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About Awesome Games

Welcome to Awesome Games! And thank you for being curious enough to find out more about our wonderful team.

Before you put your feet up at the Awesome Games hotel and delve into our array of fascinating content, we’d like to formally introduce ourselves. Oh, and did we mention you look stunning today?

Awesome Games boldly entered the world of video game journalism on August 29, 2011. Our resident workhorse and Editor-in-Chief, Adam, would regularly chain himself to a computer, only leaving the keyboard to relieve himself, eat and sleep (not necessarily in that order). Illiya Vjestica, brother of said workhorse and Awesome Games’ Website Editor, made sure the website was always functioning properly and is responsible for our fantastic feature images. You can think of him as Adam’s farrier.

Horse references aside, Awesome Games’ stock has risen dramatically since its humble beginning. But we’re not done yet. We’ve gathered a team of exceptional writers who are all determined to take Awesome Games to where it belongs – plastered on the monitors and phones of every discerning gamer.

We hope that you will share your own opinions and views with other gamers on this blog and become a regular visitor of our Awesome creation.

Here’s a bit about the Awesome Team below:

Adam Vjestica (Owner & Editor-in-Chief)

Adam Vjestica is the Editor-in-Chief at Awesome Games. A want away fledgling lawyer, Adam realised that his true passion lay in gaming and decided to create Awesome Games so he could make his opinions heard.

Adam decided to use his love of writing to talk about all things gaming, with the greater vision of creating a community and fan base with which he could share his passion.

Adam plays any types of genres, although he particularly enjoys games where he can save the day and woo beautiful women. If Adam isn’t found living the dream as an action hero, he can be found playing PES/FIFA religiously, forcing people to play N64 with him or playing the latest and greatest titles.

Adam’s other passions include football (an avid Arsenal FC supporter), UFC, womanising, reading anything game related, making gains at the gym and procrastinating with friends.

  • Favourite Games of All Time: WWF Wrestlemania 2000 (N64), Final Fantasy VII (PSOne), Super Smash Bros Melee (Gamecube), Pro Evolution Soccer 5 (PS2), Super Mario Galaxy (Wii) and Uncharted: Drakes Fortune (PS3)
  • Favourite Console: N64 (Nintendo)
  • Favourite Game Character: Cloud Strife (Final Fantasy VII)
  • Longest Time Spent on a Game: WWF Wrestlemania 2000 (N64)
  • First Game Ever Played: Sonic the Hedgehog (Sega Megadrive) – 1994

You can also follow Adam on Twitter

Illiya Vjestica (Website Editor)


Illiya Vjestica is the Website Editor at Awesome Games. A serial blogger for many years and self-employed designer, he handles all the techincal issues and day-to-day matience of the website including the advertising as well.

Obsessed with everything from Japan, he has a deep love for role playing games (RPGs) and any fighting games.

If he isn’t found slaying demons in mystic lands or saving the world one more time, you bet he’ll be getting schooled by better players on various fighting games; Super Street Fighter IV, Tekken Tag Tournament 2 or King of Fighters XII.

Illiya’s other major passions apart from gaming include, japanese, anime, manga and photography.

  • Favourite Games of All Time: Street Fighter II Turbo (Sega Genesis), Tales of Abyss (PS2 / 3DS), Final Fantasy VII (PSOne),  Shenmue (Dreamcast), Half-Life 2 (PC), Unreal Tournament (PC), Mass Effect 2 (PC), Metal Gear Solid 3:  Snake Eater (PS2)
  • Favourite Console: N64 (Nintendo)
  • Favourite Game Character: Solid Snake (Metal Gear Solid)
  • Longest Time Spent on a Game: Neverwinter Nights (PC)
  • First Game Ever Played: Paper Boy  (Commodore 64)  - 1992

You can also follow Illiya on Twitter

Vince Shuley (Senior Contributor)


Vince is a Senior Contributor at Awesome Games. An Australian expat living in Whistler, Canada, Vince is a freelance writer for magazines and websites around the world specializing in action sports, mountain pursuits and video games. When not out recreating in the Coastal Mountains of British Columbia, Vince enjoys writing and blogging about gaming culture.

A self-confessed PC die-hard, Vince loves the immersion of a realistic FPS, the escapism of a well written RPG and the depth of a balanced strategy game.

Vince’s other passions include photography, skiing, mountain biking and rock climbing. The rainy days give him a chance to enjoy and critique the latest and greatest video games.

  • Favourite Games of All Time: Super Metroid (SNES), Street Fighter II (arcade), Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (N64), Half-Life 2 (PC), Diablo 2 (PC)
  • Favourite Console: SNES (Nintendo)
  • Favourite Game Character: Niko Bellic (GTA 4)
  • Longest Time Spent on a Game: World of Warcraft (now retired)
  • First Game Ever Played: Ice Climber (NES) – 1986

You can also follow Vince on Twitter

Rhys Wood (Senior Contributor)

Rhys Wood is an aspiring video games writer, and is currently studying Media, Writing and Production at university. Rhys loves writing about his favourite games (and the games that make him rage) for the entertainment of the Internet at large.

