What It Means To Be Part Of A Community

by | Nov 17, 2020 | Retro Replay | 17 comments

What is a community? The formal definition of community denotes a feeling of fellowship with others, resulting from sharing common attitudes, interests, goals, and similarities, or having a shared identity. Why do we feel the need to bond over something we have in common? Could it be as simple as saying it’s human nature? When we share a love for something, it automatically binds us together. As we put more time and energy into this pursuit, that bond between others who share this common interest becomes even stronger. In the process, we end up building something much larger than just ourselves, and we end up touching the lives of those around us.

When you become a part of a community, your bubble expands, as does your awareness of others who share your similar interests. You become a part of a whole instead of just loafing around alone. When you have others to share your interests with, to get excited with, then something magical happens. There is incredible energy when people come together and share and build upon a common foundation. Community is about growth and inclusion, always extending a welcoming hand to the newcomer or someone who has a quiet voice.

Replayers chatting in Zoom

Replayers chatting in Zoom just after a Thursday Retro Replay premiere.

Every community has its own essence. That essence is tangible but can be difficult to quantify. It’s the human factor, and it changes and evolves with the people in it. It’s something we can only feel through exposure. You have to commit time to get acquainted with the community. Some of us are quick to dive headfirst into the deep end, while others are more reserved and prefer to take their time getting their feet wet. Once you’re immersed, though, it’s time to start the pool party. Does anyone want to play Marco Polo?

I have always said adults are just overgrown children looking to find someone else to play with. We all want to just get along and extend friendship to others. The base of human nature is harmony. That said, to each of us, community can mean something different. It can affect us differently as it evolves and changes over time. Even with its evolution, there will still be a common truth that keeps us tied together. We are all drawn to the common source, like moths to a flame.

Let’s talk about the Replayers.

What an interesting, diverse, rowdy bunch of wonderful human beings the Replayers are. I have personally gotten to know quite a few of them, and it’s been quite the adventure. We are across the globe, spanning all time zones, looking to have some fun and laughs with our beloved Uncle Noly.

Speaking of Uncle Noly…

Nolan chatting from the office

Nolan North chatting with Replayers from his office.

Nolan North is the man that keeps us all coming back from week to week to watch the new shenanigans. We all love his gregarious, genuine personality. The Retro Replay crew are each gems themselves: without Drew, PJ, Stephanie, Paul, and Pagan, the show would be incomplete. We appreciate what each of them contributes that brings us all together as new content is released. They are the foundation of this wonderful show and this expanding, ever-growing community.

The ringmaster, Nolan, along with the crew, have always made themselves available to the Replayers. This has endeared the fan base to them even more. His including the Replayers in different aspects of the show has been a fun way to shout out the support of the little guys. As a little guy, I would just like to say thank you.

How did YOU learn about the Retro Replay community?

Everyone’s story is a little different. I would recommend watching the Replayer Podcast to check out some Replayers’ stories about how they found the community. The Replayer Podcast is a great way to put faces to names and to get to know each other’s personalities a bit more in-depth.

Retro Replay live chat capture

Retro Replay live chat capture.

Here’s a bit about my experience finding Retro Replay:

I am married to Aaron B, a.k.a. the “Loud Guy.” We‘ve been in love with Retro Replay since the beginning. We watched the episode every Thursday when it aired like a cute old couple waiting for their program to come on. We didn’t discover the community side of Retro Replay until quarantine. Who knew that little live chat tab would open a whole new world of people who were just as psyched as we were about the show?

Everyone in the community that we’ve gotten to know have been quite awesome. The thing that amazes me about Retro Replay is that it attracts such an interesting group of people to come together and have some fun in the name of gaming, entertainment, and pop culture.

From the live chat to the weekly Zoom happy hour before each Thursday episode (hosted by Brandy and Dan), to social media, to Twitch, to making new friends on whatever gaming platform is your preference the options to reach out and connect to others across the globe keeps growing as you get more into the community. (Shout out to times zones.) I feel like Alice who has fallen down the rabbit hole of wonderful gaming chaos. Would you like to join us for some tea?

