Matt Chat 182: Chris Taylor's Confession

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Here it is, the Matt Chat to end all Matt Chats! Gas Powered Games' latest project, Wildman: An Evolutionary Action RPG, hasn't been going well, and Chris blames himself. In this hour-long interview, we see Chris at times sad, grateful, guilty, and brilliant. Without doubt, he's a Good Person, someone that nobody should want to see fail regardless of the project he takes on. What makes the situation worse, though, is that Wildman actually looks like a great game, especially for folks like me who love Civilization-style tech building. Check out the video, and don't forget to pledge a few dollars to the Kickstarter campaign. Every little bit helps.

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clok1966
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Just listened to the whole

Just listened to the whole deal.. I was a huge fan of Kingdoms.. (more then TA, yes I know odd man out) and the original DS was a personal favorite. My interest in Wildman was mild at best.. But have always liked this mans enthusiasm.. He really feels like the real deal. Well I'm in (Wildman) just put my $45 down..

excellent work Matt with a guy who is worth listening too.

MazokuRanma
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Great Interview

You can see on his face the stress of the whole situation. He looks so tired, especially compared to the last series of interviews. Good to see he still has all that energy. Put in a pledge for a boxed CE myself. Unfortunately, while he seems like a really great guy, both he and the studio, GPG, do not have the weight of names such as Tim Schaefer and Double Fine, Brian Fargo, or Obsidian.

I think one problem the industry is having as a whole is there is such a glut of games available. He noted that the games industry has been slower to come back from the recession in some ways, and I feel that has to do with there being so much content. I know I myself am so far behind on games I have to play that it is very difficult for me to justify paying full price for a brand new game that will likely sit on the stack for months. By the time I get around to playing it, it will likely be half off. It's a little bit like the gaming crash of 1983, but this time it's not that there are so many bad games, it's that there are too many games I'm actually interested in playing and there isn't enough time to do so. If I'm going to put down full price or more on a game it's likely going to be more related to having a lot of faith in the studio/designer (especially for Kickstarter games) than an immediate interest in the game. Especially since KS games are months if not a year or so out from the time you invest.

That's just my take on the situation. I'm really rooting for him, I'd love to see this game be made and GPG continue on. We'll just have to wait and see how things go.

Also, loved the 8-bit style sound effects when you took a swig of the brew. That highly amused me.

Alf (not verified)
Let me start by saying I

Let me start by saying I really enjoy watching these videos alot. I think with a few exceptions I've watched them all!

But lately I have been very upset with you for begging people to give you money. Seriously? Why should people pay to support your hobby? It's not like you're doing this for work. You're just having fun and expecting others to foot the bill for it. What does it actually cost you to make these shows? Are these people charging you do to interviews? You already own your camera and computer. Why should we pay you anything? I dont ask people to pay me for doing my longplays.

keep up the great work, but please stop the begging. If your that hard up for cash quit the videos and get a real job.

Bill Loguidice
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Wow, is this for real?
Alf wrote:

Let me start by saying I really enjoy watching these videos alot. I think with a few exceptions I've watched them all!

But lately I have been very upset with you for begging people to give you money. Seriously? Why should people pay to support your hobby? It's not like you're doing this for work. You're just having fun and expecting others to foot the bill for it. What does it actually cost you to make these shows? Are these people charging you do to interviews? You already own your camera and computer. Why should we pay you anything? I dont ask people to pay me for doing my longplays.

keep up the great work, but please stop the begging. If your that hard up for cash quit the videos and get a real job.

I don't know you, of course, but I assume you're not an adult who's in the working world and has a family. If you are, your ignorance of adult life and how the world works, how things get done, is appalling. It takes time and effort for Matt to do what he does (scheduling, interviewing, editing, etc.), which is obvious, plus he doesn't overlay ads on his stuff. You're saying that for a 1 hour+ video that he solely prepared he can't take two seconds to ask for donations, which, by their very nature, are optional? If you don't find it worth donating, fine, but other people do. If it bothers you so much, you don't have to watch the things. There's plenty of content on the Web for your attention, but good luck avoiding ads...

