Online Gamers as a “Community Leader”. Although family games are his speciality (he has three kids to think of when gaming) he does review other titles that are dear to his heart though, which may be more adult oriented, but in the end he has an interest in family friendly titles so he and the kids can play games togther.
Matt Cullen (Canusky) – Staff Contributor - Matt has been a gamer since he was old enough to sit on a stool in front of an arcade machine. Growing up in Southern Ontario along the American border he hung out in the local arcades during their peak. Gaming is one of his main passions as he feels it is evolving into a form of art and story telling. He started writing reviews a few years ago to help people become more informed on the products the gaming industry is releasing. He is also a part time costume and prop maker.
Paul Sullivan (Paulhammer) – Staff Contributor - An active and valuable member of our community since its inception, Paul joined our review team in 2011. As a youngster, a desire to read the dialogue in Final Fantasy and The Legend of Zelda actually drove Paul to learn to read and he’s been gaming ever since. Paul enjoys playing most genres, but particularly enjoys action, adventure, and RPGs. In the physical world, Paul holds 2 B.Sc degrees and is currently a Registered Nurse in Vancouver.
Daniel Kozlowski (The Jugganautt) – Staff Contributor - The PC has always been Daniel’s home for gaming; however, he also enjoys what each modern console has to offer. Daniel enjoys sharing his passion for gaming with his family and friends and when not gaming, Daniel is the drummer of Derrival, a local band from the Greater Vancouver Area. He is a recent addition to the staff, and he looks forward to actively being a part of the Canadian Online Gamer’s community.
Royce Dean – Staff Contributor - As a gamer with an art degree from The Art Institute of Vancouver and a love of all things Nintendo or Blizzard; Royce likes to think he knows great artwork when he sees it. He primarily spends his time on his 3DS, WiiU or PC, but has an open mind to everything. When he isn’t gaming, ”which is like…never”, he enjoys thinking about games, talking about games, reminiscing about great times playing games, organizing games alphabetically, and rolling in big piles of games. Also he likes digital painting and collecting Transformers or whatever… lame.
Judi Azmand (MzDino) – Staff Contributor - Thanks to all the electronic retail stores and her mother, Judi first started playing video games on local demo computers and systems at the age of three. Currently a full-time student at Simon Fraser University and working part-time, Judi’s time management skills are put to the test but gaming is one that will always be attended to. She’ll tackle any game or subject that’s put her way in hopes that her contributions to COG will make readers learn about and indulge in the world of gaming.
Lucas Raycevick (CuHnadian) – Staff Contributor – Playing his first video game at four years old and making his first gaming video at twelve, Lucas Raycevick has a lot of experience in gaming media. Reviews, previews, podcasts, montages, commentary and top 5’s, Lucas has done it all. Taking a break after the fall of GamerXperience and in turn, posting on Machinima Respawn, Lucas Raycevick is back as part of the Canadian Online Gamers Network.
Doug Mercer - Staff Contributor - A writer, reviewer, film buff, gamer and comic lover Doug balances the things that got him beat up in school with also loving hockey, football and MMA. He will play anything, but leans more towards RPG’s or third person adventure games (is this even the proper term for Uncharted and GoW and such?) as well as daring anyone to take him on in movie trivia.
Adam Dileva (Variation) – Staff Contributor - Adam has been writing reviews for many years elsewhere before joining Canadian Online Gamers. He is a gadget enthusiast, passionate gamer, and has an obscene gaming collection that would rival most. The Xbox 360 is his platform of choice and his favorite genres are RPGs and MMOs. He will play the bad games so you don’t have to; he also likes cheese.
Gone But Not Forgotten:
Shad Forsyth (Fifty) – Co-Founder & Former Community Manager - Previous to COG, Shad contributed game reviews to various sites since 2004. A graduate of the Sauder School of Business at the University of BC in 2009, Shad’s experience in leading online communities shaped the Game Canadian concept around which COG is developed.
Devon Gagnon (T. Monkey) – Staff Contributor - Devon is one of our eastern brothers hailing all the way from New Brunswick in Eastern Canada. Since as long as he can remember, video games have played an important role in his life. His father won a NES in a golf tournament when he was 7. Since then, Devon and his twin brother have long been gaming addicts, both on consoles and the PC alike. His addiction was so strong that he went to college to study game design and programming, and while his career found a different path, gaming has always remained a passion. With another degree in Network Security and a full time job, writing on the side for Canadian Online Gamers has only strengthened his love for games.
Suzie Goodwin (Secret Squirrel) – Contributor - Suzie focuses primarily on 3DS, DS and Kinect titles. Suzie has been playing video games for the past 10-years and enjoys playing games on her spare time and with her family. Suzie considers herself a casual gamer and is always looking for fun family or party based games. Other interests include hockey, reading, travelling and spending time with her family.
Jennifer Dingle (xxGENEVIEVExx) – Staff Contributor - Single parent, office manager, social media enthusiast, and a newbie runner, Jen balances a busy lifestyle and a hard core gaming addiction. While the Xbox 360 is her platform of choice, she can often be found sneaking in a game on her Vita, or on her PC questing in an MMO. She continues looks forward to sharing her passion for gaming and getting to know the Canadian Online Gamer community.
Henry Kokuryo (Ippon) - Contributor - Henry has only been writing reviews since late 2011 but has been playing video games since he was 8 starting with the original NES and then on to PC games. Henry’s platforms of choice are the Wii, the 3DS and the PS3 with particular interests in RPG, action and fighting games. His other interests include personal fitness and health, comic books, and martial arts.
We score our reviews using the following scale.
- 100: An Unparalleled Experience
- 90-99: Excellent
- 80-89: Very/Pretty Good
- 70-79: Good
- 60-69: Above Average
- 50-59: Average
- 40-49: Below Average
- 30-39: Passable
- 20-29: Flawed
- 10-19: Fundamentally Broken
- 0-9: A complete waste of time.
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