Trevor Strunk is creating Critical analysis of video games
463

patrons

$1,858
per month
Hi, I'm Trevor Strunk. You might know me as Hegelbon on Twitter. This is No Cartridge, a new way of doing games criticism. No Cartridge is a podcast and a blog that approaches the games you love, old and new, as keys to understanding and navigating the world around you. Our games deserve criticism that situates them at the center of our late capitalist lives, treating them not simply as something we do for fun, but as part of who we are. So far, my guests and I have explored topics as different as the origins of popular indie games in the social dynamics of a creator’s hometown, war and the aesthetic, and how gaming changes as you age into new real-life roles. With your support, No Cartridge can keep searching out unconventional pathways through which to explore games, and follow them wherever they lead.

So why me? I have a Ph.D in American literature, and I have written extensively on the ways that art helps us diagnose and critique the structures of our capitalist society. I also have played way too many videogames and have long felt games deserve the kind of rich critical explorations we give to literature and film. So I started No Cartridge, first as a blog and then as a podcast. And it has grown from an experiment into a passion project.

No Cartridge updates 3-4 times per week, with either audio or written work. As a patron at the 5 dollar level, you'll have access to bonus audio content, which includes full extra episodes and bonus interview content with my wide variety of guests.

And ultimately, you'll be contributing to a new kind of voice in games criticism. I would love to turn No Cartridge into a full publication, with a paid staff and the works, and that begins here, with you. With your help, No Cartridge can keep reinventing the way we all think about and play games. Thank you!

Tiers
Early Adopter
$1 or more per month 72 patrons (sold out!)
You've been there since the beginning and now you get your reward -- all content, at the one dollar tier, via the RSS you have received before. If you never received the RSS, don't worry! It's there in your feed and I can send it over.


Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.



Includes
  • Patron-only content feed
Book Club!
$1 or more per month 87 patrons
Access to all NCLBC (No Cartridge Leftist Book Club) posts! You're in the club now.
Vote Haver
$2.50 or more per month 16 patrons
 You get the chance to vote for the off-topic episodes. Twice monthly! 


Includes:

 

  • Voting privileges
  • All previous tier rewards


NC Bonus Episodes 20xx
$4.50 or more per month 20 patrons
((Same as before but updated for Patreon's new rules))


 All bonus material that I publish, from interview bonuses to full episodes, and even some off-topic stuff on comics, media, and more. Since the podcast is growing, I've bumped this tier up, but now you can expect 8-10 extra pods monthly!

Also, if you'd like a shoutout, this is where you get it -- I'll give a name, twitter handle, short message, you name it.



Includes

  • Patron-only content feed
  • Shout out on podcast
  • All previous rewards
Full Virtual Communism
$5 or more per month 213 patrons
All bonus material that I publish, from interview bonuses to full episodes, and even some off-topic stuff on comics, media, and more. Since the podcast is growing, I've bumped this tier up, but now you can expect 8-10 extra pods monthly!

Includes


Also, if you'd like a shoutout, this is where you get it -- I'll give a name, twitter handle, short message, you name it.

  • Patron-only content feed
  • Shout out on podcast
  • All previous rewards
NC Twitch Tier
$9.25 or more per month 1 patron
Same as the Twitch tier, except shifted due to new Patreon rules.
Twitch Tier
$10 or more per month 20 patrons
You can come on the twitch stream and stream any game you choose with me! You'll also have the ability to ask me a question about any specific game that I will attempt to build into a standalone review or make a centralized part of a larger review. Think of it like a director's credit. Email me at [email protected] to get your reward.


Includes


  • Twitch invite for game of your choice
  • Patron-only content feed
  • Shout out on podcast
  • Question You Can Ask
  •  All previous rewards 
NC Comix Tier
$14 or more per month 0 patrons
Same as the Comix tier, except shifted due to new Patreon rules.
Comix Tier
$15 or more per month 1 patron
Anyone donating 15 dollars and above will get 10 comics from my prodigious collection chosen at random. Sent anywhere you'd like. Requests welcome!

