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.
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
Opening Theme: ‘Close’ by The Alpha Conspiracy
Closing Theme: ‘Wishing Never’ by The Alpha Conspiracy