I wanted to know your opinions about this, since I'm feeling a little conflicted about that.
I watched a lot of gaming related channels in the past, but Easy Allies always had one thing that made me realize what's been bothering me with a lot of other people talking about games and made me ultimately abandon most of these channels. This thing is ingrained in their motto "Love and Respect", which also translates for me into a general sense of positivity.
I know that it's not easy to always live love and respect especially if one talks about universally hated practices and shady stuff, but in general EasyAllies keep themselves in check when talking about games, by having a rather diverse cast of characters that love different genres. So when they're together they show love and respect most of the time.
The two instances where I felt a bit taken aback were two streams, one by Kyle and one by Damiani. Here I felt the negativity that I've known from other people and didn't want to believe my ears.
Kyle's stream was the end of the Hotel Transylvania playthrough when he was going through his list of games on the PS4. He made some snarky comments about most games, but to some he was outright mean. Like his comment for Toki Tori 2, where he said that you shouldn't listen to anyone that says the game has actually quite clever game design, because it doesn't have that. Toki Tori is definitely not a universally hated game, and even then it wouldn't be justified, but there are a lot of people who like that game and instead of just saying that he doesn't like the game, he puts down everybody who does (and please don't come saying that it was a bit™). There was more, but I'm not in the mood to watch that again right now.
For Damiani it was the fifth part of the Hollow Knight Streams, where he was just way too negative for my taste. Saying that he'll die before letting anyone put this game on a list where it's higher than Super Metroid or SOTN. I especially don't get him complaining about the length when he's still playing it, long after he's beaten it. And complaining about the difficulty when it's about optional DLC Bosses who don't give you anything. It doesn't seem very L&R to me, saying that a friend of his put it best, when he said that they just wanted to be indie as f*ck and therefore had to make it hard and didn't know when to quit. I think Ben once said, that if Damiani is complaining, that means he likes the game... but this seems a bit too extreme for me.
I don't watch Damiani's streams normally so maybe that's a common occurrence. With Kyle I was extremely surprised, since I watch a lot of him and he even shows love for "bad" games and when something's jarringly bad he mostly laughs about it, but is never mean.
I just think the L&R should extend to everyone, that means also for the developers of the games we play. I'm also not always positive about everything. That would be very hard, I know that. But I try to at least never insult anyone or their opinion.
What do you think about it? Am I nitpicking too much? I still love everything they do and try to watch as much of it as I can fit in my day, so it's not like this will stop me from loving them anytime soon.
Love & Respect