Continue Play is creating A gaming site where new writers can get themselves known
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Hi, we're Continue Play - let us introduce ourselves.


Hi there! My name is Dale Morgan, and I'm the founder of Continue Play. I'm here to explain a bit about our site, our team and our philosophy, in the hope that we can convince a few of you that we're worth supporting so that we can carry on doing what we do - and doing more of it, even better.

Continue Play was set up back in September 2013. Initially intended to be nothing more than a portfolio site housing my own scribblings about games and gaming culture, I was soon contacted by others wishing to write about games under a common banner. Some of these people already had experience writing about games. Some of them didn't. Some were from the UK, some the US, and some from everywhere else. But no matter their experience, where they were from or who they were, they - we - all had something in common: we fricking love video games.

Currently, we have over 3,000 articles housed on the site (including over 300 reviews), covering the entire gaming spectrum. No matter what the platform, what the genre, or when a game was released, if it interests us - and if we think it will interest our readers - we'll write about it.

Unlike other sites, we don't attempt to cover absolutely every little news story that we find. We tend to stick to covering the games we're interested in ourselves, or what our readers tell us they're interested in. Shout of Doody 503 may be sitting pretty at the top of the charts, but if we don't want to write about Shout of Doody 503, we're not going to.

In addition, one of the things that we kept getting told by indie developers is that they find it really hard to reach their audience via the mainstream press - and when they do, often what they have to say is taken out of context, edited in a certain way, or otherwise distorted. At Continue Play, we want you to discover and read about not just the games you want to play, but the games you don't know you want to play. We want to highlight some of the most interesting stuff going on, contact the developer, and allow the developer to discuss their game, and the process of creating it, in their own words via a guest developer column.

We've run a number of these columns now, with one of the most recent coming from the sadly defunct Tale of Tales, discussing their recent game Sunset.

We also want to ensure that the past is not forgotten. We have just as much fun playing older titles like Super Mario 64 as we do more recent games such as The Witcher 3 or Batman: Arkham Knight. As the industry matures and grows older, many of the games which helped it to reach the position it is in today are falling by the wayside, forgotten in favor of the latest release - and many younger players weren't around to experience the joys of DOOM or System Shock.

Our view is that the past of gaming is just as important as its present, or its future. We want to celebrate that fact, rather than give it token recognition with the occasional retrospective or obscure in-article reference.

There's a million gaming sites out there already. What makes you different?

Games writing is a notoriously tricky industry to get into. Many young and aspiring writers want to get into the industry, but are often met with a Catch-22 situation: namely, they can't gain experience without work, and can't gain work without experience. Particularly for people who may come from disadvantaged backgrounds, or who lack confidence, being rejected over and over again, and not being able to get any support or experience, can be hugely demoralising.

That's where we come in.

Unlike many other sites - who demand that writers come to them fully-formed, and who don't have the time to provide personal support and training - we pride ourselves on the fact that we take on inexperienced writers and help them hone their skills through 1:1 mentoring and support. After every article is submitted, we work with our writers to help them identify areas where their writing could be improved, helping them to refine it and grow their knowledge.

We're conscious of the fact that many young and aspiring writers are looking for guidance and support. We're also conscious of the fact that many young people are concerned about their future prospects and skills.

We help people to build their skills in a number of areas which are easily transferable to other industries: teamwork, balanced critique, identifying personal strengths and weaknesses, communicating thoughts and ideas, and experience in the industry.

Why do you need support?

Well for starters it would be nice to be able to put dinner on the table!

At the moment, everyone who works at Continue Play is a volunteer - including myself. None of us take a salary, we do what we do because we love doing it.

Unfortunately, loving something doesn't pay the bills. Maintaining the site costs money in hosting fees, we often have to source the games we cover ourselves (though thankfully not as much as we used to), and sometimes that means making sacrifices to keep the site going - even if it means we have to skip a meal once in a while. It also means that some our writers have had to make difficult choices over the last two years, choices they didn't want to have to make.

We want to be putting out regular videos and Podcasts; we want to increase our ability to produce regular, high-quality video content, and we want to put out a regular e-magazine to highlight upcoming talent. Eventually, we aim to become a place where aspiring writers can come to house their work and get the support that they need.

