“It was 10 years ago on Sunday, Sergeant Gillen taught the band (of games journalists) to play (games with their writing mainly involving talking about their subjective experience which they were doing anyway so he totally gets too much credit but he gave it a name, and history is written by those who choose to write histories so WINNAH)”
Coining the phrase New Games Journalism was my most infamous moment in Games Journalism. It happened 10 years ago last Saturday. Keith of the Guardian and I were chatting about it, and it struck us as amusing to recreate the pub evening which begat me staying up late at night hammering it out. So basically, get me, Jon Hicks and Tim Edwards together and see what happens. In a pub.
We’re doing it, Wednesday 26th. And you’re invited!
You can buy tickets here, and this is the blurb…
Ten years ago this week, Kieron Gillen got home from the pub and decided he wanted to change games journalism forever. At 2.04am in the morning on March 23, he posted onto his website, The New Games Journalism manifesto, a heartfelt call for games writing to change, to become more subjective, more personal, more better (I’m paraphrasing here).
So what happened to young Kieron on that fateful night at the Delfter Krug bar in Bath? Who was with him? And did his famed – some say infamous – manifesto have any impact on the games media?
To find out, we’ll be reuniting Kieron with the two journalists he was talking to that night at the pub, ex-PC Gamer colleague Tim Edwards and Jon Hicks, now editor of the Official Xbox Magazine. In conversation with Guardian games editor Keith Stuart (who was probably in the bar as well), the trio will attempt to recall the magic of that modest night down the boozer, as well as assessing the legacy of NGJ and the way writing about games has changed in the following decade.
Afterwards, we’ll have a Q&A session with Kieron so you can ask about his writing, either in games or for Marvel where he does those super hero comics that seem quite popular these days.
PLUS – EXCITING ADDITION: Later on, we’ll be talking to new Kotaku UK editor Keza MacDonald and ex-VideoGamer.com video journalist Matt Lees about the legacy of NGJ and the role of young games writers in the industry today.
SO, if you’re at all interested in games writing, what it means, why it is the way it is and what the heck these guys talked about that night, then COME ALONG! Doors will open at 7pm and entry is £5 (plus booking fee) – which includes one free drink of some sort. However, you then have to stay and have more booze or I’ll have to pay for the function room and my wife will kill me.
THIS EVENT IS FOR OVER-18s ONLY.
There will be fun and chat and Q&A (which can be pretty much about anything to do with what we do, so pop along. The ticket price includes a drink, so it’s pretty much a couple of quid.
Now, at last, we can talk about the war.
Which we won.