Noooo! GameSpy Laziness

Minding my own business, I was quietly searching for videogames that will be coming out later in the year. I’ve always thought that GameSpy has had the most comprehensive, up-to-date game release schedule. But for the upcoming Jurassic Park game, some lackadaisical writer at GameSpy wrote: “This episodic game series is based on the John…

Frank O’Connor: There Will Be A Halo Movie

At the Future of Television East conference last week, Microsoft’s Frank O’Connor sat on a panel that focused on the grail of transmedia. Halo’s franchise development director is a shortish, stocky guy who looks like a feisty boxer. And he’s proud bordering on arrogant about the lauded series of games that sold so many Xboxes.…

When You Don’t Get Paid, Part 5

If you’ve won in small claims court, congratulations. You feel justified, even rejuvenated. You’ve been through a lot, and  you’ve come out victorious. Or have you? Most publishers will pay you within a month of the court date. On rare occasions, however, they won’t. In that case, you’ll have to hire a City Marshall to…

When You Don’t Get Paid, Part 4

As an example for videogame journalists, I’m detailing a small claims  suit I filed against a travel magazine that was led by, in this case, a less-than-honest editor in chief. So what happened when I took the train downtown to court on a chilly spring evening? In front of a genial mediator, I pled my…

When You Don’t Get Paid, Part 3

You’re going to have to sue. At some point in your writing life, you’re going to have to sue to get paid. Thankfully, it doesn’t happen often. It happens to me about once every five years. The process of suing for payment in New York City’s small claims court is time consuming, but not at…

When You Don’t Get Paid, Part 2

Most outlets should pay you within 30 days of receipt of your invoice. Interestingly, even if there is a 30 day clause in your contract, it doesn’t leave you, as a writer, with much recourse to add a penalty if a web site or magazine doesn’t pay.  If you create your own contract in a…

When A Press Release Lies

It’s  an onslaught. At this time of year game critics receive a hundred emails daily — at least. Review me! Review me! is the cry. I look at absolutely everything I receive, sometimes admiring the prose of a j-school grad now in the PR game, sometimes laughing at the balderdash that is spin. Regarding the…