Stephen Curran is a British video game journalist, presenter, author, and game designer.
Curran's published books include Game Plan: Great Designs That Changed the Face of Computer Gaming (2004), The Art of Producing Games (2005), The Complete Guide to Game Development, Art & Design (2005) and Game On: The 50 Greatest Video Games of All Time (2006); the latter three were written with David McCarthy and Simon Byron.
In 2004, Curran fabricated a fad called "Toothing", in which users of bluetooth cellphones were supposed to send suggestive anonymous solicitations to others within range. He registered a forum, filling it with posts from fictional users, and linked it to Gizmodo, a gadget blog. BBC, Reuters and Wired news desks all fell for the hoax.
Curran was a speaker at the Nordic Game Conference and Career Expo in 2008.
Curran recently started a blog called 'Consumer Writes' (a play on 'consumer rights'), in which he writes 'overwritten objections' - bizarre and unusual complaint letters to various companies in the hope of getting free stuff.
- Stuart, Keith (2005-03-03). "Ten unmissable examples of New Games Journalism". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. Retrieved 2014-10-07.
- Ste Curran: Books at Amazon.com
- Phil Elliott (2008-05-12). "Curran Affairs". gamesindustry.biz. Retrieved 2009-04-08.
- Andrew Orlowski (5 April 2005). "No 'Toothing' please, we're British". The Register. Retrieved 2009-04-08.
Alas, Curran then had his work cut out. 'I had to write Penthouse-letters-page style sexual adventure stories for a full page article and interview in The Telegraph.'
- Chris Kelly (7 May 2004). "Biting into the new sex text craze". BBC News Online, Bristol. Retrieved 2009-04-08.
- Daniel Terdiman (2004-03-22). "Brits Going at It Tooth and Nail". Wired. Retrieved 2009-04-08.
- Ste Curran. "Consumer Writes FAQ".