Writer Profiles – Brian Butcher

Brian Butcher

In the build up to our new issue, Lost and Found, we get to know our latest group of writers, their wider work and what games they love, and of course their experiences of writing for Five out of Ten. Pledge to support our Patreon and get the new issue as soon as it’s released!

Brian Butcher is a freelancer, musician, and salesman, located in Morgantown, West Virginia. He writes on a blog in his spare time at butcheredjudgements.wordpress.com where he pontificates about food, music, and video games.

How did you get started as a writer?

Writing for small news sites and local community groups. I was originally interested in writing for movies and novellas.

What inspired you to write your features for Five out of Ten?

I have always loved the ethos behind Five out of Ten. The writers that they feature are some of my favourites in the industry and it feels great to be in such wonderful company.

How do you deal with writer’s block?

Music always seems to do the trick for me but I have to be careful not to let myself be too distracted by the music to the point where I don’t get any writing done this usually results in me putting away and picking up my headphones several times throughout a writing session.

What are you going to write for us next time?

I would like to explore communities around competitive games a bit more, such as the racism and misogyny that has run rampant through Twitch chat during major tournaments of esports that were also cast on major networks.
Where will you be five years from now? Hopefully in Chicago writing and cooking.

What are you playing right now?

Hitman, Stellaris, Overwatch, Rimworld, and Nuclear Throne.

What’s your favourite game?

If I had to pick it would have to be Global Gladiators for the Sega Genesis.

What advice would you give to other aspiring video game writers?

Perfecting your craft and developing ideas that are important to you are the best things you can do for yourself and your career.

Where can we find more of your work?


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