Most people think there’s a problem of circularity when it comes to getting started as a video game journalist or game writer. You need experience to create a resume and get a job, but it seems like you can’t get experience unless you have a job! Where do you begin, then? By practicing on your own, getting good at the craft, then impressing potential employers with your experience.
When you’re just starting out as a game writer you don’t need professional credits to land your first few gigs. All you need is proof that you’re a decent writer. That can be done in a number of ways, all of which are simple, straightforward, and free. All you have to do is get started.
We’ve outlined a few ways you can practice being a video game journalist in the article below. Start any or all of them today, it’s never too early to practice writing.
Create a Gaming Blog
This is one of the most common pieces of advice given to new game writers, but it’s also the most important (and the most frequently ignored). There is an immense value to starting your own just-for-fun blog before seeking out professional game writing gigs. Writing reviews, opinion pieces, previews, etc. on your own personal space will help you figure out your writing style and improve it as time goes by. There are no rules or constraints, no publishing schedule to stick to, just you and your game writing. Seriously, start with this if you really want to practice being a game journalist.
Review Games on Steam, iOS, Android, etc.
If you buy a game from a third party distribution platform, something like Steam, GOG, or the console and mobile marketplaces, there’s always a spot where you can leave a star rating and write a few words. This is a surprisingly good place to practice your game journalism writing skills. You have a ready made audience of people actively looking for well-written opinions and impressions. You’ll also help the game developer out with your review and rating, even if it’s just a short blurb.
Write about Games on Social Media
Did you get a game the moment it was released? Are you one of the few people who enjoys a certain genre? Social media is a great outlet for sharing your written thoughts, especially if you represent an unusual corner of the gaming kingdom. Start writing informal reviews or impressions on your personal social media channels. You’ll get plenty of practice, and you might get a few fans in the process.
Create Gaming Videos
YouTube videos that focus on reviews, top ten and best-of lists, and related themes don’t just appear out of nowhere. Someone has to sit down, do the research, and write out a script. You don’t have to be a good video editor to do this, either. Focus on the script, make it as engaging and interesting as possible, then go from there. Even if you never actually make the videos but create a handful of scripts, you got in some great practice for being a journalist.
Write on Reddit
There are countless subreddits that both accept and encourage reviews and impressions of games. You can write short roundups of your favorite titles, create entire review posts, talk about new releases or hidden gems, and much more. Just follow the rules of the subreddit and make your post as interesting as possible, it’s an amazingly effective way to practice.
Join a Fan Site
A lot of people are passionate about the games they play. You probably are, too, which is why joining a fan site and volunteer writing is a good way to practice your craft. You’re likely to get a lot of feedback from the site regarding your writing, maybe even suggestions from an editor.
Ready to get started as a game writer? Get your practice in, then find great game journalism jobs right here!