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post #1 of 107
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Think the title basically speaks for itself, just post great video game vids that have hit your sweet spot - be they reviews, vlogs, podcasts, LP's, whatever - here for us all to enjoy.

 

Im kicking off with this weeks Polaris Co-optional Podcast as it's not only the return of TotalBiscuit to the fray while he's been off dealing with his health issues, but he's brought two of my other very favorite youtubers with him - Matt Lees and Jim Stirling. Fucking great watch/listen...

 

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Im kicking off with this weeks Polaris Co-optional Podcast as it's not only the return of TotalBiscuit to the fray while he's been off dealing with his health issues, but he's brought two of my other very favorite youtubers with him - Matt Lees and Jim Stirling. Fucking great watch/listen...

Nice slick production, fun bunch of guys.

The only one I listen to regularly is The Indoor Kids, less because of the game talk and more because I'm a big Kumail Nanjiani fan. I like the Brit-based World 1 Stage 1 too, but they're irregular with their releases and I get out of the habit with them. They're audio-only though.

My favourite video game vids are the Rooster Teeth Achievement Hunter Fails of the Weak. Unless you also count Penny Arcade TV*, which is more video game related than video game-based.


* Yeah, I know Mike has said some dumb things over the years. I guess I love Jerry enough to stick with them.
post #3 of 107
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Is it too early for nostalgia yet? Some happy memories in here...

 

post #4 of 107
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Think the title basically speaks for itself, just post great video game vids that have hit your sweet spot - be they reviews, vlogs, podcasts, LP's, whatever - here for us all to enjoy.

 

Im kicking off with this weeks Polaris Co-optional Podcast as it's not only the return of TotalBiscuit to the fray while he's been off dealing with his health issues, but he's brought two of my other very favorite youtubers with him - Matt Lees and Jim Stirling. Fucking great watch/listen...

 

 

Jeez, I spent three whole hours listening to this.  Thanks for sharing Rain Dog.  Will definitely be following these guys with a greater interest.

post #5 of 107

I love Stirling so much. It's weird how quickly my opinion on him has turned around. I used to think he was fucking annoying but now I watch his Jimquisition and Squirty Plays almost religiously each week.

post #6 of 107

Yeah, Stirling is great.  I also absolutely adore Yahtzee Croshaw.  Zero Punctuation is about the only video review show I watch regularly.

 

Him and Sterling recently started a series of game challenge videos called Uncivil War over at The Escapist that are hilarious to watch (along with their ribbing of eachother).  I highly recommend checking them out.

post #7 of 107

Thanks for the recommendation. I've seen those appear on the Recommended Videos list of my Youtube list a few times but never got around to checking them out!

post #8 of 107
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  I also absolutely adore Yahtzee Croshaw.  Zero Punctuation is about the only video review show I watch regularly.

 

Have you discovered the joy that is his weekly Lets Play/Podcast "Lets Drown Out", with his aussie mate Gabe? It's one of my religious weekly watches:

https://www.youtube.com/user/yahtzee19

post #9 of 107
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Im going to try my best not to make the bulk of my contributions to this thread degenerate into a series of Nerd Cubeds videos, but Dans making it hard when he makes vids that make me giggle as much as this one...

 

post #10 of 107
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More Stirling brilliance...

 

post #11 of 107

RD shares all the good stuff.  Sterling's latest titled "Everything's shit, but it's not all bad" is also a great watch if (like me) you're getting more and more sick with AAA titles.  I've spent basically a whole week watching "Let's Drown Out" which is fantastic as well (again, thanks for tuning me onto that RD).

 

After the depressing shit-storm that's broken this week I find it vital to just stay positive about gaming in general.  These vids help with that.

post #12 of 107
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Stirlings own yotube page is becoming pretty great as well....


https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWCw2Sd7RlYJ2yuNVHDWNOA

post #13 of 107
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Found this on Total Biscuits wifes channel, it's the two of them doing their first playthrough-stream of Sims 4. I have to say it's pretty frikkin funny watching a married couple recreate themselves in The Sims and then have to play that together, even in the incredibly bare-bones state this current initial release of Sims 4 seems to be in...

 

post #14 of 107

Ha. Haven't watched this yet but your description ensures I'll check it out over the weekend.

post #15 of 107
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A nice little summary of why I have returned so happily to pc gaming after a decades absence and why I don't see it being supplanted by a console for a very long time as my primary gaming platform - without coming off like a condescending dick about it. I love videogamer.com, it's where I first discovered Matt Lees and Jim Trinca here is the guy they hired to replace him...

