MonsterVine – monstervine.com

We Are: A Video Game Reviews and News Destination
Started By: Two Individuals
Looking To: Make An Impact

Mission Statement

MonsterVine is an independent video game reviews and news website launched on November 18, 2008. The founding members William Saw and James Cobb envisioned a gaming website that would make a statement and ultimately showcase the best undiscovered talent from the internet. We convey our writer’s first ethos through the latest gaming reviews, previews, features, news, and commentary on what we are passionate about. MonsterVine’s aim is to create worthwhile stories that leaves an lasting impression on our enthusiast audience.

Review System

MonsterVine’s approach to video game reviews is to evaluate and inform readers. Our reviewers focus on the completeness of analysis, insight, and opinion as well as how effectively is it conveyed to the reader. Our intent when reviewing a game is to ultimately judge whether a game is fun or not. We now classify our reviews on a numerical scale out of five in order to best serve our readership. Our hope is to make our reviews accessible under a universal grading scale. We call this The Final Word and our countless reviews have proven that it works.

5/5 – Excellent

– While the game is not perfect, it is recommended by the reviewer without hesitation.

4.5/5 – Great

4/5 – Good

– The game has obvious flaws and setbacks that hamper its overall enjoyment, it is still worthy of a recommendation by the reviewer.

3.5/5 – Fair

3/5 – Average

– While there is appreciation towards the games aspects, the reviewer felt the title could have been better executed.

2.5/5 – Mediocre

2/5 – Poor

– The games cons outweigh the pros.

1.5/5 – Terrible

1/5 – Abysmal

– You might as well make a bad analogy of why this game sucks.

Contact Information

If you are a reader, writer, or PR and want to get in contact with us then send us a e-mail.

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Site statistics and media kit available upon request. Google Analytics serves as our primary traffic indicator.


MonsterVine’s team can be described as a collective of gaming journalists from diverse backgrounds. We are constantly tuned into the happenings of the industry and will not hesitate to voice our opinion. If you’d like to join the team, then let us know by getting in contact.

Active/Full Time Staff E-Mail Position
William Saw will@monstervine.com Co-Founder/Editor-in-Chief
Diego Escala diego@monstervine.com Reviews Manager
Austin Paul Adamson austin@monstervine.com Managing Editor
Spencer Legace spencer@monstervine.com Reviews Editor
Michael Thomas Elliott michael@monstervine.com Senior Editor
Kyle Haste kyle@monstervine.com Podcast Host/Editor
Jessica Meno  jessica@monstervine.com Associate Editor


Current Freelancers: Samantha Lienhard, Ed Hopper, Carlos Macias, Trevor Stamp, Aaron Hawkins, Shannon P. Drake, Zac Naoum

Alumni/Past Contributors: Alex Rubens, Andy Jackson, Annie K., Bill Chen, Brian Gee, Carlos Velasco, Craig Ballard, Craige Parmenter, Cody Scaggs, Don Gehrett, Flavio Kuperman, György Brogyán, James Cobb (Co-Founder), Jonathan Baraldez, Kenny Starling, Malik Fadiga, Mark Nicoll, Marshall Oliver, Marcos Reyes, Mike Edwards, Plamen Jeliazkov, Philip Wybenga, Ryan Moir, Ryan Schramm, Sarah Ramey, Travis McMullen, Zack Mok


  • We certainly could not be here today without the support of Pete Campbell and Kyle Haste who provided their valuable hosting services and SEO advice throughout the years.
  • We thank all the sites that have been helpful and linked back to our stories.
  • We thank all publishers for reaching out and encouragement in order for us to make our impact on the industry.
  • We thank the developers that put in all their hard work, time and effort into creating the video games we cover.
  • And finally, to our readers and community who guided us with your wonderful feedback!
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