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

  • Justin Wiebe

    Justin Wiebe, creative director, Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare

    The PopCap developer is buying what Microsoft and Sony are selling.

  • Ray's The Dead

    I, Zombie

    The hero of Ray’s The Dead has an identity crisis because he has an identity.

  • Steve Jaros, creative director, Saints Row IV

    Steve Jaros, creative director, Saints Row IV

    If future space aliens want a violent video game with plenty of Jane Austen, they know where to look.

  • Saints Row IV

    Hail To The Chief

    A gangbanger-turned-superhero president in Saints Row IV? Why not?

  • Kentucky Route Zero

    The Road Not Taken

    In its second act, Kentucky Route Zero delights in straying from the beaten path.

  • Satoru Iwata in Nintendo's E3 Nintendo Direct


    With its back against the wall, Nintendo throws out the playbook but runs the same plays.

  • E3 2013 PlayStation press conference

    Once More Unto The Breach

    Sony makes a reasonable argument for one last gaming console.

  • World Of Warcraft Stromwind Keep

    Real estate website prices World Of Warcraft’s Stormwind Keep at $10.2 million, or one-tenth of Hyrule Castle

    Home values may be stabilizing in the real world, but the real estate market appears busted in World of Warcraft’s Azeroth. The novelty real estate blog on the very real real estate website Movoto did some number crunching and estimated that Stormwind Keep is only worth $10.2 million, or about half of what Matt Damon […]

  • Tron

    Sucked in: 13 pop-culture portrayals of games that consume their players

    In it to win it.

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    That’s Not Fair!

    Difficulty is one thing. Injustice is another.

  • Zoombies

    Zombie Zoology

    The zombie apocalypse meets Wild Kingdom in Zoombies: Animales De La Muerte.

  • The Walking Dead

    Empathy Games

    Finding the virtues amid the violence of Telltale’s The Walking Dead.

  • Monaco

    Hail To The Thief

    Heist movies meet Pac-Man in Monaco: What’s Yours Is Mine.