We’re Keeping Graham: He’s Our New Managing Editor

By RPS on January 16th, 2014 at 2:30 pm.

Well this is some very splendid news. You very likely have noticed that Mr Graham Smith has been writing all over RPS for the last few months. You may well have been squeegeeing your eyes and asking, “What? THE Graham Smith?! From off of PC Gamer?!” Yes indeed, THE Graham Smith. We’re very excited to announce today that he has been appointed as RPS’s Managing Editor. Say hello to Graham!

It’s genuinely a thrill to have Graham join us. He’s been a writer we’ve admired since his first appearances in PC Gamer, where he joined as their lowly Disc Editor. From there he rose to the ranks of Editor faster than anyone before him, and saw the paper magazine turn around its declining fortunes, re-inspiring it with a freshness and indie-friendliness that we at RPS could only applaud. He also oversaw the continued malevolent growth of their RPS fansite, PCGamer.com.

So we’ve nicked him.

Graham is a double-whammy, making him the perfect choice for Managing Editor, whatever that actually is. He’s not only a proficient and proven successful editor, but also a really fantastic writer. No matter the strength of the former, we’d never have picked anyone without the latter. The tragedy of being editor of any magazine is it dramatically reduces the amount of writing you get to do – you’re far too busy slamming down phones on PRs and shouting at the utter lunatics in ads departments. We’re delighted to say that Graham’s position on RPS will ensure that he’s tippity-tappitting articles as much as he’s yelling at naughty freelancers about his plans to carve off their thighs.

So hooray! The lovely Graham is now part of the RPS squadron! Here’s the press release we wrote about it:

Rock, Paper, Shotgun Appoints Former PC Gamer Editor Graham Smith As Managing Editor

EARTH – January 16, 2014 – Rock, Paper, Shotgun, the planet’s best PC gaming site, today announces the appointment of Graham Smith as its Managing Editor.

Graham Smith, formerly editor of PC Gamer, is joining RPS to head up a new initiative: to see whether it’s possible to combine their world-renowned PC games journalism with something he calls “organisation”. With this, he claims, the site will only further improve the quality of its coverage.

“I’m thrilled to be joining RPS,” says Smith. “I’ve long admired the work the site has been doing in producing funny and critical writing about PC games, and it’s going to be a pleasure to help them manage and grow the site in the years to come. It’s also going to be an exciting challenge to stop referring to the website as ‘the enemy’.”

Rock, Paper, Shotgun was launched in 2007 by Kieron Gillen, Jim Rossignol, Alec Meer and John Walker. Since then it has gone on to become one of the leading voices in games journalism, pioneering great writing and unhindered opinion. Independently owned, and always operated without external investment, it provides an independent, distinctive voice in the milieu, free of corporate interference or shareholder collywobbling.

With additional full time writers Nathan Grayson and Adam Smith, and an array of the best freelancers in the business, RPS is enormously enjoyed and respected by both gamers and the gaming industry.

“Graham has always been passionate about two crucial things: great writing and PC games,” says RPS co-director John Walker. “His time at the helm of PC Gamer saw it recapture much of its glory days, with a new emphasis on indie games and fun, and we’re completely thrilled to have him continue that at RPS. Plus, he does things like make Google Spreadsheets and have us remember to look at them. It’s weird, but it seems to help.”

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107 Comments »

  1. Gassalasca says:

    Hooray!

    As long as this doesn’t prevent him from participating in the excellent Crate and Crowbar podcast.

  2. somnolentsurfer says:

    RPS has managers? I always assumed it was some kind of idilic collective…

    • The Random One says:

      It was… Until now.

    • Baboonanza says:

      I thought they were managed by cats. It would explain a lot…

    • Foosnark says:

      I thought it was strange women lying in ponds distributing swords.

    • Snids says:

      I thought it was an autonomous, anarcho-syndicalist commune.

    • altum videtur says:

      I was under the impression that RPS was nothing less than a COLLECTIVE CONSCIOUSNESS

      god damnit, the Revengeance soundtrack really is appropriate for everything

    • P7uen says:

      I thought it was one of those desk-tidys made of different height cylinders all stuck together, but for people.

  3. Monkey says:

    Congratualtions Smith, don’t fuck it up…

  4. AshRolls says:

    Welcome to RPS Graham

  5. fatgleeson says:

    Woohoo! I found myself rather enjoying Graham’s articles!
    And I plan to use ‘collywobbling’ in a sentence at the earliest possible opportunity, thanks for that one

  6. Apsley says:

    Good news indeed.

  7. Shadowcat says:

    Needs a beady eyes tag.

    • Korvus Redmane says:

      I misread that as beardy eyes…

      • The Random One says:

        Graham is the king of weird tags, so this clearly needs a “weird tag” weird tag.

        Tags: beardy, weirdy

  8. Surlywombat says:

    Guys, guys this must be important they are using a half-past the hour slot!!!

  9. deadfolk says:

    Who?

    Just kidding. Congrats Graham. And congrats RPS – we’ve been short in the Smith department for a while now.

  10. Lord Custard Smingleigh says:

    Clone batch Smith continues to be productive, I see. What is it about the Smith genome that makes it so amenable to fast duplication? The only other batch that has replicated was the sample codenamed Meer, and even that one, despite terrifying potential, hasn’t achieved rapid maturation and remains stuck at base-human development patterns.

    • Bluerps says:

      True, but don’t forget that so far the Meers have been less prone to escape from the Writing Pits than the Smiths.

  11. 12inchPlasticToy says:

    With the sheer amount of posts from Graham Smith for the last few months I actually thought he bought RPS. That, or that all RPS editors fused into a single netmongering hydra.

    Congratulations Mr Smith, you write interesting stuff, and well!

