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.
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.
Crystal 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.
Ryan 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.
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.
Josh Speer (Head Editor and Review Manager) – Josh is a passionate gamer, finding time to clock in around 30-40 hours of gaming a week. He discovered Operation Rainfall while avidly following the localization of the Big 3 Wii RPGs. He enjoys SHMUPS, Platformers, RPGs, Roguelikes and the occasional Fighter. He’s also an unashamedly giant Mega Man fan, having played the series since he was eight. As Head Editor and Review Manager, he spends far too much time editing reviews and random articles. In his limited spare time he devours indies whole and anticipates the release of quirky, unpredictable and innovative games.
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.
Dalton McClain – A gamer at heart, and a creator by trade. As a shy kid who grew up in a small town, my only solace was with the games that I enjoyed playing. That being said I enjoy just about every type of game, but more than anything I love playing horror/unique games. I look forward to sharing my knowledge of the strange and unusual with the world.
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.
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.
Chris Melchin – Chris is a computer science student who has been gaming ever since he knew what to do with a Super Nintendo controller. He’s a fighting game player, with a focus on BlazBlue games and Dragon Ball FighterZ. His favourite games include Xenoblade Chronicles 2, Persona 5, 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.
Mitchell Tromans – Famous internet personality loved all over the world for his quirky catchphrases and catchy quirks. With Stylish Merchandise and godlike taste in anime and videogames he has decided to share his gifted opinions with the world so it may become a better place.
Patrick Aguda – Patrick Aguda is a Mechanical Engineering student and an avid fan of both video games and anime. He has been a fan of anime since his older sister introduced him to the genre when he was in Pre-K. He grew up watching shows like Cardcaptor Sakura, Digimon Adventure, Gundam Wing, Dragon Ball Z, Tenchi Muyo and Rurouni Kenshin. His favorite anime of all time is Code Geass. His favorite games include Persona 3 Portable, Steambot Chronicles and the .hack//G.U. trilogy. He is very fond of Sinon (Asada Shino).
William Haderlie – Born in the 1970’s, I’ve been an avid participant for much of video game history. A lifetime of being the sort of supergeek entrenched in the sciences and mathematics has not curbed my appreciation for the artistry of video games, cinema, and especially literature.
Jenae R. – Jenae is an RPG enthusiast who enjoys cats, humidity-free warm weather, Dean Koontz books and a select handful of non RPG series and games. Two of her all-time favorite games are the original Shadow Hearts and Final Fantasy IX. She loves to ramble on about her numerous gaming opinions and is fortunate enough to be able to do it here at oprainfall.
Jason Quinn – Been playing video games since before I could form coherent sentences. I love a wide variety of games, from fast, technical action games to slow RPGs. Aside from video games, I have a love of music, film, and anime.
Aaron is a lifelong video games enthusiast who’s been playing since the days of the NES. He enjoys just about all types of games from RPGs, to platformers, to strategy. He also fancies himself a bit of a writer so writing about video games makes sense, right?
Drew D. – Drew has been an avid gamer most of his life, favoring single-player campaigns. For him, a worthwhile game is one that immerses you; it envelops you and draws out an array of emotions that produce those memorable moments we live for as gamers.
Marisa Alexander – With a flair of both eccentricity and normalcy. Live in New England, still fresh out of HS. Have enjoyed gaming since before schooling and have signed up for many AP and Honor HS classes in order to succeed in life. Is extraordinarily analytical. opinionated, and caring.
Quentin H. – Likes pina coladas and getting caught in the rain. And video games. Cannot forget those video games. Anime too. Should not forget that either.
Walter P. – Plays too much, but still has too many games to finish. Will play any type of game and will watch anything, so is of course not good at being productive. Loves anything crazy.
Fabrice Stellaire – Fabrice Stellaire is a french gamer who started playing on an Amstrad CPC that ran tapes. He then got one with floppy disks and started playing on a gameboy pocket in 1998. Later, he discovered playstation and playstation 2 games, before moving to PC and 3ds. He likes most of games genres except sports and car games.Among his favourite games are Fallou ,Baldu’sgate, Final Fantasy 8, Vagrant Story or Shin Megami Tensei games.
Diego Hernandez – Diego is a huge animation and video game aficionado from a small island in the Caribbean. He hopes his writing gets him places he’d never thought possible.
Nick Benefield – A mainframe software developer from the Midwest, Nick found oprainfall while searching for information about Xenoblade Chronicles. Nick collects games across a myriad of different platforms (old and new). He’s also passionate about old-school anime spanning from the early 80s through the late 90s.
Leah McDonald – Leah’s been playing video games since her brother first bought an Atari back in the 1980s and has no plans to stop playing anytime soon. She enjoys almost every genre of game, with some of her favourites being Final Fantasy Tactics, Shadow of the Colossus, Suikoden II and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. Leah lives on the East Coast with her husband and son.
Lukus Lepine (Editor)- Lukus is a recent university graduate with a bright future thanks to his English lit degree. He has no greater joy than writing, and editing other people’s writing (unfortunately not a joke). He’s also played a video game or two.
Scott Ramage (Editor)- Scott Ramage wears many hats. From podcasts to football games to let’s plays to pro wrestling matches, he has dabbled in several fields while pursuing a Japanese degree to go with his English degree. One of the few constants for him is that he’s been a fan of video games since first playing Pole Position on the Atari 2600.
Skip Zepeda (Editor)- 27, husband and father of two. Loves JRPGs and Strategy RPGs. Huge fan of dungeon crawling and giant robots. I’m a professional help desk support technician. Surviving out in sunny California.