What do you think of Matt's latest video?

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Matt Barton
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I liked it!
79% (11 votes)
It was okay.
14% (2 votes)
No offense, but please don't ever do that again, Matt.
7% (1 vote)
No interest/don't care to watch.
0% (0 votes)
Total votes: 14
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Matt Barton
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Man, I was trying to

Man, I was trying to think--how many movies do you think Ebert has watched? It must be a very high number.

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Carmine
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Ebert seems to have become

Ebert seems to have become very reflective in recent years, perhaps since losing the ability to speak. I wasn't really a fan of his until he started speaking out against things like 3D and internet sniping. I used to roll my eyes at his harsh, no nonsense reviews of movies he shouldn't even watch (like Green Hornet or something) but he frequently makes excellent points regarding the mass greed afflicting the entertainment industry. And like you say Matt, the man has seen A LOT of movies. Maybe even more than clok!

Anyway I hope to see some epic Matt Chats down the line. I've got my fingers crossed for a certain few old games, but in the end I always enjoy the surprise.

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Thanks for the link, Carmine,

Thanks for the link, Carmine, and of course Mark's advice is always profound.

I think that many of us who are bothered by this stuff do suffer from deep insecurities, but I'm told that just about everyone is. The only difference is that some of us are able to overcome them enough to expose ourselves to criticism, whereas others choose to live with the consequences of inaction. That leaves the others who choose to make themselves feel better by lashing out at other people. Perhaps they are jealous or envious, or maybe they just feel that sharing their opinion makes them valuable or superior somehow.

There is a danger, though, in disregarding legitimate criticism, or being too arrogant to consider a valid opinion. You don't have to have made movies to know what you like and why, nor do any of us need to ever have designed a game to have a valid opinion on it. The only thing you need to be a good critic is a lot of exposure to whatever it is you want to critique. Want to critique movies? Watch a thousand of them. Want to critique games? Play a thousand of them. Only then can you really have a good opinion on the subject. Making movies or games is not required; watching and playing are.

That said, honestly listening to criticism is difficult but will likely make you a superior person. Even if someone spews hate and vitriol at you, a superior person can regard it dispassionately, consider any parts that might be valid or useful, and, if so, even be thankful to that person for sharing it. Obviously very few of us will ever reach that level. I think most of us are probably living with some ghastly fears and insecurities that we manage to keep bottled up most of the time, but can explode when someone cruelly shakes the bottle. Indeed, the criticisms that get to us the worst are usually the ones that we know (or fear) hold some grain of truth that people who like or care about is choose not to point out.

For instance, imagine telling your significant other one morning ,"No, honey, those pants don't make your butt look big. No pants could do that! You're beautiful," and so on. Of course you'd say that no matter what because you love her. She knows that as well and was probably only asking to get that little bit of reassurance because she was feeling a bit insecure. Now comes along someone at work and says to her, "Whoa--you shouldn't have worn those pants. They make your butt look huge!" Suddenly, she's spiraling into deep insecurities because this jerk hit her right where she was most vulnerable, and in her mind is confirming her fear. Her true friends and such will try to comfort her by saying, well, that guy is a jerk, don't listen to him, etc. But the damage is done. That jerk might as well have just slapped her on the face or poked her with a hot iron.

Emotional abuse isn't the same as physical abuse, but the effects are similar. Sure, telling a man that his voice is annoying or a woman that her hair looks nappy won't get you arrested, but perhaps it should.

As the article points out, there was a time when insults like that would result in a deadly duel. Of course, I imagine that back then, the people who loved the duels so much were also the ones with nothing to lose and everything to gain by engaging in them. Instead of choosing suicide, you just duel people--either way, you may see the results as an improvement. If you win the duel, people will fear and/or respect you. If you lose, well, it's not like you'll be around to regret it.

As far as I can tell, the only good criticism is the kind that you specifically ask for and receive from someone you respect and admire. It may not be exactly what we want to hear, but it definitely won't be abuse. Again, the key is that you asked for it and was ready to receive it.

I recently read How to Win Friends and Influence People and the first rule was don't criticize, complain, or condemn. Simply don't do it. If you don't want to lie to someone, just withhold your opinion or talk about the aspects that you do like.

At first I didn't like this advice--shouldn't you complain or criticize where it is "warranted?" But my objections faded once I fully considered the ramifications. The important thing is to be likable, friendly, and supportive to our fellow humans. Try to help others by being a good person worthy of imitation, not by constantly deriding what everybody else does poorly.

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Roger Ebert, gotta respect a

Roger Ebert, gotta respect a film critic who can keep a straight face bashing movies when his contrubution to movies was VALLEY OF THE DOLLS (which i actually like, its so bizzare its fun to watch)..

No I actually like to listen to roger, he has no issues saying what he thinks.. and I do think he is qualified to judge movies as he has watched alot...and I mean alot. Most of his reasons for disliking (agree with them or not) he actually gives reasons.. something hardly anybody does.

which brings me to my comment on matts new endevor.. I said not for me but gave no reason. So....

Im a old Metal head and dislike certian types of music (rap) and anything that uses those type of music seem to annoy me. Matts thing didnt annoy me at all, but as I dont care for rap/rhyming type songs.. it just sorta sailed over me like a average day... didnt dislike, but dont care if i hear another.

