Meet the Vultures: Dean West
"...I sent the editor-in-chief an email with a writing sample and he's let me write about absolute bollocks since."
Hey, Dean! How are you? What was the last thing you ate and what would you rate it out of ten?
I’m alright. It’s Friday night and, like most people, I’m sat at home listening to podcasts and writing naff about videogames. That’s a thing that people do, isn’t it?
I ate something from McDonald’s – one of those ‘taste of America’ burgers. It was a chicken one. Didn’t taste much of America, though. Mostly salt. 6 diabetes out of 10 heart attacks for that one.
What’s your favourite video game
I would have to say Fallout: New Vegas because once the game-breaking bugs were patched out, it offered so much in terms of its narrative, world design, weaponry and character design. It was one of those games where your choices actually gave you different endings. None of this pish in Fallout 4.
Other than that, Rapala Pro Bass Fishing on Wii U, for reasons so obvious I shouldn’t need to go into them.
What drew you to CV?
I saw an advert on Facebook for gaming writers, so I sent the editor-in-chief an email with a writing sample and he’s let me write about absolute bollocks since. What has kept me at Cultured Vultures for over a year is that there is a real level of respect between the writers. That, and CV are upfront about how payment works, etc. A lot of writing sites say they’ll give you the world but more often than not, the sites are run by shady pricks who offer pathetic rates. CV have been honest from the start about pay and I get the impression they are doing more to improve it. That, and I like the overall vibe of CV. There is a lot of intelligent and thought-provoking content on the site and I’m just glad they have me around to lower the tone.
Where else can we find you?
I provide gaming content to another site, called Roobla, and listicles for The Gamer. I’ve got a website too, if you want to have a look at my portfolio or, dare I say it, find out more about me. Here. Look at it.
Who would win in a fight: a kangaroo with one punching hand or a crocodile missing half of its teeth?
Mate, I’ve beaten the shit out of them both, so I can say from experience that the crocodile missing half of its teeth will win. Let’s face it: If he gets his chompers around that kangeroo’s one, good punching hand, it’s game over.