Introducing the New York Videogame Critics Circle

Our members include writers for Time’s Techland blog, MTV Multiplayer, UGO, New York Daily News, GamaSutra, Joystiq, Boys’ Life, EGM, G4TV, and others.

A note from writer/founder Harold Goldberg:

Ever since I started in games, I've sometimes had the feeling that the East Coast writers have been given shorter shrift when compared to folks on the West Coast.

That shouldn't be the case.

We need a group to help game writers, those who are freelance and those who are on staff. That means this organization would act like the National Writer's Union in one respect. We will try to make sure that writers are paid and that writers receive answers from editors to their well-thought-out queries. We will also communicate with publicists who won't answer game critics' queries in a timely manner.

The New York Videogame Critics Circle will also eventually hold events like a Critic's Symposium and dinners/drinks with game developers and those in the game industry who are visiting New York City -- without publicists around– if they dare. 

We will have special guests at our meetings as well, the first two of which was long-time videogame analyst Billy Pidegeon and Bernie Yee. N’Gai Croal is our guest for November.

Next year, we will have a year-end critics’ poll, hopefully as intense and sprawling as the Village Voice Pazz and Jop poll is for music.

And also next year, will have an awards night next year, something perhaps more mature than what's out there now.

We are looking at various ways to do some very creative things as writers. We’ll have more on that soon.

Finally, we’d like to be a resource for media far and wide. Together, we have well over 100 years of videogame critic and writing experience. So please feel free to contact us.

The New York Videogame Critics Circle is a powerful team with which I’m honored to be associated. 

We very much look forward to working with you in the future.

U.S. Contact: Dana Whitney: danafw@earthlink.net

European Contact: Audra McGiver: audra@prmciver.com 


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