Charlie Brooker started off in the first branch of CeX, on Rathbone St in London, as a shop assistant. Back then CeX was the go-to place to get imported Japanese games and consoles early. A lot of specialist trade journos went there. I do not know if this is true, but it would please me if Charlie got his start in magazines because some of those dudes liked the cut of his jib.
He almost got PC Zone closed down with a comic he did called Cruelty Zoo, which wasn’t really his fault. Originally supposed to feature Lara Croft killing many animals,something she did disproportionately in the game of the time, but his editor got a bit scared at the potential reaction from the software publisher and said it was fine, but Lara needed to go.
What was left post-edit was this. They got fucking mullered.