Top 10 Video Game YouTube Channels
YouTube is very, very heavily slanted towards video game coverage, and there are several channels that you should absolutely subscribe to if you want to stay connected with the best of the culture. These are the ten I've found make for a great afternoon wasting away talking about games.
Special thanks to The Brother With One F for additional research in this article.
10: Man At Arms: Tony Swatton's web show isn't just about video games. He is a master blacksmith that creates really incredible replicas of weapons from all across the realms of fiction as a side gig promoting his work doing the same for Hollywood. That said, it's his video game recreations that get the biggest response, such as when he finally gave in and created the Master Sword from The Legend of Zelda above.
I like Swatton for the same reason I like Mr. Wizard... there is a barely concealed well of disdain for us gamer nerds underneath his instruction. You can just feel how little he wanted to make the famous weapon, only giving in because we demanded it. That source of amusement aside, the weapons he creates will blow you away.
9. Continue Show: The guys at Continue Show do playthroughs of classic games until they run out of continues, including one of my personal favorites, Abadox, that you can see above. The difficulty of a lot of these early video games leads to a lot of angry swearing and juvenile petty rage being hurled at the screen, but it's still a pretty good time being had by all. The nostalgia factor is worth it, and it's strangely therapeutic to watch grown men get as pissed off by those damn arm-monster thingies as I did as a child. It's feel like having your anger justified.
8: Video Gamer TV: Of all the people dissecting video games on a really deep level I think Matt Lees is the absolute best. While we were all still living with stars in our eyes from BioShock Infinite he was the one who pointed out that there are still some seriously flaws in the game's approach that should have been addressed. Honestly, every game I review I'm just inwardly aping Lees.
There's lot of other non-Lees content on Video Gamer TV that is top-notch, but it's these really brilliant deconstructions by Lees that make it one of the best.
7. Indie for Breakfast: Being without a computer that has any kind of real PC gaming capability at the moment, I am missing out on some of the amazing world of little indie gaming titles. The reason I know I'm missing out is because Akamikeb does regular playthroughs on the off-the-beaten-path releases that you might otherwise never hear of. It's a fantastic source for discovering hidden gems.
6. Feminist Frequency: Anita Sarkeesian splashed onto gaming videos in a big way when she had a runaway Kickstarter hit raising money to create a series that would look at the roles of women in gaming and how they stand up to prominent sexist tropes. This also resulted in a backlash of misogyny, rape threats, and a whole bunch of other proof to how right she can be sometimes. Sarkeesian offer the same in-depth look that Lees does, but from a more focused and scholarly fashion. I look forward to every new installment, and learn something new with each.
5. Total Biscuit: John Bain, also known as The Cynical Brit, is one of the biggest names in gaming commentary, and he earns that reputation. On the one hand he is a PC Master Race sort of a guy that could tone down the anti-console rhetoric a bit and he stands on his soapbox more than the old days. On the other hand, he gets some really great access to all the latest releases and other aspects of the industry. His content comes constantly, and he travels all over the world doing game journalism. If video gaming has a trusted pundit, it's Total Biscuit.
4. Yogscast Hannah: One of the shining success stories of video game YouTube channels is the combined efforts of the Yogscast crew, who were one of the first groups to have their combined views break the billion mark. Of all the options available, it's the playthroughs with Hannah that stand out the best. She's a great player, a witty commenter, and if there's a particular game I can't finagle a review copy for I go to her and hope she'll have the experience for me. No one is a better gaming guide than her.
3. Easter Egg Hunting: Games these days are full of dozens or hundreds of little jokes, glitches, and secrets because developers are a capricious lot. The people at VGFacts has put together a series that explores these in tremendous detail. It's addictive as hell, and a treasure for trivia nuts like me.
2. Pewdiepie: You know how going to see a horror movie with that friend who is ridiculously easy to scare and overreacts to every single thing? That's Pewdiepie, and you have got to see him as he treks through some of the best horror games out there. Though Swedish, he comes across like Roberto Benigni, and while that gets a little much sometimes his enthusiasm for what he does has made him, no joke, the most subscribed YouTube channel ever. Know what he does with all his internet dollars? He travels around working with charities. 'Cause he's awesome.
1. Did You Know Gaming: I check the Did You Know Gaming site every day, but the best days are the ones where they're little five minute, title-specific explorations of trivia come out in video form. Usually it's just a more elaborate version of factoids that have already appeared on the site, but the execution is just so wonderfully fun that it makes even things you already knew seem fresh and exciting. Best video game show on the internet. I just wish they came more frequently.
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