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Bookin’ It: Javy’s 2018 Reading Log

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Hi everyone! So I used to be a pretty voracious reader. In the last couple of years, I’ve fallen off that wagon, and I want to get back to the point where I feel like I’m reading a healthy amount of books every year. So I’ve promised myself I’m going to make the effort, no matter what, to complete at least one book a week OR, in the case that it’s a War and Peace-sized […]

Living In The Not Knowing: How To Survive Being a Freelance Writer

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Who are you?  Hi. My name is Javy Gwaltney. I work for Game Informer as an associate editor. Until recently I was a fulltime freelance writer. I wrote for Playboy, Paste Magazine, Vice, Killscreen, and a few other places about video games (or videogames, depending on which editor I was writing for). I want to speak with a fair amount of candor about being a freelance writer and maybe offer some tips that might help […]

Distress: A New Game

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Hey! I’m making a new game with some other folks called Distress. It’s been successfully funded on Kickstarter but there’s still time to pledge so you can get a copy for a discount and some other goodies. You can pledge with the Kickstarter page here or if you’d like to use Paypal, there are Paypal links at the bottom of this page for each tier. –Javy About this project A fading distress signal from a […]

Grand Theft Auto IV and the Whims of Lady Luck

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I wrote this for Bitmob a few years back. Reposting it here because it’s one of the stronger pieces I wrote on that site. –Javy [The following contains spoilers for Grand Theft Auto IV and its two DLC packs] Back in 2008, acclaimed author Junot Diaz (Drown, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao) wrote a piece about Grand Theft Auto IV entitled “’Grand,’ but No ‘Godfather.’” In it, he described GTA IV as:  … an example of […]

Evils Yet Unknown: Correspondence From The City

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A while ago I pitched a story about taxi riding in Grand Theft Auto V to various publications. The idea was simple. I would sit in a taxi in the game for a couple of nights, maybe a week, and I would write about what I saw. Just to see what happened. I called it a digital tourism piece because it sounded fancy and I thought I was being clever. Nobody bit, so I filed the pitch away. […]

New Game: The Right Side of Town

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I am releasing a new game. It’s one that I made in collaboration with Kitty Horrorshow,  Erandi Huipe, and Matthew Schanuel. It’s called The Right Side of Town and it’s set in the same universe as The Terror Aboard The Speedwell and You Were Made for Loneliness: Welcome to the future. The remnants of humanity, in the aftermath of a cataclysmic event known only as The Fall, have fled a dying homeworld to seek refuge among […]

Disability And Gaming Resource List

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Disabilities and games, whether it’s about characters with disabilities in games or people with disabilities playing games, is a subject I’ve been interested in for several years now. Online written work is a bit difficult to find, so I thought I’d throw together a resource list to make it easier for people to find this sort of writing. I’ll check back every couple of weeks or so and update this periodically. –Javy Writing on Disability […]

10 Thoughts About Dragon Age: Inquisition

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So I’ve sunk a lot of time into Dragon Age: Inquisition. A lot, like 140 hours or so. And I have thoughts about the game, all of which could be their own essay, but the truth of the matter is that I just don’t care about the game enough to devote an entire’s essay worth to it. That’s not meant to be a slight on the game itself, which isn’t a bad, but I just […]