Youtube Gaming  Tagged Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Youtube Gaming  RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Happy Wheels Madness Reactivated on YouTube https://www.gameskinny.com/8k2be/happy-wheels-madness-reactivated-on-youtube https://www.gameskinny.com/8k2be/happy-wheels-madness-reactivated-on-youtube Wed, 02 Aug 2017 07:00:02 -0400 JP_4974

By today’s standards, Happy Wheels is an ancient Web game. It was released in 2010, which was an era filled with simple Flash games that were swept to the wayside. Yet Happy Wheels is still popular. In fact, it’s played now more than ever, thanks to a recent surge in visibility on YouTube. Game-streaming celebrities, such as Kwebbelkop and Jelly are dedicating entire YouTube series to the seven-year-old Happy Wheels. There’s something special happening here, and it’s worth a closer look.

Summing up the Excitement
Happy Wheels is a terrifically violent game. It glamorizes over-the-top, cartoon bloodshed via ragdoll physics. If released on consoles, Happy Wheels would most certainly receive an M (Mature 17+) rating from the ESRB. This game isn’t on consoles though; it’s available to anyone with a computer or smartphone. As such, Happy Wheels has been played over 8 billion—yes, billion—times since its release. Players of all ages have enjoyed the arm-breaking, leg-chopping, explosive hilarity for free.

In 2010, Happy Wheels became an instant hit. It had a few unique, silly characters in its roster—a list which has grown significantly since then. Now, gamers can play as a brave moped rider, wacky pogo fanatic, or Santa Claus. Each character rides its own “vehicle,”  anything from a motorized lawnmower to a modified wheelchair.

Staying in the Limelight
No other Web games from 2010 remained a worldwide hit. Happy Wheels kept its top-tier status due to one key aspect: sharing user-created levels. A level editor isn’t a new concept; many games allow players to create their own worlds. Very few titles, besides Super Mario Maker, rely on this idea for core gameplay. In Happy Wheels, the best levels are those created by other players. The included editor features a vast, unparalleled set of tools and items for maximum creativity.

The level editor allows players to build, stack, and draw their own structures from scratch. There are also pre-made building blocks (logs, rails), hazards (guns, landmines), and boosters (cannons, jets). A quick glance at the available user-created levels reveals countless new types of challenges. There are Wild West cowboy adventures, ninja obstacle courses, and rope-swinging competitions.

Viewing and Learning on YouTube
The best YouTube gamers know how to capitalize fun. Many subscribers rely on their favorite channels to share the latest gaming trends. This year, Happy Wheels benefited greatly from this phenomenon. Kwebbelkop’s YouTube channel has an entire series on the game, showcasing the most exciting, tough, and grueling levels. Viewers can learn how to beat certain challenges and get entertained while failing others. Jelly’s YouTube channel features nearly 200 videos on Happy Wheels. With millions of views, these YouTube channels (and others) are maintaining and raising the game’s popularity.

The Happy Wheels game is available on Poki, and it includes many of the best user-created levels. The game’s active community contributes hundreds of new levels per day, so there’s always something new to try. Hop onto your vehicle of choice, and ride through the chaos in Happy Wheels!

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What's the Deal With Let's Plays: Analyzing The Phenomenon https://www.gameskinny.com/0ffns/whats-the-deal-with-lets-plays-analyzing-the-phenomenon https://www.gameskinny.com/0ffns/whats-the-deal-with-lets-plays-analyzing-the-phenomenon Sun, 25 Jun 2017 16:50:54 -0400 Angelica Dimson

When I was a kid, I didn’t own a lot of video games. A Nintendo 64 was something I badly wanted but my parents couldn’t afford one at the time, so instead, I would go over to a friend’s house who owned one. We would then end up playing Mario Kart, Super Smash Brothers, or Mario Party. Even if I couldn’t play it while my friend and her siblings took turns, I still enjoyed watching them play. At times, they were much better than me or hilariously worse to the point where their comments were entertaining to hear. Watching Let’s Plays on YouTube or Twitch garners that same nostalgic feeling for me.

I'm a bomb, very slow and out of lives. But I will find you, and I will destroy you. (Courtesy of HellfireComms)

So while YouTube is recovering over what has been dubbed the "adpocalyse," I think it's time to take a look at the "Let's Play" phenomena.

A Let's Play is essentially a series of videos in which gamers record themselves playing video games and provide their own commentary in the process, which regularly yields comedic results.

YouTube and Twitch have become staples in this form of online “Let’s Play” entertainment -- garnering both fans and critics alike. Usually, critics ask: “Why watch other people play video games? Why not buy them yourself?” That’s something I’m going to answer.

Aren’t They A Waste of Time?

A few opinion pieces and Reddit users have declared that Let's Plays are an enormous waste of time unless they are specified as walkthroughs.

Touche, random Reddit user.

So why not play the game yourself, instead of trying to play vicariously through a Let’s Player? Sometimes, that’s what I’m trying to figure out when watching a certain Let's Play; I’m deciding whether or not I want that game. Sure, I look through reviews or MetaCritic to aid that decision but when someone shows me the gameplay, it’s quicker and easier to reach the all important choice.

Waiting for game sales since 20XX.

In addition, games are expensive and as a poor college student, I need to know what’s worth an investment.

Games can also take a lot of time to play. As someone who loves story-heavy titles, they are a serious time sink. Then when I make my way into the real world of a nine-to-five job, I don’t have a lot of time to play them either. Let’s Plays give me some entertaining background sound while I’m working on my computer, especially since I didn't own a TV as a freshman.

But Aren’t They Annoying?

 So many Let's Players, so little time. (Image via Dorkly.)

Yes and no. With such a large variety of Let’s Players both on YouTube and Twitch, trying to find someone you enjoy watching can be difficult. For example, I don't like watching PewDiePie that much, but I enjoy watching Jacksepticeye -- even if I found him loud at first. I then started watching his videos almost religiously, realizing that he is in fact surprisingly down to earth. Being loud is a quirk he most definitely possesses, but it helps to energize his viewers, including myself. 

While that may not be your thing, there are amazing Minecraft Let’s Players, who give tutorials on how to build crazy contraptions, such as CaptainSparklez, who managed to build a working phone in the game. 

Seriously this is impressive, and this is coming from a person who doesn't play Minecraft.

It’s a Community

A lot of popular YouTubers – not only Let’s Players – maintain an interactive community through social media and regularly connect to their fans through the likes of Twitter. Some YouTubers even interact with "Reading Your Comments" videos like Markiplier and Jacksepticeye.

100th episode of Jacksepticeye's Reading Your Comments. Some silly and some serious.

Some Let's Players also create and cultivate positive communities on their platform. Whenever I go to their comments section, I rarely see Internet trolls, and I think to myself, "I must be on the nicer side of the Internet." Their videos and community create this friendly vibe that is completely polarized to what we know of the Internet today. It makes me feel part of something positive, especially when some of these personalities raise thousands of dollars for charity.

Not For Everyone

Now you can see why watching Let's Plays aren't a huge waste of time as originally believed. Let's Plays gave me a nostalgic community and a sense of entertainment that really helped me through a lonely time in my college years, so they can do just that for many others as well.

However, they may not be for everyone. Nonetheless, I'm proposing that you watch one and give it a chance. You never know the real face of a Let's Player until you see their community and the person behind all the profanities and frustration.

What are your thoughts on the Let's Play phenomenon? Are you even a Let's Player yourself? Join the conversation in the comments below!

 

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6 (More) YouTube Video Game Entertainers That Are More Than Just Reviewers https://www.gameskinny.com/hnlj8/6-more-youtube-video-game-entertainers-that-are-more-than-just-reviewers https://www.gameskinny.com/hnlj8/6-more-youtube-video-game-entertainers-that-are-more-than-just-reviewers Sat, 20 May 2017 11:00:01 -0400 Greyson Ditzler

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And that's the list!

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Thank you very much for reading it all the way through, and we hope you enjoyed it! If there were any standout YouTube gaming personalities that you think we missed -- or you found a new favorite through this list -- please feel free to let us know in the comments! We appreciate your feedback.

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Fawful's Minion

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You'd be hard-pressed to find a quality gaming content creator quite as odd, yet grounded, as Fawful's Minion.

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He's a countdown maker who styles his persona after Fawful, the main antagonist of Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story. And fittingly so: he's just as bouncy and unpredictable as the maniacal green bean by which he's inspired.

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Every one of Minion's videos is distinctively his own. While his chosen topics and style of editing may remind you of a number of different YouTubers, his writing and commentary most assuredly will not. Why? Because it's off the wall and going a mile a minute. He has such a distinct and often bizarre way of stringing sentences together that deciphering what he's exactly talking about often becomes part of the fun of his videos. He constantly makes references both broad and obscure, crafs similes more colorful than a tropical fruit bowl, and conjures new and inventive ways to swear.

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If there's one thing that Fawful's Minion has in spades, it's heart. When he picks a topic, he really goes all in on it. He never half-asses anything.

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In videos like his "Top Ten Generation 7 Pokemon", he bases his ranking on not just personal attachment, but on design, value in story, and use in the competitive meta. Instead of making a "Top Ten Kirby Copy Abilities" video, he made a "Top 30 Kirby Copy Abilities" video series.

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He can get deep and sappy at times, but you can tell he means every word he says. If you want to see some of his best and most personal work, then check out his thoughts on the Mario & Luigi RPGs.

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Fawful's Minion wears his heart on his sleeve and his shoes on his head. He's never afraid or apologetic for being himself. His taste in games might not suit everybody, but there's just something so unique and special about a man so unafraid of who he is. 

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Fawful's Minion isn't quite like any of his contemporaries; he's got a cool style, an entertaining personality, and lots of love for video games.

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MetalJesusRocks

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MetalJesusRocks is just a cool guy who loves video games. It's that simple. He's a lifelong gamer who loves to collect games of all types from a wide variety of systems. For the sake of his viewers, he shows off the best and most interesting games he can find within his massive, personal library.

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He makes lists of the best hidden gems and general games on a number of systems, gives his input on how to shop for and take care of your retro game collection, and occasionally digs up a fascinating piece of gaming history. We have him to thank for publicly unearthing the working prototype of the Nintendo 64 Disk Drive, long thought to be lost to time. 

