Following on from last month’s announcement that I was leaving VideoGamer, I’ve had tons of people asking me a handful of very specific questions - some of which I was unable to answer at the time. For the sake of ease I thought I’d put together a cheeky little Q&A - if you’ve got another question you’d like to see answered, let me know and I’ll do my best to add it to this post. Cheers for continuing to follow my work, you’re really rather lovely.
ARE YOU ALRIGHT?
I’m fine, thanks! I should clarify that the reason I’m leaving VideoGamer is because I could see myself burning out if I didn’t do so. Lots of people seemed concerned - which is very kind - but this decision was proactive rather than reactive, dealing with the issue before the problem became real.
WHERE ARE YOU GOING?
This one is still a bit up in the air - I’ve signed a contract with The Escapist to do a weekly video series starting in March that will run for just over three months. It’s a project I’m really excited about - partly because it isn’t gaming related. I won’t say any more at this stage for fear of spoiling the surprise, but if you’re a fan of my comedy stuff I think you’re going to love it.
As mentioned in my previous post, I’ll also be giving a regular portion of my time to work with the excellent Shut Up & Sit Down, producing more video content with them and continuing to juggle the insane logistics of our subscriber ‘Gold Club’ bags.
AREN’T YOU DOING VIDEOGAME STUFF?!
Of course I am, gorgeous! I’m aware that I don’t have infinite amounts of time, and freelance video production is a strange and fickle thing to sort out. I’m keen not to piss anybody off by agreeing to too many regular commitments and then having to cancel some of that stuff, so I’m taking things slowly and looking at options. I’ll definitely be doing a weekly show of some sort at a gaming website - it’s just a case of nailing down what, and where.
BUT WHERE DO I GO NOW, YOU BASTARD?
I’m glad you asked! I’m really keen to get back into the habit of making videos for the sake of fun, which is why I’ll be doing my best to stream stuff on Twitch and upload stuff to YouTube whenever I have the inclination and time. I’ve weighed up the idea of going balls-out and seriously trying to launch my own YouTube channel as a buz-nuzz-thung, but I’ve got fairly major concerns about the viability of the platform as a way of making money. BUT: That’s another story for another time. (YT channel currently contains ancient comedy vids, cooking, projects for friends, and nondescript bollocks. New stuff will come soon.)
IS THAT YOU IN THAT TV ADVERT ABOUT CEREAL?
WILL YOU STILL BE ON THE VIDEOGAMER PODCAST?
Sadly, this isn’t how employment works. I won’t be involved with any VideoGamer stuff from now on, and cameo appearances are highly unlikely due to the fact that they’re based in Croydon - a location I am thoroughly looking forward to never visiting ever again.
But hey, did you know that I already do another podcast? Regular Features recently hit 75 episodes, including two live London shows in the last year. It isn’t about videogames and I’m not the funniest person in it by quite a margin, but it’s filthy, ridiculous, and I’m incredibly proud to be a part of it.
BUT I WANT A GAMES PODCAST, MATT.
You’ll have one. One of the first things I aim to get rolling in the next month is a brand new regular gaming podcast, pulling favours from the best UK games industry people I know to act as a regular pool of guests. The specifics of this are still being worked out, but a podcast is top of the list of priorities.
ARE YOU DYING?
I’m not dying.
WHAT ABOUT PANTS MAN!??
Good news! I’ve talked with the lovely chaps at VideoGamer and they’re happy for me to carry the mantle of pants. Pants Man 2: Pants Harder will be sorely missing Mr. Bratt, but I’ll be continuing the saga on a solo basis when the game launches in March. On my BIRTHDAY. I’m going to eat cake. You can’t stop me.
DOES THIS MEAN THE END OF THE ABRIDGED VIDEOS?
Whilst arguably I should be paying Adam Buxton royalties, I don’t think anyone owns the rights to my voice. I can’t promise you’ll see the exact same format with the exact same name, but the spirit of the Abridged series will continue.
Having said that, so will comedy videos at VideoGamer - Chris and Simon already prove a brilliant combo, and I’m excited about finding out who they plan to hire to replace me. Whoever it is, please be nice. It wasn’t so long ago I was the new guy, and the welcome I received from the VideoGamer community wasn’t exactly warm. Do me a favour, and ensure this isn’t repeated. Finding your feet in a role takes time, and it’s harder if people keep pissing in your shoes.
That’s it for now, and once again - thank you. Without the enthusiasm and support of people who love the work I do, the idea of taking a leap like this would have been nothing short of insanity. I feel confident that everything will be just fine, and I owe that almost exclusively to you.
I did a bit of the work too, mind. Fuck off - you’re not taking all of the credit. x
GDC? E3? PAX?
I’d ruddy love to go to GDC, but can’t justify the cost at a point at which I don’t have any steady income on the go. E3 last year was like being in hell, but that may have been partially down to the motel. There’s a chance I might still go for the right reasons/offer, but I have no plans to attend out of my own pocket. PAX is a tough one - I love the atmosphere of the crowd at that show, but have severe ethical reservations about Penny Arcade. I’d love for them to sort that shit out so I could happily attend again, but currently I don’t feel comfortable supporting them.
WHAT ABOUT REVIEWSICALS?
I like singing songs, and will continue to sing songs. That format likely won’t continue, but I’ll definitely be singing songs. SONGS.