It seems that every video gaming website and gaming blog starts off by reassuring you they are operated ”by gamers, for gamers.”  So, at the risk of sounding terribly cliché, we’ll just go ahead and get this out of the way early – Tyrant and Ogre is officially run by me, Chris Helms, someone who is incredibly passionate about one thing and one thing only: video games.

The first game I ever played was Keystone Kapers on the Atari 5200 way back in the day and I was hooked from there.  System after system rotated through my childhood and young adult life – Sega Genesis, NES, Super NES, N64, Playstation One – 3, Game Gear, Gameboy (both grayscale and color), the Wii, Xbox, and (most importantly) the PC.  In fact, my N64 still gets pulled out for the occasional drunken MarioKart race or Super Smash Brothers brawl.

The point is, we here at Tyrant and Ogre know games and gaming culture.  They have both shaped who we are in countless ways and sucked up innumerable hours from our social lives.  Additionally,  Tyrant and Ogre is not currently set up as a business, we aren’t making any money off this site.  That’s not to say we won’t in the future, but for now we’re simply trying to create a well-organized outlet to rant, rave, and opine on all things video gaming which we are running in our spare time and keeping afloat using money we receive from our real day jobs.

With that said, let’s talk about what Tyrant and Ogre actually does.  In broad terms Tyrant and Ogre covers any sort of gaming news. We write reviews of games, and we delve into topics such as games in politics and the business aspect of the gaming industry.  We’ll have podcasts, video reviews, giveaways, and everything else you can think of.  We have a number of good friends from across the gaming industry who wills top by and write op-ed pieces from time to time as well.

In addition to the normal release reviews we also write what we’ll go ahead and call “Post-Release Reviews.”  In today’s gaming world, we have wonderful programs like Steam and Origin that have made buying games at discount prices months after they were initially released incredibly easy.  Additionally, we’ve noticed that a lot of games are released with plenty of bugs that the developers need a few weeks or months to sort out.  A game such as that may receive a poor initial review score but, eight months after release, may be one of the best games you could buy for the money.  That’s what we try to figure out.  Long after release, is the game still good, has it gotten better since release, and is it worth buying?

So that’s us!  Take a look around and enjoy the news, reviews, and opinions.  Or don’t enjoy them, and let us know.  Either way, welcome to the site!