Wanting to find out more about who we are, then you have come to the right place!
Name: Stuart ‘biomarvel’ Shortland
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 (irishsoul81)
Location: Belfast, Northern Ireland
Formats: PlayStation, Wii U, 3DS and Xbox one
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 game my way through the PS4 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.
Name: Steve Smith
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
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
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
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
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).
Our Review Policy
So you may be thinking “Thumb Culture, how do you go about your reviews?” or maybe not. Either way you can have a read of this and then you will be a better idea at how we move from deciding a game to review, to getting the final score and award for said game.
Initially we either receive a review code or we have purchased the game ourselves, don’t worry it will all be made clear on the review, usually with a disclaimer at the end.
We would like to make it clear at this stage that we would never, ever, EVER take any form of payment to give a game a more favourable review. The scores that each game gets is based purely on the reviewers personal experience and opinion of the game and are in no way endorsed by any third party.
With that out of the way, so we not have a shiney game in hand, or game code on the screen. Each of the members of Thumb Culture have their own personal tastes when it comes to games, and we try to (as far as is practicable) match up the right person with the game. This is so that they are able to give a decent review of the game, and not just shoot it down because its not their particular chosen genre of game.
Whilst in the process of the review, the person in charge of reviewing the game will play the game as much as is needed to give an overview of how the game plays and all the mechanics herein. This could be 10+ hours in some cases, but in others around 5 hours. After all, some games can be completed in this amount of time.
The reviewer then starts to assemble their review, using the following headings where applicable.
Gameplay – What do you do? How do you do it? Story outline (without giving away too many spoilers)? etc
Graphics – How does the game look? Is it of sufficient standard? Glitches and bugs present? etc
Audio – How does the game sound? Does the game audio give anything extra to the game? etc
Longevity – How long will you play this game? Will you keep going back to it? etc
Conclusion – Final thoughts and criticisms, as well as giving the review its final score.
Our Scoring Method
When giving a score to the game, the game receives a score out of 10 and then it is placed within its associated award system below.
Platinum Award (10/10) – this is not stating that the game is perfect, but stating that if you are a fan of the genre then this game is an essential purchase for you.
Gold Aware (8-9/10) – This game is great, its as good as it gets without being an essential buy.
Silver Award (6-7/10) – This game is ok, give it a try if you like the sound of it, but don’t blame us if you find a lemon.
Bronze Award (4-5/10) – This game isn’t great. Only buy this if you find it in a sale.
Trash (1-3/10) – Avoid this game like the plague.
So there you go, a brief insight on our review process. Any questions, don’t hesitate to post them through our contact page, or one of our other social media….things.