Daniel Golding and Brendan Keogh, game critics from Melbourne, have launched a label for publishing long-form game criticism.
The label is called Press Select, and aims to launch its first book (on a specific and as yet unnamed game) in 2014.
Keogh was the author of Killing is Harmless: A Critical Reading of Spec Ops: The Line, which was well received and focused solely on taking apart and analysing that one title for its moral values.
The duo have formed the company to ensure that 50% of every copy of every book sold will go directly to their respective authors, while at the same time opening the books’ sales potential up to DRM-free releases, epub and mobi formats.
“After I released Killing is Harmless, everybody kept asking me if I was going to write more books about games, explains Keogh. “But, really, I’m much more excited to see waht other people would write about if givent he opportunity to write a whole book about a single game. I want to see how they would approach it. Press Select is that opportunity.”
“It’s been really exciting to see the changes that videogame criticism has seen over the last few years,” added Golding. “These are changes that have gone hand-in-hand with the medium itself, and the kinds of conversations people now want to have about videogames. With Press Select, we’re really hoping to augment the ways that people talk and think about videogames.”
The pair clearly aren’t taking the label lightly, with the list of authors already signed on including Patricia Hernandez (Kotaku), Maddy Myers (freelance), Michael Abbot (Brainy Gamer), Robert Yang (freelancer and independent designer), Chris Dahlen (Kill Screen), Tim Rogers (critic and developer), Jenn Frank (critic) and Jason Killingsworth (Edge).
Both Keogh and Golding have been journalists in Australia for years, being featured in a variety of publications and always taking a bigger picture and more critical look at games.