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We're hiring again! Join GameSpot as our new Tech Editor (Commerce)

Hey everyone! If you're an experienced tech-focused writer with a strong passion for video games, then I have something that might interest you. GameSpot is on the hunt for a new writer to join us (preferably in our San Francisco offices) to cover the PC and console technology space. It's a full-time gig (contract), and the Tech Editor will primarily be working on buying guides, how-to content, and best of roundups, all with the aim of helping our audience make the best buying decisions around their gaming tech needs.

Check out the rest of this post for the full details. But here's the important bit: if you want to apply, email me at randolph.ramsay@cbsinteractive.com, and make sure to have the subject line as "Tech Editor (Commerce) Application". Good luck!

CBSi Games is the #1 network of games media sites and includes some of the most popular gaming destinations in the world including GameSpot, GameFAQs, Giant Bomb, and Comic Vine.

Tech Editor (Commerce), GameSpot

Based in GameSpot's San Francisco offices, the Tech Editor (Commerce) will work as part of GameSpot's global editorial team and will create enjoyable, informative content about games-related hardware, software, and other technology, with a particular focus on reviews, buying guides, and how-to content. The Tech Editor will have in-depth knowledge about all gaming-related technology areas such as PCs, graphics cards, consoles, peripherals, VR, and more, and will have the ability to transform often complicated topics into accessible, easily digestible content.

The Tech Editor will be expected to work across written and video content, and will be someone who can write and present informative and entertaining coverage of tech. The Tech Editor will be expected to create a range of content about all things in gaming technology but will focus on hardware reviews, tech previews, graphics card comparisons, buying guides, and galleries for the GameSpot audience. Commerce-focused editorial content will also be a key focus for the role, with the Tech Editor (Commerce) needing a keen sense of what the GameSpot audience is looking for when it comes to hardware deals content.

Your Day-to-Day:

  • Scour online and physical retailer websites to identify relevant consumer product discounts

  • Write and produce news stories related to tech deals content

  • Write and produce reviews, round-up features, buying guides, and other consumer-facing gaming technology content

  • Participate in peer-reviewed editing process for all stories

  • Work with the GameSpot social team to identify critical stories/deals to highlight

  • Build and maintain key retailer relationships

Qualifications:

You have:

  • Extensive working knowledge of various game-related tech areas, including but not limited to PCs, graphics cards, console hardware, and more

  • Two years of experience writing professionally for an online publication

  • A strong interest in games and technology that translates into an innate knowledge of what the GameSpot audience wants in terms of consumer products

  • Strong writing skills

  • High standards of editorial excellence, including strong peer-editing skills

  • Proven ability to work both independently and with small/remote teams

You might also have:

  • Track record in working with retail partners

  • Previous experience in writing and managing commerce-focused content for other sites

Please email applications to randolph.ramsay@cbsinteractive.com with the subject line "Tech Editor (Commerce) Application".

Welcome to 2019! And also, come work with GameSpot as our new Commerce Editor!

Hey everyone! If your New Year's resolution is to get a gig as a writer in games media, then we may be able to help. GameSpot is on the search for someone to join our editorial team to help us create commerce content (which means writing news and features about any games or tech deals our audience may be interested in). This is a full-time gig (contract), and while we'd love for you to join us in either our San Francisco, Los Angeles, or New York offices, you can be based anywhere in the US for this role.

All the details are below, and if you're interested, email me directly at randolph.ramsay@cbsinteractive.com, with the subject line of "Commerce Editor Application". Good luck!

CBSi Games is the #1 network of games media sites and includes some of the most popular gaming destinations in the world including GameSpot, GameFAQs, Giant Bomb, and Comic Vine.

Role Details

The Commerce Editor will take the lead in the production of all of GameSpot's deals and commerce-focused editorial content. Working with the GameSpot news team, the Commerce Editor will be responsible for identifying relevant consumer product deals and discounts, will write and edit news stories and features highlighting consumer product deals, and maintain positive relationships with key retailers to ensure a steady flow of new information.

