PC Gamer UK Wants You! 21 Apr, 2004, 21:06 / 7 comments

Do you have dreams of being a games journalist? Well, Mark Donald the editor of the UK's best selling PC games magazine PC Gamer UK has written an open letter to the good folk of the internet asking for their help.

It is as follows...<:MORENEWS:>


This is an open letter to anyone who's interested in videogames writing or having the unique achievements of their gaming community aired to a wider audience.

My simple view is that news-stand games magazines and large sections of the gaming community have gradually drifted apart.

As editor of PC Gamer in the UK, it is painfully apparent to me that while the magazine does a reasonable job of fulfilling its review/preview functions, it does not adequately reflect the incredible diversity of culture and invention that now characterises the PC community online.

I'd like you to help us put that to rights. Games mags are constructed by small, tight-knit teams. In-house expertise is broad enough to cope with retail gaming, but the available resources are unable to cover the far-flung corners of gaming that now exist. That's partly why magazines have failed to keep pace with their communities.

In order to cover these communities properly, PC Gamer needs their representatives to help us out. I regularly read web-published articles which I think are easily good enough to appear in a magazine. But the writer may never have considered that opportunity. Perhaps they didn't think a games mag was an appropriate place for such an article. Perhaps they didn't think it was good enough. Whatever the reason, I'd like you to consider submitting your articles to PC Gamer.

What kind of articles are we looking for? Anything. Anything that you could imagine yourself, as a gamer, opening a magazine and being interested in. I'm trying to create a magazine that communicates the incredible experiences gamers have. A magazine that reports on the amazing transformations that dedicated communities have wrought upon the games they love. I think such a magazine would print articles about the destruction of Kerafyrm The Sleeper in Everquest. It would report on the morphing of games like Grand Prix Legends and Interstate 82. It could relate the tale of a dramatic duel in Jedi Knight 2 or cover the phenomenon of swoop bike races in Star Wars Galaxies. Anything at all. Single-player gaming, multi-player gaming, modding, MUDs, indy games. The building of the Space Station in There, the development of unique in-game body language. A well-argued opinion piece on the state of videogame interfaces. Crazy antics on stunt servers or a simple essay on how a game stirred an individual's emotions. Anything which says something fascinating about game culture. The only rules are it's got to be about games, and, if it's not about PC's then the article has to be applicable to the universal gamer. PC Gamer is not a console mag.

Articles can be of any length. And PC Gamer will pay for articles published. I can't promise to say yes to everything, but I am open to all ideas. And if you don't want to write but know of a vibrant gaming community we should cover then tip us off. We've recently been mailed by people involved with Trespasser, Grand Prix Legends and Interstate 82.

I hope this letter is not seen as a threat to some of the excellent websites that I regularly visit. Publication of an article in PC Gamer does not prevent its subsequent use elsewhere. Moreover, PC Gamer is not big enough to absorb the entire community's output. But if you have an article at your fingertips that deserves a wider audience then let us know.

Best regards,

Mark Donald
Editor, PC Gamer (UK edition)
Britain's Best-Selling PC Games Magazine

So start writing, folks!


  • Emma on 23 Apr, 2004, 09:20…
    I've only read US edition of PC Gamer a few times, but every time I found it was choc full of adverts, which annoyed me.
  • ThunderPeel2001 on 29 Apr, 2004, 11:04…
    The US does not have magazines like we do in the UK. Look on any newsagent shelf in the US for film mags for example and you'll find Empire, Total Film, Hotdog etc. The same goes for computing although there are a few US gaming monthlys.

    The problem is that the magazines that are written in the US (PC Gamer US, Wired etc) tend to have, well IMHO, pretty shallow articles! A really interesting front-cover article is sometimes only half a page! Not to mention that every teeny article is sandwiched between 10 pages of adverts!

    (I don't know if it's the fact that our country is a lot smaller and therefore might be able to run with on less advertising to be able afford to ship the magazine to every newsstand and still sell it for a reasonable price but there's definitely a huge difference between UK and US mags.)

    The huge choice of well-written magazines is definitely one of the great (and unsung) things about the UK! I didn't realize we had it so good until I lived there!
  • Bobo Donkey? on 23 Apr, 2004, 12:50…
    British people tend to have better comics/magazines.
    Take Sonic The Hedgehog for example. I used to buy the UK comic all the time and then I recently looked at some comic scans of the US version and I thought they sucked.
  • netmonkey on 23 Apr, 2004, 03:45…
    I saw a pc gamer uk the other day... I liked it a lot better than pc gamer usa.
  • LucasTones on 22 Apr, 2004, 16:03…
    Hmmm, they say they'll pay, eh...
  • Emma on 21 Apr, 2004, 21:38…
    For now!

    Back into the shroud I go. ? ?
  • Jake on 21 Apr, 2004, 21:29…
    emma returns!