HonestGamers is an independent gaming site run by people who love games so much that we don't have any choice but to write about them. We're proud of the content that we've produced over the years and we look forward to producing more of it in the future. Thanks for stopping by the site!
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. However, there's a lot of hard work involved and the pay is every bit as low as you might expect from a niche site.
Except in special cases, we offer our writers a flat rate of $20 for reviews. Mostly, we try to cover console and handheld titles, with an emphasis on retro systems (and most especially the NES, our current project). Contributors are expected to obtain their own copies of the games they cover, and we don't reimburse for that expense. The goal here is to attract writers and gamers who would already be playing the games they love, even if no one were paying them. To receive payment, you'll need to have a working PayPal account. Invoices are due at the end of each month and all agreed upon fees will be paid within 60 days.
If all of the above sounds good and you'd definitely like to write for HonestGamers, the primary requirement is that you possess obvious talent. We're looking for passionate writers and experienced gamers who love writing as much as they enjoy playing games. If you contact us seeking work, please include:
If you fail to provide any of the above information, your inquiry will almost certainly be ignored. We like working with people who can follow directions. 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 receive emails a few times a month to schedule potential review assignments. Thank you for your interest, and perhaps someday soon we'll be welcoming you to our freelance team.
If you're interested in taking things a step further and joining the site's volunteer staff team, note that the pay is no different but you will gain access to additional tools. Keep in mind that we usually look for potential staff members within our current freelance team, so that's your ideal starting point. In case you're interested, the current staff roster is listed immediately below!
Message Boards ID: EmP
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!
Message Boards ID: honestgamer
Jason's bio is the best of all, and the shortest too! Clearly he's not over-compensating for anything.
Message Boards ID: Masters
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.
Message Boards ID: overdrive
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!
Message Boards ID: Roto13
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.
Message Boards ID: zigfried
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,
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.
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!