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About

Kill Screen is a media company that inspires a life well-played.

As an editorial house, Kill Screen publishes a website and a magazine of the same name as well as Versions, our virtual reality culture property. We produce events such as the groundbreaking Arcade at the Museum of Modern Art and the Kill Screen Festival which Mashable called “the TED of videogames.” The New Yorker called us “the McSweeney’s of interactive media” and TIME said the writing was so “polished that they might help convince doubters that games are worth taking seriously.”
We know all things interactive from virtual reality to esports to game development. As a content strategy and development house, our past and present clients include GE, Intel, PBS, MoMA, Warby Parker and more.  We’ve worked with brands and agencies to help them unlock the power of play and we’re big believers in how story can transform the way you speak to your audience.
Founder
Jamin Warren
Director of Strategic Partnerships
Abe Stein
Director of Agency Services 
Lyndsey Edelman
Editor, Versions
Caty McCarthy
Editor, The Meta
Roy Graham
Branded Content Editor
Jess Joho
Content Producer
Kathryn Madden
Project Associate
Rachel Catlett
Designers
House of 207
Justin Kielbasa
Developer
Automattic

Vision Statement

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    Play does not mean a waste of time.

    One of the most unpleasant by-products of our Puritan ancestry is the negative association between fun and work. We are told: if you are having fun, you are not working. Fun is simple-minded; work is struggle; time is money. Time spent in play must be a waste, right?

    We think play is a fundamental human endeavor. Play motivates us and speaks to our most natural human inclinations. Play greases the wheels of social interaction. A life immersed in play is a life well-spent.

  • 2

    Videogames are maturing as a medium.

    Out of the sprites of Spacewar!, games have burgeoned into a diverse and sometimes magical field. Games at their best reflect all of the wonder, beauty, and intelligence found in music, film, theatre, literature, and the rest of the arts. We believe that our conversation should not dwell on whether games deserve their place in the pantheon of the arts, but *which* games deserve it.

  • 3

    Everyone games, but not everyone is a “gamer”.

    We are moving out of a world where people ask “Do you play games?,” and moving into one where we ask “What games do you play?” Everyone plays. The term “gamer,” however, connotes one highly specific culture. There is nothing wrong with the popular expression “gamer”, nor with that culture, but we are more interested in the question of what type? as opposed to whether at all.

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    Games need an advocate.

    No medium matures on its own. Rock n’ roll had Rolling Stone, the Internet had Wired, fashion had Vogue. We believe that Kill Screen can be this advocate for the true, the beautiful, and the good in games.

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    Games are connected to every other creative field…

    It is a common misconception that games are something apart from the rest of creative production. Nothing could be further from the truth. Game-making is a fundamentally creative act and those that pursue it face the same dilemmas as painters, musicians, dancers, and poets. To make games is simply to make.

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    But games have a lot to learn from other creative fields.

    The moat around games is partly of game makers own design. Game creators have not received the necessary exposure for the public to respect games as art. At times, gamemakers have hidden themselves from the public. At their worst, games can be insular, narrow-minded, and pandering. We want Kill Screen to help bring culture to games and games to culture.

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    All games are social.

    In the history of games, only a handful have been single player. Yet games possess the reputation as private and anti-social. We believe that all games are social. They are either played with others or played against the designer herself. We believe that all games should be played, and more importantly, discussed, with one another.

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    Games are serious business.

    Games generate billions of dollars of revenue for global economies, yet they are barely covered by the financial press. Games make a lot of money but do not yet command much attention.

  • 9

    Games (and gamers) are more diverse than you think.

    The range of creative products over the past decade demonstrates a real shift in the demographics of gamers and the interests of game makers. We believe that everyone has the perfect game waiting for them.

  • 10

    Games are at a crossroads right now.

    The Comics Code Authority led to book-burnings that set back sequential art a half century in the United States. The Hays Code regulated the film industry’s output and prevented the “ridicule of the clergy” and depiction of drug use. Rock n’ roll was banned from dance halls around this country just fifty years ago. Games are young, just emerging from similar growing pains into their maturity as a medium. We want to document this growth. We want to be the vanguard that pushes games away from its misunderstood past and towards its bright future.


Press

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Time Magazine
“So smart and polished that they might help convince doubters that games are worth taking seriously.”

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PSFK
“Kill Screen is a novel and elegant twist on modern publishing.”

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GQ
“Whip-smart…”

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The New Yorker
“The McSweeney’s of interactive media.”

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Wired
“…aims to answer larger questions like ‘What does it mean to play games?’ Heady stuff to be sure, but it looks like Kill Screen has collected the heads to deliver.”