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."


"Finally, A cure for Insomnia," Guardian Long Read, Sept 2018.

"A Mental health Crisis Among YouTubers," Guardian Weekend Magazine, Sept 2018.

A mental health crisis among YouTubers, Guardian Weekend magazine, Sept 2018.

A mental health crisis among YouTubers, Guardian Weekend magazine, Sept 2018.

"The Never-Ending War On Fake Reviews," New Yorker, May 2018.

"How to disappear from the Internet," Guardian Weekend Magazine, May 2018.

"Of Mice And Men: how To Build A Sport,” 1843, May 2018.

"The Rise of Russia's Neo-Nazi Football Hooligans," Guardian Long Read, April 2018.

"And Then There Was One: On Comedy Double Act Divorces," Guardian Weekend, January 2018. 

"Inside BriTain's MEME Factory," The Observer, January 2018. 


"Keyboard Warrior: the british hacker fighting for his life," Guardian Long Read, Sept 2017.

"Brexit Is Quietly Strangling Science," BLOOMBERG, AUGust 2017.

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

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

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

Double Act Divorces, Guardian Weekend, January 2018

Double Act Divorces, Guardian Weekend, January 2018


"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 UK, 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.

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

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

"Gaming Your Brain," ESPN, June 2015.

How to disappear from the internet, May 2018, Guardian Weekend.

How to disappear from the internet, May 2018, Guardian Weekend.

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

"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 Hunt For Virtual Bigfoot," New Yorker, 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.