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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Matt Barton
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Sorry about the broken link,

Sorry about the broken link, guys, should work now. Not sure how that happened.

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Hey, Alf, you mentioned that

Hey, Alf, you mentioned that you do longplays. Can you post you're channel links? I'm looking for good channels on Commodore 64 and Amiga games and interviews. Preferbly ones that dont waste time begging me for money! No offense matt but on youtube we all just do this for FUN, if its no longer fun for you i suggest a new hobby? nobody is going to send you money, that's not why we do this.

I do liek the more histirocal videos that arent just making fun of the game all day. lately thats been slipping in your videos matt !

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Wow... I just had some time

Wow... I just had some time to catch up on my backlog of Matt Chat's... again, Matt.. kudos for doing an excellent job in getting interviews and producing these videos.

This video really shows how broken the whole industry is.. It's completely publisher driven and they really hold the developers feet to the fire with the development budget and repayment terms... just enough cash to create a game- but not enough to thrive (i.e. gain some kind of financial independence). I see the whole indie movement as a reaction to this business model. I mean, the publisher/developer model has always been rather one sided, but now that the platforms are becoming so fractured (i.e. shifting from PC/Console to tablet/phones) it's really limiting what publishers are willing to fund.. and what developers can actually support.

I really hope this project funds... it looks quite interesting and GPG is one hell of a development house. I'll be throwing some money their way for sure.

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Amazing chats!

Donating a little something so you can eventually get better equipment and keep you going is something that isn't weird. If people choose to donate that's all for the better. If they don't that's fine too, but people making a fuss about it don't realize how time consuming creating these episodes is. This is beyond having fun and just enjoying a hobby, this has become pretty damn professional!

kudos to Matt!

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Chip Hageman
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I've got to admit.. The fact

I've got to admit.. The fact that Matts lining up interviews, doing 30 minute segments and getting them published in a professional manner (regularly) is a great testament to Matts love and care for the hobby and it's history. Most people that haven't tried to do something like this on a consistent basis probably don't understand the relatively high potential for burn out... at which point it can be characterized as either a labor of love or a job.. It's not like turning the webcam on and recording a 30 minute stream of consciousness a week... it's preparation, logistics and production.

So, to echo Mark- Kudos Matt!

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Thanks, guys. I definitely

Thanks, guys. I definitely don't want to disrespect folks who just do it for fun. There's tons of great content on YT that is just as good or better than my stuff and yet the hosts would never dream of asking for a dime (heck, they'd probably refuse it if offered). It's just that for me, *I* can't really justify putting so much work into something without financial compensation. I'm not in a financial situation (despite what some falsely claim) of having plenty of money and not having to worry about making ends meet. If the show wasn't bring in any money at all, I'd be foolish not to quit doing it and focus on other things (which I'd probably enjoy much less) but would bring in extra income, like taking on extra teaching duties or perhaps writing more paid articles and books. In any case, there are plenty of generous folks out there who love the show and don't mind helping out with their donations and support, so thankfully it's a moot point.

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Loved the raw thoughts

I love it when people just speak their mind and let it all hang out, even going on a tangent about why support games when people are in need after he heard an encouraging comment.

On one hand, I absolutely agree with him that video games at his level is business and in capitalism you either make it or you don't. We have a lot of issues in our current times with people not getting that.

On the other hand, I would like to see any guy who isn't afraid to lay it out and champions taking care of his employees (40 hour work weeks, writes and employee a check and says go home and take care of your wife) get another chance in an industry that can really run its folks ragged.

Ultimately, I am supporting the Wildman kickstarter because he was so raw and honest. That goes a long, long way in my book.

As far as donations for Matt Chat, I have donated before and will try to do so again. You make it a pretty small pitch each episode and a tip jar system is pretty good for a weekly show like this in my opinion.

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Shane

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View from 3rd world

These dinosaurs should die in quiet, without whiming. Maybe for you its too rude, but only 1,1Mega of dolars, only.. Get lots. We here making games for less money, we live in land when again f*cking kickstarter isnt possible.

If these guy real want to continue, they should use their personal saving, im sure that they have such money. No Chris, but whole team should invest, be only employe is too easy..

Who: Brujah Zealot, the pimp of babylons bitch. / Location: Scorched heart of Europe. // Sorry for my moldavian sort of english, i have 2 possibilities, to be silent or try to say something +look like idiot..

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Just canceled, I wasn't very

Just canceled, I wasn't very interested to start, but had grown into what they where doing. Not a good thing.. but sadly i think the Kickstarter craze is starting to wind down and this may be one of the first real casualties. One can argue GPG has not done much compelling lately, but I'm still sad to see this one get called.

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clok1966 wrote:

Just canceled, I wasn't very interested to start, but had grown into what they where doing. Not a good thing.. but sadly i think the Kickstarter craze is starting to wind down and this may be one of the first real casualties. One can argue GPG has not done much compelling lately, but I'm still sad to see this one get called.

There are quite a few relatively high profile disasters. It seems a lot of what are actually intriguing construction or semi-construction kits paired with games are failing hard too. As with anything I guess, it's almost impossible to know what's going to resonate. Timing and the right kind of product is clearly everything. I think asking for too much can backfire too.

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