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Video Game Reviews and Guides

Independent reviews and in-depth game guides from passionate gamers.

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Milestone Goals
Dependable Updates
$1,800 per month
14 or more game reviews will be posted each month, and 4 or more guides. This funding level will allow us to offer contributors dependable compensation for the work they put into producing that content.
More Competitive Rates
$2,900 per month
We'll be able to offer our writers more competitive rates, ensuring that we can work with the very brightest voices in the industry while also offering better opportunities to every contributor.
Genuinely Competitive Rates
$4,600 per month
With this level of support, we'll finally be able to compensate critics at levels that compare favorably to rates offered by other paying outlets of our approximate size, and we'll offer more of them each month. We can also bump up the minimum number of guides produced from 4 to 5.
Expanded Retro Coverage
$6,200 per month
We'll expand our retro coverage to include 20 retro reviews each month, for classic games other sites all too often ignore.
More Guides & News
$8,000 per month
We'll increase the minimum number of guides we produce each month to 8 and also increase our reviews output.


HonestGamers is an independent video game reviews site focused on providing independent criticism for console, handheld, and PC games from the dawn of the medium and onward, all while fostering a mature community that facilitates intelligent discussion focused on games and reviews, without the fluff.

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HonestGamers (http://www.honestgamers.com/) is an independent game reviews site founded in 1998. We've been covering games for a long time, and we've helped launch a lot of careers. We're quite pleased about that, but to keep doing what we're doing and to do an even better job of it in the future, we need your help.

HonestGamers Right Now

You won't find us on Metacritic, but we've reviewed thousands of games over the years. We've worked with some of the industry's leading critics, and our volunteer contributors have gone on to produce content for the likes of GameSpot, IGN, GamesRadar, Joystiq, Eurogamer and plenty of sites in between.

We believe that game reviews should be written by people who love playing games and who know how to tell you what makes them tick. We also love game guides. What better way is there to show your passion for games than to help other people enjoy them along with you?

Now you can also sign up for the site and post on the blogs. They were added back (after a hiatus) because we know the best gaming communities thrive on open communication. We hope you'll enjoy getting to know our volunteer staff and that you'll give us the opportunity to get to know you!

So, how does all of that come together? Here are just a few examples of the reviews and guides we've produced in the past.

Staff/Freelance reviews:
Dark Souls review by Jason Venter
Halo 4 review by Mike Suskie
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time review
by Jason Venter
Uncharted 3 review by Tom Chick
Mount & Blade: With Fire and Sword review by Rob Zacny
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance by Kat Bailey
StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty by Troy Goodfellow
Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Burning Earth review by Danny Cowan
Dear Esther review by Andy Chalk

High-quality game guides:
Mega Man 2 guide by Jason Venter
Mega Man X3 guide by Rhody Tobin
Shovel Knight guide by Jason Venter
Watch Dogs guide by Jason Venter

You might not always agree with our writers and their opinions on games, but you can be confident that we're writing for the sake of our readers, not for ad dollars.

HonestGamers in the Future

We'll continue to produce as much great content as we can, just as we have for years. But if you'd like to see more of that content, and from a greater variety of writers, we need your help. Tell your friends about the site. Link others to your favorite content we've produced. Tweet at us and let us know how we can do better. Follow us on social media. And, of course, do whatever you can to support this Patreon project.

The Plan

Everyone wants money these days. Some amazing people are doing fantastic things with Patreon that only patrons like you can make possible. We'd like to do our own fantastic things, but we're not going to leave you to guess what they might be. Below, you'll find our long-term plan, outlining just what we'll do with the money you pledge as funding reaches key milestones (do the math and you'll find that we've set aside a percentage to pay processing fees).

Do you have any questions, ideas or comments? Please reach out (jason AT honestgamers DOT com) and we may be in touch. Thanks for your support!

At $1,800 level:
14 reviews * $50 = $700
4 guides * $200 = $800

At $2,900 level:
20 reviews * $75 = $1,500
5 guides * $200 = $1,000

At $4,600 level:
30 reviews * $100 = $3,000
5 guides * $200 = $1,000

At $6,200 level:
30 reviews * $100 = $3,000
20 retro reviews * $50 = $1,000
6 guides * $250 = $1,500

At $8,000 level:
40 reviews * $100 = $4,000
20 retro reviews * $50 = $1,000
8 guides * $250 = $2,000
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