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We’ll pick through all the hyped up marketing and tell you how a game is from the everyday player’s perspective. You don’t have the latest and greatest computer specs. You don’t have unlimited budgets to buy all the most awesome games at full price. You don’t give a monkey’s left nut about industry gossip, who’s slagging off who or which company has been bought up, do you? Neither do we.
Debbie owns and runs The Average Gamer. She started her gaming addiction during the mid-eighties on a lovely green Amstrad CPC64. From those early days of The Hobbit (say to Thorin “Carry me please”) she graduated to Lucasarts adventures and western C-RPGs. She accidentally fell into real-time strategy through the original Dune game but it really isn’t her thing. A few years of Discworld MUD addiction followed. Eventually she found first-person shooters, Japanese RPGs and Soul Calibur, and is now a fully-rounded gamer.
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Nick is a 38 yr old male gamer. It all started back in 1984 with a little known game on the BBC Micro called Elite and its been downhill since then via ownership of the Atari ST, Amiga, A500 and A1200, PC Engine GT, PS1, PC, PS2, Gameboy Advance, SP and DS, PSP, Wii and most recently the PS3. He likes first-person shooters and role-playing games – citing Dungeon Master as “the greatest game ever made” – driving games, the odd platformer and the Zelda games.
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Lewis thrives on pressure and life just isn’t exciting enough for him. That might be why he games so much. Despite being an avid gamer and writer he has never finished a Sonic game past the first world and has accepted the fact he probably never will.
Now in her early thirties, Pippa began honing her skills in the mid-eighties, when games were tough and being a frog was likely to end badly. Since then, she’s plinked and blipped through nearly every major gaming platform that’s been along. These days Pippa tends to play MMOs when she’s feeling nurturing, online FPS when she wants to kill somebody and the Wii when she wants to be patronised about her weight.
Kevin Kissane, Writer
Kevin is a 30 year old self-confessed addicted gamer since the tender age of…. as long as he can remember. From early years on Granny’s Garden on the BBC Micro, Dizzy on the ZX Spectrum (128k, no less), and Pitfall on the Atari 2600, all the way through five further generations of console gaming. Now he wastes (citation needed) his hours on FIFA, acclaimed FPS, and anything with a great plot/intense action. Believes Enslaved: Odyssey to the West to be an unsung masterpiece.
Nick Lynch, Writer
Nick is a jack of all trades. A amateur photographer, blogger and drummer. Oh, and long time gamer. His first gaming experience came at the tender age of 8 when his parents bought him an imported Sega Megadrive which could only play games in black and white. He can often be found rifling through the bargain bins at his local Gamestation and trying not to get re-addicted to World of Warcraft.
In 2000 Kirth, aka Richard Gwilliam, discovered the Internet and Everquest while studying. This lead to EQ2, the required WoW, AoC, Eve, WAR, Vanguard, GW and a lot of free games in between. Not just an MMOer, he can also be found blowing things up in the wilderness that is Fallout 3, stealth killing in Assassins Creed or trying to complete God of War trilogy, all on the PS3
Mat Jones, Writer
People are going to remember Mat: not for his years writing at Sarcastic Gamer; not for the great weekly podcast he hosts at Oh No! Video Games!; nor for the journalism degree he’s obtained. No, they’re going to remember him as the person who orders jalapeños and pineapple on pizza.
Brett Phipps, Writer
Sports fan, videogame fanatic, writer.
Sean is the video guy and co-present of our weekly not-yet-named video show. When not speaking, writing or playing video games you can find Sean at the cinema, in a comic book shop or possibly eating something unhealthy. He’s hardcore for his 360, co-op and multiplayer games, as well as Chinese food.
Colin is also a video guy and upcoming co-presenter of our E3 2013 coverage.
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