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The best way to enjoy his channel is to just head there and start exploring. He's bound to cover your favorite console or genre at some point if he hasn't already. The man is like a librarian curator for electronic media, and he's got interesting and eclectic tastes.

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Lucahjin

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Lucahjin is like a cool older sister who lets you watch her play video games. That's honestly how she describes herself. A quick glance at her channel description reads:

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Welcome! Think of me as your weird, older sister that's reliving all the games she missed out on in her life! Help me play through a million games for the first time, using your direction to finish them! Let's hang out and play games!

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She is the first let's-player to make it into one of these lists, and she deserves it. She's the kind of content creator you can enjoy even if you don't know that much about video games -- that is her intended draw, after all.

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Lucahjin has been gaming for most of her life, but she missed out on a lot of classic games, and that's where her let's-plays come in. Many of her let's-plays are done completely blind of any in-game content or events, and are recommended to her by fans based on what they think she'd enjoy.

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She does let's-plays of games ranging from standard fare like Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney and the Mario & Luigi RPGS to more standout and bizarre games like Huniepop and Barbie Wild Horse Rescue. Generally speaking, she has an affinity for JRPGs, point-and-click adventure games, and visual novels, but both her taste and content cover a variety of genres, and not all of her LPs are blind.

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A big part of the joy of her videos is watching somebody who has spent their life playing video games fall in love with classics right in front of you; and the other half is Lucah's charming personality and silly, often immature sense of humor. She's a full-grown woman with the sense of humor of a middle schooler, and this paired with her frequent displays of childlike wonder on screen, as well her delightful commentary, makes her a joy to watch. Some might be turned off by her frequent cursing, but if it helps at all, she's pretty good at that, too.  

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Lucahjin is funny, easy to watch in marathon sessions, and she leaves you in a good mood. Highly recommended.

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Yuriofwind

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If you enjoy curious gaming history, in-depth analysis, and snarky cynicism aimed at those who most deserve it, then you'll find quite a lot to like about Yuriofwind

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Yuriofwind is a dedicated gamer who takes interest in both the historic and the inane. He covers cut video game content and tales of what-could-have been in his series "Gaming Mysteries", where he goes over betas of popular games, as well as games that were never released.

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But without a doubt, his most entertaining segment is the wonderfully titled "Bullshit Creepypasta Storytime". It's here that Yuri is at his most sarcastic, snarky, and hilarious. I mean Yuri's other stuff can often be funny, but if this show hits you just right, it can leave you in stitches.

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He combs the internet for the most uniquely terrible video game Creepypastas, doing his best to refrain from the ones that are badly written, and then reads them aloud to piece together their convoluted plots.

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He rips into such classic tales of spooky ghosts like Mario Kart Black, Pokemon Dead Channel, and Animal Crossing YOU DID THIS.

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He's also got other miscellaneous bits of content scattered around his channel, such as the odd one-off let's play or first impressions video, and his third main series, "Obscure Gaming", discusses forgotten gems, ports, and foreign bootlegs.

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He also has a very sarcastic and self-deprecating sense of humor. He's quick to make fun of himself and others no matter what he's talking about, and he can get outright savage with his burns. But he never goes too far with his criticisms. Whenever he says, "Fuck you" it's very possible that there's also a quick "I love you guys" just around the corner.

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Yuriofwind is a snarky yet lovable everyman, and he's got plenty of quality content and passion to share. Below you can watch the first (and probably one of the best) episodes of "Bullshit Creepypasta Storytime", where he tears the infamous tale of Sonic.EXE to shreds:

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For those more interested in the gaming historian side of Yuri, you can watch his "Gaming Mysteries" episode on the beta for Luigi's Mansion:

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Just to round things out, for those of you interested in "Obscure Gaming", here is his most recent episode, wherein he discusses an unreleased Mario game for the CDI:

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Arlo

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Yes, Arlo is a puppet that hosts a YouTube channel. And yes, he is just about as clean and family friendly as you'd expect... for the most part. In the end, this works in his favor, as Arlo talks about Nintendo related content roughly 99% of the time, whether it be news, reviews, or speculative/retrospective opinion pieces.

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Arlo also chimes in on other companies from time to time, and does reviews and live reactions as well. He's spoken in defense of Super Mario Sunshine, reviewed plenty of games, from Yooka-Laylee to Resident Evil 7, and had plenty to say about the Switch -- all while talking through his fuzzy blue puppet.   

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Sure, the puppet idea is a gimmick, but it's a good gimmick; Arlo's look and feel would be very difficult to mistake for pretty much anybody else. Plus, you always know what you're getting into with him, and if he ever changes things up in terms of appropriateness, he makes sure to let you know right away.

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His family friendly nature doesn't stop him from being negative, mind you, as Arlo never sugarcoats his opinion on anything. He was among the first to deride the first trailer for Paper Mario: Color Splash and was bluntly honest in his review of Star Fox Zero.

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Arlo has some quality videos, some interesting discussion topics, and an appealing puppet face greatly articulating it all. Give him a look.

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Scarfulhu

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Scarfulhu is a more soothing gaming YouTuber. He is almost exclusively a reviewer, so he isn't a Jack-of-all trades sort of channel (like many others). But for the most part, he enjoys dissecting point-and-click adventure games, a niche that's continually growing in popularity.  

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His frequent discussions regarding puzzles, pacing, and overlooked gems from the LucasArts and Sierra eras (as well as the modern day) make for very relaxing videos. On top of that, Scarfulhu does occasionally have live actions skecthes, but they're much calmer and drier than your typical frantic and hyperactive YouTube personality, which is a nice change of pace.

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This all compounded by his -- once again -- dry sense of humor, as well as his delightful Northern English voice and accent. That and the scarf, can't forget the scarf. 

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Scarfulhu also occasionally reviews movies, usually outstandingly poor animated films and mockbusters such as Ratatoing and Elf Bowling: The Movie. On one occasion, he even wrote a comedy skit that ended up being performed by the famous YouTuber TomSka.

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Scarfulhu is just a pleasant guy with an equally pleasant channel to watch. On top of that, his is also a very clean channel, with very little language or violence. So if that's a draw for you, then there's that too.

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The YouTube gaming space is an interesting place. There are plenty of quality entertainers in the form of let's-players, speedrunners, reviewers, and so on.

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But as with any other competitive entertainment platform, there are so many popular YouTubers and commentators that some of the more interesting ones covering niche markets sometimes just fall through the cracks. Some would call these personalities "underrated," but really, they're more "underappreciated." 

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So to call attention to some of those diamonds in the rough, we did a list just like this a while back, and we felt it was about time to do a follow-up. It's time to shine a greater spotlight on the supporting cast of this online community -- and those that are just as important as the big names in the business.

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Let's meet the contenders!

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NOTE: Some sections of this list are NSFW.

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10 Informative and Entertaining YouTube Channels That Any Gamer Needs to Watch https://www.gameskinny.com/cio99/10-informative-and-entertaining-youtube-channels-that-any-gamer-needs-to-watch https://www.gameskinny.com/cio99/10-informative-and-entertaining-youtube-channels-that-any-gamer-needs-to-watch Tue, 10 Jan 2017 10:01:53 -0500 Neal Cox

We're almost a week into the New Year. And while we're in between the holidays and the first major game releases of the year, a lot of writers like to look back at the best or worst games of last year, or speculate about what 2017 has in store for gamers.

However, I wanted to switch gears from video games proper to the culture and content creators on other playforms. Games are the lifeblood of our culture, but every now and then it is in our best interest to both laugh at and learn from games when we aren't playing them ourselves. That's where things like YouTube and let's playing comes in.

Watching gamer videos on YouTube isn't just a great way to kill time, it's also a great way to get more involved with the gaming community and enhance your experience as a player. So I decided to comb through YouTube and see what channels gamers should be watching and learning from in 2017 as we head into a year of new releases. 

Channels to Watch for Education/Information

Game Maker's Toolkit (Mark Brown)

Game Maker's Toolkit, created by Mark Brown, has been running since 2014. But from the production value and skill shown in these videos, you'd think he'd been at it a whole lot longer. Riding the wave of "Video Essays" that have taken the Internet by storm in the past few years, Mark Brown goes into great detail about the inner workings of games. His videos are comprehensive and entertaining -- so if you want to know more about video games, Game Maker's Toolkit is a great place to start. 

Check out Mark Brown's YouTube channel, and the Game Maker's Toolkit Patreon.

Noclip (Danny O'Dwyer)

Danny O'Dwyer shocked the internet (or at least me) when he announced that he was leaving GameSpot. However, I was pleasantly surprised that the reason was so he could start Noclip. I have yet to watch his first series about Rocket League, but I could not stop watching his documentary on DOOM, a game which shocked everyone by coming out of development hell and exceeding expectations on all fronts. Check out the above video and the rest of his DOOM series, and I think you'll begin to understand why you should keep an eye out for his stuff. 

You can follow Danny O'Dwyer on Twitter, his personal channel, and his Patreon if you would like support Noclip.

Digital Foundry

While the first two channels I've listed deal with the mechanics and making of the games we all know and love, Digital Foundry deals with the hardware that play them. They review consoles, PCs, TVs and monitors, as well as the graphical and technical stats of various games such as Battlefield One, Uncharted 4 and Shadow of the Colossus. They are also very open about how they operate and what they look for when they test various setups, so it's safe to say they aren't shilling for anyone. If you want to know what games run the best and which system to get them on, look no further than Digital Foundry. 

You follow Eurogamer (Digital Foundry's Parent Channel/ Producer) on Twitter and check out their YouTube Channel

Super Bunnyhop (George Weidman)

After breaking onto the scene two years ago with the above video that looked into claims about the Hideo Kojima and Konami situation, it became clear to me and many others that Super Bunnyhop was a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. Now, two years later I find myself still coming back to his content, both for entertainment and for education.

His "Critical Closeups" of the Metal Gear Solid series, Dark Souls and more are fantastic, his review of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is also on point. Overall, his content comes in a well-produced and easy-to-consume package.

So if you haven't seen any of George's stuff, definitely take a look. You can start by checking out his YouTube channel and following him on Twitter.