  12. Velko says:

    Excellent, congratulations & all that jazz!

    Also there should be some kind of special award for using the word ‘collywobbling’ in a press release.

  13. LionsPhil says:

    I congratulate Mr Smith on increasing the beard ratio of RPS.

  14. innokenti says:

    Just further evidence to confirm that having the surname ‘Smith’ is a huge advantage for being hired by RPS. If ind this ‘Smith’ bias sickening.

    • P7uen says:

      Sigh, another ‘Jones’ fanboi, you don’t have to read Smith articles you know!

  15. BTAxis says:

    I expected an image description along the lines of “Graham Smith photoshopped into this picture for relevancy”.

  16. Zeliard says:

    But does he like Fallout: New Vegas?

  17. DrScuttles says:

    Horace is endless. Horace is in that photograph. Graham too is in that photograph. Only the top end of Graham can be seen. Is Graham endless?

  18. Gap Gen says:

    I applaud the continuing trend of RPS stealing everyone from PC Gamer.

    • Optimaximal says:

      Imagine if they acquired Chris Thursten. We’d be flooded in DOTA2 articles before we knew it?

      (I kid, of course. He’ll be too busy playing DOTA to write them!)

  19. Cara Ellison says:

    GRAHAM WATCH OUT THERES A FERAL BEAR RIGHT THERE LOOK BEHIND YOU GRAHAM OH MY GOD

    • 12inchPlasticToy says:

      …I thought the bear was on the foreground.
      OH MY GOD

  20. andytizer says:

    Great news! Graham gave me my first ever print commission right before he left PC Gamer. Hopefully this means that RPS are more receptive and communicative about pitches than they were in the past.

  21. cpt_freakout says:

    Congrats! Looking forward to reading more!

  22. AlwaysRight says:

    Don’t get cocky kid

  23. distantlurker says:

    Saved! From the clutches of evil!

  24. PacifismFailed says:

    Graham writing for Kieron Gillens blog? Whats it like working with the great man?

    (The old ones are the best)

  25. Creeping Death says:

    So how many more Smiths do we need before the site officially gets renamed Rock Paper Smith?

  26. Bluerps says:

    Yay! Welcome Mr Graham Smith!

  27. Pod says:

    I used to confuse Graham and Craig Pearson all the time in the PCG podcasts and magazine. I guess I get to do it on RPS as well?

  28. Cyda says:

    So that’s not Ringo Star in the top pic?

    • Sigh says:

      No that is Horace the Infinite Bear, though I see the resemblance.

  29. NailBombed says:

    And hello to Jason Isaacs – erm, Graham Smith.

  30. lowprices says:

    Get you, ‘Managing Editor’, all professional an’ that.

    Good to hear (read?) that you’re staying aboard.

  31. The Random One says:

    Good luck being Managing Editor, Graham. I hope you can manage.

    …being constantly assaulted by puns that bad.

  32. Iskhiaro says:

    Congratulations Graham!

  33. Urthman says:

    I’ve enjoyed Graham on the PC Gamer and Crate and Crowbar podcasts, and I like what I’ve seen of his contributions to RPS so far as well. So I think this is great news.

  34. SRTie4k says:

    I have fond memories of the PC Gamer Underground adventure game demo discs.

    I’m still waiting for Coconut Monkey’s Gravy Trader!

  35. Widthwood says:

    Never knew about PC Gamer, but always secretly hoped this was an alias for Quintin.

  36. DantronLesotho says:

    Congratulations! I always enjoy reading your articles, so keep up the good work!

    (does a Managing Editor manage other editors? Or just his own editing?)

    • mr.black says:

      Or he edits a column named Managing?

      I liked reading your stuff! Hello and welcome Graham!

      :sudden gangsta’s voice: Don’t. Mess. With the puns! Goddit?!

  37. edwardoka says:

    As a fellow Scot, my enquiring mind would like to know which bridge that is… just out of curiosity.

    I mean it’s definitely not because I want to harness Horace’s infiniteness to power a giant death ray.
    Can’t imagine where you would have gotten that idea. You’re silly.

    • Volcanu says:

      Brooklyn I think…..

      • Cyphran says:

        It is the Brooklyn Bridge. But I am concerned that Horace’s Infinite Weight will pull down our prized bridge! I hope he’s being dainty with it.

  38. The Hairy Bear says:

    Does this mean RPS will be organised into actually

    a) finishing diaries
    b) do more of the awesome stuff like solinium infernum

    I have images of you herding people with a cattle prod, please don’t spoil this

  39. Colthor says:

    I hope controversies about integrity won’t start getting dismissed as “the braying and neighing of barnyard animals”* here.

    * PC Gamer 247, page 5, “50k dash”.

  40. Yargh says:

    another brain to dunk in the melding bath, yay!

  41. meepmeep says:

    He appears to be in possession of the requisite number of limbs and heads, and so appears to be an appropriate choice. May he managingly edit us all for centuries to come.

  42. Lambchops says:

    I wholeheartedly support the Scottish mafia finally getting a toehold in RPS after battering on the door. Only a matter of time before Ellison and Pearson are officially on board and we can bring out the tartan bunting (bunting isn’t particularly Scottish but southerners seem to love it and it’s good to be nice to the poor saps occasionally!).

  43. bear912 says:

    Welcome!

  44. Post-Internet Syndrome says:

    Excellent!

  45. ahmedabdo says:

    Hello Graham!

  46. kororas says:

    Was sad when Graham left the pc gamer crew in Bath.

    Glad to see him at RPS.

    :)

  47. Malfeas says:

    You have come to the right place.
    Welcome :)

  48. tungstenHead says:

    gl hf

  49. wodin says:

    Hello.