Includes
  • Patron-only content feed
  •  All previous rewards 
NC Demand Tier
$24 or more per month 0 patrons
Same as the Demand tier, except shifted due to new Patreon rules.
Demand Tier
$25 or more per month 4 patrons
Any video game considered by me that you suggest, and you don't need to purchase it for me. Get weird on this one if you will -- if you want me to review dating sims about, like, robot harems, this would be the place to make it happen. You...extremely appreciated weirdo.

Email at [email protected] to get your reward

Includes
  • Patron-only content feed
  •  All previous rewards 
NC Guest Tier
$38.50 or more per month 0 patrons
Same as the Guest tier, except shifted due to new Patreon rules.
Guest Tier
$40 or more per month 2 patrons
You are officially invited to the podcast! Game of your choice, time of your choice, et al. If you've ever wanted to be vaguely internet famous, here's your chance.

Includes
  • Patron-only content feed
  •  All previous rewards 
NC Double Demand Tier
$48 or more per month 0 patrons
Same as the Double Demand tier, except shifted due to new Patreon rules.
Double Demand Tier
$50 or more per month 0 of 10 patrons
Two such video game requests as in the 25 dollar tier, and I will buy you a cup of coffee if you're ever in Pennsylvania.

Email at [email protected] to get your reward

Includes
  • Patron-only content feed
  •  All previous rewards 
NC Plus Tier
$95 or more per month 1 patron
Same as the Plus tier, except shifted due to new Patreon rules.
Plus Tier
$100 or more per month 0 of 10 patrons
We're gonna do something special for this one. Personalized video content? Sure? Want me to play every Final Fantasy? Sure. Need my take on King of Fighters 94-200X? Yup. If you have an ambitious idea that you want to "commission" this is your tier.

 

(Plus all previous rewards)

Goals
$1,858 of $2,000 per month
Commit to video work as well as scheduled streams.
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Hi, I'm Trevor Strunk. You might know me as Hegelbon on Twitter. This is No Cartridge, a new way of doing games criticism. No Cartridge is a podcast and a blog that approaches the games you love, old and new, as keys to understanding and navigating the world around you. Our games deserve criticism that situates them at the center of our late capitalist lives, treating them not simply as something we do for fun, but as part of who we are. So far, my guests and I have explored topics as different as the origins of popular indie games in the social dynamics of a creator’s hometown, war and the aesthetic, and how gaming changes as you age into new real-life roles. With your support, No Cartridge can keep searching out unconventional pathways through which to explore games, and follow them wherever they lead.

So why me? I have a Ph.D in American literature, and I have written extensively on the ways that art helps us diagnose and critique the structures of our capitalist society. I also have played way too many videogames and have long felt games deserve the kind of rich critical explorations we give to literature and film. So I started No Cartridge, first as a blog and then as a podcast. And it has grown from an experiment into a passion project.

No Cartridge updates 3-4 times per week, with either audio or written work. As a patron at the 5 dollar level, you'll have access to bonus audio content, which includes full extra episodes and bonus interview content with my wide variety of guests.

And ultimately, you'll be contributing to a new kind of voice in games criticism. I would love to turn No Cartridge into a full publication, with a paid staff and the works, and that begins here, with you. With your help, No Cartridge can keep reinventing the way we all think about and play games. Thank you!

Recent posts by Trevor Strunk

Tiers
Early Adopter
$1 or more per month 72 patrons (sold out!)
You've been there since the beginning and now you get your reward -- all content, at the one dollar tier, via the RSS you have received before. If you never received the RSS, don't worry! It's there in your feed and I can send it over.


Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.



Includes
  • Patron-only content feed
Book Club!
$1 or more per month 87 patrons
Access to all NCLBC (No Cartridge Leftist Book Club) posts! You're in the club now.
Vote Haver
$2.50 or more per month 16 patrons
 You get the chance to vote for the off-topic episodes. Twice monthly! 


