About oprainfall

Here at oprainfall, we are a group of fans who are passionate about games. We  love Japanese and niche gaming culture, and spreading the word about good games that deserve a bit more of the spotlight. We started off as a localization campaign called Operation Rainfall, to promote localization of a few Nintendo JRPG games, from there we grew into a decent-sized fan-following on Facebook, and now we have this website. Our campaigning days are behind us, and even though we kept part of the campaign name, we are now only this website. This website was built by fans for the niche gaming community. Stick around and check out the site, or contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

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Site Owners

oprainfallRyan Tyner –Ryan is one of the owners and managers of the oprainfall website, mostly managing changes to the website. He also writes articles from time-to-time. His gaming interests include mostly RPGs; both Western and Japanese.Ryan has a graduate degree in psychology.Twitter- @rjinaz12
oprainfallSteve Baltimore  –Steve started with oprainfall not long after the campaign moved from the IGN forums to Facebook. Ever since, he has been fighting to give all non-mainstream RPGs a fair voice. As the site admin, he will continue to do this and even show there is value in what some would deem “pure ecchi.” He loves niche games and anime more than anything… well, except maybe Neptune.
oprainfallCrystal Colwell (Human Resources) Crystal is a diverse and crazy gamer girl who can be found playing all types of games. When she first got involved in the Operation Rainfall Campaign, she volunteered to help out with anything that needed to be done. That was clearly a bad idea since she ended up doing a little bit of everything. She still does as a site co-owner, and loves every second of it. Twitter –@fairyprinsesss

Managers (Heads of Projects or Positions

David FernandesDavid “Lazy_Penguin” Fernandes (Community Manager) David is an assistant admin and community manager at oprainfall. He joined the Operation Rainfall Campaign at the beginning, and became one of the staff as the first wave of new volunteers were needed back in mid June.  He is an avid video game collector, and lover of most game genres. David spends much of his time going through his video game backlog.
J. SpeerJosh Speer (Review Manager) Josh is passionate about gaming, as one would expect from someone who is almost 30 years old and who still finds time to clock in around 30-40 hours of gaming a week. He found out about Operation Rainfall when he was avidly following the pending localization of the Big3WiiRPGs. He enjoys SHMUPS, Platformers, RPGs and Fighters such Street Fighter. He is also an unashamedly giant Mega Man fan, and has been playing the series since he was eight. He even draws his own Mega Man characters in his spare time! Twitter- @SpeerofD3stiny
W WhitehurstWill Whitehurst (Translation Team Leader) Will joined the Operation Rainfall Campaign soon after news broke of that infamous French interview about Xenoblade. Subsequently, he got actively involved and became a staff member in July/August 2011. He is currently an Editor on the website, and loves to play, discuss, debate and learn more about games. Will gravitates towards unconventional action games (such as bullet hell shooters) and RPGs, but plays pretty much anything except Madden.
Benny Carrillo   (Public Relations Manager) A gamer since the days of the NES, this professional otaku adores Mega Man, Super Robot Wars, Yuri, Visual Novels, the Slice of Life anime genre, and of course Hyperdimension Neptunia. His mission on oprainfall is to help deliver the news straight to you.
azarioAzario Lopez  (Podcast Manager) Azario is the host of Total Control oprainfall’s Official Podcast. His likes are video games, grilled cheese, and goofing off. He’s also still eagerly awaiting The Last Guardian to get a release date.
http://2.gravatar.com/avatar/30dfbad8b2b63ff8851164f06aab6c22Justin Guillou (Anime Manager) Justin joined Operation Rainfall after visiting the site numerous times and reading the articles on Xenoblade Chronicles. He enjoys searching for and collecting some of the more obscure video games out there.
Joe Sigadel (Reporting Manager) – Joe is the reporting manager for oprainfall, he is also a broadcaster on Twitch and loves showing off many of the games we report about on his channel. He has also been known to defended Senran Kagura from those who only want to accept it at face value.

