Look: RPS Is Hiring A News Writer

Your work machine.
Astonishing! RPS is hiring again. We’re looking for a committed and energetic news writer. This is a full-time, paid position. We pay reasonably well, too, although the exact salary will depend on your experience and ability. As RPS news writer you will be responsible for news-posting aspects of RPS five days a week, under the supervision of the existing team. You will be expected to communicate directly with developers and publishers about their news-making games. If you can’t pick up the phone and use Jedi mind-tricks on a PR, then this job is not for you. To put yourself forward for this position please email us here with a CV and a 200-word example of your ability to a write a concise, moderately amusing article on a current gaming news topic. Other links to previous news-length work will also bolster your application.

Applications must arrive in our inbox by the 20th of February 2012.


  1. marlin says:

    Is someone leaving again?

    • Deepo says:

      I’m certainly getting that feeling :(

    • John Walker says:

      No one is leaving, no. We’re adding to our numbers.

    • Masked Dave says:

      Woo! Vicarious success!

      Also with a new news monkey that’d mean more time for the others to write more meaty features.

    • RaveTurned says:


    • Deepo says:

      That is very good to hear! Must be something I ate then.

    • Man Raised by Puffins says:

      RPS is metastasising! Quick, burn it with fire while there’s still time!

    • Smashbox says:

      Great news! Congratulations

    • Jamstar says:

      Yay! The ad money has finally let them purchase more pods to upload more wordy brains into the Hivemind!

    • ShEsHy says:

      Hmm, RPS hiring just days after I disabled AdBlock on the site. Coincidence? I think not ;)

    • Blackcompany says:

      @ Man Raised by Puffins:

      Fire doesn’t work, remember. You have to use Head and Shoulders. Its the Selenium, remember. We need more Shampoo.

    • Melf_Himself says:

      Guys, I really love RPS, I want to offer some constructive feedback here. It’s kind of getting hard to keep up with the number of posts you guys are now doing. Crazy spam in my reader is the reason I don’t read Kotaku and similar sites, but love RPS. Would hate to see RPS go that way. Of course there is still mostly quality mixed in with all that quantity…

      I’m just worried if you bring a guy on full time it’s going to become spam city.

    • Lord Custard Smingleigh says:

      So RPS will grow by 25%, only a few months after a new writer. At this rate the entire population of the Earth will by RPS writers by 2433!

    • MikoSquiz says:

      I’m rather with Melf here. While obviously a news writer would be good in that you chaps would have more time free to do proper features in, game news is a bit like the common cold: It’s not really necessary, and you don’t need to spread it around because everyone will get it sooner or later anyway.

    • Alec Meer says:

      Ah, but we want to do news properly, not spammily. And yes, it will free members of Hivemind Prime up to do more batshit stuff, which is the main reason for doing it.

    • MikoSquiz says:

      Maybe a news sidebar? Or different front page format for the news articles: Stick the image on the left side with the text shoved over to the right, so news nubbins are identifiable at a glance and don’t take up as much vertical space?

  2. sinister agent says:

    Breaking news! Comment posted on RPS website. More at ten.

    • DiamondDog says:

      Hire this man.

    • Whallaah says:

      I’m a complete duffer at this sort of thing. In the School Debating Society, I was voted Boy-Least-Likely-to-Complete-a-Coherent… erm…

    • mod the world says:

      I’m waiting for the day RPS starts to pay us for our comments.

  3. PJ says:

    Good luck to all applicants. :)

  4. Dominic White says:

    I’m definitely applying for this one. I’ve been trying to break into games journalism full-time, and I’ve been a fairly active writer for DIYGamer.com this past year. Hopefully I’m in with a shot. I could use it.

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      Hodge says:

      Good luck! For what it’s worth I’d love to see it happen.

    • Gnoupi says:

      And then Geoff passes by and kicks you from DIYGamer :P

    • Monkey says:

      Flaming sambuca?

      Thanks RPS but no i already have a job…

    • Ultra Superior says:

      I like the most of your comments, so I would endorse you.

    • Dominic White says:

      @Gnoupi – Haha, Geoff knows I’ve been looking for other writing gigs for ages. DIYGamer is a pretty small site, and there’s definitely not a job’s worth of money in it at the moment.

