David Wolinsky

is creating Don't Die



About David Wolinsky

Don't Die (2014-present) is an interview series locking horns with videogames as a beloved, but often misunderstood and maligned cultural force. But it isn't really only about videogames. It's an attempt to take stock of and understand the ways that videogames and their close cousins, the internet and social media, have blended and helped define lines in the digital sand that decide, dictate, and influence what we pay attention to and who we care about -- and how deeply.

This site is a living index drawing out personal experiences and viewpoints driven by love and fatigue, exploring the fractures, conflicts, evolutions, triumphs, past, and future of videogames and what people think of them. As much as possible, Don't Die seeks to connect and explore how videogames -- the people behind them, and the games themselves -- are following in the paths of other mediums, other disciplines, and other groups of people who have come before.

Don't Die's goal is to provide a place for human conversations with deeper listening.

Don't Die relishes in locating and providing a spotlight for individuals who historically haven't had much of a platform (or ones who might, but aren't heard from often). This comes from a deeper belief that if we continue to hear from the same types of people about the same types of topics over and over again, we'll never hear anything new. We'll never gain a greater understanding.

Some additional highlights:
  • USA Today profile from 2015
  • VentureBeat profile from 2017
  • Don't Die won an New York Videogame Critics Circle award for journalism in 2017
  • My interviews have aided Library of Congress research, informed Cornell's Worker Institute case studies, and supplemented Wall Street Journal reporting
  • Since 2020, all Don't Die materials and interviews are in the process of being preserved in perpetuity as a digital archive by Stanford University's Special Collections Library

I pour tremendous time, thought, heart, and resources into Don't Die, which remains free and ad-free. If you find any nourishment, solidarity, or appreciation for my labor of love, sparing even just a few bucks would make a huge difference and allow me to keep this going. You can set up either a one-time PayPal or a recurring donation on Patreon. Either would go a long way towards supporting me and my work, which you can also keep up with by subscribing to my very occasional newsletter.

If you find my work useful, or use it in a class or syllabus, please consider donating so I can spend more time on it.

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