Susan Arendt Managing Editor Joystiq

Susan Arendt

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

Her Journey

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.

Low Point

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.

Aha Moment

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.

Lightning Round

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

Helpful Person: Her husband (she tells an awesome story about why)

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


Take This

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