Episode 34 – Chat with Matt

Welcome another interview here at Critical Distance!

This month we interview the host of Youtube show Matt Chat: English Professor at St. Cloud State University, Matt Barton. Matt Chat is a channel focused on older games, inspired by the books he published on the history of video games, Dungeons & Desktops and Vintage Games. As the episodes continued over the past 6 years, he has gone the extra mile getting the creators of these older games on for interviews, including gaming luminaries such as John Romero, Ralph Baer, Chris Avellone, Brian Fargo, Lord British and many many more.

During our interview, we talk about the facts of interviewing, setting them up, the behind-the-scenes work going into them and how to develop a rapport with the subject. We also envision future uses of the material he has produced and archived on his remarkable channel.

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Matt Chat

Dungeons & Desktops: The History of Computer Role Playing Games

Vintage Games: An Insider Look at the History of Grand Theft Auto, Super Mario and the Most Influential Video Games of All Time

GamePlay: The Story of the Video Game Revolution

Matt Chat 40: Sword of Fargol with Jeff McCord

Matt Chat 44: Ralph Baer, the Father of Videogames

Matt Chat 51-55: Interview with John Romero

Matt Chat 78: Arnold Hendrick Interview

Matt Chat Patreon

Opening Theme: ‘Close’ by The Alpha Conspiracy

Closing Theme: ‘Wishing Never’ by The Alpha Conspiracy