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What's up, everybody? I'm Greg Miller, and in March, I'll celebrate a decade of covering video games on the Internet. I used to do a talk show at IGN. I've helped build Kinda Funny from a spare bedroom to a Patreon sensation by BSing with my friends. And I gave a speech at the Game Awards that resonated with a lot of gamers. Now, I'm here to hang out and talk about whatever your little heart desires.
[Edit - Before, it sounded like I did KF on my own.]
Outside of Colin Was Right is The Pride's role at Kinda Funny diminishing? Feels like outside of that show we are sadly, seeing less of him. Is he still doing a lot behind the scenes? I need my Moriarty fix!
Yeah, I don't really get that. He's not on 3 of the 5 morning shows. Arguably, he/me were missing that number often already. He's still on three weekly/daily podcasts, he has his own show, and he's all up in the Patreon content. He still runs social, he still goes to events, etc.
Will you address the situation with the current admins of the KF Facebook group?
A lot of them a great but a few of them have clearly had a power trip and are making that place worse instead of better. Unfortunately anyone who tried to raise the point is instantly considered a troll and then banned (without warning usually).
Seems a shame to bring this issue to here but it's the only Way to make you guys directly aware that there are people actively ruining the whole "best friends" aspect of Kinda Funny by turning it into elitist pool.
Unfortunately yourselves are the only ones who can do anything about it because the people any of us would usually speak to are now the problem.
This by all means is not all of the admins, nowhere near in fact. It's a small handful of those who are of the "higher status".
Apologies and thank you in advance. Would be nice to have a discussion about this without being branded a troll.
As we're in the middle of the work week and all the shows, I know the basics. Our brand new Community Manager Joey Noelle is giving me updates and working on the situation. The FB group is fan-run, and Joey's the first time we've had some kind of representative out there.
In short, though, I don't get community drama ever. I don't use FB/Reddit/the forums like so many of you do, so I understand I have no worthwhile input, but you're all here because you like the content. That should unite you more than ever when there's a disagreement. Be nice to each other. If there are rules for a space, follow them. If you don't like them, don't use the space.
Again, that's a super-outsider opinion, though. That's all coming from someone who mutes people and conversations on Twitter daily because I know there's nothing good to come from them.
Big fan since that old January 5th of 2015.
You have done well to listen to the fans this year and implement changes. I work 8-5pm on the east coast, so watching the Morning show wasnt possible on the days I dont work from home. So the youtube uploads are a great help!
Have you considered doing some Kinda Funny Unboxings? I miss Colins unboxing of Tales games' collectors editions and such, not to mention your Superman Batman statue on todays show.
PS: Has Colin played any Tales of Berseria yet? Ask him to tweet any early tidbits he can.
Keep fuckin that chicken
Thanks for caring!
We did Unboxings for a bit, but the content didn't seem to be anyone's favorite. We'll do them for the big stuff rather than force them. I think you'll see more stuff like the Bat/Supes statue intertwined with our usual content or on social feeds.
PS: I think it's embargoed. He'll talk on the shows when he can!
Oreo Oration? Group Oreo Oration with the whole Kinda Funny group?
I'd love to, but it's such a bitch to edit. I have multiple filmed episodes I've never gotten around to putting up.
Greg, what's your opinion on Bongos? Yay or Nay?
Where did you guys have lunch. How was it?
We ordered Beep's. It's on its way. It will be fantastic.
Hey Greg, big fan. What's the least glamorous part of your day to day routine at Kinda Funny? I always find it interesting to know the more mundane things that have to be done to keep an operation like yours afloat.
Probably Email? There are so many boring back and forths about events, opps, and so on.
Hey Greg, what was 2016's best movie and why was it Suicide Squad?
Suicide Squad broke my heart.
Any more word on KF getting to visit the UK?? (I would LOVE to go to Kinda Funny Live but I do not earn a lot of money and can't afford to go abroad)
Also, you talk about your love of comics a lot, but do you ever read comics that aren't about superheroes? Franco-Belgian style maybe, or small press comics?
If so, what are some favourites?
Love you <3
No word. I'm working on it, and I do think it'll happen this year. We were so close in 2016, but the cards fell the other way.
I read non-superhero comics, but it's largely Image stuff (L'il Depressed Boy), and I don't know if you count that. I pick up the occasional small press thing (Paul Moves Out) is a favorite, but it's on a whim.
If Cavill and Affleck weren't Superman and Batman, who would you cast instead? Bonus, who would you cast as Robin if the DCEU goes that way?
I want a Kingdom Come movie. Superman would be John Hamm. Batman would be Keaton.
A Robin in the current movie universe? Let's do Grant Gustin and really fuck up the timeline.
Do you feel like winning Gamer of the year changed your life in anyway, or has it been more the same? Did kinda funny spike in popularity? Do you get regogniced more often? Anything?
