About GameCloud


 
Established by William Kirk in 2012, GameCloud Australia is an online media outlet based in Perth, Western Australia. Run by local volunteers, it is our mission to represent Perth within the global games industry. We do not operate for profit, but we do aim to provide our readers with a unique and genuine perspective on anything gaming related.

Basically, we’re just a group of passionate writers who do this because we believe that video games are the greatest form of creative expression. In turn, we strongly support the notion that the games industry needs an honest voice free from bias, and we aim to deliver that with detailed reviews and original content that’s uninfluenced by profiteering.
 

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About Our Reviews


 
Assigning numbers to a game can be a fickle business, but we feel that it’s still ultimately a vital part of the industry at this time. With this in mind, we set out to create a review system that doesn’t simply translate from opinion to a single digit. GameCloud Australia critiques games using several fundamental categories as this allows us to highlight the various strengths and weaknesses of a game without putting all of our focus on an overall score. In addition, we also try to ensure every game we review is assigned to the writer with the most experience that game’s specific genre. We highly value the growing collective of expertise within our team, and aim to deliver only the most genuine impressions.
 

 
If you are interested in learning more about our grading scale and review structure, you can find a full rundown here.
 
 

Safe Space Policy


 

This symbol in our footer represents our safe space policy. Basically, it’s our way of saying that we, the team at GameCloud Australia, are not okay with inequality within the games industry. It is not meant as a statement in response to any issue in particular, but instead a simple reminder: this is a safe space for everyone, and we aim to spread the ideals of an all-encompassing online community.

 
 

Contact Us


 
If you would like to contact GameCloud Australia, please fill out the form below and we will endeavour to get in touch with you as soon as possible. Alternatively, if you’d like to contact us directly, please email: info@gamecloud.net.au
 
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Team Profiles


 
Below you will find the creative thinktank that powers GameCloud. Let us introduce you to our talented writers:
William Kirk

William Kirk

Editor-In-Chief at GameCloud
Based in Perth, Western Australia, Will has pursued an interest for both writing and video games his entire life. As the founder of GameCloud, he has endeavoured to build a team of dedicated writers to represent Perth to the international gaming industry, as well as unite his local gaming community.

Patrick Waring

Patrick Waring

Executive Editor at GameCloud
From Perth, Patrick has played video games from a young age and now has "opinions." When not fretting over whether using words like "fretting" is effeminate, he likes to write jokes about video games. Sometimes he goes outside, and other times he just sits at his PC, thinking way too hard about Nintendo games.
Nick Ballantyne

Nick Ballantyne

Senior Editor at GameCloud
Nick lives in that part of Perth where there's nothing to do. You know, that barren hilly area with no identifying features and no internet? Yeah, that part. To compensate, he plays games, writes chiptunes, makes videos, and pokes fun at hentai because he can't take anything seriously.
Bernadette Russell

Bernadette Russell

Senior Reporter at GameCloud
Bernadette is living her childhood dream as the Manager at EB Games in Geraldton, WA. With a life-long console habit and a self-imposed MMO ban, she fantasizes about the day when all she'll have to do is game and write. Oh, and also about meeting Link. HYAH!
Ellis Longhurst

Ellis Longhurst

Correspondent at GameCloud
When not patting cats, eating excessive amounts of fruit, and failing the Battlefield 4 tutorial, Ellis spends most of her time cycling around the inner west of Sydney and blatantly disregarding Professor Oak’s words of advice. Oh, and writing... Ellis is GC's eastern states correspondent!
Lliam Ahearn

Lliam Ahearn

Staff Writer at GameCloud
Lliam has been playing video games since he was a small child and continues to like them a whole bunch. In the perpetual hunt for Platinum Trophies, he takes no rest, takes no prisoners, and also takes no performance enhancing drugs. He constantly finds himself thinking about and analysing the games he plays, and sometimes, he even turns those thoughts into words.
Shane Smith

Shane Smith

Staff Writer at GameCloud
Shane is a Graphic Designer by day, but by night he’s either throwing uppercuts playing MK3 or watching old films. Video games have always been an interest to him since he first unboxed a Sega Mega Drive and subsequently has lost many hours and sunlight behind a controller.
Callum McCole

