Meet the Team
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Kim's been into video games since playing Dizzy on her brother's Commodore 64 as a wee nipper. She's partial to an open world adventure, though anything too difficult is likely to release the "gaming tourettes". Aside from swearing at her games consoles, you're likely to find Kim perusing videos of cute things on YouTube or watching reruns of Friends for the 704th time.
An avid gamer since discovering the wonders of the Acorn Electron in the '80s, Rich has nearly played more games than he's had hot dinners. Not one to put all his eggs in one basket, Rich is happy to play games of all genres, but he particularly enjoys racing games and anything that's full of non-stop action, especially if it includes a good dose of humour, horror or crudeness!
David is GameSpew's resident Metal Gear Solid and Uncharted fanatic. He's enjoyed gaming since his first experience of the Atari 2600 and currently holds 50 Platinum Trophies on his beloved PS4. When not invading secret Alaskan military installations or hunting for Shambala, David can usually be found enjoying either Impractical Jokers, Archer or a Marvel movie.
Becca Smith knew that she would be addicted to video games for the rest of her life when she saw the first pixelated zombie shambling across her TV screen while playing Resident Evil 3. She particularly enjoys being scared, laughing until she cries, or just plain crying while experiencing games. When she isn't playing games she loves spoiling the stray cats in her neighbourhood and eating any kind of sushi she can find.
Ruaraidh - pronounced Roo-Ree - is a Scottish gamer with the name and games to prove it. He enjoys mostly everything, unless it involves exercise, and much prefers to run around inside a good, open-world RPG, being chased across the lands by a horde of monsters after his sweet loot. When he has made his escape, he will often return to the real world to continue playing anything with a good story - indie or otherwise.
This Queen of the button bash was first christened by the Mega Drive back in the 90s, playing games such as Golden Axe and Primal Rage which lead to her somewhat unhealthy obsession with video games. Now she's a monster, spending more time gaming and writing than she does eating or sleeping. Emily loves daiquiris and games that make you scream - or leave dents in your controller from a crushing white-knuckle grip.
For Jack, it all started with the PS1. After years spent playing against AI, video games moved online, so Jack did too. As the industry grew, he followed, treating himself to a diverse array of genres. Now enjoying well-written RPGs the most, he looks for stories he can engross himself in. Unfortunately, they are hard to find in video games. Eventually his love/hate relationship with gaming drew him to write about the industry he is passionate about. When he's not gaming, you'll most likely find Jack watching films.
Joseph Sale is a novelist, creator of dark twines and a gamer. He loves RPGs, open worlds and survival horrors (the latter of which he used to play in an old shed in his back garden - because apparently Resident Evil wasn't atmospheric enough). He looks out for games with a strong and powerful narrative; he's a great believer the very best games long outlive their console, and those are the classics he holds on to.
Brandon has been gaming since a Super Nintendo controller was placed in his tiny Canadian hands. Since then, his gaming habits have persisted all the way into adulthood. When he isn't sampling the latest JRPG from some developer that you haven't heard of, Brandon enjoys games of all genres, especially Smash Bros. and Mario Kart with his friends. Just don't throw his controllers when you lose!
Matthew began game criticism at an early age while playing his friend's copy of Pokémon for lunch money. Once the veneer of the first Pokémon adventure had been stripped away, he found that the map design was iffy and the characters felt flat and undeveloped. Although he unfortunately no longer receives lunch money for playing games, he hopes his experienced cynicism and intent scrutiny of games can help him in some small way to understand what makes a quality gaming experience.
Matt has been an avid gamer since he first ventured to Zebes in Super Metroid. If he's not there, he's probably racking his mind over a puzzler, running through a JRPG, or grinding Dark Souls again. You can find him at your local bookstore, disc golf course, or friendly Smash Bros. tournament otherwise. With a background in Linguistics and Creative Writing, he loves writing about anything from gaming to semiotics.
Wesley is a writer and actor living in Chicago in a tiny studio apartment who spends his days gaming, reading comic books, watching TV and occasionally going to his day job. He's been playing games since the Atari 2600, has owned every major Nintendo system, and thinks Chrono Trigger is the greatest game ever made. He plays everything he can get his hands on except for sports titles, racing simulators and RTS games.
If you don't find Ed desperately battling through Dark Souls, you'll probably find him adding an extra sparkle to his beloved FromSoftware shrine. Off screen, he loves to play badminton and binge watch anime.
David makes Video Games, and has a 2:1 BA Degree in Computer Game Design. http://www.davidstrife7.net
Geraint is a simple PC Gamer with a BA (Hons) in English and Creative Writing and a penchant for drawing fantasy art and cartoons. You're most likely to find him playing survival, MMO, RPG, indie and action games. He's not a massive fan of FPS games unless they include creative humour (i.e. the Borderlands series).
Sean is a semi-retired, semi-grown up hardcore kid who has been gaming since his hands could grip an arcade stick. A lover and critic of movies, music and video games, Sean is always quick with an opinion, a heaping dose of snark, and a healthy dose of pragmatism. The hill he will die on will always be "gameplay over story".
