When it comes to delivering news to gamers, humour goes a long way. In fact, I exclusively choose to consume my video game news from sources I find put comedy before coolness. I couldn’t care less about your high scores or gaming finesse, just make me laugh and tell me things I don’t know.
So my main sources of gaming entertainment, aside from Twitter and the inescapable mainstream, are Giant Bomb, RoosterTeeth and the the YouTube channel I’ll be featuring today, VideoGamerTV. Fusing the business-end of the business at VideoGamer.com with ridiculous, over the top humour on YouTube has earned VideoGamer more than 60,000 subscribers and counting.
Here’s what they’ve been doing right.
Abridged Versions of Major Announcements
Google defines ‘abridged’ as a verb which can: “Shorten (a book, movie, speech, or other text) without losing the sense”. Whether VideoGamer’s equivalent videos maintain “the sense” or not is another issue, but by simultaneously mocking all camps, at least there’s no room for favouritism.
Matt Lees ability to cut through the crap and translate what’s really going on is as cheeky as it is sharp.
Also of note is the abridged Ubisoft press conference, below.
Every 2013 E3 Game Reviewed in 3 Minutes
Opening with “I was at E3, at the front-lines, and I saw some of the games, so now it’s time to review all of them” – this is exactly what it says on the tin.
I could make some point here about this being a valid bit of satire about gamers innate ability to make their minds up months before a product is released, but I’m sure that was evident from the start.
VideoGamer.com Fixes Games Journalism Corruption FOREVER
In the UK, the argument over whether games journalists should accept freebies from publishers is a contentious issue. Not to worry, because at this year’s E3, VideoGamer.com decided to fix this endless sea of corruption.
How? Well you could watch the video above which involves homemade T-shirts and puzzled looking booth attendants.
E3 2013 VideoGamer.com Awards
Featuring awards like the “We Can’t Talk About That Right Now” and “Feels Like A Solid 8/10”, VideoGamer.com hand out their E3 awards on the final day of the show.
Just beyond the layer of comedy is the very serious fact that awards are handed out to companies each year just for showing up, let alone finishing a quality game. It’s also a rather hilarious video.
Matt’s Animal Crossing Videos
I absolutely love Animal Crossing. If there’s one game that will cause me to cave and buy a 3DS, it’ll be this one. Until then I’ll have to live vicariously through the VideoGamer Animal Crossing diaries, embedded as a playlist below.
Ok, so they’re a bit short – but that’s the point. If you haven’t played Animal Crossing then have a read about what got Dave so excited about new 3DS games earlier this year.
Cooking With The Last of Us
If you haven’t been caught up in the hype surrounding PlayStation exclusive The Last of Us, then you might not care about this next video. Cooking With The Last of Us takes the cooking show format and adapts it to Naughty Dog studio’s apocalyptic, zombie-filled world.
The result, above, is not only cleverly well-executed but tense and jumpy too. Here’s hoping that other games are given the Cooking With treatment! If you’re still on the fence about The Last of Us then maybe this spoiler-free 9-minute song of praise might change your mind:
Why Don Mattrick Left Microsoft
This next video isn’t funny, but it does show the calm and collected side to the channel, and demonstrates a clear understanding of the flaws in gaming journalism and the weird void that exists between the real world and the gaming world.
Simply put, this is a rather well-thought-out piece put to camera about Don Mattrick’s exit from Microsoft, and how it has absolutely nothing to do with the Xbox One reception, DRM U-turn or PlayStation 4.
Making Fun of OUYA
Now, I’m not a huge believer in the OUYA and registered my opinion as so by not buying into the Kickstarter project. It’s no secret that the console arrived with none of the trepidation and excitement that Microsoft or Sony would enjoy, and that’s largely due to a lack of games. VideoGamer initially mocked this with a video about OUYA’s top titles… comprising of a black screen and the sound of distance bells. Funny joke, you laugh? YouTube didn’t.
Nope, YouTube cited a violation to the rules and took the video down. This might be a bit of a shock to those of you who thought YouTube was only bothered about video nasties and copyright complaints.
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Watch: VideoGamerTV on YouTube