Do you love hard work and hate getting paid for it?
As Defunct Games grows it is becoming increasingly difficult for our small team to keep up with the demand for new content. That's not to say that we don't enjoy the long hours and hard work that go into bringing you Defunct Games, but it would be nice to get a little help here and there. That's why we've decided to re-open our staffing department and hire a few new people. Do you feel like you have what it takes to join the Defunct Games team? Do you like working long hours for no money and almost no thanks? Then I recommend you check out the positions we are currently hiring for. If you have any questions regarding these positions I recommend you shoot me an email and I will get back to you as quickly as I can.
Defunct Games is currently looking for people to take over some of the behind the scenes work, including fixing older pages, enhancing the current navigation and working on future site redesigns. This person needs to already understand the coding languages used on Defunct Games and be ready to work with other website administrators. We have a lot of big changes and enhancements planned, so this job could potentially be a lot of work. However, it also allows website coders a chance to flex their creative muscle and put their own personal style on an already established (and popular) website.
If you feel that you have the qualifications to help take Defunct Games into the future, then I recommend you send me an email outlining your work history and some of the sites you have already worked on. It is not important to have worked on a video game-related website; however we are looking for people who know what they are doing and can add new ideas and improve already existing concepts. The only other thing I ask is that you are easy to get a hold of and willing to work with us on all sorts of issues, even if you feel that they are misguided and stupid.
Along with looking for a few new game critics, we are also looking for people to write feature length articles, cover special events and take part in podcasts (as well as other audio/video productions). This staffer will largely be tasked with developing their own unique ideas, so we are looking for creative people who are good at pitching new story ideas and are quick on their feet. Does this sound like you? If so, then I recommend you take a look at a few of things you would be responsible for if hired on at Defunct Games.
1 - We're looking for writers who have a firm knowledge of the industry's history, specifically for future episodes of A Brief History of Gaming.
2 - We are looking for people who can interview people for online game shows (see: Service Gaming: The Show) and other audio/video productions.
3 - We are looking for people to attend industry events (Game Developers Conference, Comic Con, PAX, E For All, etc.). You would be tasked with meeting with developers/publishers, conducting interviews and writing about your time at these events.
4 - We're looking for people who have ideas for future episodes of any of our existing shows.
Defunct Games is looking to expand the webpage past the usual text and pictures. As the site grows we are interested in adding more functions to the website and dabbling in flash banners, advertisements, games and movies. Do you know how to develop using Flash and want to make Defunct Games a better site? Below are just a couple of the things we plan on doing in Flash over the next few months. If you know anything about using Flash then I encourage you to fill out the application and let us know what you are capable of.
1 - Flash banners, advertising, etc.
2 - Flash games, including (but not limited to) converting existing game shows into a different format.
Have you ever played a game and said to yourself, "gee, self, I have a lot of thoughts about this game and would kind of like to write them down so that the whole world can know my opinion"? Have you ever been depressed by your lack of publishing options, often settling for posting them on the GameSpot community site or on GameFAQs? Have you ever wished for something better?
Well wish no longer, because Defunct Games is currently looking for talented writers who know a thing or two about classic games and the consoles they play on. You heard me correctly; Defunct Games wants you to join our talented team of classic game critics. Do you feel that you have what it takes? Below you will find a short guide to what we're looking for and an application you can fill out. If you fit what we're looking for we will make sure and get back to you shortly. What do you have to lose? Perhaps the one thing Defunct Games has been missing are your reviews!
ADDITIONAL REVIEW INFORMATION
So what does it take to be a good game critic? Who knows? Oh wait ... I know. Actually, I don't know what it takes to be a good writer, but I do know what we're looking for from the reviews posted on Defunct Games. Some of this stuff will seem pretty obvious, but it is worth mentioning in one area. So take a look at the list and make sure that you can do everything we are asking. If you feel that you would be a good candidate then I welcome you to fill out an application and let us know that you're interested.
Reviews must be more than 400 words (while there's no maximum word count most reviews average 400 - 1000 words in length).
Reviews should come with all pertinent information (Publisher, Developer, Number of Players, etc.).
We do not accept duplicate reviews, so don't bother sending in reviews of games we have already reviewed (unless it's for a system we haven't talked about yet).
We would like to keep all of the reviews in the same format, so please do not submit reviews that are separated by Graphics, Sound, Control, etc. We do want you to talk about those aspects in your reviews, but make sure it flows together.
It would be nice to have at least one or two reviews every week or two. We do not have a quota, but it would be nice to have regular reviews from the person/people we hire.
WRITING CURRENT REVIEWS
Defunct Games does accept current reviews, however there are a few things to keep in mind when submitting a review of a recent (current generation) game. For one thing, all reviews need to be longer than 1,000 words. We are also sticklers on the information featured in the review. If we feel that there are glaring omissions then we will likely send it back and/or ask for revisions to be made prior to us posting it.
Since we are sent a certain amount of product from the video game companies, we will not post reviews of games we are currently working on. To make sure that your time is not wasted, you should email me and mention the games that you plan on writing about. Also, if the game is too old (older than three or four months) then it will not appear on the front page of Defunct Games.