Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and Resources
In a school setting, you can use our videos for a class presentation, homework assignment, etc. as long as you’re not re-uploading copies of our videos to your own site, or charging admission.
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Please send relevant information to our email address and if we're interested, we'll get in contact with you as soon as possible!
A few things to keep in mind before messaging your inquiry:
If you would like to send us keys/codes/copies of your game, you are welcome to do so; however, we do not guarantee coverage of any game in any of our content. (Same goes for non-game products.)
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Absolutely! We invite all of our subtitlers to credit themselves in the subtitles (usually during the Extra Credits endtitles), and we are totally fine with this credit including a link to a website as long as the website in question is "work safe."
Please do not send captions to us directly. You can actually create and edit captions right on the YouTube video of your choice! Read this article for more instructions.
First: have you watched our videos about how to make your first game?
So the thing is, we are a video-production team, not a game design consultancy. James actually does run his own game design consultancy on the side, but that is a source of income for him. Neither he (nor any of us) are legally permitted to advise you on the specifics of your project, for free. If you are interested in hiring James as a consultant, reach out to us and we'll see if he's available!
Generally, your best bet is ask about your game in an online community like Stack Exchange, sub-reddits about making games, or even Facebook groups. There are many voices in these spaces, and a diversity of opinions can be very useful. Other experienced game creators can often be found in these groups, and many of them are willing to help point you in the right direction if you’re in that community.
There’s no harm in asking, but we’d probably end up giving you the same answers we’ve said in our videos on game careers.
Knowing how to research and scour the internet for the best learning resources is a vitally important skill for anyone going into the game industry. Read Gamasutra articles. Experiment with creating your own stuff. Make friends with people who support your interests. Attend meetups, events, conventions. Pursue an intellectually stimulating education, no matter which school you decide to attend--having a love of learning is, in some cases, more important than what you choose to learn.
The thing is, there’s no “one way” to get a career in games nowadays. What worked for someone else may not work at all for you. There’s no magical secret or insider’s tip we could tell you that you can't already find in our videos (or other internet resources for prospective game devs). Revel in the opportunity to chart your own career adventure!
The vast majority of the time, we answer these questions by doing Google searches--same as you would! We love to help students out whenever we can, but there's no guarantee that we will be able to, due to time constraints or simply because we aren't experts in every sub-field of games knowledge.
This also holds true for interviews--most of the time we have to decline these requests. We're honestly just really busy working on the show or additional day jobs, and can't spend a lot of time giving interviews about our careers or personal industry advice (especially since we get a ton of requests like this every month). However, almost anywhere in the world, you can find local or regional meetups of game developers. Even if their name isn't instantly recognizable in the gaming community, they still have a lot of valuable experiences they'd love to tell you about if you asked to interview them for your research paper or career exploration assignment.
We definitely enjoy reading your personal stories about why games have made a difference in your life, and other viewers in the YouTube comments like reading them too! There's no guarantee that we could use your story in an upcoming video, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't keep sharing your story through other means to inspire people.
We’re so glad that you’re excited about game design and want to chat about it! However, this type of question is best suited as a public discussion on social media, whether on official or fan sites. We sometimes do participate in public discussions, but we prefer to be just one of many voices in an ongoing conversation about game design. Even within the Extra Credits crew, we each have our own experiences and thoughts about a game all of us have played.
Dan accidentally created the first Extra Credits video as part of a class assignment. He realized that, in order to satisfy the time constraints of the grading rubric, he had to speed up the video ever so slightly. And thus, a legend was born.
We quite like it. It fits the show’s visual style way better than Dan’s normal voice. Trust us, we've tried it both ways.
On the other hand, Matt is an experienced voice professional from his career in TV production. We ultimately decided that pitching up Matt’s voice would come across too much like it was ”replacing” Dan, which we definitely did not want to do. So we had Matt do a bunch of tryouts with different voice styles—Matt’s voice on the show is still that of a “character” rather than just being Matt’s everyday voice, but it is nonetheless his own unique character.
Dan and Carrie publicly announced their retirement from the show in May 2018 in the last episode of season 15 of Extra Credits, although Dan had recorded narration for episodes of other series that aired through July.
This video answers this question when it was first asked years and years ago. The answer given in the video is somewhat outdated, as the Extra Credits team has considerably grown in size since then and some of us have changed places of employment, but the point is, all of us have individually worked on games big and small, famous and unknown: sometimes as creators, and sometimes as educators.
Fun fact about the game industry: because of things like non-disclosure agreements (NDAs), in many cases game creators can't reference a complete encyclopedia of their own career history, even in job interviews! What we can talk about, however, is our good and bad experiences, and the lessons we've learned through failures and successes in trying to make games. This is what we emphasize in our game design videos, and thus we hope to contribute to the pool of fantastic knowledge shared by so many fellow game creators and educators!
We keep our content schedule pretty tightly under wraps. Life happens, and sometimes certain topics get delayed in light of more pressing industry events, or they just end up on the backburner, so we don't typically announce new videos until the moment they air. Also keep in mind that it often takes us at least 3-4 months (sometimes more) to produce just one of our videos.
We don't mind hearing your suggestions for future Extra Credits videos (for any of our shows) but there's no guarantee that we can or will use them in a future video.
However, we currently have a voting system in place, available to Patreon members, for the following shows:
During the early days of the show we did some "mailbag" episodes answering common questions that came from fan letters. Some of those questions and answers capture a (now outdated) snapshot of the game industry, some of them are specific to the show's production that still ring true today, and some of them are just plain interesting! (Questions are listed in each video's description with a corresponding timestamp.)