Platinum is creating video game research, psychology and gaming, and more
38

patrons

$323
per month
Hello everyone! I’m Platinum, a PhD student and researcher specialising in mental health, statistics and epidemiology. In my free time, I write highly-researched and educational articles on psychology, research and video gaming. After years of indecisiveness, I have decided to open up a Patreon for this project. I would like to discuss the Patreon itself, what Patreon funds will go towards and more.

The Patreon
I have a number of topics I would like to research and discuss related to psychology and gaming. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Brand new pieces of research for the gaming community (please see FAQ3-5)
  • Games as educational tools*
  • Gaming and cognition*
  • The Psychology of Twitch
  • The Psychology of eSports
  • Gaming as a coping mechanism
  • Gaming communities and social support
  • An in-depth look at gaming and aggression*
  • Book reviews for video game research-based books*
  • Ongoing coverage of Gaming Disorder and Internet Gaming Disorder
  • Ongoing breakdowns of miscellaneous gaming research
  • Individual analyses of mental health focused games**

*Will require the purchase and reading of books before I can sufficiently write about this topic.
**Will require the purchase of games.

All of these topics and more will be educational and helpful for both gamers and those in the games industry.

Patreon Funds and Rewards
To be very transparent, I would like to outline what Patreon funds will be used for regarding this project. Funds will go towards:

  • Setting up my own website and purchasing my own domain name.
  • Purchasing books that collate research and act as valuable resources for me.
  • Commissioning website art and potentially video art (please see FAQ2).
  • Labour costs for reading, writing and potentially video making (please see FAQ2).
  • Keeping a roof over my head (please see FAQ1).
  • Potentially data cleaning, data analysis and analysis writeup (please see FAQ3-5).

The reward aspect of this Patreon is tricky as I am committed to open access and not locking educational content behind a paywall. I have tried to design reward tiers with my firm beliefs in mind, but I am open to suggestions and critique. The current reward tiers include:

$5 Tier – Clover
Clover Patrons will gain access to behind the scenes updates on projects that I will not post on other social media platforms. Patrons can also provide feedback on which projects they would like me to prioritise and are free to ask me questions for Patron-only Q&A sessions.

$10 Tier – Platinum
Along with Clover rewards, Platinum Patrons will have their name placed in all future articles/videos as thanks for funding my work. They will also receive the reading list for all future articles/videos. Reading lists are different from reference lists as I may not use all the content I have researched when writing an article.

If you have any feedback regarding these rewards or would like to suggest other rewards, please feel free to contact me on Twitter or at [email protected].

Patreon FAQ
FAQ1. Why did you decide to create a Patreon?
I could probably write 5,000 words on this alone, but I’ll try to keep it short and succinct using bullet points.

  • Come August 2019 (the end of my PhD), my financial future will be unsure amidst paying bills such as rent. I currently earn below minimum wage, so it would be nice to make extra money making educational content to squirrel away for a rainy day.
  • It is difficult to find a content creator without a Patreon these days. My articles have been featured on YouTube videos with Patreons and merchandise stores aplenty, so my free work technically helps them make money. I am also often the target of academic and online plagiarism as a result of my work. It seems sensible at this point to join the ranks of my peers and receive compensation for academic content.
  • Both the gaming industry and educators seem to like my work. My work has appeared in gaming outlets, has been shared internally within gaming companies and is used as an educational resource in Google Classrooms. I would be encouraged to create more helpful content for the industry and academia if I knew it were helping to pay my bills.

FAQ2. Why do you write articles instead of make videos?

This is related to my own personal living circumstances as I cannot record audio in my current home due to a combination of factors (e.g. noise, privacy, space, people trying to sleep). This is also why I only stream once every few months as the stars have to align before this can happen. These problems won’t exist once I move, so financial support to help pay rent will be massively helpful and will boost the production of my content.

If/when I do transition to videos, I will still publish the same articles on my website for people who do not wish to watch the video version. Win-win for all!

FAQ3. What do you mean by ‘brand new pieces of research for the gaming community’?
If my Patreon is successful, I would like to analyse datasets of video game research using post-graduate level statistical techniques with my own hypotheses. This means that I wouldn’t simply be breaking down someone else’s research, I’d be conducting my own research and sharing it with you all.

FAQ4. Will you be conducting your own surveys and collecting data from people?
No, any brand new research generated from this Patreon will be secondary data analysis of pre-existing datasets. Please let me explain.

I will not be a part of any piece of research that has not received ethical approval. In order for me to collect my own data, I would need to seek ethical approval from my research institute. Ethics submissions require the nomination of a Principal Investigator (PI), an experienced researcher that will supervise the project. As my research institute is mainly concerned with mental and physical health epidemiology and government policy, I don’t believe anyone in my institute would be interested in going through all of the annoying paperwork involved in being my PI for a project that is not within the scope of the institution.

