Mattie Brice is creating Games Criticism

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Mattie Brice is a play critic, designer, and activist. She focuses her writing on diversity initiatives in the games industry, often bringing in the perspective of marginalized minority voices to publications like Paste, Kotaku, The Border House, and Pop Matters. Mattie also consults, speaks, and teaches about play. Her studies have led her to explore narrative design and plans to push the borders of how we think play. Check out her work at www.mattiebrice.com

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I have been involved with the critical community surrounding games for over two years, appearing on tiny personal blogs and popular video game publications. My writing aims to push at the borders of our comfort zones and unchallenged common wisdom, from the diversity problems in both the content and creation of games, but also to reframe play and writing for new forms of expression. Now I regularly appear at conferences like the Game Developers Conference and IndieCade to speak about current culture issues and the future of the medium.

One big problem though: the current state of online writing is pretty much abysmal. Freelancing rates are terrible in games media, and there is a streak of risk-aversion in the medium overall. Gaming publications are mostly consumer-focused, mainly in existence to give a specific demographic of people news and insight on gaming products, and there's little room for writing that doesn't fit into that outlook. It is also known that publications also have a diversity problem, and coverage of topics concerning minorities in gaming has been lacking, to say the least.

I have had my run-around trying to make things work with these larger publications, I even tried starting a site of my own! So now I'm going straight to the people to help fund my writing. I am also a working designer trying out new ways to design play, and hope to chase this path as a life-long profession.

Any help would be greatly appreciated, as it will help sustain my basic needs and support the many ventures I go on, such as organizing accessible gaming conferences and pursuing an education in art and design.


Here's a quick run-down on how Patreon works: You set an amount you'd like to tip for whenever I release a piece of writing. You can set a monthly limit to how much you'll tip to make sure I don't drain your account during a busy month! So, for instance, you can tip me $5 per article, and set a $15 limit so in case I write 4 articles one month, you won't go over-budget! For now, an article is any 800+ word piece of criticism and doesn't include other projects, posts, or games I output. Expect content to reflect current events most often, and other times, my personal journey with games and design.

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