Your YouTube Subscriptions
Hello fellow Allies.
My assumption is that most of us in 2020 have a personal YouTube account with channels we subscribe to and watch on a weekly if not daily basis. I know lots of people in the gaming community prefer Twitch, but I still like my long form edited content.
Although I miss the good ol days of websites and communities within those websites (a la GameTrailers.com circa 2006-2013), I've somewhat succumbed to the homogenization of the internet back in like 2012. I've been building my YouTube subscriptions since then, with some channels I like coming and going over the years.
I'd like to share some of my interests and hopefully you can share some of the channels you like as well as I'm looking to find more interesting things. I'm looking for more photography channels that aren't just about settings and equipment, but something more interesting. Also, I don't subscribe to any women I can think of. I know women work on a lot of the more major channels I enjoy, but in terms of those personal YT channels, I don't subscribe to any. I'd like to find out about some female run channels. Maybe just write a little blurb about each channel you might end up linking so we know what what type of content they make.
Just a disclaimer - feel free to share whatever you like, but I really truly cannot stomach the "angry" or the "ranty" video essayists who just act outraged at everything in the gaming sphere with clickbait titles like "_______ Gaming Franchise is DEAD After This" (i.e. YongYea or whatever his name is)
Obviously, we already know about Easy Allies... ;)
Super GT (Steve Alverez) is a British YouTuber who is really popular for his GT Sport Daily Race videos as well as his live streams. He has a good self depriving sense of humour where he makes fun of his own racing abilities. If he was a golfer, he'd have a low handicap in Pro-Am tournaments. He's somewhere between a highly skilled amateur driver, and a pro level player. I've linked one of his most popular videos that shows how brutal Forza 7 online races can be. He also does real life karting videos which is a really cool sport in itself.
Quick and easy interviews with developers themselves about how certain games and specifically levels in games came to be. He doesn't upload much but he's been doing a lot more lately. Some really interesting things can be learned from his interviews. I learned about how video game developers tend to scale the BG / props up 30% for a variety of reasons which is why scale is sometimes wonky in games. The COD MW level "Clean House" used 1:1 scaling which is why it might be one of the most intimate levels ever made.
Samuel L. Streetlife
Street Photography is a type of candid photography that captures candid moments of humans on the street - mostly unplanned, random, and in busy public places. Samuel has lots of street photography videos. "On The Streets With" is a series where he meets other street photographers around the world and walks around and picks their brain. He also has "Street Critique" where he dictates a theme for the month and everybody submits their photos surround that theme and two photographers will critique submissions from the community. Lots of travel and beautiful candid moments here.
Sean brings a more philosophical discussion to his videos where he approaches a topic from a variety of ways interesting ways and encourages a lot of self education. Where other photographers on YouTube like to just talk equipment and settings, Sean really speaks to photography and filmmaking in a personal way about growth, learning, and personal perspective.
Bill Simmons is a former Jimmy Kimmel writer, ESPN columnist, founder of the defunct Grantland, and currently the founder and CEO of The Ringer podcast network. They are an all-in-one entertainment channel with a major focus on sports. Simmons just sold to Spotify for $200 Million so expect to see more of The Ringer. I'll admit that their YouTube page is underdeveloped and you're better off searching for the audio versions on their website or Spotify, iTunes, etc.
My favourite show of theirs is "The Rewatchables" where they go through the most rewatchable movies of all time and break it down by: Most Rewatchable Scene, Aged The Worst, Deion Sanders Award for Heat Check Performance (being in the movie for one or two scenes but stealing the show), and more. They've done Rewatchables episodes like Happy Gilmore with the Safdie Brothers or Dunkirk with Quentin Tarantino.
I don't even know where to begin with this channel. Cinemassacre is run by James Rolfe (aka Angry Video Game Nerd) and Mike Matei . They've been doing this for a loooooong time at this point. His AVGN videos were published on GameTrailers back in the day. I prefer his film related content though. His movie collection is massive, I love their video rental set where they just talk for 20 minutes about their affection for oddly specific movies.
You have to be able to see past the nerd humour, which I'll admit, is pretty dated today, but I just find his passion contagious. He also is rarely "angry" outside of his AVGN videos. His channel is always positive and unlike other "angry" copycats, James doesn't stoop down to being outraged by everything to pander to an audience of toxic juvenile adults. He just talks about movies he loves and has a good laugh about them sometimes.