We want to expand in a way that will help us to increase our online presence, so that we can continue to provide the support and assistance which many aspiring writers need in order to hone their skills, while ensuring that as many people as possible are exposed to upcoming talent.

The gamers of today are the writers of tomorrow, and we want to ensure that we are doing everything we can to support young writers so that they can build on their existing skills and pursue their hobby as a full-time career. We're asking for help not so that we can just finance ourselves, but so that we can provide support and tutoring for all other young and aspiring writers out there who love gaming, but are finding it hard to break into the industry.

We want to be able to keep a roof over our heads, keep food on the table, and keep the wolves from the door. We aren't in this to earn a fortune - we're in this because we are not only passionate about gaming, but also want to help young people to develop their skills and provide them with a voice - but we do want to survive.

What will my money be used for?

Funding will help us to obtain the tools we need in order to realize our vision of becoming a home for writers with the motivation and skill to succeed in an industry which is often confusing and impenetrable for newcomers.

We'll finally be able to start work on our e-magazine, further increase our presence, and help more people to gain the skills they need - and preferably have a little income while they do it.

Youth unemployment is a massive problem right now. Many young people leave education with plenty of qualifications, but very little demonstrable experience that will help them secure stable jobs. We want to do everything we can to help not only ourselves, but also others who need help, support, and training in order to make a life for themselves.

Your funding will not just be used to help a website - it will be used to help people who really need it.

Thanks for spending the time to read our pitch, and we really hope that we can count on your support. If you have any questions, please get in touch!


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Pledge $1 or more per month
Our eternal gratitude.
Pledge $2.50 or more per month
We'll follow you on social networks, and reply to your musings.
Pledge $10 or more per month
As before, plus you'll be listed as a sponsor on a dedicated thank you page on the site.
Pledge $20 or more per month
All previous rewards, plus: We'll try to kick your ass in a game of your choice - and write an article about the experience.
Pledge $30 or more per month
We'll write an article of no less than 1,000 words on a game or gaming topic of your choice, 4 times a year
Pledge $40 or more per month
All previous rewards, plus: A free subscription to our e-magazine, once we are able to launch it.
Goals
$0 of $150 per month
$150 a month will cover our hosting and domain registration fees, keeping the site running.
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Hi, we're Continue Play - let us introduce ourselves.


Hi there! My name is Dale Morgan, and I'm the founder of Continue Play. I'm here to explain a bit about our site, our team and our philosophy, in the hope that we can convince a few of you that we're worth supporting so that we can carry on doing what we do - and doing more of it, even better.

Continue Play was set up back in September 2013. Initially intended to be nothing more than a portfolio site housing my own scribblings about games and gaming culture, I was soon contacted by others wishing to write about games under a common banner. Some of these people already had experience writing about games. Some of them didn't. Some were from the UK, some the US, and some from everywhere else. But no matter their experience, where they were from or who they were, they - we - all had something in common: we fricking love video games.

Currently, we have over 3,000 articles housed on the site (including over 300 reviews), covering the entire gaming spectrum. No matter what the platform, what the genre, or when a game was released, if it interests us - and if we think it will interest our readers - we'll write about it.

Unlike other sites, we don't attempt to cover absolutely every little news story that we find. We tend to stick to covering the games we're interested in ourselves, or what our readers tell us they're interested in. Shout of Doody 503 may be sitting pretty at the top of the charts, but if we don't want to write about Shout of Doody 503, we're not going to.

In addition, one of the things that we kept getting told by indie developers is that they find it really hard to reach their audience via the mainstream press - and when they do, often what they have to say is taken out of context, edited in a certain way, or otherwise distorted. At Continue Play, we want you to discover and read about not just the games you want to play, but the games you don't know you want to play. We want to highlight some of the most interesting stuff going on, contact the developer, and allow the developer to discuss their game, and the process of creating it, in their own words via a guest developer column.

We've run a number of these columns now, with one of the most recent coming from the sadly defunct Tale of Tales, discussing their recent game Sunset.

We also want to ensure that the past is not forgotten. We have just as much fun playing older titles like Super Mario 64 as we do more recent games such as The Witcher 3 or Batman: Arkham Knight. As the industry matures and grows older, many of the games which helped it to reach the position it is in today are falling by the wayside, forgotten in favor of the latest release - and many younger players weren't around to experience the joys of DOOM or System Shock.