Noah Caldwell-Gervais

I don't exactly remember how I stumbled upon Noah Caldwell-Gervais...it was probably on Reddit or some suggested videos on YouTube. But either way, I'm glad I found him. His videos are definitely on the longer side, and don't have the best production quality, but I find his critiques on various franchises insightful and interesting. I don't always agree with him, but it's good to find someone with a unique viewpoint and to see the world through their eyes. His uploads usually take a while, but there's a decent backlog to view in the meantime. 

Check out his YouTube channel, follow him on Twitter, and, if you would like to support him, consider checking out his Patreon too. 

Channels to Watch for Fun 

Jim Sterling

This man needs no introduction. He is simply Jim Sterling -- and if you haven't heard of him, you must have been living under a rock for the last few years. He's had spats with Randy Pitchford of Gearbox Studios, Konami, and Digital Homicide. And through it all, the Internet has had his back. His language is foul, his words are sharp, and is points are...well...on point. But that's okay, because it's Jim Sterling. Thank God for him. 

Check out his YouTube channel, follow him on Twitter, and head over to his Patreon if you haven't already. 

Funhaus

Much like Jim Sterling, this is a group that needs no introduction. They have the highest subscriber base on this list (1,072,251 at the time of writing) and are part of one of the biggest production companies on the Internet -- the Rooster Teeth/Achievement Hunter/ Fullscreen conglomerate.

But these guys aren't just some random idiots that were plucked from Austin and shipped out to LA. These guys (and now gals) are the remnants of G4 and Inside Gaming (a channel that surprisingly still exists). There have been some casualties along the way (such as the departure of members Spoole and Joel), but they still manage to pump out content that is both funny and informative. 

Check out their YouTube channel and follow them on Twitter to keep up with the antics. If you would like support them and other Rooster Teeth Channels, plus view their content early, you should consider becoming a member of Rooster Teeth First.

Shoddycast

It's been interesting to watch a channel like Shoddycast grow over the last few years. Back in the day, their big attraction was -- and probably still is -- their fantastic "Storyteller" series, which has evolved into a full-fledged Machinima. Now, there's more series to dig into, such as their "THE SCIENCE!" and "Hidden History" series, which dig into the science of and hidden history behind various games like Fallout, Skyrim, The Witcher, and more. 

Check out their YouTube channel and follow them on Twitter. If you would like to support them, consider checking out their Patreon too. 

Kinda Funny/Kinda Funny Games

Greg Miller is an infamous figure on the internet. Some love him, others despise him. But nobody could deny that his departure from IGN in January of 2015 was a massive shock to both IGN and the industry at large. Miller was the face of IGN for several years, and his departure started a wave of similar depatures, including Jim Sterling and Danny O'Dwyer.

So what has Greg Miller been doing since 2015? He started Kinda Funny and Kinda Funny Games, which is run by himself and ex-IGN staffers Colin Moriarty, Nick Scarpino, and Tim Gettys. Both channels produce a variety of videos, ranging from tips about Love and Sex to in-depth discussions on the latest games and game news. Even if you are not a Greg Miller fan, there's plenty to love about Kinda Funny.

Check out their main channel, as well as their gaming channel, Kinda Funny Games. You can also follow them on Twitter and consider checking out  Kinda Funny's Patreon and Kinda Funny Games' Patreon, if you want to support them. 

Many a True Nerd

After reading an article about this LPer doing a whole run of Fallout New Vegas without healing, I decided to see what else that guy has to offer. This led me to my last channel recommendation of 2017: Many a True Nerd. On top of several YOLO and Kill Everything runs of Fallout 3 and New Vegas, the guys over at Many a True Nerd play games like Mass Effect (with no guns), Rome: Total War, L.A. Noire, and many more. So, if you've got some time to kill and want to see people play games in new and different ways, check out Many a True Nerd.

Check out their YouTube channel, follow them on Twitter, and, if you want to support them, check out their  Patreon too.

And that's the list! Check these guys out, and if you think there's anyone I missed or that everyone else should check out, post about it in the comments.

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Battle of the Crowd (Funding) - Game Wisp vs Patreon https://www.gameskinny.com/kvw2v/battle-of-the-crowd-funding-game-wisp-vs-patreon https://www.gameskinny.com/kvw2v/battle-of-the-crowd-funding-game-wisp-vs-patreon Wed, 09 Nov 2016 02:00:01 -0500 Lampstradamus

For a majority of the people that explore the internet, Patreon is a service that has become a rather widely known name for people who like to follow their favorite creators.

The Services

GameWisp is a similar service to Patreon but it caters to live streamers and their audience, in particular for those on Twitch and YouTube. For those who aren't partnered with Twitch, YouTube or whatever streaming service they are using, GameWisp and Patreon provide a way for streamers to make a living.

Patreon has been around since 2013 and many people are at least familiar with the name. For the creators, the service gives a lot more flexibility when it comes down to what the creators want to offer to the subscribers, but the main issue seems to be that Patreon allows you to offer whatever but doesn't really support you in fulfilling benefits.

GameSkinny has a more in-depth look at Patreon, if you want to know more.

The Breakdown

Patreon is used by YouTubers, as well as musicians, artists and a bunch of other creatives, so it has a wider appeal. Due to the wide appeal however, the niche appeal of GameWisp and it's services stand out.

GameWisp is a service that is far more niche of a service, catering to a smaller overall audience but it provides benefits that aren't available on Patreon. The service itself integrates with Twitch, YouTube and other streaming tools. And for the streamers, GameWisp has a system designed around making benefit fulfillment easier.

It can help streamers keep track of who receives what benefits and when they get it.

They cover charge backs (where people donate/subscribe only to claim it as a false charge for a refund later) for you which is a boon for streamers who might get trolled by false donations/subscriptions.

The Conclusion

Both services are amazing, while GameWisp is just more focused on streamers than Patreon. Both services have their ups and downs but if you're looking for streaming integration, go GameWisp.

If you're looking to support non-streamers Patreon should work for you.

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5 Fantastic YouTube Video Game Musicians https://www.gameskinny.com/2lgro/5-fantastic-youtube-video-game-musicians https://www.gameskinny.com/2lgro/5-fantastic-youtube-video-game-musicians Wed, 31 Aug 2016 01:25:02 -0400 Greyson Ditzler

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NateWantsToBattle

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NateWantsToBattle is very hard to describe, while at the same time, very easy to describe. The simplest way to put it is that he's just a very talented musician. He's a great singer with a decently wide range, he's well-versed with a number of different instruments, and each song he covers or does himself has overall tremendous sound quality.

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He mostly does rock covers, but occasionally switches up his style to something more calm, like his cover of the Luigi's Mansion theme on Spanish Guitar/Mandolin (he incidentally ALSO does a lot of really good Steven Universe covers). His video game tracks range from a rock duet of "City Escape" from Sonic Adventure 2, to an Acapella of "Bonetrousle" from Undertale, to even original music about The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask.

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He makes all of these very professionally, while still never forgetting to have fun with it, more often than not smiling and putting his whole body into his performances when he's on screen. His talents don't just stop at video game music either, as previously mentioned, and he has also done a great deal of covers for anime themes, pop songs, and film tracks on top of all his original work.

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It's clear that NateWantsToBattle loves not just music, but every medium he represents through his songs, and above all of them, video games. You can look at his albums for sale through iTunes here.  

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That was the list! I hope you all enjoyed it, and if you did, let us know! If there were musicians that we failed to mention that you'd like to tell us about, please let us know that too! Who knows, we may do another list like this in the future.

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The L-Train

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The L-Train doesn't just do covers songs. He does cover symphonies. He does a few vocal tracks, which are pretty great, but his true crowning achievements are his "Symphonic Metal Tributes", in which he does an orchestrated metal cover of all of the most remembered songs from a show, film, or game. 

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He's done a Symphonic Metal Tribute for Pokémon, The Legend of Zelda, and even Steven Universe (which isn't a game we know but we had to mention it because it's just too good not to). The authenticity with which The L-Train recreates such famous songs with completely different instruments demonstrates a level of true familiarity with the music, and a love for the medium as a whole.

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Put on some L-Train, lie back, close your eyes, and pretend you're out at the theater hearing a live concert. It'll work wonders. Check out his bandcamp here.

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Viking Guitar

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Do you like video games? Yes? Do you like metal? Yes? Then you will love Viking Guitar. Viking Guitar does video game covers with several different instruments, and different styles, but he blasts out a crashing and scratching metal track better than anything else. He tends to cover retro games like Castlevania 4 and Zombies Ate My Neighbors, and he makes already catchy songs into head-banging, air-guitar-worthy anthems of gaming classics. 

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To be fair, he isn't all metal video game music, but it is mostly what he does. He's also done a pretty excellent cover of the theme to Terminator 2 among other things; and if you succeed at making that theme even cooler, you are a wizard.  

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Simply put, Viking Guitar rocks seriously hard, and you can check out his bandcamp right here.

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Triple-Q

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Now here's something a little different.

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Triple-Q is a mash-up artist, meaning he takes two or more songs and essentially smashes them together into something new. He has a lot of different videos, and while they aren't all video game related, his video game mash-ups are truly something special.

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He manages to find songs that feel like they're from two different worlds, let alone two different genres, and make a mash-up between them that feels so natural that it's surprising it had never been done before. Once you here "ME!ME!ME!" crossed with "The DK Rap" you'll never be able to here one without the other ever again, the quality of the mixing is that good. 

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When he isn't working on games, he's mixing anime and rap music together, somehow bringing out both the best and the worst in both in some instances. If you can stand a little goofy tomfoolery (or in this case tom-memery), then give his stuff a try. 

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His Knuckles and Black Eyed-Peas mash-up was so flowing sounding and cool that even Sega noticed. No, seriously.

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Hey, you can trust Sonic the Hedgehog for quality assurance, right? If you can't, then trust us.

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Smooth McGroove

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Starting off the list with a pretty well known name, but still deserving of recommendation for his talents, we have the acapella extraordinaire Smooth McGroove.  

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There are a lot of great acapella artists on YouTube, and Smooth isn't even the only one on this list, but he is arguably the best of them (on this list), and unarguably the most prolific.

