Since finishing The Last of Us 2 and failing repeatedly to claim the crown in Fall Guys while being mocked by my children - "You got roaaaasted, dad" - I've been rewatching Battlestar Galactica on BBC iPlayer. A show about rogue algorithms, corrupt governance, societal inequality and viral outbreaks? Science fiction, surely.
Who am I? I started writing about games for UK-based PlayStation magazine PSM2 in 2001 – a year so ancient, it reads like a typo – before becoming Editor-in-Chief of PSM3, Xbox World and Nintendo Gamer. Highlights include: surviving an emergency helicopter landing with Rockstar's Dan Houser, being one of the first ten journalists in the world to play MGS4 at Konami's 'secret' Japanese HQ and dedicating approximately 3600 lunchtimes to Pro Evolution Soccer multiplayer. In late 2012, I launched the YouTube series GTA5o'clock - attracting *immodesty klaxon* 60 million views in the process - before becoming Global Editor-in-Chief of GamesRadar+ in early 2016 and trying to smuggle Metal Gear Solid into every features meeting. Now I'm Content Director, Games and Film, responsible for development and delivery of our best-in-class content across the games and film group.
What do I do on GamesRadar+? In my mind, something akin to Old Snake in Metal Gear Solid 4: just an old killer called in to do some wet work. In reality, almost nothing you can see on the website, but almost everything that goes on behind the scenes – including the privilege of working with such a brilliant team.
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I'm using this quiet period to catch up with various games of 2020 I've missed, including Call of the Sea, Carto, and some of the best Apple Arcade games on my iPad with a cup of tea.
Who am I? After realising fashion journalism definitely wasn't for me at Harper's Bazaar, I wandered back into my safe zone of tech journalism before landing a gig writing about my one true love: video games. I've worked at TrustedReviews and Digital Spy and dabbled with bouts of freelance, but wherever I've been I've always found a way to escape into the increasingly beautiful digital worlds and return to my life goal of being the very best, like no-one ever was.
What do I do on GamesRadar+? I'm the lady in charge of GamesRadar, but also getting all the reviews up on the website, so you can thank me for all those shining stars – or blame me for a lack of them. I also spend my time working my SEO magic to try and coax the Google Juice to flow in our favour.
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The quiet start to the year for big releases finally convinced me to try Hitman 3, and I can't believe what I've been missing all these years. Instead of a po-faced stealth game, I found a delightful puzzle box of murder with a very dark sense of humor.
Who am I? After giving being an adult with a real office job a try - it was terrible - I scored a staff writer position at Official PlayStation Magazine way back in 2006, just as the PlayStation 3 was launching. In my five years there I dressed as a saloon wench, learned to rap, took sword fighting lessons and once fell down some stairs carrying a giant TV box. Good times. I left to do serious business type games news in 2013, before joining Rolling Stone's Glixel in 2016, where trusting people let me speak to Nathan Fillion and Buffy from Spike about games, and I got to meet a real sloth. Now I'm back with my Future family.
What do I do on GamesRadar+? I'm the benevolent Queen of the US, or - as they insist I call it - US Managing Editor. I write news, features, and reviews, and look after a crack team of writers who all insist on calling trousers "pants" and don't think the phrase fanny pack is problematic.
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Thanks to Netflix I've been binge watching Luther recently which I missed the first time around. On the game side of things I'm still sinking an unhealthy amount of time into Fortnite Battle Royale and trying to get to level 50 in Red Dead Online. Which as anyone who's tried or is trying to do the same will tell you is a challenge.
Who am I? I'm James. I started out as a temp on GamesRadar+ uploading 100's of screenshots to the website way back when custom screenshots were the hot new thing - sometime in the 2000's. After that I was part of the team that launched FirstPlay (now PlayStation Access) then moved across to overseeing the creation of all the videos you see on this very site. Like Sauron. Oh I also co-hosted and produced a little GTA V show called GTA5o'clock and Red Dead2o'clock.
What do I do on GamesRadar+? I help create all of the GR video content from reviews to previews and everything in-between. I also spend a lot of time thinking about what my dog will be called. In case you're interested he will be called Dominus and will live in the Ludus.
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When I'm not building things and exploring things in Dreams on PS4 I've actually gone back to Fallout 76. It's gradually being tweaked and updated in all the right directions and while the world is still a bit lifeless (literally) there's a pleasing grind to levelling up and collecting power armour.