Callum McCole

Staff Writer at GameCloud
RTS Shoutcaster, YouTuber, live streamer and enthusiast. Growing up back in the golden era of RTS games Callum has stuck with them ever since. Hoping that one day RTS will become cool again, he continues to play, shoutcast, critique and explore competitive multiplayer RTS games.
Blade Shaw

Blade Shaw

Staff Writer at GameCloud
From Doctor Who to WWE, if it’s pop culture related then Blade’s addicted to it with an infectious passion. Having been a gamer since knee height, Blade is looking to continue the marriage between his love of all things nerd and his Journalism/PR degree.
Brendan Holben

Brendan Holben

Staff Writer at GameCloud
Practically born with a joystick in his hands, Perth-based writer Brendan has seen the best and worst gaming has to offer. Since picking up his first video game magazine as a kid, he knew this was something he wanted to be part of. His favourite things are making Dark Souls and Far Cry 2 jokes on Twitter, while his greatest shame is never owning a Mario game on his SNES.
Terina Kett

Terina Kett

Staff Writer at GameCloud
Terina grew up in WA and moved to Perth in 2010 for her university studies. She has been gaming since she can remember, thanks to her dad and siblings also loving games. Academia has given her a love of analysing things. Extensively.
Dani Campbell

Dani Campbell

Staff Writer at GameCloud
Born and raised in Perth, Danielle is currently studying games design at university. When she is not studying how a video game’s story or characters are made, she enjoys the comforts of a cat on her lap while playing video games, and then talking about them for the next two hours. She also enjoys the sun, as long as her fair gamer skin doesn’t get burnt.
Colton Onderwater
Based in Perth, Colton is an aspiring indie developer who developed a passion for making games as well as playing them. Always on the lookout for a good RPG or an artsy indie title, Colton also likes to fill his life with music, grilled cheese sandwiches and '90s pop culture.
Mitchell Fowler

Mitchell Fowler

Staff Writer at GameCloud
Mitchell "Mugz" Fowler is a guy who lives in Broome, Western Australia, who plays video games very badly, then swears at them. You can read some of that swearing here. When not playing video games, Mugz can be found unapologetically holding down and bloodily ripping off Yahtzee Croshaw.
Taralee Caine

Taralee Caine

Staff Writer at GameCloud
Hailing from Perth's south west, Taralee is a metalhead sorcerer, gamer geek, computer mage, horror buff, fire twirler, wife and mother. She enjoys building computers, learning Klingon and Elven, playing with dragons, embarking on quests foretold by the Dungeon Master. Currently studying programming at the Academy of Interactive Entertainment, she aspires be a game developer Jedi.
Rohan Ford

Rohan Ford

Staff Writer at GameCloud
A fond reader of UK magazine PC format in the early '90s, Rohan maintains a respect for the traditions of visual art, music, and film in approaching games as a medium. With a penchant for narrative-based adventure, fighting games and the casual multiplayer space, he has a particular reverence for the dual aesthetic and technical challenges faced by indie developers and those charged to do 'more with less.'
Tim Sezer

Tim Sezer

Staff Writer at GameCloud
Tim Sezer is a Perth-based writer. He’s also an avid gamer and an active musician playing bass for Perth Industrial metal band EPIGNOSIS. When he’s not gaming or annoying the neighbors with his noisy hobbies, he’s either checking out bands at local music gigs, hanging out at gaming events or arguing about stuff over the internet. Any positive feedback or hate mail is welcome!
Tom Cammarano

Tom Cammarano

Staff Writer at GameCloud
Tom has been a gamer since childhood, growing up with a PC as consoles were not yet popular. Currently, he tries to squeeze in as much gaming as possible between being a responsible adult, husband and father. Despite being a member of the "PC Master Race", Tom also enjoys gaming on consoles and mobile platforms. Sometimes even with his own little gamers.
Mary West

Mary West

Staff Writer at GameCloud
Mary was raised in Perth, playing video games from a young age. As a big fan of J-RPGs in particular, Mary enjoys the full experience of playing and the fulfilment received from seeing out a story until its conclusion; being captivated by the graphics and music along the way. With a strong passion for writing also, it was only logical for her to combine these two interests.
Joseph Viola

Joseph Viola

Community Assistant at GameCloud
Born and raised in Perth, Joseph has been a gamer his entire life. Over time his tastes in games has evolved, and so has his opinions about them. A lover of the visual and music arts in games, he is not afraid to lose himself within the story and art style, or simply zone out to the music.