I love YouTube! Ironically, not for the reasons most people love it; RayWIlliamJohnson, Smosh and Fred can all go to hell. I’m also not talking about videos of cats or people falling over, although those are important to watch once in a while too. I go on YouTube every evening because of the fantastic shows that often surpass most of the garbage on TV in terms of quality – a lot of them about video games!
The fact that you’re reading this on Destructoid means that you’re already familiar with the fact that this website is host to many great gaming shows: The Destructoid Show, Jimquisition, Talking to Women About Video Games, Rev Rants, Hey Ash and many more. As much as I enjoy them all, I’ll be keeping them out of this list, as well as other brilliant but popular shows like The Angry Video Game Nerd, Pure Pwnage and Zero Punctuation. This way, hopefully by the end of the blog post you’ll find at least one new show that you’ll love and maybe subscribe to.
10: How To Annoy People
I’m not much of an online multiplayer guy, but I know as well as anyone how serious people take Call of Duty
. Sometimes, way
too seriously. If you’re no longer having fun and seeing the game as work, can you still really call it a game? Thankfully, CoD player Kevin is here to bring trolling justice to the angry Xbox headset warriors we all love to hate. Trapping them in corners, alerting the enemy to their position while remaining seemingly oblivious and friendly makes for a hilarious watch. I get bored with all of those Top 10 Headshots and Kill Montage videos, but this is one CoD-based series I can watch.
9: Video Game Music Choir
Got a favourite video game soundtrack? Of course you do, every gamer does. There’s so many amazing songs and themes in our games, and the Video Game Music Choir knows it. The name Video Game Music Choir is a pretty self-explanatory name – their a group that sings these aforementioned classic tunes. Their performances are very impressive, and its sometimes humourous to see a simple but memorable soundtrack become a fully orchestrated piece. Unfortunately at the time of writing, many of their previous videos are unavailable and set to “Private”. It seems their new videos are on a different channel, so they could possibly be arranging to move channel for whatever reason. At any rate here’s hoping this is a temporary decision, as believe me, there were some fantastic performances of the Super Smash Bros. Brawl
theme, Sonic Adventure 2
’s “Escape from the City” and The Sims
’ “Let’s Go Shopping” song. For now though, enjoy the new video of the Katamari
8: The Next Game Boss
As someone who isn’t a frequent IGN visitor these days, I found this show interesting and enjoyable. Selected contestants of new indie developers compete to create the best game in a brief time period while also meeting specific conditions. It’s fascinating to see some of the creativity produced within these boundaries, and seeing the tension as the pressure continues to build. Just don’t scroll down to the comments... if there’s one community as bad as YouTube’s, its IGN’s. Put the two together, and you get irrelevant arguments from hormone-fueled teenage douchebags about Call of Duty
and whether Naomi is “hotter” than Jessica Chobot. Poor IGN. But anyway, bring on Season 2!
7: Did You Know Gaming
Think you know a lot about games? Sure, you wouldn’t be here otherwise. But do you really
know a lot about games? I thought I knew all the facts until I watched videos on Did You Know Gaming’s new channel. Did you know that Ditto is a actually a failed clone of Mew? Did you know Starfox characters are hidden in the very Pause screen of Majora’s Mask
? There’s some really interesting stuff regarding the franchises you love – Zelda
, Final Fantasy
. There’s loads of facts you won’t have heard, from interesting development stories and decisions to hidden references and areas in the games. As I said, the channel is new and currently only covers the four franchises I mentioned, but if you crave more gaming knowledge for your noggin, check out the website in the meantime: http://didyouknowgaming.com/
6: Pete’s Game Room
Ever seen Pete’s Game Room? It’s like a gaming paradise spanning almost every console and system ever, with masses of game libraries to accompany them. And there’s a guy who lives inside it. Here’s what’s nuts: the video below of the room tour is now over three years old, meaning Pete could now possess almost twice the amount of games. It’s not all about showing off a collection though. The man has extensive knowledge and experience with video games (obviously), and has many other individual system collections, reviews of obscure games, gaming collectibles and unboxings. He’s also a gaming podcast and live stream host, with a website too. Yep, this guy likes video games!
