So you want to be a games journalist?


In response to an abysmal article on which explores how to become a games journalist, a near-dozen of the intarwub’s brightest gamehounds have doled out healthy chunks of advice-meat. Feast upon it!

Kieron Gillen’s Workblog
Affectionate Diary
Tracker Bill
Richard’s Online Journal
The Triforce
Mathew Kumar’s Workblog
another little disappointment
World of Stuart
Dubious Quality

  • Update: James/Pentadact goes all meta on their arse, and introduces me to the concise beauty of tl:dr. …link…

Becoming a games journalist has never really tempted me for two main reasons, I think. The first is that games are my hobby, and I don’t want them to also be my job. The second is analagous to the reason I never wrote an essay or dissertation on Vonnegut – I loved his writing too much to let it spoil in the glare of detailed examination. Also, as some old friends pointed out over the weekend, I can be ridiculously idealistic still, and games journalism seems an industry particularly fraught with pork buffets and conflicts of interest.

Ah well, one career-path knocked off the list in the great life-hunt of late 2006. Only several hundred-thousand to go. Next on my to-be-considered list – fluffer.

The amazing drumming kid – soon with lightsabres!


This kid is apparently 4 years old, which makes me feel especially old and useless. And concerned that a race of Uberkinder will soon take over the world.

Actually, considering the mess the world’s in at the moment, maybe the Uberkinder are our only hope.

All hail the Uberkinder, and their herald –  Igor Falecki. 

Top 25 tv characters – my 1st lazy meme in only my 2nd post – woot!


#1 – Dale Cooper, – Twin Peaks. Pie. Tibet. His friendship with Harry Truman. The fact that he resisted Audrey Horne. Pretty much my perfect man.

#2 – Dr. Mark GreeneER. I cried when he died, you know.

#3 – Toby ZieglerThe West Wing. For being the best grump in history, “No, I’m disagreeing with you. That doesn’t mean I’m not listening to you or understanding what you’re saying. I’m doing all three at the same time.”

#4 – Josh LymanThe West Wing. The Mary Poppins of primetime TV. And then there was this –
Josh: All I’m saying is, if you were in an accident, I wouldn’t stop to get a beer.
Donna: If you were in an accident, I wouldn’t stop for red lights.

#5 – Spike Buffy/Angel. He had the best character arc in TV history [gowan, i’ll fight ya for it]. ‘I may be love’s bitch, but at least I’m man enough to admit it.’

#6 – Catpain Black UdderBlackadder Goes Forth. Wibble.

#7 – Wu Deadwood. Fuckin’ Hang Dai, Wu!

#8 – Commander DataStar Trek: TNG. Would you please continue the petty bickering? I find it most intriguing.

#9 – Det. Frank PembletonHomicide: Life on the Street. He has a stare that’d make my old-boss Melvin quiver in his stylish-yet-affordable boots, and tore through murderers and rapists not with his fists, but with his brain.

#10 – Det. Dutch Wagenbach The Shield. I’ve only seen the first 2 seasons of this, and am getting the 3rd as I type. Mostly to see how Dutch ends up, and whether he ever finds an inner bad-ass, or simply solves all the cases while failing at almost everything else.

#11 – Calamity JaneDeadwood. Best. Drunk. Ever.
E.B. Farnum: Be brief.
Calamity Jane: Be fucked!

#12 – to be continued – i’m off to sell 8 hours of my soul a day.

update [part 2 will go up once I’ve finished watching the first 3 seasons of The Wire] –
Looking at other people who’ve done this one, I found this perfecto description of Toby Ziegler: He lives in his own world and all he wants is to get other people to live there because it’s better (and it is).