Doc Burford is creating Video Game Criticism/Game Development
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patrons

$1,219
per month
Hi. I'm Doc, and I write about video games. I also run the website Stomp. Supporters of this Patreon get to tell me what to write about.

I'm the guy who explains how magicians do their tricks--that is, I try to reveal what's behind the mysteries of the way we enjoy games. For me, it's about understanding why we feel the way we do about the games we play.

My goal is to say thoughtful, interesting things that help us enjoy the games we like even better than we already do.

I'm currently a freelance games writer for Kotaku and PC Gamer, as well as the Guy Wot Makes Alternative Games Website Stomp run. I've got a degree in game design and am currently working on another in film production. In my spare time, I mess around with making video games.

I need your help to make this happen!

Because of some ongoing, severe medical issues, finding work that can accommodate my health has proven to be a difficult proposition. Just getting through the day is often a daunting task. Unfortunately, as a result of these health issues, it's getting harder to justify spending my free time writing about games.

It's only with your help that I can continue to write about video games.

If you'd like to see the things I write, here's a small selection:
  • STALKER is the most important game I have ever played.
  • Dishonored, and why breaking the rules of stealth actually makes for a better stealth game.
  • How The Silent Cartographer reveals the depth and complexity of Halo: Combat Evolved.
  • Why the Alien universe would actually make for the perfect shooter.
  • On the genius of Mirror's Edge, and why combat doesn't have to be a problem.
  • How Call of Duty's most memorable level works because of its tight scripting, rather than in spite of it.

    (I'll totally stick a video up there once I get some proper recording equipment; right now, it's a screencap I took from Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, one of the most remarkable games I've played all year)
Updated April 16, 2017
Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per month
19 patrons
You'll feel warm and fuzzy inside. Not guaranteed. I'll listen to your requests if you have 'em.
Pledge $5 or more per month
20 patrons
I'll prioritize writing about whatever game I own that you want me to write about.
Pledge $10 or more per month
14 patrons
I'll prioritize you above the $5 guys, but you'll still be limited to selecting games I own.
Pledge $25 or more per month
7 patrons
I'll acquire and write about any game you want me to write about, provided that game is less than $25. I may be limited to buying the game when I receive funds at the end of the month, so sale prices won't be the way to go. Additionally, if you'd like to play a co-op game with me, I'll do it. You'll get a special thanks in the article.
Pledge $50 or more per month
0 patrons
Same as the $25 tier, but now I can do even more expensive games.
Pledge $75 or more per month
1 patron
This is just like the $50 tier, except that now, I'll also consider making a video of the game you're asking about.
Pledge $100 or more per month
2 patrons
Like all the above rewards, provided that you've given me more than enough to cover whatever it is you'd like me to write about, I'll gladly cover it as quickly and thoughtfully as possible. Additionally, if you want, I'll follow you on Twitter and/or Tumblr, friend you on various gaming services, chat with you, and stuff like that. I'll gladly play multiplayer games with you, whether they're competitive or multiplayer, assuming I've got 'em. You'll get a special thanks in the article.

Additionally, if you would prefer that I create a video, I will guarantee doing that.
Pledge $500 or more per month
0 patrons
Everything in the below tiers, assuming I can cover the hardware and/or software entirely with your pledge, plus, I'll prioritize all of your requests (within reason) for as long as I write stuff.
Goals
$1,219 of $1,250 per month
I need about $1,250 a month to cover all my basic needs like rent, utilities, and groceries, so I can focus on writing about games.
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Hi. I'm Doc, and I write about video games. I also run the website Stomp. Supporters of this Patreon get to tell me what to write about.

I'm the guy who explains how magicians do their tricks--that is, I try to reveal what's behind the mysteries of the way we enjoy games. For me, it's about understanding why we feel the way we do about the games we play.

My goal is to say thoughtful, interesting things that help us enjoy the games we like even better than we already do.

I'm currently a freelance games writer for Kotaku and PC Gamer, as well as the Guy Wot Makes Alternative Games Website Stomp run. I've got a degree in game design and am currently working on another in film production. In my spare time, I mess around with making video games.

I need your help to make this happen!

Because of some ongoing, severe medical issues, finding work that can accommodate my health has proven to be a difficult proposition. Just getting through the day is often a daunting task. Unfortunately, as a result of these health issues, it's getting harder to justify spending my free time writing about games.

It's only with your help that I can continue to write about video games.

If you'd like to see the things I write, here's a small selection:
  • STALKER is the most important game I have ever played.
  • Dishonored, and why breaking the rules of stealth actually makes for a better stealth game.
  • How The Silent Cartographer reveals the depth and complexity of Halo: Combat Evolved.
  • Why the Alien universe would actually make for the perfect shooter.
  • On the genius of Mirror's Edge, and why combat doesn't have to be a problem.
  • How Call of Duty's most memorable level works because of its tight scripting, rather than in spite of it.

    (I'll totally stick a video up there once I get some proper recording equipment; right now, it's a screencap I took from Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, one of the most remarkable games I've played all year)
Updated April 16, 2017

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Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per month
19 patrons
You'll feel warm and fuzzy inside. Not guaranteed. I'll listen to your requests if you have 'em.
Pledge $5 or more per month
20 patrons
I'll prioritize writing about whatever game I own that you want me to write about.
Pledge $10 or more per month
14 patrons
I'll prioritize you above the $5 guys, but you'll still be limited to selecting games I own.
Pledge $25 or more per month
7 patrons
I'll acquire and write about any game you want me to write about, provided that game is less than $25. I may be limited to buying the game when I receive funds at the end of the month, so sale prices won't be the way to go. Additionally, if you'd like to play a co-op game with me, I'll do it. You'll get a special thanks in the article.
Pledge $50 or more per month
0 patrons
Same as the $25 tier, but now I can do even more expensive games.
Pledge $75 or more per month
1 patron
This is just like the $50 tier, except that now, I'll also consider making a video of the game you're asking about.
Pledge $100 or more per month
2 patrons
Like all the above rewards, provided that you've given me more than enough to cover whatever it is you'd like me to write about, I'll gladly cover it as quickly and thoughtfully as possible. Additionally, if you want, I'll follow you on Twitter and/or Tumblr, friend you on various gaming services, chat with you, and stuff like that. I'll gladly play multiplayer games with you, whether they're competitive or multiplayer, assuming I've got 'em. You'll get a special thanks in the article.

Additionally, if you would prefer that I create a video, I will guarantee doing that.
Pledge $500 or more per month
0 patrons
Everything in the below tiers, assuming I can cover the hardware and/or software entirely with your pledge, plus, I'll prioritize all of your requests (within reason) for as long as I write stuff.