Vikki Blake (Editor-in-Chief)
I was never really the kind of girl who played dollies or dress-up. While other girls were falling in love with soap stars, I was falling in love with gaming. I got lost in Hyrule. I kicked ass in Street Fighter. I had inappropriate dreams about Solid Snake, became obsessed with the gorgeously grim environments of Silent Hill, and am still kind of addicted to Guitar Hero.
I’ve grown up with a particular penchant for survival horror, but I’ll turn my hand to pretty much anything. Does that mean I’m a 1337 pro gamer? Um, my kill:death ratio would suggest otherwise. But I firmly believe that you don’t have to have 1337 skills (or even know what 1337 means) to enjoy video games.
In addition to running GGS, I freelance regularly for loads of lovely places like Eurogamer, MTV, PC Gamer, Official PlayStation Magazine, Official Xbox Magazine, and – just to complete the set! – games™ magazine. I also run the biggest Silent Hill site/forum in the world, Silenthillheaven.com, and am co-EIC and co-founder of letsplayvideogames.com. Come say hi during one of my weekly streams!
John Reetun (Deputy Editor)
What can I say that hasn’t already been said? Games have always been part of my life, from a young age either getting battered on Street Fighter or aimlessly flying a dragon around on Secret of Mana. And now? Well, not much has changed, except I get battered on Titanfall 2 and tend to shout “I used to be good at FIFA” more than I really should.
You’ll mostly see me either doing the videos for the GGS Gamer YouTube channel or trying to come up with witty one-liners for reviews.
My life’s ambition is to have a big dog called Bowser.
Sarah James (Guides Editor)
My first experience with gaming was playing Jet Set Willy (rofl) on my best friend’s ZX Spectrum at the impressionable age of 12. The Sega Mega Drive was my first console and quickly turned me into a hardcore Sonic fan, though it wasn’t until I got my hands on a PlayStation that I became a Serious Gamer™.
While I play most games, I am particularly fond of JRPGs and MMOs – who needs sleep anyway, right!? I am GM to a four-year-old, heroic raiding guild in World of Warcraft, have an obsession with Bloodborne that borders on the unhealthy, and aspire to one day be able to play through the ending of Final Fantasy X without breaking down into a sobbing emotional wreck.
Dan Laframboise (News Editor)
Gaming since the tender age of eight, I’ve had my first taste of gaming through Nintendo’s N.E.S. and I’ve been loving every minute of it!
Viki Taylor (Reviews Editor)
PSN ID: Etherealin | XBL ID: AayriSolassa | Steam: ceriselaflamme | Personal site
I grew up on stories – literally, anything you could give me, I’d read it within hours, creating worlds and people out of nothing more than imagination alone. Then once I hit 16 and stumbled upon Jak and Daxter, suddenly, everything changed. I didn’t just have my imagination to make worlds play out in front of me any more. I had a living, breathing artistic medium that I could actually take part in. And thus, I was suckered in.
I’m a photographer and writer, but I’ve never quite let go of the dream of seeing one of my novels morphed into pixels with a PlayStation logo stamped on it. Gaming keeps drawing me back with new ideas and storylines, places to go and people to meet. Whilst most are waiting for the Final Fantasy VII remake, I’m waiting for Beyond Good and Evil 2; last seen, E3 2008…
Jay George (Staff Writer)
PSN ID: Loveless-Lyric | Steam: Loveless-Lyric | Twitter: @MangakaIra
I’ve been gaming since I was four years old and my parents have blamed my uncle for my addiction ever since. My first game was Sonic the Hedgehog followed instantly by Sonic 2, as both games were out by the time I started gaming.
Fast forward to the present day and I’m still a hardcore gamer willing to give anything a shot, but my passion will always be for the JRPG genre. Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts and the Tales of titles are definitely a few of my favourites but The Legend of Zelda series is everything to me! Well… Until I get that Final Fantasy VII Remake where I will have to re-evaluate everything.
One last thing: I have a dog named Tilly and she is the best.
Stewart Bendle (Staff Writer)
You? (Wannabe GGSer)
We’re always looking for new contributors to join us here at GGS.com. If you are 18+, have a keen interest in gaming, great written skills and the time commitment to contribute regularly (we’re looking for at least five articles a week), we’d love to hear from you!
We welcome anyone and everyone will open arms here at GGS, but we are always particularly delighted to hear from writers representing a minority voice in gaming, whether they be disabled, female/GF, NB, LGB+T, a POC, or any intersectionality of some/all these things!
Working at GGS.com is currently unpaid – bummer, we know (and we promise you, we don’t make a penny from your hard work – this site is strictly not-for-profit). That said, it’s not without its rewards; we have established industry links in both the US and the UK and access many of the perks and privileges of the gaming press including snazzy event invites and review codes (free games, in other words). GGS staff have gone on to work at IGN, GameSpot, Destructoid, VideoGamer, plus a load of development studios like Capcom, Blizzard, Square Enix, Bossa… and that’s just for starters!
Sounds like this might be the right place for you? Get in touch via our contact form explaining why you’d like to join us, coupled with a few examples of your writing. Who knows – you could soon be part of the GGS.com team!