Tom Matlack is a venture capitalist who can afford to play games (literally) AND ask deep questions like “What does it mean to be a good man?” He made his fortune orchestrating the $2 billion takeover of The Providence Journal Company, and later sold Art Technology Group to Oracle for $1 billion (2010). After 12 years of running his own VC firm, getting married and having three kids, he turned to writing and publishing. His book “The Good Men Project” is an anthology of 31 essays written by Pulitzer-prize winning journalists, an NFL Hall of Famer, and a former Sing Sing inmate, among others. Matlack scored documentary filmmaker Matt Gannon to capture the uplifting essence of the book on film. Matlack’s “The Good Men Project: Real Stories from the Front Lines of Modern Manhood” features 10 men sharing heartfelt moments and emotions that clash with the pervasive stereotypes of men as mindless, sex-obsessed buffoons–especially as portrayed on television.
While Matlack continues to write for The Good Men Project magazine and blog, and the Huffington Post, he has a new project: Game Empire Enterprises. Based in Boston, the company runs the game portal site MMOhut.com, which offers MMORPG (that’s Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games) news, reviews and connections to other gamers. A sort of Goodreads for Gamers. It’s an odd, some might say disturbing, coupling of interests. The hulky men in Intense Tactical Gameplay, Shooter, and Heroes & Generals need to act quickly because it’s life or death out there in MMO game world. And with all those distracting females with large, heaving, barely covered breasts to consider while playing, there probably just isn’t time to ask “What does it mean to be a good man?”