Games, Journalism, Other, and Books

Games, Journalism, Other, and Books

That's all of life's bases covered, right?

Let’s try this again…

November 28, 2013 | 3 Comments

The yearly email reminding me to cough up for the domain name and web space required to run this bloke has for once made me stop and question what I want to do with it.

Originally, GJOB was set up as Games Journalism Or Bust, a blog that would chart my journey into video games journalism – but that was when I thought that journey entailed a five-year journey through local newspapers and non-games magazines interspersed with brief stints of work experience.

But that’s not what happened.

Through a little hard work, perseverance and a lot of luck and fortuitous circumstances, I not only secured a full-time position as a games journalist within months of graduation, I now find myself as Editor of games business magazine Develop. At this point, charting the journey would essentially amount to naval-gazing, perhaps even be misconstrued as bragging.

Equally, the intensive schedule of working on trade weekly publication MCV meant that for the last five years, I’ve been less inclined to spend my spare time writing for the blog. But now I’m on a (theoretically more relaxed) monthly schedule, I can think about what I want to use this web space for.

When backing up the original GJOB blog, I found that it had fallen away from expressing personal opinions and simply dumping my latest work into the feed as a half-arsed way to compile a portfolio. I found that I miss the former, and don’t really need the latter, so it’s time for a clean slate.

Games, Journalism, Other and Books sums up the four pillars of my life. It will be a place for a mixture of personal opinions, industry-based anecdotes, reflection on any pieces of work I’m proud of (I do still need to form some of portfolio) and possibly a little self-promotion if my writing career ever takes off.

As the title would imply, all posts will be split into four categories:

  • Games – Video games are my second favourite pastime. And while I don’t play them nearly as regularly as I want to, they still provoke interesting reactions (often unnecessary irritation) in me. Part of the fun of being a gamer is sharing your experiences and opinions with others like you. So I will.
  • Journalism – I am lucky to be where I am, doing what I do, and I can’t help but want to share that. These posts may be few and far between, and may even end up simply being copy and pasted articles that I have written for various publications, but this will be the realm of all my games journalism career stuff.
  • Other – Because I hate the phrase ‘Misc’ or ‘Uncategorised’. I am, after all, a human being and my life does expand beyond video games and my day job. You might get an insight into that with Other posts.
  • Books – My favourite pastime, shamefully drowned out by my second favourite. I’ve been both an avid reader and an aspiring writer from a very young age, but sadly after a full working day of staring at words on a screen, I usually just want to come home and blow stuff up. In video games – obviously. But I’m still trying to read more, and finish my many botched novels. If I ever finish any, I’ll be using Books posts to pimp the bejesus out of them.

So that’s that. And this was an unnecessarily long post to describe what hopefully the blog title and a brief glimpse of the homepage already tell you.

And yes, I’m aware it should probably be Games, Journalism, Books and Other, but I’m not buying another inevitably neglected domain name.

3 people are talking about “Let’s try this again…

  1. Hi James,
    I enjoyed your Develop article, “The Game Music Makers”

    I thought you might be interested in a Game Music and Sound survey we released a couple days ago:
    http://www.gamesoundcon.com/#!survey/c1hp9

    In it, we cover compensation, contracts, production and work environment for game composers and sound designers, broken down between “AAA,” “professionally produced casual” and “indy” games.

    Thank you,
    Brian Schmidt

  2. Hi James.
    I am a Montreal-based producer and we have developed a documentary about the stories behind iconic 80s/90s video games. I’m trying to reach a few people connected a story that you wrote. If you could toss me an email, I’ll share more details. It would be a tremendous help.
    Best,
    Scott

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