Our view is that the past of gaming is just as important as its present, or its future. We want to celebrate that fact, rather than give it token recognition with the occasional retrospective or obscure in-article reference.

There's a million gaming sites out there already. What makes you different?

Games writing is a notoriously tricky industry to get into. Many young and aspiring writers want to get into the industry, but are often met with a Catch-22 situation: namely, they can't gain experience without work, and can't gain work without experience. Particularly for people who may come from disadvantaged backgrounds, or who lack confidence, being rejected over and over again, and not being able to get any support or experience, can be hugely demoralising.

That's where we come in.

Unlike many other sites - who demand that writers come to them fully-formed, and who don't have the time to provide personal support and training - we pride ourselves on the fact that we take on inexperienced writers and help them hone their skills through 1:1 mentoring and support. After every article is submitted, we work with our writers to help them identify areas where their writing could be improved, helping them to refine it and grow their knowledge.

We're conscious of the fact that many young and aspiring writers are looking for guidance and support. We're also conscious of the fact that many young people are concerned about their future prospects and skills.

We help people to build their skills in a number of areas which are easily transferable to other industries: teamwork, balanced critique, identifying personal strengths and weaknesses, communicating thoughts and ideas, and experience in the industry.

Why do you need support?

Well for starters it would be nice to be able to put dinner on the table!

At the moment, everyone who works at Continue Play is a volunteer - including myself. None of us take a salary, we do what we do because we love doing it.

Unfortunately, loving something doesn't pay the bills. Maintaining the site costs money in hosting fees, we often have to source the games we cover ourselves (though thankfully not as much as we used to), and sometimes that means making sacrifices to keep the site going - even if it means we have to skip a meal once in a while. It also means that some our writers have had to make difficult choices over the last two years, choices they didn't want to have to make.

We want to be putting out regular videos and Podcasts; we want to increase our ability to produce regular, high-quality video content, and we want to put out a regular e-magazine to highlight upcoming talent. Eventually, we aim to become a place where aspiring writers can come to house their work and get the support that they need.

We want to expand in a way that will help us to increase our online presence, so that we can continue to provide the support and assistance which many aspiring writers need in order to hone their skills, while ensuring that as many people as possible are exposed to upcoming talent.

The gamers of today are the writers of tomorrow, and we want to ensure that we are doing everything we can to support young writers so that they can build on their existing skills and pursue their hobby as a full-time career. We're asking for help not so that we can just finance ourselves, but so that we can provide support and tutoring for all other young and aspiring writers out there who love gaming, but are finding it hard to break into the industry.

We want to be able to keep a roof over our heads, keep food on the table, and keep the wolves from the door. We aren't in this to earn a fortune - we're in this because we are not only passionate about gaming, but also want to help young people to develop their skills and provide them with a voice - but we do want to survive.

What will my money be used for?

Funding will help us to obtain the tools we need in order to realize our vision of becoming a home for writers with the motivation and skill to succeed in an industry which is often confusing and impenetrable for newcomers.

We'll finally be able to start work on our e-magazine, further increase our presence, and help more people to gain the skills they need - and preferably have a little income while they do it.

Youth unemployment is a massive problem right now. Many young people leave education with plenty of qualifications, but very little demonstrable experience that will help them secure stable jobs. We want to do everything we can to help not only ourselves, but also others who need help, support, and training in order to make a life for themselves.

Your funding will not just be used to help a website - it will be used to help people who really need it.

Thanks for spending the time to read our pitch, and we really hope that we can count on your support. If you have any questions, please get in touch!


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Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per month
Our eternal gratitude.
Pledge $2.50 or more per month
We'll follow you on social networks, and reply to your musings.
Pledge $10 or more per month
As before, plus you'll be listed as a sponsor on a dedicated thank you page on the site.
Pledge $20 or more per month
All previous rewards, plus: We'll try to kick your ass in a game of your choice - and write an article about the experience.
Pledge $30 or more per month
We'll write an article of no less than 1,000 words on a game or gaming topic of your choice, 4 times a year
Pledge $40 or more per month
All previous rewards, plus: A free subscription to our e-magazine, once we are able to launch it.