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Hi all,

Grayson here. I want to start this by thanking you for reading Backlog. In the nearly two years since I launched it, the newsletter has become a little community full of genuine folks who love games. Without you, Backlog wouldn’t be a thing, something I don’t take for granted. So, thank you again.

Here’s the deal: I’m opening up paid subscriptions to Backlog. But don’t fret—I plan to keep everything you know and love about Backlog free to read. So why am I turning on paid subscriptions if I don’t plan to make any content paid-only?

Simply put, I want to make this into a proper little publication, and that starts with paying my guest contributors.

Over these past two years, we’ve had some great guest posts, all written by friends who graciously offered up their time and labor without expectation of pay. But if you know me personally, or have read much of Backlog, you know I have Big Feels about Capitalism™. Specifically, I hate to ask people to work for free. Writers online, especially writers of color and other marginalized communities, are often expected to work for free in exchange for reach or promotion. With your support, I’ll be able to pay contributors going forward—and to catch up on my Backlog guest contributor backlog, if you will. (Please, let me have this bad joke. I need it.)

Also, if you happen to be someone who can afford a Backlog Champion founders subscription, you’ll get to pick a game for me to play and cover here. (Has to be on PS5, Switch, or Steam Deck!) I’ll also open up a game suggestion chat for those who subscribe at any level. Give me your indie recs! The more obscure, the better.

So, that’s it. Thank you all for reading Backlog, and thank you to those who will start a paid subscription. With your help, Backlog can grow and become an even more substantive and equitable space for games writing. For the price of a fancy coffee per month, you can support great writing about great games.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I really need to finish Persona 3 Portable and write about being a chronic people-pleaser.



PS: Have you seen our fancy new URL? Now you can just visit any time you want the most up-to-date posts about the most out-of-date games. (Also makes it easier to share Backlog with your friends!)

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