Matt Barton on Chatterbox Videogame Radio

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Last night I was interviewed by the team at Chatterbox Videogame Radio concerning my book Dungeons & Desktops. It's a terrestrial show based in Phoenix, but they are offering downloads of their past shows, including mine here. I think I even managed to get a plug in for Vintage Gaming towards the end! Unfortunately, I think only one of the hosts actually enjoys CRGPs. ;)

These guys are lots of fun, so enjoy the show! Hopefully I didn't make myself sound too bad.

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Mark Vergeer
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Mhehehehe, loved your Dart

Mhehehehe, loved your Dart Barton!
Yeah, Coke through the nose brings tears to the eyes! I just did it with a cuppa in response to you. Snif.



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Or this?

Dart Barton 'the thing'
Dart Barton aka 'the Thing'



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Cut my mane??? Are you

Cut my mane??? Are you insane???

Geez...I better delete that reply. Wouldn't want everyone to see why i grew it out and then start growing theirs out, because I don't need the competition. ;)

Suffice it to say, long hair = women, short hair = sitting at home alone playing videogames. Now I got the best of both worlds! God bless a follicle.

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Matt Barton wrote:

Cut my mane??? Are you insane???

Geez...I better delete that reply. Wouldn't want everyone to see why i grew it out and then start growing theirs out, because I don't need the competition. ;)

Suffice it to say, long hair = women, short hair = sitting at home alone playing videogames. Now I got the best of both worlds! God bless a follicle.

We'd actually make a funny pair these days if we were photographed together, as I've been shaving my head down to stubble for quite some time now. I wonder if there will be photos of us in the "Vintage Games" book?



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Thank god I am married. Male

Thank god I am married. Male pattern baldness is running havoc on my scalp....



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Balding - I hear you!
Mark Vergeer wrote:

Thank god I am married. Male pattern baldness is running havoc on my scalp....

Have you considered Minoxidil (Rogaine)? I've been using it for years and years, though I switched to the foam version (cleaner) after that came out. I take a natural form of Propecia (more or less) as well as part of my bodybuilding supplements.



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Good Job, Matt!

Heavy breathing aside, I thought you did a great job, Matt. Actually, you seemed to "class up the joint" with your appearance. Perhaps one needs to listen to these guys consistently to "get" them, but my initial impressions were not very favorable until you appeared on the show.

Now we need to get you guys (Matt and Bill) on TV, perhaps on G4's "XPlay" show or something! They won't find better "go to" guys on game history than you guys!

(P.S. no need for Rogaine for me... I've got a thick head of slightly-graying hair... emphasis on "thick head.")

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Who knows, Rob, maybe this new book since it's on great videogames in general will be a mainstream breakthrough for us. However, it's a bit distressing that the publisher is seemingly targeting it more to academia and the development community than the mainstream. We'll certainly try to make up that marketing difference, but it may be to no avail in the grand scheme of things.



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Well, you know marketing

Well, you know marketing seems to come down to the authors in these cases. The publishers may help (Kevin and Susannah at AK Peters have been amazing), but you have to do the legwork. I worked hard to get reviews up on Slashdot and other places, and I'm sure we'll need to do the same for VG. I really don't think that'll ever change, since no one will ever be gunning as hard as the authors.

That said, advertising definitely helps, especially when it gets the word to people who are all about this stuff but simply haven't heard of it. I frequently find stuff (such as the Toucan Pirates) that I bought immediately upon discovering it. However, that was hard to do--I ended up at Amazon doing a search for pirate music and stumbled upon it. I can't imagine how I'd ever learn about it if it hadn't been for that random event. Definitely wouldn't have seen it advertised anywhere, and probably wouldn't have paid much attention if I did see a flashing box somewhere or a print ad (though a radio spot may have worked).

I think our HUGE advantage here at AA is that we're "classy," to quote Rob. We treat our readers with a high level of respect, expecting them to "get it" without the need for a bunch of silliness, ADD-type crap. I think readers appreciate being treated like intelligent adults, even (or perhaps especially!) if the topic is games. THe mistake i've seen time and time again is people who think that just because it's about games, then you have to reduce the intellect, dumb it down, make it silly (or crude), etc. Bull shit! There are plenty enough people out there who enjoy smart, in-depth stuff. Indeed, as a professor I've often been amazed at how smart and knowledgeable the typical student can be; that is, once you've assured him or her that it's "okay" to be intelligent and speak in a rational way. They appreciate being treated with respect! They *gasp* can handle a challenge!

Anyway, enough ranting...!

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Matt Barton wrote:

I think our HUGE advantage here at AA is that we're "classy," to quote Rob. We treat our readers with a high level of respect, expecting them to "get it" without the need for a bunch of silliness, ADD-type crap. I think readers appreciate being treated like intelligent adults, even (or perhaps especially!) if the topic is games. THe mistake i've seen time and time again is people who think that just because it's about games, then you have to reduce the intellect, dumb it down, make it silly (or crude), etc.

AA is indeed "classy," which is why I come here. I am an "old" guy that likes videogames, but being older, I appreciate videogames on many levels that perhaps a younger person cannot or will not. I am not a "dude" or a "chode" or whatever; I am a reasonably-intelligent (stretching a bit?) adult with many responsibilities and interests. I have been on sites that were populated by youth (the old "Gamehippo" freeware game site, for example), and it was a bear to post on such sites (when it was necessary).

I am an "old" guy, buy I'm not the oldest gamer I know (my neighbor is a business-owner in his 50's who regularly plays XBox games). It's sites like this that give us an intelligent outlet. Perhaps we "older gamers" need to somehow make our presence more noticeable in the supposedly-kid-dominated gaming world.

P.S. I find that supposedly "ADD" diagnosed kids are usually very intelligent. Perhaps it's society, or the American public school system (i.e. the "slow learner" system) that has failed them. I knew a few "ADD" kids, and there was nothing wrong with them except they were failing school. I know, that's a whole other off-topic subject.

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