Your Day-to-Day:

  • Scour online and physical retailer websites to identify relevant consumer product discounts

  • Write and produce news stories related to deals content

  • Write and produce round-up features that collate deals content

  • Participate in peer-reviewed editing process for all stories

  • Work with the GameSpot social team to identify key stories/deals to highlight

  • Build and maintain key retailer relationships

You have:

  • 2 years experience writing professionally for an online publication

  • A strong interest in games, technology, and pop culture that translates into an innate knowledge of what the GameSpot audience wants in terms of consumer products

  • Strong writing skills

  • High standards of editorial excellence, including strong peer-editing skills

  • Proven ability to work both independently and with small/remote teams

You might also have:

  • Track record in working with retail partners

  • Previous experience in writing and managing commerce-focused content for other sites

Please email applications to randolph.ramsay@cbsinteractive.com with the subject line "Commerce Editor Application".

We're looking for a new Associate Editor! Come work with us in San Francisco!

Hey everybody! I'm back again with yet another cool opp to join our team here in the Bay Area. We're looking for someone to come on board as an Associate Editor. The position will primarily be focused on news writing, but there will also be plenty of opportunities to do other types of content (features, previews, reviews, and more).

To apply, here's what you have to do:

  1. Read the job description below
  2. Email me at randolph.ramsay@cbsinteractive.com. Pls have the subject line as: Associate Editor (News) Application
  3. In your email, make sure to include links to some recent samples of your writing.

GameSpot is based in San Francisco, and we need someone who can join us in our office. Good luck with your applications!

Associate Editor (News)

Location: San Francisco

About Us:

Truly premium content. At true scale. Only CBSi. CBS Interactive is the premier online content network for information and online operations of CBS Corporation as well as some of the top native digital brands in the entertainment industry. Our brands dive deep into the things people care about across entertainment, technology, news, games, business and sports. With over 1 billion users visiting our properties every quarter, we are a global top 10 web property and one of the largest premium content networks online.

Check us out on The Muse to get an inside look into #LifeAtCBSi through employee testimonials, office photos and company updates.

Description:

CBSi Games is the #1 network of games media sites and includes some of the most popular gaming destinations in the world including GameSpot, GameFAQs, Giant Bomb, and Comic Vine.

Role Details

Based in GameSpot's San Francisco office, the Associate Editor will work as part of GameSpot's global editorial news team on both written and video content - bringing opinion and personality to help us in our mission of creating the best games coverage online. We need someone capable of primarily producing news-focused content around new and upcoming PC and console games. We're looking for someone who can not only write and present informative and entertaining coverage of games, but who can also find original angles from which to approach the industry.

We're looking for a talented writer with a strong work ethic, a team-first mentality, and a desire to share their opinions with the GameSpot audience. The role will also encompass on-camera work, so a willingness and aptitude to be an on-camera personality is required. A broad knowledge of video games is a must; if you typically devote all of your gaming time to a single series or genre, this might not be the job for you. You don't need to be knowledgeable about *every* gaming genre, but the successful applicant will have a thorough knowledge of and appreciation for contemporary video games as a whole.

The successful applicant will also be expected to be part of our peer-editing process, so an ability to accept and give constructive criticism is required.

Infrequent national and international travel to cover games events is also an expected part of the job.

Your Day-to-Day:

  • Write compelling editorial news copy that encompasses a wide variety of games-focused areas

  • Generate ideas for coverage based on the biggest game releases and news stories

  • Work with our in-house and global video teams to create, script, and feature in editorial videos

  • Contribute to our peer-review system for all GameSpot content on a daily basis

  • Write and contribute to all other types of GameSpot content, including reviews, features, analysis, opinion, and more

  • Attend industry events both locally and internationally

Key Projects:

  • Work with our Managing Editor, Reviews Editor, and Features Editor to identify coverage opportunities in accordance with the content calendar covering both pre- and post-release games

  • Cultivate relationships with key games partners and internal stakeholders

Qualifications:

You have --

  • Demonstrable video game-related writing and on-camera experience

  • Working knowledge of multiple gameplay genres and game series

  • 1+ years experience at a global online publication

  • High standards of editorial excellence

  • Passion for video games and pop culture entertainment

  • Enthusiasm and the desire to work closely with a group of your peers

You might also have --

  • An active online presence across popular social media platforms and experience with game streaming

  • Knowledge of current internet publishing trends and SEO principles

  • An understanding the AP's style rules and a preference for the Oxford comma

GameSpot Is Hiring! Join Us As Our New Commerce Editor

Hey everybody! We're on the lookout for a new writer to join our team, specifically to cover games, tech, and entertainment product deals. If you've got some experience with writing and have a great sense of the sort of sweet loot gamers like to buy, then this might be the ideal position for you!