Editing Team

oprainfallJeff Neuenschwander (Head Editor/Manager) Jeff has been a supporter of the website and campaign since the beginning. Joining in for E3 2012, he worked his way up the ranks quickly, making it to the Editing Manager post at the beginning of 2013. Jeff has a wide variety of tastes when it comes to gaming and pretty much likes anything that is quirky, although his favorite genres are Action, Platforming, and RPG. Outside of gaming, Jeff is a musician, being trained as a trombonist for Jazz and Classical music, and holds a degree in Sound Recording.
T. LubbenTyler Lubben (Assistant Head Editor) Tyler is a lifelong gamer, getting his start on the Intellivision when he was three years old. After receiving his English degree, he discovered all those jokes about getting a job in his field were true. As an Editor with oprainfall, Tyler is able to bridge his two passions; playing and talking about video games at any given opportunity, and being a total grammar Nazi the rest of the time.
Tom Tolios A lifelong gamer with equal love for both the classics and the current stuff, I have a particular fondness of all things Capcom and Square-Enix. I enjoy long sessions of co-op games with friends and loved ones. My hobby interests are as varied as the day is long, ranging from comics, TV shows, movies, anime, manga and tabletop gaming. I love dark fantasy like Berserk and stories rife with political intrigues, such as George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire and Mobile Suit Gundam’s Universal Century timeline. I really love post apocalyptic dystopian settings, especially the good stuff from the zombie genre such as The Walking Dead (comic and TV show) and anything in the genre by George Romero. I’m also a fan of my local sports teams (Blackhawks, Bulls and Cubs in particular). I have a background in customer service in consumer electronics and one of my key responsibilities was handling social media for the corporations I’ve worked for.

Authors and Contributors

Louis Polite Louis is a youthful but old-school gamer from New Jersey who is partially of Japanese descent and he’s totally frilly! He’s been gaming for practically as long as he’s been alive with a early-on fascination for Kid Icarus, with his other favorite franchises being Klonoa, the Tales series, Sonic The Hedgehog, Final Fantasy, Castlevania and Ninja Gaiden. He’s a total hipster for Nintendo as well appreciating cult classics like Earthbound and Eternal Darkness. His favorite genre is JRPGs, which is an obvious inspiration why he joined the campaign of Operation Rainfall at it’s launch. He’s a gamer who demands quality and charm out of his games because if he doesn’t get it he will let it be known.
Michael Fontanini Michael is a32 year old gamer who grew up around video games, with fond memories of the oldies like the NES and SNES. He loves Nintendo but also plays a lot of games on his PC.Michael is also a computer programmer. This started with a toy he got as a kid called PreComputer 1000 that was made by V-Tech. It had a simple programming mode which is what started him down the road of being a programmer! Michael can program in BASIC, Visual Basic, C++, C#, and is familiar with Java and Lua Script.
Andrew Mathieu My name is Andrew Mathieu. I’m a college student and I work part-time in my home state of Connecticut. I’m working towards being a writing and host three blogs on WordPress about animation, comic books, and video games. I hope to one day be able to write comic books and voice my opinions about my favorite fields of entertainment.
Alexander Jones Alexander Jones (a.k.a. CronoLink9) is a 23 year-old with a BA in History and has been gaming as far back as he can remember, starting with the Super NES and original Game Boy. Growing up, he was raised strictly on Nintendo consoles, but this fueled a passion for Japanese gaming and design. He grew to love JRPGs and niche games (as well as anime), and though he does still have a soft spot for Nintendo, he has grown to love any developer and console with fun, enjoyable games. Some of his favorite games of all time include Ocarina of Time, Final Fantasy VI and XIII, Chrono Trigger, and Katawa Shoujo. Alexander has been following Operation Rainfall since right around when the movement was founded.
Arvind Radakrishnan Arvind is a YouTube Let’s Player who aspires to become a future programmer in a gaming company. He enjoys doing many things game related from cosplay, collectibles, making videos of them and some variants of games. He plays action/adventure, survival horror, and RPGs mainly.
Brodie Dayton-MillsBrodie Dayton-Mills (Graphic Designer) Brodie is an amateur writer schlepping his way through school and towards the film and video game industries. He joined oprainfall as an author, but quickly chiseled out his niche on the graphics team. When he’s not playing Kingdom Hearts or Fire Emblem, chances are he’s watching British sci-fi.
P SchipperPhil Schipper Phil joined the oprainfall Staff to review Android games, but soon fell in love with writing news articles and Games of the Past. His dream is to make a living writing sci-fi and fantasy novels, which is why he leads the Obscure Authors Alliance in his free time. Still, even in his stories, which usually involve insane people, video games are one of his strongest influences. He describes himself as “a Mr. Nice Guy with a horrible, horrible dark side.”


Chris Melchin Chris is a computer science student who has been gaming ever since he knew what to do with a Super Nintendo controller. Since then, he’s owned every Nintendo console to be released. His favourite games include Xenoblade Chronicles, Persona 4 Golden, and Little Busters. He started watching anime in high school, and his favourite series is Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood. He also writes Vocaloid music for his personal YouTube channel, and has a (slight) obsession with Megurine Luka.

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