That being said, I am open to collaboration where ethical approval has been/can be clearly obtained. For example, if someone conducted a piece of video game research for their undergraduate degree and still has the dataset along with the ethical approval form, I would be happy to analyse the data.

FAQ5. You’re a hypocrite! Why do you want people to pay you to conduct video game research?
I have a number of research papers I am interested in writing, but there is no funding left for the projects. This means that while I could increase the number of peer-reviewed publications against my name, I would be writing ‘for exposure’. With my financial status already poor and about to become poorer next year, I have to weigh up the financial value of my time. For a figure that I’m currently ball-parking at $120 per month, I will redirect time towards creating unique video game research for you all. If not, I will divide my time between video game research writing and ‘for exposure’ writing to increase my employability in the future.

FAQ6. What happens if you find yourself busy with PhD or other work?
If I foresee a month where I am inundated with work and can’t find time for video game research work, I will freeze my Patreon for that month. I aim to frequently post content (even if it’s a behind the scenes look at work) to show Patrons that I am working hard thanks to their contribution.

FAQ7. Are you interested in doing this full-time?
Honestly? No. I would describe video game research as a passion project, but mental health research and epidemiology is my heart and soul. As fun as it is to produce online content, I feel that I need to be on the frontlines speaking in government, conferences and helping people any way I can. I also feel that dedicating myself to this full-time would stagnate my abilities as working in mental health research frequently leads me to learning new data analysis techniques. However, I cannot overstate how valuable I would consider this Patreon to be when I am between research/teaching jobs.

FAQ8. I would like to show my support but don’t want to use Patreon. Is there any way I can make a one-time contribution?
Sure thing, I have a Ko-Fi account for one-off contributions.

Thank you very much for reading and have a lovely day!
Tiers
Clover
$5 or more per month 14 patrons
Clover Patrons will gain access to behind the scenes updates on projects that I will not post on other social media platforms. Patrons can also provide feedback on which projects they would like me to prioritise and are free to ask me questions for Patron-only Q&A sessions.
Platinum
$10 or more per month 13 patrons
Along with Clover rewards, Platinum Patrons will have their name placed in all future articles/videos as thanks for funding my work. They will also receive the reading list for all future articles/videos. Reading lists are different from reference lists as I may not use all the content I have researched when writing an article. 
Goals
$323 of $400 per month
This amount means that I can keep a roof over my head and not have to worry about paying bills. Thank you!
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Hello everyone! I’m Platinum, a PhD student and researcher specialising in mental health, statistics and epidemiology. In my free time, I write highly-researched and educational articles on psychology, research and video gaming. After years of indecisiveness, I have decided to open up a Patreon for this project. I would like to discuss the Patreon itself, what Patreon funds will go towards and more.

The Patreon
I have a number of topics I would like to research and discuss related to psychology and gaming. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Brand new pieces of research for the gaming community (please see FAQ3-5)
  • Games as educational tools*
  • Gaming and cognition*
  • The Psychology of Twitch
  • The Psychology of eSports
  • Gaming as a coping mechanism
  • Gaming communities and social support
  • An in-depth look at gaming and aggression*
  • Book reviews for video game research-based books*
  • Ongoing coverage of Gaming Disorder and Internet Gaming Disorder
  • Ongoing breakdowns of miscellaneous gaming research
  • Individual analyses of mental health focused games**

*Will require the purchase and reading of books before I can sufficiently write about this topic.
**Will require the purchase of games.

All of these topics and more will be educational and helpful for both gamers and those in the games industry.

Patreon Funds and Rewards
To be very transparent, I would like to outline what Patreon funds will be used for regarding this project. Funds will go towards:

  • Setting up my own website and purchasing my own domain name.
  • Purchasing books that collate research and act as valuable resources for me.
  • Commissioning website art and potentially video art (please see FAQ2).
  • Labour costs for reading, writing and potentially video making (please see FAQ2).
  • Keeping a roof over my head (please see FAQ1).
  • Potentially data cleaning, data analysis and analysis writeup (please see FAQ3-5).

The reward aspect of this Patreon is tricky as I am committed to open access and not locking educational content behind a paywall. I have tried to design reward tiers with my firm beliefs in mind, but I am open to suggestions and critique. The current reward tiers include:

$5 Tier – Clover
Clover Patrons will gain access to behind the scenes updates on projects that I will not post on other social media platforms. Patrons can also provide feedback on which projects they would like me to prioritise and are free to ask me questions for Patron-only Q&A sessions.

$10 Tier – Platinum
Along with Clover rewards, Platinum Patrons will have their name placed in all future articles/videos as thanks for funding my work. They will also receive the reading list for all future articles/videos. Reading lists are different from reference lists as I may not use all the content I have researched when writing an article.

