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At GamesRadar we often get letters from people who really want to get into video game journalism, but just don't know where to begin. The answer is freelance writing, and a new book is seeking funding on Kickstarter that aims to teach you how to attain the enviable profession of writing about video games in your underwear at home.

Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Write: The Freelance Guide to Game Journalism is being written by past GamesRadar contributor Nathan Meunier, so you know it's legit. The book covers somewhat different ground from the also awesome game journalism book The Critical Path by Dan Amrich, as UUDDLW:TFGTGJ aims to guide you on your path to becoming a freelance game journalist. 

Freelancers are non-staff writers who contribute to publications like GamesRadar when there's too much for the staff to handle (or if the freelancer has an awesome idea that the publication is willing to pay for.) And they pay them to do it! Suckers. Learn how to force GamesRadar to pay you money at the official Kickstarter page

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  • The_Ouroboros - September 8, 2012 1:50 a.m.

    I couldn't resist posting, after seeing the massive amount of posing going on in the comments before me. You all have sign-ins for this website you're bashing, and if after the coverage of a game via rumors, previews, hand-ons, reviews, gameplay videos, and podcasts you still find yourself scorned because a game did not turn to be what you expected, then you simply must be a child. I've been coming here for years, under various aliases and whatnot, and what has kept me has been the personalities of these guys. Sure, Brelston and Wilde aren't around anymore, but FFS, if you want bland GJ, go to "one of the other sites." But to log-in, and bitch about something that can genuinely help someone do what they want to do? SMH children, and if you are grown... Turrible.
  • Gamer_Geek - September 8, 2012 1:34 p.m.

    I guess it's a matter of opinion, I read technical forums, but I came to GamesRadar for the great content. I do like some humour within the articles which I read, but not that it just merges so much with the review, the review doesn't seem like a review. I've been visiting this site before it was even called GamesRadar, I remember the days when it was called Cheat Planet.
  • Apastron - September 9, 2012 2:51 p.m.

    Cheat Planet? I remember when all this was just fields. And when 'games journalism' was 'gamz jarnalism'.
  • Jackstraw - September 8, 2012 3:35 p.m.

    HELP someone? Have you ever heard of one of these 'game journalists' going on to become an actual writer? Neither have I. And they want people to fund their 'how to' book? Come on. There's really no way to defend sh*tty, lazy writing, presented as 'journalism', and trying to do so only makes you look silly. You might try comprehending what you read before commenting - Nobody said anything about a game not living up to what they thought it would be based on a review...
  • Gamer_Geek - September 7, 2012 2:20 a.m.

    Game journalism does irritate me, with the 10-year old humour and jokes which just don't make sense; it just makes me lose sense of what I am reading. For example, I'll be looking to buy a game, but firstly want to see what's the gameplay and storyline are like from someone who played it etc. The article will start out okayish, and then the stupid humour will set in with a mix of actually reviewing of the game, and then I will be like: "Is the game good or not? Just get to the point and make references to other things which tie in with the game you are reviewing!" I'm not saying, be too technical and boring, but try and be more mature in your writing, and when making a reference to another game, make it clear what it is and how it relates to the other game. E.g. Halo 4 blah blah has the same problems (state problems) has Halo 3 did etc. therefore, and state what you think about it... Simple really :P
  • Jackstraw - September 6, 2012 7:15 p.m.

    Here, I can save anyone who was going to do this some money. How to be a game 'journalist': Remember these five titles - Beyond Good and Evil, Jet Set Radio, Panzer Dragoon, Gunstar Heroes and Nights. Reference these constantly, and go on and on about how great they were, and how the millions that didn't buy them missed the boat. Be able to write a completely biased and meaningless top 10 of whatever list. Be able to write a list of features that you think should be included in any said game, despite the fact that you didn't really think them through as to how they might affect gameplay. When previewing something, Have an extremely strong conviction about how good or bad the game is no matter how uninformed you are about the actual finished product. Cultivate a sense of humor equivalent to a ten year old child and let it flavor your writing - kid yourself that it is a 'style'. Follow these, and you'll be a game journalist in no time.
  • Shnubby - September 7, 2012 3:51 a.m.

    ahahaha! Spot on there buddy! Thanks for that comment, it gave me a good laugh :)
  • avery78 - September 7, 2012 7:17 a.m.

    You forgot Okami.
  • Jackstraw - September 7, 2012 6:59 p.m.

    Also, be sure to latch on to whatever the current buzzword is and shoehorn it in to EVERY thing you write in an attempt to appear more informed. For proof of this one, look at practically every article written by one of these hacks in 2011 and count the number of times any of them said 'tropes' or referred to 'schrodinger's cat'. So damned pathetic... And I can't believe I forgot Okami as many times as that one's been thrown around.
  • Apastron - September 9, 2012 2:42 p.m.

    Very observant, and I definitely sympathise with the 'tropes' comment. It's not a particularly pretty word in isolation with no meaning, but it appears so often that I'm sick of it, even though I'm someone that is quite irked by them.
  • macrodeath - September 6, 2012 5:14 p.m.

    "Learn to be as cool as us!" Holy shit, what a fucking joke :D Nothing cool about Gamesradar writers. And really, give money to a book project written by some of the worst game journalist's? Hell no!
  • Hobogonigal - September 7, 2012 12:57 a.m.

    I hope that's a joke. I really can't tell. The :D is making me think it is, but...

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