Simon Parkin

Writer & Journalist

Simon Parkin is a contrinuting writer to the New, a freelance journalist and author of the book "Death by Video Game."


"The Man Who Would Be King (Of Mars)," New Yorker Radio Hour, July 2017.

"The Great Pretender: Britain's Greatest Art Forger," Guardian, May 2017.

"Teaching Robots Rights From Wrong," 1843/ The Economist, MAY 2017.

"Life on the Edge: The Life and Death of Nye Newman," Guardian Weekend Cover Story, March 2017.

"Populists Stage A Coup In Space," New Yorker Radio Hour (Audio), March 2017.

"How Virtual Reality Is Helping Heal Soldiers With PTSD," NBC, March 2017.

"How Designers Engineer Luck Into Video Games," Nautilus magazine, January 2017.


"FIFA: The VIDEO Game That Changed Football," Guardian Long Read, December 2016.

"The Girl Who Lived," New Yorker, December 2016.

"So Subtle A Catch: The Illicit Attraction of the Lowly Carp," Harper's Magazine, December 2016.

"Operation Troll ISIS: inside Anonymous' war to take down Daesh," Wired, October 2016.

"The Floods Are Coming," Guardian Long Read, July 2016.

"Pakistan's Troll Problem," New Yorker, June 2016.

"Black Dust: Chernobyl At 30," Guardian, April 2016. [FPA 2016 AWARD FINALIST]

"Train Jam: Strangers on a Train," The New York Times, March 2016.

"The Prickly Genius of Jonathan Blow," New Yorker, January 2016.

"The Making Of A Champion Darts Player," New YorkeR, January 2016.


"How Football manager Changed The Sport," Observer, December 2015.

"Ghosts in the machine: the real hackers hiding behind the cliches," Saturday Guardian, October 2015.

"the Spy Who Fell To Earth," The Guardian Long Read, September 2015.

"The Brain in the machine," how we get to next, october 2015.

"the Spy Who Fell To Earth," Guardian Long Read, September 2015.

"In Search of the Keys to the Virtual City," New Yorker, August 2015.

"A Father’s Video Game About His Son’s Terminal Cancer," new yorker, july 2015.

"killer robots: the soldiers that never sleep," bbc, july 2015.

"The sky's the limit," observer, july 2015.

"Killer Robots: The Soldiers that never sleep," BBC, July 2015.

"Gaming Your Brain," ESPN, June 2015.

"To The Edge of Apocalypse And Back Again," The Guardian Long Read, May 2015.

"This War of Mine and the New Combat Aesthetic," New Yorker, May 2015.

"The Return of the Chess Cheat," New Yorker, April 2015.

"A Clink of One's Own," New Yorker, March 2015.

"Back-up brains: The era of digital immortality," BBC, January 2015.


"Drugs, Guns and Bitcoins: Shopping On The Silk Road," T3 Magazine, February 2014.

"Never Alone: Could a Video Game Help To Preserve Inuit Culture?", New Yorker, November 2014. (Also Filmed for 'The NEw Yorker Presents...')

"Zoe Quinn's Depression Quest," New Yorker, September 2014.

"Spermania: The West Bank’s Latest Video Game," New Yorker, August 2014.

"The Kiss That Changed Video Games," New Yorker, June 2014.

"The Last Survivors of the First MMO," New Yorker, May 2014.

"Beyond the Shoot 'Em Up: The New Era of Video-Game Storytelling," Guardian, April 2014.

"The Guilt of the Indie Game Millionaires," New Yorker, April 2014.

"The $5.7 Million Magazine Illustration," New Yorker, February 2014.

"A Journey To The End Of The World," New Yorker, January 2014.


"Replaying The Iranian Revolution," New Yorker, December 2013.

"The Video-Game Invasion of Iraq," New Yorker, November 2013.

"The Pokémon Phenomenon", Guardian, October 2013.

"The Hunt For Virtual Bigfoot," New Yorker, August 2013.

"Politics from cyberspace: Welcome to the world of Eve", New Statesman, August 2013.

"Desert Bus: The Very Worst Video Game Ever Created," New Yorker, July 2013.

"Shooters: How Video Games Fund Arms Manufacturers", Eurogamer, January 2013.