Here at CalmDownTom, we tend to get carried away when we talk about games. They are our escapism, our sport, our passion, and our lives. When we write about them we give our honest opinions and we never shy away from telling you what we really think. We’ve all been gamers for a long time, we love our hobby and we defend its integrity and its worth to anyone who fails to understand its relevance in the modern world.
Updated daily, this site is overseen by me, Tom. My name is totally in the URL. I’m not always angry. Often I smile. Good games, good movies and puppies all do the trick. I try to stick to a few subjects, mainly games news and I am ably assisted by a bunch of genius’s, rebels and outlaws.
Role: Head Honcho
Top 5: (this week) Mass Effect 2, Heavy Rain, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Goldeneye, Arkham Asylum
Best thing on the site: Eve character creator by Ealiom
About me: I like to finish games I start, and enjoy narrative and exploration. My most rewarding gaming experiences always seem to involve exploring new worlds and escaping the crushing monotony of reality. I’m the Ryu of the site, steady but a bit vanilla.
Role: CalmDownTom’s 2nd in command
Top 5: World of Warcraft, Star Wars: The Old Republic, Minecraft, Your Shape: Fitness Evolved, Viva Pinata
Best thing on the site: All my posts of course! No really it’s all good, read it all, every last bit…soak up our greatness!
About me: 5 foot 2 of pure concentrated awesome. 5 foot 3 on a good day. Spends all my free time juggling 5 max level characters in WoW. Likes cake. Nuff said.
Role: Assistant Editor
Top 5: GTA: Vice City, Gran Turismo, Final Fantasy VIII, Football Manager Live (RIP), NHL12
Best thing on the site: All the writers
About me: A bit of a scorewhore, though with 2 kids I find less time for long games. I prefer RTS and Racing games, but give me multiplayer anything any day.
Role: Voice of sanity/ Tom’s Wingman
Top 5: Super Streetfighter 4, EVE Online, World of Warcraft, Final Fantasy Tactics, Counter Strike Source
Best thing on the site: The frank and honest view of games by gamers. Nuff said!
About me: A competitive gamer, I like nothing more than to be playing against and with the best players. I hate AAA hype, promised nonsense and publisher greed. Email
Gnarley Harley (Gnarles)!
Role: Technical aid and podcast contributor
Top 5: EVE Online, Minecraft, Borderlands, Final Fantasy 7, Dark Messiah of Might and Magic
Best thing on the site: Tom’s hate mail…..most of which is sent by the other members of the site.
About me: I rarely finish a game, I tend to get distracted by the next shiny offering and forget to go back and finish the rest. I’ll play almost anything apart from Madden!
Role: Grumpy Lapsed Gamer
Top 5: 5. Freespace 2, 4. Portal, 3. Planscape Torment, 2. Half Life 2, 1. Secret of Monkey Island
Best thing on the site: Tom
About me: Boardgamer, wargamer, and occasional video gamer.
Role: Layman, Occasional banner maker
Top 5: Secret of Monkey Island, GTA:Vice City, Super Mario Kart (SNES), Street Fighter II, Arkham Asylum
Best thing on the site: Apart from the banner? Top ten reasons Kinect sucks
About me: Unapologetic player of popular games.
Role:The future (and heart) of CalmDownTom.
Top 5: Oni, Borderlands, Guitar Hero, Unreal Tournament, Lego Star Wars
Best thing on the site: The banner since I’m on it :P, Top 10 games to play when you are depressed, These Lyrics Make No Sense
About me: I’m your typical teenager – I like gore and shooting things in the head. My favourite game is ONI and if you know what I’m talking about then you are indeed awesome (just not as awesome as me).
Role: Occasional Member
Top 5: Monkey Island, Day of the Tentacle, Sam N Max Hit the Road, Borderlands 2, League of Legends
Best Thing on the site: The tropes article that James is going to write
About Me: I’m an Ex-Rager (RIP Icemats) and a reformed WoW addict. I’m shit at games and I don’t care. :) Except drunken TF2. I am the best at drunken TF2. BURN MOTHERFUCKERSSSSS