    • siegarettes says:

      Good luck Dominic!

      I won’t be applying to this. After the last time I realized my writing skills just arent quite RPS standards. I also saw some positions over at DIYGamer, but 2 articles a day is too much for a full time student like me.

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    Hodge says:

    But does it have to be a Smith?

    • sinister agent says:

      The preferential hiring of Smiths is clearly some new and obscure strain of discrimination. RPS is essentially racist.

    • Fede says:

      Or someone who worked on Doctor Who?

    • Ultra Superior says:

      Smith was an excellent catch I would say.

    • Frankie The Patrician[PF] says:

      A terrible healer may apply as well..

    • MD says:

      Man, if your name is Matt Smith you are pretty much already in the door. Something like ‘Matilda Smyth’ would serve you well too, I imagine.

    • TheTedinator says:

      I should think being named Karen Gillan would get you in a lot faster. They seem to like people with legs names like that.

    • thesundaybest says:

      Thomas Smith-Wong, at your service.

  6. Milky1985 says:

    Good luck to anyone who applies, its the sort of job i would like to get myself out of this humdrum existance!

    Unfortantly this phone thing scares me cause it makes noises that sould like people, and they tend be angry.

    I think that would be a point against me during the interview time.

    • Crainey says:

      Social interaction is scary huh? No but in all seriousness I would love to apply for this position if I thought I was able, maybe in a year or two. I only just started writing on d-esports.com the other day and it’s definitely something I want to work on as a long term goal, writing that is.
      Good luck to all applicants, I think it’s safe to say there are many able writers out there that will jump at this opportunity.

    • Berzee says:

      Same here — the previous job sounded a bit interesting to me (except that I could only pretend it was a possibility at this time =P) but this job with its telephonic aspects is just spooky. O_O I am really glad they’re getting a specialist in this area though, WISE DECISION BOYZ.

    • sinister agent says:

      I’m a bit of a freak here. I hate using the phone for social/personal calls, but when it comes to work stuff I am my usual super-professional acebest self. But I don’t think I have the interest or drive to focus on news matters all the time, so it’d probably be a bit of a waste of everyone’s time if I went for this.

      I don’t really know why it is that I can handle work stuff but not personal stuff on the phone. Maybe if someone would start paying me to answer my mobile… hmm.

  7. Cooper says:

    Aww. Does this mean that the news posts will be less full of snide, cynical remarks?

    I hope not…

    • John Walker says:

      We’re obviously planning to hire someone who while having their own unique voice, will also suit RPS.

    • Dowson says:

      Surely you should also ask for a series of gaming related puns alongside the CV.

    • sinister agent says:

      I’d imagine the interview will be a solid hour of pun-upmanship. And possibly consoling a weeping John.

    • Durkonkell says:

      Naturally, a successful applicant’s CV would be full of gaming related puns. If you have to send them alongside, you’ve already failed.

    • Dowson says:

      I suppose a ‘a 200-word example ‘ could just be a list of 200 puns, I imagine that would not only suffice but put you straight to the top of the pile

    • ukpanik says:

      “having their own unique voice”
      I really hope this means no punning. There is too much of that already and its never funny.
      Someone like Charlie Brooker would be nice.

    • Demiath says:

      Even though the RPSers are certainly professional and stylistically refined writers, I must say the smartly stupid/cynical/meta-macho style which is so dominant within gaming journalism in general today makes me sad and tired. I’d appreciate some more daringly straight-faced writing which, among other things, takes more risks and doesn’t come off as designed to preemptively deflate any potentially mean and hurtful remarks in the comments section below. RPS definitely has some of the writing I’m calling for here (for example, many of the articles on STALKER and Witcher 2 and other titles which the team obviously cares a lot about), but the overall tone is firmly within the paradigm. Some of it is absolutely hilarious, for sure, but at the end of the day there’s a very hollow and lifeless quality to it all.

    • Berzee says:

      @Demiath: I disagree with you entirely, but I enjoyed disagreeing throughout; A++, would read again.

    • MD says:

      ukpanik, surely you meant… it’s never punny?!?

  8. kastanok says:

    Are you looking particularly for someone with extensive published experience writing about games, or is this open to anyone with the skills and interest?

