Who We Are & What We DoHi. I'm Scott. And along with James, Matt, Dennis, ArJay, & Nathan...we're In-Game Chat.
In-Game Chat is, first and foremost, a radio show about video games and gaming. When we say "radio" the first thought most people have is a podcast. Well, we're one of those too, but we're also an actual FM radio show. We broadcast live every Saturday night from 4pm to 6pm central from the studios of News Talk 93.1 FM in Montgomery, Alabama. We've got phones for live call-ins and the whole nine yards as far as a radio talk show goes. We started out doing this in February of 2007 and have been doing it, in some form or another (not always on the radio), for the past 8 years. In case you haven't watched the video, I'm telling you all of this because our Patreon isn't a make or break situation for us. No matter what you give (or don't give), it doesn't mean we'll stop after a certain amount (or lack of). We'll likely continue to do this as long as we're allowed and can continue to make it to the show every Saturday. We aren't going anywhere.
So, I mentioned we're a podcast too. And look, here we are on iTunes! It's the exact same show as the one on Saturday night, just minus the commercials. It's also available a few days later (usually Tuesdays). We also broadcast the show live on our Twitch channel. We have a YouTube channel as well where we post the video of each show (again, usually on Tuesday) and also any game videos we may make for reviews, first looks, or just us playing a favorite game or genre. There's also Twitter, Facebook, a Steam Group, forums, and even a Google+ page for those of you into that sort of thing.
Why Now & Why Patreon?There have been times in years past where we've been told outright from a listener that they would give us money for what we do, and after we endlessly thank them for the offer and kind words, we still never felt right about getting money involved in the show in any way. We weren't sure how to go about it and felt money might eventually complicate things. It was a scary frontier and we were happy just doing it the way we've been doing it now for the past 8 years. Then came Kickstarter and some listeners encouraged us to start one of those, but we didn't like how that was set up. You pay us, we raise a certain amount, and you get a product. Well...you're already getting a product without paying us, so that didn't seem like an idea that made sense. Then there was Patreon, and this one actually seemed to be a good fit for us. We'll still make content, you'll still get the content, and you can pay us for it or get it for free - your choice. We like that idea. You having the choice of what to do with your money sounds like a good idea to us. You already have the choice to listen or watch us so why not the same with the way you spend your money for us?
What Will You Do With My Money?We don't have any sort of large plan or long term goals with this idea. None of us get paid to do this. That's exactly right. For 8 years we've done this for the total fun of doing it. I work at the radio station we broadcast from, yes, but this aspect of my job isn't...part of my job. In all honesty, it's a trade off. The station gets local content (even video game talk) for free instead of something piped in and pre-recorded earlier during the week and we get to have an actual radio show to talk about video games. We sometimes have to step back and think on that for a moment. We're on the radio! We're talking about video games for 2 hours on the radio!! That's...kind of a big deal to us. At the outset, this money is going to go into getting a new streaming PC for the show. It's been long over due and we'd like to get started on that. Currently, we're using my PC and it's a giant beast of a box to have to lug to the station every week. Not to mention hauling it up and down the stairs to the studio. We'd build something competent for the job and compact for the hassle. Then there's the games. There's 6 of us and while we all won't play the same game at the same time, it'd be nice to be able to afford buying games for those on the show who want to play them so we can talk about them on the show or make some videos of them.
So while your money would be going into the show, it'll also be going into making content for the show. Getting these games means more streaming and YouTube videos. We'd also look into upgrading our camera equipment. We've had ideas about using some professional cameras instead of or in addition to the $70 webcams we bought at Best Buy that we currently use.