If you have any feedback regarding these rewards or would like to suggest other rewards, please feel free to contact me on Twitter or at [email protected].

Patreon FAQ
FAQ1. Why did you decide to create a Patreon?
I could probably write 5,000 words on this alone, but I’ll try to keep it short and succinct using bullet points.

  • Come August 2019 (the end of my PhD), my financial future will be unsure amidst paying bills such as rent. I currently earn below minimum wage, so it would be nice to make extra money making educational content to squirrel away for a rainy day.
  • It is difficult to find a content creator without a Patreon these days. My articles have been featured on YouTube videos with Patreons and merchandise stores aplenty, so my free work technically helps them make money. I am also often the target of academic and online plagiarism as a result of my work. It seems sensible at this point to join the ranks of my peers and receive compensation for academic content.
  • Both the gaming industry and educators seem to like my work. My work has appeared in gaming outlets, has been shared internally within gaming companies and is used as an educational resource in Google Classrooms. I would be encouraged to create more helpful content for the industry and academia if I knew it were helping to pay my bills.

FAQ2. Why do you write articles instead of make videos?

This is related to my own personal living circumstances as I cannot record audio in my current home due to a combination of factors (e.g. noise, privacy, space, people trying to sleep). This is also why I only stream once every few months as the stars have to align before this can happen. These problems won’t exist once I move, so financial support to help pay rent will be massively helpful and will boost the production of my content.

If/when I do transition to videos, I will still publish the same articles on my website for people who do not wish to watch the video version. Win-win for all!

FAQ3. What do you mean by ‘brand new pieces of research for the gaming community’?
If my Patreon is successful, I would like to analyse datasets of video game research using post-graduate level statistical techniques with my own hypotheses. This means that I wouldn’t simply be breaking down someone else’s research, I’d be conducting my own research and sharing it with you all.

FAQ4. Will you be conducting your own surveys and collecting data from people?
No, any brand new research generated from this Patreon will be secondary data analysis of pre-existing datasets. Please let me explain.

I will not be a part of any piece of research that has not received ethical approval. In order for me to collect my own data, I would need to seek ethical approval from my research institute. Ethics submissions require the nomination of a Principal Investigator (PI), an experienced researcher that will supervise the project. As my research institute is mainly concerned with mental and physical health epidemiology and government policy, I don’t believe anyone in my institute would be interested in going through all of the annoying paperwork involved in being my PI for a project that is not within the scope of the institution.

That being said, I am open to collaboration where ethical approval has been/can be clearly obtained. For example, if someone conducted a piece of video game research for their undergraduate degree and still has the dataset along with the ethical approval form, I would be happy to analyse the data.

FAQ5. You’re a hypocrite! Why do you want people to pay you to conduct video game research?
I have a number of research papers I am interested in writing, but there is no funding left for the projects. This means that while I could increase the number of peer-reviewed publications against my name, I would be writing ‘for exposure’. With my financial status already poor and about to become poorer next year, I have to weigh up the financial value of my time. For a figure that I’m currently ball-parking at $120 per month, I will redirect time towards creating unique video game research for you all. If not, I will divide my time between video game research writing and ‘for exposure’ writing to increase my employability in the future.

FAQ6. What happens if you find yourself busy with PhD or other work?
If I foresee a month where I am inundated with work and can’t find time for video game research work, I will freeze my Patreon for that month. I aim to frequently post content (even if it’s a behind the scenes look at work) to show Patrons that I am working hard thanks to their contribution.

FAQ7. Are you interested in doing this full-time?
Honestly? No. I would describe video game research as a passion project, but mental health research and epidemiology is my heart and soul. As fun as it is to produce online content, I feel that I need to be on the frontlines speaking in government, conferences and helping people any way I can. I also feel that dedicating myself to this full-time would stagnate my abilities as working in mental health research frequently leads me to learning new data analysis techniques. However, I cannot overstate how valuable I would consider this Patreon to be when I am between research/teaching jobs.

FAQ8. I would like to show my support but don’t want to use Patreon. Is there any way I can make a one-time contribution?
Sure thing, I have a Ko-Fi account for one-off contributions.

Thank you very much for reading and have a lovely day!

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Tiers
Clover
$5 or more per month 14 patrons
Clover Patrons will gain access to behind the scenes updates on projects that I will not post on other social media platforms. Patrons can also provide feedback on which projects they would like me to prioritise and are free to ask me questions for Patron-only Q&A sessions.
Platinum
$10 or more per month 13 patrons
Along with Clover rewards, Platinum Patrons will have their name placed in all future articles/videos as thanks for funding my work. They will also receive the reading list for all future articles/videos. Reading lists are different from reference lists as I may not use all the content I have researched when writing an article.