June 20, 2006

Escapist Does “Girls in Games” Again

Filed under:Gaming Women, Gender, News, Videogames — Lake Desire @ 7:32 am

This week’s issue of The Escapist is called Girl Power 2. I haven’t had time to read the articles yet, but only one is written by a woman (one of my favorite game journalists, Bonnie Rueberg).

Not quite the 30 percent Escapist editor Julianne Greer mentions in her editor’s note (I guess that’s the in-house staff, anyways, not writers). We’ll see if the Escapist has listened to criticism or is another example of the gaming male gaze. But hey, it’s not like I’ve ever applied to write for them. I know a lot of my readers are game journalists… what experiences have you had with the Escapist as a writer?



  1. They’re a good experience from a logistics point of view–a little late with payment last time, but no worse than any of the mainstream publications where I’ve published. Their editors aren’t bad either.

    I like that I can write stuff there that’s more journalism, less “game.” I mean, three cheers for another goddamned amateur designer picking apart the mechanics, but I like to cross the intersection with the real world in a more tangible way, and the Escapist is perfectly willing to publish both of those. I don’t feel ashamed to put it in my clipping file.

    Comment by Thomas (4 comments) — June 21, 2006 @ 7:34 am

  2. I’ve contributed a few times, and I find them easy to work with and very considerate. They’ll run every draft by you during the edits, so you’ll never be surprised by what ends up in the magazine. On the other hand, they’ve never edited any of my pieces heavily, and sometimes it’s good to have a good editor help you rethink and rework your piece until it’s better than you could’ve made it on your own. But I’m still glad that I’ve never been surprised by them.

    The editorial calendar is on their website under the About page, and you can get a look at all the upcoming themes. They also have a rolling pitch schedule, which means that you can pitch for an issue fairly close to its run date (instead of six months ahead of time, which was a real problem in the first year).

    And 25 cents a word is pretty good pay.

    I know you’ve published critiques of individual articles that ran in the magazine, but if you’re interested in the publication overall, you should definitely approach them. They’d probably be really interested to work with you.

    Comment by Escapist Contributor (1) — June 23, 2006 @ 9:52 am

  3. I appreciate the feedback. I’ve been thinking about approaching them, and probably will during the next school year.

    Comment by Lake Desire (208 comments) — June 23, 2006 @ 10:52 am

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