5: Fallout: Nuka Break
series offers a fantastic and vast post-apocalyptic world where 1950’s culture has struggled to advance after a 200-year fallout. What better way to expand on such an excellent concept than expressing it through a web series? Nuka Break is not an official spin-off of the franchise, but it sure feels like it should be. The fact that this show was independently created makes it all the more impressive when you see the superb acting and story direction. The characters are original, but every detail is accurate to the games, from the weapons and costumes to the different society groups of vault dwellers, raiders and ghouls. This is how video game-based series and movies should be – taking notes, Mr. Boll?
Originally, this list was going to be “Top 10 YouTube Gamers”, and this place would have instead read “Anthony Carboni”. You may be familiar with this gentleman if you’ve watched The Destructoid Show where he sometimes makes appearances, and also works alongside Max and Tara in Casual Friday. He’s the host of many shows on the Rev3Games channel, including New Challenger, a show where reviewers are invited to review his review of a game; Random Encounter, a show about cool happenings in video game culture; and Bytejacker, an old but still interesting show on under-looked indie games. The channel also has reviews, interviews and opinions from Anthony, Max, Tara and many more.
Fun Fact: look for my name in the “Let’s Buy a Mech” episode of Random Encounter at 2:12!
3: Two Best Friends Play
Matt and Pat are one of the few reasons I tune into Machinima. They’re two gamers that take a hilarious spin on the “Let’s Play” formula by purposefully taking games too seriously, mocking terrible games (and each other), and exploiting great games by playing them poorly. The main series consists of ten to fifteen minute videos showing the highlights of playthroughs, rather than going the long-winded approach that many Let’s Play’s take with endless parts. But should you want more of this duo (and who wouldn’t?), you can catch full play-throughs on their personal channel. Below is my personal favourite Best Friends video, and one of my all-time favourites on YouTube.
2: Game Grumps
Recognise those sexy male voices in the Did You Know Gaming videos? It’s the Internet’s very own Egoraptor and JonTron! What do you get when you put these two gentlemen in a room to play retro games? Hilarity, that’s what. The name is misleading, as both are far from grumpy. The laughter is contagious as they effortlessly create their own new Internet memes (Pause Balls!) while goofing around in Goof Troop
, abuse the naming options in the innocent world of Pokemon
and traverse Hyrule as the legendary “Groomp”.
Bonus: Also check out The JonTron Show, which I’ve recently started watching. It’s pretty good!
1: Terry Garrett Plays Ocarina of Time
Okay, so this is the third “Let’s Play” series in a row... but hear me out! Like the previous two entries, it’s unlike any Let’s Play you’ve ever seen, and this one is sure to blow your mind. Terry Garrett is currently playing through classic game Ocarina of Time
. Not too unusual... except he’s completely blind. And no, not blindfolded, not looking away from the screen – completely blind
. Terry takes the number one spot in this list for the sheer brilliance, determination and genius he demonstrates in each of his videos. It started with a demonstration of how he can play the game starting from Inside the Deku Tree, using an elaborate audio setup on his chair to rely completely on the sound design. Its now become a complete play-through of the game and he has now conquered the Shadow Temple. It made me realise just how excellent the sound design is for this game - from Link’s footsteps across different terrain and enemy sounds to Navi’s prompts and the gentle stream of the Hyrule river, Terry can always identify where everything is and where he’s going.
He plays, records and edits the video himself, and has also played Abe's Odyssey
and Bit.Trip Runner
on his channel. I really think the guy deserves more views and subscribers and that more people deserve to see this incredible guy. If you have time for just one video, please make it this one! Using the Master Sword as his cane, he's getting closer and closer to being the first blind hero to smite Ganondorf.
And that wraps up my first ever Top 10 list! Wow, these are hard work, but damn fun. I’m considering publishing a Top 5 Non-Gaming list if people like this post. Please let me know, and tell me if you know a great series that should have been on this list, or even anything non-gaming. I wanna know about it! Thanks for reading. :)