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Ahoy hoy. My name is Leigh and I write about the video games that I play. Sometimes I'd write that sentence as "I write about the video games wot I play", because I'm from the north of England and feel an unquenchable need to make everyone aware of that. It might be because I live in London now.

If you like colloquialisms and dialect quirks to litter what you read then I'm almost certainly the man for you. I like to think that I tackle my subjects with an irreverent glee and continually enjoy finding the culturally-significant beating heart of a game. Some of my previous 'hot-topic' home runs have thus far been (in no particular order):

Talking about Far Cry 2 and its contempt for the player.
* Discovering the true meaning of The Bureau's chest-high walls.
* Interviewing a man who made the universally-disliked Damnation.
Having a frank conversation with a young me about Postal 2.
* Hating Double Dragon Neon's reuse of gender representations.
* 'T moral implications of being a corporate despot in Game Dev Story.
* 'T moral implications of being vastly overpowered in Metro 2033.
Calling the Silent Hill series tired and old (I was the first on that one).
* Calling microtransactions a legitimate game mechanic.
* Advocating a disgusting level of violence in games to 'make you think'.
* Finally admitting that I don't like the 3D Grand Theft Auto games. 
   
That list spans a fair chunk of my writing 'career', and I feel safe enough admitting that the quality is a bit all over the place. I'm also happy to say that I've improved a fair deal over the last handful of years. I've had my work featured on on the fine websites of Haywire Magazine (I've got a column there), Kotaku, Critical DistanceGamasutra, VentureBeat and - my mum and dad were well proud - The New Statesman. I'm confident that given a little more practice I'll actually get kind of okay at this.

Here we go - soft-sell over, now its time for the killer "give me your money" blow. 

Well, I'm not actually here on the Internet with my digital cap in hand like a twenty-first century Gilbert O'Sullivan, sorry. I think it would be disingenuous of me to pretend that I need your money. I write for pleasure, generally speaking, and will probably continue to do so indefinitely. I have a full time job. I have a flat in a ropey part of one of the most expensive cities on the planet. I am the proud caretaker of a hamster. I am not rich, but at the same time I can buy a beer or a bunch of supermarket flowers or a Port Royal lamb pattie whenever I choose. Basically, I get by.

What YOU will get in return for lending me your kindness.

No, if you're kind enough to donate a little change to my peerlessly altruistic cause, think of it more like a friendly monetary pat on the back. You'll feel good about the deed, and I'll feel fantastic from the encouragement. I'll keep writing one, two or maybe even three things a month. They'll likely be of a gently ascending quality and you'll probably like/love them. In short, we'll both be winners.   

Help me to enrich all of our lives.
I'm greatly grateful for your potential patr(e)onage. I actually mean that as well.

Cheers.
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Thank you for even considering pledging your support. I'm not one to balk at money of any denomination and your prospective kindness is more than I ever received growing up. Self-worth is a great thing and if you donate to my cause I have a feeling we both might gain a little bit more.

BONUS: I'll stick your name on ashouses.com, so your generosity will possibly be acnowledged by every single one of the tens of visitors it receives a day.
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Upgrade your humble plain text name to an ultra-modern name-link®. Along with broadcasting your generosity towards the arts like HRH Charles, Prince of Wales, you'll be able to use your name to link to any Internet site of your choosing (within the realms of legality and common sense, obvz).
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I have countless personal images that I'm willing to share with generous backers.
Every $100 subscriber will receive a digital image of my own person, signed and made all classily desaturated.

You'll also receive a name-link® on ashouses.com.
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For the princely sum of only $500 I'll (when I get round to it) post to you a lock of my hair and a full set of fingerprints on acetate. These can be used to pretty convincingly frame me for a crime of your choosing. I'd recommend that you perpetrate it somewhere within the M25, that way it's going to be almost watertight in court. See you there.  

You'll also receive a name-link® on the webs8 and a picture of my face.
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Not convinced hair and prints will be enough? Give me $1000 dollars an article and (again, when I get around to it) you can come and live with me for a weekend and collect countless other incriminating samples. You'll likely have to pay for your travel expenses, but beers and all food will certainly be on me. I've got a double sofa bed that's good enough for my parents, so you'll live like a royal for a couple of days. Guaranteed. 

You'll also receive a 'sick' name-link® on the syte, an irreplaceable moment from my face's life and the basic 'frame me for a crime I didn't commit' kit.
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This would cover the theoretical bus pass I'd use to theoretically get to work were I to use the bus to do so. It would provide me with the inspiration to create critical gems similar to the ones I've thus far produced.
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Ahoy hoy. My name is Leigh and I write about the video games that I play. Sometimes I'd write that sentence as "I write about the video games wot I play", because I'm from the north of England and feel an unquenchable need to make everyone aware of that. It might be because I live in London now.