    • John Walker says:

      It’s open to absolutely anyone. Obviously previous experience is helpful, but more because it means you’ll be a more practised writer.

    • Gnoupi says:

      Unfortunately it requires solid English writing skills and a mastery in puns and other play on words, which I would lack, being French.

      Unless a “Croissant/Baguette accent news editor” would be something ironical enough to be hired.

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      Hodge says:

      @Gnoupi I’ve never noticed. Although I’m Australian which probably explains it.

      It’s a good point though, does the ideal applicant need to be in a particular part of the world? I’m thinking more of the liaising-with-devs side of things, which would be difficult if they’ve all just gone to sleep when you get up for the day.

    • Ed123 says:

      “Unless a “Croissant/Baguette accent news editor” would be something ironical enough to be hired. ”

      Well, I would certainly be interested in that.

    • Belsameth says:

      *bad french accent* Listen very carfully, I will say this only once….

      Sorry, that’s the first thing that came to mind… :)

    • Ayam says:

      Bad French accent ahoy: link to youtube.com

      Jim being a Rossignol might have some continental bias there once he gets over (interviewing) himself. :p

  9. AbyssUK says:

    Damn it RPS, why do you never need a mediocre research scientist with a flair for never finishing his reports on time because he is too busy reading gaming websites….

    I’ve sent in my CV anyway for consideration…

    Also my gravitar is a picture of Uranus, see I’ve been punning you all for years and nobody noticed/cared.
    That sir is journalism of the highest degree.

  10. e4rache says:

    “moderately amusing” ?
    I thought this was a serious site !

    • mr.ioes says:

      And I thought this whole site was an exorbitant april fools joke. We are both confused.

    • sinister agent says:

      “Dear Madam,

      Here is my application, and attached please find my CV, which also doubles as the joke.”

  11. jimbobjunior says:

    Why not hire than nice young man Timothy Stone? He’s really good with words. Like, really super good.

    • Craig Pearson says:

      Tim Stone should never be tied down. He needs to soar.

    • asshibbitty says:

      That’s a job with a huge burnout potential, and we don’t want that for Tim, do we?

    • John Walker says:

      Re. burnout – we all know too well how that happens to writers, and RPS will go out of its way to protect someone from that. We expect someone who will work hard, because we all do. But we’re not interested in breaking someone.

    • Starky says:

      Well at least not breaking their writing ability huh?

      Now breaking them in other more ooh-matron ways…

    • Gnoupi says:

      If Misery taught me anything, it’s that you can motivate writers by breaking their feet.

  12. GenBanks says:

    What if the bulk of my writing experience has been about papal decretals in late antiquity and the emergence of the Armenian church as a distinct entity between the 5th and 8th centuries, rather than about games? I also do Russia’s expansion into central Asia/the Caucasus in the 18th-20th centuries and US history.

    I don’t think I’m ever going to find a job

    • Electric Dragon says:

      I’ll have a Big Mac, hold the gherkins; fries and medium Coke.

    • Ultra Superior says:

      Papal decretals expert ?

      You can always write for games workshop.

    • Stellar Duck says:

      @Ultra Superior: That depends. He specified late Antiquity and that’s a bit too early for most of the 40K stuff.

      @GenBanks: as someone who has done most of his writing in the development of the concept of citizenship in Athens and Sparta as well as comprehensive analysis of political discourse of the late Classical Athens in relation to the ideal citizen and the ideological foundations of it, I feel your pain.

      *Bro Historian Fist*

      Assuming you’re a historian that is.

    • Ultra Superior says:

      Horus heresy it is, then.

  13. Theoban says:

    There’s some News of the World journos who are probably still looking for work.

  14. asshibbitty says:

    Hire Kieron back, I liked his music taste better.

  15. kael13 says:

    My dream job. A shame then, that I have zero experience in journalism.

    Does an undying passion for the games and technology industry earn plus points?

    • Gnoupi says:

      About same. Spending half of my working day reading gaming news and following indie devs, but this time legitimately.

    • Kdansky says:

      It’s probably the default. You can hardly excel and get a job by doing what every single commenter does too.

