Things already pointed out to me that I got wrong:
It’s not “Thomas,” it’s “Tommy.” I realized this halfway through editing the video, but since he’s such a non-entity in the game I felt it almost drove my point home more.
It’s not “Nuketown” it’s “Megaton.” This is my own fault for mixing up Fallout cities, but also Bethesda’s fault for naming some cities in really boring ways. No one confuses Little Lamp Light or Nipton!
It was pointed out to me that I hadn’t yet posted the Patreon announcement on my own website! I think at one point I was saving this post for a long explanation about why I’m doing this as well as how exciting and scary this has turned out to be. However, that piece has yet to materialize – it’s likely still coming, but I’ve been too busy scrambling to make sure I have both a good episode and a good short lined up for this month. I’ve also been toying with the idea of waiting until I’ve completed a full cycle before doing it too, from posting the original campaign to making a month’s worth of content to receiving Patreon donations. That way whatever piece I finally make isn’t “first day jitters: the blog post,” but instead represents the full process of launching, producing content for, and seeing the results of a campaign like this.
Regardless, if the video isn’t clear:
Errant Signal isn’t going away or going up behind a paywall or anything like that. I’m just asking for some help to make the show better, more regular, and more professional. Every bit helps towards that end, but even if this thing got exactly zero dollars I’d still do the show for as long as I could afford to.
If you aren’t comfortable with, can’t afford to, or simply have disagreements with the idea of donating: don’t! It doesn’t offend me, and I totally get how awkward crowdfunding is and how ill-defined the boundaries are here. It weirds me out too, believe me. But like I said, I’ll write more on that later.
Also, please consider donating to other games critics who could use the money!I’d love to do this show professionally – it’d mean more frequent episodes with more time and care put into them – but I don’t want this to be a zero sum game of self-promotion. Due to having a comparatively large YouTube subscriber base, I reach more eyes than a lot of critics, which makes it unfairly easy for me to generate views to my Patreon page – views that could benefit others far more than myself. So here are some game critic Patreon pages I’m aware of, but by no means a comprehensive list: