Photo of Joe at a Two5Six event in 2013 by Kill Screen on Flickr

Joe is a web and mobile app developer based in New York. He is also someone who really likes video games.

He spent his teen years working at Blockbuster Video and some of his early twenties working at GameStop. While at Blockbuster, many slow nights were spent playing the rental Nintendo 64 games on a Pokémon Snap Station in the middle of the store. GameStop fired him for not tucking in his shirt.

He briefly attended DigiPen Institute of Technology while pursuing a career in video game design and development. Unfortunately, real game development is a lot harder than using RPG Maker ’95. So he dropped out after a while and didn’t really stick with it. Creating games is still a desire of his, so he’s been experimenting with Unity, PICO-8, and Playdate development.

Through his web development career, he has worked for Gary Vaynerchuk as well as built digital publishing tools at Condé Nast. Start-up projects of his own have been invited to participate in incubator programs run by NEA and VentureCrushFG. He’s decided to combine that experience with his passion for video games and launch this website.

But in all honesty, Joe would rather talk about video games than about himself in the third person.

Is that your real name?

Nope, it’s a pseudonym I started using online around 2005 or so. I was named Joe after my grandfather, and Joe Dynamite was a name he was known by. He used to drive a truck for a living, and a lot of that time was spent delivering explosives to construction sites here in NY. Then, after he passed away, I decided to assume the mantle, kind of like my own superhero origin story.

What are your top 5 games?

I know these lists can be pretty contentious but here are my picks. I apologize if your favorite game isn’t on my list. 😉

  1. EarthBound (Super Nintendo)
  2. Suikoden II (PlayStation)
  3. Super Mario Odyssey (Switch)
  4. Yakuza: Like a Dragon (Xbox 2020)
  5. Final Fantasy Adventure (Game Boy)