 

 

post #16 of 107
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BTW - anyone else come across good stuff, please feel free to share. I didn't set this up as the "Rain Dog recommends his favorite vids" thread - tho if that's what it becomes, that's cool man. Youtube is my tv, so I'll always have stuff I've discovered - I'm just happy sharing what tickles me in the world of video games on youtube with some of the only fellow gamers I actually trust and respect.

post #17 of 107

One of my favorite Youtube video game reviewers is a guy called Mack who has a series called "Worth A Buy?" The reviews are usually short, prefaced by him reading out the developer/publisher's own notes and then juxtaposing them against the actual product, and he doesn't mince his words. If a game isn't worth your time, he'll usually get straight to the point about why. I don't necessary agree with everything he says, but his videos nearly always amuse me.

 

 

(And, for those wondering, that's an actual Northern England accent)

post #18 of 107

Not one of my favorite youtubes. What the hell man?

Everything in this quick look he complains about is something I wished more developers strove for...something we like to call Immersion. Was curious to see if they were going to do a run through comparing the original games to the redux editions, instead was too long complaining of how this game should be Call of Duty. And when the hell did Giant Bomb video's get so filthy with the language? Fucking hell god dammit man. A shame Vinny is busy with a new child, I prefer his stuff the most on their site these days.
post #19 of 107
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Is it too early for nostalgia yet? Some happy memories in here...

 


I have that exact same PC case.

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Not one of my favorite youtubes. What the hell man?

Everything in this quick look he complains about is something I wished more developers strove for...something we like to call Immersion. Was curious to see if they were going to do a run through comparing the original games to the redux editions, instead was too long complaining of how this game should be Call of Duty. And when the hell did Giant Bomb video's get so filthy with the language? Fucking hell god dammit man. A shame Vinny is busy with a new child, I prefer his stuff the most on their site these days.

 

Yeah, that's Dan Ryckert in fine form. The guy's hilarious usually but he was very much hired due to the entertainmant value he'd provide due to his odd tastes, not just in games but in... Everything, really. They have a running thing on the Bombcast about his tastes in food, and it's a constant source of bafflement. this is a guy who actually made it to his thirties cooking eggs with the shells included, because he thought that people were talking about the shells when they were talking about eggwhites. because, ah, the shells were white. Even though they not always are...

 

Anyway, the rule of New Giant Bomb is 'laugh at Dan's weird tastes but never take him seriously'. But I agree, this Quick Look was kind of cringeworthy, especially with Brad backing him up with all this snark about remasters - when Metro Redux is one of the more impressive and worthy examples out there. But that's Giant Bomb - I love them, but sometimes they find the weirdest stuff to suddenly decide they don't like.

post #21 of 107

Fuck. Me.

 

post #22 of 107

The fuck did I just watch?!?

post #23 of 107

Slave Tetris apparently!

post #24 of 107

That was just...wow.

 

I've been to the Apartheid Museum and that was STILL one of the most racist things I've seen in my life.

 

What's next?  Playing History 3: Holocaust Camp Manager?

post #25 of 107

I just listened to the most recent Idle Thumbs podcast (started listening to it after a recent mention on here.  It's great, THANKS!), and in a portion of it they were talking about Worms Armageddon.  I have so many fond memories of that one (and Worms 2) from when I was in college.  One thing they didn't talk about, which I wish they had (hence this post) was the sound banks you could use.  The game had a bunch already but you could customize them as well, and we had a whole bunch that we downloaded.  Sign of the times or whatnot, but some of our favorites were South Park, Austin Powers, and others.  One of the South Park ones was my go-to, and my wife's (we weren't married back then though) favorite was Full Metal Jacket, which was largely sound bites from the drill instructor.  AWESOME.  There really was nothing like calling in an airstrike with the underpants gnomes singing in the background...

 

I may have to dig the game out again.  It's been too long.

post #26 of 107
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Now I freely admit I'm a touch cynical and conspiratorially minded - but when The Polaris Co-Optional Podcast turns up on TotalBiscuits personal youtube channel rather than the main Polaris one with an annotation stating "The Co-Optional Podcast has moved to TB's channel for the foreseeable future..." and suddenly the "Polaris" has been dropped from the title, I do wonder if Mr.John Bain may have had some falling out with his House Of Mouse employers or that something may even be going on at Polaris in general. Interesting...