Who am I? After mixed career path of scientist, teacher and musician I ended up landing a job on Official PlayStation 2 Magazine. After working my way up the ranks there and eventually running the website, I helped launch and run Kotaku UK before joining GamesRadar+ to do news and tea.
What do I do on GamesRadar+? I coordinate all the guides content on GR (there's a clue in the name). I work with writers to decide what to tip and what not to tip based on what I think people are going to want to know, and some numbers stuff. I then organise all the guides, video capture, scripts and so on for a game and, God willing, get it up for release. I always want to do more video.
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Warzone continues to be the most pervasive time vampire in my life. Activision's battle royale is holding my attention better than any of its competition in the space, which I'm honestly a little surprised by. Outside of Warzone, I'm attempting to make it through as much of the Xbox Game Pass offering and possible – games are cycling in and out of that service faster than I can play them, but it's hard to complain when games of a Spiritfarer-level quality are readily available.
Who am I? Hello there! My name is Josh West, I'm the Features Editor for GamesRadar+ and the Assistant Producer of the Future Games Show. Before joining this wonderful team, I served as the Deputy Editor of games™ magazine and the Acting Editor of Play Digital. I've got a degree in Magazine Journalism and Feature Writing which, against all odds, I put to good use for seven years before moving online. Prior to that, I worked the freelance circuit covering 3D art, comic books, film, television, technology, and psychedelic rock. What else do you need to know? I play electric guitar and I'm learning bass. I spent a few years working as a child actor, but had to quit because I wouldn't cut my long hair off. These days, you'll find me locating brand new hills to die on via Twitter Dot Com.
What do I do on GamesRadar+? I'm the Features Editor for GamesRadar and have been known to moonlight as an Assistant Producer of the Future Games Show. A product of print magazine journalism, you'll find me channeling my love of long-form feature writing onto the site. As a general rule, if you're reading something here that is interview-driven, requires more than ten minutes to read, and is hot take adjacent, it probably has my byline on it.
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With this summer's blockbusters being, erm, slightly underwhelming, I've been kicking it with some old classics. I finally had time to watch Bruce Lee's Fists of Fury, a classic kung-fu click that heavily influenced Taratino's Kill Bill, and Spielberg's classic Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Both excellent films that you should seek out immediately.
Who am I? Once upon a time, there was a young lad, fresh from university who had absolutely no idea what to do with his life. Then crippling student debt came knocking at the door, and that lad had to make quick a decision: sneak aboard an aeroplane to Mexico and hideout there for the next 50 years, or get a job. He decided not to get on the plane, but instead embark on a career in journalism, notoriously one of the most difficult and underpaid careers going. By luck, one publication, The Independent, had him in for work experience, and then a paid freelancer, and then a full-time Culture writer. Rising up the ranks, he covered Marvel films, Channel 4 baking shows, and even a Glastonbury Festival or two. And now, he's at Gamesradar+. Lucky him.
What do I do on GamesRadar+? Yeah, that person was me! Didn't see that coming, did ya? I'm in charge of the website's entertainment coverage, bringing you all the latest film and TV news, reviews and features. As you, dear reader, hopefully know, Gamesradar+ is also the online home of Total Film and SFX magazines, and I'm the one bringing their stuff onto the interweb. Am I basically the hottest ents editor on the internet right now? Well, I'll let you decide that, though I think we both know the answer: No, because I still haven't watched Aquaman. One day, James Wan, I will tackle your underwater opus. One day.
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I'm still playing way too much Warzone. The sights, the sounds, the sheer emotional turmoil of trying to come to terms with the person who killed me wasn't a hacker, but was just a better shot than me. Verdansk might just be the best Call of Duty has been since the Modern Warfare heyday.
Who am I? I first started writing about games for this very website way back in 2013 as a freelancer fresh out of uni, before joining Official PlayStation Magazine UK in 2015 as a Staff Writer and unofficial FIFA expert (despite being notoriously bad at it). I even once convinced my editor to let me write a piece on 50 Cent: Blood in the Sand, which still has one of the best openings in games. I left the magazine in 2018 to join a digital agency that produces content (sorry) for places like GAME UK’s social channels, before heading back to where it began at GR+.
