About

Cara Ellison is a Scottish writer, game critic and video game narrative designer. She has written for The Guardian, VICE, Kotaku, PC Gamer, Paste Magazine and the New Statesman, and wrote the best-named column in the world, S.EXE, at Rock Paper Shotgun. She was also co-writer on Charlie Brooker’s How Videogames Changed The World for Channel Four television in the UK.

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Her writing and game narrative work has been featured in The New York Times and Wired, and she was one of The Guardian’s Top Ten Young People In Digital Media 2014. She put out a collected volume of her gonzo crowd-funded itinerant travelogues around the world in 2015, which has persuaded a modest number of people to relinquish thinking 1) video games are a rubbish waste of time 2) video games must be made by programmers drinking energy drinks in giant studios  3) making video games is not an artistic endeavour. She is currently working for a number of game studios and on TV productions worldwide, seemingly because she hates going outside or sleeping. She is also contributing to the forthcoming game Where The Water Tastes Like Wine, if you’re interested in announced things that are announced.

She is open to any independent writing project proposals, and loves to collaborate. Get in touch if you have a game, TV show or comic book you would like to work on together. If you want a sample from me, please designate in the email what kind of sample, as I have written so many now that I probably have already written 1% of the game you want to make.

 

To see regular updates on her work and see upcoming book events, you can join this public page on Facebook.


 

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DJ set at Wild Rumpus, Game Developers Conference 2014. Picture by Emi Spicer

DJ set at Wild Rumpus, Game Developers Conference 2014. Picture by Emi Spicer

 

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I am passionate about storytelling, narrative, and ways to make your reader, player or audience feel something. Over the years I have spoken on these topics many times and in many different venues. A selection:

London Literature Festival: Exit Pursued By A Zombie (panel with Emily Short, Naomi Alderman, Meg Jayanth and Simon Parkin)

Game Developers Conference Microtalks 2015 organised by Richard Lemarchand

Nordic Game 2015

Playing The Past panel at the National Museum Of Scotland

NYU Game Center 2014

A.MAZE 2014

Reads Like A Seven, Gamecity 2012

 

Due to my current job(s) I have to turn down most requests for speaking, but if you want to pay someone to speak at your event you could ask me to recommend some diverse, accomplished and interesting people you may have not considered before.

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I am part of the occasional pop witch duo GOOSExMAV with my platonic life partner Alice. GOOSExMAV set lists are composed via a complicated process of divination and gross pop rituals, and are accompanied by Alice’s glitched, violent gif visualisations. Together we have played venues such as the V&A Museum, London, The Caves/The Mash House, Edinburgh. You may invite us to play at your venue at your own risk. We do not give autographs, unless in UV paint, directly on skin.

Awards

I was the recipient of the Games Media Awards’ Rising Star award in 2013, and the winner of the New York Game Awards 2016 award for journalism for my book Embed With Games. Thanks everyone. Thanks.