Meet The Team

The Team


Name: Stuart ‘biomarvel’ Shortland
Age: 34
Location: Manchester, UK
Formats: PlayStation, PC
Favourite Game: Rocket League
About: been playing games since I can remember, from spectrum all the to current consoles. Always been interested in video game news and recently got the opportunity to head up a great team of eager people. I’m generally a man of many words but I try and be succinct and to the point in everything I write.

Name: Rachael Fiddis
Age: 35
Location: Belfast, Northern Ireland
Formats: PlayStation, Xbox one, PC and Switch
Favourite Game: The Last Of Us
About: I had my first taste of gaming in the 80’s when I got a Nintendo Game & Watch for Christmas that I played constantly into the wee hours, followed by Spectrum, commodore and Atari. I’m still that kid today as I climb my way through the gaming charts, always looking for the next best thing. I love to stay up to date on gaming news and I’ve recently joined a fantastic team of people who strive to create the best in all things gaming. I’m not afraid to speak my mind on any reviews leading to some interesting reading!

Name: Steve Smith
Age: 27
Formats: PC, PlayStation, Nintendo Switch
Location: Plymouth UK
Favourite game: The Witcher 3
About me: I’ve been gaming ever since having a Nintendo 64 and playing Perfect Dark or Star Wars Racer, I’ve moved forward with every new generation since. I’m into most games apart from sports and racing and am a sucker for a good RPG.

Name: Mark Wood
Age: 29
Formats: PlayStation, Nintendo Switch, Xbox
Location: West-Midlands UK
About: been an avid gamer since the day I first played, Alex Kidd in Miracle World, built into my first ever console. The Sega Master system, what glorious days those was. I favour no type of game as I really just love playing anything. I have to say though, fighting games are what I do best, so always up for a new challenge. I was given a great opportunity, to be part of such an amazing team at Thumb Culture, sharing my thoughts on something I’m so passionate about. I can only hope you enjoy my content, just as much as I enjoy creating it.

Name: Jason ‘psycho_sparky’ Patrick
Age: 36
Location: Ashford, UK
Formats: PlayStation, PC, Atari
Favourite Game: Ghost Recon: Wildlands
About: Fun, open minded, part-time rock star and awesome father. Computer games are an important part of my life, they are not only a form of escapism but a great way to socialise with family, friends and people around the world. I look forward to discovering new games and letting you know what they have to offer, see you on the digital side!

Name: Kevin Miller
Age: 43
Location: Folkestone
Formats: PS4
Favourite Game: Skyrim
About: Since the days of Horace escaping the spiders and going skiing I have always had an interest in video games. As time has passed I found myself progressing through the Playstation family. I love a good RPG and a good story to keep me going and I’m always on the lookout for something different and inventive. Having said that, I like to bash a zombie as much as the next gamer. I also get to manage a laser tag arena as a job, so I’m always shooting something.

Name: Morgan Eck
Age: 27
Location: Boise, Idaho, US
Formats: Wii U, 3DS, Playstation, xBox and PC
Favourite Game: Minecraft
About: Since the day I could successfully hold an NES controller in my hand, I’ve been playing games. My sister beat Super Mario Bros. when she was six years old. I’ll never top that level of cool but damned if I won’t try! I was exclusively a Nintendo gamer until 2008 and didn’t beat a FPS game until I played Bioshock – which blew my socks off. I didn’t play a PC game (more than Oregon Trail and Myst that is) until 2013 – now it’s my preferred platform due mostly to its killer selection of games. I enjoy playing everything except sports games, racing games, and puzzle games of any kind (sorry Zelda lovers).