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Would you like to write for HonestGamers?

We believe that writing for HonestGamers is an enriching experience. History has demonstrated repeatedly that contributing to the community can lead to great things for motivated writers. Many of our past contributors have gone on to write for some of the leading outlets in existence today. Although we can't typically pay for your contributions, you will receive review keys and perhaps the occasional retail copy of a game, depending on which reviews you are assigned. Your work will also gain exposure that it might not otherwise enjoy.

Here's the thing: nearly any niche site will offer you exposure, and a lot of them will also offer review keys. We're looking for people who appreciate what HonestGamers does in particular, people who are ready to pour their energy into a better future for the site and its contributors. We want to grow. We want to produce a higher volume of content and we want to maintain our reputation for quality as we do it. Your work will be copyedited before it is posted, and we'll promote it wherever we can on social media. You're also encouraged to participate in the community, to leave feedback for reviews others have written, and to respond to any feedback that you receive yourself.

If all of the above sounds good and you'd definitely like to write for HonestGamers, the primary requirements are that you possess obvious talent and love writing as much as you love playing games. We're looking for passionate and knowledgeable writers. If you contact us, please include:

  • The email address that you would like us to use when contacting you
  • A brief bio
  • A list of any console and handheld systems you own and currently use
  • A list of five of your favorite games
  • Links to 2 or 3 reviews you have written previously (blog links are fine, and you can also point to any reader reviews you may have contributed here)

Please address all inquiries to Jason Venter, the site's editor in chief (you can use our handy contact form to do so). In the event that you are added to the freelance team, you will need to sign up for an account at Trello, which is how we keep everything sorted, and you should also create an account on the HonestGamers site. Both sites are absolutely free and you won't be subjected to spam as a result. We hope to hear from you soon!

Now that you've learned how you can get involved, take a look at some of the people who have taken their involvement to the next level. These are the people who work tirelessly to make sure that the site stays online, updated, and organized.

Gary Hartley (Editor)

We wish we could survive without EmP, but he's long since become a necessary evil we endure rather than enjoy. We thought we got rid of him once, but he quickly rose back to power, like a British Mickey Rourke, just with laser breath and nasty habits like constant complaining and overt meanness. When he's not penning reviews on anything from cutting-edge next-gen titles to long-forgotten Mega CD games (he makes us refer to all consoles by their PAL name and spell 'colour' with the 'u') he can be found lurking in dark corners with a sly smirk and what we fear might be a tin of gasoline and a box of matches. Please help us keep him busy. Our homes may depend on it!

Jason Venter (Editor-in-Chief)

Jason's bio is the best of all, and the shortest too! Clearly he's not over-compensating for anything.

Joseph Shaffer (Editor)

We're pretty sure that JoeTheDestroyer was created in the '90s when a truckload of toxic waste collided with a video rental store. After rising from the resultant pool of sludge, he waited until 2010 to begin typing reviews of ancient and/or obscure video games and movies. While selecting a venue for his onslaught, he happened upon our site and we haven't been rid of him since.

Marc Golding (Editor at Large)

Those who have contributed much to the site at all in recent times have probably run into Masters. When he's not updating listings (you know, the boring part of working on the site) and the like, he's providing critiques and making the site a better place to be in general. Always quick to lend a helping hand when it's needed, Marc has made it clear that there are many wannabes but only one master.

Rob Hamilton (Editor)

When someone like overdrive asks if he can join site staff, you have to ask yourself the same question he did: "Why not?" So when overdrive did ask, our answer was the very same question: "Why not?" It doesn't hurt that overdrive brings with him some insane knowledge about old shooters and various other scraps of the retro realm. It doesn't hurt at all!

Rhody Tobin (Editor)

Rhody likes to press the keys on his keyboard. Sometimes the resulting letters form strings of words that kind of make sense when you think about them for a moment. Most times they're just random gibberish that should be treated as such. Mauve ball peen wobble wobble glurk.

Sho (Editor at Large)

Sho brings with him a true knowledge of some of the most obscure games around, as well as a passion for sharing that information with others adrift in the sea of knowledge that is the Internet (note: Jason created that horrific metaphor, not poor sho). As such, he's a natural for an HG staff position. Look to him when no one else knows. He probably has the answers.

Zigfried (Editor at Large)

The username 'zigfried' has perhaps never been more appropriate than it is in the case of our beloved staff member, Zigfried. Named after the enigmatic Zigfried from Earnest Evans, this reviewing tour de force knows games. He's been playing games old and new for years now, so pull up a chair and get to know one of the most unique, powerful voices reviewing games today. Signed, Zigfried Jason.

Prolific Freelancers

Below is a partial list of the freelancers and past staff members who have most frequently contributed staff reviews to the site throughout the years. Those listed below have posted 10 or more such reviews.

Louis Bedigian
Josh Higley
Tom Chick
Mike Suskie
Lewis Denby
Brittany Vincent

If you are a past contributor who meets the qualifications and you would like your name to be added to the above list, let us know and we'll fix that. We don't want to deprive you of your due recognition!

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