Mike Bracken
Brief Biographical Information on the Staff of GameCritics.com
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Mike Bracken is a 33-year-old writer and bohemian living in Oakland, California with his girlfriend and a mountain of movies, books, and videogames.

A film critic by trade, specializing in Euro-horror, cult exploitation, and Asian action cinema, Mike has written reviews for a diverse group of print and online publications. He also is the film section editor (and a critic) at CultureDose.com, a fledgling media review website. He can also be spotted from time to time as The Horror Geek on Comedy Central's pop-culture game show, Beat the Geeks.

Mike's childhood was spent playing videogames any time he got a chance. His parents had a Pong console and his grandmother had an Atari 2600, where Mike cultivated his skills by playing hour upon hour of games like Space Invaders, Berserk, and Asteroids. From those early experiences Mike learned one thing: he loved games.

In 1999, Mike became a staff reviewer at Cinescape Magazine's website where he spent a year learning the craft of game criticism. After internal changes led to Mike leaving Cinescape in late 2000, he joined up with RPGFan in 2001 and continues to writes reviews for them. Happy, but looking for an opportunity to expound on a wider variety of titles, Mike joined GameCritics.com and hopes to help Chi, Dale, and the rest of the GC staff bring a higher level of respect to the field of game criticism.

Top 10 All-Time Favorites
10. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (PSX) 05. Super Castlevania IV (SNES)
09. Final Fantasy IX (PSX) 04. Ninja Gaiden (NES)
08. Shadowrun (SNES) 03. Phantasy Star IV (GEN)
07. The Legend of Zelda (NES) 02. Final Fantasy III (SNES)
06. Earthbound (SNES) 01. Chrono Trigger (SNES)
Current Favorites
05. Shining Force Neo (PS2)
04. Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance (NGC)
03. Half-Life 2 (Xbox)
02. Shin Megami Tensei:
Digital Devil Saga II (PS2)
01. Dragon Quest VIII (PS2)


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