Hikikomori Media is creating Video Game Documentaries, Game Culture Commentary and Laughs!
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PAY WHAT YOU WANT! I'm just happy that you enjoy my work.
BEFORE WE GET STARTED:

I need to thank you for being here (whether you patron the channel or not). Because of you, whoever you are, I've been able to express my creative side and have my content seen. Above all else, thanks for being kind!

My pledge to you:
  • Patreon funding will not be spent on purchasing games. I have and will continue to fund my own collection, on my own dime.
  • I won't stretch my content too thin or over promise.
  • The show will go on, whether or not the Patreon is successful.

"Who are you!? What are you doing here!?"
My name Miles. Hi

I live to entertain and use my platform to inform lovers of Video Games to the often overlooked or underrepresented side of the hobby I love. I've been on YouTube since August of 2010, when I started an experimental comedic project called Phil Hatley. It was intended to be a satire on the game reviewer trope, but ended up becoming a dark comedy that I shared between my close friends... And some of them even laughed. It was the first project I wrote, filmed and edited - it was the calamity that started it all.

After the mini-series concluded, I joined a local film group and worked on several short films as an actor, writer and producer, doing whatever I could to learn the trade. In 2013 went to college to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education - yeah I was a teacher for a few years that's another story for another time. 

I created Hikikomori Media in July of 2014 out of a long desire to express myself, learn to edit, educate and entertain an audience of fellow people out there that love games and laughter. When I started, I had no experience in editing, structure, comedic timing, so I treated the channel as a learning process to improve these skills to provide better content...and at least I think I've improved a great deal. After years of hesitation, I've come to Patreon to help improve what I've started.

What do you make?

Gaming Documentaries:

Grasshopper B-Sides [New] -
A brand new series where I delve deep into the lesser known side of one of the most bizarre cult game developers in the gaming industry, which was founded by infamous developer SUDA51 (No More Heroes, Killer 7) My aim with this series is to explore this eccentric studio and try to understand where the madness began. 


Dead Franchises (video game retrospectives):
I started Hikikomori Media with Dead Franchises - a series that eulogizes video game franchises gone by. The aim was always to celebrate and investigate what happened to the dearly beloved games that were cut too short!



Not only do I make video game documentaries with a retrospective take, but as a Western gamer with an appreciation for Japanese games, I have video series that cover little known titles the either never released in the West or have never been covered in a video format.

The Simple Series (Japanese budget titles):



The Gaming Seahorse and Other Rants (Game Culture Commentary):
What started as a satirical take on the skeptic community and game culture in a nutshell, ended up being a surprise success (going by my channel's standards, at least). The intent here has always been humor, but who says the truth can't be funny too? Although the Gaming Seahorse is the cheapest out of all the produced content, if there's a demand for more - more will come!






Video Game Comedy (debatable):
Let's face it. I know my comedic underpinnings aren't for all viewers. For some - it lands and they enjoy the bits. Others are turned off completely (I understand). I will still make these for the people who enjoy them and my for my own personal amusement. Consider these every once in a while videos, if nothing else.



General Game Reviews:
These are game reviews with no specific conditions attached to them. They're either based around suggestions or what I'm currently playing. My LISA series seem to be the most popular in this category. I'd like to continue to release shorter versions - less documentary style reviews to tide my audience over without the breadth of research. Less structured, more conversational.


Why Patreon? Why now?
Money. Let me explain myself.

Hikikomori Media has always been an expensive passion project, operating completely out of pocket. Which is fine! I love what I do and what I've created so far... and I hope you do too! I've operated and financed the channel independently creating over 150 videos and although, I believe the production quality has improved over time, I would like to see it continue, as I work to make the channel better in every way.

YouTube has allowed me to post content for free on their platform, which is a pretty good deal in my opinion. As you may know, YouTube is nearly impossible to profit from in the current state and that's just how it is. With ad revenue being a joke and content creators getting censored, it's definitely a difficult choice for many to find the motivation to continue outputting quality content with the risk of having your work claimed by big gaming companies claiming the work of creators or false content claims in general. I've shied away from reviewing Nintendo games for this reason and having my work claimed is a huge motivation killer. 

My aim is to use the funds raised by the generosity of Patrons to continue making videos on my own terms and improve the production quality significantly.

What do I mean by improving the production quality?

Money is a great motivator (for me):
Honesty is the best policy. I'm not going to start a Patreon campaign by creating falsehoods about why it was created in the first place. I'm extremely self-conscious - to a fault. If I'm lucky enough to source funding for the channel, then I will feel even more obligated to please my audience. I will want to work even harder for the people that believe in Hikikomori Media! All Patrons and fans of the channel will have my eternal gratitude for watching, regardless!

Research will get better:

When I create gaming documentaries, I do my damnedest to source accurate information on the who, what, when, where and why? I would like to use some of the funding to purchase documents that provide further insight into the creation of the games we love. These materials could include: art books, behind the scenes DVDs, promotional materials, magazines or strategy guides. 

I want thank you all for checking out the Patreon. I'll do my best not to make a huge deal out of it or become an annoyance. 