      I’m not applying, but question nevertheless: Is this a full-time job?

      I’m also looking for a writer (or more than one) for my game (see blog), but I pay exactly nothing! You should seriously apply to RPS instead if you want any money.

    • John Walker says:

      Kdansky – it’s a good job you’re not applying – read the post!

      kael13 – Exactly what we’re looking for is hard to say before we see the applications. But if someone is great, experience may not be necessary. Bear in mind that Adam was picked despite not having worked in games journalism before, against many applicants who had spent years doing it. He was hired because he’s excellent.

    • BoZo says:


      Well, you’re obviously not a reader.

    • Kdansky says:

      So much bile? Yes, I missed that.

      It’s good that I am not applying for entirely different reasons than “lolz he can’t read lolz”:
      I’m not a writer, not English native, and I am employed full time.

  16. Cryptoshrimp says:

    Aaah, if only I could write properly. Good luck to all applicants!

  17. nimzy says:

    My CV: Used to wrap a bottle of fine liquor.

    My writing sample: “I like video games,” copy and pasted until I hit 200 words.

    In all seriousness, I wish everyone who applies the best of luck. Journalism is a tough business.

  18. Metonymy says:

    I love having a cool job, but I hate working!

    It’s that whole eating sugar and being fat thing again.

  19. Dexemplu says:

    Is the post limited to those inside the UK or more developed countries? This is coming from a Central-European lurker.

    • mod the world says:

      Yeah, i’d love to see someone from the continent writing for RPS.

  20. sneetch says:

    Out of curiosity is this a UK based job or would you allow free-range journalists? No oceans etc.

    • Torgen says:

      Yes, as an East Coast USA-ian, this question is relevant to my interests. I have writing experience, but the games-related writing is years old.

    • cliffski says:

      I think if they are free range, people expect them to be corn fed these days.

    • sneetch says:


      Years old, eh? I wouldn’t let that put you off. :)

      “In the distant future there will be as many as a hundred of these video games, so many that some games will even have sequels and perhaps even form franchises. Indeed there will be so many games that they will have to be categorised into different “genres”, such as the shooting of men from a first-person perspective, or SOMFAFPP, genre. Although there will, naturally, be very few of those…”

    • Torgen says:

      @sneetch: I seem to have lost those articles in a hard drive crash, as I can’t find them anywhere. They were a review of Freelancer and an interview with the developers of WWII Online for Massive Online Gaming magazine (which folded after Issue #2,) and most of the Controller powerset descriptions for the original Prima guide for City of Heroes.

    • hap says:

      As a west coaster I’d love to see more content to read throughout the day, when I should be working, rather then 10-15 posts in the morning and almost nothing until the next day. I think a North American writer would not only solve this, but they could also use references to root beer or TV series with more than 6 episodes. That’s win-win.

  21. Jimbo says:

    Hire one of them womens!

  22. Diogo Ribeiro says:

    the idea is pretty damn tempting, though the odds that a portuguese ex-unprofessional journalist like me who’s prone to ranting and make wild comparisons would write for RPS are pretty slim, especially when i’m terribly occupied handling this or that job on the side to survive. and PRs, egads /o

    i wish people the bestest of luckest, however!

  23. wodin says:

    Being disabled and a single parent I find it very difficult to find work, as I’d have to work from home, so this job add sounds like it was made in heaven

    Though English was a subject I excelled in when younger (I managed to scrape a “B” O Level) my skills over the years have diminished to the point of illiteracy .

    Oh how cruel age can be…

  24. cliffski says:

    please don’t hire anyone that uses ‘addicting’ in any possible way.

    • Skabooga says:

      Out of genuine curiosity, what’s the deal with this “addicting” aversion?

    • CMaster says:

      The word is “addictive” not “addicting” (addicting would be some weird conjugation of the non-existent verb, “to addict”).

      Also, it isn’t a very helpful term for discussing games.

    • lasikbear says:

      What if I wanted to describe the act of making people addicted to something? Would “addicting” be appropriate then? As in: “Hey John what are you doing?” “Oh, I am addicting these people to cigarettes by making them smoke them and stuff” “Thats not very nice at all”

    • asshibbitty says:

      It’s a type of synthesis actually. Opposed to subtractivating.