Outside of the gaming world, Rhys can often be found playing and/or watching football, watching and writing about films, or drunkenly hitting up the town with friends.

Rhys believes the best kind of game is one that sucks the player in and never lets go, and a fun FPS or platformer on the side doesn’t hurt, either.

  • Favourite Games of all Time: Jet Set Radio (Dream Cast), Tales of Symphonia (GameCube), Persona 4 (PS2), Dark Souls (Xbox 360), Phantasy Star Online: Blue Burst (PC), Chrono Trigger (SNES) and Dynasty Warriors 6 (Xbox 360).
  • Favourite Console: Sega Dreamcast (Sega)
  • Favourite Game Character: Garrus Vakarian (Mass Effect)
  • Longest Time Spent on a Game: Dark Souls (Xbox 360)
  • First Game Ever Played: Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Sega Megadrive)

Joe Martin (News Editor & Senior Contributor)

Joe Martin is the News Editor at Awesome Games. A multi-media journalist working in the national press by day and avid gamer by night, Joe’s spent the last few years sounding off about gaming and the games industry to anyone who’ll listen.

He favours games with deep, engaging storylines and interesting characters above all else and will always be found with a copy of Metal Gear Solid, Mass Effect or Broken Sword close to hand. His spectacular ineptitude with platforming games is known throughout the land but he more than makes up for it when it comes to FPS games. If you meet him online when playing Unreal Tournament, Bioshock or Resistance, be prepared to die. A lot.

Outside of the gaming world, his many interests include Steampunk culture, the paranormal, skiing, anime, cosplay and whiskey.

  • Favourite Games of All Time: Silent Hill 2 (PS2), Broken Sword (PC), Monkey Island (PC), Resident Evil 2 (PSone), Bioshock (PS3), American McGee’s Alice (PS2), Metal Gear Solid (PSone), Mass Effect (PC), Zone of the Enders (PS2).
  • Favourite Console: PS3 (Sony)
  • Favourite Game Character: Alice (American McGee’s Alice)
  • Longest Time Spent on a Game: The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (PS3)
  • First Game Ever Played: Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Megadrive)

Jonathan Trussler (Site Contributor)

Jonathan Trussler

When not wallowing in overeducated, underemployed, twenty-something Millennial angst, Jonathan likes to write about things. He lives in charming seaside village in merry old England, but he squanders the fresh air and picturesque surroundings staying in doors playing video games. Because of this, he thinks games have a responsibility to be really be worth our time, and this is why he writes about them.

He plays games from every genre, but really likes to sink his teeth into an old-school style open ended RPG; preferably ones with moral choices more complex than “feed the puppy/ignore the puppy/kill the puppy”. He likes games that are a bit different than the norm and will often cast aside the latest high budget “shoot the alien zombie nazi terrorists” title in favour in favour of a smart indie psychological horror like Amnesia or The Path. He really thinks anything that could be classified as an “errand” or a “fetch quest” should be removed from games, but can’t stop himself compulsively doing all of them anyway.

  • Favourite Games of All Time: Final Fantasy VII (PSOne), Fallout 2 (PC), Deus Ex (PC), Silent Hill 2 (PS2), Vampire The Masquerade: Bloodlines (PC), Metal Gear Solid 2 (PS2)
  • Favourite Console: PS2 (Sony)
  • Favourite Game Character: Heather Mason (Silent Hill 3)
  • Longest Time Spent on a Game: Civilization V (PC)
  • First Game Ever Played: A black and white shareware tennis game on my father’s Mac where he’d guide my hand on the mouse

Mike Slater (Site Contributor)

Mike Slater

Mike Slater is a University student from Manchester currently studying a Media Writing course. He realised that he could use his love for writing to write about what he enjoys most in this world – playing video games!

He believes that no matter how fun a game is, it must have an absorbing and engaging storyline to hold his full attention and to be considered as one of the all time greats. Having said that, he also enjoys shooting countless amounts of Nazis & Aliens in the head to pass the time.

Aside from gaming, Mike is also a passionate film and anime fan and during the summer he can usually be found getting stupidly drunk at a music festival somewhere in Central Europe.

Favourite Games of All Time: Star Wars Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II (PC), God of War 3 (PS3), Metal Gear Solid (PSOne), Dynasty Warriors 3 (PS2), Prince of Persia: Warrior Within (PS2), Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped (PSOne), Commandos 2: Men of Courage (PC) & Half Life 2 (PC)

  • Favourite Console: Playstation 2 (Sony)
  • Favourite Game Character: HK-47 (Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic)
  • Longest Time Spent on a Game: The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (PS3)
  • First Game Ever Played: Wolfenstein 3D (PC)

If you would like to be part of our Awesome team you can apply here.