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HonestGamers features game reviews, news, guides and discussion related to video games from the dawn of the medium right through to the present day. We cover content on all serious platforms, including consoles, PC and mobile devices. That's a lot of coverage, and we insist on quality writing from both our writing team and our community contributors, so it can be hard to cover everything we would like to cover without support from many individuals. We always need more hands on deck, and we'd love for you to get involved. If you're interested in contributing, here's a Q&A to answer questions most newcomers seem to have.

What does writing for HonestGamers pay?

It usually pays nothing. We're all volunteers here, contributing because we believe there's value in producing great writing about video games. If you join the freelance team, you'll be offered review keys for the games we have you cover, and you can request assignments--and probably keys--that interest you. But that happens a little later in the process.

How do I become a freelancer?

If you're in a hurry, you can follow @jasonventer on Twitter. He sometimes seeks out writers for specific assignments there. But that's uncommon and not ideal. A better way is to simply join the community and start contributing reviews. You'll get to know site staff and the community, and we'll all have a better idea whether you fit in with us. You're not missing out on any compensation by taking that approach, and you might find that you have a lot of fun and improve as a writer.

How do I join the community?

You can click "Register" at the top of most pages on the site (including this one) to start the process. You'll simply need to fill out a brief form and then you can get started almost immediately.

Why should I join the community?

When you join the community, you are able to contribute game reviews, post on the forums and build and maintain a free blog on the site. You can also visit a "Settings" page to provide a link to your Patreon account, which will then appear at the end of your posts. When contributing, you can request feedback and participate in community events, such as contests referenced on the forums. It's a great way to get to know other people who, like you, enjoy talking and writing about video games in a mature manner.

What if I'm not big on video games and I don't like writing?

If you don't like writing, you can still participate in the community and we hope you'll also enjoy the content the rest of us produce. While you're here, talk to folks on the forums. Have fun with the occasional blog post. But if you don't like games? You're on the wrong site. That's what we're all about here: games. That fact either excites you (in which case we hope to get to know you soon) or it doesn't. Do with the knowledge what you will.


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)

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!

Jason Venter (Editor-in-Chief)

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

Joseph Shaffer (Editor)

JoeTheDestroyer
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)

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.

Rob Hamilton (Editor)

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!

Rhody Tobin (Editor)

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.

Sho (Editor at Large)

sho
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)

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, 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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