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Retro Chats: Crossroads Reviews

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Crossroads Reviews has become one of the most promising retro gaming channels on YouTube. We previously featured the channel in our first ever “Undersubbed!” article. I chatted with the show’s creator and host, Erek, and got some questions answered for this installment of Retro Chats!

Retro Dustbin: What made you decide to start a retro gaming YouTube channel?

Erek: The reason I started a retro gaming YouTube channel was because I have a passion for all things retro and of course watching other famous YouTubers was a big influence as well. It seems like retro channels or even gaming channels are a dime a dozen these days, and I knew that going into it almost two years ago. I just wanted to set out and do something different or even try to put a unique spin on the content I create – and I think over the years I have developed a style that works for me and keeps my subscribers coming back to watch all of my new content as it gets released.

RD: Who were your channel inspirations?

Erek: As mentioned earlier, I was influence by a lot of other content creators in YouTube. To point out a few.. We can’t miss out on The Angry Video Game Nerd, Gamester81, GameSack, JonTron, The Game Chasers and Happy Console Gamer (Johnny Millenium and Rob Man). I tried to blend all of those influences into my channel, and I think I’ve done a decent job and taking that and creating a style that’s unique to me and my channel.

RD: What are your favorite kinds of videos to make?

Erek: My favorite videos to make are easily my game music videos, where I take songs from popular games and put my own spin on them. My most recent one was Ken’s Theme from Street Fighter II. Although it’s only a song that’s around 2 or 3 minutes, it took hours of recording and mixing and mastering to get it just right. I love everything music and have been playing for nearly ten years now, so anytime I get a chance to pick up a guitar, bass or a set or drum sticks and combine my love for gaming and music – I’ll do it willingly! It certainly is a labor of love.

RD: Do you have a favorite game?

Erek: If I were to pick a game, I would have to say Chrono Trigger. The blend of story, gameplay, music and graphics are absolutely amazing. It’s truly a game that keeps you locked in as soon as you power the system on.

RD: Those familiar with your channel have seen your awesome covers of video game music. Besides music and video games, do you have any other interests or hobbies?

Erek: Beside music and games, I worked in telecommunications for a few years. So even though it was my job, it wScreen Shot 2014-08-28 at 1.56.33 PMas certainly something I enjoyed. I would install new internet and phone lines in various school buildings and businesses among other things. It’s really cool starting new projects in new areas and going from start to finish. Starting and finishing projects is a really gratifying thing, and if you enjoy the hobby or job that allows you to do such thing, it’s really fun.

RD: You recently hit 1,000 subscribers on YouTube. What are your goals from here on?

Erek: I have always created content like I have over one million subscribers. Subscriber count is great, but it’s not like i strive for any number of subscribers at any given time. I create content that makes me happy and challenges my creative abilities. But having recently moved to Australia, I’ll try and point out some differences between the US and Australia in terms of gaming. Differences in regions are really interesting and cool to learn about. I still plan on doing cool music videos as well as reviews, discussions and everything in between. If you subscribed to my channel for music, talks, reviews or anything else – it’s still going full steam ahead! So thanks for watching.

We will definitely be waiting to see what new things you have in store for the channel! You can check out Erek and Crossroads Reviews right here.

Johnny grew up sharing NES, Genesis, and Playstation games with his older brother. His first personal system was the Nintendo 64. After regaining most of his old games, he began to expand his collection. Eventually, his mission became to collect anything and everything retro related.