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Gary "Gaz" Whitta was born and raised in London, England, where he began his career as a writer and games journalist. He currently is a co-host of the Tested podcast, This Is Only A Test.
Gary Whitta began his career at the UK publication "ACE" (Advanced Computer Entertainment) magazine. When ACE closed its doors in 1992, Gary went on to become the deputy editor of UK based "The One Amiga", a publication about Amiga computer games. Gary co-founded the UK publication PC Gamer magazine, later moving to the US publication where he was editor-in-chief. Gary left PC gamer in early 2000, but still contributed articles from time to time. After leaving PC Gamer, Gary worked with Future Publishing to establish a magazine about films called "Total Film Magazine". Total Film Magazine only lasted several issues due to financial problems at Future.
Whitta has written screenplays for movies, TV episodes and video games. Most notably, he wrote the screenplay for the full length motion picture The Book of Eli starring Denzel Washington. The film tells the story of a man who travels west across post-apocalyptic United States in order to deliver the last copy of the King James Bible to a safe place. Gary also wrote the screenplay for the upcoming thriller The Undying starring Kurt Russell, and has been linked to the live-action version of the anime Akira and the World of Warcraft Movie. His next project, After Earth, is due in the summer of 2013 and was directed by M. Night Shyamalan. Will Smith (the actor) stars in the film.
Video Game Development
Gary worked as a story consultant on Telltale's The Walking Dead game and wrote its fourth episode. He also consulted on several other video games including Duke Nukem Forever, Prey and Gears of War, but was not involved in writing the script for any of these video games.
Gary is also the writer behind a series of short comics based on the character Death Jr. from the Death Jr. series of video games. He has also had the honor of guest writing for the popular comic strip Penny Arcade.
Gary's Fun Facts
- Go right before left.
- Shoot, shoot, shoot.
- Thinks Activision and GameStop are bad.
- NFS Hot Pursuit Pro Tip: Get him!
- Shortly after the Columbine High School massacre, Gary appeared on Fox News in a debate against Lieutenant Colonel David Grossman who claimed that people were training on video games like Doom to kill people. Gary called Grossman's claims "absurd" and said that if the United States army was in fact training to kill enemies on Doom that he was going to leave the country.
- Appeared in Giant Bomb's Quick Look for Celebrity Poker.
- Gary became friends with Will Smith (not the actor) when the latter worked for Maximum PC at Future Publications, the corporation for which Gary had also worked as PC Gamer editor. In 2010, Gary joined Will Smith and Norman Chan as a regular co-host of Tested.com's podcast. As a result, he also made numerous appearances on Giant Bomb's Thursday Night Throwdown from 2010 to early 2012, during the period that Tested and Giant Bomb shared offices as part of Whiskey Media.
- Thought John T. Drake looked hot when playing the drums at PAX
- Hates people. He thinks they are scum.
- He made an appearance as a zombie on The Walking Dead television series.
- Met his girlfriend after an all day drinking session.
- Watched and enjoyed at least one episode of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
- His most popular piece of video game advice, "shoot that guy," has become legendary amongst the Bomb Squad.
- "Fuck charity, I have an iPhone."
- "Shoot that guy!"
- "You've never listen to the Tested podcast? It's a fuckfest!"
- "I've always wanted to unlock my face!"
- (from the end of the CES 2012 drive stream) "Fuck GPS, WE'RE IN VEGAS!"