Todd In The Shadows
Todd has three major shows:
ONE HIT WONDERLAND is a show, in his own words, "where I take a look at the full careers of bands and artists known for only one song. This series is a trip through music history, as seen through the prism of a particular artist who only had one hit before fading from memory. Why did they fail? Who came along to replace them? Were they any good? Did they deserve better?" I can say you will always come out of this one with some newfound and interesting knowledge. You'd be surprised how much history comes before and after a big one hit wonder.
TRAINWRECKORDS are, "retrospectives at legendarily disastrous albums that ended careers." Again, sometimes it's a joy to hear how asinine some of these albums are.
POP SONG REVIEW where "I take one current smash hit song and take it apart, break it down line by line, see what parts work and what doesn't, and analyze where it fits within both current trends and the artists' body of work."
Smack / Ultimate Rap League
King of The Dot
Not really music but battle rap is a subculture of hip hop. It has gone through different eras over the years where the average joe might know about the freestyle battles of the past, but the current era stems from written battle DVDs out of NYC and Philly in the 2000s. Now we have battle leagues that run on YouTube with emphasis on writing and performance instead of insults. KOTD is a league from my city of Toronto and I've watched them grow over the years into something big.
Battle rap is hard to get into, and almost a chore to keep up on, but the performances with the major punchline moments where the room shakes is a contagious feeling. The second battle I linked has a ton of video game bars / jokes from Daylyt if you're interested. I linked directly to one particular part: "Face explode, punches, I land mine / we sock more mouths than Mankind / can shine, it's fire / I put Hell on his life / rounds flying everywhere, look like Sonic fell on a spike!"
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@DIPSET Solid idea for topic! One thing I've noticed off the bat is that I do not manage my subscriptions as tightly as I used to. I have 12 now!
This channel is all about speedruns, usually world record progress of a specific game. Videos are posted fairly rarely when compared to other channels but the music alone makes it worth it for me. I'm not super into speedrunning but am very into this channel about speedrunning.
Generally short, to-the-point videos mostly about SNES games but regularly branching out to Genesis, Turbo Grafx and even Steam. I love Super Nintendo so this is a constant source of new games and joy for me.
Super random topics and super opinionated and humour not for everybody. I don't always agree with the opinions but I think he usually makes sound, evidence-based arguments.
Nihongo no mori (日本語の森)
I used to teach English and the schools I worked at always had an English-only policy. I was never militant about it but definitely think it helps with immersion. That in mind, I had a hell of a time finding Japanese learning channels that teach in Japanese. Even the chat is Japanese-only. They have pre-recorded lessons and live stream archives and they are all helpful and light. If you're learning Japanese, this channel will be a major boon.
Matty Matheson is the defintion of "not for everybody" but he is for me.
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Also shoutouts to DAZN if for nothing else than not putting the score in the title of their highlight packages. And also for making Gary Neville talk to guys who lit him and United up about all the times they lit him and United up.
I know you like sports. Do you sub to any sports channels? I obviously follow The Ringer, ESPN, DAZN, Formula 1, and a ton of skateboarding stuff. I find sports kinda leans into mainstream / network media, but here is a funny sports channel I follow:
Jomboy does commentary over sports clips. His content is 90% baseball and in the off season, he covers a wide variety of sports including whacky stuff like Frisbee Golf. What I love is that he catches moments in this that nobody else sees. He literally zooms in and slows down the footage for lip readings and stuff. His major claim to fame was with the Astro's cheating scandal where her put out the following video which was used as undeniable proof to the public that the Astro's have been cheating for a long time:
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@dipset Oh my god thank you! I stumbled across this channel about a year ago and had totally forgotten about it. "The Orioles Are Bad at Baseball" is a classic. And his lip reading is seriously insane. I did not subscribe to any sports channels until right now. Thanks again!
That Thornton-Engelland video is awesome.