    • sneetch says:

      It should be more like:

      “Hey John what are you doing?”
      “Oh, I am getting these people addicted to cigarettes by making them smoke them and stuff”
      “Thats not very nice at all”
      “No, but it pays well”
      “How can you sleep at night?”
      “The fact that I’m sleeping with your mum soothes the pain”

    • CMaster says:

      You should (with all caveats with regards to english is a descriptive rather than prescriptive language etc) you should be saying “I’m getting these people addicted to cigarettes” or similar.

      Although interestingly the OED (a dictionary which comes down quite firmly on the descriptive side of things) does actually have addict as a verb, with definition 3c being the one we are familiar with.

    • Skabooga says:

      Ah, thanks one and all for the clarifications. I admit to leaning towards descriptivism myself, although, from the other side, I suppose I would call cigarettes “poisonous” over “poisoning”. But hey, languages will be languages.

    • VelvetFistIronGlove says:

      Grammar nazism is addicting. I should know, I was years in rehab.

    • radaeron says:

      Whenever I hear it all I can think is someone running away from a giant cigarette “HELP! IT’S ADDICTING ME!” While ridiculous it is at least a proper use of the tense and not a verb being used as an adjective!

  25. John Brindle says:

    When would you want to be starting people on the job, if I may?

  26. killias2 says:

    Would you hire a yank for the position? My PC background is largely in strategy games, which probably makes me a bit generic.

  27. Scatterbrainpaul says:

    In other words you’ve just created a job for Craig then

  28. Sp4rkR4t says:

    I’d like to put put my name forward, I’m scared of talking on the phone, tend to shout at people I admire and have no writing experience, but I am good at shouting at the internet and drinking.

  29. Shortwave says:

    Much like many of you, hearing of this shot my mind into another world.
    Where I could get paid to ramble about games and actually have someone read it!
    I hardly have a proper education and highly doubt my grammar is decent.
    But I do try…
    I’d like to believe maybe a more “average” person might be a good mix up.
    So I’m definitively going to give this a shot. You’ll never know if you don’t try right?

    Thanks for the great opportunity RPS and good luck to everyone.

  30. Ultra-Humanite says:

    Hopefully they hire an American so I can continue to be entertained at work when everyone at RPS goes home for the day /isn’t holding his breath

  31. ChrisN says:

    RPS should hire this person ala Apprentice.

    “Your task today, Red Team and Blue Team, is to write a 750 word article encompassing EA’s current community forum policies, Renaissance Art, and Rainbow Brite. You must craft a single pun that incorporates all three of these themes. At the same time you need to cook John a breakfast using nothing but potatoes, ginger, and peanut butter.”

    (I’m not sure where the Top Chef bit came in, I think I’m hungry)

  32. IDtenT says:

    I’m a 24 year old male. I like long walks on the beach. I drive an old car. I like pasta.

  33. Timmeister says:

    Would love this job, yet being a Uni student sure does tie you down.

    If people are looking for a bit of experience though and are willing to work for free (writing as a hobby) then please check out a site I run with a few people http:// mmgaming.net . We would absolutely adore having a few more writers with us. There are plenty of benefits of playing games early, free games, the chance to talk to developers and publishers and a following of attractive cheerleaders (..or maybe not)

    If anyone is interested, please email me at tim.mottram @mmgaming.net

  34. wodin says:

    Where are you based? Is this a work from home job, or an office job?

    I mentioned the job to my ten year old daughter. I also told her that years ago when my writing wasn’t as rusty I’d have gone for it.

    She then turned around and told me to do it for her. How can I look her in the eyes again if I don’t? I can’t, well I could but I’d see that look of disappointment and my dads shit (well maybe not as she is ten, more like my dad is poo) in her eyes.

    This means I now have to oil my brain cogs and kickstart my neuron engine.

    I hear a clanking…and a grating sound…ooohhh that sounds bad…no not good at all….

  35. postwar says:

    So, is this open to only people living in the UK or what?

    • Belua says:

      Good question, I’d really like an official answer to this. Also, would one need to move to the UK, or is this a “work from home without pants” thing?

