About Rock, Paper, Shotgun

RPS is about PC gaming – all of PC gaming, rather than just one of the weird and wonderful niches most other PC-centric sites confine themselves to. It’s written by six of Britain’s top games critics, and it aims to cover everything from the latest breaking stories about the biggest releases to esoterica from the format’s obscurest peninsulas.

To contact us, just click… no, wait. Wait. Before you send that press release about your new iPhone game or link to a dog playing the Zelda theme tune on a noseflute, please remember that we are a PC-only site. That’s PC only. P.C. O.N.L.Y. Which format? … That’s right, PC!

Also: a note on Kickstarter projects. If there isn’t concrete proof that your game will exist and do more or less what it promises too, it’s unlikely that we’ll post about it – we have to be very careful about seeming to encourage our readers to give money to something that may not come to pass. So before you contact us, make sure you have at the very least a trailer, and ideally something playable.

Also also: due to the sheer volume of email we receive these days, we can’t reply to, play or post about everything we’re alerted to. It’s simply impossible. We do what we can, but we are mere mortals. Amazing mortals, but mortals nonetheless. So don’t take it personally if you don’t hear from us. (Quick tip: it’s a good idea to direct your email to the writer you think is most suited to your game, and briefly say why.)

Oh – and if you want a reply, don’t Twitter us or private message us on the forum. Email us. Just like old times!

Alright, here’s the email address. You remembered we’re a PC-only site, right?

Here’s a brief profile of the wonderful writers of Rock, Paper, Shotgun. Enjoy.

The Team

Graham Smith

  • Name: Graham Smith
  • Occupation: Editor-in-chief, Writer, Scottish
  • Speciality: Organising, roller derby, foot-to-ball managing

Proving once again that being called “Smith” is a short-cut to a job at RPS, former PC Gamer editor Graham is RPS’s Editor-in-chief. Which means he’s in charge of spreadsheets. And shooting freelancers. He is too tall.

Follow Graham’s Twitter, email Graham, and read all of his RPS posts.

Alec Meer

  • Name: Alec Meer
  • Occupation: Senior Editor, Writer, Transformer
  • Speciality: RPG, RTS, FPS, three-letter acronyms

Alec’s true power is in his ability to charm us with a smile and a sunny outlook. With never a dour word to say about anything, Alec is the unique positive energy that has powered RPS through the years. Alec loves the internet, and he also enjoys robots, ladies, and vegetables. Yes, sir!

Follow Alec’s Twitter, read Alec’s blog, email Alec, or read all of his RPS posts.

John Walker

  • Name: John Walker
  • Occupation: Senior Editor, Writer, Crier
  • Speciality: Funny words, consumer advocacy, emotions

Britain’s leading grumbler, John Walker is the handsome, British critic who just wants you to be nice. Please hug him on sight. No, really, he’s okay. He seems cross, but actually he’s just got an itch. He is the oldest of the RPS team, and thus chooses the bedtimes.

Follow John’s Twitter, read John’s blog, email John, and read all of his RPS posts.

Adam Smith

  • Name: Adam Smith
  • Occupation: Reviews Editor, Writer, Mancunian
  • Speciality: Foot-to-ball, strategy, Being Northern

The old new boy. He went to Oxford, and is all brainy, even though he’s from Manchester. He understands things like “sports” and other alien concepts, and possesses an inner calmness that frightens us all. The calm are not to be trust. Adam is not to be trusted.

Follow Adam’s Twitter, email Adam, and read all of his RPS posts.

Alice O'Connor

  • Name: Alice O’Connor
  • Occupation: News Editor, Writer, Muser
  • Speciality: News, rumpuses, pond swimming

Controller, creator and trumpeter of news, Alice stalks the streets of London with her magnifying glass held aloft, striking at anything that may appear newslike. Fear her newsing ways. She’s also involved in the organisation of The Wild Rumpus, which makes her way cooler than you.

Email Alice and read all of her RPS posts.

Philippa Warr

  • Name: Philippa Warr
  • Occupation: Writer, News Wrangler, Frog
  • Speciality: e-Sports, international travel, sherbet dip dabs

Pip understands the impossible, like online tournaments, the complexities of winning at DOTA, and the quantum nature of Horace. There is no one in the business defter at scrawling on things in red.

Follow Pip’s Twitter, email Pip, and read all of her RPS posts.

Former full-time staff include: co-founders Kieron Gillen and Jim Rossignol, now-irregular contributor Quintin Smith and one-time pet American Nathan Grayson.


Rock, Paper, Shotgun is built with the assistance of the best freelance writers, video makers, and people in the world. Here are just some of those people. (All links go to their RPS post page.)

Angus Morrison, Ben Barrett, Brendan Caldwell, Caelyn Ellis, Cara Ellison, Cassandra Khaw, Duncan Geere, Emily Gera, Emily Richardson, Jeremy Laird, Joel Goodwin, Jon Blyth, Jonathan Morcom, Konstantinos Dimopoulos, Laura Hudson, Laura Kate Dale, Leigh Alexander, Marsh Davies, Michael Cook, Nathan Ditum, Paul Dean, Porpentine, Rab Florence, Rich Stanton, Richard Cobbett, Rob Sherman, Rob Zacny, Robert Yang, Shaun Green, Sin Vega, Tim Stone, Wasim Salman.