Extra Credits is a video lesson series currently run by Matthew Krol and Geoffrey Zatkin, narrated by Matthew Krol, with artists Scott DeWitt, Nick DeWitt, David "D" Hueso, Ali R. Throme, and Jordan Martin, as well as writers Robert Rath, R. Kevin Doyle, and other staff members. Kat Rider is in charge of social media.
The video series addresses the validity of video games as art while fostering intellectual discourse on significant issues in gaming culture. It also addresses topics relevant to video game development and game studies.
The animated lecture series by Daniel Floyd, commonly known as “Video Games And…”, which aired irregularly from February 17, 2008, to April 16, 2010, and featured some episodes written by James Portnow, served as the direct inspiration for the series.
The Escapist originally broadcasted the series from July 28, 2010, to August 10, 2011, after which it was split off due to a disagreement over money. The show was broadcasted on PATV, a distribution channel run by Penny Arcade, from September 7, 2011, to December 31, 2013, when it was "moved" to YouTube, where it is currently posted.
|Name||Matthew Krol Geoffrey Zatkin|
|Profile Name||Extra Credits|
|DOB (Age)||Matthew Krol: April 26, 1983 (39 years) Geoffrey Zatkin: N/A|
|DOJ (YouTube)||August 5th, 2011|
|Schedule/Status||2 videos per week|
|Net Worth||$1.91 million|
The first episodes of the series were produced by co-creator Daniel Floyd in 2008 for two classes at Savannah College of Art and Design he was taking on media theory and art history. According to Floyd, Zero Punctuation’s presentational style was “loosely modelled” for his own. He uploaded it to YouTube to see if anyone would be interested, but to his surprise, the video’s viewership quickly grew to a very large number.
“Stand Together: The Gaming Community vs SOPA and PIPA” is the oldest available video uploaded by the channel. In the video, the creators of Extra Credits speak out against SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act ) and PIPA (PROTECT IP Act).
The series’ inclusion as a featured series for The Escapist was announced in July 2010, which coincided with the start of its weekly episodes and the unveiling of its new moniker, Extra Credits. Portnow also asked a coworker, Allison Theus, to take care of the art since Floyd had just begun working for Pixar Canada at the time. On July 28, “Bad Writing”, the first episode, made its debut and remained on The Escapist for the following year.
There are some topics that are more frequently covered than others in Extra Credits’ discussions of video games, such as poor narrative creation, level design, gamification, tangential learning, sexuality and gender discrimination in games and the gaming community, and diversity in games (including gender, sexuality, and racial diversity). The triple-A video game industry is frequently criticised on the programme as well. Even though it has been frequently stated that they don’t want to see only “art house” games, Extra Credits is a strong supporter of independent developers.
Extra Credits-based miniseries have occasionally been requested from the show’s creators throughout its run. The first one was Extra Credits: Firefall, a five-part series produced at Red 5 Studios’ request to support the game design choices in their title Firefall. The group made the decision to use their new YouTube home to grow their channel by adding new series that would air on various days of the week. James Recommends, which Portnow promoted, is a continuation of earlier “Games You Might Not Have Tried” episodes of the main series. It was first announced on March 24, 2013, and it debuted four days later.
Floyd created the Extra Frames video series, which has since changed its name to New Frames Plus, in which he talks about the animation in video games. Late in 2017, a brand-new series called Extra Sci-Fi debuted, exploring science fiction literature and its cultural influence. Early in 2018, another spin-off called Extra Mythology started looking at myths from various early religions.
Extra Credits debuted the eight-episode miniseries Extra Politics on June 4, 2018, which explores the American political system from the perspective of game design. The main channel’s spin-off, Extra History, focuses on historical subjects. It began as a miniseries commissioned by Creative Assembly to discuss the Punic Wars, which served as the backdrop for their video game Total War: Rome II.
On August 23, 2014, the cast disclosed a Patreon campaign to raise money for the full-time continuation of Extra History. In just one day, this campaign raised over $2,500, and as of June 2018, it had over $15,000 in monthly pledges. A monthly poll with suggestions from Patreon backers is used to select the topics. David Hueso, Lilienne Chan, and Nick DeWitt contributed their artwork to the show, which also features music by Dean and Sean Kiner.
Daniel Floyd and Carrie Floyd announced their departure from Extra Credits on May 23, 2018, in the episode “Choice Paralysis - Too Much Of A Good Thing,” and Matt Krol was named as the new narrator and showrunner. On October 30, 2019, Krol revealed that James Portnow, the lone original cast member, would be leaving Extra Credits after ten years as the program’s writer. However, his scripts will be used for upcoming episodes in the episode “The Perfect Horror Protagonist - Writing a Character for Fun & Terror”.
According to Net Worth Spot, Extra Credits is worth $1.91 million as of July 2022. The channel for Extra Credits averages 7.96 million monthly views and about 265.38 thousand views each day. For every 1,000 video views, YouTube channels make between $3 and $7.
According to Net Worth Spot, Extra Credits earns $31.85 thousand per month or $477.68 thousand annually. A year's worth of advertising revenue could be generated by Extra Credits if it earns more than average.
There is no information about the personal lives of the members of the team of Extra Credits.
Extra Credits is active on Twitch, Instagram and Twitter. They do have a Twitch account with 37k followers, and they stream a variety of games, including Stray, Pokemon Sword/Shield and Elden Ring, as well as just chat with their followers. On Instagram, they have 5,857 followers with 98 average likes and post memes. They also have a Twitter account with over 50k followers and gets several likes and retweets.
Extra Credits posts 2 videos per week and they get several thousand views for each video. Their content includes videos discussing topics related to video game development and video games themselves.
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A. Theus, a member of the crew, suffered a radial tear in her shoulder, which Portnow revealed via the show's Twitter account on June 28, 2011. With a target of $15,000, a crowdfunding project on RocketHub ended up raising about $104,000. With the extra money, the team decided to launch a niche game publisher. The Escapist privately contacted Portnow at the end of July with a dispute regarding the funds. The Escapist's former content director, Alexander Macris, spearheaded the lawsuit and argued that the funds should have been used to produce more episodes of Extra Credits and to pay Themis Media, the show's parent company, for donation incentives like premium memberships and t-shirts. As a result, The Escapist and Extra Credits parted ways.
A. A reduction in services, including the separation of Extra Credits and other partner, shows from PATV, was announced by Penny Arcade in December 2013. The crew declared that beginning in 2014, their official YouTube channel, which was formerly intended to be a syndication outlet, would switch over to serving as the official release outlet.