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Smooth does covers of all sorts of classic video game tracks and he manages to recreate these songs using only his voice over the course of several takes, all playing at once without any instrumental accompaniment (a one man acapella). His "baas", "buhs", "deets", and "doos" are all he needs and he manages to make impressively catchy renditions of classics.

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Some people have trouble even hearing the original version of song that Smooth has covered because all they can hear, in their head, is his version. "Gaur Plains" from Xenoblade Chronicles and "Forest Maze" from Super Mario RPG will never sound quite the same again after you've heard them from him. 

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Smooth McGroove, his name says it all, and you can check out his bandcamp here.

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There are many classic video game soundtracks and songs. From the like's of the classic simplicity of the Super Mario Bros. 1-1 theme to the rocking sing-a-long jam of "City Escape" from Sonic Adventure 2.

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Credit for songs like these belongs to a collection of very talented composers, but that isn't what we're here to talk about today. We're here to discuss the lifeblood of any game's success -- the fanbase.

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There are tons of devoted and musically talented gamers out there who have taken the time to slide a slice of their skills at the songs they love, from games they love. Here we have a list of a few standout individuals in that camp.

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Even if you know nothing about music, or even video games, it's quite possible you'll find somebody to love out of this group.

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The 7 Best YouTube Gaming Channels You're Not Already Subscribed To https://www.gameskinny.com/qiap6/the-7-best-youtube-gaming-channels-youre-not-already-subscribed-to https://www.gameskinny.com/qiap6/the-7-best-youtube-gaming-channels-youre-not-already-subscribed-to Tue, 26 Jul 2016 07:29:22 -0400 RobotsFightingDinosaurs

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Yungtown

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Okay, I lied. Yungtown is the Andy Warhol of YouTube content creators. At once a satirist, musician, rapper, and video game reviewer, Yungtown's YouTube channel is one of the most eclectic ones out there, and his refusal to be pigeonholed has led to some truly amazing videos. From a "drawing tutorial", to a spot-on MatPat parody, to countless songs based on video games, Yungtown rarely misses the mark even when he tries something new.

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What is really special about Yungtown, however, is his positivity. Even when he is satirizing fellow YouTubers, each one of his videos comes from a place of love. This is especially evident in his music, where he opens up and tells viewers his struggles in an effort to help us with ours. It sounds trite to say that he cares about his fans, but the way Yungtown crafts his videos-- it's clear that he is reaching out to viewers with a message of positivity and hope. It really is something special, especially when he can pivot from emotional topics to laugh out loud hilarity with such grace and ease. Yungtown is a truly inspiring guy, and his videos are well worth your time.

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Do you have any great obscure YouTube channels that you love? Share them with us in the comments! (And speaking of obscure gaming feeds, I heard through the wire that the author of this post might have a Twitch feed that's worth a follow.) 

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Bro Team Pill

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I'm going to preface this by saying that this channel isn't really for everyone. Bro Team's channel is vulgar, lewd, disgusting, and sometimes perplexing. It's also one of the straight-up funniest YouTube gaming channels out there. 

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From videos where he and a colorful cast of characters explore the empty worlds of dead MMORPGs to, well, whatever this is, Bro Team kind of defies explanation. He's kind of like the Andy Warhol of YouTube gaming channels -- if Andy Warhol were Canadian, incredibly vulgar, and had a robotic Twitch-chat-reading voice as a sidekick

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My Smash Corner

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My Smash Corner is a must-follow for anybody looking to get involved in the competitive Super Smash Bros. scene. Unlike many other channels that offer guides to the game, My Smash Corner's videos are concise, and focus on specific techniques and subjects. This makes the channel's content much easier to digest for viewers, and also allows for players to practice one technique at a time. The videos also go into a great amount of detail, often showing slowed-down footage of controller inputs so that viewers can see visually how to perform certain advanced techniques.

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Videos range from character-specific tricks and combos to more general topics like controller preference, and the channel updates fairly regularly to keep up with any changes caused by patches. Subscribe and you might just learn something!

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Continue?

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As the three hosts will tell you, Continue? is not a let's play or a review show. It's a series where three friends hang out on a couch for ten to twenty minutes and give their first impressions of a game, and at the end of their playing time, decide whether or not they'd want to continue playing or not.

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It's a simple concept, but what really brings the channel over the top is the fact that the three hosts, Paul, Nick, and Josh, have such great chemistry. The show captures that special feeling of cracking jokes playing video games with your friends better than any other YouTube channel currently out there. You really feel like you're on the couch with these three funny, talented, and smart guys as they make obscure references and joke about the game they're playing. It's a unique thing, and well worth a subscription. Hell, JonTron thinks so. Are you gonna disagree with him?

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SurrealBeliefs

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For YouTube gaming channels, more hardcore RPGs and real-time strategy games often go overlooked, despite their popularity. Enter SurrealBeliefs. 

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SurrealBeliefs' channel is a focused one, centered specifically around role-playing games, real time strategy games, tabletop simulation games, and war games. He has a particular affinity for Warhammer, Total War, and Total War: Warhammer (which you can read more about in our interview with him). That said, although he has carved out a specific niche in those genres, he is not afraid to venture outside his comfort zone, and his videos range from reviews, to mod guides, to let's plays and even walkthroughs. Regardless of your familiarity with these genres and games, SurrealBeliefs does a great job of being both informative and entertaining, which is especially important given that these types of games can be a bit intimidating to first-time players.

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Team Four Star Gaming

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You're likely aware of Team Four Star, the collective of voice actors behind the insanely popular Dragonball Z Abridged series. Their main channel has over 2 million subscribers, and is absolutely a must-follow for anyone who grew up watching the show as a kid. 

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Which is why it's so odd that nobody seems to have heard of their gaming channel, especially since it's one of the best YouTube feeds out there. The thinking behind the channel is genius-- voice actors from Team Four Star play through video games and offer commentary, but they do so in character as the roles they play in the Dragonball Z Abridged episodes.

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The channel updates very often, and there's a lot of variety to be found, from videos of Vegeta and Nappa arguing over a cooperative game, to Krillin playing through Alien Isolation, to a whole swath of videos that feature the cast of Team Four Star playing through their favorite games out of character. It's a funny and off-beat feed, and it's more than worthy of your time.

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Games Done Quick

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Despite the popularity of the speedrunning events they host, the Games Done Quick YouTube channel is largely overlooked by the public. If you're not aware, Games Done Quick is a group that hosts speedrunning competitions yearly to raise money for charity. Awesome Games Done Quick takes place in the winter, while this year's Summer Games Done Quick just wrapped up a few weeks ago. 

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The official Games Done Quick YouTube channel has VODs for all the speedruns from GDQ events both past and present, meaning there is plenty of variety to the content on display. From a hilarious 2+ hour run of Jak and Daxter to an inspiring run of an indie game by a disabled speedrunner who runs games one-handed, there really is something for everybody here, regardless of whether or not you're familiar with speedrunning. It's always fun to see skilled gamers do their thing, and the Games Done Quick YouTube channel is chock-full of that.

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Most gamers have a long list of YouTube gaming channels they're subscribed to that crank out great content on a regular basis. YouTubers like Markiplier, JonTron, VideoGameDunkey, and the Game Grumps have all amassed millions of viewers, and are pretty much household names at this point.

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Having said that, for people willing to look a little bit deeper, there are amazing content creators that aren't as popular, despite the fact that they make entertaining, informative, and professional videos. Let your inner hipster show, and join us as we take you through the best underground YouTube gaming channels.

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YouTuber Launches "Gaming is Amazin'" Video Series for Charity https://www.gameskinny.com/n9a03/youtuber-launches-gaming-is-amazin-video-series-for-charity https://www.gameskinny.com/n9a03/youtuber-launches-gaming-is-amazin-video-series-for-charity Tue, 31 May 2016 12:03:30 -0400 Phil Fry

YouTuber TerraMantis has launched a charity campaign featuring various YouTube, and streaming, personalities playing popular games together. The first in the "Gaming is Amazin'" video series, features DaveControl, Lobos Jr, Oroboro The Ninja, and Iron Pineapple, playing Dark Souls 3 in a fashion reminiscent of the acclaimed Hunger Games books and movies.

In the first video of the series, called “Hungry Games”, four players start off with no equipment and must chug all of their “Estus Flasks”, whilst the gamehost drops random items like weapons and consumables, but also sometimes just dung is dropped. The winner of each round is the one who survives the mayhem.

The goal of the charity campaign is to raise money for St Jude’s Research Hospital, they focus on expanding the research of treatments for children with life-threatening ailments such as cancer. Donations are being accepted over at Challeng, which raises funds for different “Challengs” in a Kickstarter style.

Donating amounts from $10 up to $500, offers different rewards to donors, like the chance for a steam code for Dark Souls 3, or the opportunity to choose gameplay aspects for upcoming videos in the series.

So far, the charity has raised $2,669 dollars, with the first goal having been met the first day of the campaign. Each additional $1,000 dollars raised will allow TerraMantis to produce another "Gaming is Amazin'" video.

However, only 60% of the money raised will go directly to St Jude’s.

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YouTube Gaming and Geoff Keighley Team Up Once Again to Cover E3 2016 https://www.gameskinny.com/jt0cu/youtube-gaming-and-geoff-keighley-team-up-once-again-to-cover-e3-2016 https://www.gameskinny.com/jt0cu/youtube-gaming-and-geoff-keighley-team-up-once-again-to-cover-e3-2016 Tue, 24 May 2016 16:43:34 -0400 Megan M. Campbell

With E3 just around the corner, the huge gaming event is looking to top the large livestream they had last year. According to a recent tweet from My Nintendo News, YouTube Gaming will be streaming the three day event with Geoff Keighley hosting once again.

The article provides a link that claims Keighley will be hosting a 12 hour stream beginning at 9 AM PST on June 13th. He will also cover the conferences on Sunday and The Legend of Zelda event on Monday (fingers crossed for a release date for The Legend of Zelda: Wii U). Keighley also believes that EA and Activision’s games will be represented at the convention despite not having any booths set up. The event is looking to be the biggest ever with the stream catering to all generations of gamers on a global scale.

Do you plan on watching the livestream? What games are you most excited about? Leave your response in the comments below!

