About GameCloud

Founded by William Kirk in 2012, GameCloud is an online games media outlet based in Perth, Western Australia.

GameCloud could best be described as boutique media venture that’s driven by traditional values, strong ethics and a passion for written content. We aim to be progressive in our perception of the industry and the voice it requires by producing reviews, features, and original content that is free from profiteering and inclusive of all player demographics.

First conceived as a solo platform to pursue a passion for writing, local interest in GameCloud quickly ensued, and it became apparent we had the potential to build something more influential than just another gaming blog. GameCloud was founded in a city that has a history of being excluded from the mainstream, and with a growing indie scene and no local media coverage, it was a great opportunity to establish a voice and presence Perth gamers could look up to.

With a team of now more than twenty volunteers, GameCloud has continued to grow over the years with hundreds of articles published annually, long-lasting partnerships with organisations in the industry, and the support of thousands of dedicated followers across social media. Despite this growth, however, we continue to uphold a not-for-profit policy.

 
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About Our Reviews

GameCloud uses a pros/cons system that’s straightforward and aimed to better reflect our recommendations. At the conclusion of a review, we basically want to summarise our biggest takeaways, and then tell you if we recommend the game, if the game might not be for everyone, or whether we do not recommend the game. It’s as simple as it sounds.

For a long time we’ve felt that assigning numerical scores to our reviews has hindered our ability to deliver accurate recommendations. As such, in 2016, we chose to retire this process in favour of a more flexible system. As reviewers, it’s our job to tell you whether or not you should consider purchasing a game—but with so many different genres and audiences (not to mention experiences that continue to evolve over time), assigning a single value at the bottom just started to feel trivial and misrepresentative of what we were actually saying. Gaming has evolved, so we have as well.

 

 

Contact Us

If you would like to speak with our editorial team, please fill out the form below and we will endeavour to get back to you as soon as possible. Alternatively, if you would prefer to contact us directly, please email: info@gamecloud.net.au
 

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Meet The Team

William Kirk

William Kirk

Editor-in-Chief / Founder at GameCloud
Based in Perth, Western Australia, Will has pursued interests in 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 in the international games 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

Managing 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.
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.
Ellis Longhurst

Ellis Longhurst

Staff Writer 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!
Daniel Kizana

Daniel Kizana

Staff Writer at GameCloud
Dan is a freelance writer and lifelong nerd hailing from Sydney, where he spends majority of his time drinking coffee and yelling about soccer. Storytelling is his great passion, and he hopes to tell stories of his own one day. With dwarves and dragons and stuff.
Brendan Meharry

Brendan Meharry

Staff Writer at GameCloud
While Brendan will try and convince you that his interests include long, solemn walks on the beach and romantic dinners involving boulette d'avesnes, religieuse au chocolat and $300 bottles of chardonnay, he’s actually deeply involved with retro gaming on YouTube and is also a wannabe game developer. Don’t let his nonsense sway you.
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 wallet.
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.
Bernadette Russell
Bernadette is living her childhood dream as a freelance writer 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!
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 JRPGs 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.
Alex Chalmers

Alex Chalmers

Staff Writer at GameCloud
Hailing from the wastelands of rural New Zealand, Don is a Perth-based writer and YouTuber in between his shifts as a cleaner on mining villages in the Pilbara desert. The rest of the time he'll prattle on to any one who'll listen about the ethics of games as a business, as well as its importance as an expressive outlet. That, and doting on his long-suffering wife.
Ben West

Ben West

Staff Writer at GameCloud
Ben loves to overthink every thing he can. This is useful to most of his hobbies, including video games, particularly the puzzle genre, board games, and philosophical discussions with whoever will engage in them. However, this is less useful in practically every other facet of his life.
Kit Fox

Kit Fox

Staff Writer at GameCloud
Cheerfully living in fictional worlds more than he actually lives in Perth, Kit is an artist, game designer and all-round weirdo with very colourful hair. Growing up with Nintendo and PCs, he also loves LEGO, rainy days, reading books, energy drinks and recognizes Terry Crews as his spirit animal.
Connor Weightman
Connor is a blogger, barista, poet, occasional muso and lifelong gamer. He has lived in Perth for many years, and has been insisting that he will live somewhere else soon for almost as long. He once beat FTL on easy.
Harry Kalogirou

Harry Kalogirou

Staff Writer at GameCloud
Living in Perth, Harry is an aspiring games journalist and has been for the past few years. When he isn't hanging out with friends, Harry can always be found on his PC or one of his many game consoles, reading comics, and watching movies. Mostly gaming though.
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.
Kenneth Lee

Kenneth Lee

Staff Writer at GameCloud
Based in Perth, Ken is a corporate lawyer during the week and a volunteer barista at his local church on the weekend. Since young, he’s always dreamed of writing about video games. This is him fulfilling that childhood dream. Game on.