About Us

Try Hard Guides was created by Shaun Savage and Christine Mielke in June 2021 and is owned by Temptalia LLC.

The intention behind Try Hard Guides is to provide its users with the best gaming news and guide based content on the internet. This means no superfluous information that you don’t need. We like to get right to the point and have you receiving the details you are looking for as soon as we can.

Finally, one of the most important aspects of the site will be the fostering of a welcoming community. We all know that things can get heated in discussions on the internet, so it is nice to have a place where you can express your opinion without being harassed. All comments that are received on Try Hard Guides go through a moderation process, which means anything that breaks the comment rules will be removed! This allows us to keep a positive community, where you can discuss things freely.

Try Hard Guides has been mentioned by major media outlets like Tom’s Guide, LifeHacker, Polygon, Dexerto, Sportskeeda, Arstechnica, Engadget, Kotaku, Techradar, Gamesradar, Gamespot, Game Rant, and numerous other globally recognized publications, which demonstrates our credibility, reputation, and reach in the industry.

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Why the name Try Hard Guides?

While the term “try hard” in gaming is looked as a negative, we would like to repurpose it as a positive. It shouldn’t be viewed as a bad thing to try hard at whatever you enjoy. If you want to be a success, win at whatever you do, or be the best then you need to be a try hard!

We also have felt like try hards when it comes to websites. We have been publishing content since 2006 and have found success in multiple industries. This has continued with Try Hard Guides, and we hope that it will continue on into the future.

Try Hard Guides Staff

Christine Mielke – Owner & Founder

Photo of Christine Mielke standing in front of a bush with red leaves.

Christine Mielke (Founder, Editor-in-Chief) lives in Arizona with her husband and fur-kid, Winston, aka “Winnie.” She is also the founder and editor-in-chief of Temptalia, a popular beauty blog that has been publishing since 2006.

She is a 2011 graduate of Santa Clara University’s JD/MBA program, after having graduated in 2007 from University of California, Irvine with B.A. in Economics and B.A. in Political Science.

She has been featured in publications like Google for Publishers, WWD, Nylon, and Allure.

You can also find her via Twitter and LinkedIn.

Email Address: christine@tryhardguides.com

Shaun Savage – Founder & Editor-in-chief

Photo of Shaun Savage standing in front of a bush with red leaves.

Shaun Savage is the founder and editor-in-chief of Try Hard Guides. He has been building websites for over 20 years and has had an interest in video gaming for even longer! He is a 2013 graduate of the Academy of Art University with an A.A. in Web Design and New Media. He has been able to successfully build websites by leveraging his expertise in search engine optimization and finding under-tapped niches. His ability to write comprehensive, understandable video game guides that are still search-engine friendly has made his websites quick to take off.

Shaun was the editor-in-chief and founder of both Hearthstone Top Decks and Pro Game Guides. Each of these sites were acquired by different companies and are still running to this day.

When he’s not grinding away on his website, he enjoys spending time with his wife and family, watching bad movies, and binge watching TV shows.

He was featured on Google for Publishers. You can also find him via Twitter or LinkedIn.

Email Address: shaun@tryhardguides.com

Mark Carpenter – Managing Editor

Mark Carpenter

Mark Carpenter is the Managing Editor at Try Hard Guides, and main guide writer. With over five years of experience in games media, including almost three years as an Assigning Editor for Pro Game Guides, and before that a Staff Writer. His writing and game guide work has also been featured on platforms such as Metro UK and Game Rant, along with other smaller publications. He has been a devoted gamer since the days of Amiga, with a journey spanning roughly 31 years.

Mark’s future goals are to grow the Try Hard Guides network as much as possible while helping gamers everywhere with gaming guide content. When not immersed in gaming, Mark enjoys delving into the worlds of D&D (Dungeons & Dragons), strumming his guitar, and indulging in a good read. His heart belongs to RPGs, the Final Fantasy series, and The Legend of Zelda. Moreover, he has a keen affection for dogs.

You can also find him via Twitter or LinkedIn.

Email Address: mark@tryhardguides.com

Jorge A. Aguilar – Assigning Editor

Jorge Aguilar

Jorge A. Aguilar, also known as Aggy, is the current Assigning Editor.

He started his career as an esports, influencer, and streaming writer for Sportskeeda. He then moved to GFinity Esports to cover streaming, games, guides, and news before moving to the Social team where he ended his time as the Lead of Social Content.

He also worked as a writer and editor for both Pro Game Guides and Dot Esports, and as a writer for PC Invasion and Android Police. Aggy is the former Managing Editor and Operations Overseer of N4G Unlocked and a former Gaming editor for WePC.

Throughout his time in the industry, he’s trained over 100 writers, written thousands of articles on multiple sites, written more reviews than he cares to count, and edited tens of thousands of articles. He has also written some games published by Tales, some books, and a comic sold to Telus International.

You can also find him via Twitter or LinkedIn.


Erik Hodges

Erik Hodges
Erik Hodges is a hobby writer and a professional gamer, at least if you asked him. He has been writing fiction for over 12 years and gaming practically since birth, so he knows exactly what to nitpick when dissecting a game's story. When he isn't reviewing games, he's probably playing them.

Contact Information

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Try Hard Guides c/o Temptalia LLC

4340 E. Indian School Rd.
Suite 21, #510
Phoenix, AZ 85018

Number: 650-382-3750