What do I do on GamesRadar? I’m the UK News Editor, which sees me writing news and features for GR+. I also repeatedly moan about getting beat at FIFA.
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Some of my recent memorable comics have been Ariel Ries' Cry Wolf Girl, Silver Surfer: Black, and Taiyo Matsumoto's complete catalog (well, as much as is available in English) - after reading Cats of the Louvre and enjoying it so much, I had to go back... I'm also a few hours into Assassin's Creed: Odyssey. The GamesRadar+ teammates are rubbing off on me.
Who am I? After a few years in the world of graphic design and arts management, I found a passion at the intersection of art, story, and journalism: writing about comics. Since 2003, I've written about comics for Newsarama, while also freelancing for Life, Entertainment Weekly, Publisher's Weekly, Marvel, and more. I've authored one book (Modern Masters: Cliff Chiang), and contributed chapters to Marvel's Art of Spider-Man Classic coffee table book and Dark Horse's Pros and (Comic) Cons anthology. Over the years I've served as a judge for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, the Harvey Awards, and the Stan Lee Awards.
What do I do on GamesRadar+? I'm editor of Newsarama, our comics section. With our staff of writers and reviewers, we bring you the latest and greatest news, reviews, and features about comic books, webcomics, manga, comic strips, and more.
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As a longtime Fire Emblem fan, I'm still swooning over all the characters in Three Houses and happily letting it take up some of my time. Outside of Fire Emblem, I'm also chilling out in the lovely Mutazione and tending to my little garden.
Who am I? While I was still trying to cut my teeth in the journalism world, I worked at Game before ditching retail to do an MA in magazine journalism at Cardiff University. I then landed a job as the content editor for Stuff Magazine writing about all things game and tech related. Eventually I fell into the world of freelancing, and after contributing to Gamesradar+ for a few months, I somehow bagged myself my dream job. Now I get to do what I truly love alongside a talented team of writers full time. Yeah, I can’t believe it either!
What do I do at GamesRadar+? I write about all the latest gaming news, keep an eye out for interesting goings on in the gaming community, and help out with all sorts of bits and bobs for the site. You might even see the odd feature here and there.
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Call of Duty: Warzone and Destiny are revisited almost daily to scratch my shooter itch, while playing through Assassin's Creed Valhalla and MassEffect Andromeda for the first time. I'm also playing Phasmophobia, Fuser, GTA Online, and Overwatch - you can't pin me down.
Who am I? I spent a year in the UK getting my Master’s degree in literature, where I somehow managed to get the approval to write my dissertation on the intersections of indie gaming and punk subculture. Then, I moved back to NYC and worked as associate editor at a startup where I crammed as many stories about video games into the editorial calendar that I could, before realizing that my lifeblood was gaming, and I needed it to sustain me. Happily, I'm here now.
What do I do at GamesRadar? I’m here to wade through the onslaught of daily gaming news and keep readers in the loop with what’s cool, important, and breaking. I’ll also find some great niche stories in the far-flung corners of the interwebs and write features about trying to bone ghosts in The Sims 4.
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After blasting through early releases like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Pokemon Let's Go, I've basically neglected my Switch for the past few months. Well, no more. I'm now deep into Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate and nearing the end of Octopath Traveler, plus I've got Xenoblade Chronicles 2 and Final Fantasy 12 in my queue. I get to return to my Switch and indulge in some JRPGs - a win-win.
Who am I? I worked as a freelance games journalist for six years before wearily staggering into the house of GamesRadar+, where I was welcomed with open arms and a frankly alarming amount of dog GIFs. This means my soul is measured in content, and also that you may have seen me around. I've written for PC Gamer, Eurogamer, IGN, RockPaperShotgun, Sports Illustrated, and plenty of others over the years. I also received a journalism degree at some point and they haven't asked for it back, so here I am, writing the best bad similes of my career.
What do I do at GamesRadar? I write about the day-to-day goings on of the games industry. I spend most of my time picking out the important bits from the never-ending flood of trailers and announcements, but I also find some of my favorite stories in creative communities and weird rabbit holes.
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Genuinely loving the recent raft of puzzle games on PS4/Vita, with Pic-a-Pix Pieces being my current Picross obsession. Still hitting up FIFA 19 in co-op Seasons, and getting incandescently furious about my team's performance.