No, it definitely changed my life. I think if you knew me or Kinda Funny before that, you knew us from a video or (if you were in the industry) from being on the shows. That was a moment where everyone was watching, so suddenly everyone knew something about us. It was amazing, and it definitely served as the perfect end cap to our first year of kicking ass.
I fucking love people's obsession with this article.
It's the only time #ColinWasWrong. :)
What was your highlight of last year?
Anything you'd not like to repeat?
Wanna buy me a pizza?
The highlight of last year? Man, probably because it's fresh on my mind from the video, but Kinda Funny Live 2 was insane. I never thought we'd perform for 1,200 Best Friends from around the world who just wanted to see us be dummies.
Also, obviously, the personal highlight is falling in love with Gen.
I'd like to not repeat the way it ended. We were worn out, some of the community didn't think we were listening anymore, and everyone was down. I think we're on track to have a more positive 2017 as we've brought on a community manager and really doubled down on talking to the kids.
One of your staffers said this:
>For better or for worse, Vita will be pitted against the Nintendo 3DS. But the comparison doesn't make a whole lot of sense, and even if you were to pit them against each other, Vita is still destined to sell better. That's because in addition to games (which Nintendo 3DS is still sorely lacking), it's also a much more powerful machine capable of doing a whole lot more than 3DS.
What did you think back then and now?
Really? We joke about this article all the time. :) Back then, I thought Vita had a shot. Now, I'm amazed at how traditional handheld gaming has fallen off. Save us, Switch!
How long do you plan to do kinda funny? Just curious.
Until I die or it dies.
Greg can you please coach Mizzou basketball back to its former glory? We're desperate here in CoMo.
Sure, but I need 25 Anter assistant coaches.
Been a big fan since early Beyond! days. Hope you're well.
Would you guys ever do a "day in the life" thing? where we can follow you guys around and see whats happening etc. Be cool to see something like that.
I agree it'd be cool, but we'd need to bring in an outside production team. Not impossible, but not on the agenda at the moment.
Hey Greg, did you try the Swedish Fish Oreos that came out this fall? If yes, what did you think?
I never did. We were underwater. :(
I'd like to send you guys some jerky my family makes (we own a butcher shop). Should I send it to the PO Box?
Also, how is porty doing? Miss the little guy.
Yup, PO Box would be rad. Porty is great; he thinks he's healed (he's not) so my life at home centers around trying to keep him from having fun and hurting himself worse.
Hey Greg. Huge fan since the beginning. I'm an editor at a TV Station, would love to work on anything you need, For free. Would never ask anything. & can we get a tour of Studio B & rest of the place?
Thanks, man. We'd want to pay if we used you; we want to be fair to all. Lots of folks are in the ol' inbox for help if we need it.
The rest of the space is still evolving. Studio B as an idea got ditched when we moved in; the studio is so nice and versatile, why would we want to leave? So "studio b" is more desks (we're hiring people) and the other rooms are storage and a little eating nook.
Hey Greg, is there any Kinda Funny call we have if we ever see you or the other guys in passing? I'm assuming "Kinda!" or "Bongos!" would be recognized by you guys, but wasn't sure if we had a community call or something like that.
I live around Austin and if I ever run into you guys at dinner or something, I don't want to invade your table or anything, but would love to show you guys some love! I'm loving everything you guys are doing and can't wait to see what this year brings. Keep doing you!
We've never made a better one than you yelling "KINDA!" and us responding "FUNNY!"
And you're always welcome to come say hi. :)
Chicago suburb native with a degree in Architecture. If I wanted to get into the games journalism field what would be your advice? I currently write for a small site called thatvideogameblog.com in my free time and have recently started my own blog. Camposcache.wordpress.com
Any advice is much appreciated and I love all you guys do at KF. Keep up the great work.
You gotta do it every day and do all of it -- podcasts, vlogs, reviews, etc. -- every day. Here's a video about it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LALu_kkI3TA
Hey Greg, longtime fan we met at the Mario Kart 64 charity tournament you came to in Vancouver.
I'm just curious if you are planning on coming back anytime soon considering you've been in Canada so much lately?
I hope to. Danny Mac, who brought me up for the Mario Kart Tourney, is putting out Heelkick (http://www.heelkickmovie.com/) -- a mockumentary about wrestling I'm producing. If there's a screening there, I'd love to come.
When will you be coming back to the great white north? I missed you when you were in Vancouver :(
I'm up to Montreal a lot for the girlfriend. Dunno when I'll be back to hang out and do an event, but I hope soon!
Hello Greg! What games do you currently have inside your Vita's tummy? I've always been curious about which games you and Colin refuse to delete from your Vita. (I can't delete any Final Fantasy except 7)
Man, I have SO many games on my Vita. When I went to Japan a few years back, I got that 64GB card so I didn't have to delete anymore. Currently, Shantae is the game I'm playing on the handheld. I'll never delete Lumines from my Vita.
