David McCandless is a journalist
perhaps best known for his work on Dennis Publishing
's succession of computer games
magazines. The young 'Macca
' started out on the Program Pitstop
section of Your Sinclair
, progressing to Zero
, Game Zone
, and PC Zone
magazines through the 1990s. In the early days of PC Zone
he championed several key games including Star Control II
, Ultima Underworld
, and the game that changed everything, Doom
. Macca's Doom skills became the stuff of legend, earning him the tongue-in-cheek
nickname 'UberFragMeister' and allowing him to take on all comers in tournaments (including one organised by a rival magazine
) until he was beaten by an American teenager.
He provided extensive coverage of the emerging wave of first-person shooters through the mid-Nineties, before leaving to pursue other interests. He won the Q Magazine 'Starmaker' contest with his home-recorded album of guitar pop, 'Smoother and Faster'. He worked for World Productions, creators of the comedy-drama TV series Attachments, editing the (now defunct) tie-in website www.SeeThru.co.uk. He occasionally pens articles on online gaming and related phenomena for games mags as well as the mainstream press.
He's half-Madagascan and once wrote a book of Star Trek trivia questions. He is rumoured to still frequent online shooters, so if yo find someone with the handle 'Maqua' repeatedly fragging you, you'll know why.