Our Team

Ryan McCay, Jonathan Illig, and Michael Harvey

Ryan McCay

Founder / CEO

A gamer from childhood, I have always been focused on creating new and interesting ideas while always challenging the norm. This site came from my passion for gaming and trying to find games that my group could play together and not feel cheated after a few hours. I hope you’ll join me in making this dream a reality for gamers everywhere. We have a fantastic team at UGDB.com and I’m excited to see what new ideas we come up with together.

Favorite Games: Final Fantasy 7, Dark Souls, Halo, Mass Effect

Lance Finley

Creative Director

Favorite Games: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Tekken 3, Final Fantasy 8, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Dark Souls

Jonathan Illig

User Experience Designer

Favorite Games: Dark Souls, Final Fantasy 7

Aaron Davis

Aaron Davis

Co-Founder / COO / Lead Developer

I have been a gamer for as long as I can remember, but I found that as the gaming industry matured games were not necessarily getting better. It seemed that too many developers had lost their focus on what gamers were excited about playing, and began focusing on how to produce cookie cutter games to make money as quickly as possible. As an experienced software engineer I wanted to build a tool to give gamers their voice back, and when I was approached by Ryan a long time friend we partnered up to do just that. We hope to turn UGDB.com into a game changer for the industry and we hope the rest of you will join us in our quest by telling us what games truly epic, and what games need to be buried in the desert.

Favorite Games: Diablo 2, League of Legends, Final Fantasy 7, Vampire the Masquerade Redemption, Thief, Warcraft Francaise, Dark Age of Camelot, Portal, Elder Scrolls Francaise, Chrono Trigger

Derek Wentz, Chris McKeever

Derek Wentz

Head Editor

Derek writes things. When he's not working out at the gym or crushing the hopes and dreams of noobs in Dota 2, Derek can be found on his porch in the middle of nowhere, working on proofs, book reviews, gaming articles, short stories, and the occasional political rant.

Favorite Games: DOTA 2, Knights of the Old Republic 2, Call of Cthulu: Dark Corners of the Earth

Chris McKeever


Chris McKeever spent many of his formative years playing strategy games and RPGs across many platforms. Advance the story a decade, and he is still playing strategy games and RPGs, but now he also writes about them. He enjoys games with engaging stories and strong writing--games that transcend traditional notions of what games are and ask what games can be. Package that in an Old West setting with great mechanics, and you've found his ideal game.

Favorite Games: Freespace 2, Dark Souls, Skyrim, Age of Empires 2

Sunday Avery


Sunday enjoys any game where she can be in charge of everything. Also many RPGs, any game that is set in the Wild West, and games with a lot of unnecessary scares to play at night. If there is a game where characters must live according to her cruelty, she will play it.

Favorite Games: Animal Crossing: New Leaf

David Grue


David has been gaming almost since birth. Once his hands gripped the cold plastic of the NES Zapper and he shot down his first duck it was over, he was addicted. He currently enjoys playing action adventure games, platformers, MMORPGs, and any game with a compelling world. He lives in beautiful sunny southern California where he spends most of his time inside. When David's not playing, discussing or writing about video games he spends his time playing the drums and volunteering. He's happily married to his beautiful wife and has no offspring…yet.

Favorite Games: Skyrim, Zelda: Ocarina of Time, World of Warcraft, Guild Wars 2

Kierian Croom

Content Validation

I have a Bachelor's in History from Coastal Carolina University. I currently reside in the Midwest but will be relocating to the south soon. When I'm not working or playing games or trying to spend as much time with my Doberman as possible, Briseis, I enjoy just being outside with friends. I've been playing games since the early 90's and have been playing online for about 8 years. I'm a fan of FPS, TPS, WRPGs, and pretty much any game that has a co op system. At the moment, I play Xbox and a lot of Mass Effect 3 Multiplayer.

Favorite Games: Halo, Mass Effect, The Walking Dead, BioShock

Jon Brandenburg


I’ve been playing videogames since I was four years old and despite investing an ungodly number of my life’s hours with a controller in my hands, I am reluctant to define myself as a gamer. I am however a fan of games and it’s been amazing to see how far they’ve come in size, scope and story since the first game I beat, “Duck Tales” for the NES. Videogames have become a medium where some of the best stories are now being told and for a fan of good stories, like myself, there’s no better time. My goal at Ultimate Gaming Database is to use my degree in journalism to do honest-togoodness goodness, to do journalism about games and not “videogame journalism,” and to keep my stupid opinions (mostly) to myself.

Favorite Games: DuckTales, Planescape: Torment, Red Dead Redemption, Metal Gear

Joanna Nelius


April Davis

Content Manager and Social Advocate

Devon Santagato

Content Manager and Social Advocate

Daniel Powell

Content Manager and Social Advocate

Eric Wei

Lead Software Engineer

Howard Lee

Software Engineer

David Schlessman

Software Engineer

George Alexopoulis

Lead Comic Artist / Journalist

George Alexopoulos has been playing video games since he was given an Atari 2600 for his second birthday. He is never beaten Super Mario Brothers but he has beaten Ninja Gaiden. This one time he was at a party, and instead of talking to girls, he chose to play Dark Souls. It is said George will enjoy any game - as long as it meets his notoriously high standards. He adores classics and lesser known gems; like the little puppies in the box who everyone ignores on the street, he picks them up and says, I will love you and give you a home. His fierce passion for quality has led him into numerous altercations, but he remains determined to take a stand for excellence. George is a ferocious practitioner of chivalry and insists on being a gentleman at all times, whether people like it or not. He fights like a Rogue, but has the heart of a Paladin. When not writing articles about video games, George enjoys writing and illustrating comics. His body of work, including his portfolio and semi-regularly update comic strip Bite-Size, can be found on his personal website at http://studionj.com.

Favorite Games: Shadow of the Colossus, Dark Souls, EarthBound