Matt Chat 133: Gothic Time

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It's Gothic time! Yes, finally, after countless requests, Matt Chat covers the 2001 German CRPG Gothic. Of course, this game launched a trilogy, and apparently Risen is keeping the lineage alive. Lots of fun stuff in this game, and some pioneering stuff like the ability to skin animals (you can even get their teeth and claws!), cook food (grilled chicken!), and much more. Plagued by one of the slowest starts in any CRPG, though, it hasn't attracted the attention that it really deserves. If you can get through the first 3-4 hours of it, you'll be hooked. Just don't blow all your ore at the swamp weed stand!

Download the mp4 here.

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AmigoMike
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Just wanted to say that I

Just wanted to say that I thought the review was very entertaining and I very much enjoyed it.
I always look forward to Dr. Barton's videos and podcasts and feel they are done intelligently with just a touch on humor thrown in for good measure.
I have never played Gothic before and may give it a try after having watched the video. I laughed out loud when he said, `is that Lord British?`
Keep up the great work!

smith (not verified)
I dont understand why people

I dont understand why people have to name call and belittle someone because they dont like there way of doing things, ok! if you dont like it move on
MATT just do whatever you want dude cause no matter what you do there will always be someone that doesnt like it

Matt Barton
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Thanks, Shawn, AmigoMike and

Thanks, Shawn, AmigoMike and Smith, and everyone else. Good stuff!

I can pretend stuff like that doesn't phase me, but the timing is key. I'm at my most vulnerable right after a new release, so these cobras seem to know exactly when to strike. After enough positive ratings/comments buildup, I'm able to easily shrug off their crap and move on, but if they're able to get in there precisely at that moment of uncertainty--you gotta give them credit for being so timely. Fortunately, there's far more good people than these guys, so it's easily to dismiss.

Looking back over my videos, I can see where I genuinely failed and where it's just haters. I won't bother to point out the truly ugh videos, but you probably know which ones I'm talking about. I also know which ones I really worked hard on and came up with good stuff for, and which ones I coasted through on auto-pilot.

Again, not to compare myself to actual geniuses, but it's always enlightening to consider that all performers of any kind have their supply critics and haters. I remember reading to my horror that even Phil Collins got depressed and ended up taking a long hiatus because a few persistent haters managed to tear down his ego. PHIL COLLINS! I just find it hard to understand that. I guess even big names can have huge insecurities sometimes, and no amount of praise or reward can compensate for it.

Of course, you don't want the opposite, either, some jerk who's so convinced of his ability that he disregards all advice and ruins his own reputation.

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From the Start

I think one of the things I've enjoyed most is watching how much you've grown into the series. While you reviewed some great games from the very start, you're very wooden in the beginning and it's obvious you weren't really used to speaking to a camera. I'm not trying to be insulting or anything, I still enjoy those videos, I just think it's really cool how much you've adapted over time. What I find most interesting is that you normally teach to what is essentially an audience, and I would assume you've become quite relaxed in that atmosphere. Any ideas why you basically had to relearn being relaxed in this situation? I would have thought it would be easier since the audience isn't actually there, but then again I've never done any videos. I look forward to continued episodes, you can only get better as far as I'm concerned.

On a different note but related to Matt Chat, have you tried getting ahold of Jane Jensen for an interview? Considering she's working on a new project with the Phoenix Studios she might be up for some added publicity. Heck, I'd even be happy if you could talk to the Phoenix Studios or Himalaya Studios (Formerly AGD Interactive) people about their work with remakes. Just a suggestion, though. I haven't been unhappy with an interview yet!

Mark Vergeer
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Liked the Show Matt!

This video was so very typically you Matt. I think the intelligence and depth of the remarks and jokes eluded some. Even pissed off unfortunate ones. But please go on. I thoroughly enjoyed them.

To the people writing the very harsh words I can only say that it is always easy to heavily criticize something semi anonymously from the comfort of your own desk/living room and not produce anything similar or better yourself. Quite frightful how harsh and judgmental people can react to something that is supposed to be fun and can be enjoyed for free. If they don't like it and can't produce constructive criticism then by all means please move on.

A tip for dealing with criticism: constructive criticism good or bad can be learned from and can be taken seriously. Bashful, non-constructive criticism should actually be ignored completely as it serves no purpose whatsoever other than let some petty minded individual deface a nice tread, video or other creative piece on the internet. Or to make a person feel better. Some individuals can only feel better about them selves when they put down others - basically using others to step on to elevate their own state of mind.

Freedom of speech is great and is a wonderful thing that sadly still isn't accessible on all parts of this globe and treating that right with dignity and respect is something that is actually needed to keep it available. Misuse by just venting out frustration, irritation without any purpose other than to vent and/or to demean could even endanger our freedom of speech...and thus should be avoided.

Anyhow - like I said, liked the show. Had to laugh quite a bit and still enjoyed the game. Actually played quite a bit of the first part back in the day. Didn't get through it to finish it though.

:)

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Krsto (not verified)
What' the fuss

Hi Matt, don't get discouraged by some criticsm, Gothic retrospective was very good, and jokes were ok, so I don't understand what's the all fuss is about. Your comparison with tipping waiters in restaurant, IMHO was not correct, because these waiters have their salaries, and you do Matt Chat volontarily, so your "pleads" for donations are fully justified. Anyway, keep up the good work, and don't change way you do Matt Chat for others, if you change it, do it for yourself (or money:).

Niko Bellic (not verified)
Terabyte, thank you for

Terabyte, thank you for saying what so many are feeling! This idiot thinks he's funny. You know what's funny, this idiot thinking he's funny. Now that's funny!!!!!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

I'm also cancelling my subscription. Bye bye, idiot!!!!!!