Who am I? I joined Future in 2012 to write tips and guides for CVG, before moving on to join the GR+ team. I’m known to many as ‘Mr Trophy’ due to my slightly unhealthy obsession with collecting intangible PlayStation silverware, and I now have over 100 Platinum pots weighing down the shelves in my virtual award cabinet. I do not care for Xbox Achievements.
What do I do on GamesRadar+? I look after the guides on GamesRadar+, so spend most of my time either searching gaming’s darkened corners for those final elusive collectibles, or coming up with tips and advice to help you git gud.
Follow Iain on Twitter: @wilbossman
I'm working my way through every level in the new Hitman trilogy - that's a lot of cans of expired spaghetti sauce - and I'm also delighting in discovering Valheim with as little foreknowledge as possible. It's been a long time since I played a game that felt so full of surprises. On the (virtual) tabletop side, I'm running campaigns of Scum & Villainy and Armour Astir: Advent, and my players for both are the best.
Who am I? I started writing about video games at my college newspaper, a career that also included riding in a Chinook helicopter with a bunch of ROTC cadets and reviewing Yoohoo on a podcast nobody listened to. That led to an internship at GameSpot and then to my position here at GR+. That was more than eight years ago now, holy cow! In my spare time I play video games (duh) but I've also made a couple of my own, which you can check out on my Itch profile. I also enjoy riding my bicycle and playing tabletop RPGs.
What do I do on GamesRadar+? I write news articles and features. I have special eyes.
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Who am I? I started at team GR+ as a local student on work experience (See? It's not always meaningless slave labour!), and I must have done something right, as I've been here in some form or another ever since. I've been playing games for as long as I can remember, and learning something new about them every day is the best part of my job.
What do I do at GamesRadar+? I focus on daily news and long-form features at GamesRadar+, with the odd review or preview thrown in for good measure. Every now and again I'll try to put my Politics degree to good use, exploring the wider intersections between this wonderful industry and the world we live in.
Follow Alex on Twitter: @alexavard95
Valorant, Football Manager 2021, and Blood Bowl 2 currently occupy most of my PC gaming time, coming together to make a perfect mix of violence, sports, and violent sports. When I'm on the sofa, F1 2020 provides the adrenaline rush I seek, while Pokemon Go keeps me glued to my phone when out and about.
Who am I? After contributing as a freelancer to GamesRadar for six months or so, I joined the team as a permanent staff member in January 2019. I play almost any type of game, from first person shooters to RPGs, platformers, simulators, and more. I usually game on PC, but my PS5 and Nintendo Switch see enough action to stop them from collecting dust.
What do I do on GamesRadar? I'm part of the guides team, so if you need to know how to do something in a game, I'm your guy. Recently, work has seen me covering Cyberpunk 2077, Valheim, Assassin's Creed Valhalla, and the ever-present Pokemon Go.
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True Detective. Time is a flat circle (even though it doesn't feel like that right now), so I'm back to binging the first season of the HBO classic. I could really do with some Lone Star right about now.
Who am I? I was part of the freelance furniture for over two years at GamesRadar+ while plugging away at games and guides work elsewhere. Now I'm here for keeps over on the TV and film beat. I've been told on more than one occasion that I have the strangest cross-section of interests, so I'm sure you'll find something worth talking to me about. I love both kinds of football, anime, comics, video games (duh), and beer. Lots of beer.
What do I do at GamesRadar+? I’m the Entertainment Writer, covering the ever-changing worlds of movies and TV. If it involves Star Wars, anything MCU-related, or the latest Netflix hit, then I’m your man.
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After it was showcased at the 2020 Game Awards, I decided to try Shady Part of Me due to its beautiful art direction. I’m still checking in with Animal Crossing New Horizons when I can and like to dip in and out of Kingdom Hearts Melody of Memory.
Who am I? After graduating from university with a BA (Hons) in Film Industries & Creative Writing, I attempted to start my career by running my own blog where I wrote about animation, film, tv and video games. By late 2020, I managed to land my first industry job as a PR Intern at Player Two PR where I assisted in the release of several indie games. I was then lucky enough to get the opportunity to be a Trainee News Writer at GamesRadar+!
What do I do at GR?
As the newbie here, I’m still finding my feet. When I’m not covering the latest gaming news I am soaking up all the info I can to help cement myself into the GamesRadar+ team!
