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| 13 Jun 2012 21:18

Update Update: We received a truckload of applications for our open news writer positions, but sadly only had room to choose a select few to join our ranks. While we can't write back to all who applied personally, if you haven't heard from us at this point, we were unable to offer you a position at this time. That being said, this recent newsie hunt really proved the Escapist community's massive talent pool, making the final selections extremely difficult.

If you didn't make it in this time, don't worry. Hone your skills, read some news, and try again next time we have some openings. In the mean time, if you're just itching to write for us, we would love for you to pitch us your ideas for feature articles!

Thanks to everyone who gave it their best shot, and we wish you all the absolute best with your future writing endeavors!


Update: That's it folks, the deadline is dead, and we're officially closed for new newsie applications. A whopping 350 of you gave it your best shot, and we're really looking forward to reading through them to see the Escapist community's talent in action.

That being said, because of the time and attention we're committed to giving each entry, the process is going to take us a bit. Please keep an eye on your inbox for the next two weeks or so but, as I mentioned previously, if you don't hear anything back, sadly, we were unable to invite you onto our team at this time.

Good luck, everyone!

Have you got what it takes to join The Escapist's news team? Now's your chance to find out.

We're looking to add a few exceptional additions to our quirky band of international news correspondents. If you're an extremely talented, insightful writer who lives anywhere on planet Earth and has been looking for a way to break into game journalism, then we'd love for you to apply for one of our currently available paid, part-time freelance positions.

While experience is a plus, we're mostly interested in your abilities to clearly, effectively and entertainingly communicate ideas via the written word. That's why instead of trying to cram some overlong application process down your virtual throats, we've devised our own little test to see if you're right for the job.

So, here's the drill:

1) Read some Escapist news. Take some time to peruse our current posts and get a feel for our general style. While we greatly encourage each writer to embrace his or her own voice, you'll notice more than a few commonalities if you look.

2) Below, you'll find a totally fake news story as reported by the totally fake gaming site, GameXtreme.com. Using the new-found wisdom you recently gained during step one, read it over, and rewrite it as a news post appropriate for publication on the Escapist.

3) Send us your amazing rewrite, along with your name, and any other information you think we should know in the body of an email to newsjobs@escapistmag.com with "News Application" as the subject line. We'll be primarily looking to this submission to determine if you're a good fit for us, but feel free to attach additional writing samples or a resume/CV if you feel either would be important for us to know you better.

The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, May 22nd. You must be at least 18 to apply.

Nintendo president Reggie Fils-Amie has told a group of investors that the future of Pokemon lays with Android and iOS enabled phones, not with the 3DS, making what he's currently calling "Pokemon: Mobile" the first Nintendo game to eschew its own hardware in favor of a third-party device. This next installment to the franchise will only be available from either the iPhone's App Store or Android's Google Play store, leaving the question of when Pikachu and friends will return to a Nintendo-native device unanswered.

"There is no denying the impact that games such as Angry Birds have had on the marketplace," Fils-Amie said. "What began as a new IP on an unproven device has single-handedly transformed the gaming landscape. Just imagine what we can do with a franchise as well-known as Pokemon, currently second only to Mario in terms of worldwide profitability."

Like those before it, Nintendo's new game will have two versions, which he referred to as Pokemon: iPhone and Pokemon: Android. Each will feature a series of unique pokemon available only to the phone operating system the player has purchased, making it impossible to actually catch em' all on either device - another series first. Fils-Amie realizes that this might upset gamers at first, but believes that "a new Pokemon platform demands a new Pokemon experience."

While players may never be able to capture an "iPhone" pokemon on their Droid X version of the game or visa-versa, offering the franchise exclusively on mobile phones will provide players an alternate means of acquiring special monsters. "Linking your Facebook account will give you one creature," Fils-Amie explained, "while linking Twitter will give you another. Eventually, we'll even be able to offer special pokemon to players who interact with those social networks, like giving a thumbs up to the game page on Facebook or Tweeting about the game a certain number of times. Maybe they'll even earn a pokemon that looks like that bird from the Twitter logo, too; I don't know, but I think it's obvious the possibilities are endless."

Without confirming a final price point, Fils-Amie said that he "likes the one-dollar-model," but that he "won't know the price until the game is done." He did, however, mention that both app stores would allow for special downloadable content, something that's always been difficult for Nintendo to offer via its handheld devices.

No specific release date was mentioned, but Fils-Amie did say that Pokemon: Mobile is currently Nintendo's "top priority." Since the announcement, company shares have risen in value by approximately 18%.

No applicants will be considered until after the deadline has passed, at which point we'll do our best to get back with everyone who made the cut within a few weeks. If you don't hear back from us, we're sadly unable to offer you a position on our team at this time.

That's it! Salary, schedules, and The Great Corgi Army will be discussed with potential candidates who make it through the initial application process.

If you have any questions, feel free to PM me through the site or shoot an email.

Good luck, everyone!

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