Interview: How to make it as a woman in video games journalism with Susan Arendt, Joystiq
Susan Arendt is a Managing Editor at Joystiq, a video game criticism site. She is the only female Managing Editor at a major video game site. We talk about video game criticism, women in games, and her new venture Take This, which addresses mental health issues for gamers.
Below is a summary of our interview:
There are two kinds of people in the world, smokers and non-smokers. Figure out which one you are and be that. – Dead again
We chat about Susan’s love for editing (yes, editing), how she was inspired by Adam Sessler, and how she became Managing Editor at Joystiq.
Just after she left her day job she felt horrible when she received negative comments from her readers and didn’t know if writing about games was going to last as a real career.
Susan actually had her moment when she was sitting at the GDC (Games Developers Conference) and she was sitting two rows ahead of her inspiration, Adam Sessler.
Susan’s work now
We chat about Joystiq and some of the issues for video game critics. Besides Managing Editor at Joystiq, Susan is a part of Take This, an organization that addresses mental health issues for gamers.
What’s exciting Susan now
Susan is excited about the new crop of indie developers that are creating unique and interesting games.
Book Susan Recommends: Storm Front (The Dresden Files), a book about a wizard for hire. It’s a fun world.Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore
Helpful Habit: Work from home, get up and get ready to work like you are at an office
Internet Resource: Cute Overload
What’s Your Purpose: Make it less scary for women to do what I do
Where to follow Susan
Susan’s Twitter: @SusanArendt
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