  36. vecordae says:

    Sounds like a great opportunity. It is times like this that I sincerely wish I had a sense of humor, the ability to write cogently, and was powered by something other than misanthropy.

  37. Advanced Assault Hippo says:

    Can’t all news articles essentially be stripped down to:

    “Which it will be ready, when it is ready.”

  38. aircool says:

    Expanding during a recession is extremely positive.

  39. El_Emmental says:

    aw, does this mean more and more RPS content will be delivered ? I’m already having difficulties keeping up with current RPS flow, I’ll never be able to catch up :x

    There might need to be some sort of categories (in the layout itself), between press announcements and more detailed articles, I live in the fear of missing a great funny article so I keep rapidly checking all entries, not taking the time to carefully read them :/

    Maybe there should be a “star” (equivalent of “Likes”) rating, each member can “like” an article once. With a system showing you the list of articles (checking the ones you “read”, like email clients : a time lapsed auto “read” and a manual read/not read), with most starred articles (custom filters changing background colors of important entries, based on several star-ranges) so you don’t miss the best piece of writing. Or something like that.

    ps: good luck for the future new writer and RPS

    • Ankheg says:

      You can choose articles just by pretty pictures and funny alt text in them. This sometimes work for me :)

  40. James Murff says:

    Would be lovely to get back into the news writing saddle after almost a year of bumming around with game companies. Especially a site with such a strong editorial voice. Alas, Big Download, I knew you. You were rough in spots but I will remember our 3 years together~

    Will there be any restriction as to the time zone of the writer? If there’s one thing that bothers me about RPS, it’s that I get on in the morning and all the articles are already finished! Curse your forward timing.

    • Torgen says:

      Well, one advantage to having a Filthy Colonial write articles is, as long as they aren’t time sensitive, the Hivemind could use them the next morning so they don’t feel rushed to get something out first thing themselves.

  41. Starky says:

    I actually really hope a gamer nerd creature of the female connector type will get the job, might make refreshing change/counter point to the writing from all the mascu…

    Oh wait never mind, please hire a real bloke – you know someone can change a flat, drink a pint of bitter, and maybe plays, or once played rugby.


    Seriously though, someone with some real technical knowledge would be amazing, not just to write news but to do some more tech/industry based stories.

  42. Blackcompany says:

    I applied. What the heck. Writing is a passion. Gaming is a passion. The last ten years of my life have been spent in tech support, sales and customer service. All. On. The. Phone. All. Day. So, I am used to telling people things over the phone that they normally don’t even want to hear in person. I am also accustomed to making things like Tigers in the Passenger Seat sound appealing on some level.
    Sure I hold opinions about which directions games development should take. But I can separate personal from professional. And I love to write. Spend hours doing it every day anyway, so, why not write some about games or gaming news.

    Also, I’m American and don’t want to take over the world, which must surely make me unique in some fundamental way. As well as placing me in a similar time zone to numerous, large American developers.
    Ahhh, a guy can dream, right?

  43. 0rpheus says:

    Argh! If I’d finished my degree (& hopefully Masters, if this year goes as planned) I’d be all over this like an unpleasant rash. Still, gives me a year or so to keep working on my portfolio of awesomeness – you’d better be hiring again next year damnit ;)

  44. Magical Melvin says:

    Gah! Why do all these cool companies have to hire writers whilst I’m doing my MA in Creative Writing! If RPS stop hiring writers post-September (when I am finally free from the chains of university), then I will not be amused!

  45. BigSmallFeet says:

    Uhmm, just ask KG to come back?

  46. wodin says:

    Not sure why people want to finish their studies when the best experience is work experience. Surely going to uni is so you can get a job like this in the first place? If I was studying English or journalism I’d certainly pack it in if I could get a job before I finished the course, as thats why I’d be taking it in the first place.

    Plus employers will take people with experience over a graduate with no experience every time.

  47. Etherealsteel says:

    They need new blood to write so they have more time to play gamez..

  48. Eddie Bax says:

    Are you open to applicants from across the pond?

  49. Moraven says:

    Few unemployed joined the market. Future US lays off 19

    Now the good fit for RPS is another question.

  50. rustybroomhandle says:

    A nudes writer! Pick me! Actually maybe it’s time RPS hired a non-dude.