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[Pax East Coverage] Infiniscene Is The Next Best Streaming Platform Ever https://www.gameskinny.com/7fr38/pax-east-coverage-infiniscene-is-the-next-best-streaming-platform-ever https://www.gameskinny.com/7fr38/pax-east-coverage-infiniscene-is-the-next-best-streaming-platform-ever Tue, 26 Apr 2016 05:02:29 -0400 | Narz |

I will be tooting the Infiniscene horn, and will hail it as a great streaming platform, better than OBS and XSplit, for both beginners and pro streamers. Why? Because it makes streaming simple on any computer, no matter what type of rig, equipment, or mixer you have, by going via the cloud. That's right! This beautiful broadcasting studio is powered by the cloud! Anyone can start streaming in less than four minutes -- as opposed to researching, YouTubing advice, and spending days setting up your rig to actually work. Don't ever spend money on so much equipment ever again!

So How Does it Work?

Infiniscene's CEO and Co-Founder Stu Grubbs gave me a quick walk-through of the platform. By logging in via a web browser with your Twitch, YouTube Gaming, or Hitbox credentials, anyone can pair their computer, add interface content, overlays, video sources (webcam or game), via the simple drag drop system to layer any of these over each other. Go Live by simply clicking the "Go Live" button. No keys, bitrates, or codecs necessary!

Save projects on the fly for different games, streaming projects, or switching to spectator mode. Collaborate with anyone in the world easily by getting your friend's video source ID. Use DropBox to import and export files. With multi platform capabilities, it allows streaming to Twitch, YouTube gaming, and HitBox (Azubu coming soon!) at the same time. Connect your mobile phone to start, stop, and switch scenes without having a browser open!

Simple Is Better

To get a sense of how quick and easy it is to start streaming, here is 11.2 secs of GIF to show how you get set up with Infiniscene and go live!

The platform works on Windows, Macs, iPhones, Androids, Mozilla, Chrome, and Internet Explorer. Sign up for the beta now while you still can! Click here to get started!

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Critics versus creators...who's in the right? https://www.gameskinny.com/w5ozt/critics-versus-creatorswhos-in-the-right https://www.gameskinny.com/w5ozt/critics-versus-creatorswhos-in-the-right Tue, 22 Mar 2016 04:33:45 -0400 Engela Snyman

About a week ago, news broke that indie game development team, Digital Homicide was suing gaming critic Jim Sterling for assault, libel, and slander -- a lawsuit which accumulates to a grand total of $10 million in damages.

This inevitable confrontation has been building over the course of two years, ever since Jim Sterling reviewed the absolutely terrible Steam game The Slaughtering Grounds. He called it a 'worst game of the year contender' and pointed out the painful asset flipping in the game.

Since then, the Sterling and the developer have been butting manly horns. Digital Homicide would make a game, Jim Sterling would cover it, say how bad it is, and Digital Homicide would flip its shit - rinse and repeat.

The situation isn't as far-fetched as some would believe. Creators and critics have been butting heads since the dawn of time, or at least since Steam opened its doors to any sort of vomit people could throw up. 

But now the question is; who is right? The critic or the creator?

The critic's side

First off, what is a critic?

"A person who judges the merits of literary or artistic works, especially one who does so professionally."

Or:

"A person who expresses an unfavourable opinion of something."

Most critics would say the fall into the former category. They are judging the merits of a product -- like movies, games, books, and music -- and are not really expressing an unfavorable opinion of everything they encounter. With that covered, where do they stand?

From a critic's standpoint, critiquing a game is just another day at the office. Games are just products that are easily forgotten in the tidal wave of content they deal with daily. They don't always care what they're looking at, they just want to play it and move on. So it's not surprising to find many critics develop a very cynical, and perhaps snooty attitude. 

Being disappointed every day, and having people berate you for being so, can't be a lot of fun. To an extent, it's their right to get a little pissed off when developers keep bombarding them with sh*t and expecting golden reviews.

However, critics are protected by the DMCA act -- which ensures that freedom of speech is translated into a digital medium. This means that a critic's review will always be seen as Fair Use, so long as they add something new to the footage they are using, like a review or general opinion.

So according to the law, and popular opinion, Jim Sterling should be safe. But are critics really critiquing games?

Critique or criticism?

There is obviously a big difference between these two. Critiquing a game is in accordance with the definition above: discussing its merits, how it can be improved, and explaining where the developer went wrong in a constructive way. Criticizing is -- in essence -- destructive, because you are breaking down what a person has built or created.

Many reviewers have been sliding down the latter slope, rather than climbing the former. Because at the end of the day, it is easier to criticize than to give thoughtful critique.

Calling a game a 'worst game of the year contender' is neither constructive nor productive for the gaming industry. But it is entertaining for your viewer, which is why most Youtubers, and critics alike, actively look for bad games.

Legally, most of them should be okay. It is not illegal to bad-mouth a game, if it is true. But does that mean the critic is morally right?

The creator's side

What is a creator?

"A person or thing that brings something into existence."

In this context, we replace 'something' with 'games' and we're good to go. It doesn't say it needs to be 'good', which literally means anyone can be a creator of something. So where do they stand?

From a creator's standpoint, the game they make is their life, and sometimes their livelihood. It is -- in cliche terms -- their baby.

Oftentimes hours, days, and years are poured into it, along with blood, sweat, tears -- and a lot of midnight pizza money. For developers, the criticism hits home, and it's even more troubling for indie developers because their games are so near and dear to their hearts.

It's unsurprising, then, to see these people get angry -- really angry -- when people harass, attack, and even laugh at them for trying to make a game.

Bad-mouthing games is damaging to a developer's reputation. And famous YouTuber comments can have a ripple effect, as shown by the whole Pewdiepie debacle, and the bro-army harassment.

To rub even more salt in the wound, YouTubers make money from these reviews, and it just makes the developers even more frustrated. Their games are being torn apart, they are being insulted, laughed at, they are losing sales, and to top it off, the YouTuber is raking in the cash off their misery. Is it any surprise developers are getting a little pissed off by this?

Behind every game, story, artwork, sculpture, and song is just another person, who believes in their work as wholly as we do in ours. It is easy to form an opinion, but it takes effort to make something for people to enjoy.

So do creators have the moral high-ground? Not entirely.

Attitude problem

Independent creators can be some of the most pompous, arrogant and self-indulgent pricks we've ever come across in the gaming industry. They are sensitive, often overly so, and they have absolutely no idea how to take any sort of criticism without running to mummy.

Anyone remember Phil Fish?

This is, of course, not representative of all indie game developers. In fact, most of them are well-balanced and pretty cool individuals. But like they say, one bad game can crash an industry, and people are getting pretty tired of these big babies. 

Teenagers and inept coders often try their hands at something, because it's a wish or a want. Being made of fun of, harassed, and attacked can turn the nicest of people into indignant assholes. Is it an excuse? No, but it something to keep in mind when sending hate-mail to a developer.

Conclusion

So who's wrong and who's right?

Both are to blame for this.

Critics have the law on their side, that's a given. However, they seem to have forgotten what the difference is between critiquing and just plain criticizing. Their reviews of bad games are inherently negative, and sometimes downright vindictive.

Beating a bad game into dust for 'entertainment' is not productive.

But the best thing about honest, critical reviews is quality control. If enough reviewers pan a game, then most creators will take this to heart and try NOT to do this in their own game. It doesn't always work, of course, but in general, public opinion has forced the industry to grow into what we see today. I'm not saying it's perfect -- there will always be companies like Konami, Ubisoft and EA that will give people what they hate, simply because they can. But there is no denying it does have an effect.

Indie creators, in turn, are continuously pushing the boundaries of the industry. Their ideas are not shackled by companies, and the more they make, the greater the potential is for the industry. And they have a right to feel insulted when projects they have worked on for years, are completely torn apart by a smug YouTuber.

But creators do need to grow a thicker skin, they need to be able to take criticism from their players, and run with it. Having an arrogant attitude, ignoring the problem, and pretending you're in the right won't win you any favors -- it just makes you look like a d*ck.

And if you want to get good reviews, make a good game. Learn from others' mistakes, and for heaven's sake, learn from your own.

Digital Homicide handled their situation poorly. They didn't think their reactions through, and they steamrolled right through a wall they can't fix. Just another Phil Fish. The moment you put a game up on Steam, you need to prepare yourself for criticism, no matter how much you love that cliched-baby.

Will Digital Homicide win the case? Personally, I hope not -- that would be a huge blow for reviewers and critics alike, and they have enough problems with YouTube's copyright system at the moment. On the other hand, it might just give reviewers license to be even more criticizing, cynical and negative than before.

We can only hope it works out for the best.

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GameTrailers shuts down https://www.gameskinny.com/ks7v1/gametrailers-shuts-down https://www.gameskinny.com/ks7v1/gametrailers-shuts-down Tue, 09 Feb 2016 05:25:21 -0500 Alex Chin

GameTrailers announced today via Twitter that they would be shutting down operation.

For 13 years, the site provided users with video game reviews, previews, shows, and most importantly, trailers. 

GameTrailers Twitter

GameTrailers was created in 2002, just as the internet was becoming the medium of choice for video game marketing. Dull magazine covers were replaced with colorful internet clips, and the site soon emerged as one of the best resources to consume trailers.

But if progress brought its inception, the same can be said about its downfall.

The game has changed since then. In recent years, YouTube has emerged as the most biggest and most popular source for all videos, including video game trailers. 

In 2014, GameTrailers was purchased in by Defy Media, leading to a number of employees being laid off. The site's end was nearing. And yet, the recent announcement feels abrupt and awfully unexpected.  

One thing that is certain, however, is that they will be missed dearly. 

What are your favorite GameTrailers memories? Let us know in the comments below!

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Gamer Gift Guide: For the Aspiring YouTuber https://www.gameskinny.com/19ixz/gamer-gift-guide-for-the-aspiring-youtuber https://www.gameskinny.com/19ixz/gamer-gift-guide-for-the-aspiring-youtuber Mon, 02 Nov 2015 19:36:23 -0500 BlackTideTV

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Sponsorship - CJGrips

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Last but not least, a sponsorship. Yes, you can buy a sponsorship, though you'll have to work with your aspiring YouTuber to buy it. 