ETA - after doing some research, seems that TB's none too happy with some of the creative directions Polaris has been going in of late and that's understandable, seeing as his audience is skews more mature and pc-based while Polaris is going the slick Mtv-appeal-to-Pewdi's-kids approach. It was never a good fit.
 

Edited by The Rain Dog - 11/13/14 at 5:22pm
post #27 of 107
Elder-Geeks call out to Geometry Wars 2 is hands down the only game that I can't argue that defines the last generation. Such a perfect blend of old school and modern technology.  
 
I'm sorry. Not matter what, I can't take Stirling seriously. Maybe his getup and the podium with toys is part of his shtick, but every time he starts ranting about something....I can't help but tune it out. What I have heard reeks of the entitled and elite nerd attitude that has consumed the majority of gaming forums. 

Edited by ZombieFever - 11/13/14 at 7:20pm
post #28 of 107

In case you don't know yet, Jim Sterling has left The Escapist and set up his own website and Patreon.  

 

He is, in my opinion, one of the best game critics working today (and again, thanks to Rain Dog for turning me on to the guy) so any support that can be given to him would be awesome.

 

If you need any more convincing, read his review of the new Sonic The Hedgehog game which might be one of the best things he's ever written.

 

http://www.thejimquisition.com/2014/11/sonic-boom-rise-of-lyric-review/

 

Quote: Jim Sterling
 

Sonic Boom reminds me that I am going to die one day, and that I’ll probably die alone. I doubt I’ll want to die, but the fact I’m dying won’t matter, and the fact I lived at all will be even less important. We’re all going to die, and everything we spent our dank lives building, everything we’ve worked for, will be as ash in the wind. The people we’ve come to love, whose existences we’ve enhanced and impacted in some profound way, are meaningless, because one day they’ll all be dead too. Eventually, the Sun will expand to the point of annihilating everything on this planet, swallowing our entire history, wiping all evidence of humanity from existence. It’s all for nothing. It’s all so very pointless. Sonic Boom exists because we’re all going to die one day, and we don’t matter.

 

 

Bounce pad!


Edited by Codename - 11/21/14 at 1:38am
post #29 of 107

I'm going to support him, not just because he's one of my favorite critics, but because I like the idea of an independent reviewer unhindered by corporate interests. He's his own boss now and can say whatever the fuck he wants, and I'm looking forward to finding out exactly what that is. 

post #30 of 107
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For those who don't know this recent story, it's pretty jaw dropping...

 

post #31 of 107
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Am I the only chewer who finds the Inside Gaming guys hilarious?...

 

post #32 of 107

Just because it made me laugh out loud: Jim Sterling reviews the trailer for "The Jumper".

 

 

post #33 of 107
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TB's really upped his game of late - he seems more comfortable letting his dry sense of humor surface these days as well. This is a great roundup of the year and well worth the watch....

post #34 of 107

Thanks for this (even though I'm a TB subscriber, I somehow missed this). It will fill up my ten minute lunchbreaks for the next few days.

post #35 of 107

Just listening to Giant Bomb's GOTY - as always, it's a reminder of how no matter how much I enjoy their content, most of their opinions on games are completely baffling to me. I know they're supposed to be a personality-driven website, but they have a horrible habit of just dismissing things out of hand for the most weakly subjective reasons. Gerstmann's the worst of all - the guy just seems to have no passion anymore, and will often dismiss games with no rationale better than 'It sucks so it's bad'. The rest aren't much better to be honest, and Patrick Kelpek leaving is a real bummer because he seemed like one of the few people there willing to try stuff outside their comfort zone. I really hope they bring someone in to replace him who is as different in tastes to the others as he was, or the site will be in danger of getting way too homogenized opinions-wise. And as someone who still values the written word, here's hoping that they find someone equally willing to write actual articles. 

post #36 of 107

I don't know if anyone else here watches Markiplier but his latest video is one of the best he's ever done. It's a game called Presentable Liberty and has the simplest of concepts (and graphics) but, at around the half way mark, the game's themes of loneliness and depression begin to noticeably affect him on an emotional level, to the extent that he drops his usual Youtube persona. If you've got an hour to kill, it's a really good watch.

 

 

post #37 of 107

I've mentioned him before but Mack of "Worth A Buy" is one of my favorite Youtubers and, though I may not always agree with what he says, I know that the sentiments he expresses are genuine. 

 

He hated Dying Light and, in his video review, he spends some time ranting at the AAA game market as a whole. I found myself nodding at a few of his points and so thought I'd post the video here.

 

post #38 of 107

Hahahaha. You've got to love a good game "developer" meltdown.