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What are some good skateboarding channels except berrics? I like space and travel stuff and enjoyed some of harald baldr's adventures
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Reviews/retrospectives of games:
SsethTzeentach. I love his breakneck style of humor, it's not for everyone but I enjoy it a lot. He usually cover old or weird PC games or games from "B tier" publishers.
minimme. He used to cover graphically impressive games from specific handhelds and consoles, and recently he's been covering licensed games of the past (007 games, for example) and other forgotten oddities. I enjoy his relaxed way of presenting things. Plus, he's a master at making nightmare-fuel thumbnails.
Video essays about/related games
I don't care much for these type of videos anymore, but I really, really enjoy Jacob Geller's videos. He articulates his points so well, and his video ideas are quite interesting.
Technology Connections is a tech channel that primarily focuses on showing how random things work. I really like the presenter's humor and presentation style. Not only he's trying his best to make things as understandable as possible, he also comes off as a very passionate person.
Video game easter eggs
There's no contest, oddheader is the best easter egg channel ever. I never heard of 90% of the things he showed, it's so refreshing to discover new stuff with each upload instead of retreading well known easter eggs.
Ichika Nito. He's a super skilled guitar player, can't get enough of his beautiful jams/tunes.
Middle 8. Makes video essays about specific albums and artists.
Two Minute Papers
The name says it all. Basically makes short videos about papers from all sorts of fields.
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I follow a ton of channels but to keep it simple I'll just post five that are (relatively) small. Instead of going at lengths to describe why I'll like them I'll just post a video and let you discover that for yourself (with a fair warning that you might not like some of their senses of humor.)
How Communism Collapsed on Soviet TV
Running Shine | Mischief Makers Review
Oki's Weird Stories
The Conspiracy Theorist Who Battled a School Board and Won
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Wintergatan, home of engineer/musician Martin Molin, constructor of the viral hit Marble Machine, a wild and artistic musical instrument.
That was just its rough form, though. Every Wednesday, he releases another video showing the long and arduous development of the Marble Machine X (MMX), a more flexible, reliable, and solidly built version that will eventually be able to be taken on a world tour.
Arlo, a fuzzy blue hardcore Nintendo fan. His popularity started with a video slamming the dumbing down of the Paper Mario franchise.
He consistently releases all manner of videos on Nintendo - news, reviews, opinions. His demeanor matches the lighthearted vibe of Nintendo, but as seen above, he isn't afraid to call them out.
Stryder7x, the pope of Paper Mario 64 glitches and half A presses.
Did you know EVERYTHING crashes Paper Mario? NO EXCEPTIONS!
FamilyJules, one of many metal guitar video game cover channels. But his covers feel different. They have a bubbly energy to them, stick to the original melodies, and his guitar tone hits a sweet spot - not too clean, not too harsh.
I discovered him when this video was posted on the front page of ZeldaUniverse.net
My favorite things on his channel are his Nintendo 64 medleys and his Pokémon covers.
Bright Sun Films, producers of documentaries about the history and exploration of abandoned properties, from Disney parks to department stores to shipwrecks.
Abandoned places are their bread-and-butter, but they have two other series, Cancelled and Bankrupt, which are self-explanatory.
Larry Bundy Jr., British video game commentator, producer of the series Fact Hunt, detailing infamous and salacious moments in the history of the video game industry. One of the few remaining members of Channel Awesome (of Nostalgia Critic fame), which had a mass exodus after a workplace scandal.
Cody'sLab, your friendly mad scientist.
Other channels I watch less often:
Techmoan, similar to Tech Conn, but focusing on retro A/V equipment. Great occasional bonus bits with puppets.
The Electric Playground, YouTube continuation of the best video game TV show ever, hosted by Victor Lucas.
AutomaticGainsay, demos of analog synthesizers.
Wow I didn’t realize how much content this thread would gather in less than a day. I have a lot to pour over now. Def don’t feel obligated to do a write up either but it might help people.
I have another music one I really like which I’ll share later.
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SB Nation Makes sports videos focused on telling stories of teams and players. I enjoy their Beef History series.
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@oscillator I've said before but Will say it again, I love Victor Lucas but holy hell is he brutal with spoilers. O had to stop watching.
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Lance Mcdonald he breaks bloodborne and plays it to death
The music channel I mentioned earlier is Trash Theory. I love this channel. In their 'About' section they mention that they make videos about all forms of entertainment but British music is their bread and butter. Really awesome deep dives into the history of certain genres.