To apply, here's what you have to do:

  1. Read the job description below
  2. Email me at randolph.ramsay@cbsinteractive.com. Pls have the subject line as: Commerce Editor Application
  3. In your email, make sure to include links to some recent samples of your writing.

GameSpot is based in San Francisco, but this role doesn't have to be (that means you can work remotely for this gig). Apply away, and good luck!

Commerce Editor

Department: GameSpot

Location: Flexible

About Us: Truly premium content. At true scale. Only CBSi. CBS Interactive is the premier online content network for information and online operations of CBS Corporation as well as some of the top native digital brands in the entertainment industry. Our brands dive deep into the things people care about across entertainment, technology, news, games, business and sports. With over 1 billion users visiting our properties every quarter, we are a global top 10 web property and one of the largest premium content networks online.

Description:

CBSi Games is the #1 network of games media sites and includes some of the most popular gaming destinations in the world including GameSpot, GameFAQs, Giant Bomb, and Comic Vine.

Role Details

The Commerce Editor will take the lead in the production of all of GameSpot's deals and commerce-focused editorial content. Working with the GameSpot news team, the Commerce Editor will be responsible for identifying relevant consumer product deals and discounts, will write and edit news stories and features highlighting consumer product deals, and maintain positive relationships with key retailers to ensure a steady flow of new information.

Your Day-to-Day:

  • Scour online and physical retailer websites to identify relevant consumer product discounts

  • Write and produce news stories related to deals content

  • Write and produce round-up features that collate deals content

  • Participate in peer-reviewed editing process for all stories

  • Work with the GameSpot social team to identify key stories/deals to highlight

  • Build and maintain key retailer relationships

Qualifications:

You have:

  • 2 years experience writing professionally for an online publication

  • A strong interest in games, technology, and pop culture that translates into an innate knowledge of what the GameSpot audience wants in terms of consumer products

  • Strong writing skills

  • High standards of editorial excellence, including strong peer-editing skills

  • Proven ability to work both independently and with small/remote teams

You might also have:

  • Track record in working with retail partners

  • Previous experience in writing and managing commerce-focused content for other sites

Hey News Writers! We're Looking For You

Hey folks. GameSpot is on the lookout for a news writer to join our ranks (ideally based on the East Coast of the US). So if you love writing, video games, and possibly writing about video games, then this is the job for you. If you're interested, here's what you have to do:

  1. Read the job description below
  2. Email me at randolph.ramsay@cbsinteractive.com. Pls have the subject line as: Associate News Editor Application
  3. In your email, make sure to include links to some recent samples of your writing.

And while we'd like this role to be based in our New York office, we're happy to be flexible with that requirement with the right applicant.

Associate News Editor

The Associate News Editor will be responsible for creating a wide variety of written and video content for GameSpot, and will be based in our New York office. Reporting to the Managing Editor, the Associate News Editor will be tasked with making quick turnaround, high impact news content. Other content tasks will include attending industry events, peer editing of other GameSpot news stories, assisting with scripts for news videos, and other non-news writing tasks (such as previews/features/reviews).

The Associate News Editor will create compelling content for GameSpot's global audience that is in line with the site's editorial standards and practices, and will liaise directly with the San Francisco-based content team. The Associate News Editor will be an adept writer, have a keen copy-editing eye, have a flair for creating interesting headlines, but will also be equally confident in front of camera. While the role primarily focuses on video game content, strong knowledge of pop culture films and TV shows will be positively viewed. You will also work with other New York-based members of the GameSpot team to help deliver content to the site.

Examples of tasks

  • General news reporting covering AAA games and other key topics of interest for the GameSpot audience
  • Attending industry events for coverage purposes
  • Peer editing news content
  • Features, previews, reviews, and other content
  • General event coverage
  • Formulating/scripting/appearing in videos

Required Skills & Experience:

  • 1 year + experience in games journalism
  • Established track record of writing compelling and accurate games content
  • High standards of editorial excellence
  • Can successfully work autonomously and within small teams
  • Can work across organizational boundaries
  • Passion for video games

We're Looking For an Associate Editor (Tech)

Hey all! We're on the lookout for an associate editor to join the team in our offices in San Francisco. The role (which is a full time contract position) will be a tech focused one, so experience in the tech side of gaming (PCs, GPUs, hardware, accessories, etc) is a must. But primarily, you'll need to love games and games hardware, and have a passion to learn! Check out the details below to find out how to apply.

