Strangely Awesome was founded in June of 2016 by fans of gaming and entertainment that wanted to share that passion with other fans. We felt that many outlets failed to capture the fan’s perspective and we wanted to provide an alternative.
Since then, we have published over 125 video game reviews, been featured on large aggregate sites like N4G, recorded over 400 podcast episodes, and have been chosen as one of the official media partners of the E3 Expo.
But we’re just getting started! We’ve had a great journey so far, but there’s a lot more to do. We’d love it if you joined us and helped our community thrive even more.
“Strangely Awesome seeks to celebrate the best of gaming and entertainment by creating a resource and inclusive community for like-minded and positive gamers.”
What We’re About:
- We want to help people new to a game or games, in general, get an understanding and have fun.
- Providing guides to popular games to help players jump in with more confidence.
- Providing reviews with the fan experience in mind that are objective and fair but celebrate the best of the game.
- Giving opinions that are inclusive, uplifting, and can be supported with evidence.
- Our podcasts are meant to be a place fans can come hang out and talk about what’s new in the world of gaming or Star Wars.
- Our Star Wars coverage will focus on taking the complexity of Star Wars Canon and Legends and simplifying it for both diehard fans and fans just getting started.
We love video games, and we aren’t ashamed to say it. If you prefer to get a lot of snark and negativity, there are plenty of places on YouTube or around the internet that supply it, and it won’t take you long to locate it. But you won’t find it here. That doesn’t mean we won’t ever have criticisms. We do and will continue to, but they’re always going to be respectful and not seeking to do any sort of harm to people who worked hard to make the game they made.
We don’t operate on some magical scale where a “7” means a game is just “average”. We don’t start with any number in mind and then adjust from there.
As a reference, here is what our scores generally mean:
8-9.5: A great game that stands above many others in its genre
6.5-7.5: A good game that many players will enjoy, but it’s not a perfect experience
5-6.5: An average game that has many merits, but some fans will want to wait for a sale on
4-5: Below Average. A game that some dedicated fans will enjoy, but many others will see significant flaws in
1-3.5: Poor. This game should have gotten more development time, and players should be very cautious about investing full price.
Strangely Awesome will never give a score that is incredibly low or incredibly high just for the “shock value” or to be “edgy”. We think development teams work way too hard to make something we will enjoy, and they deserve a fair and objective review.
We are fans of Star Wars, and you won’t find us apologizing for that here. Again, we’ll have criticisms of things, but it will never be just because the creators didn’t make the thing we wanted them to make. Our focus will primarily be with novels, comics, and reference books – both Legends and Canon – and we seek to start good conversations about those things with fans who love the content as much as we do.
We don’t operate on some magical scale where a “7” means a book or comic is just “average”. We don’t start with any number in mind and then adjust from there.
As a reference, here is what our scores generally mean:
10: Masterpiece: This is essential reading for any Star Wars fan and adds critical elements to the overall story
8-9.5: A great book/comic issue that stands above many others in its genre or series
6.5-7.5: Good: This book/comic may not be absolutely critical reading, but the story has great value and adds to the overall Star Wars story in a good way
5-6.5: An average book or comic issue that has many merits, but some fans will feel it isn’t completely necessary to read
4-5: Below Average. A book or comic that some dedicated fans will enjoy, but many others will see significant flaws in
1-3.5: Poor. This book or comic should have gotten more development time, and readers should be very cautious about investing full price.
Again, Strangely Awesome will never give a score that is incredibly low or incredibly high just for the “shock value” or to be “edgy”. We think development teams work way too hard to make something we will enjoy, and they deserve a fair and objective review.
Tyler Erickson (CEO/Editor In Chief/Podcast Host/Producer)
CEO of Strangely Awesome Games and host/producer of the Strangely Awesome Gamescast. Tyler is a massive Star Wars fan, long-suffering Minnesota sports fan, and loves sports video games and is terrible at shooters but likes them anyway. His favorite authors include Stephen King and Brandon Sanderson, and he will vehemently defend the stance that The High Republic is peak Star Wars. Follow him on Twitter @thatgameswriter.
Steven Weisman (Content Manager/Podcast Co-Host/Producer)
Steven has been covering games since 2017. He likes games of all types but especially loves strategy, RPGs, and rogue likes. His favorite games of all time are Kingdom Hearts, Persona 5, and Slay the Spire. When he’s not playing games, he’s reading. He loves fantasy and Star Wars.
Charles Matthijssen (Senior Editor/Website Manager)
Gaming has been Charles’ passion for as long as there have been video games. From World of Warcraft to Elden Ring, to Fortnite to Pokemon Go, his gaming interests are all over the place (just like him). When it comes to Star Wars, Charles lay curled up in front of the TV watching the original trilogy with a sense of awe and he could recently be found holding his breath with Star Wars: Andor. When Charles isn’t writing, gaming or watching awesome TV/movies, he can be found wandering through nature with his family. For more info, check out lnk.bio/cematthijssen
Want to write for us?
**All positions are volunteer at the beginning with potential for game codes or review copies of books/comics.**
We seek passionate fans that don’t want to be part of just any team, they want to be part of THIS team. If that’s you, fill out this form and send an email expressing your interest to firstname.lastname@example.org.