Meet The Team

Our story begins with a series of fateful encounters one day in 2015. Though the significance of these meetings would not be fully realized until over 2 years later, they set in motion a series of events that would change the lives of all involved. They traveled many different ways from many different locales—alone from the Midwest, together from the City of Sin, excitedly from the mountains, nervously from the valley. And one, one stayed behind unknowing of the way the stars were shifting.

It was breezy in the bay when Miranda, Steven, Trevor, Eric, and Sam met under the banner of their shared passion for video games and booze.  They enjoyed a fleeting comradery and parted with little consideration for what the future held. As 2016 came to a close some of them would meet once again in a hotel lobby filled with raucous chatter about games once more. It was here their destinies would become truly tangled.

After the event that had drawn them together they would realize they had forged a true friendship. Family Game Night was created. Each evening after long days of work or school they would all hop online to play some Overwatch. After many months of gaming, commiserating, and traveling to see one another the final piece would enter the picture.  Through his decade long friendship with Miranda, Parker would at last get pulled into the group.

It didn’t take long from this point for them to realize that with their shared gaming passion and variety of skills they could create something greater than the sum of it’s parts.

In October of 2017 the wheels began turning on a project that would become what is now Vertical Slice. We are happy to bring you what we have created. Vertical Slice is an entertainment media site focused largely on gaming. Our intent is both to entertain and amuse you as well as provide thoughtworthy discussion on games and the games industry at large.   

 
 

My name is Eric Petralia and I am the video producer of Vertical Slice. I recently graduated with a BA in Photography from the University of Nevada-Reno. I was born in San Francisco and raised there for half my life before moving to Reno, Nevada. From my first time playing Descent on a Mac to replaying Uncharted 4 over and over, games have always been part of my life.

After entering the Kinda Funny community in 2015 and beginning my journey as their photographer in 2016, my passion for the video game industry has only grown. I have the odd desire to make normal videos even stranger. Adding the extra punch of silliness and absurdity is my specialty.

I have wrongly been accused of thinking Uncharted 2 is better than Uncharted 4.

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Miranda [@Jaegerx7]

MY NAME IS MIRANDA POMAR AND I AM THE EXECUTIVE PRODUCER FOR VERTICAL SLICE. AFTER MANY YEARS WORKING TO ORGANIZE THE BUSINESSES OF OTHERS I BECAME AWARE THAT MY TRUE PASSION WOULD LIE IN ORGANIZING MY OWN BUSINESS, PARTICULARLY IN GAMES AND GAMES MEDIA.

AFTER MY FIRST TRIP TO SAN FRANCISCO IN 2015 I LEARNED THE POWER OF TRUE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AND HAVE BEEN ATTENDING GAMING CONFERENCES EVER SINCE. THIS HAS ONLY STOKED MY PASSION TO ENGAGE WITH GAMES, CREATORS, AND GAMERS ON AN INTELLECTUAL LEVEL. I’M DEEPLY INTERESTED IN THE CREATIVE PROCESS BEHIND GAME CREATION AND DIGGING INTO THE MESSAGE AND MEANING OF THE FINAL PRODUCT.

When I'm not gaming I spend a vast majority of my time crying about Aomine Daiki's character arc in Kuroko's Basketball and reading fluffy aokuro fanfiction.

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Parker [@PinchBoi]

My name is Chris Parker and I’m the heart and comedic soul of Vertical Slice. In 2017 I finally made my way to Anaheim for PlayStation Experience and met the Vertical Slice crew for the first time after months of gaming with them. During the conference our friendship and business became solidified, and we’ve been working hard to bring our dreams to your screens and your hearts.

I was born in Saint Louis in the heart of the Midwest and recently graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Acting with an emphasis on Film and Comedy. I have the overwhelming desire to bring my brand of comedy and my passion for games to audiences around the globe.

All of you will become staunch and depraved followers of PinchBoi, the ultimate example of existence in a flawed and frightening world. Prepare.

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My name is Sam Horton and I am a personality for Vertical Slice. While my primary interests lie in technology, I have a long running passion for video games. I run around with a secret deep well of knowledge for pop culture, TV, movies, and gaming. It's an addiction I can't break.

Living as a Silicon Valley transplant from Kansas City, I do a great job at being oblivious to how the world outside the bay area works, and working at tech startups has spoiled myself and my dog. I have recently found joy in going to the gym and bettering my body as my brain continues to absorb seemingly useless information. It's also a great excuse to catch up on podcasts and various TV shows.

I truly believe, someday, in the bottom of my heart, that Shannon will, in fact, call me.

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Steven [@No8Axel]

My name is Steven Santana, I was born in Queens and raised in Las Vegas. I am a big fan of Giant Bomb and Waypoint, and especially interested in video games as an art medium and the ways they can affect a player emotionally.

I live off of focused arguments for what makes something good and finding YouTubers who have a small following but output great longform video criticism such as Noah Caldwell-Gervais, Joseph Anderson, and Raycevick.

You can find me pondering the quality of Neon Genesis Evangelion on my Twitter or reblogging pleasing GIF sets on my Tumblr.

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My name is Trevor Thompson and I am one of the writers for Vertical Slice. I have a deep desire to engage thoughtfully with games, and I believe that the field of game's criticism has a great deal of room to grow.

Raised in Las Vegas and having recently graduated with my BA in English from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, I feel impassioned to explore video games as an art form and give them the level of criticism that I feel they deserve.

I am also engaged in a bitter one-sided rivalry with Steven Santana over anything we do.