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    Youtube Gaming Channels

    I'll describe my favorite Youtube gaming channels here, and solicit recommendations. I've only found four channels to watch long-term, characterized by fewer, better-edited videos than most. I have no onus against Let's Plays, but I'm not willing to spend time on them. I also have no onus against topical channels, but I prefer to read people's opinions rather than watch them. Here's my list.

    Video Game Dunkey

    These videos are tiny, almost fragmentary looks at specific games. If you watched the wrong Dunkey video, or watched any Dunkey video in the wrong mood, you would think he's an idiot. However, the simplicity of his words belies a thoughtful critical stance, a broad passion for gaming, a natural sense of comedic timing, and a delightful whimsy.

    Soviet Womble

    There are many tightly-knit online communities, but few with their own bard. Like many other channels, Soviet composes videos from funny moments of communal gameplay. Unlike other examples of this style, the videos have a coherent emotional arc, and a sense of comedic timing not just within excerpts but between them as well. In addition, Soviet puts a great deal of craftsmanship into each video, particularly evident in his captioning.

    A Jolly Wangcore

    The single-player equivalent of Soviet Womble. He records Half-Life mods almost exclusively. His videos also show a high degree of craftsmanship, though not to the level of Soviet. The comedy comes from Twitch chat interactions and his own incredulity at the things that happen over the course of a mod. He also has a lovely, soothing voice.

    The Kilian Experience

    The most polished videos of this list. Each video forms a coherent story, and the topics range into areas other than gaming, like cooking, anime, movies and travel. The best word to describe him is "perverse." His gaming videos approach a videogame in exactly the wrong way, form a deliberately obtuse reading of its plot, and thereby poke fun at the game's self-importance and fanbase.

    Honorable Mention -- Game Grumps

    Mostly Let's Plays, albeit high-quality ones, so I usually get bored an hour or two in. They made it to this list because, as of late, they've used their success to fund lovely, traditionally-animated videos. Here are three recent examples.

    Honorable Mention -- Zero Punctuation

    These are snappy, illustrated video reviews. The creator is smart and insightful, but the videos are by their format shallow, even when they aren't mostly taken up by digressions. When I watch them, I enjoy them, but they leave a lingering bad taste.

    In Memoriam -- The Spoony Experiment

    The best of the pre-Youtube video creators, by a large margin, and a classic of the medium. Many of Spoony's videos are available on Youtube. The Ultima Retrospective is particularly strong work. Sadly, his struggles with mental illness left him unable to continue producing videos.

    Recommendations are welcome!
    Last edited by Anarchic Fox; 11th Apr 2020 at 18:51.

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    You're missing Jerma.




    This was made in Windows 3D Movie Maker and has a score of 9.4 on IMDB.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anarchic Fox View Post
    Recommendations are welcome!
    The Spiffing Brit

    A British guy showcasing various exploits in a large variety of games, but lots of Paradox grand strategy games are featured as are Bethseda games. He mostly keeps the mood leaning towards silly fun while trying to be as stereotypically British as possible (Tea, The Queen and Colonialism almost always get mentioned).


    Maximilian Dood (and YoVideogames)

    If you're into fighting games at all, it is hard not to mention this guy. He is vastly more skilled than the majority of players even if he doesn't reach the pro players of any individual game. He's also well articulated and good at describing what he likes and doesn't like about any given game. His personal channel is about 90% fighting games and 10% "currently hot mainstream game" while YoVideogames is him and several friends doing more general gaming stuff.

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    Yeah man dunkey is da good shit.

    Accursed Farms - Mostly known for his "Freeman's Mind" series, but the Ross's Game Dungeon series where he reviews mostly obscure games is quality stuff as well.

    Super Bunnyhop - Rarely releases anything, but when he does it's good stuff.

    Grim Beard - Mostly reviews of horror games. Excellent production quality and great original music.

    minimme - Makes videos about a lot of old oddities, like every Pixar's Cars game and the most graphically impressive GBA games.


