Read Original Perspectives on Video Games in the Collaborative Zine “It’s Just A Game!”
It’s Just A Game!, curated by Elizabeth Simins, is a collaborative, independent zine of uncommon perspectives in game playing and gamemaking, told through personal essays, comics, sketches, longform journalism and performance games. The first two issues of the zine contain works by 26 artists and authors, all sharing their loves of games and their problems with gaming as a subculture and an industry. (Disclosure: I have an essay on game development in Issue 2.) Topics include childhood gaming influences, player hostility in chat channels for online games, discrimination in the industry, and bad sequels to good games, but the contributors’ love of games is always the connecting thread.
The project began simply, but word spread amongst game lovers who felt sidelined and underserved in the industry. With an overwhelming response to her original call for submissions, Simins split the accepted works into two issues. When the print run sold out in just a couple weeks, she created an e-version, available here.
Submissions for the third volume of It’s Just A Game! are just closing, with an expected release for the zine in the spring. Interested games writers can get submission details here, and interested readers can follow itsjustagamezine.tumblr.com for more information.