"Based in GameSpot's San Francisco offices, the Associate Editor (Tech) will work as part of GameSpot's global editorial team and will create enjoyable, informative content about games-related hardware, software, and other technology. The Associate Editor (Tech) will have broad knowledge about gaming-related technology areas such as PCs, graphic cards, consoles, peripherals, VR, and more, and will have the ability to transform often complicated topics into accessible, easily digestable content.

The Associate Tech Editor will primarily work on creating tech-focused gallery content on a range of topics, which could include how-tos, comparisons, list content, rankings, and more. The ideal candidate will be someone who can not only write and present informative and entertaining coverage of tech, but who can also find original angles to approach technology.

We're looking for a talented writer with a strong work ethic, a team-first mentality, is a relaxed and compelling presence on camera, and has a desire to share their opinions with the GameSpot audience in an entertaining way. A broad knowledge of video games is also must, and the successful applicant will have a thorough knowledge of and appreciation for contemporary games.

The successful applicant will also be expected to be part of our peer-editing process, so an ability to accept and give constructive criticism is expected.

Infrequent national and international travel to cover games events is also an expected part of the job.

Required Skills/Experience:

  • Good working knowledge of various game-related tech areas, including but not limited to PCs, graphics cards, console hardware, and more

  • Has good familiarity with PC components, and is comfortable with tech builds and benchmarking

  • High standards of editorial excellence

  • Passion for videogames

Please send your applications to randolph.ramsay@cbsinteractive.com, and please include "Associate Editor (Tech) Application" as your subject line."

GameSpot is Looking For a Tech Editor (Contract)

Do you love games and the varied technologies used to run them? Are you comfortable with the ins and outs of all game consoles, can tinker with PC components in your sleep, and make even the most complex tech instructions accessible? Then you might be the Tech Editor we're looking for!

Based in GameSpot's San Francisco offices, the Tech Editor will join GameSpot's global editorial team and create enjoyable, informative content about games-related hardware, software, and other technology. The person we're looking for will have broad and in-depth knowledge about gaming-related technology areas such as PCs, graphic cards, consoles, peripherals, VR, and more, and will have the ability to transform often complicated topics into accessible, easily digestable content.

The Tech Editor (who'll be employed on a contract basis) will be working across written and video content, so we're looking for someone who can not only write and present informative and entertaining coverage of tech, but who can also be a great presence in front of the camera. The Tech Editor will be expected to create content ranging from hardware reviews and tech previews, to graphics card comparisons and explainers, and much more, with a particular focus on creating in-depth guides and galleries for the GameSpot audience on a wide variety of tech-related subjects.

If this sounds like you, then email me at randolph.ramsay@cbsinteractive.com. Make sure your email subject header is "Tech Editor GameSpot". The job will be based in our San Francisco office, so you'll need to be local (or be able to move to the Bay Area quickly) to score the gig.

GameSpot is looking for a new Associate Editor

Are you a budding games journalist? Do you have a passion for games, and want to tell great stories about them? Then we may have the right job for you!

We're looking for a contract Associate Editor to join us in our San Francisco office. The ideal candidate will be knowledgeable about games, is a strong writer that can write compelling copy, is as comfortable in front of a camera as being behind a keyboard, and has plenty of new ideas about what constitutes great games coverage. We're looking for someone energetic and fresh-faced--you don't need to have a ton of experience in the industry, so don't worry if you've never worked in games journalism before!

So what sort of things will you be doing if you get the job? The Associate Editor will create everything from features, reaction pieces, tips and tricks articles, walkthroughs, previews, news stories, and more. They'll attend events, play games, appear in videos, and more. It's a wide-ranging job that'll be filled with fun and frantic times. I promise!

If you're interested, email me at randolph.ramsay@cbsinteractive.com. Send through any examples of your work, plus list out what games or genres you're particularly strong in. As previously mentioned, the job will be located in GameSpot's HQ in San Francisco, so you'll need to be somewhat local to score the gig.

