Matt Barton is creating
Game Industry Videos

In-depth interviews with games industry legends.

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Hire a Production Assistant
$750 per Video
Matt Chat really should be a full-time job, but I already have a full-time job. As the show grows, it'd be great to have another part-timer on call to help out with scheduling, research, promotion, and other tasks.
Attend Major Industry Events
$1,000 per Video
I miss big opportunities every year to travel on-location to places like GDC and CGE just because I don't have the funds for it. This is sad, because I could do lots of on-site interviews if I did. With this level of support coming in, I could set aside some each month for travel expenses, and attend and film in-person interviews at these events.


Dr. Matt Barton is a tenured professor of English at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota, where he has been teaching courses in writing and technology (click here for his academic CV) since 2005. He is the producer of “Matt Chat,” a weekly YouTube program featuring interviews with noted videogame developers and in-depth retrospectives of great videogames. He’s the author of Honoring the Code: Conversations with Great Game Designers and Dungeons & Desktops: The History of Computer Role-Playing Games. He’s the co-author of Vintage Games: An Insider Look at the History of Grand Theft Auto, Super Mario, and the Most Influential Games of All Time. He lives in Saint Cloud, Minnesota, with his wife Elizabeth.


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Matt Chat is dedicated to preserving and celebrating the history of the videogame history. I contend that videogames have become an indispensable part of our culture, and great videogame developers are just as historically important today as any great film director or book author. Instead of only enjoying games, I want to take you on my journey to learn where our favorite games and platforms came from--what kind of people made them, and what were they thinking?

Matt Chat began as a hobby project in February 2009. Starting off primarily as a way to promote my book Dungeons and Desktops, Matt Chat quickly evolved a life of its own. Each week, I feature in-depth reviews of classic videogames and interviews with famous developers such as John Romero, Chris Avellone, Tim Cain, Richard “Lord British” Garriott, and Rebecca Heineman.

I have fun doing these videos, and love humor and frequent references to my favorite 80s movies and games. However, unlike many prominent "YouTubers" doing videogame stuff, I'm dedicated to being factually correct and well-informed about the games and developers I have on the show. You'll never hear me throwing tantrums, disrespecting guests, or dropping the F-bomb.

Here are a few things folks have said about Matt Chat:

"Matt has done a great service for the RPG community over the years and I'm excited as always to be back on his show." - Brian Fargo, Leader in Exile 

“I think these are the most definitive interviews with me so far. One of the most pleasant interviews I’ve ever been in.” – George “The Fat Man” Sanger, Game Audio Legend

“You were one of the best-informed interviewers that I have ever spoken with. You seemed to know everything about my career.” – Tim Cain, Fallout Designer

“I just want to say how much I enjoyed watching your latest episode of Matt Chat. Your running commentaries are hilarious.” – Philip Jong, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Adventure Classic Gaming

You won’t see any ads on my show. It’s entirely, 100% fan-funded, and all of my videos are licensed with Creative Commons, so you or anyone else is free to watch and remix them without having to pay me anything.

Thank you for your time and support! 
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