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There are three primary ways to make money on YouTube:

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Advertising won't make a YouTuber any money until they really start drawing in a ton of views. Likewise, fan funding will only occur if someone really, really likes a YouTuber's content. Sponsorships however, will consistently earn a content creator money if they promote them enough. If you pick this gift you'll essentially be buying your loved one a way to make money.

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First things first: big sponsors are off the table. Until your aspiring YouTuber starts reeling in the views, big sponsors like Elgato, Monster Energy, and Gfuel will never support them. What you need to aim for is what I call starter sponsors. 

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For an example, let's talk CJGrips: one of my starter sponsors. CJGrips sells analog stick grips, among other items, to any and all consumers who'll buy them off of Tictail. Any players that get sponsored receive a savings code between 5-15%. When players bring CJGrips business with their code, they are repaid the amount that the buyers saved.

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So how do you help your YouTubing friend get sponsored? Simple, just buy CJGrips! CJGrips is a growing business so the only way for them to expand is through word of mouth. The only way for them to get word of mouth around is to give everyone savings.

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Generally, with the purchase of any "mystery box", "gamer box", or other surprise packages (around $10+ value), CJGrips will give purchasers the option to acquire their own code, or in other words, a sponsorship. This is a super quick and easy way to start making a little bit of money on YouTube, and the actual product purchased makes for a great gift. 

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Interested in this gift choice? Use the link above to access CJGrips and use the code "btide" for 5% off!
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PlayStation 4 Eye Camera

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  • Rating: 3.4/5 (23 Customer Reviews)
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Where the Xbox One comes with the Kinect camera, the PlayStation 4, despite its affinity for sharing content, does not include the PlayStation Eye. The PS4 Eye Camera can record a player in real-time while they livestream straight from the PlayStation 4.

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Depending on the system (obviously it has to be PS4), and the style of their videos (do they make face-cam flicks?) this may be an essential item on your loved one's wishlist.

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Blue Yeti USB Microphone

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  • Subscriber Recommendation: 500+
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  • Rating: 4.5/5 (274 Customer Reviews)
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  • Buy It: Amazon
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The Blue Yeti is praised in the industry for being so effective, yet so affordable. Available in three colors (black, silver, platinum), this mic plugs directly into a computer's USB port and is compatible with any software.

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The Yeti features four different recording modes (Stereo, Cardioid, Omnidirectional, Bidirectional) so any recording scheme can be captured by it. Are you buying for a duo or a team of YouTubers? The mic can pick up multiple voices and sounds from all directions, based on which recording mode you choose. 

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The microphone features a headphone jack that allows real-time playback, headset volume controls, mic gain controls, and an instant mute button.

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This is a great gift for a YouTuber who creates gameplay/commentaries or podcasts. Even musicians would love to unwrap this little guy! I recommend this microphone for YouTube channels over 500 subscribers. Most laptops (especially the one mentioned on slide 4) have great built-in mics that'll work fine until your loved one really decides that they are into YouTube.

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Turtle Beach Ear Force P12

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  • Subscriber Recommendation: 0-200
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  • Rating: 3.9/5 (9 Customer Reviews)
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For the shopper on a lower budget, the P12 makes a great starter headset. Made for PS4 (you can easily find the comparative Xbox One headset on Amazon) this headset offers the basics:

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  • Mic Monitor - Helps prevent shouting by playing back commentary audio in-ear.
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As stated in the previous slide, a cheaper headset only lasts so long before viewers begin to criticize mic quality. Make sure your aspiring YouTuber is within the "subscriber recommendation" bounds before buying this gift.

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Turtle Beach Ear Force Elite 800 Gaming Headset

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  • Rating: 4.5/5 (13 Customer Reviews)
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A basic gaming headset (preferably Astro or Turtle Beach) is a requirement for almost any gamer anyways, but once a gamer evolves into a YouTuber, it's time to up the ante.

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Viewers can stand a little bit of white noise in a YouTuber's commentary when their channel is just starting out, but eventually the audience will start to get frustrated by it.

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For live commentaries or streams, players often use their headsets rather than USB microphones (which we'll get into in a minute). The Turtle Beach Ear Force 800 is the number one item on my wishlist this year, and for good reason. Let's take a look at the features:

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  • Dynamic Chat Boost - Ensures the commentary is never drowned out by gameplay noise.
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  • Active Noise Cancellation
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  • In-Ear Mic Monitoring - Hear your own voice while you speak, stopping you from shouting.
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  • Wireless Magnetic Charging Stand
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  • Total Game and Chat Volume Control
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  • Crystal Clear Wireless Bluetooth Pairing
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  • Hidden High Quality Microphones
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If you need more proof that this gift would make your loved one's day, show the list of features to any other gamer or media-oriented person you know; they'll be sure to geek out.

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Make sure you buy the correct model! When it comes to Turtle Beach, each headset model is for a different system. Generally, you can find a different set, nearly identical for each platform; ex. Elite 800 for PS4, Elite 800X for XB1.

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Filmora Video Editor

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  • Rating: 4.5/5 (558 Customer Reviews)
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You can stop crying now. Filmora is a much more affordable video editor that offers the essential editing tools any average-joe YouTuber could need. Cropping, picture-in-picture, volume adjustment, voice recorder, overlays, effects, filters, titles, it's all here. Filmora, previously Wondershare Video Editor (which I use), is available as a free trial, but can be purchased with a lifetime license for $50! 

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As long as your aspiring YouTuber doesn't need to get too crazy with added sound effects, pop-ups and other shenanigans in their videos, this is an upstanding video editor and a great starting gift. 

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Sony Vegas Pro 13 Editing Software

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If the previous slide made you and your wallet cry, just go ahead and skip this one. This is only recommended for those of you with deep pockets and lots of love for whoever is going to get this gift. Sony Vegas is an editing software for hardcore YouTubers only. It really does cost $600. 

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There are plenty of cheaper editing softwares out there (one of which we'll discuss next) that make for much easier gifts. However, for the sake of variation, this is essentially the best editing software on the market. 

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HP Envy Laptop (Or Equivalent)

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For a laptop with all the bells and whistles a YouTuber could possibly need, I would recommend the HP Envy. This laptop (which I'm writing this article on) has 8GB of RAM, 1TB hard drive storage, and a 2.4GHz Intel Core i7 processor. That's computer language for: really good and worth every penny of the expensive price tag.

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To run the Elgato software on an HD60 (the item on the previous page) a computer needs a minimum 4GB RAM, and 2.0GHz Intel Core i5 processor, but upgrading the basics allows a YouTuber's computer to really perform. 

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The HP Envy is regularly compared to Apple's MacBook Pro in everything from performance, to feel, to cosmetics. Of course, this computer won't cost as much as a Mac once all of the same upgrades are applied to it. 

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For this item I won't be giving a cheaper variation, because computer choice really depends on the player. Personally, I believe everyone should own a computer of this quality by today's standards. Obviously this would be a one-and-done sort of gift for most families out there, but it could really change a person's life.

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Elgato Game Capture HD60

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The days of setting up a camcorder in front of a player's television to record videos are gone.

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Depending on the player's preferred system, this can be a great gift, or a slightly unnecessary one. For example, PlayStation 4 has a built in livestreaming and sharing ability, making the Elgato Gaming capture card slightly redundant if a YouTuber is just starting out. At around 100 subscribers, this makes for a great gift no matter what. 

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Viewers expect clarity in the videos they watch, and the 1080p 60 frame-per-second picture that the Elgato offers is sure to please. If you keep an eye out around Black Friday, these bad boys tend to drop in price and you can pick one up for $20 to $50 off. 

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Remember: capture cards are often system-specific. The HD60 works well for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, but you'll have to buy the standard HD if your YouTuber is still using PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360.

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Additionally, consult the next page before you consider buying this item for your loved one.

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This one is obvious. Before someone gets started with a gaming channel on YouTube, they'll need to have some background knowledge and relevant games. Depending on the type of gaming channel your loved one plans on having, you'll want to buy different games. Each different style of channel poses different needs for your holiday shopping.

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Current Games: This is the more popular side of YouTube gaming. Popular, hip, right-now games are what people want to see on YouTube and will pull more views on a daily basis. To buy for this kind of player you'll need to stay on top of recent video game releases (get up-to-date on your GameSkinny articles, people). Having content out even a day before the competition can mean everything on YouTube.

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Games that fit into the "popular" crowd this season are Halo 5: Guardians, Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, Assassin's Creed Syndicate, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Fallout 4, Star Wars: Battlefront, Just Cause 3, and Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Seige. 

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Retro Games: If you are buying for a retro-gaming YouTuber, you'll have extra trouble finding specific games that might make it to their wishlist. Combing through flea markets and sketchy online sites that may or may not steal your credit card information are two of the slim choices of routes to take for this one. Sites like GOG offer lots of older and obscure games. Kijiji or other buy-and-sell sites work great for attaining pre-owned games as well. 

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A good attitude, entertaining content, time, patience, and persistence. What do all of these attributes have in common? They're all something you need if you want to be a YouTuber.

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Having a gaming YouTube channel requires a lot more than the things I've already mentioned. Being something of an authority on the subject (I'm already on YouTube as BlackTideTV), I've constructed this gift guide so those of you buying for an aspiring content creator will know how to make them smile.

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The guide features some pretty expensive equipment, so I've included extra slides with cheaper, starting variants of those items. It will be up to you, the buyer, to decide which level of gear your loved one needs at the moment. 

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For example, I'm currently resting at 220 subscribers and I've been able to get this far without Sony Vegas, a high-tech microphone, or a PlayStation Eye Camera. But they're all future purchases on my list.

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I've included "subscriber recommendations" at the beginning of every slide, so you can get a general idea of how many subs your YouTuber-in-training should have before you buy specific items.

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Without further ado, you may click the Next button to get started!

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YouTube Gaming: Until Dawn at the top of August 2015's most trending games https://www.gameskinny.com/fgais/youtube-gaming-until-dawn-at-the-top-of-august-2015s-most-trending-games https://www.gameskinny.com/fgais/youtube-gaming-until-dawn-at-the-top-of-august-2015s-most-trending-games Thu, 10 Sep 2015 20:30:32 -0400 Charly Mottet

YouTube Gaming has taken up, since June, publishing the top trending games of the month, and the results for August 2015 are in! It is without much surprise that Supermassive Games' popular Until Dawn is at the top of the charts. 

