James B. Jones is a writer, author, game designer, and journalist who currently spends his days as the Web Content Editor for Red 5 Studios.
James began his writing career in 2007 as the “Led Editor” (according to a typo on his press badge) for Xbox 360 Rally, a video game news/review blog that was owned by 451 Press. Inside of a year, James moved from being a writer with no prior experience to the Editor-in-Chief of 451 Press’ network of game blogs. By January 2008, two of his blogs – 1PStart and Xbox 360 Rally – were the #1 and #2-trafficked blogs on the 451 Press network.
In 2008 James left 451 Press to found the gaming blog Binge Gamer, alongside Allison Boyer and Mike Masashi Murakami III. Serving as the website’s Editor-in-Chief, James steered the editorial direction of the website to go beyond the headlines – focusing on providing in-depth news pieces that tried to put the headlines into context. Additionally, James oversaw the website’s original content and worked with Binge Gamer’s staff to provide entertaining and thoughtful original content.
When Binge Gamer closed in 2010, James took a brief reprieve from the games industry, becoming the Editor-in-Chief of Gearfuse, a science & technology blog. At Gearfuse, James was tasked with returning the website to its roots of reporting the news as it relates to the fields of science, technology, and consumer electronics.
From 2008 through early 2011, James also wrote content for Blorge, Break Media, Demand Media, and numerous direct-commission clients. His work ranged from news reports and editorials, to guides on home illness remedies.
Joining BioWare in April 2011 as the Web Content Writer for Star Wars: The Old Republic, James fulfilled a lifelong dream of working on a Star Wars property. In his position, James wrote news articles, press releases, video scripts, in-game tutorials, and numerous other items in support of the game. In February 2012, James was one of the writers to compile the Star Wars: The Old Republic Encyclopedia (ISBN: 9780756698393), fulfilling another lifelong ambition: to have his writing published.
As is only too familiar within the gaming industry, James found himself without a job in July 2011. That following September, James agreed to come to Red 5 Studios as their Web Content Editor – a position which he still holds today.
Although born in Flint, Michigan, James currently resides in the (self-described) cultural wasteland of Orange County, California. His aspirations include publishing his first stand-alone novel, seeing a world of his creation come to life in a video game, returning to the news business in a meaningful way, having a syndicated column, and generally becoming renowned enough so that he doesn’t have to refer to himself in the third-person on his own website because, let’s face it, that’s a little pretentious and I – err, James – thinks it sounds goofy as hell.
TL;DR: I sometimes poop.