Having recently re-acquired a PS3 I'm in the very exciting process of acquiring a bunch of older games to properly revisit that I missed out on originally (for some reason): Deus Ex, the Ghost Recons, the Resistance series, Spec Ops, the MGS series, and more. I can't wait to get stuck into those, while also clearing the backlog on PS4 and PS5 with the likes of World War Z co-op and A Plague Tale: Innoncence.
Who am I? After a stint at a horticultural mag and then in landscape design, I landed my full-time games-industry writing role on the GamesRadar+ hardware team in 2018. Before joining, alongside my previous landscape-y life, I wrote a fair few features within the games industry about video game landscapes and environments, and sometimes still write (watch this space) and give talks on that too. Elsewhere, I follow West Ham through thin and thin, play guitar and golf, and have a book backlog that is longer than my game one.
What do I do on GamesRadar+? Primarily I write about everything hardware at GamesRadar+, covering, well, everything that is hardware. You’ll definitely see me pop up elsewhere on the site and in video from time to time though, too.
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It's all about Destiny 2: Beyond Light for me right now. After blazing through the first few expansions before they were vaulted last year, it feels good to have finally caught up. I'm also planning for our next Dungeons and Dragons session - cue a bout of nefarious, cackling laughter.
Who am I? Thanks to a chance encounter with ex-GamesRadar staffer Justin Towell, I got the help I needed to go from aspiring video game critic to a freelancer on the site. Although there were some detours along the way (namely a stint in education, PR, and animal rescue), I finally wound up where I’ve always dreamed of being - right here.
What do I do on GamesRadar+? I look after many of our board game features, buying guides, deals, and tech reviews on GamesRadar+ as part of the Hardware team.
Follow Benjamin on Twitter: @TheWordyBen
WWE 2K19 – this year, 2K finally gets wresting right at what feels like the 99th time of asking. Its tight, revamped career mode benefits from linearity, and I'm hooked on adding fan-made 'community creations' wrestlers to my Universe mode. On that note, I'm off for some old-school NWO Wolfpac vs Nasty Boys tag action…
Who am I? I’ve been writing about sports and games – and therefore sports games – for 18 years since a post-Uni stint at Nickelodeon, and can lay claim to being the longest serving editor in Official PlayStation Magazine history. I departed OPM Towers in 2014 to become a full-time dad, but am proud to be able to juggle nappy changes and Horrid Henry binges with my role as GR+’s roving, raving man-o’ -sports. I also write football and wrestling words for FourFourTwo, The Guardian, and Talksport.
What do I do on GamesRadar+? Anything and everything related to football (UK and US), hockey, baseball and wrestling. Plus various entertainment bits as directed by Lauren, when she isn’t ignoring my pleas to run more features on the site about Cool Runnings. Or, indeed, any features on the site about Cool Runnings.
Follow Ben on Twitter: @BenjiWilson
The ever-faithful Mario brothers are back in my life in a big way with Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury, which is great for winding down after a hard day surviving in the ruthless world of Valheim. I'm also working backwards through the Yakuza and Dragon Quest series after playing through, and absolutely adoring, both of their most recent entries. Oh, and I just bought Arizona Sunshine on Oculus Quest, and although it makes me sicker than an infected zombie, it's a blast of a co-op experience.
Who am I? After defiantly earning an English degree against my parents' protests, I climbed the corporate ladder for a while in dreadful copywriting roles while silently wishing I'd listened to my elders. Exhausted from 60-hour workweeks writing financial documentation and freelancing over the weekends, GamesRadar eventually rescued me from my cameo role in the real-life Office by giving me the dream job I have now. I used to run a pizza blog, I co-designed a once-active Ultima Online shard when I was 12, and I spend every work night in the company of a turtle named Myrtle (he's actually a Russian tortoise but the rhyme doesn't really work with that).
What do I do on GamesRadar+? As GamesRadar's US-based, late-night newsie, I work while people in Japan are just waking up. Usually, that means covering news breaking across the pond, scouring the outer reaches of the internet for community stories or "news of the weird," or picking up stories left over from a busy day shift like a vulture, clawing at the dirt for sweet, delicious news. I also write reviews and features on occasion.
Follow Jordan on Twitter: @JordanGerblick
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