The much awaited survival horror game has most likely found it's way to the top of the list because of its different ending possibilities. The game was not only critically accepted, it was also a big hit with YouTubers. It was more than tempting for all gamer fans to put up videos of their own take on getting the "best" ending in the PS4 exclusive. 

Until Dawn is followed closely by Call of Duty: Black Ops 3. As a reminder, the game is not yet released, so the popularity of the game rests on the multiplayer beta testing. The game will be released on the 6th of November, 2015

To complete the top 3 podium, Madden NFL 16 takes up third place in August's top trending games list. Number 4 is Pac-Man 256, a game from the creators of the popular mobile game Crossy Road, and further down the list in sixth place is Metal Gear Solid V. Super Mario Maker is on there as well, right behind Kojima's baby. 

At the bottom of the list, almost 11-year-old World of Warcraft holds a place in the top 10 thanks to the new expansion pack: Legion.  

So there you have it for YouTube Gaming's top trending games for August 2015. Now, to see if the list changes much in the months to come with the expected fall releases. 

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Why Hitbox is still better than Twitch or YouTube Gaming https://www.gameskinny.com/8tzgb/why-hitbox-is-still-better-than-twitch-or-youtube-gaming https://www.gameskinny.com/8tzgb/why-hitbox-is-still-better-than-twitch-or-youtube-gaming Fri, 04 Sep 2015 18:26:17 -0400 Destini Islands

Twitch is the most popular game streaming platform in the world—for many, it's been the only. Since YouTube Gaming launched to rival it, it has once again opened the door to the usual questions that have been asked about it:

These are legitimate questions with lots of opinions and gray areas, but the one piece of the conversation that always seems to be left out is Hitbox.

That's right, there's been a sneaky alternative to Twitch all along. While the community numbers aren't anywhere close to Twitch's, so what? Hitbox has proven itself not to be a terrible Twitch clone, but a possible successor. It's a legitimate business that has done much more for the streaming community than Twitch or YouTube Gaming ever has.

How? Well,

  • More revenue opportunities
  • Limited delay and no bitrate limits
  • No cross-streaming restrictions
  • Less copyright problems and rules
  • Image, video, and GIF embedding
  • Built-in statistics tracking and social media posting
Better revenue opportunities

For one, Hitbox has revenue share open to anyone that streams and not exclusively for those who are partnered under confusing and strict rules. The media can talk all day and gawk about Twitch's "new rival," but Hitbox is a pleasant alternative for those who want to expand into a new market—whether it be for the tighter community or to grow an existing one. Through its system, Hitbox streamers need not worry about being forced to play eSports and "flavor of the month" titles for big viewers. Instead, they can focus on their niche while still having subscription options. Of course, a large following doesn't hurt either.

Limited delay and no bitrate limits

While Twitch remains the giant, both Hitbox and YouTube have better streaming quality options. Hitbox and YT have 1080p streaming at 60fps and HTML5 video player. However, Hitbox as of now does not have bitrate limits and has a whopping delay of 2 - 4 seconds. In fact, Hitbox streamers who have the tech can even stream at 4K 60fps. Why is that necessary? They believe in the theory that 4K will become the standard in a few years so want to stay ahead of the curve. Sure thing, Hitbox.

No cross-streaming restrictions

This speaks for itself. Perhaps down the line Hitbox will be bought out by another company and start throwing tantrums. But for now, those who participate in the Partner Program are not exclusive and free to stream as they wish.

Less copyright problems and rules

If you haven't heard of Twitch and YT's notoriously flawed copyright issues, good for you! But for the rest of us, it's been an annoying and consistent problem

From banning games for their in-game music to mixing up who even owns the rights to their own material, there have been some outrageous occurences.

After Amazon bought Twitch, some gamers were furious about them "selling out." While the changes haven't been as bad as predicted, there has been a rollout of new rules that have muted streamers' past videos in excessive amounts similar to YT.

In comparison, Hitbox is far less strict. Perhaps because it is a smaller platform that the company hasn't the need to roll out rules to protect themselves. Hitbox only removes VODs if they recieve a takedown notice, welcomes Adult Only content as long as it is not pornographic (or at least censored by the streamer!), and doesn't have the ridiculous clothing policy the Twitch community has begun abusing.

Image, video, and GIF embedding

Oh, come on. It's 2015 and you still can't embed images and GIFs in Twitch chat? Really?

Built-in statistics tracking and social media posting

What Twitch and YT have going for them are vibrant, intelligent communities who take matters into their own, nerdy hands. Gamers have created entire apps and websites dedicated to enhancing the stream experience. With Hitbox, there's less need for it in the first place.

Build-in (but easy-to-use) features Hitbox are:

  • Voting polls
  • Subscription notices
  • Automated "giveaway" questions
  • Advertisement tracking
  • Viewer analytics
  • Revenue analytics
  • Breakdown of viewership (subscribers, viewers, followers, mods, guests)
  • One-click social media alerts

Hitbox has even gone as far as to introduce a League of Legends Live Stats Widget, available as an option within the comforts of the chat.

In conclusion

So whatever, people can continue the game of YouTube vs. Twitch as long as its a hot topic. The only reason Hitbox isn't (yet) the top contender is because they haven't spent a dime on marketing and gamers don't know about it yet. But like 4K quality, it may very well become standard at the rate its going.

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Hitbox revenue share aftermath has been positive https://www.gameskinny.com/kosd9/hitbox-revenue-share-aftermath-has-been-positive https://www.gameskinny.com/kosd9/hitbox-revenue-share-aftermath-has-been-positive Thu, 03 Sep 2015 06:37:27 -0400 Destini Islands

In case you hadn't heard, any casual or professional streamer can make money by continuing to do what they're already doing. It has now been a month since Hitbox's revenue sharing program went live. While there have been an influx of numbers, it has remained the same old Hitbox.

Hitbox's revenue sharing program promotes up and coming streamers

On July 31st, the Partner Program from Hitbox.tv became officially open to anyone. It means all broadcasters can participate in revenue sharing by utilizing video advertisements and viewer subscriptions. This is unlike Twitch, who requires minimum viewership numbers. According to Hitbox CEO Martin Klimscha, they chose this model because it doesn't ignore smaller audiences or those who choose "unique, lesser-known titles over the eSports giants."

In addition, everyone has access to the tools that used to be exclusive:

Custom chat-emotes & badges for your subscribers as well as exclusive subscriber-only giveaways, chat and polls. These enhancements allow you to reward loyal viewers and grow your fanbase.  For viewers, this is an opportunity to show their appreciation and support their favorite broadcasters.
-Xaly, Hitbox News Writer

There are still huge advantages to those who are partnered, but now everyone can utilize streaming in any way they see fit. For example, many people have done charity runs through Hitbox without needing to go through the usual Twitch process of being "popular" first. While gamers are typically charitable and boost charity runs anyway, Hitbox has just made it a lot easier.

The aftermath is only 

It's all been kind of a big deal and gamers thought so too. The update has brought forth the biggest rush to Hitbox since their 2014 multilingual introduction of Germany, Romania, and Poland.

The dedicated community is as enthusiastic as ever as Hitbox continues to grow. They went to PAX Prime and Gamescom, met viewers, sponsored giveaways, partnered with DXseat, and have official support from Xsplit. All within the span of a month!

They are currently at almost 43,000 followers on Twitter. Although that's not even half of Twitch's, the community as a whole appears to be happier with the progress (and money) being made. Across Twitter you will find streamers who are accustomed to immediate responses from the Hitbox team.

Hitbox encourages streamers to play what they want, when they want with the revenue share program, which has provided a smaller, close-knit space for dedicated fans. The opportunities Hitbox has provided continue to grow, while Twitch time and time again upsets their fanbase. With the launch of YouTube Gaming, there may be a new contender in the race.

However, it may be disappointing to some Hitbox fans that the high-quality alternative is being left out of the conversation. Hitbox has their sights set on taking the industry by storm and although they've made great progress, they're going to need a lot more than Poland to keep afloat.

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Copyright Infringement & why Twitch TV and YouTube Gaming are above the law https://www.gameskinny.com/twtf5/copyright-infringement-why-twitch-tv-and-youtube-gaming-are-above-the-law https://www.gameskinny.com/twtf5/copyright-infringement-why-twitch-tv-and-youtube-gaming-are-above-the-law Tue, 01 Sep 2015 08:58:00 -0400 Larry Iaccio

Copyright law and intellectual property in the United States seem to be this insanely gray area where certain exceptions and conditions exist for everyone, and this is especially true in the world of gaming.

Why is it that video games seem to get the short end of the stick when it comes to protection against infringement?

Video games have proven time and time again that they are indeed an art form, so why is it that when it comes to copyright law there is almost no enforcement? I'll be breaking down copyright law and exactly how Twitch and YouTube gaming are breaking these laws and hurting developers in the process.

Intellectual Property and Copyright Law

Before actually getting into what copyright law is, we need to understand what intellectual property is. Just like physical property that you can touch and own such as your house and car and items etc., intellectual property is basically the property of your mind, so your thoughts and ideas.

Unlike physical property, proving you are the first one to think of intellectual property and actually claim it as your own is a much harder thing to accomplish exactly for that reason.

The best way to preserve your intellectual property is to register a copyright for it. Basically, the copyright will be a legal document that clearly illustrates that you are the creator of something and gives you authority over it. This authority entails that you can then give people the right to copy your intellectual property, hence copyright.

Copyright Law was intended to preserve the value of the original work while giving the intellectual property owner fair compensation for their contributions. On top of this, it was also actually meant to incentivize the fields of science and the arts for people to make strides in these areas by providing certain time restraints for the copyright to remain intact. Today the focus seems to have shifted from trying to advance these fields to basically sponging every dime out of any product that comes across the market.  

