With the recent departure of a member of the Laser Time family, here’s a look at what’s changing and what’s staying the same.
What up, ya’ll? It’s your favorite Floridian, Chris! I know this to be the case now that Henry has moved onto another full-time gig, and I couldn’t think of a better way to start this here conversation.
Yes, Hank’s gone. It sucks, and yes, things are going to have to change around here out of pure necessity, so we wanted to give you a quick update. You kind fuckers on Patreon will be getting an extended breakdown, but the gist is that we’ve been running ourselves ragged trying for over a year trying to deliver over a dozen new initiatives and unlocked Patreon incentives and we need to scale things back as a matter of reality and personal sanity.
So, yeah, if you’re caught up on your listening, you know by now that Henry’s no longer a full-time Laser Time dude, but he’s by no means gone. Hank’s on Laser Time, Thirty Twenty Ten, Vidjagame Apocalypse and Talking Simpsons last week. He’s good at this, he likes doing it, and I bet if you’re all nice to him, (H-E-N-E-etc. on Twitter!) he’ll continue appearing on shit in spite of not receiving one sticking farthing of your Patreon dollars. But certain things will be going away or scaled down, the biggest of which you already know by know…
Cape Crisis: Hank is the big comic book guy, this was his show (from pre to post-production) and it sadly has to go on hiatus. And we mean hiatus and not “cancelled” because the show is not necessarily dead, just resting! Even though I strongly believe the world very much needs a kickass comic podcast, none of us are the guys to bring it to life right now, both in terms of the man hours and expertise.
Monday Night Movie: We’re scaling the Monday Night Movie back to twice a month. Maybe less, we’ll see. I love doing this, and desperately wish I could watch a movie with you every goddamned day. But due to a ton of stupid things, such as manual syncing, you guys obtaining the movie, 90-plus minute availability (at the least), time zones, etc., the Monday Night Movie has never been all that popular a feature. The least popular thing we do, in fact! Patrons were already kind enough to share this once-exclusive reward with the public in order attract more people, but we spent two and a half hours streaming to twenty people recently, so it just doesn’t seem like efficient use of time every single week. The silver lining here is that focusing on fewer movies means making them more special. Special guests, special movies, special prizes. More on that soon, hopefully.
Cheap Popcast: Dave knows wrestling better than anyone I know, but the sad reality is that Henry was the only one keeping up with the day-to-day drama of the squared circle. Hank was the only one up to date enough to bounce off of Dave’s recaps of Raw, Lucha Underground, and New Japan, since Brett kinda only watches NXT, and I may watch a monthly PPV. So on that note, while we’ll still have a ton of goofy wrestling content here and there on Laser Time (like our insane fantasy fights), we think Cheap Popcast makes more sense going back to being non-weekly show, although now it’s going to be exclusively for Patrons. The upside? Less frequency means more freedom to go back to wackier Cheap Popcast ideas like audio clips and weird games like Kill, Marry, Fuck!
Video Streaming: One of the least popular things we did was add THREE WEEKLY LIVE VIDEO STREAMS to our plate, as well as the responsibility of eight podcasts a week, amidst several other new Patreon incentives. We weren’t expecting to become the next PewDiePie or anything, but we did find the only time people care about what we stream is when we streaming something A) we’re knowledgeable about a game B) we’re genuinely interested in playing it. Here’s how we’re approaching each streaming day:
FOR TUESDAYS: With that said, there won’t be any more obligatory “New Release” streams on Tuesday. Oh, we’ll still stream SOMETHING each and EVERY Tuesday, and it might even be a new release, but only if it’s of express interest to us personally, or you, for that matter. We’re going to open Tuesday up to also playing our favorite old games too, speedruns of the classics, titles celebrating anniversaries, or other weird ideas like our Aladdin SNES vs Genesis challenges.
FOR WEDNESDAYS: From now until I can no longer perform it, we’ll continue streaming the Wednesday Shit Show until I’m probably dead. I don’t care if I have to do it alone, because if I had my way, all I’d do all day is play shit like Batman: Forever Arcade, Homie Rollers, Top Gun, and other horrible licensed games anyway. The “Shit Show” definition may become ever looser, but not a lot of changes for Wednesday.
