I’d like to know more

About what? Oh, right. This site. It’s about PC games, it’s written by four of Britain’s top games journalists, and it aims to cover everything from the latest breaking stories about the biggest games to esoterica from the format’s obscurest peninsulas.

But what about PC games? What’s their thing? Well, some PC games are about terrain, others are about rooms and barrels. Others still are about mantling, sneaking, and right clicking to bring up a context menu. Ninety-three percent of PC games are played inside a house, on a computer.

Here is a popular PC game doing its business:

As you can see, explosions are a popular feature of PC games. Other features include: tanks, spears, grenades, skyscrapers, submarines, squid, tripod-robots, World Wars, terrorists, Americans, violence, and horses. And, in rare instances, zombies.

PC games often work best if you like to pretend to be a dwarf. But if that’s not your cup of tea then you can also pretend to be a feisty woman with a mysterious agenda, or a spaceship.

So, yeah. If you feel inclined to get in touch with the people behind the phenomenon they call “Rock, Paper, Shotgun, perhaps to submit a link, or to suggest a unloved game you think we should cover on the site, the best way to do so is with this email address. Or our emails are on the posts we write each and every Goddamned day.

If you just want to know who the hell these four jokers who keep writing their names on the site in big capital letters are, then the below ‘questionnaire’ will answer all. But who is posing these so-called questions, you ask? Let’s say William Shatner. That’s good.

Jim Rossignol
What would you prefer people called you?
Most people can’t see me, as I only appear in mirrors, like an anti-vampire. When spotted I’m usually called “that thing” as in “mother, what the hell is that thing?” If you do spot me, please don’t panic, and call me James.
For whom have you written in the past?
Oh well that’s easier. Your Earth media has captured my writings for The BBC, The London Times, Wired, PC Gamer UK, Edge, PC Format UK, Eurogamer, Vodafone, Dazed & Confused, and Gamasutra.
Did you enjoy the grammar of that last question?
Does anyone enjoy grammar? If so, they need to be treated. Harshly, like a vicious hobo.
Imagine you were stranded on Cliche Island, with only the barest essentials for survival: a top-of-the-range PC, infinite electricity, and a free buffet: which five games would you wish to have with you? (No one cares why).
Oooh! I LOVE cliche island. Let’s say, the complete works of Miyamoto, Tetris, Speedball 2 (the original on an emulator), Quake III, Eve Online (do we get an internet connection?), something with a decent level editor, like Crysis.
What should this site have been called, that you only realised after we’d paid for the domain?
Strongbutslow.com, or there’s-no-such-thing-as-a-non-linear-as-orgasm.org
Who is best out of the four of us?
We are nothing without each other, William.
Any other comments?
Have you ever considered another line of work?

Alec Meer
What would you prefer people called you?
Alec Fury
For whom have you written in the past?
Generally anyone who’ll have me, including PC Gamer, Eurogamer, PC Format, Edge, IGN, The Independent and, once, a charming piece about a teenage girl who rescued a man from drowning for The Malvern Gazette & Ledbury Reporter. Also, a good dozen or so magazines about the stuff PCs do that isn’t games.
Did you enjoy the grammar of that last question?
Grammar police are best killed with fire. Failing that, knives.
Imagine you were stranded on Cliche Island, with only the barest essentials for survival: a top-of-the-range PC, infinite electricity, and a free buffet: which five games would you wish to have with you? (No one cares why).
Peggle, Aliens Versus Predator, Team Fortress 2, UFO: Enemy Unknown, Dungeon Keeper.
What should this site have been called, that you only realised after we’d paid for the domain?
Flashingpixelsdistractusfromthefutilityofexistence.com
Who is best out of the four of us?
Whoever’s post was most linked across the internets on the day of asking.
Any other comments?
It’s a real shame this page couldn’t just say ‘this is a site about PC games.’

Kieron Gillen
What would you prefer people called you?
Anything other than the father of New Games Journalism is fine.
For whom have you written in the past?
Pretty much everyone, really. I was Deputy Editor for PC Gamer. Since leaving, I’ve worked for people like Eurogamer, Edge and PC Gamer some more, because you never really escape. Outside the specialist world I’ve worked for people like Wired, The Guardian and Arena. I do stuff outside games too, but that’s not really relevant, yeah? Okay – Plan B for music and Phonogramfor comics.
Did you enjoy the grammar of that last question?
I spend most of my life trying to ignore grammar. I don’t see why I should start doing otherwise now.,
Imagine you were stranded on Cliche Island, with only the barest essentials for survival: a top-of-the-range PC, infinite electricity, and a free buffet: which five games would you wish to have with you? (No one cares why).
Civ4, Robotron, Ooh – a Thief game, probably. Let’s say The Dark Project for old skool chic. zANGBAND. Can I have a copy of Blitz Basic? I’d program my own stuff because it’s a bloody desert Island and I’ve got the time.
What should this site have been called, that you only realised after we’d paid for the domain?
The Only Serious Students of the Only Serious Student of Videogames
Who is best out of the four of us?
All of us, bar John.
Any other comments?
I was joking in the last question. John Walker is lovely.

John Walker
What would you prefer people called you?
Anything other than, “The Funny One”.
For whom have you written in the past?
The Future massive: PC Gamer, PC Format, EDGE, NGamer, Xbox 360 World, and about forty million other mags over the last decade. Then Eurogamer, The Escapist, and the terrifying Airsoft International.
Did you enjoy the grammar of that last question?
Since I wrote it, yes, very much. I am especially great.
Imagine you were stranded on Cliche Island, with only the barest essentials for survival: a top-of-the-range PC, infinite electricity, and a free buffet: which five games would you wish to have with you? (No one cares why).
Day of the Tentacle, Deux Ex, Baldur’s Gate 2, a Total War game, because then I might have the time and patience to understand how to play, and a really good, as yet uninvented, DS emu running Slitherlink.
What should this site have been called, that you only realised after we’d paid for the domain?
www.andinthegame.com
Who is best out of the four of us?
It’s not who’s best. It’s who’s second oldest that counts.
Any other comments?
What good did this do?

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