GamerZakh

is creating Nostalgic Gaming Content

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Did you know that $1 equals the amount of advertising revenue that 200-500 views make on YouTube? I doubt it's even possible to watch that much per month on a single channel, so $1 more than covers anything I would make from ads. As a thank you for such awesome support on your part, you'd get access to:

► No more guilt from using Adblock

► Special role and bonus access on the Zakhcolytes Discord server

► Access to behind-the-scenes posts
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Buy Me A Coffee

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You know how I drink coffee EVERY stream? Pretty much 2 cups a day. Now you get to know that cup is filled by YOU! Enjoy some videos I have just for you where I talk about food too. $5 more than covers anything I would make from ads in a month, plus you get:

► No more guilt from using Adblock

► Special role and bonus access on the Zakhcolytes Discord server

► Access to behind-the-scenes posts

Generally I drink instant black coffee though I do really appreciate the occasional cappuccino.
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The Creators

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This tier is for when you really want to support what I do. I used to be a teacher though and I love sharing what I know. $15 patrons will get access to the 'Jank Streamer Tips' mini series. Plus you get:

► No more guilt from using Adblock

► Special role and bonus access on the Zakhcolytes Discord server

► Access to behind-the-scenes posts

Here are some quick tips just for those of you reading this and interested in starting a channel:
1. Be upfront with what your video is about. Promise a payoff then deliver.

2. Learn SEO (Search Engine Optimisation). It's not clickbait, it's using appropriate keywords in titles so people looking for what you're making can find it.

3. Keep trying to get better and do that for 7 years. Yes, it can take that long.
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About GamerZakh

Thank you for dropping by! My name is Zakh and I run a YouTube channel about video games. I started my channel in 2011 and have tried my best, dedicating countless hours to improving the standards of nostalgic video game content—the quality and style of my vocals, editing and animation, and deeper research into reviews and journalistic coverage—to bring you the best nostalgic and informative gaming I can.

Kicking Advertisers Out


Ads suck! YouTube doesn't feel very 'YOU' anymore. Advertisers on platforms like YouTube control and influence things because they're the ones paying the bills. Signing up for things like YouTube Premium which removes ads and puts you in the role of the advertiser, paying to keep YouTube running and giving a bigger cut to creators, is one good way of taking over the role of the advertisers in the YouTube environment. It's the only way to make YouTube 'YOU' again and kicking advertisers out of the captain's chair is the best way forward for all of us so we can get better funded content without fearing threats from corporations. I know not everyone wants to or can sign up for YouTube Premium, so in line with this approach I'm dedicated to reducing the number of ads on my channel according to how much support I get here on Patreon. I've already cut down ads to a third of the 'norm' on YouTube and would like to continue until ads can be almost gone entirely.

Here is what I've already done in terms of reducing ads on my channel:

The 'norm' is based on my observations over the years on other gaming channels. You can look for yourself, but I compiled a small sample HERE.

Hank Green also wrote an article related to CPM, ads, and the struggle creators face HERE.

The most important thing about this is people understanding that this is the reality of advertisers and how the only way to kick them out is to take over their role. Whether you choose to support me directly, someone else, or no one for the time being, it's crucial for everyone to at least know that this is the situation and just you knowing about these details goes a long way, so thank you for reading.

If you're considering supporting what I do that is hugely appreciated. There are some extras and bonuses for your enjoyment here on Patreon too if you'd like to have a look around.

What I Create

► YouTube gaming content: http://www.youtube.com/GamerZakh

► Live streams on Twitch: http://www.twitch.tv/GamerZakh

► A Discord gaming community: http://www.discord.gg/GamerZakh

► Written gaming articles: http://gamerzakh.com/writing/

► Foodie Tips videos specially for the 2nd reward tier upwards

► Jank Streamer Tips exclusive for The Creators reward tier:

What This Patreon is All About

Basically, this is supporting the creation of high quality positive & nostalgic gaming. Your support helps maintain and improve the quality and quantity of stuff being made while we build a chill and friendly nostalgic gaming community.

Here I provide extra content and behind the scenes looks at some of my production techniques along with exclusive bonuses with the aim to move away from relying on unpredictable ads. Ad revenue on YouTube equates to approximately less than 0.005USD per view, so it really doesn't amount to much. This also means that if you give 1USD it counts as 200-500 views worth of ad revenue and that's a lot of power in your hands.

If you feel like supporting what I do (or you use AdBlock and would prefer to contribute in another way) then Patreon is the perfect place for that.

Nostalgia is my Specialty

I didn't start my channel specifically to be nostalgic but many of my favourite games are from my childhood and I still believe that they hold up to today's standards.

This doesn't necessarily mean retro games only or that I don't do new games either. Generally, my nostalgic period for gaming is from the mid-90s to early-2000s and I often cover new games that give nostalgic vibes or are a continuation in a series I love. For example, covering Civilization VI because I played Civ 2, 3, and 4 growing up, Stardew Valley for those Harvest Moon memories, or playing Tyranny because classic Western RPGs like Fallout and Neverwinter Nights were a big part of my childhood too.