Sincerely Yours,
- Miles 

























Tiers
Hikikomori Friend Tier
$1 or more per month
I want to reward you for your patronage in what little ways I can.
  • Director's Blog - I typically keep my projects a secret, but for those of you out there who wanna know what's coming down the pipeline, here you go! 
  • Private community - A place where you can interact with me and give me feedback directly or shit post with friends.
Goals
$1 – reached! per month
Thanks for everything!
No matter how big or small the contribution, all of the Patreon funding will go towards making Hikikomori Media better in some way. From the regular Patron to the passerby tip, I'm just happy that you enjoyed something about the channel - that's priceless to me.
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PAY WHAT YOU WANT! I'm just happy that you enjoy my work.
BEFORE WE GET STARTED:

I need to thank you for being here (whether you patron the channel or not). Because of you, whoever you are, I've been able to express my creative side and have my content seen. Above all else, thanks for being kind!

My pledge to you:
  • Patreon funding will not be spent on purchasing games. I have and will continue to fund my own collection, on my own dime.
  • I won't stretch my content too thin or over promise.
  • The show will go on, whether or not the Patreon is successful.

"Who are you!? What are you doing here!?"
My name Miles. Hi

I live to entertain and use my platform to inform lovers of Video Games to the often overlooked or underrepresented side of the hobby I love. I've been on YouTube since August of 2010, when I started an experimental comedic project called Phil Hatley. It was intended to be a satire on the game reviewer trope, but ended up becoming a dark comedy that I shared between my close friends... And some of them even laughed. It was the first project I wrote, filmed and edited - it was the calamity that started it all.

After the mini-series concluded, I joined a local film group and worked on several short films as an actor, writer and producer, doing whatever I could to learn the trade. In 2013 went to college to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education - yeah I was a teacher for a few years that's another story for another time. 

I created Hikikomori Media in July of 2014 out of a long desire to express myself, learn to edit, educate and entertain an audience of fellow people out there that love games and laughter. When I started, I had no experience in editing, structure, comedic timing, so I treated the channel as a learning process to improve these skills to provide better content...and at least I think I've improved a great deal. After years of hesitation, I've come to Patreon to help improve what I've started.

What do you make?

Gaming Documentaries:

Grasshopper B-Sides [New] -
A brand new series where I delve deep into the lesser known side of one of the most bizarre cult game developers in the gaming industry, which was founded by infamous developer SUDA51 (No More Heroes, Killer 7) My aim with this series is to explore this eccentric studio and try to understand where the madness began. 


Dead Franchises (video game retrospectives):
I started Hikikomori Media with Dead Franchises - a series that eulogizes video game franchises gone by. The aim was always to celebrate and investigate what happened to the dearly beloved games that were cut too short!



Not only do I make video game documentaries with a retrospective take, but as a Western gamer with an appreciation for Japanese games, I have video series that cover little known titles the either never released in the West or have never been covered in a video format.

The Simple Series (Japanese budget titles):



The Gaming Seahorse and Other Rants (Game Culture Commentary):
What started as a satirical take on the skeptic community and game culture in a nutshell, ended up being a surprise success (going by my channel's standards, at least). The intent here has always been humor, but who says the truth can't be funny too? Although the Gaming Seahorse is the cheapest out of all the produced content, if there's a demand for more - more will come!






Video Game Comedy (debatable):
Let's face it. I know my comedic underpinnings aren't for all viewers. For some - it lands and they enjoy the bits. Others are turned off completely (I understand). I will still make these for the people who enjoy them and my for my own personal amusement. Consider these every once in a while videos, if nothing else.



General Game Reviews:
These are game reviews with no specific conditions attached to them. They're either based around suggestions or what I'm currently playing. My LISA series seem to be the most popular in this category. I'd like to continue to release shorter versions - less documentary style reviews to tide my audience over without the breadth of research. Less structured, more conversational.


Why Patreon? Why now?
Money. Let me explain myself.

Hikikomori Media has always been an expensive passion project, operating completely out of pocket. Which is fine! I love what I do and what I've created so far... and I hope you do too! I've operated and financed the channel independently creating over 150 videos and although, I believe the production quality has improved over time, I would like to see it continue, as I work to make the channel better in every way.

YouTube has allowed me to post content for free on their platform, which is a pretty good deal in my opinion. As you may know, YouTube is nearly impossible to profit from in the current state and that's just how it is. With ad revenue being a joke and content creators getting censored, it's definitely a difficult choice for many to find the motivation to continue outputting quality content with the risk of having your work claimed by big gaming companies claiming the work of creators or false content claims in general. I've shied away from reviewing Nintendo games for this reason and having my work claimed is a huge motivation killer. 

My aim is to use the funds raised by the generosity of Patrons to continue making videos on my own terms and improve the production quality significantly.

What do I mean by improving the production quality?

Money is a great motivator (for me):
Honesty is the best policy. I'm not going to start a Patreon campaign by creating falsehoods about why it was created in the first place. I'm extremely self-conscious - to a fault. If I'm lucky enough to source funding for the channel, then I will feel even more obligated to please my audience. I will want to work even harder for the people that believe in Hikikomori Media! All Patrons and fans of the channel will have my eternal gratitude for watching, regardless!

Research will get better:

When I create gaming documentaries, I do my damnedest to source accurate information on the who, what, when, where and why? I would like to use some of the funding to purchase documents that provide further insight into the creation of the games we love. These materials could include: art books, behind the scenes DVDs, promotional materials, magazines or strategy guides. 

I want thank you all for checking out the Patreon. I'll do my best not to make a huge deal out of it or become an annoyance. 

Sincerely Yours,
- Miles 

























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Tiers
Hikikomori Friend Tier
$1 or more per month
I want to reward you for your patronage in what little ways I can.
  • Director's Blog - I typically keep my projects a secret, but for those of you out there who wanna know what's coming down the pipeline, here you go! 
  • Private community - A place where you can interact with me and give me feedback directly or shit post with friends.