When she's not typing away at a keyboard, Harriet is taking on any action-adventure or survival horror that she can get her hands on. If gameplay gets too challenging, her budgie steps in to mash buttons and tweet encouragingly.
Alex Decker has been playing video games ever since he was young enough to understand how to use a controller. His passion for video games has persisted and grown as he has, into early adulthood, developing a particular penchant towards action-adventure and horror titles. When not immersing himself within video games, you can find Alex busying himself with studying for his History degree or singing along to any song by the Goo Goo Dolls. I hear his shower singing is very good indeed.
Christian recently earned a degree in Creative Writing and now spends almost all of his free time playing Nintendo games. He understands this makes him a generally unhireable person and is grateful to GameSpew for giving him a platform regardless. Christian is an amateur speedrunner, garage rocker, and cautious optimist with an affinity for collectathon platformers, action RPGs, and shooters with spunk. Favorite games: Majora's Mask, Banjo Tooie, We <3 Katamari.
Anything with a good story or a deep, immersive world, that's where you'll find James, whether its a medieval land populated by unspeakable horrors or sci-fi galaxies filled with unique and diverse cultures. In the real world he keeps up to date with all the latest developments and announcements with a particular curiosity for Virtual Reality, even if it'll be a while before he gets his hands on one. He's still fond of the classics though. Star Wars: The Old Republic, Mass Effect and anything from the TellTale Games series are games he loves to revisit and that's just to name a few. Outside the virtual world he's a fond writer and likes a do a bit of baking.
A PC gamer for the vast majority of his life, Jonny is unhealthily obsessed with two things - Dota 2 and tinkering with graphics options menus. He's proudly built up a significant Steam library of shame over the past 7 years, in which Dota sits firmly at the top by over 1,500 hours; winning $20,000,000 at TI9 will make this all time well spent. When not playing Dota he can be found either watching Dota or thinking about Dota. Jonny does also play other games from time to time, and sometimes really enjoys them!
After spending her childhood playing games with her Dad on the Sega MegaDrive, Holly - AKA “Titch” - developed a lifelong passion for gaming which kickstarted her dream to write video game narratives, crush the social stigma of women in the gaming industry, and attempt to become the next Hunter S. Thompson. Nowadays you'll most likely find her deeply involved with a fantasy RPG on her PS4, or hunched over her PC playing Guild Wars 2.
Kyle is a writer and an alien trying desperately to pass off as a normal human being. Living his entire life in the midwest, he unnaturally gravitated towards gaming rather than the much more normal hobby of collegiate football. Feeling at home with a controller between his hands, Kyle loves everything from The Sims to King of Fighters. More often than not you can find him rambling about how things were better in his day and how no one will ever truly appreciate the beauty of the Sega Saturn. He also plays inverted.
Robert Gammon is the co-host and producer of GameSpew's official podcast, and he and his fellow hosts make up "The Coconut Threeway". He loves JRPGs and horror games but is open to trying any game. His favourite console is the PS1 and he and the rest of The Coconut Threeway love to play classic 90s games. He loves belly rubs and walks on the beach while listening to Jamie T.
"Cynical", "sarcastic" and "irritable" are just some of the words that have been used to describe Diggy B, the other words usually being four letters long and incredibly rude. He can normally be found with a controller in his hands and strives to provide acerbic rants on all things gaming, from Gears of War to Candy Crush.
Jamie lives in the UK with his wife, daughter and two cats. He's been a gamer for as long as he can remember and his tastes run something to the eclectic (this guy will play anything!). Old LucasArts adventure games are his go-to guilty pleasure and he considers Assassin's Creed II to be the finest game he's ever played (make of that what you will!).
When Aaron isn't busting out his parents' old Sega Megadrive and playing way too much Mortal Kombat II in an attempt to re-live the classic days, he usually spends his days up to his neck podcasting about movies, covering events and of course writing about video games. Primed to take on anyone who critiques the genius of 2005's Timesplitters: Future Perfect, Aaron is the epitome of the term "Pop Culture Nerd" with the collection of comics, games and statues to prove it
Saul wants to show the non-believers why video games matter. His favourite game is Simcopter, he has a deeply rooted fear of MMOs, and also plays a pretty mean video game theme accordion medley.
Chris has been gaming since the days of the Acorn Electron, which was allegedly purchased to 'help him with his homework'. You can probably guess how well that went. He’ll tackle most genres – sports titles aside – though he has a taste for games that that are post-apocalyptic, horror-oriented or thought provoking in nature.
Daniel grew up playing Diddy Kong racing on his old N64, and making trips to his grandmother’s house to play Crystal Caves. When he wasn’t on the computer, he was combining pieces from different board games to form his own creations. These days Daniel works as an indie developer, and wants to break into the game reviewing business to help other indie companies get the word out about their games.
Born on a tiny island, Mark escaped his confined environment with the help of a controller and a screen. A life-long PlayStation gamer who adores Hack and Slash titles and RPGs (Western and Japanese), Mark believes that every genre deserves to be experienced more than once.
A recent graduate of American Studies at The University of Nottingham and back in the UK after living/studying in New York for a year, Tom enjoys stealth, action-adventure, and non-fantasy RPGs.