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MazokuRanma
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A Real Job

Matt has a full time job on top of doing these videos, which is pretty much a job in itself. While I'm sure that part of the process is enjoyable for Matt (The interview part, of course!), there is a lot of time and effort that goes into editing videos. Considering the amount of content produced, it seems more than fair that Matt would appreciate some compensation. As Bill said, you're not required to donate, and he spends all of one or two sentences asking for support. If it bothers you so much, you're welcome to go watch something else. No one is forcing you to watch these videos.

Matt Barton
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Sigh

I seem to be getting hit with a lot of this crap lately. Do you feel guilty for not donating, and need a way to rationalize it?

I like to watch the shows at Ren Fairs. A lot of those guys don't earn a living doing it, but they still expect tips from people who watch them. I remember one time after seeing the Tortuga Twins that they mentioned that they receive no money from the Ren Fair itself, kinda like I receive no money from YouTube. I made a point of giving them five bucks.

Most people just jumped up and left, like they were afraid of getting caught or shamed into tipping. I guess they probably had similar excuses; oh, well, those guys are just doing it for fun so why pay? Or, even though I sat through the whole show, I didn't really enjoy it and don't think it's worth anything. Whatever. I put that type in the category as people who pirate indie games or leaches from the BBS days. Me, me, me! At least most of that ilk know better than to post about it in public forums.

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MazokuRanma
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Donations

Try not to worry about this stuff too much Matt. If they're not donating anyway it's not like it would be a huge loss if they jump ship.

Speaking of Ren Fairs, though, have you ever seen the Zucchini Brothers? This was one of my favorite shows ever. I was so sad when they announced they were retiring. Thankfully they had a DVD for sale. I live over in Michigan, but I'm not sure how much overlap there would be between the fairs here and in Minnesota. I haven't heard of the Tortuga Twins myself, but that of course doesn't mean they haven't been here.

Matt Barton
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I could be mistaken, but I

I could be mistaken, but I seem to recall seeing the Tortuga Twins at a Florida Ren Fair as well as the one up here in Minnesota. I suspect a lot of these guys try to hit several different fairs.

As for the donation stuff, eh, I'm more upset about the waste of time it entails for them and me. There was a guy on YT who was sending me what felt like 2-3 page essays explaining why he didn't choose to donate. WTF? It's laughable, really.

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Nathaniel Tolbert
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I will admit that I feel

I will admit that I feel guilty about the fact that I cannot afford to donate, but I have tried to do other things to offset it. Like the Commodore 64 and the Amiga. Last night my friends and I recorded our podcast that we do biweekly, and I talked about the Wildman kickstarter and asked everyone who listens to please at least take a look at it. I know there is a small chance that it will get funded at this point, so on top of trying to support the game, I told people that even if it doesn't get funded supporting it shows that you support Gas Powered Games and Chris Taylor, who deserves our support I feel. I honestly couldn't do more than $50 and even that is a stretch. I'm not employed (again.. Hooray contract work!!!!) and have massive student loans to pay on top of all of the bills that people my age have as well, but even I tried to do what I could. It's bad enough that we lost THQ the publisher, further consolidating the market of publishers, but losing Gas Powered Games would be a horrible tragedy in my opinion. Dungeon Siege and Supreme Commander are fantastic games and the possibility that the developer who made them vanishes is painful to say the least. I don't know if Chris Taylor will see this, but I want to say that even if Wildman doesn't get funded, I at least still support him in his endeavors, no matter what they might be. He appears to me to be a most genuine person, and even outside of the games industry, you don't see that much any more. I wish him all of the luck I can, and I hope for an 11th Hour miracle for Wildman. Now if only I could win the powerball.....

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Wholly (not verified)
Bad link here too.

Matt -

The link for #182 is actually #180 as well. Chris looks so torn up everyone needs to see this poor guy. You know he really cares and is passionate and appreciate how he thinks hard about others.

Wholly

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