 

 

post #39 of 107

Couldn't think of another thread to put this in, but has anyone else seen Jim Sterling's youtube video on The Archetype? The game, which initially makes Jim uncomfortable due to its central theme of an abusive father (which apparently isn't too far from Sterling's own terrible childhood), crosses into some pretty unsavory areas - especially in its unforgivable use of a real 911 call from a distressed child watching her father knocking teeth out of her mother's face with his fists.

 

How does this shit get released? 

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especially in its unforgivable use of a real 911 call from a distressed child watching her father knocking teeth out of her mother's face with his fists.

 

This seems almost too ill-judged to be true. Looking it up I'm still not clear if it's real or not, but either way apparently they've now taken it out of the game entirely.

 

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Have you discovered the joy that is his weekly Lets Play/Podcast "Lets Drown Out", with his aussie mate Gabe? It's one of my religious weekly watches:

https://www.youtube.com/user/yahtzee19

 

Bit late here but even though games youtubers aren't generally my thing, I've become a fan of this one. Like my favourite podcasty things it has the vibe of just hanging around with a couple of mates for a bit, and I like the world-weary disdain they have for all the silly melodramas the gaming world is always getting swept up in. I also like that they cover obscure european favourites of my childhood like Fantasy World Dizzy and Operation Stealth.

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Bit late here but even though games youtubers aren't generally my thing, I've become a fan of this one. Like my favourite podcasty things it has the vibe of just hanging around with a couple of mates for a bit, and I like the world-weary disdain they have for all the silly melodramas the gaming world is always getting swept up in. I also like that they cover obscure european favourites of my childhood like Fantasy World Dizzy and Operation Stealth.

 

Their current playthrough of all of Dark Souls 2 is pretty fucking great.  Love the dynamic those two have.  Especially when they start fighting as only really good friends can.

post #42 of 107
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This seems almost too ill-judged to be true. Looking it up I'm still not clear if it's real or not, but either way apparently they've now taken it out of the game entirely.

 

 

Sterling comments at the beginning of his video that it's been taken out but is surprised when it still plays at one point during his playthrough, meaning the developers either lied, are incompetent, or his copy was somehow faulty.

 

And I can't imagine it not being real. It sounds waaaay too authentic. That girl sounds young and she sounds absolutely terrified.

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Their current playthrough of all of Dark Souls 2 is pretty fucking great.  Love the dynamic those two have.  Especially when they start fighting as only really good friends can.

 

If you haven't already, check out their old 'Show And Tell' podcasts someone uploaded to Youtube. It's basically the same kind of stuff only even looser because they hadn't figured out any kind of format, but there's some hilarious and charmingly depraved stuff in them.

post #44 of 107

I'm not sure if anyone else will find this as funny as I did, but the section where he starts reading this terrible game's terrible Steam Greenlight description (at around 1:18 into the video) had me chuckling pretty hard.

 

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OH FUCK

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I don't know if anyone else here watches Markiplier but his latest video is one of the best he's ever done. It's a game called Presentable Liberty and has the simplest of concepts (and graphics) but, at around the half way mark, the game's themes of loneliness and depression begin to noticeably affect him on an emotional level, to the extent that he drops his usual Youtube persona. If you've got an hour to kill, it's a really good watch.

 

 

 

Super late to replying to this, but I just watched this. I only started watching Markiplier videos and this one is crazy. Thanks for sharing. What an ephed up game.

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Some very sad news re: TotalBiscuit

 

The guy did a Twitch stream of Secret Ponchos tonight. I watched some of it, wondering whether he or anyone would bring up today's news and when the question eventually came, he replied "We're not talking about that now," and it took him a few minutes to compose himself again. I couldn't watch the rest of it because I felt too sad. 

post #49 of 107

Can we post our own gaming vids here too, or is it just to refer to other vids and channels?  My stuff ain't too special, but there's some crazy cool awesome moments and funny glitches that I've captured, among other things.

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Can we post our own gaming vids here too, or is it just to refer to other vids and channels?  My stuff ain't too special, but there's some crazy cool awesome moments and funny glitches that I've captured, among other things.

 

I don't see why not.

 

I'd to highlight a Youtuber called The Orange Hatter. He doesn't have a big viewerbase at the moment which is a shame as I think his stuff is pretty good. His main focus tends to be MMO's (especially Wildstar) but he also does videos on small indie titles and free to play games, as well as the occasional long Let's Play (he did Soma recently). 

 

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