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.
Whilst I love music, video games, books and all things geek, other indulgences include Ben & Jerrys ice-cream (Cookie Dough, please), strong tea (made in a pot and not in the mug), gin (with tonic), chocolate (any way it’s given), doctors (naked), and swearing profusely.
In addition to running GGS.com I also write news for IGN, MTV UK, and GamesRadar+, and write reviews for Official PlayStation Magazine and GamesTM 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!
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…
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!
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.
John Reetun (Video 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.
Stewart Bendle (Staff Writer)
Jay George (Staff Writer)
Sarah James (Staff Writer)
Jacob Waller (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!
Whilst we’re not exclusively an all-female staff, we are particularly keen to recruit and promote female and under-represented writers.
Working at GGS.com is currently unpaid – bummer, we know (and we promise you, we don’t make a cent from your writing – 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, Capcom, Blizzard, Square Enix… 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!