Here’s a list of who else was in the running to be one of our country’s Official Top 10 “Celebrity” Games Journalists, and why they didn’t make it into the chart.
Julian “Jaz” Rignall
A gaming legend for sure, Jaz is fondly remembered by late-twenty-somethings and thirty-somethings for applying his mullet of truth to Mean Machines. He didn’t make it into the Top 10 because he’s not only emigrated, but his celebrity status is limited to the old guard. There’s a great interview with him on Dave Perry’s site, where he reveals what he’s getting up to now. He would have been number 9 if The TriForce only took one position.
The CITV presenter who used to front Bad Influence with Andy Crane, Violet came perilously close to entering the Top 10 because of her involvement with Bravo’s GamePad. But that got axed ages ago, and she’s not done anything to do with gaming since. We’re not even sure whether she genuinely knows about games, or just unwittingly got handed the “female games presenter” badge. She scores kudos for being married to Gaz Top (or Gareth Jones, as his mother knows him). She (Violet, not Gaz Top’s mum) would have been number 10.
He was well known in his time, but we don’t think he’s retained his “celebrity” status to the point that he’d make it into the Top 10. Having a column in Edge isn’t anything to brag about. Close, but not close enough.
Although he’s a “celebrity” writer now, being involved with stuff like Brass Eye and TVGoHome, he wasn’t a “celebrity” games journalist when working for PC Zone. Little more than a mildly renowned games journalist at the time, he doesn’t qualify.
A bona fide TV celebrity and comedian, but a games journalist? He may have co-presented Thumb Bandits (and did a much better job of it than Krotoski), but he can’t be called a games journalist. Writing a column for an Xbox360 mag doesn’t count in his favour either, as that’s just a gimmick.
An association with Edge doesn’t automatically make you a “celebrity” games journalist, you know. And he thinks he’s an Ibiza DJ.
Famous, or infamous? No comment.
The RAM Raider
Gillen predicted RR would be taking the top-spot, but that would be wrong, as we weren’t well known enough when we put the Top 10 together. Maybe we’ll be in the charts when we update them, as RR is in talks to have his rants published in a mag.
The ex-helmer of Ceefax’s games pages, Gibbon is renowned for his scathing criticisms of shit games, then giving them 7/10. We miss him, but he ain’t famous.
Alex Verrey aka Big Boy Barry
A fat guy who was in GamesWorld for a bit, and in some innuendo-filled nonsense called Barry’s JoyPad. He’s turned to the dark side now (PR).
Ben The Boffin
The four-eyed nerd kid who used to do the game reviews for The Big Breakfast, but always had his bit cut short by four-eyed cunt adult Chris Evans talking about himself. If anyone knows where he is now, let us know. He probably died of embarrassment in the mid 90’s.
The Other Women From Bits
Not so much “also-ran”, as “shot before the race begun”.
Anyone Else We’ve Forgotten
Obviously couldn’t have been that famous.
Look out for the responses from our “celebrity” journalists over the next week or two, which we’ll be posting in the order we receive them.