How do you manage maintaining friendships with people that you work with every day? Because you live AND work with Colin, for example, is there anything you have to do in order to make your relationship work that isn't normal compared to other non-work/house related friends? Do you two ever go on buddy dates or set aside hangout time alone or something to that effect?
I've been a big fan of you since your first episode of Game Scoop! back in the day and I've been following you ever since. Great work with Kinda Funny! Thanks for your time!
This is something Colin and I are terrible at. We had a standing date when we were at IGN, but Kinda Funny has been so much work, it fell off the calendar. It's a struggle. Kinda Funny has definitely changed the way we interact -- in good and bad ways -- but like all relationships, they evolve. I think we both want to be better at being friends again.
Have you ever participated in a Ghost Pepper Wing Challenge? How many did you get down? How fast?
You've talked in the past about how Youtubers have to put on a fake personality on camera and how they start to resent the amount of energy they have to put out for their shows. How much of the real Greg do we see, and can you see yourself burning out in the same way? I like to think you are always a loveable maniac but that cant always be true.
Whoa! I wouldn't say it's "fake" or they "resent" it. (Maybe I was talking about a specific person/example?)
Anyway, I always describe it as "amplified." I'm like what you see on camera, but on camera, I'm just dialed up. I have to keep the conversation rolling, there can be no dead air, I need to be engaging, I need to be smiling, etc. -- it's all stuff you don't need to do when you're on the couch chatting with your friends and family.
I always say I'm the me I wish I could always be when I'm on camera. Today's Kinda Funny Morning Show was me being crazy -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Co-i-fQ__sk. It's because I was so happy to be back with my Best Friends and to be able to focus. Even now, there are a dozen things going on that I'm involved with while I do this. On camera, I get to focus and be all in. I love that.
Hey Greg, I've been a huge fan of you and your work for many years now, it's been such a great journey so far! Along the way though I also began to enjoy a lot of Rooster Teeth's content as well (just got RTX tickets, hopefully I'll see you there again this Summer!). Anyways, I have noticed lately that all the content you are in for Rooster Teeth gets so much unwarrented hate, even when you aren't playing the stereotypical "bad guy" you talk about a lot. A prime example being the recent video you made with Burnie playing No Man's Sky. Anyways, my question is, with Kinda Funny being a Let's Play and Rooster Teeth "partner" do you find it hard to deal with this type of hate? As a fan of both channels I have found it to be hard at times to see all the negativity towards a guy like you who is nothing but positive and genuine
Nah. It's easy. If you don't watch our content and only know me from the heel appearances, I totally get why you think I suck. I'm used to the Internet telling me I suck. It doesn't matter. The silent majority that understands who I am and appreciates me far outweighs the vocal minority.
Hi Greg you're awesome dude! Just want to say my wife and I decided I'm a mix of you and Tim and she's a mix of Colin and Nick! I do have a question to pose to you. If you had the chance would you rather have a cameo in The Flash/Arrow/Supergirl on CW or in Justice League for the DC universe?
The Flash TV Show. I adore it. HOOK A BROTHER UP, GRANT GUSTIN!
Whats you're long term plans for KF? Where would you like the company to be in say 5 years time?
I mentioned this in another response. I want it to build. I want to bring in new faces as the years go by that you love as much as you love us. I want to be able to fade back at sometime and have the train keep rolling.
Hi Greg. Hope you and the rest of Kinda Funny are having a wonderful day.
I unfortunately missed the chance to ask Julian Assange a question during his AMA earlier, however I am sure you are the next best person to ask; What can you tell us of your organisation’s relationship with Russia?
Man, Russia is everywhere these days. Very popular country. I liked its inclusion in the Resistance: Fall of Man storyline.
Hi Greg, What DC character do you think will be in the next WB game? I personally would love to see one with the Bat Family minus the Batman (Nightwing, Batgirl, Redhood) all working together maybe even add different locations such as Bluhaven or Burnside.
If that rumored Damien Wayne game is real, just make it Batman Beyond! Of course, I'd love a good Superman game.
Where do you see yourself in the next 10 years, or more importantly where do you WANT to see yourself in the next 10 years?
No idea, man. March is 10 years from when I started at IGN, and I could never have predicted this. In broad strokes, I want to be happily married to Gen and I want Kinda Funny to be running smoothly without me needing to be on every show. Y'know -- I don't want it to be this 4,000-person company, but I want it to have grown correctly and brought in new hosts y'all love like you love us.
Do you know Bill Brasky?
BIG OL' BILL BRASKY?!
Hey Greg, big fan since 2010. (I started listening to Beyond at 10 and now I'm almost 18) How does it feel to know that you've influenced a massive amount of children with your taste and insight in video games?
A guy told me Sunday that we met when he was in 7th grade and now he was a senior in college. I almost cried.
It's amazing. I'm blessed that so many people care.