Harold Goldberg

Founder & Editor in Chief, New York Videogame Critics Circle

Harold Goldberg

Founder & Editor in Chief, New York Videogame Critics Circle

Biography

Harold Goldberg, the founder of The New York Videogame Critics Circle, has written for these magazines, newspapers and websites:  The New York TimesThe New York Times Book Review, Vanity Fair, The AtlanticThe Washington PostEntertainment Weekly, USA Today, Family Circle, Boys’ Life, WiredEsquire, Playboy, New York, Smart Money, The Village Voice, Rolling Stone, Travel and Leisure, Interview, Slate/The Big Money, The Industry Standard, Cosmopolitan, Kotaku, and others.

In 2000, Goldberg won the Western Publishers Award (the Maggie) for Best Feature Article, beating Wired and 85 other fine entries.  The year before, the issue of ID magazine Goldberg wrote and edited as guest writer/editor was part of a package that won a Folio Award. In May, 2004, William Morrow published “My Life Among The Serial Killers,” which Harold Goldberg co-authored with world renowned psychiatrist Dr. Helen Morrison.  In addition to the U.S. editions, the books have recently been published in the U.K., Canada, Japan, France, Germany, Spain, Australia, New Zealand, Russia, and elsewhere.  It was serialized in the Times of London and was a selection of seven book clubs, including the Today Show book club. The book was turned into play in New York City in 2014.

From 2006 to 2008, he was a writer/consultant to Viacom’s videogame sites, including VH1 Games, Comedy Central Games and CMT Games.  He also created the critically lauded VH1 Game Break blog, which was featured in Newsweek.  In 2007, he began to write for the American Movie Classics Web site, shaping content and interviewing directors and actors for a new generation of viewers of shows like “Mad Men” and “Breaking Bad.” He was the first person to write about videogames for AMC.

As the former editor in chief of Sony Online Entertainment, Harold Goldberg helped to shape the words for dozens of games, including “EverQuest,” one of Time magazine’s best games of 2000.  At Sony, he created “Motherboard,” an online magazine about the culture of games featuring famed writers like Michael Crichton, Nick Tosches and John Saul. Also contributing were actress Michelle Williams, director Gus Van Sant and animator Bill Plympton.

In 2011, Random House published All Your Base Are Belong to Us, How 50 Years of Videogames Conquered Pop Culture. It is based upon 200 interviews and many hours of unprecedented access into Sam Houser’s secret lair within Rockstar Games. It was the subject of a BBC radio documentary, was excepted in Vanity Fair, and Goldberg was profiled in a story in USA Today. In 2012, it won The New York Videogame Critics Circle’s Herman Melville Award for Best Book. It topped a recent list of Game Informer magazine’s best videogame books.

In 2012, Goldberg became a regular contributor to the New York Times culture section. He is also a consultant for the Tribeca Film Festival and moderated a sold out panel that included actress Ellen Page in one of the film festival’s largest theaters. The talk amassed an audience of 3.6 million online. He is the founder of The New York Game Awards, which garnered 135,000 viewers on Twitch last year. Into 2016, Goldberg will be featured in four documentaries about technology and games, including one for European public television and a six-part special for the National Geographic Channel.

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