Dave was the last of our nation’s “celebrity” journalists to give us a response to his Top 10 entry (the shameful four who ignored us are Curran, Cutlack, Diamond and Krotoski – if anyone wants to send in responses on their behalf, good or bad, we’ll post the best as punishment). On a more positive note, Dave’s response was very good.
“There's no disgrace in coming second to Mr Campbell, who is certainly one of my own favourite games writers of all-time. I'd like to thank everyone who voted for me... and so on, and so on, and everybody who has enjoyed my mags or watched the TV shows I've appeared on through the years!”
We couldn’t agree more – coming second to Campbell is nothing to be ashamed of. Dave answered his personal question next.
“As for the question as to whether I have any plans to return to the industry... the answer is a simple one... yes I do.
Apart from interacting with members and fans over at my website, I have deliberately stayed away from gaming on a professional level for the past five years or so. I think everybody needed a rest from me, and I needed a rest from 'having' to play games, rather than playing them because I wanted to. During my time away I've been able to play just for fun again and it has been good for me and for my love of gaming. Now I feel ready to immerse myself in the industry again and hopefully put a bit of 'colour' back into its cheeks. Older, wiser... just as big headed. Should be interesting.”
Dave makes a good point there. Not many people realise how different the experience of playing games as a job is compared with playing for fun. We’d definitely agree that it’s time he made a comeback too, before all those half-arsed “mainstream” journalists and company bitches make us forget what gaming’s really all about.
“Thanks for the praise. You're all very brave. Ram Raider Rules!”
Aww, thanks Dave. The RAM Raider salutes you.
(PS – Thanks to Board of Biffo’s Ming for the picture of Dave making his presence felt)