I love their video on The Prodigy and another one about "Ghost Town" by The Specials.
Instagram is the way to go for instant skate clips, but I subscribe to a lot of the skate teams individually. Beagle, the filmer for Baker and Deathwish, has his own channel called HIJINX Net where he's just publishing his countless old video tapes of what he calls "hijinx" aka behind the scenes unpredictable moments.
BEAGLE TAPES: Episode 02 - Terry Kennedy
Nine Club is a skateboarding podcast hosted by GIRL Skateboard's pro Chris Roberts who was pretty prominent in the 90s scene and has some great video parts over the years. This is by skaters for skaters so I don't know if there is much to latch onto if you're not into skating.
I linked this interview because it's with Sunny Suljic who is an amazing skater, the star of the film Mid 90s, but you probably all know him better as Atreus from God of War (2018).
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Finally got around to this, so here are two of my favorite channels:
It's a channel devoted to the history of amusement parks (and some television stuff), and it handles everything with great care. The production values are surprisingly high, and it manages to be both informative and wildly entertaining. The guy who runs it is also a big Jim Henson fan so there's a lot of great muppet stuff there.
I just love this man. He does a variety of videos, but his greatest draw is that he is unapologetically himself. He likes what he likes, and doesn't like what he doesn't like, and there's something very refreshing about that. There's a sincerity there that is really nice too.
I was planning on talking about some others but I lost interest halfway through, so I'll cap it at two for now.
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I forgot to mention this channel before: MrMobile/Michael Fisher. It's a tech channel that focuses on the latest mobile/portable technology, including smartphones, laptops and wearables. The production value of each video is great, and Michael is a very good speaker. The most interesting content from his channel for me is the recently started When Phones Were Fun series, where he covers weird ass phones from the past.
Also, as someone who doesn't play CSGO anymore and only watch matches, I massively enjoy 3kliksphilip's content. He would go to great lengths make weird/irrelevant topics like this one way more fun than it should be.
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The wackiest inventor on Youtube. He's made everything from wolverine claws to an underground bunker in his back garden. Hilariously, the bunker increased his houses property value so much that the house comes with the bunker, the bunker doesn't come with the house.
Eddie Woo - I realised last year that my mathematics knowledge had slipped quite a bit since I left University over 4 years ago. Eddie films his lessons and posts them on his channel. They're really entertaining, and they range from one offs that most people could understand to complex algebra that you might remember from High School or College.
Many ATrueNerd - One of my favourite channels on Youtube for the past 5 years. ManyATrueNerd is best known for his Fallout You Only Live Once series. Where he has completed Fallout 3 and Fallout New Vegas on a single Health Bar, with no healing, and all health tracked externally in case the game auto healed him for whatever reason. He's also completed Fallout New Vegas without killing a single enemy or creature, skipping only a few side quests in the entire game.
But he also runs a really entertaining Let's Play channel. He's do lots of one off videos, especially focussing on Indie Games that you probably won't see on other channels. But he also roleplays Grand Strategy games. He's also managed to culture a wonderful friendly community. I strongly recommend finding a video you think you might like and settling in.
PeopleMakeGames - A Patreon funded channel started by Chris Bratt, previously of VideoGamerUK and Eurogamer. It was largely inspired by the fallout from No Man's Sky, and the vitriol that Hello Games and Sean Murray received. Chris wanted to make a channel that told interesting stories from the games industry that would entertain people, and more importantly, remind them that People Make Games, not faceless corporate entities.
Tom Scott - A British bloke that makes interesting videos about interesting things.
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Look Mum No Computer. A synth channel with a lot of ambitious and creative projects.
Anton Petrov. Really like this channel of Astronomy/Physics. Mostly because it focuses on recent scientific papers/studies so it's a good way to keep informed about what's going on. Thumbnail and title of the videos are click-bait(ish) but content is good.
Numberphile. Gonna be honest, occasionally I just like to have a special cookies and blow my mind with mathematics. Accessible and short videos.
Just funny and we'll written reviews.
Boston Dynamics. I like to keep an eye on our future overlords.
Nostalgia Nerd. Retro game and technology channel.
Chicken Connoisseur. Reviews of UK chicken joints. Just pure gold imo.
Vic Berger. Political surrealism clips.