Fred Topel has been an entertainment journalist since 1999 writing about film, television and games for websites like About.com, Daily Radar, Sci Fi Wire/Blastr, Canmag, E! Online and currently Crave Online, Fanhattan, Starpulse and Arcade Sushi. He has owned Coleco Vision, Atari 2600, NES, PC, Sega Genesis, N64, Sega Dreamcast, PS2, Xbox, PS3, Nintendo DS, PSP, Android and now iPhone and iPad. Teachers used to complain he played too many video games. Now who's bad!
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