About Me

I’m the Associate Editor at Vision Systems Design magazine, where I write about cool things like drones, AI, machine learning, and unmanned aerial systems. 

In another life I was a game journalist, with bylines in Kotaku, Polygon, Ars Technica, and was the gaming staff writer at The Daily Dot for a couple of years.

I also covered Destiny 2 on the Activision Games Blog before Bungie and Activision decided to part ways. 🙂 

Nowadays you might see me doing some freelance games writing. My Twitter feed is almost 100% progressive politics. I’m still deciding what this blog is going to be about.

I may be reached at dennis@punchingsnakes.com and followed on Twitter: @DennisScimeca.

The snake picture on the home page is by Thomas Brown and used via Creative Commons license. The fist is mine.


  1. Jeff Reifenberger says:


    I just read your piece in The Escapist titled “Little League Trained me for Battlefield 3.” I enjoyed in throughly and give you an emphatic Huh-Ha! I tend to play with random people so I often experience a lot of very selfish play (don’t get me wrong, there are many good team players too). But during the frustrating games, I often find myself wondering if my fellow teammates ever played little league baseball and understand the joys of playing as a team even if you lose the game. It is good to know I am not alone in this desire!

  2. Momdata says:

    I’m a mom who just read your piece on Gawker about video games and how they have been therapeutic.

    I wanted to say thanks for the perspective. I have a son who has suffered from depression and bullying and he is getting better but still not so self-aware to discuss how the games may help him cope. (he’s 16) You have given me some great insight and talking point to perhaps open a conversation that is not antagonistic.

    You need to keep telling your story. It helps more than you probably realize.

    Best to you!

  3. John says:

    Just read your article about mental illness and video games. I work in mental health and your tremendous insight of your illness is rare and you have clearly worked very hard at staying well. I see many people with support who just can’t overcome it. In that respect alone you are blessed. You enlightened me with your explanation of how you look back at your bad days from the good place your in now. A new way of looking at bpd for this old psych nurse.

  4. Paul Eicher says:

    I just read your article “I used to smoke put every time I played video games. Here’s why I stopped.” I loved it and I know what you mean about the nostalgia of getting high after quitting. Especially when looking back at those golden GoldenEye 007 days on N64! Ah good times… before the responsibilities of my 2 kids came into my life :-]

  5. John Irving says:

    Hi Dennis,

    I related tremendously to your piece ‘I’m mentally ill, I shouldn’t own a gun’. Although I haven’t had a mental health crisis in over ten years guns still attract and repel me.
    Firearms, weapons or any sort of violent behaviour was something I never, ever actually inflicted on anybody either.
    I had what was called a ‘manic episode’, followed by long bouts of depression and alcohol abuse.
    I too used to play around with air soft guns, in fact I didn’t pick-up a real gun until a friend of mine took me to a pistol range when I was aged 38. It was cool. I shot a .44, .45 and some really nice 9mm’s. My friend, who shoots thousands of bullets a year was impressed with my accuracy. But what I remember most about the experience where the unwelcome thoughts that kept intruding. I don’t know why I get them, I don’t ask for them and I certainly don’t act on them, but I still despise myself for thinking stuff like, ‘why don’t I shoot my friend right now?’.

    Aside from occasional suicidal ideation, that is why I shouldn’t own a gun.

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