Who's Your Main - Randolph Ramsay

Street Fighter II | Arcade 1991 | Guile

iPods. Cell phones. Flat screen TVs. GPS. The internet. These are all things that came into prominence AFTER the release of Street Fighter II in 1991, so it makes me feel positively Jurassic thinking back to my early days with this iconic brawler. That was back when the only action was arcade action, where one dollar got you a few credits, and when I sucked so hard at Street Fighter it made black holes look like underpowered vacuum cleaners by comparison (I'm a bit better now, thanks for asking). I still remember my first few attempts at a hadouken--the instructions read down, forward down, and forward, so there I was, trying to rapidly jab in those directions individually, as opposed to doing a smooth, quarter-circle motion. Duh.

Because of my quarter circle dyslexia, I tended to favor charge characters in those early days. Blanka was a favorite, as was E. Honda, but the character who I ended up playing the most was that no-nonsense all-American, Guile. Guile, with hair you can slice a steak with and a powerful double-hit leg sweep. Guile, with his easy-to-pull off sonic boom and difficult to defend against flash kick. Guile, who was so simple and so cheap that you could easily annoy even the most patient of your friends. Guile was the first ever character I defeated M. Bison with, and he retains a special place in my heart because of that.

Fatal Fury | Arcade 1992 | Terry Bogard

With the huge success of Street Fighter around the early '90s, I often found it difficult to find a spare machine to hone my skills on. And even when I did find a spare, I would usually be challenged by someone who, you know, was actually decent at fighting games. Luckily, the success off SFII spawned a host of imitators, and for my dollar, SNK's Fatal Fury was one of the best. Sure, the original Fatal Fury didn't have a huge list of fighters to choose from--there were only the two Bogard brothers and Joe Higashi initially--but it had a great cast of characters that were genuinely distinct from each other and great to line up against. Plus Fatal Fury was the first ever King of Fighters Tournament, and we all know the success that series has gone on to achieve.

As for the brothers, Terry was the stand-out for me. Terry had a great mix of killer moves--a projectile with the power wave, an anti-air with the rising tackle, and a rush with the burning tackle. Plus he had a sweet hat, which I've always wanted.

Tekken Tag Tournament | PlayStation 2 2000 | Lei Wulong and Jun Kazama

Up until Tekken Tag Tournament, I'd always preferred to do my virtual fighting in an arcade. Why? It wasn't until the power of the PlayStation 2 that the arcade experience could well and truly be replicated at home (with an honorable exception going to Street Fighter II for the SNES), and Tekken Tag Tournament was the pinnacle of home fighting at the time. As well as sporting a hefty character list, plenty of extras, and most impressively at the time, looked even better than its arcade counterpart. Tekken Tag was one of the main reasons I bought Sony's latest console.

In Tekken Tag, my go-to combination was always the deadly team of Lei Wulong and Jun Kazama. Lei had become one of my favorite characters since his introduction in Tekken 2 (being heavily into Jackie Chan films back then), but Tekken Tag was my first serious attempt at playing Jun. Jun had seriously deadly combos and was tough to defend against, and is one of the characters I'm seriously hoping makes a comeback in the next Tekken Tag. Do you hear me series producer Katsuhiro Harada? Bring back Jun!

--Dishonorable Mention--

Pit-Fighter | Arcade 1991 | Buzz

Many may think Mortal Kombat was the first time digitized actors were used instead of animated characters in a fighting game. But a year before fatalities were in vogue, Pit Fighter had already tried to make a more "realistic" fighter. And boy, was it the pits (see what I did there?).

Good fighters give you nuanced, interesting characters to play and tough but fair opponents to go up against, but Pit Fighter gave you neither of these. Each of the three characters had extremely limited movesets, and your opponents were cheaper than copies of Rock Revolution. What was even worse were many of the game's home console ports, which took an already average looking arcade game and made it crappier to look at. Ex-pro wrestler Buzz was my favorite, if he only because he could take the most punishment from the oh-so-cheap enemies.

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This blog is a part of the scavenger hunt.

Share a couple of items on your Christmas wishlist this year.
A Rock Band 3 Fender Mustang Pro controller
A 3D TV
Doc Brown's DeLorean (although no one ever gets me this)

What games will you play during the holidays?
Super Meat Boy, Limbo, Rock Band 3, and trying to finally finish Dragon Age before Dragon Age II ships.

What are the kinds of food or drinks you must have during the holidays?
Roast Pork and trifle. Sweet, sweet trifle.

ORNAMENT HUNT ANSWER - CLUE 11