Includes:

 

  • Voting privileges
  • All previous tier rewards


NC Bonus Episodes 20xx
$4.50 or more per month 20 patrons
((Same as before but updated for Patreon's new rules))


 All bonus material that I publish, from interview bonuses to full episodes, and even some off-topic stuff on comics, media, and more. Since the podcast is growing, I've bumped this tier up, but now you can expect 8-10 extra pods monthly!

Also, if you'd like a shoutout, this is where you get it -- I'll give a name, twitter handle, short message, you name it.



Includes

  • Patron-only content feed
  • Shout out on podcast
  • All previous rewards
Full Virtual Communism
$5 or more per month 213 patrons
All bonus material that I publish, from interview bonuses to full episodes, and even some off-topic stuff on comics, media, and more. Since the podcast is growing, I've bumped this tier up, but now you can expect 8-10 extra pods monthly!

Includes


Also, if you'd like a shoutout, this is where you get it -- I'll give a name, twitter handle, short message, you name it.

  • Patron-only content feed
  • Shout out on podcast
  • All previous rewards
NC Twitch Tier
$9.25 or more per month 1 patron
Same as the Twitch tier, except shifted due to new Patreon rules.
Twitch Tier
$10 or more per month 20 patrons
You can come on the twitch stream and stream any game you choose with me! You'll also have the ability to ask me a question about any specific game that I will attempt to build into a standalone review or make a centralized part of a larger review. Think of it like a director's credit. Email me at [email protected] to get your reward.


Includes


  • Twitch invite for game of your choice
  • Patron-only content feed
  • Shout out on podcast
  • Question You Can Ask
  •  All previous rewards 
NC Comix Tier
$14 or more per month 0 patrons
Same as the Comix tier, except shifted due to new Patreon rules.
Comix Tier
$15 or more per month 1 patron
Anyone donating 15 dollars and above will get 10 comics from my prodigious collection chosen at random. Sent anywhere you'd like. Requests welcome!

Includes
  • Patron-only content feed
  •  All previous rewards 
NC Demand Tier
$24 or more per month 0 patrons
Same as the Demand tier, except shifted due to new Patreon rules.
Demand Tier
$25 or more per month 4 patrons
Any video game considered by me that you suggest, and you don't need to purchase it for me. Get weird on this one if you will -- if you want me to review dating sims about, like, robot harems, this would be the place to make it happen. You...extremely appreciated weirdo.

Email at [email protected] to get your reward

Includes
  • Patron-only content feed
  •  All previous rewards 
NC Guest Tier
$38.50 or more per month 0 patrons
Same as the Guest tier, except shifted due to new Patreon rules.
Guest Tier
$40 or more per month 2 patrons
You are officially invited to the podcast! Game of your choice, time of your choice, et al. If you've ever wanted to be vaguely internet famous, here's your chance.

Includes
  • Patron-only content feed
  •  All previous rewards 
NC Double Demand Tier
$48 or more per month 0 patrons
Same as the Double Demand tier, except shifted due to new Patreon rules.
Double Demand Tier
$50 or more per month 0 of 10 patrons
Two such video game requests as in the 25 dollar tier, and I will buy you a cup of coffee if you're ever in Pennsylvania.

Email at [email protected] to get your reward

Includes
  • Patron-only content feed
  •  All previous rewards 
NC Plus Tier
$95 or more per month 1 patron
Same as the Plus tier, except shifted due to new Patreon rules.
Plus Tier
$100 or more per month 0 of 10 patrons
We're gonna do something special for this one. Personalized video content? Sure? Want me to play every Final Fantasy? Sure. Need my take on King of Fighters 94-200X? Yup. If you have an ambitious idea that you want to "commission" this is your tier.

 

(Plus all previous rewards)