The D-Pad is creating Let's Play videos, video essays, and film and game reviews
26

patrons

$191
per month
Hey, everybody!  Welcome to the Patreon page for The D-Pad!  We've been making all kinds of gaming content for the last seven years, from radio shows to Let's Plays, to educational videos and critical analysis, and we're looking to stretch our legs and start creating even more new content!

Since we rebooted our channel back in 2013, we've released multiple videos every single day as part of tons of different series, including Pokémon RivalsThe Legendary Let's PlayThe Mega Let's PlayThe Super Sonic Let's Play, and plenty more.  Whether we're playing Mega Man or Zelda, Sonic or Kirby, Spyro or Resident Evil, we want to bring you guys the most awesome videos we can.

So what would you say... you do here?

The backbone of our channel for the bulk of the last five years has been serial Let's Play content, usually in the form of Franchise Plays—we pick a game franchise and tackle the whole thing, one game at a time.  First we took on the Legend of Zelda series, then when that was finished, we started working on Mega Man, Kirby, and Sonic the Hedgehog.  The goal of these Franchise Plays isn't just to play the games, but to try to understand the path these series have traveled, and try to comprehend how the various companies behind them came to decide the things they did, for better or worse.  Did Capcom run out of ideas when Keiji Inafune left the company?  Could Sega make Sonic relevant again after almost 30 years of highs and lows?  That's what we attempt to unravel, and as you might expect, this means acquiring the games in question to play them.  We've put our hands on over 250 games so far, and are always looking to bring something new to the table.

In addition, we've been taking deeper and deeper dives into live-action video content production as well, from scripted film reviews in Seriesly to panel discussion and analysis in Movie Nights at the Roundtable, to thorough analysis of specific events in film and video game history in A Brief History.  When it comes to live content, the real deciding factor as to how crisp and clean our output can be comes down to our audio and video equipment.  We currently have a Canon EOS 70D that is serving us quite well, but it does carry some limitations we're looking into improving on, not to mention a few projects that would benefit from a more stable multi-camera setup.  Likewise, lavalier and boom microphones, professional-grade green screens, a source monitor, along with wireless audio setups can help us be more dynamic in our filmmaking, and as you might be starting to notice, the costs start to add up.

That sounds like a lot, is my $1 even going to matter?

You'd be surprised!  Honestly, every little bit really does help, and we're working on setting up a more itemized budget this summer so it can be easier to see where that dollar is going.

In all seriousness, we do this out of the love of the game.  We're not pocketing cash and walking away, we spend a lot of money on new equipment, games and consoles new and old, and the software needed to bring the gameplay from our screen to yours.

There are lots of perks and goals on the side there, and we're always open to new ideas for stuff we can do for you!

And even if you can't/don't/won't put money to the cause, we would love for you to watch and enjoy our videos all the same.  We will never restrict content to patrons, so whether you put money in or not, you will always be able to see our stuff.
Tiers
The Popstar Tier
$1 or more per month 7 patrons
Welcome to the D-Pad family!  All patrons will get not only a one-time shout out on the next video we record, but also access to our most current schedule of recorded gameplay and videos.  You can see what's coming up, or how far ahead we are than the videos already visible.

This schedule will be spoiler-free.  Special announcements (like new games or plot-relevant details) will be concealed, but you'll still be able to see that a video is there.

In addition, when we reach our $100/month goal whenever possible now that we've reached $100/month (thank you!), all patrons will also be given access to an active poll to determine the next game we play in our "extra slot".
Includes Discord rewards
The Fastest Tier Alive (#Betraytreon Edition)
$4 or more per month 1 patron
Send us a name and photo (however you prefer to present them) and we'll add them to all upcoming videos in the series of your choice!

Reduced by $1 to offset Patreon's new patron-funded fee structure nightmare.

Includes Discord rewards
The Robot Master Tier (#Betraytreon Edition)
$9 or more per month 7 patrons
You get access to a monthly live YouTube Hangout with us!  We'll chill, talk about new stuff on the channel, shoot the shit, whatever!  Should be a fun time.


Reduced by $1 to offset Patreon's new patron-funded fee structure nightmare.

Includes Discord rewards
The Big Kahuna Tier (#Betraytreon Edition)
$19 or more per month 2 patrons
Every person who drops a twenty on us gets to have their name and a link to their channel in the description of every one of our videos!  It's a great way to get some eyes back on you, and we're proud to blast those links all over as our sincere thanks for your support and patronage.


Reduced by $1 to offset Patreon's new patron-funded fee structure nightmare.

Includes Discord rewards
The Tier of Evil's Bane (#Betraytreon Edition)
$48 or more per month 0 of 4 patrons
Here goes.  If you put this much in, we really need to pull out all the stops.  We will create a personalized video ad for the channel or product of your choice, and post it at the end of any one video per week.  And it won't just be "Hey, this is _____, it's cool, bye!"  We'll actually go in-depth and really wow the viewers with something special.


The limit of 4 is temporary as we ramp it up, and over time we will be raising that limit to accomodate new patrons!


Reduced by $2 to offset Patreon's new patron-funded fee structure nightmare.

Includes Discord rewards
Goals
$191 of $200 per month
Did you know Nicolas Cage was almost Superman in a movie called Superman Lives?