I also always try my best to get the games modded into HD widescreen and to update the visuals and mechanics to be improved while still maintaining the original aesthetic experience that was intended by the developers, providing instructions on how to do so yourself as well. I like to imagine that the changes I make to the game would be what the developers themselves would do if they had the opportunity. This is most notable in series such as:

In 2020X

Nostalgiasms


and Abandonware Adventures


Goals & Objectives

In the beginning I just wanted to make videos but now it's become much more than that. Together, we can build something that isn't very common—a nostalgic gaming community centred around all sorts of old games with a positive, for fun, attitude! Quite often, if you try jumping into an old game's community, newcomers don't always get the best of welcomes. This has led me to come up with a 4-point manifesto for the GamerZakh channel and The Zakhcolytes community:

1. Showing that old games can stand the test of time! Many older games are often as good and sometimes better than newer games, especially with a widescreen mod or a fan made remaster. Even if we ignore flaws due to our nostalgia, those ‘not so good’ games that are a part of who we are can still be special and interesting to look back on.

2. Proving that video games should be about having fun! Many out there would denounce a player for not playing 100% perfectly or optimally but I want to prove that it’s not always about being the ‘best’. Even at high levels of play, you can mess around, do crazy things, and have your own style, whether it’s in a single-player city-builder or in competitive multiplayer. They really are just video games and having fun should be the number one priority.

3. Fostering a knowledgeable gaming culture of positivity and responsibility! A positive gaming community is good for everyone in terms of sharing knowledge, learning skills, and grouping up to play some multiplayer games without toxicity, maybe even making some friends. We all should also be informed about the gaming industry and do proper research before buying into a new game, along with being able to talk about gaming issues calmly and open to new ideas to allow better understanding.

4. Players first, developers second, and publishers last! The games industry has grown to a size where there is anything from 1-person developers in an apartment to multi-billion dollar corporations. I promote the perspective that what's most important is protecting and defending players above all else. We, the players, are at the most risk of being deceived or exploited, so I maintain the principle of being a voice for us first. Developers are the ones who usually are trying their best to make great video games, so it's important to critique them fairly and call them out only when they have clearly made a mistake. Publishers are often the ones motivated by profit the most and influence or force developers to create things that are more profitable but worse for players. When it comes down to an issue occurring, whatever it is I side with players, then devs, and lastly publishers.

Some History

Prior to July 2015, I had run my channel in tandem with having a full-time job as a high school teacher. This was a time consuming and stressful undertaking. I limited my uploads to once a week but I still managed to squeeze a video out, though I had to give up much of my personal time. As the channel grew it began to get me some attention locally and I secured a few gigs that provided some extra side income. This gave me the opportunity to quit having a full-time job by taking a massive pay cut but giving me a lot more time to focus on content creation. In case you're wondering, teaching was an amazing experience and I loved the art of being an educator, though management was another issue and I decided to grow my career on a different path.

How much time do I spend working on the channel?

A let's play episode takes around 3-6 hours to prep, record, and produce. Special content like my Civilization VI videos take around 12-15 hours each to produce and things like my 30 Upcoming City-building Games video takes around 60-80 hours to complete, including research, music selection, script writing, resource collection, animation, vocal recording, editing, sound design, and refining all done by myself. I also spend about 5-6 hours live streaming every week. Responding to comments on YouTube, Tweets, Facebook messages, Instagram posts, and Discord conversations is part of my daily routine because I want to be a creator who's easy to reach and it keeps me in touch with your opinions. I also am constantly in tune with gaming media on Twitter to keep myself up to date and informed on industry news.

Any associations or possible biases in my work?

My channel has grown to a stage where games are occasionally provided for free or I am sent a review copy. If this is true, I will say so at the beginning of the video and at the top of the video's description.

I also have a referral link for Humble Bundle where if you use that link and buy something, I get a cut of the earnings at no extra cost to you.

I don't have many strong connections in the gaming world but I have had a prior partnership with Mortal Moments, the developers of Salem the Crafting MMO and I have received money from Mortal Moments in the past, though this is no longer active.

I have also been sponsored by LiquidSky. They run cloud computing tech that I've been interested in and they sponsored a handful of videos on my YouTube channel in 2017.

In extremely rare cases, I accept a sponsorship for a video but so far this has only been for videos that I was planning to make anyway and I make it very clear at the start of the video if I received sponsorship.

Should you give me money?

If you would like to help me achieve total independence to focus 100% on the channel and community then you could sign up for a reward tier, and I would be super honoured by your generosity! At the end of the day, it boils down to Patreon being where you support the work you like.

If you have come to this page and spent time reading, thank you! You considering supporting the channel directly is a big deal already. I would not be in the position I am now without your support and I can only try my best to continue improving the quality of my content for you to enjoy.

Have a great day!
GamerZakh
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Ads on YouTube will be cut to an average of 1 every 30 minutes!

This is also the average costs of operation including things like rent, electricity, and Internet. That means if I get totally demonetised it will be difficult but not impossible to continue.
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