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Posted: Jul 27th 2010 10:15AM (Unverified) said

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I would totally do this if I had the money to buy a $1000+ airplane ticket. :)

Do you need people for PAX 2010?

Posted: Jul 27th 2010 11:12AM (Unverified) said

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For that kinda money I wouldn't even go to GC. And I live in Cologne.

Letalone stand in line 4 hours to get a 10 minutes hands on with Guild Wars 2 (if there even is a hands on experience) and then write a 1,500 world article about it. All for 40 $. Ask the guy collecting cans outside of GC. He probably makes more money an hour than that :P

Posted: Jul 27th 2010 11:17AM (Unverified) said

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Actually, if you got a press pass you'd be able to get into the show on the press-only day and probably skip all those lines. Also, if you set up an appointment with NCsoft they'll give you a special press-only guided tour of the Guildwars 2 client in their very quiet business booth in the business-only hall.

I did that in 2008 for Aion. ;)
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Posted: Jul 27th 2010 11:29AM Bhima said

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HAHAHA! $40 for that much work? Even if you are a speed demon, it would probably take you 4 hours to do it: go to the show, check out the game, chat with the devs, go back to your hotel, write a first draft, edit and polish it. Send it to Massively. Is this what writers actually make in this industry?

40 bucks for 30-50 good photos? As a freelance designer and amateur photographer, this is equally disconcerting as the pay for writing a column. Don't get my wrong, I love this website and the hard work you guys do... I just hope the full-time columnists are at least make more than this.

Posted: Jul 27th 2010 11:54AM ShawnSchuster said

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$40 is for the text that the editors will then format properly for the site. Our writers make more than that, but they also do all formatting themselves. Any good writer should be able to knock out 1000 words in 2 hours, if they're passionate about what they're writing. What is this "go back to your hotel" thing you speak of? Convention hallways are lined with journalists typing away at their laptops, cursing at the lack of fast internet :)

This job is a labor of love and you certainly can't say any of us are in it for the money.
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Posted: Jul 27th 2010 11:58AM (Unverified) said

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This sounds promising.. I live inside the convention center in a heating vent so I wouldn't need any tickets, I am an excellent writer, and am master of the known universe. The only problem is the date, my brother's birthday party is during that time. I will need you to reschedule. Look forward to hearing from you, I don't need to email you because you can tell from this comment how qualified I am.

Posted: Jul 27th 2010 12:07PM Djinn said

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Its so funny that people just don't pay attention to what they read. They specifically addressed people who are already going - and they specifically said they're not paying you to go.

Also most aspiring journalists would love to have their work published in a professional venue and get paid nothing at all in order to be able to start their professional resume. Sure $40 isn't much if you are already a professional - but this offer isn't addressed to professional journalists but to gamers.

Posted: Jul 27th 2010 4:17PM (Unverified) said

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"This job is a labor of love and you certainly can't say any of us are in it for the money."

Let's see if that is going to change once Mom isn't cooking and doing laundry for you anymore. ;-)

Posted: Jul 27th 2010 4:22PM ShawnSchuster said

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Haha. I'm 35 years old with 2 kids. Try again :)
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Posted: Jul 27th 2010 4:32PM (Unverified) said

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Excellent. :) Then you do have another job besides Massively.com?

The reason for my initial comment: I've been writing about games myself since 1993, full-time since 1995. And I'm getting a bit frustrated at the moment about how gaming companies are spending larger amounts of money on marketing than ever before - money that also goes to print and online media, while at the same time the reimbursements for writing articles keep going down.

Posted: Jul 27th 2010 5:06PM (Unverified) said

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$40? Kinda stingy there for the amount of things you want? Yea $40 is OK for taking pictures of what you see in ONE day, but not $40 for the whole week. $40 isnt exactly gonna cover some of the expenses considering $1000 plane ticket and however much for a hotel. Who wants to take pictures for a whole week just to cover lunch for one day?

Posted: Jul 27th 2010 7:21PM Dandmcd said

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For someone who wants to blog or write and be paid for it, getting a couple articles posted on Massively could be just the breakthrough they need to land a job for IGN, Massively, or some other blog site in the future. If you want to break into the kind of work Shawn and his writers do, this is how you get started.
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Posted: Jul 27th 2010 5:52PM Its Utakata stupid said

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Hey...I wonder if you guys could pay me everytime I leave 1,000 - 1,500 word comment on various articles you publish on this site? It may not make sense or mean much, but I will be happy to take $40 USD for it. :)

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