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I can make a game funny without it being bad. I realized this. That's the one thing that my recipe is missing. I don't want to make the game LOOK BAD, but make it funny. Doesn't mean bad. THAT'S HOW I'LL DO IT! Thanks Professor for helping me look another direction on the subject!

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I only speak for myself but the last thing I am looking for is another review or podcaster poking fun at old games, much more interesting to see people who enjoy and appreciate the classics, yeah the picking apart and making fun of things has been done to death, enjoying, sharing, having fun and appreciating the classics is something I would have far more interest in watching and being supportive of. I mean E.t. is pretty low hanging fruit and has been crapped on by everyone and his grandmother by now and by everyone else in between including many who have never even seriously attempted to play it but just jumped on the hater bandwagon. 

I am Rob aka MaximumRD aka OldSchoolRetroGamer and THIS is my world http://about.me/maximumrd

"For you, the day Bison graced your village was the most important day of your life. But for me, it was Tuesday."

 - M. Bison

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Here are some thoughts from a random podcaster:


1) I like the Atari Teen name! However, if your podcast is going to use that name, you may want your main segment to be Atari related. You could still have smaller segments on Pokemon or what not, BUT if you begin focusing on other stuff, people getting your podcast because of your Atari name will stop listening.


2) When it comes to both Youtube and Podcasts, make something you would watch or listen to. You will always have critics no matter what you do, so make something you are happy with. Be open to suggestions, but at them same time know what you want and don't get stuck in the trap of trying to please everyone. I'm happy with my stuff because it's what I would want to watch or listen to.


3) If you do a solo podcast, have good notes!!!!!  If you get lost a lot, so will your listeners. In a sense multiple person podcasts are easier to wing it with since you can play off of each others, but soloist have to be able to continue the conversation on their own.


Congrats on your new shows. Before your post them, watch them yourself to see if you are happy with it and you should be good to go.

The No Swear Gamer on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChtJuo040EOCTVziObIgVcg

Host of The Atari 7800 Game by Game Podcast on iTunes, Stitcher and YouTube

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Leo, I would echo the thoughts of nosweargamer and MaximumRD and cite them as examples of fantastic podcasts and youtube videos. Some suggestions for you as you move forward:


1. You said "What I want to do is not have the game be brought down or thought of to be bad, but make people laugh, but also promoting the greatness of the game." You don't need to do any of that. You just need to be genuine. Be the Leo that we've seen in your unboxing videos when we sent you those games and when you got your first 2600. You were excited and sincere and it was a good review! 


2. Not all games are great and not all games are awful. Don't feel that you need to pick apart or "promote the greatness" of a game. Just give an honest assessment of what you liked. (see above)


3. Don't try to do too many things. Sounds like you're not just trying to do an Atari podcast, you're trying to do an Atari podcast with lots of humor, a teenaged focus, and a few other things. Being unique is good, but don't be so niche that you lose your audience. If people want funny they can go to comedy central or get that anywhere really. If people want honest-to-goodness Atari game reviews there are very few places on earth they can go to find those. If you bring them in for the Atari reviews, try to be funny and aren't, you're going to lose them. They may not think you're all that funny and will never return. Focus on one thing, do it well, and you will build a very loyal audience.


4. Before you do anything check out these 3 things first: the Retroist Podcast, nosweargamer's Atari 7800 Game By Game Podcast, and MaximumRD's youtube channel. We have the benefit of having 2 of those 3 right here in the forums. The Retroist podcast is sincere, informative and immensely entertaining without being sensationalist. Nosweargamer's 7800 podcast reviews 7800 games in detail in a way that's calm and enjoyable! MaximumRD's youtube channel is as genuine as they come, he'll share his true thoughts on a game or console, good or bad, without having to rely on cheap party tricks like humor or anger to keep his viewers. All of these gentlemen produce shows our mods love to watch, they all come across as sincere guys we'd love to have as friends in real life, and they're able to entertain without sensationalism, vulgarity, trying too hard to be funny or ripping things we love to shreds. 


You can check these guys out here:


Retroist - http://www.retroist.com/podcast-archive/


nosweargamer - https://www.facebook.com/7800GameByGamePodcast?fref=ts


Maximum RD - https://www.youtube.com/user/MaximumRD/videos



Bottom Line: Be yourself and stay focused on the games. People will like you and you will build a loyal audience over time.

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All good advice here.

I think DeLorean's bottom line nails it.


The main reason people will listen to a podcast on a regular basis is that there is a shared interest being discussed by someone with a unique voice - and by that I mean the inner voice, the sense that someone is conveying something that I'm interested to hear, as if a friend was seeking my attention about a subject.


That's why I became a Retroist squatter, cuz the podcasts made a beeline to my own specialized (and not-very covered) interests in things retro.

Also, having personal views and insights into why something matters and does, or does not, touch the podcaster (like The Retroist does so well) gets to the heart of why things are 'good' or 'bad' and is just as fascinating as loving coverage of a topic.


My fave example of this would be Roger Ebert, who always managed to convey true emotional response to movies he hated, yet respected them enough (most times) to cover their content in a way that could make me wanna watch em still.



Another thing is that podcasts can be 'live' and a small community can gather around for chats about a week's content, but usually these shows lay dormant on iTunes or on the web for quite a while during which time an audience can build up. Only, not overnight.

So to get into it, you have to be determined to produce content no matter what.

And yeah, be yourself, keep on-point, have fun with it.


Good luck and good gaming, Leo!

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All very good suggestions indeed.


I think a little dry wit would not be a bad thing, though. Agreeing with the above statements regarding over-the-top humor being unnecessary, but some dry wit never hurt anyone.


As an example: Adventure is an awesome game. Groundbreaking. First game with an Easter Egg. It's an indisputed classic. However... let's face it... The dragons look like deformed ducks. In fact, that has become something of an old joke in the Atari community.

An enjoyable review of Adventure with a dash of witty humor could make an amusing note of that fact, without having to resort to over-the-top antics, attacking the game, or just making fun of it.


Like the others said, just be yourself, and you'll do great. Don't try to force humor, and also don't let it become a drudgery. Enjoy yourself, and others will enjoy watching you.

"I'd buy that for a dollar!" -Smash T.V.

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