My name is Sammy Cooper – a 24-year-old Games Journalism & PR graduate from Staffordshire University. I finished my course in 2017, and am experienced in real-world journalism and community engagement. I’ve worked at a number of different publications, both established and independent.
The bulk of my work experience was for a website named Gamereactor. I spent almost a year under their wing, and in that time wrote numerous different pieces of work; reviews, previews, interviews, and news. Towards the end of my time with Gamereactor, I began working almost exclusively on the Esports section of the website, and helped to foster its growth. Below are some examples of the work I did for Gamereactor.
The Rise of Overwatch – “2016 has been a colossal year for gaming. We’ve seen the rise of VR and some stellar releases over the course of the last twelve months, but one of the standout games of the year has definitely been Overwatch, Blizzard’s incredibly fun and fast-paced shooter. We’ve taken a look back at how it became one of the success stories of 2016, tracing its fortunes all the way back to its conception, and doing so has only deepened our respect for the game even more.”
Planet Explorers Review – “When it comes to Steam’s Early Access program, your first thought is likely of the countless open-world survival games rotting there, doomed to never be completed. Every game tries to give the subgenre its own spin, but many just end up in the annals of mediocrity. Planet Explorers has lots going for it to make it stand out amongst the rest, but there are some critical flaws that make us worry it’s doomed for the scrap-heap.”
Mission Briefing: Mass Effect Andromeda – “Mass Effect: Andromeda has been a mysterious game for quite some time now, but with N7 day last week, we’re finally starting to see some concrete intel emerge about what the game will be like. The details are coming mainly through trailers and via the Andromeda Initiative website, which lets players sign up as if they are going on a journey to a new galaxy. Therefore, we’ve gathered all the information we can find, so fans of the series can find everything in one place.”
Shu Review – “Every now and then you come across an indie title that tackles a genre and does so perfectly. When it comes to indie platformers, there is a ton of quality; games like Limbo, Ori and the Blind Forest, and others have set a high bar. After playing Shu, though, we now believe this little gem deserves a mention among these greats.”
Planet Explorers Preview – “Thanks to the success of Minecraft, Steam’s Early Access program is filled with open-world sandbox games. Many feature survival and crafting elements and, sadly, many of them will never get finished.”
From May to November 2017, I wrote for a gaming news website, Twinfinite, a site that pulls in over 10 million views a month. This has been valuable work experience for me, and I felt my writing style grow and progress in my months working there. I have written over 100 news pieces, features, and guides thus far. Below are some of my favourite pieces of writing;
Top 10 Worst Games of This Console Generation so Far – “It had been eight years since the last entry in the series, and fans were dying to see more of the Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater franchise. Back in the day, the series was easily the best and most popular set of skateboarding games ever.”
5 Gaming Plot Holes Big Enough You Could Drive a Truck Through Them – “There’s a huge amount of amazing games out there these days – many of which tell immense and sprawling stories. Unfortunately, this means that some games have massive plot holes that can at times leave a stain on a masterpiece of a game.”
8 Comic Books that Need Video Game Adaptations – “First up is a comic book character that we’re extremely surprised hasn’t been adapted into a video game yet. Morbius is, as his title would suggest, a man suffering from the effects of vampirism.”
Other Work Experience
Aside from work experience at Gamereactor and Twinfinite, I also have my own blog, SpamEsports, and have written for other blogs and my University’s news outlet, Staffslive. Staffslive is much more a mainstream news outlet that occasionally publishes videogame related content such as reviews, with a much stricter house-style.
The 5 most hype moments in Esports – SpamEsports – “Back in 2013, League of Legends was huge. Not quite anywhere near the giant of a game it is today, but it was steadily on track to becoming the most popular game of all time, which was announced merely a year later. One of the biggest things that League of Legends did around 2013 was contribute to the growth of the esports industry. League of Legends and esports go hand in hand, bouncing off of one another and growing exponentially.”
E.T Armies Review – Staffslive – “E T armies is the first game to come from Iran since trade sanctions were recently lifted. This derivative first person shooter sets no other precedent for games from the region, falling short of the western blockbuster shooters it attempts to replicate.”
Dub Dash Review – Staffslive – “Dub Dash is a fast-paced rhythm runner that involves avoiding obstacles at high speeds. At its core, it is a rhythm platformer where the player has to jump either left or right to avoid obstacles. There are nine levels to complete, and the game also features challenge and split-screen multiplayer modes.”
5 best retro games to play online – Squarepeggamers – “Perhaps one of the most iconic and defining games of the NES generation, The Legend of Zelda was first released in 1986, and it spawned one of Nintendo’s most successful franchises. Players would follow the hero, Link, on his quest to rescue Princess Zelda, and travel through an unknown world to stop the mysterious evil entity known only as Ganon.”