In an ever-evolving gaming entertainment world of GameGrumps, Markapliers, and PewDiePies, it’s sometimes nice to get back to the basics. Have you ever wanted to branch out into the (mostly) undiscovered world of other YouTube Gamers but didn’t know where to start? Well, we’ve done the work for you. Enjoy, in no particular order, a few of our favourites!
(Warning: Adult language but it’s a Hitman video – duh!)
There just something about Hitman that makes the best Let’s Play Videos and something about the Australian accent that makes them even better! Expect high-quality videos, funny moments and informative gameplay from The AuzzieGamer’s “Let’s F*cking Play” series. Also, expect lots of F-bombs and random shouting in parts but is it even a Let’s Play if you don’t?
The AuzzieGamer has been around since 2009, doing video game reviews but it wasn’t until the Hitman Blood Money (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B6Bzg99DE1w) series that the channel really hit its stride. Combining humourous instructional voice over with multiple scenario game plays, The AuzzieGamer provides some of the most entertaining walkthroughs currently on YouTube.
With just under one million subscribers at the time of this writing, LGR is probably the most well-known YouTuber on our list – but we don’t mind leading new subscribers to his entertainment oasis!
LGR stands for Lazy Game Reviews but there is nothing lazy about this channel! Come for the Thrifts and stay for the, well…everything! With a variety of content ranging from retro PC builds to game reviews, you will not be hurting for entertainment. Let LGR’s sexy Duke Nukem style vocals carry you on a journey of woodgrain inspired nostalgia as he walks through thrift stores, tries out new specs for old games and plays Barbie adventure games.
On top of his regular content, he also explores what he denotes as “Oddware” – PC hardware oddities that either he’s curated or have been sent in by viewers – and “Tech Tales”, where he explores the history of various tech and their companies.
The 8-Bit Guy describes his channel as, “A computer video series focusing mainly on retro technology from the 80’s, 90’s and 2000’s…My main goal at this point is to make educational content about retro technology that is interesting and engaging.” He doesn’t fail in fulfilling that claim! Another channel, like LGR, that has a lot of content variety, 8-Bit Guy’s videos focus on mainly the restoration of retro hardware and electronic keyboards (the piano kind!). We’ve found ourselves glued to the screen, enthralled as we watched a completely trashed VIC-20 come so clean that it looked like it was just bought off the shelf. He does this same process with various other tech like a TRS-80 and an Apple II, going so far as opening their cases and restoring what can be fixed on the inside and educating as he does. Fascinating!
Norman Caruso is the Gaming Historian who writes, edits and narrates high-quality documentaries about the gaming industry on his channel. The documentaries cover everything from The Story of Tetris to The Story of Spyro. It’s a wonder why this channel has not crested the one million subscriber mark as everything is well presented and highly informative. Did you know Tetris started out as shareware in Communist Russia? Yeah, we didn’t either!
The Gaming Historian is the perfect channel for when you’re tired of binge-watching Netflix and just want to sit back and learn a few things.
(Warning: Adult language)
Nolan North and Troy Baker. If you play any type of video game, you are familiar with these gentlemen whether you know it or not. Together they have voiced well over 350 characters in the video game industry and also together, now they play retro games! It’s still a fairly new channel but there’s plenty of entertainment to be had as Troy and Nolan slip in and out of characters and talk about the history of the games as they’re playing. They also tell terrible Dad Jokes.
Do you have any suggestions for small to medium YouTubers that the rest of us should be following? Let us know in the comments section!