If you like colloquialisms and dialect quirks to litter what you read then I'm almost certainly the man for you. I like to think that I tackle my subjects with an irreverent glee and continually enjoy finding the culturally-significant beating heart of a game. Some of my previous 'hot-topic' home runs have thus far been (in no particular order):

Talking about Far Cry 2 and its contempt for the player.
* Discovering the true meaning of The Bureau's chest-high walls.
* Interviewing a man who made the universally-disliked Damnation.
Having a frank conversation with a young me about Postal 2.
* Hating Double Dragon Neon's reuse of gender representations.
* 'T moral implications of being a corporate despot in Game Dev Story.
* 'T moral implications of being vastly overpowered in Metro 2033.
Calling the Silent Hill series tired and old (I was the first on that one).
* Calling microtransactions a legitimate game mechanic.
* Advocating a disgusting level of violence in games to 'make you think'.
* Finally admitting that I don't like the 3D Grand Theft Auto games. 
   
That list spans a fair chunk of my writing 'career', and I feel safe enough admitting that the quality is a bit all over the place. I'm also happy to say that I've improved a fair deal over the last handful of years. I've had my work featured on on the fine websites of Haywire Magazine (I've got a column there), Kotaku, Critical DistanceGamasutra, VentureBeat and - my mum and dad were well proud - The New Statesman. I'm confident that given a little more practice I'll actually get kind of okay at this.

Here we go - soft-sell over, now its time for the killer "give me your money" blow. 

Well, I'm not actually here on the Internet with my digital cap in hand like a twenty-first century Gilbert O'Sullivan, sorry. I think it would be disingenuous of me to pretend that I need your money. I write for pleasure, generally speaking, and will probably continue to do so indefinitely. I have a full time job. I have a flat in a ropey part of one of the most expensive cities on the planet. I am the proud caretaker of a hamster. I am not rich, but at the same time I can buy a beer or a bunch of supermarket flowers or a Port Royal lamb pattie whenever I choose. Basically, I get by.

What YOU will get in return for lending me your kindness.

No, if you're kind enough to donate a little change to my peerlessly altruistic cause, think of it more like a friendly monetary pat on the back. You'll feel good about the deed, and I'll feel fantastic from the encouragement. I'll keep writing one, two or maybe even three things a month. They'll likely be of a gently ascending quality and you'll probably like/love them. In short, we'll both be winners.   

Help me to enrich all of our lives.
I'm greatly grateful for your potential patr(e)onage. I actually mean that as well.

Cheers.

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Thank you for even considering pledging your support. I'm not one to balk at money of any denomination and your prospective kindness is more than I ever received growing up. Self-worth is a great thing and if you donate to my cause I have a feeling we both might gain a little bit more.

BONUS: I'll stick your name on ashouses.com, so your generosity will possibly be acnowledged by every single one of the tens of visitors it receives a day.
Pledge $5 or more per month
0 patrons
Upgrade your humble plain text name to an ultra-modern name-link®. Along with broadcasting your generosity towards the arts like HRH Charles, Prince of Wales, you'll be able to use your name to link to any Internet site of your choosing (within the realms of legality and common sense, obvz).
Pledge $100 or more per month
0 patrons
I have countless personal images that I'm willing to share with generous backers.
Every $100 subscriber will receive a digital image of my own person, signed and made all classily desaturated.

You'll also receive a name-link® on ashouses.com.
Pledge $500 or more per month
0 patrons
For the princely sum of only $500 I'll (when I get round to it) post to you a lock of my hair and a full set of fingerprints on acetate. These can be used to pretty convincingly frame me for a crime of your choosing. I'd recommend that you perpetrate it somewhere within the M25, that way it's going to be almost watertight in court. See you there.  

You'll also receive a name-link® on the webs8 and a picture of my face.
Pledge $1,000 or more per month
0 patrons
Not convinced hair and prints will be enough? Give me $1000 dollars an article and (again, when I get around to it) you can come and live with me for a weekend and collect countless other incriminating samples. You'll likely have to pay for your travel expenses, but beers and all food will certainly be on me. I've got a double sofa bed that's good enough for my parents, so you'll live like a royal for a couple of days. Guaranteed. 

You'll also receive a 'sick' name-link® on the syte, an irreplaceable moment from my face's life and the basic 'frame me for a crime I didn't commit' kit.