Hi. I'm Jamie Dalzell - Videogame Journalist

Copywriter by day, slightly inebriated videogame journalist by night…

Depending on who you ask, the time of day, and the number of empty bottles on my desk, I’m either a starving artist or a freelance videogame journalist. Over the last six years, I’ve written for various online and print publications including Australia’s PC PowerPlay and Hyper Magazine, IGN.com, UnwinnableVG24/7, as well as the now defunct GameSpy, The Black Panel and Games.On.Net.

With a belief that there’s a captivating story behind every headline – irrespective of how big or small – I have a love of unique angles, thought-provoking stories, and unique storytelling opportunities. It’s these stories that have seen me mentioned on Kotaku US, Critical Distance, and Rock Paper Shotgun, as well as place as a finalist in the Best Gaming Journalist category at the 2013 Australian IT Journalism Awards (The Lizzies). An award I would have won if I’d sprung for pricier Ninja* hitmen.

Nowadays you’ll find me penning thoughts for editors either brave or crazy enough to accept the editing challenge. Mostly myself! It’s here that I’ve turned a blog post into a book on the second time experience of Dark Souls, explored the joys of Darkest Dungeon’s Vita release, and rambled about the ways in which Borderlands 2 and Mirror’s Edge talk much the same language.

You can contact me on dalzell.jamie@gmail.com, or via Twitter @Sir_JD.

*Use of the word ‘Ninja’ is permitted as it is not directly preceded by the words ‘Web’ or ‘Social Media‘.

I’ve written for…

PC PowerPlay
Games On Net
Hyper Magazine
VG247
IGN
unwinnable-small
Gamespy

Latest Work…

Skeletons

I’ve seen forests before, but never like this, I…perhaps maybe…it’s almost as if… No, surely not, do you think it could be? Each one a wish? A promise? A…tree? Hear me out, rest assured, there’s method to madness, I may be riddled with stardust, my heart etched in sadness. …but hey, can you blame me? […]

Timeless: On Darkest Dungeon & The PlayStation Vita

Red Hook Studios’ doomed adventurers find their true home on Sony’s tragically doomed handheld… Designed by architect Gordon Bunshaft and completed in 1953, the Beinecke Library is one of the largest buildings in the world devoted to the celebration of rare books. Located in New Haven, Connecticut – on the grounds of Yale University – […]

Downwell: Pinball Wizard

Water, wishes, and more than a few ghosts have called wells home over the years, but in 2015 one well in particular played host to something quite special: the most thrilling game of pinball seen in years… The premise? Why, it was as simple as it was absurd: throw a little retro man down a […]

The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim: Hearthfire & The Quest For Home

Forget Solstheim, Vampires, and Werewolves. Bethesda’s latest DLC simply offers you a place to live, but its attempts to tame this series’ lone wolf of a hero feel a lot like a cage… Shackled, bound, yet still resolute, a Nord sits in a rickety cart among Skyrim’s frozen foothills. As the opening credits to Bethesda’s […]