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 and Bros, 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. To me, it’s my passion – or an obsession. Either word suffices.
Whilst I love music, video games, books and all things geek, other indulgences include Ben & Jerrys ice-cream (Cookie Dough or Dublin Mudslide, please), strong tea (made in a pot and not in the mug), gin (with tonic), chocolate (any way it’s given), doctors (naked), talking too much, complaining and swearing profusely.
In addition to running GGS.com I also write for other places, and run the biggest Silent Hill site/forum in the world, Silenthillheaven.com. I’m also an avid collector of video game tees and Silent Hill memorabilia.
Joseph Haygood (Deputy Editor)
I have always been a gamer, for as far back as I can remember (and that is a loooong way back). I remember when I begged and pleaded for an Atari 2600 with Space Invaders and found it under the Christmas tree. I was amazed at the idea that I could play arcade-style games without the need for quarters.
However, the Atari was just my entry point, as I soon found myself in a love affair with computers. I had devoured books on programming, and at one point, while in a Radio Shack, I decided on a whim to pick up Wizardry and Starflight. I was flabbergasted by the sheer amount of detail packed into the density of two floppy discs. Starflight packed in a universe of content that had me playing the game for a total of 400 hours (I was nerdy enough to track my time in a notebook before Raptr showed up). I continued forward, constantly upgrading my computer for the latest and greatest toys, to play the newest stuff, and even expanded back into consoles with the Xbox 360, PS3, Wii and a PSP.
As for some of my favorites, I would have to point back to Starflight, Mass Effect 1 and 2, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines, Space Quest I-IV, Leisure Suit Larry I-V, Duke Nukem 3D, DiRT 2 and Beyond Good and Evil. I have been an eclectic gamer by trade, and find myself dabbling with all the different genres that are out there.
As for my ventures outside of gaming, I can be found reading tons of science fiction novels, watching the worst movies on Netflix and spending time with my wife and son.
Dan Laframboise (Staff Writer)
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!
I’m a very open minded gamer and I’ll try any genre I can. One of my all time favorites is still PS2′s Amplitude. I can still see the game’s gems in my head when I close my eyes …
Love games from Lumines to Call of Duty, to the most niche games like Cross Edge to Gears of War – I’ll play anything once! Being a young Nintendo fan, meeting Shigeru Miyamoto back at E3 2004 is still my favorite memory of all time.
Olly Jones (Staff Writer)
I think the word “GameBoy” pretty much sums up my childhood. My palms grew up glued to that handheld and that explains the arthritic gaming claws I’ve been cursed with ever since.
Although I play pretty much everything I’ve always been especially drawn towards more eccentric titles. From Parrapa and Gitarooman to Katamari and Warioware, a sense of humour is a nice pizza topping for gaming fun times.
I’ve written for a bunch of sites as well as GGS. My proudest GGS moment was when Nintendo used a quote from my review of Fire Emblem: Awakening in an ad campaign. Mainly because the game was so awesome – go play it!
I cover, make and play games. I’ve created artwork that has been used to publicise a bunch of games and even design and make music for my own amateur games.
Hey, hope you enjoy reading my premium quality games coverage, delivered fresh like wholemeal baguettes to you! Plus I throw in a bunch of other stupid garbage that tumbles out of my head and onto your screen as an extra.
Tanya Horne (Staff Writer)
For my fourth birthday my parents bought me an Atari 2600 Junior; it had quite a few dents which supposedly had something to do with the fact it was obtained from a shop called ‘back of a lorry’. Before too long my life revolved around Space Invaders and Asteroids. Well, until I found a SNES under the Christmas tree one year later that is. The rest, as they say, is history.
More than twenty years later I thankfully remain a video game nerd. During that time I’ve come to realise I’m a true RPG lover at heart, with the FPS and Beat ‘em up genres coming a close second. My favourite all time games include the Star Ocean series, Tomb Raider II, Goldeneye 64 and Golden Sun GBA.
When I don’t have a games controller in hand you can find me either watching Star Trek, eating sushi or following the murky world of politics in my spare time. I also have a life-long crush on Richard Dean Anderson and make a mean cottage pie when I can be coaxed into the kitchen.
Joe McGuinness (Staff Writer)
As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster. I mean, a gamer. Because you can be a gangster in a game with none of the pesky legal implications. You can be a ton of other things too, which is what always drew me to it.