    Gamedev focused:

    Game Maker's Toolkit - You all know about this one but what am I gonna do, not mention it?

    New Frame Plus - picks apart and analyses animations in games and what makes them work/not work.

    Digital Foundry - Deep dives into the graphics-systems of various games.

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    Quote Originally Posted by icemann View Post
    LGR

    I love LGR's videos. They tend to be retro primarily, but he does cover new stuff on occasion. Often does videos on retro PC stuff.
    Forgot to mention this one, Clint (the host of LGR) is really chill to listen to even when something annoys him.

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    That's a large number of new channels to check out, thanks very much!

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    Civvie11, a mainly retro FPS focused guy. Most of it is full game walkthrough highlights mixed with criticism.
    Gmanlives, Aussie videogame reviewer. Also mostly into FPSes.
    Vinesauce, comedy game streamer. This channel is highlights from streams. It's better than it sounds.
    Tarks Gauntlet, very weeb-oriented game reviewer. Pretty reasonable takes, but more tolerant of the more indulgent side of Japanese games than I am.

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    Girlfriend Reviews - Not your traditional review format but by and far one of the most humorous.

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    Ross's Game Dungeon is pretty good, although he generally does oddball games. He also did what I consider the best critiques of the first 3 Deus Ex games.





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    Quote Originally Posted by henke View Post
    Game Maker's Toolkit - You all know about this one but what am I gonna do, not mention it?
    The guy who explains game mechanics as if he's talking to infants? Righto.
    https://youtu.be/gesNWgxuv8I?t=5378

    Further on the topic of Mark Brown, he's a fedora-tipping white knight who got assblasted over fictional women dying.
    https://archive.fo/Ia7UR

    He fedora tipped so hard that Square Enix censored away the blood in Shadow of the Tomb Raider through a patch.

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    It's good that even these days some things are still certain. It lends a sense of stability to things.

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    Oh no, a youtuber can explain things clearly and concisely and developers are making changes to their game out of their own free will because someone wrote a well-reasoned article where they voiced their opinion about something! Much evil! Very censorship! Eva, you should run as fast as you can to the "What are you making?" thread where innocent young devs are being censored so hard right now with all the suggestions they are getting to change their games -- maybe you can still save them.

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    Unit 2 blathered on one of my threads! This is a personal milestone of my writing here at TTLG. <3

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    Just discovered Bed Bananas thanks to one of the RPS Alyx vids, and this Hitman 2 video's great:


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    The only one I can stand is ZeroPunctuation. Even that's a bit old but at least if I watch a video I know it will be about the actual game and not him trying to start beef with other Youtubers as is the case dissapointingly often. The world is a negative enough place without content creators trying to start fights with each other.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony_Tarantula View Post
    The only one I can stand is ZeroPunctuation. Even that's a bit old but at least if I watch a video I know it will be about the actual game and not him trying to start beef with other Youtubers as is the case dissapointingly often. The world is a negative enough place without content creators trying to start fights with each other.
    Watch literally any of the channels linked here. The only person out of them starting beef constantly is Boogie2988, who I also don't like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by icemann View Post
    If you look into the situation with him, there are some people out there (on reddit mostly) who want to spread fake news and completely destroy the guy. Complete craziness.
    They seem to have their receipts in order. What's fake about it?

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    Feels like the onus is on you there, bud.

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    He definitely isn't, and this isn't how this works. If you're going to claim something's fake, it's not the burden of the person asking 'how?' to provide the evidence.

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    Society hasn't flipped; and that's a pretty big strawman. If there's direct evidence on reddit that contradicts what you're saying, you're essentially washing your hands of the matter and saying, 'yeah, whatever'. Which makes me wonder what was even the point of bringing it up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by icemann View Post
    Well I've always been on the side that one has to prove guilt, rather than innocence. I get that society seems to have flipped that in recent years.

