Javy Gwaltney

Javy Gwaltney

Writer, editor, and storyteller for hire

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Magazine Features

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Dreams Cover Story

I went to Guilford, England to write the cover story on Media Molecule’s plans to follow up LittleBigPlanet with the ambitious Dreams.

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Coping With War

I spent a week on military bases in Germany and Kuwait speaking to soldiers about how video games intersect with their lives.

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Rage 2 Cover Story

I flew to Stockholm, Sweden to check out Id Software and Avalanche Studios’ collaborative efforts to develop the surprise sequel to Rage.

 

Online Features

 
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The Virtual Life

For years, Game Informer published my column on culture and video games. There are 70 entries on the site now.

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The Fight To Make Games Accessible For Everyone

One of my beats at Game Informer was covering disability in the video game industry. In 2019, I wrote a state of union on the subject.

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101 Things You Can Do In Red Dead Redemption II

One of my favorite things to do for GI was to write fun, easy to digest lists. Here’s the most ambitious one I put together (with some help from my colleagues).

 

Games I’ve Made

 
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The Terror Aboard The Speedwell

Probably the most popular bit of fiction I’ve made. A classic text adventure homage to Alien, Resident Evil, and choice-based games. You play an officer on a spaceship making its way back to Earth after the crew has been infected with…something.

Back in 2014, Polygon said “ What The Terror Aboard the Speedwell gets right above all things is its emphasis on decision-making. Every choice — from the way the first scene let me decide how to deal with a teammate hitting on me to the inevitable dramatic life-and-death choices later on - had weight and felt like it mattered to the story. In this, and in its handling of the terror and isolation and blue-collar workaday treatment of an unknown horror, The Terror Aboard the Speedwell does Alien better than any actual Alien game.” You can read the full review here.

The game’s free now, so you can check it out here.

Distress: A Choice-Driven Sci-FI Adventure

The most recent game I (helped) make. Distress was crowdfunded through Kickstarter back in 2015. Ian Higginbotham did the art, Erandi Hupie made the music, and I did the design and writing (as well as managing the crowdfunding campaign). Similiar to Speedwell, Distress is a choice-driven visual novel inspired by Resident Evil, Snatcher, and Mass Effect where a group of bounty hunters investigate a distress signal on a mysterious space station and find themselves lured into a world of danger. With over 100k words and 90 endings, there’s a ridiculous ton of replay value here.

“Touching, devious, and utterly devastating when you fail a friend, Distress offers an intriguing mystery in a gloomy future,” IndieGamesPlus said in their review of Distress.

You can buy the game on Steam for $5.99 here.

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You Were Made For Loneliness

A sci-fi anthology game I made in Twine with 17 other contributors, I was responsible for crafting the main story as well as managing the project and editing everyone’s stories.

“You Were Made For Loneliness tells a sad, sweet, philosophical and deeply touching science fiction story mainly revolving around robots, artificial intelligence, love and ethics. It’s a game I was deeply moved by and whose interactivity I appreciated despite the minimal choice on offer,” says Rock, Paper, Shotgun.

You can play the game for free here.

Freelance Work

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Disability and Representation in Videogames (Paste)

One of several personal essays I wrote for Paste. This one, about disability and Wolfenstein, is probably the best.

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Word Games Column (Playboy)

I wrote a text adventure column at Playboy before it closed down its gaming section. Here’s a sample.

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Until Dawn Is A New Classic (Vice)

Vice let me review Until Dawn. One of my favorite assignments when I was freelancing.

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About Me

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Hello! If you’re reading this, it means one of two things: you’ve been looking up information about my work or you’ve fallen through a hole in space and time and ended up here. If it’s the former, congratulations, you’re in the right spot! If it’s the latter, I offer my apologies while also disavowing any culpability for this misadventure. Either way, why not enjoy a fine cup of coffee and peruse my portfolio while you’re here?

If you’re looking to hire someone to write, edit, or market content relating to video games and technology, I’m your guy. I worked as an associate editor for Game Informer for nearly four years and have experience writing and editing content for both online and print publications. In addition to writing previews, reviews, lists, interviews, and appearing on video content, I also extensively covered complicated topics like the fight for disability accommodation in the games industry and the military’s relationship with gaming.

When not working at Game Informer, I’ve freelanced for Playboy, Paste, Killscreen, Vice, and more. I’ve also worked on the other side of the fence as an independent developer. I’ve designed, marketed, programmed, and written narrative-focused games that have received glowing praise from places like Polygon, Rock Paper Shotgun, and other outlets.

If you’re interested in reaching out to me for work opportunities, you can hit the button below to shoot me an email.