Electron Dance

Who Writes Electron Dance?

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Joel Goodwin, Writer & Founder

Joel Goodwin was born in the early 70s and raised on the Atari 2600. In truth, Joel expected to be a famous writer after reading himself drunk on Asimov in his childhood years but ended up getting a PhD in mathematics instead. He now programs away his creativity on a trading desk in exchange for cash. Everyday he dreams the same dream.

He started the PC gaming site Electron Dance in April 2010 to exercise his writing skills but, since then, the site has grown. Sure, it's no Kotaku... but it does boast hundreds of readers and Joel has also written for Rock Paper Shotgun. He used to be known round these parts as Harbour Master or HM for short.

Joel can be reached through e-mail on hm at electrondance.com. He's also on Twitter as @ElectronDance.

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Eric Brasure, Podcaster

Eric Brasure runs a site called smallbatch.fm which features the podcast interview series Dialogue Tree. Previously, he was a contributor to videogame criticism site Second Quest and its associated podcast Cartridge Blowers.

Eric joined Electron Dance in 2012 and produces a videogame podcast with Joel called Counterweight.

Eric can be contacted through e-mail on eric at smallbatch.fm.


Many Electron Dance articles have been noted in Rock Paper Shotgun as well as Critical Distance. Electron Dance is most famous for finding Marvel Brothel, posting the best Neptune's Pride game diary in the world and working to get exposure for Richard Hofmeier's Cart Life. The comment discussions here are some of the best to be found on the videogaming internet.

Electron Dance tries to publish an essay and a link roundup every week. If you're interested in a trip through the archives, try one of the links below.

2010 Roundup --- 2011 Roundup --- 2012 Roundup --- 2013 Roundup

Articles linked by Rock Paper Shotgun

Articles linked by Critical Distance

Rules of the Game

  • PC is king. Electron Dance steers clear of console or mobile game coverage (exception: Enslaved to the Rhythm).
  • Electron Dance is averse to previews including Kickstarters unless the game can actually be played (exception: Angry Young Men). Joel doesn't like to be part of the pre-game hype which makes him an accomplice in the post-game disappointment.
  • Joel is also averse to retro articles unless he can say something exciting (examples: The Devourer, Where We Came From).
  • As Electron Dance is Joel's voice, he doesn’t like to dilute it with guest posts (oh yes, there are exceptions- see the Special Guest Star articles).
  • Whenever Joel tries to write for other sites, he finds it way too distracting. He's come to the conclusion he prefers to write exclusively for Electron Dance with only a few dalliances away from the site. He is not a journalist and has no interest in becoming one. If he writes elsewhere, he'll let you know.
  • Although Electron Dance will accept press copies of games from developers there is no guarantee that Joel will actually play or write about them. Joel's gaming and writing time is limited as he has a full-time job and two children, plus he already has a queue of games he wants to play. More importantly, Joel does not usually play for the purpose of review or critique, but to look for topics to write about.