Remember The Game Industries
"LEVEL UP" Project
Updated: October 1, 2020 (Original post follows this update)
I hope you're all staying safe and sane during these crazy times. It's been a little while since I initially rolled out my plan for Project: Level Up, and I thought I'd give you an update on our progress and what my plans are for the next few months, because the support we've received over the last few months has been incredible.
First and foremost, to all of you that have promoted, plugged, discovered, and/or listened to the show this year; thank you. The download numbers for Remember The Game? have increased exponentially over the last twelve months, and it's fucking awesome. And if you've supported us on Patreon, be it for a month, or a year, I can't tell you how much I appreciate you spending a couple bucks of your money on me and the shows. Thank you very, very much.
My goal when I rolled out Level Up was 200 supporters, and we had about 60 at the time. We're grown to 126 as of this writing, which is incredible. Your money goes toward my equipment, operating costs, and advertising the show, and it really has played a gigantic role in the growth of the brand. I didn't know if my goal of 200 was possible, but now I have no doubt in my mind we'll get there. And as a reminder, when we hit it, everyone that makes up that number will receive a RTG? lanyard and a thank you note from yours truly.
I've gone out of my way to offer you as much value for your $2 as I possibly can, and I'm happy to say the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. I'm glad those of you that have signed up feel that I offer a fair return for your money. As I take on more podcasts, streaming and youtube video projects, the time I sink into this continues to increase (I'm putting about 60 hours a week into this now), and that financial return on my time makes this all possible.
I've spent a lot of time considering optionss to increase my revenue without ripping anyone off. I talk about it on the shows, but the line between what I want the shows to be, and running a profitable business is a thin one indeed. I'm obviously grateful for the support, but I'd be doing myself a disservice if I wasn't trying to expand my business. I have a couple ideas I'd like to go over with you.
A common thing podcasts do to increase revenue is put old episodes behind a paywall, and I won't do that. I know how many of you discover the show and go back through old episodes, and I'll never charge someone to listen to 'Remember The Game?'. This may not be a wise choice from a business perspective, because there's almost 120 podcasts waiting for you now, but I don't care. I want everyone to be able to enjoy the show.
What I've decided to do is roll out a new $5 tier on our patreon. It was tough, because most of the perks other podcasts offer at higher pledges, I already offer for $2. I've decided to give those of you that want to support me at the higher level a little more pull when it comes to my content. All the perks and benefits can be found at Patreon.com/Rememberthegame
I have taken on the occasional sponsor as well, and I want you to know I mean it when I say I pick my ads carefully. I won't endorse a product or brand I don't believe in, and you can take that to the bank.
The addition income is going to help me continue to expand. I have dreams of launching an actual Remember The Game? Industries site down the road, featuring merchandise, more shows, etc. I'd also love to be in a spot to give back to the gaming community, and help new podcasts and streamers get on their feet. And of course, I want to continue pumping out content. The new podcasts and Twitch streaming wouldn't have happened without your patreon support.
I don't want this to sound cheesy, but I don't take any of you for granted. Everyone that launches a podcast dreams of finding themselves in a position where it starts to become a livelihood, and they have a great community of listeners to support them. I fell ass backwards into that exact spot, and I can't thank you all enough for making it possible.
I've met a ton of you - online, at least - and formed some new friendships with RTG. I take pride in making myself very available and approachable, and I truly enjoy interacting with my fans. We've set up a PO Box too, and I encourage you to consider sending me a postcard or a note. You might even get something back ;)
The best part of this whole thing has been watching our community grow. I've said it to death, but as long as you're not a racist, a sexist, or an asshole in general, you're welcome here. I just want to talk video games, and so do most of our listeners.
If you enjoy what I do, and if you like Remember The Game? and Game Patch, please consider supporting me on Patreon if you can. My goal of 200 supporters is within reach, and with your help, we'll continue to grow and improve this brand. For the millionth time, thank you all so much. This is literally a dream come true, and I can't wait to see where we end up :)
If you're reading this, you either have an interest in me and my podcast, or way too much time on your hands. Either way, thanks for coming by.
I have a lot I want to say, and I'm putting all my cards on the table here. When I launched Remember The Game? back in 2018, I didn't plan on forming 'Remember The Game Industries'. I didn't think we'd get more than a couple dozen downloads per week. I certainly never would've imagined we'd have an incredible community made up of listeners from all around the world.
I just wanted to talk about video games.
110 episodes later, the show has transformed from a hacky comedian interviewing his friends into an hour long profanity laced tirade filled with gaming memories, news, and jokes. We have listeners across Canada, the US, Europe, and Australia. I've made a lot of great friends, and even though everyone with a podcast says it, I truly believe we have one of the best communities on the internet.
We have a second weekly show, a (part-time) let's play series, I'm putting more time into this than anything else in my life these days. And while there was a time when I had to balance RTG with my comedy career, that isn't an issue right now. I've decided it's time to dedicate more of my week to the show, creating content, and trying to grow RTG Industries into a real brand.
It's time to level up.
The gaming content creator universe is so oversaturated already. There's a TON of podcasts, streamers, and Youtubers out there. And unless you got in early, or had a known platform to launch from (IGN, Kotaku, etc), it's incredibly difficult to get a foothold and start building an audience. But we've managed to do it. Our downloads have grown by almost 500% in the last 6 months(!), and while I'm grateful beyond words, I feel like I've fallen ass backwards into a golden opportunity, and I'm not making full use of it.
