Amr Al-Aaser

is creating Writing, comics and videos about games and media

41

patrons

$151

per month
Who are you?
Yo! I'm Amr Al-Aaser, an Egyptian-Filipino writer and critic operating out of Chicago. 

You might know me from my work over at Rock Paper Shotgun, Kotaku, Waypoint, Medium, Paste Magazine, or maybe even Gamer Maker's Toolkit. I've written about how fandom helped create Sonic Maniathe beauty of early lofi 3D games, how the aesthetics of cyberpunk influence its politics, and plenty more. You can find my other work on the Creations page here, or in my portfolio.
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Why Patreon?

I'm running this Patreon because as a queer, Asian-Arab American, I often find myself at odds with what most large games publications are interested in, or more to the point, what they're willing to pay me for. Often I find myself limited to stories about personal oppression, or forced to fit existing ideas into whatever the current topic of the day is. I've even had stories canceled right before publishing. 

Patreon gives me the flexibility to write about whatever topic I choose, no matter how niche, and to respond quickly to current issues without going through the arduous pitch process. It's only through reader support that I've been able to talk about Cyberpunk's political influenceshow the way we talk about games changes our reaction to them, and what we can learn by looking at what's not in a game. These are stories that people have told me have changed the entire way engage with the medium, and stories that I could never get paid for at a larger site. 
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Why should I support you?
If you care about games, politics, and critical approaches to the medium you'll find them here. If you're tired of hearing the same type of white dude at every publication give near identical takes, this is your chance to keep a unique voice alive. If you want writing that challenges your assumptions, this is where you'll find it. 
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What do I get out of it?
I keep my work public so that it'll be easily accessible to a wider audience. However, supporting me will net you rewards that'll let you vote between upcoming topics, read more casual writing and thoughts, get insight into the writing process, or even choose a topic you want me to cover!

That, and my eternal gratitude for showing me how important my work is to you. It really is what keeps me writing, despite how difficult it can be. 
Tiers
show your appreciation!
$1 or more per month
for a single dollar you can show your appreciation for my work and gain a chance to vote on topics you'd like to see me cover
a few words more!
$5 or more per month

get access to shorter, bi-weekly thoughts on whatever i'm thinking about at the moment. 


this can be memories of favorite games, reactions to current news, or thoughts on the subject i'm currently exploring. these will be 500-1000 words and very informal.


you'll also get early access to multi-part writings before the full set goes live. 

reader's choice! essay edition
$15 or more per month

semi-annually you'll be able to request an essay on a particular topic. we'll work together to find something that you're interested in and that I feel I can properly cover.  



reader's choice! video edition
$30 or more per month

similar to the above, you'll be able to request a certain subject, which I'll cover with a short video. 


if you're curious about my thoughts on particular game here's your chance to make it happen!

Goals
$151 of $350 per month

At this level my work will become sustainable, allowing me to focus more time on it. This means I can publish work on a bi-weekly basis. I'll also be able to afford new equipment and materials, allowing me to cover a wider range of topics and create better produced videos.
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Who are you?
Yo! I'm Amr Al-Aaser, an Egyptian-Filipino writer and critic operating out of Chicago. 

You might know me from my work over at Rock Paper Shotgun, Kotaku, Waypoint, Medium, Paste Magazine, or maybe even Gamer Maker's Toolkit. I've written about how fandom helped create Sonic Maniathe beauty of early lofi 3D games, how the aesthetics of cyberpunk influence its politics, and plenty more. You can find my other work on the Creations page here, or in my portfolio.
---
Why Patreon?

I'm running this Patreon because as a queer, Asian-Arab American, I often find myself at odds with what most large games publications are interested in, or more to the point, what they're willing to pay me for. Often I find myself limited to stories about personal oppression, or forced to fit existing ideas into whatever the current topic of the day is. I've even had stories canceled right before publishing. 

Patreon gives me the flexibility to write about whatever topic I choose, no matter how niche, and to respond quickly to current issues without going through the arduous pitch process. It's only through reader support that I've been able to talk about Cyberpunk's political influenceshow the way we talk about games changes our reaction to them, and what we can learn by looking at what's not in a game. These are stories that people have told me have changed the entire way engage with the medium, and stories that I could never get paid for at a larger site. 
---
Why should I support you?
If you care about games, politics, and critical approaches to the medium you'll find them here. If you're tired of hearing the same type of white dude at every publication give near identical takes, this is your chance to keep a unique voice alive. If you want writing that challenges your assumptions, this is where you'll find it. 
---
What do I get out of it?
I keep my work public so that it'll be easily accessible to a wider audience. However, supporting me will net you rewards that'll let you vote between upcoming topics, read more casual writing and thoughts, get insight into the writing process, or even choose a topic you want me to cover!

That, and my eternal gratitude for showing me how important my work is to you. It really is what keeps me writing, despite how difficult it can be. 

Recent posts by Amr Al-Aaser

Tiers
show your appreciation!
$1 or more per month
for a single dollar you can show your appreciation for my work and gain a chance to vote on topics you'd like to see me cover
a few words more!
$5 or more per month

get access to shorter, bi-weekly thoughts on whatever i'm thinking about at the moment. 


this can be memories of favorite games, reactions to current news, or thoughts on the subject i'm currently exploring. these will be 500-1000 words and very informal.


you'll also get early access to multi-part writings before the full set goes live. 

reader's choice! essay edition
$15 or more per month

semi-annually you'll be able to request an essay on a particular topic. we'll work together to find something that you're interested in and that I feel I can properly cover.  



reader's choice! video edition
$30 or more per month

similar to the above, you'll be able to request a certain subject, which I'll cover with a short video. 


if you're curious about my thoughts on particular game here's your chance to make it happen!