Leigh Harrison is creating
recycled intelligence

None of it is great, but I'll get better if we all pull together.

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Milestone Goals
Bus pass money
$126.90 per month
(Prices adjusted from GBP to USD)

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.
Tube fare money
$227.65 per month
(Prices adjusted from GBP to USD)

This would cover the actual monthly zone 1-3 tube travelcard I actually purchase to actually get to work.
(REMEMBER: I purchase this anyway, you are NOT helping me get to work. What you are providing me with is effectively enough monetary encouragement to make it feel as though I am FLOATING to work. That's way better than an intangible thing loaded onto a plastic card I keep in my wallet and so never actually see.)

This would also provide me with the inspiration to create critical gems similar to the ones I've thus far produced.
Idaho-based retreat compound fund
$10,000 per month
(Prices adjusted from GBD to USD)

Once I'm making ridiculous quantities of money I'll plough it all back into a communal living project in the mountains of Idaho. Literally anyone who has contributed to my writing will be invited to live a conservative and thrifty - yet entirely free - life with me in a gated/patrolled/guarded compound setting. We'll sing songs, develop and adhere to strict doctrines and generally become one with right-wing politics and nature in equal measure.
As of this writing I'm not planning on a mass-suicide, though that may change in the future: please bear this in mind when choosing a sum to donate.

This would also, of course, provide me with the inspiration to create critical gems similar to the ones I've thus far produced.


London, UK
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.

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