Olly Smith

Hi. I'm Olly.

I'm a writer and video games journalist currently based in Manchester, UK. You may know me from my extremely good tweets or my over-researched features on retro video games. When I'm not online, I'm relaxing with a good film or frantically tidying my house to be as spotless as you see in furniture catalogues.

You're likely here because you're interested in working with me. Whether you're pursuing an attentive writer, a decent video editor, or an expert in the craft of audio production, all the details you should require can be found below.

Writing

I am currently the Website Editor for GameByte and FragHero, which both exist under the Social Chain brand.

I got my start in games journalism back in 2016, working as a freelance writer with bylines in both print and online media covering reviews, features and news. You can find my work in publications such as Wireframe Magazine, Pocket Gamer, Bloody Disgusting, Den of Geek, and The Indie Game Website.

Since 2015, I have also run my own website, New Game+, which is dedicated to valuable critical discussion of video games both old and new. You can read a few samples of my work below or check the complete archive in the header link at the top of this page.

Reviews

Death Stranding review // New Game+ (published Jul. 14th, 2020)

Zombie Army 4: Dead War review // Wireframe Magazine issue 35 (published March 2020)

Hitman 3 review // New Game+ (published Jan. 28th, 2021)

Mind Scanners review // New Game+ (published May 18th, 2021)

Retro Review: The Elder Scrolls IV Oblivion review // New Game+ (published Mar. 20th, 2021)

Features

How Ashen reinvents the Soulslike // New Game+ (published Jan. 10th, 2020)

Bloodborne has really satisfying door animations // New Game+ (published Jul. 19th, 2019)

The Music of MediEvil: Bob & Barn interview // New Game+ (published Oct. 30th, 2020)

Hitman: The Best Kills In IO's Lethal Franchise // Gfinity (published Jan. 26th, 2021)

News

Here's what Microsoft acquiring ZeniMax Media and Bethesda Softworks means for mobile // Pocket Gamer

Watch an AI Play Through Super Mario Bros. // GameGrin

Celeste’s creator confirms Madeline is trans // Pocket Gamer

Call of Duty: Mobile actor dropped by Activision following misogynistic comments // Pocket Gamer

Payday 2 Players Are Losing Their Minds Over a Pencil // GameSkinny

Podcasts

Before games journalism, I used to work as a production assistant at a radio station. Nowadays, I still utilise those skills in audio production to create and appear on podcasts. In 2019, I ran a short-lived show called Mars is Real with my friend Soph. Right now, I co-host the official New Game+ podcast called The Lag. I have also appeared on podcasts such as Toad on Games and PAL Keys.

The Lag #1 - Refocusing on Life is Strange [46:26]

Toad on Games #30: Video Game Journalism+ (ft. Olly Smith) [44:54]

East London Radio: The Entertainment Dome (21st October) [1:04:03]

PAL Keys: 2.20: ‘Unforeseen Consequences’ with Olly Smith [1:05:16]

Dawn of the Dead, Uzumaki, and Silent Hill 2, with Olly Smith [52:00]

Contact

If you wish to work with me, you can contact me via email or on my Twitter page.

Email: ollywrites@gmail.com

Twitter: @OllyWrites

For inquiries relating to GameByte or Frag Hero, please use my Social Chain email: oliver.smith@socialchain.com