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Vikki BlakeJoseph HaygoodSteven PilkingtonJoe FourhmanDave JewittOlly JonesDan Laframboise
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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 like IGN and Bloody-Disgusting.com, 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.

Steven Pilkington (Events & Video Editor)

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Video games have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. It began with a little blue hedgehog running through the hills and jumping on badniks. Where my love for gaming began to really blossom though was over a particular game that made a huge impact on me.

That game was Final Fantasy VII. It’s incredible story and characters had me hooked from the beginning and locked me in as a FF fan for life. The series also kindled my love for music within video games, beginning with performing FF music at exams, and continuing with attending concerts like Distant Worlds in London!

Since FF7, my tastes in video games developed to enjoy story-driven games. However, I also enjoy a wide variety of genres: from shooters like Gears of War to RTSs such as StarCraft 2, and I am always partial to anything that’s a wee bit wacky. One of the best example of that in recent times has probably been Catherine, but I blame the Metal Gear Solid series for starting that interest of mine. (I need Scissors! 61!)

Beyond the world of games, I’m a big sucker for figuring out how things work (comes with the day-job) and have a burgeoning interest in comics. I’ve been known to dabble in cosplay whenever an expo rolls into London and I’m also a massive advocate for craft beer. Mice may follow the scent trail of cheese, but the aroma of hops does exactly the same to me!

Dave Jewitt (Staff Writer)

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Gaming has been a part of my life since I opened up a Sega Megadrive on Christmas morning, and from there I’ve been growing up with the gaming industry, now spoilt with 100 hour RPGs full of mods, but still with a sense of nostalgia for a speedy hedgehog or an earthworm with a spacesuit.

I try to sample every genre and crazy release from all corners of the gaming world, be it a “triple-A” title or a new indie game, or everything in between.

Beautiful Katamari still brings a smile to my face and I enjoy a shooter or two, but nothing beats getting lost in a virtual world full of quests, NPCs and loot. Be it post-apocalyptic or a world of fantasy.

The past year I started my own YouTube channel to share my gaming experiences and opinions with others, but mostly it’s my daft voice over whatever game has had me hooked the past week.

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. 

Dan Laframboise (Staff Writer)

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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.

Joe Fourhman (Contributor)

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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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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 writers.

Working at GGS.com is currently unpaid – bummer, we know. That said, it’s not without its rewards; we have long-standing, 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). Not to mention your writing will be read by fellow gaming enthusiasts and industry insiders alike – not too shabby, eh?

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!