Nolan showing of a custom-made Team Nolan shirt from the community

Nolan showing of a custom-made Team Nolan shirt from the community.

What does the future hold for the Retro Replay community?

Everything about this community has been overwhelmingly positive. People are excited, people are happy to come together on Thursdays and have a good time. The cast and crew of Retro Replay want to hear our feedback and make improvements, they’ve been involved and attentive. Retro Replay always seems to have something new to show and share with us. I know us Replayers have just as much to share with each other as well.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to us. If you’re new here, let us know. If you’ve been around, but you’re shy? We want to get to know you, too. Join us in the live chats, add to the banter. We love getting to know one another, solidifying those bonds of camaraderie. We’re all here for a common purpose: our love for all of what Retro Replay has to offer.

Here are some ways you can meet more Replayers and get involved in the community:

  • Join in the live chats on YouTube every Thursday before and during each the premiere at 4 p.m. PST. Be sure to enable alerts on the Retro Replay channel so you don’t miss it!
  • Join in the Zoom happy hour prior to every Thursday premiere, and introduce yourself and jump into the conversation. Follow Brandy on Twitter (@watery_tart19) for invitations each Thursday telling you how to join in.
  • Join the official Retro Replay community and get more access to Nolan and the crew.
  • Listen to the Replayer Podcast, and reach out to Pagan and Dan to let them know you’re interested in being a guest (email thereplayerpodcast@gmail.com, leave a message on the podcast in YouTube, or send a direct message on Twitter to @PaganPlays or @StarkyVash).
  • Register and engage here on the Retro Replay website.
  • If you have a preferred social media platform like Twitter, Facebook, or Discord, seek out Replayers to follow in those spaces, including some fun fan-run groups.



  1. Drew

    Such an amazing community!! Ya’ll are the best.

  2. Amelia Brown

    Awwwwww Its me! I love you guys!

  3. Ashkan A.

    I love this community and love that I made a whole new group of friends

  4. Shana Martin

    During this quarantine the ritual replay community has really helped me through some tough and lonely times. I love you all! If you want to know more about me you can check out the re-player podcast!

  5. Luis Reza

    I’m so happy to be a part of all the things you are here for. Thanks for everything, I love you all dearly. Here’s to more shenanigans!

  6. Cassandre F

    This was so well said Candace. I’m so happy I met all of you <3

  7. Andrew L

    Best community around! So happy to have met everyone of you!

    • Josh Neff

      Best community and found a WINGMAN! lol

  8. Maria Kinnun

    Great article. This community is great and I love that I found you all! Your craziness has helped me through my own craziness. Here’s to more in the future!! <3

    • Brandy Brown

      More crazy!!!! Yes!

  9. PJ

    I love you guys! Literally!

  10. Michael Timmons

    During a pretty dark time in my life, I’m happy to be a member of this community. You all give me the distraction, entertainment, and companionship I need to stay sane. Thank you and I love you all very much!

    • Amelia Brown

      We love you timmions!

  11. Stephanie Watson

    Candance, this article turned out so good! I couldn’t have said it all better myself. A community is always a combination of what people bring to it, and the best communities thrive when people bring positivity and openness. Most Replayers I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to get to know bring the best of themselves and encourage and support the best in each other. Love you all so much!!!

    • Candace Bissonette

      Thank you! I love all of you and it’s been a wonderful experience being a part of this community. ❤️

      • Brandy Brown

        I agree with Stef. With the support and positivity that this community brings…only good things are possible. Much love to all of you and I can’t thank you enough for coming to this silly thing I thought of called a Zoom hang. You guys made quarantine so much better and I gained so many friends that I now consider family.

  12. Billy Newsom

    I’m late to the party but WOOOO! This community is amazing and I am so glad I have met and become friends with all of you. Great article Candace!


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