Retro Pals are creating videos about gaming history
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Hi friends! We are Retro Pals (Danny and Alex), and we produce the online documentary series PlayStation Year One. It covers the first wave of PS1 games released in the mid-1990s. If you want a sample, our first full-length episode is up at the top of this page. Check it out!

Inspired by chronogaming projects like Dr. Sparkle's Chrontendo and Jeremy Parish's Game Boy World, PlayStation Year One examines every single game released for the Sony PlayStation during its first year on store shelves. Note that our videos are not traditional reviews. Instead, we focus on what makes our subjects interesting or important, from a historical perspective. We're nerds, so we love researching this stuff.

The 32-bit era was a critical point for video gaming. It saw many developers creating 3D worlds for the first time, and it introduced many franchises that are still going strong today. With your help, we can explore its groundbreaking successes and hilarious failures. It'll be a ton of fun!

Why Patreon?

As fans of gaming history, we enjoy making PlayStation Year One, and we think it's vitally important that we continue. As freelance writers with limited resources, however, we need your support. Basically: your pledges allow us to make more episodes and release them sooner.

We also seek funding for console hardware, capture equipment, and other purchases we can't otherwise afford. We've outlined our plans for future purchases and expansions in the milestones you see on this page's sidebar. With your help, we can make PlayStation Year One the best it can be, and your continued support can bring additional documentary projects to life.

What's in it for me?

First off, you get long-lasting comfort in the knowledge that you're supporting the arts. Unfortunately, we're not PBS, so we can't offer you a Retro Pals promotional tote bag in return. Maybe someday! In the meantime, you might think of Patreon as a "tip jar" that you can use to let us know you like our stuff and that you want to see more of it. You can set a maximum amount to contribute every month, and you can lower or cancel your pledge at any time.

We also offer Patreon-exclusive perks! By pledging $1 or more every month, you get access to new PlayStation Year One episodes a week or more before they're available to the public.

In addition, for every month you pledge $5 or more, you get to vote on which games and platforms we feature during our weekly Twitch streams. We love weird games, and our streams feature obscure and under-the-radar stuff from the 8-bit era and beyond, powered by original console hardware.

Thanks for reading, and thanks for helping us make cool stuff!
Rewards
Pledge $1 or more per month
24 patrons
Early access to videos
Pledge at least $1 monthly and you'll receive early access to PlayStation Year One episodes and other videos at least one week before they're available publicly.
Pledge $5 or more per month
35 patrons
Stream vote
Backers at the $5 level will see new episodes early AND will get to vote on which games and consoles we feature during our weekly streams.
Goals
$217 of $400 per month
Improved stream setup. We can only handle low-bitrate streaming at the moment. A new video card would boost performance in a big way.
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Hi friends! We are Retro Pals (Danny and Alex), and we produce the online documentary series PlayStation Year One. It covers the first wave of PS1 games released in the mid-1990s. If you want a sample, our first full-length episode is up at the top of this page. Check it out!

Inspired by chronogaming projects like Dr. Sparkle's Chrontendo and Jeremy Parish's Game Boy World, PlayStation Year One examines every single game released for the Sony PlayStation during its first year on store shelves. Note that our videos are not traditional reviews. Instead, we focus on what makes our subjects interesting or important, from a historical perspective. We're nerds, so we love researching this stuff.

The 32-bit era was a critical point for video gaming. It saw many developers creating 3D worlds for the first time, and it introduced many franchises that are still going strong today. With your help, we can explore its groundbreaking successes and hilarious failures. It'll be a ton of fun!

Why Patreon?

As fans of gaming history, we enjoy making PlayStation Year One, and we think it's vitally important that we continue. As freelance writers with limited resources, however, we need your support. Basically: your pledges allow us to make more episodes and release them sooner.

We also seek funding for console hardware, capture equipment, and other purchases we can't otherwise afford. We've outlined our plans for future purchases and expansions in the milestones you see on this page's sidebar. With your help, we can make PlayStation Year One the best it can be, and your continued support can bring additional documentary projects to life.

What's in it for me?

First off, you get long-lasting comfort in the knowledge that you're supporting the arts. Unfortunately, we're not PBS, so we can't offer you a Retro Pals promotional tote bag in return. Maybe someday! In the meantime, you might think of Patreon as a "tip jar" that you can use to let us know you like our stuff and that you want to see more of it. You can set a maximum amount to contribute every month, and you can lower or cancel your pledge at any time.

We also offer Patreon-exclusive perks! By pledging $1 or more every month, you get access to new PlayStation Year One episodes a week or more before they're available to the public.

In addition, for every month you pledge $5 or more, you get to vote on which games and platforms we feature during our weekly Twitch streams. We love weird games, and our streams feature obscure and under-the-radar stuff from the 8-bit era and beyond, powered by original console hardware.

Thanks for reading, and thanks for helping us make cool stuff!

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Rewards
Pledge $1 or more per month
24 patrons
Early access to videos
Pledge at least $1 monthly and you'll receive early access to PlayStation Year One episodes and other videos at least one week before they're available publicly.
Pledge $5 or more per month
35 patrons
Stream vote
Backers at the $5 level will see new episodes early AND will get to vote on which games and consoles we feature during our weekly streams.