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Game Hugs

Game Hugs is a weekly (or there abouts) podcast that focuses on the individuals who work in the computer and video game industry. From publishers to journalists, developers to esports, artists to cosplayers, there are fascinating, entertaining, and god forbid maybe even educational stories to be told about what goes on behind the scenes. Created and hosted by Guy ‘Yug’ Blomberg.
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Apr 4, 2016

Rae Johnston is a Journalist for Gizmodo Australia, and was previously the Commercial Editor for Gizmodo, Kotaku, and Lifehacker.

She has done PR work for Surprise Attack and Flat Earth Games, Co-ordination and hosting for EB Games Expo, co-created and presented for Tech Space, was the Lifestyle Editor for TechLife Magazine, was an original presenter/reviewer for Save Point TV, and has been working professionally as an actor/voice actor for over a decade.

She is a high profile advocate for the games industry, regularly appearing on morning TV shows, is heavily involved with the cosplay community, and regularly MC's at events from Oz Comic-Con to Haven.

Mar 28, 2016

Jess 'Jiggsy' Hodgson is the Community Manager for EA in the APAC region, supporting and maintaining the community around franchises such as Battlefield, Need for Speed, Star Wars Battlefront, Mirrors Edge, and Titanfall.

Mar 20, 2016

Joel Van Daal is the Publisher & Commercial Lead for MCV Pacific, and as the Director of Trade Media has facilitated industry initiatives such as the 30 under 30, MCV Pacific Awards, and the Women in Games Awards and Luncheon.

He worked previously as the Business Development & Commercial Manager for One2another, was the National Advertising Sales Manager for PC PowerPlay and Hyper Magazine, and was the Assistant Sales & Event Manager for Auto Salon, which included consumer gaming event GAME1.

Mar 14, 2016

Jennifer Hazel is a Doctor specialising in psychiatry who has created the mental health and gaming initiative Prescription Pixel.

She is a regular speaker at conventions and is also part of the Take This AFK Room at PAX Aus. Previously she was a prominent YouTuber focusing on let's plays of indie games.

Mar 6, 2016

Liam Esler is the Co-Director of the recently held GX Australia event, and is also the Event Manager at the GDAA for Game Connect Asia Pacific.

He was previously an associate producer at Beamdog, a Production Co-ordinator for Surprise Attack, was a contributor to Player Attack, and a Designer for Obsidian Entertainment.

Feb 28, 2016

Paul Houlihan is the Business Director at Double Jump Communications, the consulting arm of Surprise Attack Games.

Previously the Senior Public Relations Manager for THQ Asia Pacific for almost 5 years, he also worked across brands such as Capcom and SEGA, and is also the co-creator/host of the popular Fourth Player Podcast.

Feb 21, 2016

Dave Kozicki is a freelance writer for Official PlayStation Magazine, and has also written for Hyper, GameArena, PC PowerPlay, and AusGamers.

He was a founding member of the independent gaming website and podcast RawDLC, and also worked for Red Ant Distribution.

Feb 14, 2016

Robert Khoo is the President of Penny Arcade, overseeing all Penny Arcade operations and business related projects including Child's Play and PAX.

Feb 7, 2016

Jeremy 'Junglist' Ray is an Independent Entertainment Professional in the games industry. He writes for KotakuGame Informer, and previously for PC Powerplay,

He was the producer and presenter of 5 Inch Floppy and ABC TV's Good Game.

Jan 26, 2016

Dan Hindes is the Editor & Game Designer of Sneaky Bastards, who are currently in production of the upcoming game Wildfire.

Previously he was the Editor of Gamespot Australia and the Editor of PC Powerplay.

Jan 25, 2016

Nick Vanzetti is the Director of ESL Australia, ACL Pro, and VIM Media & Events.

A passionate advocate of the eSports community, he was also previously the Technical Event Project Manager at Rinsed Studio, and a Store Manager at EB Games.

Jan 18, 2016

Lucy O'Brien is the Entertainment Editor for IGN Australia.

She has previously worked as the Product Manager for One2another, Editor of Playstation 3 Magazine (PSM3) Australia, Contract Writer at SIDHE, and Senior Writer for NZGamer.

Jan 7, 2016

Leigh Harris is the Director of indie games studio Flat Earth Games, and Game Design Teacher at AIE.

Over his 15 year career in the games industry he has worked for Take Two Interactive, was the ANZ Public Relations Manager for Rockstar Games, was the Editor for MCV Pacific and Develop Online, and spent time as a Freelance Journalist.

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