› Alex Wiltshire


I write about videogames, design and technology. I am author of books including Minecraft Blockopedia and Home Computers, a former editor of Edge magazine, and also contribute to Rock Paper Shotgun, PC Gamer, and various other places. I am publishing editor at Mojang, where I creatively manage Minecraft’s official books, and a member of the PC gaming podcast The Crate & Crowbar.

I’ve written a new book. It’s called Making Videogames and it’s about the art and the tech behind 12 of the best-looking games of today. From Half-Life: Alyx to Return of the Obra Dinn; Control to Thumper, I talked with their lead developers to tell the stories behind their visual design.

August 21, 2021

A puppy

This is Roddy. He’s our dog. He was born on Tuesday, June 15, 2021 in Hitchin, and now he lives with us. He’s a working retriever, which means his fur is a little darker than a regular golden retriever and it won’t grow to be quite as thick and long. He’ll also have a lighter build. His mother is Maple, who is owned by our very dear friends, David and Jess, and is the best-natured dog you’ll ever meet.

July 4, 2021

Opening page illustration: an abstract representation of a microchip

A couple of months ago, Edge published a feature I wrote about the MiSTer project. I’d been wanting to write about MiSTer for a while, because it’s such an exciting platform for retrogaming – I’ve been spending many happy hours exploring shooters on the PC Engine, messing around with a 486 PC, and revisiting the SNES classics, all in fantastic fidelity and feeling just how I remember them.

February 23, 2021

I’m no poet, but I found myself writing a poem. I listened to Blur’s song Oily Water, which I’d ripped years ago from my CD of their album Modern Life is Rubbish, and heard in it a little audio aberration which I’d forgotten about but was immediately familiar. For me, it’s even part of the song, since I’m not sure I’ve ever heard Oily Water that hasn’t originated from that CD.

I know what caused it: a mark on the reflective playing surface which I noticed way back when I bought the CD in the mid-1990s. But coming across it in 2021 brought home how that song has been a part of my life for so long, despite hardly being a favourite, and how such a tiny blip of happenstance has subtly transformed a mass-produced piece of digital media into something that’s entirely personal to me.

Anyway, yes, so I wrote a poem.

December 30, 2020

A photograph of pink cherry against a blue sky
Taken by my daughter in our back garden during the first lockdown

It’s pretty well-established that 2020 was “a weird one” and also “bad”, and my line of work has been affected by it in various ways. But I’ve been incredibly lucky to have been able to continue working throughout on various books, articles and other projects. Here’s my year in work.

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