Can I Play That? is a community of disabled gamers telling our stories of game accessibility. We are seeking submissions from disabled gamers, including personal essays, industry accessibility analysis, and commentary/features. All pitches must focus on game accessibility in some manner. The categories we publish include:
- How I Play – A submission to this category would explain to readers how you access games as a disabled gamer, whether it’s through voice control, a modified controller, or any other means by which you play games. See examples here and here.
- Why I Play – A submission to this category would discuss what playing games adds to your life. Why are accessible games essential to you? See examples here and here.
- Commentary and Features – This category is for all industry analysis, the state of game accessibility pieces, and any essays that don’t fit into How I Play or Why I Play. See an example here.
- We do not accept pitches for reviews or news.
We accept pitches you are developing only, please. No full drafts. Please do not pitch reviews or time sensitive pieces as it may take time for us to accept and publish your pitch. You don’t need to be a games journalist to submit to CIPT but if you’re not, we ask that you spend some time reviewing what makes for an engaging and thought-provoking article. We recommend running your piece through Grammarly (a free app) prior to submitting to ensure it is error free. We are a small team and can currently only respond to pitches we are wanting to move forward with. If you don’t hear back from us, please don’t take it personally. Please do not pitch the same thing more than once.
That said, all submissions must:
- Be submitted as a Google Doc to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Be kept to under 1500 words.
- Format the document as you would like it to be published (i.e. put images where you’d like them to go and not all added at the end of the piece).
- Have a featured image preferably of the game’s press art or cover art. These can be sourced from IGDB.com or a simple Google search of “-Game title- press kit.” Attach the featured image as a jpg or png in your email as opposed to simply including it at the top of your review.(If for any reason you cannot source a featured image, please note that in your email and we will gladly take care of it for you.)
- All images must have alt text. Alt text is a brief text description of the image. To add alt text to an image in Google Docs, select the image and then right click on it (or hit Ctrl+Alt+Y). (As with sourcing images, if you are unable to provide alt text, we’ll be happy to take care of it.)
- We don’t accept video submissions unless they have been properly captioned and do not rely solely on YouTube auto-captions. The reason for this is simply that we don’t have the time or resources to properly caption videos ourselves and as an accessibility site, it would be in poor taste to publish content that is inaccessible to a large portion of our audience.
- If you’re submitting a piece that cites or interviews people working in the industry, we ask that your piece pass the Gray Test and we extend it to include transgender and nonbinary people. This is a diverse industry full of incredibly talented people and there is much to be learned by simply branching out from your go-to contacts. Please expand your social circles to include interviews with and quotes from non-white and non-cisgender game industry people and content creators. In short, submissions that only reference or mention cis, straight, white men will not be accepted.
- If your piece cites or quotes other people or their work, please properly credit them with a link to their original content.
- When referencing people, ensure you’ve gotten their pronouns correct.
- All pitches and submissions must be sent via email to email@example.com. Twitter DMs of pitches or submissions will not be responded to.
- We are staffed by volunteers and can currently only accept two (paid) pitches per month. We are no longer accepting unpaid pitches.
Lastly, a personal note:
Can I Play That? was started by a queer, Deaf and hoh, disabled and chronically ill, transgender, Muslim, immigrant couple. We are an inclusive community and will not tolerate racism, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia, Islamophobia, or bigotry in any form from any member of our community. If any of this is a problem, Can I Play That? is not the community for you.