By benwade

playWISE was started as a project for a journalism class at the University of Florida in the autumn of 2010. It was made in order to cover videogame news and events in Central Florida and give coverage to games that might interest college-aged gamers. It has since evolved into a broader gaming site with posts from the following individuals:

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Ben Wade
CEO / Senior Executive Editor

Age: 24
Location: Gainesville, FL
Education: Senior obtaining BS in journalism at the University of Florida
Favorite Game: “The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time”

I love writing and I love videogames. So, I started playWISE in hopes of compiling and creating the best videogame news on the Internet. Sometimes I game for fun, sometimes I game for work, but I always game for the win.

Rebecca Kuebler - playwisegaming.comRebecca Kuebler
Associate editor / News specialist

Age: 26
Location: Gainesville, FL
Education: Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Strategic Communication from The Ohio State University, 2006
Favorite Game: “Chrono Trigger”

That’s right; I’m a girl, but don’t be hatin’. I could school these guys in a Dr. Mario deathmatch any day. I’m also the face of playBACK, the premiere gaming news show created by playWISE.

ahmar rana - playwisegaming.comAhmar Rana
Videographer / General focus writer

Age: 22
Location: Gainesville, FL
Education: UF Senior
Favorite game: “Barkley, Shut Up & Jam: Gaiden, Chapter 1 of the Hoopz Barkley SaGa”

I am not entirely sure my dad knew what he was getting into when he bought my brother and I a Super Nintendo and a copy of Super Mario World when I was four years old. By the time I was in kindergarten I had decided I wanted to make videogames for the rest of my life. Note: I once wrote a thesis-length review of Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo Tales for the Nintendo DS. So yeah, I apologize if I have a tendency to be a bit word-prone when it comes to games.

Jake Woodard - playwisegaming.comJake Woodard
General focus writer

Age: 25
Location: Gainesville, FL
Education: AA in Graphic Design
Favorite game: Too many?  “Super Metroid,” “Diablo” series, “Mass Effect” series

I love giant robots and collect Transformers figures.

Jeremy Lloyd - playwisegaming.comJeremy Lloyd
General focus writer

Age: 23
Location: Ocala, FL
Education: 3 years college AA, AS (legal assisting/accounting)
Favorite game: “Mass Effect” series

My favorite genre of movies and games is Sci-fi. The Blu-ray “Vexille” is an amazing piece of art and is my favorite anime. I have played guitar since I was 12 but don’t care for music games. I like to watch crappy horror movies. Someday, I want to visit the moon.

Jared Ubriaco
Technical editor / MMO specialist

Info and picture coming soon


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