Category: YouTube

Either stuff we put on YouTube or stuff we found there.

Welcome to “It Came From The Collection”!


Ya know what there’s a lot of on YouTube? Playthrough videos. Seemingly every game that exists has been played, talked over, torn apart, and remixed with memes and South Park samples. In hopes of recording something a little more unique, I started this video series to chronicle the gaming ephemera I’ve amassed over the years.

I’ve never had a ton of money to spend on games, instead I’d grab all the free stuff I could from stores I visited or worked at. Free flyers and pamphlets, pre-order tchotchkes, toys, posters, discarded game cases, manuals, and all kinds of marketing paperwork. I’ve lost a lot of things over the years (and after moving SIX times) but I still have tons of stuff to talk about and show.

You can check out the playlist above — I even made a fancy trailer! — to watch all the current episodes. By the time this post goes up we’ll be onto Episode 2 so here’s a quick recap:

 

EPISODE 1: Mystery Cards & Blind Pack Opening
THE AUDIO WILL IMPROVE, I promise! This is the first episode and so it’s a little rough but I didn’t want to re-record after opening the blind card pack! Featured in this episode are Marvel Nemesis pre-order trading cards, and Duel Masters and Yu-Gi-Oh! cards that came with some early 2000’s video game releases.

 

EPISODE 2: Oops, Still more Card Packs!
After last episode I found even more card-shaped things to show off. Monster Rancher 4 and GUN pre-order playing cards, some knock-off Final Fantasy VII cards, and a whole bunch of Pokemon Snap terminal cards. They’re useless nowadays but they’re still so cool!

 

✨ Thanks for taking a look at my collection. Let me know what you think or if there’s something you’d like a closer look at. I’m totally up for requests. You can also see more of my collection on Instagram. I’ve been posting #RetroCollective pics there since 2013.

For New Year Chillin’: The Four Kings Casino & Slots Soundtrack


Every year around the holidays Katy and I seem to get back into
The Four Kings Casino and Slots. It’s a great, free-to-play social game from some of the people who made content for PlayStation Home. Alongside its numerous fun diversions is a wonderfully chill soundtrack that gets stuck in our heads for weeks. I couldn’t resist it this year and set out to record the music in three acts.

Part 1 is the Title Screen jam and all the funky songs that play in the main casino, the Bingo hall, and the Blackjack and Poker rooms. Part 2 contains the handful of thumpin’ bangers that play in the game’s virtual nightclub, and Part 3 has all the music from the recently added bowling hall.

I didn’t go nuts with the videos, it’s just a simple edit of screenshots and art from the game but one day it’ll all be gone and delisted so I figured why not also memorialize it alongside the music? If you could use something to chill out with today, take a listen, it’s quite good.

The Big City Stories soundtrack is now online, because I care

 

You might remember Big City Stories from my “Of 2016” recap posts where it featured surprisingly prominently in my categories for Most Played and most-visited-on-a-daily-basis. I finished off the Trophies and most of the progression by the end of 2016 and while it was fun I ended up putting the game down early in 2017. I’ve been thinking about it again lately though as updates from the team have dwindled. I can’t help but see it quietly being delisted by the end of the year and above all I couldn’t let the game’s infectious, sweet, and silly soundtrack disappear.

The game’s soundtrack only contains five songs but they randomly mix into one another which made it impossible to get clean intros and outros. It also meant I had to keep recording until I got all five songs in a row with no repeats which took a lot longer than I was expecting. Ultimately, The Big City Stories Suite was born, a 14-minute progression of the game’s five untitled (and also uncredited) tracks.

If music to watch computer characters go about their lives from an elevated viewpoint was a genre, this would be a very good example of it. In other words, it’s right up there with The Sims for catchiness. Take a listen above, I cut the video with the game’s trailer so you can see the most exciting bits instead of footage of me running aimlessly around my little town.

Of 2017: The YouTube Stats

Of 2017: The YouTube Stats

Like the number of games I played in 2017 I also uploaded fewer videos to YouTube than in years past: 121 to be exact. Fortunately, every other metric was on the increase. Despite the lack of activity my videos got another 540,000 views in 2017 and a ridiculous 1.3 million minutes were spent watching and listening to things I recorded.

While there are still some bad eggs out there who want to spew their hate and vanish, the interactions on my channel have been mostly positive lately. Just over 4,500 Likes far outweighed the 220 Dislikes, and of the 763 comments I only remember a few being flippant, negative, or confrontational. There was actually some good discussion of delisted games and video game preservation that I’m glad I had in 2017!

The most watched videos largely remained the same as years past: That Battletanx commercial got another 53,495 views. The first installment of my Body Harvest playthrough had another 11,178 viewers. And of course, lots of my old Speed Racer uploads were watched (and rewatched) hundreds of thousands of times.

 

There were also some satisfying shake-ups in the roster for 2017. Metal Gear fans really love the song “Koi no Yokushiryoku”. I uploaded it in 2015 alongside The Phantom Pain’s release but it continues to get more views and comments than any other track from the game. In 2017 it was watched 32,473 more times, over half of its total views.

My rumination over the Chip Fusing system in NieR: Automata also got 8,891 views. When we went on vacation in March I found a Jambo! Safari machine in our Walt Disney World resort and filmed it for posterity. I was happy to play the game again and to see its been a consistently viewed pair of uploads, getting a total of 3,973 views through 2017.

Most of my efforts on YouTube have focused on music lately but I hope to get back to playthroughs and some more Just Checkin’ videos in 2018. Lord knows that backlog just keeps growing!

Thanks for all the views, Likes, and generally nice comments in 2017!

Let’s Talk About “Services Overload” with Fwends [Episode 006]

Episode 006: Services Overload.  We’re talking out of our pockets about services hot on the heels of Disney’s announcement of an exclusive streaming platform. When is “just another $10 a month” going to become too much? Let’s talk about it, shall we fwends?

Leave a comment wherever you hear it and let us know what you think or what you’d like to hear us talk about next.

About Us and the Show
Age-old friend Rob and I haven’t recorded much together since the days of NfamousGamers back in 2009. The site is long gone now but our five episodes remain online, as does Rob’s guest spot on an early GameLuv PodShot episode.

That’s not to say we haven’t kept in touch. Across town and across the country we IM and chat pretty regularly but just finally decided to sync up in real-time to record a new (hopefully weekly) show. Based on Rob’s “Let’s Talk About it” videos, the new show will focus on a single topic each episode, frequently about gaming but anything is up for discussion. Right now you can find it on either of our YouTube channels (mine | his) but I’m going to eventually get it up on the podcast circuit so you can subscribe wherever you listen to shows.