Anybody who wants to watch something a hundred times better than Matt Chat, here's a link:
Awesome Show Much Better than Matt Chat!

Rob Daviau
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Oh what a shame!
Niko Bellic wrote:

Terabyte, thank you for saying what so many are feeling! This idiot thinks he's funny. You know what's funny, this idiot thinking he's funny. Now that's funny!!!!!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

I'm also cancelling my subscription. Bye bye, idiot!!!!!!

Anybody who wants to watch something a hundred times better than Matt Chat, here's a link:
Awesome Show Much Better than Matt Chat!

And an attempt to Rickroll every one to! Well, a class act showing everyone the TROLL you are! Not that we didn't all already know.

Wow, you will be so missed by the rest of us here to lol!

Seriously, nameless faceless losers who do nothing but criticize those who actually do something and contribute with time, effort and research.
If only people like you would really just permanently leave this would be a much better forum. The way these trolls go on and on about leaving, canceling subscriptions etc, WHO CARES? We are thankful to see you leave if you cannot contribute meaningful, adult and mature views or arguments then PLEASE go where you are more appreciated like 4chan or Gamefaqs!

You know Matt, I certainly have had my share of trolls and haters especially on Youtube though a small tiny insignificant percentage most of whom typically are not even subscribers anyways but I swear you and Bill seem to attract these haters like the Starship Enterprise attracts weird anomalies lol. All well, just proof positive of the jealousy and fanboyism, if you didn't attract it then it would either mean you weren't doing it your way or you weren't being noticed! Either way, congrats on another great job and keep on being yourself man!

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Rowdy Rob
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Matt's Winning!
Rob Daviau wrote:

And an attempt to Rickroll every one to! Well, a class act showing everyone the TROLL you are! Not that we didn't all already know.

Wow, you will be so missed by the rest of us here to lol!

Seriously, nameless faceless losers who do nothing but criticize those who actually do something and contribute with time, effort and research.
If only people like you would really just permanently leave this would be a much better forum.

This guy says Matt's not funny, but thinks a 5-year-old outdated meme like "Rickrolling" is. Lame. This guy's got nothing.

How do you make a 30-minute extended gameplay video showcasing a classic game without it becoming boring? The answer is: exactly how Matt is doing it. Doing it awesomely, I might add.

Matt Barton
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I couldn't care less about

Thanks for the support, Rob D. and Rowdy!

Really, though, I couldn't care less about jokers like that. As I've always maintained (or at least tried to), if someone GENUINELY didn't like the show, they simply wouldn't watch it. They might come across an episode one day, see a few minutes, and that's the end of it. The folks who stick around, making comments like that, are either having some kind of intense emotional reaction to something (probably a misunderstanding, but who knows), which is fine. I know I tend to go off when something I like takes a turn I don't approve of. But it's just venting. As for genuine haters, those guys are just nutters out for whatever kind of attention they can get. Sad, really.

What does anger me are the people who come HERE trying to justify why they don't bother tipping me for my work. "Voluntary" my ass. You try putting on a show like this each week and see how long the fun factor alone keeps you afloat, sir! Imagine how it feels working on something from morning to night, just to wake up the next day to see some guy claiming I'm just having fun and don't deserve a cent.

I know there are good folks who are into YouTube for the social elements, but I'm doing interviews and retrospectives. Although admittedly the retrospectives are more fun than the interviews, I would have quit doing this a long time ago if I hadn't started getting contributions. Bill can easily attest to that! I was actually burned out and ready to quit at episode 87, but decided to see if I could get enough support in the form of donations to keep me interested in doing the show. As it turns out, there were enough people who liked the show well enough to try making it worth my while. Thanks to them, the show is still on the air.

I can't be that sanctimonious since I am guilty of listening to NPR and plenty of podcasts without donating for a long time. I, too, tried to justify it, arguing that I was too poor to donate (in truth I wanted to use my money to buy stuff that I couldn't get for free), that the content wasn't quite good enough (yet, somehow I continued to enjoy it day after day!), that they were just being greedy (imaginary), their efforts to get money were irritating (but not nearly as irritating as an ingrate like me who expects something for nothing), and that a bunch of rich people would cover me (wrong). When I finally changed my ways, I feel a lot better about enjoying these programs and even angry at people who still refuse to chip in! Yes, angry at people just like I was ! :)

The truth is, all those projects would be ten times better if everyone who regularly enjoyed them made a minimal contribution. A lot of podcasters ask for a "buck a show." Typical Matt Chat gets about 1000-3000 views. You can imagine how quickly this would turn into a full-time job for me if all those people donated. Of course, I live in REALITY, and know that only a tiny fraction of people will ever donate, so be it. At least I'm getting enough to keep my software updated and an occasional purchase like storage devices, and of course a bottle of ale for the weekly ale segment. :)

I recently donated to Dan Carlin and got an interesting response back (a form letter, but still) about how weird this new media is when it comes to getting paid for your work. If I were writing articles for a magazine, there'd be no question about my getting paid for the work in the form of a check! But somehow, people expect digital stuff to be free. It's not like suddenly there's no work that goes into content! It's just that suddenly since people CAN get away without paying, with not even the social pressure of a ripping off a waiter to worry about, they just go on about their business.

Perhaps that is something those of us with any integrity need to start trying to instill and promote. Support the stuff you like! If you do, there will be more of it, and better stuff! If people see that shows like mine are doing well, it will inspire others (with more experience and talent) to enter the field, and that will be better for all of us. Same for indie games. I'm sick of hearing people complain about the terrible sameness in the mainstream gaming companies, and then turn around and pirate a game like Frayed Knights. Excuse me? These are the very people that should be writing big checks to people like Jay and others who are fighting the good fight.

In short, if you can afford to support Matt Chat but choose not to, then don't watch it. Simple as that.

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