This interview presents a dialog with Youtuber, author and impartial artist Erick Landon about his YouTube channel: Erick Landon RPG.
Jeffery Klaehn: Thanks a lot for the interview Erick!! Please inform me about you and your YouTube channel. What motivated and impressed you to create it, and what attracts you to RPGs?
Erick Landon: I’ve at all times needed to do one thing on the inventive aspect. I have been on music, filmmaking and literature. I discovered that making and modifying movies was one thing I tremendously loved and since I actually love RPGs, the concept of the channel simply got here collectively by itself. What attracts me to RPGs is the heavy narrative not present in most different genres. Additionally, as soon as I began moving into menu-based mechanics and different role-playing components, it felt actually immersive for me, as if the experiences have been instantly speaking to my inventive aspect.
JK: You may have so many nice movies on a spread of subjects in your channel, from wonderful “hidden gem” movies to newbie’s guides and prime 10s, better of discussions. What would you say defines your channel? How do you resolve on themes on your movies, and what excites you most about creating content material?
Erick Landon: My channel is solely outlined by my ardour for the style. I largely do tops as a result of I’ve at all times been a prime man, I simply love making lists! However the concept was to speak about RPGs from completely different angles, maybe giving some further consideration to the obscure titles. That is just about what excites me probably the most about creating content material. As for a way I resolve my themes for my movies, effectively, that is my secret system, heh.
JK: How a lot time is concerned in placing collectively a typical video, from concept to completed content material, and is there any particular sort of video that is your personal private favourite to do?
Erick Landon: It actually will depend on the video. Most prime 10s often take round 10 hours to finish, brainstorming and constructing the checklist is typically the toughest half, although the modifying can be brutal if there’s quite a lot of matching or chopping concerned. Common vlogs often take me 2-3 hours since they’re unscripted and sometimes have random footage added (or nothing). Dialogue movies, or analysis movies are simple to edit however take quite a lot of hours to place collectively or give you the script. Anyway, tops are my favourite sort of video to do. I simply have so many concepts that I am at all times keen to decide on one for the subsequent video.
JK: I additionally actually like your Q&A movies.
Erick Landon: Thanks, I feel they’re a great way to carry the neighborhood collectively and hang around.
JK: What do you assume attracts gamers to Japanese role-playing video games (JRPGs)? Is it the tales, narratives and characters, mixed with aesthetics and gameplay components? Or, put one other approach, what makes for a very nice JRPG, in your view?
Erick Landon: I feel gamers are drawn to them for the very same causes you simply talked about. It is suddenly, it isn’t only one factor, it is all the pieces: art-style, narrative, dialogue, character design, gameplay mechanics, battle techniques. A really nice JRPG for me is one that may do all of these issues proper, or not less than actually stand out in just a few of them.
JK: What do you assume conjures up ardour for retro video games?
Erick Landon: For me, personally, nostalgia and historical past. I grew up with quite a lot of 8-bit and 16-bit video games so it is solely pure I might get pleasure from going again to them often. And when enjoying them, I additionally discover the evolution of the style by means of all these eras within the 90s and early 2000s.
JK: You are additionally an writer and have a number of movies about your novels in your channel. For readers who could also be completely new to you and your work, what attracts you to writing and storytelling, and the way would you describe your fiction? Does your writing join together with your ardour for RPGs?
Erick Landon: Writing is the one artwork the place I really feel utterly free. When making music or movies or films, you at all times discover so many restrictions: to make it good, you want good tools and good manufacturing. Typically sure concepts will closely depend on them. So that you clearly want cash for that. However for writing, there’s simply you, your fingers and your mind. You need not make investments on something and you may merely let your creativeness do the remainder. Now, my fiction is often darkish, as a result of that is simply how I’m. I would not say my writing connects with my ardour for RPGs, as I do have quite a lot of influences in different territories like films, sequence, music and even different books. I might say sure books join with my ardour for RPGs like Terra Gaiden for instance, however not all of them.
JK: Trying towards the way forward for your channel and in addition your writing profession, what would you prefer to see, what would possibly we see occur? Something you would possibly prefer to share.
Erick Landon: I am completely satisfied the place I’m proper now, rising as a content material creator. Nevertheless, I want for 2 issues that most likely would possibly by no means occur. I want for YouTube to relax down with copyright claims and censorship. Plus, their algorithm is poorly programmed so it wants some fixing as effectively. And the second factor is for my viewers to open up extra to different genres and even different RPGs from sure consoles as they appear to be very narrow-minded at any time when I do movies about that. Aside from this, I am alright with how issues are proper now.
JK: You point out that you are a fan of The Remedy in a number of of your movies. What are your prime 5 favourite Remedy tracks?
Erick Landon: “Untitled” is certainly my favourite. It is so calmly miserable and someway I relate to the lyrics rather a lot. “Disintegration”, “Push”, “Burn” and “A Unusual Day” are my different 4 favorites. I like enjoying “Push” on the guitar.
Writer Biographical Abstract
Jeffery Klaehn resides in Canada and holds a PhD in Communication from the College of Amsterdam and a PhD in Sociology from the College of Strathclyde. His research interests embody social principle, media, energy, public communication, comics, artwork, popular culture, the inventive industries, writing, storytelling, and digital video games. His interviews have been revealed with the Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics, Research in Comics, ImageTexT: Interdisciplinary Comics Research, the Worldwide Journal of Comedian Artwork, First Person Scholar, and different journals.