Our download numbers have exploded this year. (Thank you!)
I have dreamed about podcasting for a living for years. But it takes a lot of luck, time, and work to make it happen. I've got an ample supply of luck, and some extra time. I need to put in the work. So I've come up with a blueprint to expand the Remember The Game? brand, and if you're not bored yet, I'd like to lay it out for you.
First and most important, Remember The Game? isn't going anywhere. Recording it is absolutely one of the highlights of my week, and new episodes will continue to go live every Wednesday until I run out of games to talk about or you all stop listening. I am going to change it a little though.
The intro to the show has always been my biggest concern. It didn't have one when the show started, and it's grown into a 20+ minute weekly discussion about gaming news, upcoming games, and what I've been playing. A few listeners have criticized it (which is totally cool), but a majority of you seem to enjoy it. Which is great, because I love talking about modern games and gaming news.
So beginning next week, I'm going to experiment with a weekly gaming news show.
The intro to Remember The Game? will shift to a complete focus on retro games. I'll go over any retro gaming news that pops up, review what I'm playing, and read listeners comments and questions about old games. I have a couple ideas to stir up weekly discussions, and I think they'll be a lot of fun. It'll continue to go live every Wednesday.
And the new gaming show will go live on Fridays for Patrons, and Monday on free feeds. I envision it as a show broken into 3 segments; Xbox, Playstation, and Nintendo. I won't go over every story for every console, just the biggest news and anything I have an opinion on (much like the current intros for Remember The Game?). I'll also break down the big new releases for each platform, and if there's anything on sale that I'd recommend, I'll go over that as well.
So the new weekly schedule will look something like:
WEDNESDAY - Remember The Game? (All retro gaming talk)
FRIDAY - Gaming News Podcast (Patron early access)
SUNDAY - Expansion Pass (Our gaming conversation Patron exclusive show)
MONDAY - Gaming News Podcast (Free feeds)
You might be thinking "Adam, you dumb bastard. There's already 3 billion gaming news podcasts out there", and you wouldn't be wrong. I hesitated because of that, too. But so many of you have reached out and expressed how much you enjoy the way I voice my opinions on gaming. I truly feel like I offer a unique, fun, and entertaining alternative to the standard "by the book" gaming news shows out there right now, and hopefully I'm right.
And by splitting it into three segments (that will be time stamped in the weekly descriptions) you can get your news fix for the system(s) you care about quick and painlessly.
In addition to another podcast, I'm going to step up my video content. I want to make my let's play series Adam Sucks at Video Games a daily occurrence, and I want to start streaming the retro games I'm playing for the show on Twitch. I'm really committed, so much so that I bought a new computer this week that (hopefully) is capable of doing all the stuff I want to do.
I know not all of you watch let's plays or streams, but for those of you that are interested in them, this should be a great way for me to interact with all of you and spend more time within the community.
Needless to say, all of this is going to be a major time commitment for me. Stand-up comedy isn't going to be a full-time job for the foreseeable future, so if I was ever going to chase this dream of mine, now's the time. I already put 15-20 hours/week into the show, and I expect that commitment to double at a minimum.
Which brings us to you.
I'm going to be as transparent and honest with you as I can possibly be here, and I apologize for sounding like a salesman, but support on Patreon has never been more important. I have savings to live off of for the time being, but I simply can't commit 40+ hours a week to content creation in the long term without seeing an increase in Patreon support. I've done everything in my power to offer as much value for your $2/month as I can.
I'm not introducing any new Patreon tiers, despite several of our current supporters saying they would pledge more in a heartbeat if I offered it. My reasoning is simple; life is expensive, and I want all of my content to be accessible to everyone.
So we're staying at a simple $2/month tier. And under this new plan, that $2 will get you the following:
Access to our Patreon exclusive show Expansion Pass every Sunday
- Access to all previous bonus podcasts (See a full list HERE)
- The ability to submit questions and comments for all of our shows (I read a lot of them!)
- A weekly shout-out
- The ability to suggest games for, and to vote in, our monthly Patreon Polls
- Early access to my new gaming news show (patrons get it Friday, free feeds on Monday)
- Direct access to me via DM (I check and reply to them daily)
And in addition to all that, when we hit 200 Patrons, everyone that makes up that 200 will receive a Remember The Game? lanyard and a hand-written thank you note from me.
My first stretch goal is 200 supporters. We're at 90 already, and if we can reach 200, I can (financially) justify the time I'm going to spend working on the show.
I'm not looking for charity or anything. And I'm not adverse to working. I drove a forklift for 15 years before comedy, and I'll get back on it tomorrow if I have to. But I can't do both. Professional podcasting has been a dream of mine for years, and I've decided it's time to take my shot. I promise I will do everything in my power to produce the best content I possibly can for you.
If you enjoy what I do, I implore you to consider supporting the show. Imagine getting in on the ground floor of IGN, Kotaku, Kinda Funny, (insert your favourite gaming channel here) when they started. I don't know if we'll ever reach that level, but I know we won't if I don't try. And I want you to come along for the ride.
I don't care where you stand politically, where you're from, who you sleep with, what music you listen to. If you're a nice person, and you love video games, you're welcome at Remember The Game Industries. Thank you for reading this ridiculously long post, for supporting me and the show, and for listening. This is already a dream come true for me, and I'll never be able to thank you enough. We have a chance to create something special here, and I'm ready to jump in with both feet. Come swim with me.
Just look out for that fucking dolphin.