When my parents bought my cousin’s Amiga 4000 because they never used it, I certainly put the machine through its paces. I was a lucky child – as well as the Amiga, my family had an MS-DOS PC, a SNES, and when my aunty went on holiday I babysat her Sega Mega Drive. That first era of gaming is where my heart lies, and it’s true that a good game then is a good game now, no matter the graphics.
I’m always on the hunt to find indie games and developers offering something fresh and different to the market, as well as those who hold cherished retro staples dear. Some of my favourite games include Super Mario World, Metal Marines, Final Fantasy VI and VII, Civ IV, Transport Tycoon, almost any Legend of Zelda title, FTL and Portal 2. Currently I’m investing my time playing titles for iOS platforms and my Nintendo 3DS.
Outside of gaming, I’m an avid fan of Netflix and cancelled Fox TV shows. I spend a lot of my time hanging out with my other half, and occasionally I get a bit opinionated about politics.
Robert Settle (Staff Writer)
I was first introduced to computer games as a toddler when I played Dizzy on the ZX Spectrum. My love affair with gaming has continued for over two decades now and I don’t see it disappearing any time soon.
As far as my gaming habits go, I sit very firmly within the hardcore gaming community. I own both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 and as soon as they are released I will be a very proud owner of both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Whilst I have a deep love of playing adventure games, my favourite game of all time is Socom 2; an online game released ahead of it’s time.
To compound my hardcore credentials, I’m also heavily involved with eSports (competitive gaming). I co-created ConsoleGaming.eu which ran ladders, leagues and tournaments across various games. Nowadays, I work with EGL.tv the new owners of the website who also run their own LAN events across the UK. Expect to see the occasional eSports related article from me.
In the real world, I work full time as a PHP Website Developer. Essentially I help make websites work.
Joe Fourhman (Contributor)
Although I played the heck out of the family Odyssey2 and my Game Boy, I distinctly remember deciding that video games were not for me once things went 16-bit. I suppose it had to do with the number of buttons on the controller. Also I had no money.
But when I got a job, one of the first things I did was buy a co-worker’s old Sega Genesis… and in no time I had caught back up with the modern gen: the N64 and PS1! That generation taught me to adore both Nintendo’s consistent, high-quality output and Sony’s refusal to let one style define their system. I love a good story, and I love arguing about what makes a good story, as most video games have the plotline equivalent of a seven year old’s summary of any given “Indiana Jones” movie. I love cutscenes, I love well-designed menus, I love immersive free-roaming environments. I’m a sucker for any and all peripherals, because I love experimenting with games that break outside of the screen. So yeah, I’ve got the Donkey Konga bongos, the Pokemon pedometer, the GBA eReader and several boxes worth of similarly bizarre and ultimately abandoned plastic gewgaws.
My favorite franchises include Kingdom Hearts, Katamari, Smash Bros, Animal Crossing, Deception, Rock Band, Metal Gear, GTA and Pokemon. My all-time A-number-one, however, is the Fatal Frame series. I made a card game about it.
Tony Sadowski (Contributor)
Would it shock you to learn that I’m a gamer? I guess my gameography begins with my parents’ Atari 2600. I remember playing as a wee, little Tonyling, and I adored Yar’s Revenge, Adventure, River Raid and Taz [CRAZE WAVE]. I was hooked, and video games became a constant fixture in my life.
Sega Master System, NES, SNES, Genesis, 32X, PS1, Saturn, PS2, Dreamcast, Wii, Wii U, assorted Nintendo handhelds, my iPhone…I even had a Virtual Boy. How about poker? Trivial Pursuit? Apples to Apples? Candy Land? Whatever, I’m game. The quirkier the better.
I love writing (overactive brain requires constant outlet), drawing (mostly goofy cartoon sketches), music, and comedy. I’m naturally suspicious, find answers by changing the question, and will often take a side in an argument I don’t necessarily believe just to get a rise out of people. I’m generally sunny and easygoing.
I work in the media, in marketing. Luckily, I like where I work and enjoy a lot of creative freedom, so it isn’t a stifling, soul-sucking bore. I’m a daddy, a husband, a dog birthday party-thrower. Also an over-sharer. Hope you like my stuff. Thanks for reading.
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