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 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 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.
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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.

Cheers.
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