If you haven’t heard of Five out of Ten, it’s a magazine of independent video game criticism edited by Alan Williamson with a unique profit model. Apart from overhead costs, each contributor to the magazine splits the profits from their issue. Alan also has a proven track record of publishing minority voices in games criticism including Kris Ligman, Lana Polansky and former Border House contributor Denis Farr.
I have two articles in their fourth issue (entitled “Storytellers”) which was just released! Both articles would be of interest to The Border House readers. The first, “Going Stealth: Hitman: Blood Money and Gender Passing” compares my experiences with “passing” to the mechanics of stealth games. The second, “Worlds Apart” reads the parallel dimensions of Silent Hill as a metaphor for queer experience.
Apart from my work, this issue features excellent articles by Ed Smith, Oscar Strik, Julian Williams and Alan Williamson. They write on a diverse array of games including Link’s Awakening, Dear Esther, L.A. Noire, Bioshock and Nier.
If you buy the magazine (for £5.00 or for the “early bird” discount of £3.50), you’ll be directly supporting my work in games criticism and I would really appreciate it. Of course, I’ll be continuing to produce free content for The Border House but I worked hard on my Five out of Ten articles and I’d love to share them with you. You can buy the magazine HERE.