FOR THURSDAYS: Last year our Patrons unlocked a Weekly Nintendo Stream, but the numbers clearly indicated that A) Nintendo isn’t gonna have a lot of new or interesting releases for the foreseeable future, B) they’re going to issue a copyright violation every time we do stream, and C) there wasn’t much of an audience for old school Nintendo streams. So now we can basically restrict what we play to our favorites on the occasional Tuesday.
So what do we stream on Thursdays? We’ll see! We’ve got a little something planned, but one of the things I’d really like to do (and our rigorous post-Patreon schedule never allowed for), is more short-form videos like Best Tiny Toons games, or Stupid Things Superman does in Games… even though there are probably more of you reading this than have ever bothered to view those videos. They’re painstaking to research, capture, produce and edit, but I find them much more rewarding and I’m much more interested in doing more of those instead of streaming a 15 year old GBA game just because it recently released on Virtual Console.
We asked you guys what you wanted most from us and the answer was a resounding: PODCASTS. It’s tough to talk about cutting even low-viewed initiatives in a Patreon world, one where we don’t need to worry about numbers because folks are paying upfront. However, we’re a man down and we need to renew our focus and scale back just a tad. Fortunately, that also means we have more time to keep up the quality of our remaining podcasts, both in terms of production, as well as alleviating a lot of the stress involved in producing so much stuff in so little time. We’re as determined as every to keep Laser Time, Vidjagame Apocalypse, Talking Simpsons, Thirty Twenty Ten, and of course, our Patreon exclusive show Bonus Time at the highest quality, and more time can only make them better, IMO.
As always, we want to continue upping our video game as well, hopefully with more consistent content unique to us. We’ve just wrapped a multi-part look at the 1990s Marvel Cards Series, we’re going to be making fun of more video games in our weird little Ending Theater segment. I have dozens of partially completed projects I don’t have time to address because of both how generous you guys were on Patreon, and how generous we tried to be with the rewards we invented.
And you better believe I’m going to see through this complete MLG Kingdom Hearts playthrough, and we’d like to consider more Laser Time Long Plays in the future. Is that something you’d like to see? Let us know! I like working for you guys, but the views don’t lie: sometimes what I want to do and you want to see doesn’t exactly gel. But I’m sure as shit gonna keep trying. More than anything, especially from you Patrons, I want you to trust that we’re resolutely committed to bringing you fun, goofy shit, on a regular basis, even if it’s a surprise! Trust me?
If you’re upset by the loss of any of these things, you’re 100% justified. 1,000,000% justified if you’re a Patron! The kindness and generosity shown by you people on Patreon is something I’ll never, ever take for granted or forget. I’m humbled every day that I’m able to survive based on the support of people who like what we do, but you also need to know we live in the most expensive city in the United States, I personally have encountered a little tax debt due to Laser Time. Nothing too crazy, but certainly a new, slightly unexpected thing for me. Nobody’s fault, just a reality.
What I really want to impress upon you is that even though I love what doing here and never want to stop, every voice you hear on a microphone is making sacrifices to do it, and that’s why we have to ask you once again to please consider supporting us on Patreon, especially if you like what we do here and haven’t already. Nobody is out to get rich here, but we can’t continue to doing this without your continued support. We also need to ask that people remain Patrons even though there’s one less mouth to feed.
Can’t support us on Patreon, that’s cool? I’m sure you have your reasons! We still appreciate you listening/watching/reading, and have a lot more in store for you too (although, you’ll obviously get more as Patron). But you can still help us out too. US residents can help by shopping through our Amazon links (BOOKMARK THIS), and if you’re using an Ad-Blocker, please consider whitelisting Laser Time or our YouTube channel.
And once again, the absolute free-est and easiest way to support your pals at Laser Time is simply telling a friend about us. Some of our favorite vids are here in this article!. Share us on your favorite social channels, like Facebook and Twitter. I’m confident your friends will like us so don’t be embarrassed. If none of these free options appeal to you, again, consider supporting us on Patreon. For the price of a cup of Starbucks coffee a month you can ensure Laser Time lives another day.
Thanks for being cool,
PS: Patreon supporters will find an unique update over on, uh, Patreon. God, I wish all of you could see it!