"In the United Sates, all works created after January 1st, 1978 have a protection period that is in place for the life of the author, creator, or owner of copyright, plus an additional 70 years after the date of such individual’s death. "

Under copyright law is the Fair Use Doctrine, which allows anyone to make derivative works of a copyrighted product as long as it adheres to certain guidelines. Rather than dive into all of the nuances that may or may not fall under the Fair Use Doctrine and piece them out with a fine-tooth comb I am just going to tell you that a majority of users who upload streams of video games claim their work to be protected by this doctrine.

The Gray Area of Streaming

Let me start out by saying that many of the most popular games that are streamed for reasons such as eSports have legal terms within their user agreements that allow them to be streamed without fear of copyright violation. This article isn't about those types of games since a large portion of their fanbase and revenue actually rely on the publicity from such events. This article is directed more towards single-player games that have entire playthroughs available for streaming on the web.

How is it that an entire playthrough of a game can be uploaded and streamed over a million times even without commentary and still not be taken down for copyright infringement? The answer is Fair Use.

So when this medium [video games] that was unlike any other came along, it was forced to oblige to outdated rules that didn't really fit its particular needs.

When this Fair Use doctrine was introduced obviously the creators had no concept of video games. When this medium that was unlike any other came along, it was forced to oblige to outdated rules that didn't really fit gaming's particular needs. Video games are still, to this day a very unique medium in the sense that it is a very active form of entertainment. This basically means, that unlike books, television, or movies, video games require constant participation from their audience in order for the game to progress. Almost every other medium available basically has a predetermined and fixed path that it follows whether the audience is engaged or not.

Keeping that in mind, it has been argued countless times that a player's actions and gameplay within the game count as performance in and of itself and is a unique piece of derivative work rather than a copy so should be protected under fair use.

Certainly, if a player adds commentary, music, and production value to a gameplay video then that could easily be considered fair use. However, a video of a strict playthrough of a game is most definitely copyright infringement, yet it happens all the time without any kind of compensation to the game developers.

Some Kind of Middle Ground

Nintendo came under scrutiny a few years ago when it decided to crack down on Let's Play videos on YouTube of their games. The company eventually decided to ease up on restrictions and instead put ads on these videos so the company would then see some kind of money from it.

We may own the physical disk in which the data is encoded on, but the actual software itself is still a piece of intellectual property that has a registered copyright.

But this is the kind of thing so many gamers think they are entitled to. Just because we may purchase a $30-$60 game, we think we can do whatever we want with the content from that disk, and that's just not the case. We may own the physical disk on which the data is encoded, but the actual software itself is still a piece of intellectual property that has a registered copyright.

And let's be honest, throwing a disclaimer saying that you do not own the rights to Mario on a video doesn't cover your ass at all.

While I think Nintendo's actions a few years ago may have been a bit extreme, I think it may have been a necessary step in the right direction. Allowing YouTubers or TwitchTV users to benefit from protected material without any kind of compensation to developers just isn't right in my eyes.

In the same context, though, gameplay is unique to each player and is worth talking about as something that is protected by fair use.
While I think Nintendo's actions a few years ago may have been a bit extreme, I think it may have been a necessary step in the right direction. 

Laws are always playing catchup when it comes to technology, so each situation regarding copyright may be different depending on the copyright holder involved. Until that magical time when the law properly reflects the technology of today, this is a conversation that must be considered, especially by users who stream these kinds of videos.

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YouTube Gaming vs Twitch: Yay or nay? https://www.gameskinny.com/lgod7/youtube-gaming-vs-twitch-yay-or-nay https://www.gameskinny.com/lgod7/youtube-gaming-vs-twitch-yay-or-nay Sun, 30 Aug 2015 15:27:06 -0400 Stephanie Tang

Yesterday marked the first day of the YouTube Gaming beta - a brand new service on YouTube that allows you to see gaming livestreams and content from your favorite gaming creators. Just like with YouTube Kids or YouTube Music, it provides a dedicated app and website portal specifically for users to stay connected to the games, players, and culture that they're looking for, without any distractions.

At least, that is what YouTube is hoping to provide. 

Once upon a time, Google was in the running to purchase the ever-growing Twitch streaming platform - after Amazon sniped it with a last-minute bid, what could they do to continue trying to consolidate an ever-growing section of viewership other than to build their own?

While Google has been relatively quiet and is pushing out this particular platform with as little fanfare as possible, it's impossible to ignore the fact that they have purposely coincided it with PAX Prime in order to showcase some of its streaming capabilities. 

On the one hand, this can only be a good thing - after all, anything with a monopoly grows stagnant. While Twitch has been supremely proactive about improving its streaming services, YouTube Gaming promises to be big enough to give it a healthy dose of competition - and has already secured special deals with a number of personalities and organizations to help build the hype.

On the other...well, YouTube has offered a live broadcasting package for years. But if you ask anyone who's ever tried it, they'll tell you it was a convoluted, complicated mess that requires entirely too much Google+ integration and was not user-friendly in the least.

While this has and continues to change (with some good effect, but generally to the annoyance of most YouTube users) and the service has since become a lot easier to use, YouTube still faces a number of issues that keep it from supplanting Twitch's place in the top spot:

1. Twitch already works, and it works well.

Perhaps not perfectly, but what it does, it has made leaps and bounds in improving. A year or two ago, I was ignoring each and every stream broadcast because I could get perhaps 5 straight seconds of stream before it was cut for an ad, or froze, or lagged so badly it wasn't even worth watching. These days you can catch up on streams or past broadcasts without issue, even on mediocre internet connections.

The community aspect has and will always have the good and bad points of gamers let loose on the faceless Internet stalking grounds, but Twitch comes with a number of good tools for both streamers and mods.

From what I've seen of YouTube gaming streams, the interface does not appear all that different, except perhaps less emoticon spam. The incessant begging for subscribers/followers, pictures of hot girls, and shoutouts... well, they simply are what they are.

2. YouTube promises the same copyright enforcement for streaming as for videos.

And if you've talked to any YouTube content creator about that, they'll tell you what they think of it. Loudly. And in a number of four-letter words, none of which include "love."

YouTube has stated that the same rules still apply, as well as the same algorithms to monitor audio, music clips, and visual cutscenes that have gotten so many legitimate Let's Players hit with flags, copyright notifications, copyright strikes, and deleted channels over the years. 

None of these things lend itself well as a streaming platform, where most gamers can't really take care of all these things on the fly. If too much of a cutscene is shown, the copyright bots can simply mute it, hide it, or take it offline - we've already seen some (small) examples of it in a few of the PAX Prime live game footage videos.

Of course, one thing YouTube does have going for it is its monetization model.

While money may not be an issue for the majority of people interested in streaming their gameplay, the fact of the matter is that quite a few of your favorite personalities rely on the income they generate from doing just that. 

Qualifying for compensation from ads shown on videos has always been relatively simple for YouTubers - it can take as little as a few weeks of work if you know how to do it right. In this respect, YouTube probably trumps Twitch soundly - Twitch maintains quite a high requirement for hits and views and followers that can take months if not years for streamers to qualify for ad money.

For the most part however, the majority of revenue generated by content creators on either platform doesn't really come from ads but rather through a mix of merchandising, sponsors, and viewer donations. A solid platform that makes it easy for streamers to get their money (and not just from ads) may be just the thing to make a few regular streamers jump ship.

There's already some evidence of effort to this end with YouTube's integration with Google Wallet. 

The rest may just be smart marketing - exclusive coverage for certain events and tournaments, better deals with bigger streamers... if you build it (and build it well), they will come.

...Maybe.

What do you think?

Do you prefer one over the other? Like the one-stop-shop idea that the whole Google+ thing offers? Holding out to see which shows what and how well? Let me know in the comments!

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YouTube Gaming Aims to be King of Stream https://www.gameskinny.com/39o58/youtube-gaming-aims-to-be-king-of-stream https://www.gameskinny.com/39o58/youtube-gaming-aims-to-be-king-of-stream Thu, 27 Aug 2015 06:48:35 -0400 Sleepy Bison

Ask any gamer for a livestream option, and I bet the first name out of their mouths is Twitch. The guys at Twitch were ever so slightly ahead of their time when they started marketing livestreaming to gamers, but the big companies are finally catching up.

Google wants a piece of that streaming pie. Since all of the capabilities for such a streaming site are already there on Youtube, as well as the network of interested viewers and camera-ready gamers, the site rolled out a program simply titled 'Youtube Gaming.'

It's just a livestream function, really, so don't expect anything too spectacular. The key to Youtube's version, however, is a direct market towards gamers and those interested in watching gameplays.

A live chat on the side of all streams (even on regular video page versions) keep the player and the audience connected. Those who like what they see can view, thumbs-up, and even subscribe to the channel straight from the stream. It's basically Twitch.tv's functionality on one page, with the exception that you have access to all of your YT channel's viewers.

Want to try making your stream, even for just a second? Or perhaps you want to watch another livestream? There's hundreds of them, with tens of millions of active viewers, right now! Just hop onto YouTube Gaming and you'll jump right into the fray.

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YouTube Gaming to Launch August 26th https://www.gameskinny.com/piv3i/youtube-gaming-to-launch-august-26th https://www.gameskinny.com/piv3i/youtube-gaming-to-launch-august-26th Wed, 26 Aug 2015 05:10:36 -0400 Anthony Jondreau

YouTube Gaming is preparing to launch today, further integrating one of the video-hosting website's most popular features. YouTube Gaming will be focused on video games, supporting videos and live-streams. Search results will be more oriented toward gaming as the 25,000+ dedicated gaming channels speak to the wide appeal of the service.

The move makes sense, and is even perhaps overdue given how popular YouTube gaming personalities and their videos are. Last year, Google, which owns YouTube, tried to buyout Twitch, which has so far served as the premier service for streaming live gaming. Amazon wound up making the purchase for nearly $1 billion, but that hasn't stopped Google from ultimately getting in on the streaming swell.

YouTube Gaming will allow viewers to personalize their viewing preferences to be tailored to specific games and gaming personalities, refining a process that often gets bogged down with all of the other videos on YouTube. Gamers themselves will also be able to livestream directly to YouTube. This will allow users to stream in the same place they upload their other videos. Viewers, as a result, may have options to keep track of their favorite personalities across multiple websites. 

For myriad reasons, gaming has become one of the most popular genres of YouTube videos. With YouTube Gaming, Google is simply recognizing how mainstream video games have become.

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