    I'd link the video that Boogie put up several months ago, where he went into detail on it but it's since been deleted.
    I used to think like you on this. But think about what you're saying. Say Person X has somehow been a complete monster to you. So you go public with chatlogs and corroborating evidence from his own public videos. But that's not good enough, because Person X makes a video in reply where he blatantly lies and deflects what he can't lie about.
    Now there's me, the third party, looking at all this. Who do I believe? Am I forbidden from believing the person who has documented evidence of Person X being a shit? Why?

    If Boogie is documented to be a manipulator of people, then it sounds pretty likely to me that his counter-video was full of shit too, and that's why he removed it.
    Group harassment of people happens, but if multiple independent people come forward without a shared nefarious goal, that's a lot of smoke for there to purportedly be no fire.

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    So his words from YouTube mean everything but other people's words on reddit mean nothing.

    It's up to you to just say, as you did at the end, that you enjoy his videos and that's enough for you. But then perhaps don't do that spiel first about society having flipped, when you've made your mind up beforehand as to who is right and who is wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by icemann View Post
    If he had done horrible things, he'd have been arrested which he hasn't.
    You do realize there are things that are bad but not illegal to do?

    Quote Originally Posted by icemann View Post
    As for things said, he suffers from mental illness due to a severely fucked up childhood. So if you take as gospel words said, when suffering from illness then we're all damned. Boogie has shown in some of his own videos of the messed up things he's said. If I remember right, he has bipolar, depression and anxiety. In life I've had quite a bit of dealings with people with mental illness + my wife suffers from half the stuff he has, so I don't take seriously words alone.
    Mental illness can explain (episodes of) treating others poorly, but does not excuse it. If someone has a punches-you-in-the-face disease they'd damn well better apologize every time and work on bettering themselves, or find themselves friendless pretty soon.

    Quote Originally Posted by icemann View Post
    For me words, etc from reddit mean nothing.
    How about screenshots and archived tweets/comments? Have you seen these at all, or are you just dismissing them sight unseen?

    Quote Originally Posted by icemann View Post
    He's innocent until proven otherwise. Your welcome to believe otherwise.
    Your standards for proof are extremely forgiving towards those you like. You seem to think that a court of law is the only standard by which anyone can be proven guilty of anything, and even then I'm not sure you wouldn't say it was a witch hunt.

    Quote Originally Posted by icemann View Post
    I enjoy his videos and that's enough for me.
    Enjoying his videos is fair, but exculpating someone over how much you like their work is weird.

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    Quote Originally Posted by icemann View Post
    That was the particular reddit thread Boogie spoke about in that deleted video if I remember right. I don't tend to read articles on Youtuber's. I just go by what I see in the videos they put out. That's not me dismissing what your saying. Just stating how I do things.
    THAT IS YOU DISMISSING IT WITHOUT SEEING IT. THAT MIGHT BE HOW YOU DO THINGS BUT THAT IS VERY MUCH YOU DISMISSING IT WITHOUT SEEING IT. HELLO? Do you regularly actively avoid information on a topic to then declare yourself staunchly in favor of a specific side after hearing only that side's argument?

    Quote Originally Posted by icemann View Post
    For example, JonTron, whose videos I really like due to their complete randomness, said some anti-immigrant stuff (apparently) on a guest spot on some other program. It has nothing to do with the videos he puts out, so it is what it is. Should he have said those things? Well he has the right to free speech, whether it's nice or not. I like his videos so I just enjoy them for what they are. If that makes me weird or whatever meh that's fine.
    Jontron sure did say some racist anti-immigrant stuff. It's absolutely fine if you still like his work. But this is somehow distinct from Boogie in that you're not declaring him innocent without having seen anything of the incident.

    Quote Originally Posted by icemann View Post
    As for my innocent until guilty approach, well that's just me. There was a thread a while ago, on the me 2 movement and of accused people etc, and I stated my views in detail over there.
    Your opinion can be divorced from legal outcomes! You don't have to believe that OJ Simpson is innocent, or that Issei Sagawa deserves to be free, or that Harvey Weinstein or Kevin Spacey deserve the benefit of your doubt. You can make up your own mind about these things. If you always choose to side with the accused, so be it.

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    Okay I give up, there's no getting through

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