on Jan 8, 2014
0:00 Josh has Jellybeans.
Aside: Last year I watched Candyman: The David Klein Story. (That link goes to Hulu where you can watch it for free.) It’s interesting and a little sad. It also made me want to eat candy, so watch out for that.
2:00 Rutskarn is playing the Saints Row 4.
We talk about the series, compare the humor to GTA, discuss the the “romance scenes”, and talk about choice and Mass Effect.
17:30 Chris is playing Continue?9876543421.
28:00 Shamus is playing The Novelist.
This is a game all about balancing creative work with family life. Like I said in the show: I found a lot of meaning in the game, but it depicts a problem we spent years dealing with. I’m curious if it holds the same appeal for someone that hasn’t been through this.
42:00 Josh is playing the Ys Chronicles.
46:00 Rutskarn recaps the Aunty Paladins.
Rutskarn spins us a yarn of how the stream went and shares some of the highlights.
1:02:00 Chris talks about his Patreon campaign.
I find this incredibly encouraging. I might give this topic a post of its own, but the short version is that by sponsoring a show directly, the money ends up in the hands of the people who make the content we love. Compare this to the old model where:
- Acme buys advertising space on YouTube.
- The ad runs on a video made by Bob.
- Carla clicks on the ad. (Probably by accident, if my own surfing habits are any indication.)
- YouTube gives a tiny little bit of the advertising money to Bob.
And all too often:
- Actually, some jackass copyright troll flags Bob as producing infringing content and siphons off some of his revenue while Bob spends time disputing the claim instead of making more content.
Acme can’t tell where their ad shows up or who will see it in this madcap YouTube world. YouTube doesn’t care about the quality of Bob’s show as long as people watch it. Bob doesn’t care about Acme as long as he gets his money. When Carla clicks, it’s not because she likes Bob’s show, but because she’s ostensibly interested in Acme. The parties all have goals that are either completely unrelated or even in conflict.
It’s an awful system, and the only reason we’re using it is because we don’t have anything better. Services like Subbable and Patreon might be a way to route around this madness.
Like Errant Signal? Want to encourage it? You can support it here. And as Chris is quick to say: The show will continue whether you give or not. Giving is your way of saying, “Dear internet. Make more stuff like this.”