Five out of Ten Issue #4 Out Now

The cover of Five out of Ten

The cover of Five out of Ten

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 EstherL.A. NoireBioshock 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.


About Samantha Allen

Samantha Allen writes about gender, sexuality, and video games. She writes regularly for the feminist gaming blog The Border House. Her work has also appeared on Jacobin, Salon, Paste, Kotaku, Kinsey Confidential, and in Adult Magazine. Samantha also speaks on feminism, queerness, and games at conferences and conventions across North America. By day, Samantha is a fourth-year George W. Woodruff Fellow in the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Emory University writing a dissertation on sexual fetishism. You can find her on the web or on Twitter.
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3 Responses to Five out of Ten Issue #4 Out Now

  1. Kimiko says:

    Unfortunately, at this time, you can only buy Five Out Of Ten if you have a PayPal account or live in the UK.

    You have my non-financial well-wishes though :)

  2. Alan Williamson says:

    People from the USA should be able to use a credit or debit card if they don’t have a PayPal account. PayPal is secure, reliable, and they charge the lowest transaction fees, so we can ensure more revenue goes straight to our contributors. That’s why we use them!

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