Ryan Smith

Ryan Smith


Ryan Smith is a Chicago-based freelance journalist who writes about sports and video games for Chicago Tribune’s RedEye and RedBullUSA.com (but don’t worry, Redbook magazine isn’t going to happen). He was once a police and courts reporter at a daily newspaper but never got to do anything cool like wear a fedora or get shot at.

By Ryan Smith

  • Scribblenauts Unlimited

    The Universe According To Scribblenauts

    Who is the strongest being of all time, real or imagined? It’s everything vs. everything in the ultimate Scribblenauts Unlimited battle royale.

  • Laura Green

    Laura Green, musician

    Laura Green shares the secrets of a professional Power Glove player.

  • William Watterson, actor

    William Watterson, actor

    The star of Lost Planet 3 has invented a more peaceful version of the Atari 2600 game River Raid.

  • Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic

    Understudy Hall

    Which sidekicks outshine their heroes?

  • Surgeon Simulator 2013

    Have a nice trip: 9 video game drugs that induce playable hallucinations

    Drugs are bad?

  • Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon

    Halftime Report

    What is your favorite game of 2013 so far?

  • Fallout 3: Bobbleheads


    What are your most cherished in-game collectibles?

  • The Sims

    Plagiarize This

    What great idea do you wish more game designers would copy?

  • 8-Bit Pale Ale

    Tasting the retrogaming themed microbrew, 8-Bit Pale Ale

    Traditionally, I’ve paired classic games with the cheap macrobrews of the midwest. Nothing accentuates a mustachioed plumber from Brooklyn or rough-and-tumble twin brothers from the inner city like a Pabst Blue Ribbon or a Miller High-Life—urine-colored brews with the flavor of watered-down gasoline offset by a slight hint of aluminum. Both are tolerable when served […]

  • Gunpoint

    Inspector Gadget

    Technology is both the problem and the solution for Gunpoint’s hero.

  • Tom Clancy's The Division

    A Sidekick With Kick

    Tom Clancy’s The Division offers a new kind of second banana.

  • QuickDraw

    Annie Get Your PlayStation Move

    QuickDraw strips the art of dueling down to the essentials.

  • Harold Ryan, president, Bungie

    Harold Ryan, president, Bungie

    The head of the former Halo studio says the upcoming Destiny once played like Gauntlet—and still might.