Amr Al-Aaser is creating Writing, comics and videos about games and media
41

patrons

$148
per month
Who are you?
Yo! I'm Amr Al-Aaser, an Egyptian-Filipino writer and critic operating out of Chicago. 

You might know me from my work over at Kotaku, Waypoint, Medium, Paste Magazine, or maybe even Gamer Maker's Toolkit. I've written about how fandom helped create Sonic Maniathe beauty of early lofi 3D games, how the aesthetics of cyberpunk influence its politics, and plenty more. You can find my other work on the Creations page here, or in my portfolio.
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Why Patreon?

I'm running this Patreon because as a queer, Asian-Arab American, I often find myself at odds with what most large games publications are interested in, or more to the point, what they're willing to pay me for. Often I find myself limited to stories about personal oppression, or forced to fit existing ideas into whatever the current topic of the day is. I've even had stories canceled right before publishing. 

Patreon gives me the flexibility to write about whatever topic I choose, no matter how niche, and to respond quickly to current issues without going through the arduous pitch process. It's only through reader support that I've been able to talk about Cyberpunk's political influenceshow the way we talk about games changes our reaction to them, and what we can learn by looking at what's not in a game. These are stories that people have told me have changed the entire way engage with the medium, and stories that I could never get paid for at a larger site. 
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Why should I support you?
If you care about games, politics, and critical approaches to the medium you'll find them here. If you're tired of hearing the same type of white dude at every publication give near identical takes, this is your chance to keep a unique voice alive. If you want writing that challenges your assumptions, this is where you'll find it. 
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What do I get out of it?
I keep my work public so that it'll be easily accessible to a wider audience. However, supporting me will net you rewards that'll let you vote between upcoming topics, read more casual writing and thoughts, get insight into the writing process, or even choose a topic you want me to cover!

That, and my eternal gratitude for showing me how important my work is to you. It really is what keeps me writing, despite how difficult it can be. 
Tiers
vote on the next essay!
$1 or more per month 27 patrons
for a single dollar you can show your appreciation for my work and gain a chance to vote on topics you'd like to see me cover
a few words more
$5 or more per month 8 patrons
get access to shorter, bi-weekly thoughts on whatever i'm thinking about at the moment. 


this can be memories of favorite games, reactions to current news, or thoughts on the subject i'm currently exploring. these will be 500-1000 words and very informal.

how it's made
$15 or more per month 5 patrons
Access to early versions of essays/scripts for essays, and examples of pitches that have been published on other sites.



reader's choice
$30 or more per month 0 patrons
i'll cover a subject of your choice. i'll work with you to find an angle we're both interested in and cover it to the best of my ability.  these will be full lengths essays. 


if you're curious about my thoughts on particular game here's your chance to make it happen!

Goals
$148 of $150 per month

At this level I'll be able to consistently put out an episode of Field Notes, a series of short form video essays, every month. The scripts for these will be published as well, for those who prefer that format.
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Who are you?
Yo! I'm Amr Al-Aaser, an Egyptian-Filipino writer and critic operating out of Chicago. 

You might know me from my work over at Kotaku, Waypoint, Medium, Paste Magazine, or maybe even Gamer Maker's Toolkit. I've written about how fandom helped create Sonic Maniathe beauty of early lofi 3D games, how the aesthetics of cyberpunk influence its politics, and plenty more. You can find my other work on the Creations page here, or in my portfolio.
---
Why Patreon?

I'm running this Patreon because as a queer, Asian-Arab American, I often find myself at odds with what most large games publications are interested in, or more to the point, what they're willing to pay me for. Often I find myself limited to stories about personal oppression, or forced to fit existing ideas into whatever the current topic of the day is. I've even had stories canceled right before publishing. 

Patreon gives me the flexibility to write about whatever topic I choose, no matter how niche, and to respond quickly to current issues without going through the arduous pitch process. It's only through reader support that I've been able to talk about Cyberpunk's political influenceshow the way we talk about games changes our reaction to them, and what we can learn by looking at what's not in a game. These are stories that people have told me have changed the entire way engage with the medium, and stories that I could never get paid for at a larger site. 
---
Why should I support you?
If you care about games, politics, and critical approaches to the medium you'll find them here. If you're tired of hearing the same type of white dude at every publication give near identical takes, this is your chance to keep a unique voice alive. If you want writing that challenges your assumptions, this is where you'll find it. 
---
What do I get out of it?
I keep my work public so that it'll be easily accessible to a wider audience. However, supporting me will net you rewards that'll let you vote between upcoming topics, read more casual writing and thoughts, get insight into the writing process, or even choose a topic you want me to cover!

That, and my eternal gratitude for showing me how important my work is to you. It really is what keeps me writing, despite how difficult it can be. 

Recent posts by Amr Al-Aaser

Tiers
vote on the next essay!
$1 or more per month 27 patrons
for a single dollar you can show your appreciation for my work and gain a chance to vote on topics you'd like to see me cover
a few words more
$5 or more per month 8 patrons
get access to shorter, bi-weekly thoughts on whatever i'm thinking about at the moment. 


this can be memories of favorite games, reactions to current news, or thoughts on the subject i'm currently exploring. these will be 500-1000 words and very informal.

how it's made
$15 or more per month 5 patrons
Access to early versions of essays/scripts for essays, and examples of pitches that have been published on other sites.



reader's choice
$30 or more per month 0 patrons
i'll cover a subject of your choice. i'll work with you to find an angle we're both interested in and cover it to the best of my ability.  these will be full lengths essays. 


if you're curious about my thoughts on particular game here's your chance to make it happen!