Episode 11: Being a Pro

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In this goofy but informative episode, we chat about everything from reviewing iOS meat thermometers to making games, but the real “meat” of the discussion hinges on the importance of conducting yourself like a pro in all of your freelance writing endeavors. We cover what to do and what not to do, among other related tangents!

 

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Episode 10: Interview with Dan Amrich

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We’re back on track with another awesome guest interview! In this episode, we have a great chat with long-time industry vet and author Dan Amrich about everything from his background in the games press and tips for freelancers to his book Critical Path and writing opportunities for those who are curious about “The Dark Side.” Dan’s an animated talker with lots of fun stories and advice to share, so don’t miss this entertaining and informative interview!

 

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Episode 9: Q&A Smorgasbord of Awesomeness

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With the craziness of E3 week scheduling making it challenging to bring a guest on the show this episode, we decided to keep it simple and dive into some of the backlog of great listener questions we’ve been getting! We’ll have our next special guest in Ep. 10, but in the meantime, here’s an epic Q&A smorgasbord where we tackle your questions! Don’t skip this one! We’ve got some interesting stories and insights for you. Also, we talk a bit about the new Freelance Game Journo Network Facebook group Nathan started!

 

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Episode 8: Convention Coverage 101 Mega-Extravaganza

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We’re in the thick of convention season folks, and with E3 almost upon us, we figured it’s a good time to roll our sleeves and dig our hands deep into the crazy, fun, exciting, and stressful guts of convention coverage for all to see (errr…hear)! In this epic episode we drop lots of knowledge on what it’s like covering cons as a freelancer, how to go about doing that, what to bring, what to do, and how to avoid eating your own limbs off like a trapped game journo hyena – y’know the important stuff. We also share some tips, stories, and other useful tidbits for anyone who’s interested in attending and covering conventions like PAX, E3, and GDC. Enjoy!

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Episode 7: Interview with Francesca Reyes

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The world of gaming print magazines continues to change at a rapid pace, which is why we’re psyched to have former Official Xbox Magazine Editor in Chief Francesca Reyes as our special guest this week. Fran drops some knowledge on developing good freelancer-editor relationships and digs into a wide range of print-related topics in this lengthy and informative episode! Also: apologies for the sporadic audio blips during the Interview. Skype was being a bit naughty, but don’t let that stop you from listening and soaking up all the great info!

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Episode 6: Hitting The Panic Button!

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We’ve all had moments of panic in our freelance careers. Those terrifying days you wake up and suddenly discover that half of your steady workload has evaporated in a split second. Or maybe a major outlet you write for is shutting down. Or an important freelance budget is being cut. Or a killer editor you love working with has just been laid off. Or all of the above! In this episode, we talk about some of the setbacks we’ve faced as freelancers — both in the distant and more recent past — and how to avoid and overcome them!

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Episode 5: Interview with Joystiq’s Susan Arendt

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Hey, we’re getting the hang of this! We’re psyched to see the podcast is getting great positive reviews and continues to grow. This episode features the awesome insights and upbeat vibe of Joystiq’s managing editor Susan Arendt, our second special guest interview! As you’ll soon hear for yourself, she’s full of great stories and super valuable insights into the realm of freelancer-editor relationships. We also spend time talking about TakeThis.org.

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Episode 4: Building Momentum as a Freelancer

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After taking a few weeks off to launch the podcast, it’s exciting to dive back in and officially start our biweekly schedule with Episode 4! The grab-bag fun of the intro catch-up and listener question segments continues to evolve as we dig deeper into the personal  ebb and flow of our own freelance lives. For our main topic, we talk about building momentum as a freelancer and how you can turn your initial successes into a solid career.

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The Freelance Game Podcast LIVES!

Welcome to The Freelance Game, a podcast about freelance writing and video game journalism — also freelance writers and video game journalists. Every other week, we aim to inform and hopefully enlighten with a breakdown and discussion of a fundamental aspect of the freelance writing life, or otherwise a conversation with a noted professional from within (or around) the video game journalism field.

Who are we, exactly? We’re a couple of longtime professional freelancers who have been slinging words for dozens of publications over the past several years, and we’ve both done it without ever working full-time for a gaming magazine or website — or living anywhere near the epicenter of our industry. More specifically:

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Episode 3: Interview with IGN’s Mitch Dyer

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Our plan is to have a special industry guest join us on the show once a month (or roughly every other episode), and we’re excited that our old freelance pal and current IGN editor Mitch Dyer was up for being our first test subject! We recorded this one only a few days after episode two, so it was a wild, crazy, and exhausting week. But we manage to have a lot of fun with it nonetheless! Mitch is a funny guy, and a stand-up dude! We loved having him on. Prepare to be both informed and entertained in this shenanigan-laden episode.

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