Summer is nearly upon us! Time to fire up the grill, kick back and enact a plan for keeping cool.

One of the best ways to stay cool is to read Unwinnable Monthly in the shade on the electronic device of your choice. To celebrate the coming of summer, we’re offering an introductory subscription rate for Unwinnable’s digital magazine: $2 for the first month, $4.99 every subsequent month. You’ll also receive access to every back issue of the Monthly. That’s 41 issues – over 2,500 pages celebrating games, movies, horror and more, A $370 value that’ll keep you busy all summer long!

Every month, you will also receive Exploits, our recommendations magazine – think of it as a collaborative cultural diary – absolutely free! We’ll even throw in the archive – 14 additional magazines!

Special offer good through May 28!


With an automatically renewing Unwinnable subscription, you’ll never miss an issue of the best culture commentary on the internet. Coming to you via direct download PDF, each 60+ page issue contains a selection of stories by some of the best writers working today, wrapped up in a beautifully designed package, sent right to your email address every month. You will also get access to our private Slack channel, where you can chat with Team Unwinnable and other readers like you!

If you’re already a subscriber (thank you!), you can give the gift of Unwinnable to a friend! If you do, we’ll give you the additional gift of the complete Unwinnable Weekly archive – 75 back issues filled to the brim with amazing stories.

Subscription Type

Subscribers get the current month’s issue when subscribing. When you subscribe, we will email you directly to give you the back issue archive, to set up your access to the Slack and, if you purchase a gift subscription, to get the recipient’s email address – this is a one-time email, we won’t bug you after that. Our sales process is not automated, we fill every order manually, so please be patient if ordering at night, on weekends or during holidays. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please drop us a line at


Subscription Drive Goals and Rewards

When we hit 50 new subscribers, we’ll schedule a theme issue dedicated to…SEX. Are you a-quiver? We’re a-quiver.

100 subscribers will unlock two ongoing streams. The first will be dedicated to a live play of the staff playing World Wide Wrestling, a storytelling tabletop RPG. The second will see our social media editor, Melissa King dragging editor-in-chief Stu Horvath kicking & screaming into the world of Overwatch. That’s right, she’s going to teach him to play and we’re going to stream every agonizing minute of it. His complaining will be legendary.

Finally, if we can hit 150 new subscribers by May 28, we’ll put together a special publication dedicated to Fashion in games, K-Pop, movies, you name it, free for subscribers.

About Unwinnable
Unwinnable is Different. An award-winning website and magazine, our cultural criticism ranges from the silly (like this photo essay on sex toys) to the serious (like Yussef Cole’s look at the racist roots of Cuphead‘s animation style). We let our writers – fresh amateurs and experienced veterans alike – have free reign, meaning the stories you read here are unlike any other. We embrace all kinds of writing, on all kinds of subjects, by all kinds of people.

Being Different can be hard, though. A lot of people don’t get Different. Advertisers certainly don’t. That means Different needs your help. The only way a publication like Unwinnable can survive is through your support and your subscriptions. We’re asking you, you wonderful people, to help us spread the word. Every new subscriber is one more true believer in thoughtful cultural criticism and subscriptions dollars go directly towards paying our writers. Together, we can stay Different!