Some of you may be asking 'Where's today's Miller Report?'. That's a fair question. It's Tuesday - which has become 'TMR Day' - and yet nothing has gone up.
While you probably assume it's a mistake on our part - which is always fair - it's not. VideoGamer has been lucky enough to find a tremendous amount of success with The Miller Report 'and friends' - Auld Da, Millbob & Jimminy Jim Jim, Tam McGleish, Brian Cranst, Gerald Winesworth and so on - allowing us to carve out a very nice and ridiculous niche.
To be completely honest with you, though, these videos take a tremendous amount of time to produce. Admittedly you'd be forgiven for not realising that from the outset (it's a bunch of adults running around like children, after all), but both the filming and editing are no small task. Some Miller Reports, for example, have seen myself or fellow video man Jim Trinca editing away at our desks for days.
We're certainly not complaining, and are more than proud of what we have accomplished, but there's also the little caveat of VideoGamer.com being a business. I realise that's a dirty word which no one likes to hear, but it's the truth of the matter. No matter how many times we have an on-camera fight or call someone a jabroni, the end result always has to justify the means.
As of late, the balance has shifted in this regard.
We're incredibly grateful to the audience we've built up and to those who constantly support us, but we also have to be aware of what videos receive the most views. Sure, that sucks to hear, and in a dream world we wouldn't have to worry about it at all. But the truth is that we do, and pretending otherwise would be both unprofessional and stupid.
With all this in mind, we've decided to shift videos like The Miller Report to become 'specials' (or not have them as scheduled, week-to-week content). We will still produce videos like this, of course, but will either tie them into a big game's release - so the likes of Dark Souls 3, Uncharted 4 or Doom if we were to look at games over the next few months - or save them for when an awesome opportunity comes our way - like when 'Miller' interviewed Street Fighter producer Yoshinori Ono.
Our hope is that such a change will not only allow these characters to carry a greater sense of weight and ensure absence truly does make the heart grow fonder, but, to be totally transparent, free up more time our end to concentrate on videos that are proving to be more successful to a wider audience. On top of that, we don't want The Miller Report to start losing its edge. The best way to achieve that is to strike when the time is right.
With all this said, we want there to be a way for people to get more of 'Miller', Yir Auld Da and so on should the need take them, and that's why we're planning to continue to do one or two shorter, 'episodic' versions for our Patreon members every month. This would serve as a good example of what to expect:
We certainly don't want this to seem like we're locking off the content, as that's not the aim, which is why these videos will be available to all Patreon members. So even if you can only afford $1 a month - which we still appreciate no end - this content will be waiting for you on the other side.
This move will also allow us to see how much demand there is for this content and then adjust to suit, something which will be genuinely helpful to us.
So, anyway, thanks for reading, thanks for the support, and thanks for everything in the future. If you'd like more information on our Patreon, click here, and for pre-existing VideoGamer Community Club Members, a tiny Miller Report teaser awaits.