Bill Loguidice
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Ebert nails it
Carmine wrote:

Here is a link to Roger Ebert demolishing "internet sniping." I really liked this.

http://blogs.suntimes.com/ebert/poetry/on-the-uselessness-of-internet.html

Excellent link, thank you. I've had mixed feelings over the years about Ebert, though I've grown to respect him a great deal relatively recently. I like this quote from him:

"This Internet age has given rise to the critical sniper, and snipers have always been the most despised of soldiers. The Internet critic is foulmouthed and illiterate -- he hides behind a cloak of anonymity, he offers no products of his own making. The insults he issues have a playground quality. He says to others what was once said to him, believing that they will feel the same hurt as he did, and still does. And somehow this will compensate him. The abused has been sold on the benefit of becoming the abuser.

The only criticism that is valuable to others reflects universal truth, it is not merely an expression of the inner conflict of the critic, and needs must be practised by those most qualified and most altruistic. Negative criticism is often nothing more than boasting in disguise and, like most boasting, is just an outward manifestation of inner feelings of inferiority."

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Enjoy doing what you like...

Matt my advise is to just keep enjoy doing what you like and see where that leads you. If I will only focus on making videos that get the most views I'll be stuck doing amiga emulation, windows on dosbox and pandora unboxing videos forever. I am just doing what I like doing and don't strive for that rush of fame. I guess I am just a little more down to earth.

Your intentions and aspirations are obviously higher but that will be more of a struggle and you really need to adopt a thicker skin then. Sticking your head above the mowing field runs you the risk of getting cut. It's human nature and group dynamics.

Being well known is glamorized in this society, the bad side the envy and greed is often forgotten about.

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Carmine
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Here is a link to Roger Ebert

Here is a link to Roger Ebert demolishing "internet sniping." I really liked this.

http://blogs.suntimes.com/ebert/poetry/on-the-uselessness-of-internet.html

clok1966
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creativity... its a bi@ch...

creativity... its a bi@ch... I have mentioned before I did a comic long ago. it was one of the most BRUTAL things i have ever done, from a feedback standpoint. I have gotteon to the point where creating stuff is probebly more fun then the end result so to speak. Games that let me dable in building, truely manipulating the content really get me. Level editors, etc are sometimes more fun then the game to me. When DOOM was big I was part of a Star trek conversion (Borg!) and did alot of the levels, we got pretty big heads as we where on some of the cover discs of major Computer games mags. Even a few Screenshots in said mags. The level, my attempts at writing, my comic book, and my drawing for fanzines have all taught me an very annoying lesson. People like to crap on stuff they like as much as the stuff they dont like, and no matter what you do somebody will compare it to something else and hate it. Creating something is really a labor of love, you put effort into it and then somebody comes along and says your baby is ugly... Pretty hard not to take it to heart. But as in real life, the people telling you your baby is ugly are almost all people who have no baby for you to look at and judge too. We all need to listen to what people say, but again, if its fun.. who the heck cares! I have built about 10 levels for L4D and not a one has gotten much more than a "pretty crap" comment.. eh.. I dont care.. I love making um, trying to come up with something new (sadly the parts most people hate are the "new" ones... as I say, a standard that you change is hard to stomach for the hardcore).

I must agree with Bill, if you had fun doing it (looks like you did), do more! Why not? its not like sombody is going ot fire ya.. Just dont forget the people who love Matt Chat.. keep giving them waht htey want.. errr as long as it not somthing you dont want to do. You sound like your a bit tired of it.. maybe take a break as you say. My guess is you will remeber how much fun it was and will want to dig in again.

Nowdays my grumpy old anti social self.. even when i say DONT LIKE IT, I try to comment that I can see there was effort put in, and so on. Like i said before, it wasnt my cup of tea, but it sure looks like you enjoyed it, and in my mind thats what matters.

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That's a good point, Bill.

That's a good point, Bill. I've probably become too consistent for my own good.

Did you catch Skeptoid's song routine? Screwed!

I'm not sure how much flack he caught over this, but I'm sure some people just hated it, and as far as I know he hasn't done another one.

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Bill Loguidice
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Can you clarify what you

Can you clarify what you expected to get out of this latest video over what you've gotten previously? I wouldn't have expected much because humor tends to be an either/or thing with most people and this was kind of out of left field from what people were used to from you (you only hinted at something like this once before in your videos with The Bard's Tale song), so I'd expect more negative feedback than usual. There is not one universally beloved or respected comedian. That's my only "criticism" of your position, that if you're going to do something like this (for which I again say, "bravo!"), you have to expect this kind of reaction.

Remember, some people think Weird Al is a talentless hack, while others revere him. You don't think he got crap over "UHF"? Even I think that film was ass, but it's not like that's the only thing like that he's done, you know? If you're going to do something like this, the only chance at success for it would be to keep at it, so people at least get used to the idea of seeing you in a very different light. It can't be a one and done type of thing. It almost would have been worth it to start another YouTube channel to try out stuff like this. After all, by your very own definition of what Matt Chat is, you've kind of limited what you can do on your own channel by your own hand. For instance, I know you don't feel comfortable putting up any casual videos, say an unboxing or something, because that would dilute "Matt Chat". So I'm not surprised when you throw loops into the formula, like with the stuff with Don or with this comedy video, some people push back. It's not what they've come to expect from the "Matt Chat" formula.

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