Chris Chapman

is creating stories about gaming history in video

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About

Every game has a story. I'm Chris, and I want to tell as many of these stories as I can.




I'm the creator of Retrohistories, a series of mini-documentaries available for free on YouTube. So far I've chronicled the rise and fall of Might and Magic, examined Bungie's first decade as a Mac-focused indie game developer, and dug deep into the previously undocumented development of Interplay's cancelled adventure Star Trek: Secret of Vulcan Fury. I've told the tales of how the first violent game set the scene for the next twenty years of media coverage, Sony making an enemy of a Church of England cathedral, the disgruntled Maxis employee whose prank made it into SimCopter, and a magician's battle with Nintendo over a Pokémon's likeness.




I believe that video is the best medium for these stories. But producing video is time-consuming and complex, especially when you're working solo. Research, writing, voiceover, editing, motion graphics, promotion, even the occasional bits of 3D modelling and music — 95% of the production is a one-man show. I've been working on them in my spare time, and they've each taken months to complete.

With your help, I can put more time and resources into producing episodes, and hopefully find a long-term, sustainable future for the series.




If you pledge to this campaign, you'll be billed whenever I release a new episode: that's roughly once a month. Any other videos I make won't be charged; you're only pledging for full and finished episodes of Retrohistories.

I'm passionate about bringing video game history to a wider audience, without chasing trends or compromising quality. If this is something you believe in too, and you have a few spare dollars, I would be truly grateful if you could help me make it happen.




Whether or not you decide to pledge, thank you for reading. I hope you enjoy the series!
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Hitting this goal would give me the resources to conduct better original research: things like conducting interviews, pulling rare material from archives, and maybe even a little travel to study collections in museums and libraries that are unavailable online.
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By becoming a patron, you'll instantly unlock access to 214 exclusive posts
14
Audio releases
9
Images
101
Links
1
Poll
83
Writings
8
Videos

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