Submit to Can I Play That?

Submission Information

Can I Play That? is a community of disabled gamers telling our stories of game accessibility. We are seeking submissions from disabled gamers, including narrative essays, industry accessibility analysis, and commentary. 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 – 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.

A Special Note About Reviews

We believe accessibility reviews are best done by individuals with expertise in the area they are reviewing (for example, a Deaf or hard of hearing person would only review accessibility as it pertains to Deaf/hoh accessibility).

We will not publish all-inclusive accessibility reviews where one person assesses all areas of a game’s accessibility. In short, stay in your (accessibility) lane so you don’t have to guess about features and options you don’t rely on.

To learn more about contributing a review, please contact us at caniplaythat@gmail.com.

Submission Requirements

We accept pitches you are developing as well as unpublished submissions. All submissions must be polished and as publication ready as possible. All submissions will receive requests to revise or edit prior to publishing. 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.

That said, all submissions must:

  • Be submitted as a Google Doc to caniplaythat@gmail.com with permission granted to Can I Play That to edit. 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 (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.)
  • If you’re submitting a commentary piece that cites or interviews game industry people, we ask that your piece pass the Gray test and we extend it to include transgender and nonbinary people in the industry. 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. Learn about this here or see the screenshot below.
Tweet explaining the Gray test. Info found in link above.
  • 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 caniplaythat@gmail.com. Twitter DMs of pitches or submissions will not be responded to.
  • We are a not-for-profit, all-volunteer publication. We earn no money from Can I Play That? and while our goal is to eventually become able to pay a steady stream of contributors, currently we cannot pay contributors.