No joke, it was supposed to happen.  And the script eventually made it to the net.  It... is amazingly bad.  So naturally, we need to utterly annihilate it by giving an over-the-top performance of the script.  Reaching this goal means we can record this abomination for YouTube consumption.
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Hey, everybody!  Welcome to the Patreon page for The D-Pad!  We've been making all kinds of gaming content for the last seven years, from radio shows to Let's Plays, to educational videos and critical analysis, and we're looking to stretch our legs and start creating even more new content!

Since we rebooted our channel back in 2013, we've released multiple videos every single day as part of tons of different series, including Pokémon RivalsThe Legendary Let's PlayThe Mega Let's PlayThe Super Sonic Let's Play, and plenty more.  Whether we're playing Mega Man or Zelda, Sonic or Kirby, Spyro or Resident Evil, we want to bring you guys the most awesome videos we can.

So what would you say... you do here?

The backbone of our channel for the bulk of the last five years has been serial Let's Play content, usually in the form of Franchise Plays—we pick a game franchise and tackle the whole thing, one game at a time.  First we took on the Legend of Zelda series, then when that was finished, we started working on Mega Man, Kirby, and Sonic the Hedgehog.  The goal of these Franchise Plays isn't just to play the games, but to try to understand the path these series have traveled, and try to comprehend how the various companies behind them came to decide the things they did, for better or worse.  Did Capcom run out of ideas when Keiji Inafune left the company?  Could Sega make Sonic relevant again after almost 30 years of highs and lows?  That's what we attempt to unravel, and as you might expect, this means acquiring the games in question to play them.  We've put our hands on over 250 games so far, and are always looking to bring something new to the table.

In addition, we've been taking deeper and deeper dives into live-action video content production as well, from scripted film reviews in Seriesly to panel discussion and analysis in Movie Nights at the Roundtable, to thorough analysis of specific events in film and video game history in A Brief History.  When it comes to live content, the real deciding factor as to how crisp and clean our output can be comes down to our audio and video equipment.  We currently have a Canon EOS 70D that is serving us quite well, but it does carry some limitations we're looking into improving on, not to mention a few projects that would benefit from a more stable multi-camera setup.  Likewise, lavalier and boom microphones, professional-grade green screens, a source monitor, along with wireless audio setups can help us be more dynamic in our filmmaking, and as you might be starting to notice, the costs start to add up.

That sounds like a lot, is my $1 even going to matter?

You'd be surprised!  Honestly, every little bit really does help, and we're working on setting up a more itemized budget this summer so it can be easier to see where that dollar is going.

In all seriousness, we do this out of the love of the game.  We're not pocketing cash and walking away, we spend a lot of money on new equipment, games and consoles new and old, and the software needed to bring the gameplay from our screen to yours.

There are lots of perks and goals on the side there, and we're always open to new ideas for stuff we can do for you!

And even if you can't/don't/won't put money to the cause, we would love for you to watch and enjoy our videos all the same.  We will never restrict content to patrons, so whether you put money in or not, you will always be able to see our stuff.

Recent posts by The D-Pad

Tiers
The Popstar Tier
$1 or more per month 7 patrons
Welcome to the D-Pad family!  All patrons will get not only a one-time shout out on the next video we record, but also access to our most current schedule of recorded gameplay and videos.  You can see what's coming up, or how far ahead we are than the videos already visible.

This schedule will be spoiler-free.  Special announcements (like new games or plot-relevant details) will be concealed, but you'll still be able to see that a video is there.

In addition, when we reach our $100/month goal whenever possible now that we've reached $100/month (thank you!), all patrons will also be given access to an active poll to determine the next game we play in our "extra slot".
Includes Discord rewards
The Fastest Tier Alive (#Betraytreon Edition)
$4 or more per month 1 patron
Send us a name and photo (however you prefer to present them) and we'll add them to all upcoming videos in the series of your choice!

Reduced by $1 to offset Patreon's new patron-funded fee structure nightmare.

Includes Discord rewards
The Robot Master Tier (#Betraytreon Edition)
$9 or more per month 7 patrons
You get access to a monthly live YouTube Hangout with us!  We'll chill, talk about new stuff on the channel, shoot the shit, whatever!  Should be a fun time.


Reduced by $1 to offset Patreon's new patron-funded fee structure nightmare.

Includes Discord rewards
The Big Kahuna Tier (#Betraytreon Edition)
$19 or more per month 2 patrons
Every person who drops a twenty on us gets to have their name and a link to their channel in the description of every one of our videos!  It's a great way to get some eyes back on you, and we're proud to blast those links all over as our sincere thanks for your support and patronage.


Reduced by $1 to offset Patreon's new patron-funded fee structure nightmare.

Includes Discord rewards
The Tier of Evil's Bane (#Betraytreon Edition)
$48 or more per month 0 of 4 patrons
Here goes.  If you put this much in, we really need to pull out all the stops.  We will create a personalized video ad for the channel or product of your choice, and post it at the end of any one video per week.  And it won't just be "Hey, this is _____, it's cool, bye!"  We'll actually go in-depth and really wow the viewers with something special.


The limit of 4 is temporary as we ramp it up, and over time we will be raising that limit to accomodate new patrons!


Reduced by $2 to offset Patreon's new patron-funded fee structure nightmare.

Includes Discord rewards