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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OPRAINFALL VOLUNTEERS:

Site Owners

oprainfall Ryan Tyner Ryan is one of the owners and managers of theoprainfall website, mostly managing changes to the website. He also writes articles from time-to-time. His gaming interests include mostlyRPGs; both Western and Japanese. Ryan has a graduate degree in psychology.Twitter- @rjinaz12 (https://twitter NULL.com/rjinaz12)
oprainfall Steve Baltimore a 36 year old gamer joined the Operation Rainfall Campaign shortly after it moved on to Facebook from the IGN forums. He has always loved JRPGs even from way back in the day when Dragon Warrior was released for the NES. He is the Reporting Manager for the website, sifting through tons of Japanese and American press emails for the latest and greatest content. He helps to spread the word of niche games to everyone.

Managers (Heads of Projects or Positions)

oprainfall Chris Stollings (YouTube Manager) Chris is a 28 year old gamer who joined oprainfall in the Fall of 2012. When he’s not writing articles or working on video content for Rainfall, he spends his time creating Let’s Plays for his personal Youtube channel, and filling in the last few missing titles of his vast (in his mind) game collection, preferring RPG’s. But he wont turn down a title of another genre if it looks interesting!
oprainfall Crystal Colwell (Training Manager) Crystal is a diverse and crazy gamer girl who can be found playing all types of games. Including plants VS zombies which is her current obsession. When she first got involved in the Operation Rainfall Campaign, she volunteered to help out with anything that needed to be done. This lead to her doing a little bit of everything and loving every moment of it.
David Fernandes David “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. Speer Josh 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. HeenjoysSHMUPS,Platformers,RPGs and Fighters such Street Fighter. He is alsoanunashamedly 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 (https://twitter NULL.com/SpeerofD3stiny)
oprainfall Scott MacDonald (Public Relations Manager) Ijoinedoprainfall in August 2012 as a writer and reporter. After I proved myself, I became Review Manager and handled all reviews for the site. I then branched out and took over all PR dutiesforoprainfall. Now I keep us in touch with publishers, obtain codes for official reviews, schedule interviews, and tackle other assorted PR responsibilities. I’ll play anything, but I view new releases with a cynical eye.Twitter- @SGM_oprain (https://twitter NULL.com/SGM_oprain)
W Whitehurst Will 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.
azario Azario 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/30dfbad8b2b63ff8851164f06aab6c22 Justin 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.
http://2.gravatar.com/avatar/ab71c80799b26c161b0d881d0f4e063d Kelsey Brinson (Assistant Manager of Video Content) Avid video game player and nerd extraordinaire. I play games and give people my opinions about them, sometimes while on the subway wearing a tin foil hat and sometimes on the internet! I also stream video games with help on Twitch! How thrilling!

Editing Team

 

oprainfall Jeff 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.
E. Chetkaskas Eric Chetkauskas Eric has been a life-long gamer since the Atari 2600 days. He began a life-long quest toward JRPG fandom with the original Dragon Warrior and hasn’t looked back. He took great interest in the Operation Rainfall movement when it started up and is happy be part of the team.
T. Lubben Tyler 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.

Authors and Contributors

Jacob Dobbs Jacob is a lifelong Hoosier who began his gaming days with the Atari 2600 and eventually the Nintendo 64. He is the author of oprainfall’s monthly series: Gaming Crossroads. Pokemon’s popularity in the late 90s influenced him. When Operation Rainfall started to recruit new talent in 2015, he answered their call to join them. Platformers, RPGS, and Racing games are his specialty, but he also enjoys other video game genres. He has a passion for Video Game History and loves retro games, but also enjoys modern day titles. When he is not using technology, he loves to spend time outdoors and enjoy nature tech free. Some people refer to him as a walking encyclopedia.
Daniel Velázquez Daniel fell in love with video games during the mid-eighties when The Legend of Zelda came into his life. Since then, gaming has been his constant. Now a bit older and somewhat wiser, he teaches psychology and studies the benefits of gaming in the digital and cardboard world.
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.
Paul Kainoa Vigil Paul Kainoa Vigil has been playing video games for as long as he can remember. His tastes are varied, ranging from action platformers to RPG’s, and even the occasional adventure game or visual novel. His gaming tastes are almost as interesting as his backlog of games, which continue to grow.
Ben Hafen Ben is a 19-year-old college student who joined the Operation Rainfall crew in 2015. Amongst his hobbies are writing stories, singing, raging against post-game bosses in Etrian Odyssey Untold, and biking everywhere in the hopes of hatching a shiny Carbink.
Benny Carrillo 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.
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.
Jerry Hrechka Jerry Hrechka is a writer and journalist. He was born in the Catskill mountains and now resides in Georgia, still trying to work out how exactly that happened. His work can also be found on nerdstock.com as well as on his horror podcast 1001 Frights.
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.
Stacey Flewelling Stacey is a 36 year old from Canada. She has been playing video games since she was 5 with her first gaming system being the Texas Instruments TI-99/A 4A. She fell in love with Nintendo when her brother got an NES for Christmas. She later got into the hand held market when she got a Game Boy. She’s a die-hard fan of PC, hand held, and iOS games. Her favourite genres are puzzle, MMO, and JRPG. Her favourite games of those genres are Tetris, World of Warcraft, and Final Fantasy VI. She was involved heavily in the emulation scene in the late 90s and posted news on quite a few well known emulation news sites. She has a snowshoe Siamese cat named Elliot whom she loves with all her heart.
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.
Joe Sigadel Contributor- Joe is a regular Contributor for the oprainfall website. For more information about Joe, contact oprainfall via the contact us page.
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.
Matt Welwood Matt does a lot of stuff, and now also does stuffonoprainfall. Frequent player of Hearthstone, and many other games besides. Follow him on Twitter (@ghostlyweevil) for infrequent updates about things that he thinks about.Twitter- @ghostlyweevil (https://twitter NULL.com/GhostlyWeevil)
Brodie Dayton-Mills Brodie 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.
oprainfall David ‘Rawky’ Rawlings David Rawlings, or ‘Rawky’ as we  like to call him, joined the Operation Rainfall Campaign at the beginning. He’s British and found solace with us as he was able to understand our pain about Nintendo and their localizing faux pas. He’s a big fan of the letter ‘U’ and refuses to remove them from words, even though we constantly ask him to. He also believes it’s about time Princess Daisy got kidnapped. Currently, Rawky is living in South Korea where he is teaching school children all the wrong forms of English and copious amounts of British slang
P Schipper Phil 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.”

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