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A Year on the Couch with Game Developers

Cara Ellison


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In January of 2014 Cara wasn't quite making rent but her cultural criticism on games for places like The Guardian seemed pretty popular. On a whim she pledged to her Twitter followers that she would do gonzo journalism and travel each month to stay with game creators she found across the world, if they put a bit of money towards it. Cara put a page up on Patreon and said if it got to $1,000 that would be enough for her first flight. She thought it would never get there … Within an hour this ‘cyberpunk hair-dyed Attenborough’ had kicked herself out of her home and sent herself hurtling across a year of four continents, living on gamemakers’ couches, writing about their cities and creations. Six hundred readers funded her round-the-world trip, from London to Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur to Melbourne. This is a collected work of all the essays Cara wrote along the way, a map of independent game creation as she found it.

Praise For Embed with Games: A Year on the Couch with Game Developers

"Cara Ellison’s writing is consistently amusing, perceptive, honest, and touching. Also: it’s got games in it. Now buy this book." —Charlie Brooker

Birlinn, 9781846973444, 136pp.

Publication Date: February 1, 2016

About the Author

Cara Ellison is a Scottish writer, game critic and video game narrative designer. She has written for the Guardian, VICE, Kotaku, PC Gamer, Paste Magazine and the New Statesman, wrote the best-named column in the world, S.EXE, at Rock Paper Shotgun, and had a regular opinion column at Eurogamer. Currently she designs the narratives for video games.