Having been there from the start, writing for a diverse range of magazines including Your Sinclair, Arcade, Digitiser and GamesMaster, Stuart has been entertaining gamers for years whilst mercilessly keeping the powers that be on their toes. Don’t let his choice of hairstyle put you off – this man is a journalistic genius.
The peak of his career was the Amiga Power years. Writing for the best games magazine there has ever been, his reviews are remembered to this day for their integrity and ingenuity. Not because they were clever-clever and pretentious (they never were), but because they were informative AND entertaining – the essence of Old Games Journalism.
It’s a sad reflection of the games industry that its finest writer is now unemployable. He was blacklisted by Future “we don’t interfere in editorial decisions” Publishing for daring to stand up for himself when they didn’t pay him. His last regular magazine work was with PC Zone’s monthly emulation pages, but Future Publishing disgracefully ordered his immediate dismissal when they bought the mag from Dennis Publishing. (That’s what he has in common with the RAM Raider – we’re both hated by Future Publishing for telling the truth)
The whole story can be found on his website at www.worldofstuart.co.uk, where he has a dedicated and intelligent forum of followers. Some of his work can also be found there, with a “tips jar” for the ultra-dedicated to contribute to his income. How Stuart actually makes a living now is a mystery. We’re glad that he still regularly writes articles, but being unpublishable in most games magazines is the most telling indicator of where the industry has been dragged to by its evil controllers.
His appearance in Amiga Power with “ATTITUDE” written across his sunglasses with Tipp-Ex is representative of the time that games journalism was in its rightful place: fun, cheeky, unflinchingly honest, and scared of nothing and no-one. Ask Stuart if he’d give an undeserved high review score in exchange for some advertising or perks, and you’ll get the answer to why he’s virtually unemployable by the industry today.
All aspiring games journalists should be forced to study the works of Stuart Campbell for at least a year before being let anywhere near a magazine or newspaper, especially The Guardian.
Congratulations Stuart – you’re the number one “celebrity” games journalist!
The RAM Raider salutes you.