Everybody’s Golf 6

IF YOU SUCK AT GOLF IN REAL LIFE, THEN BE PREPARED TO SUCK AT THE VIDEO GAME VERSION TOO

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TITLE: MINNA NO GOLF 6/EVERYBODY’S GOLF 6/HOT SHOTS GOLF: WORLD INVITATIONAL
ORIGINAL PLATFORM:
PS VITA
RELEASE: 2011 (JP)/2012 (NA/EU)
DEVELOPER: CLAP HANZ
PUBLISHER: SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT
TROPHIES: 37



INTRODUCTION

So you know those days when you wake up and you’re like “Wow, I could really do with some golf right now” but you don’t want to go outside? Or you don’t want to trek down to the golf course where you’re not a member? No, me neither. I never have these thoughts. But if you do, well I have a game for you.

Everybody’s Golf 6, or if you prefer a mouthful, Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational is a game where you play golf. Not like that needed any explaining. Golf is in the title no matter what, and it’s not a misleading title or anything. It is a golf game. But it is pretty fun, and frustrating depending on your skill. And I have no skill at all.

This game is actually the 11th game in a series called みんなのGOLF in Japan. It’s been going for a pretty long time so you can trust that they at least got one golf expert in at one point to make sure that the golf game that they were releasing was actually a golf game, with lots of real golfy aspects. Not that I would be able to tell anyway. But it appears that they got the simulation aspect down pretty well.

COOL THINGS
  • First off, let’s talk about some cool things because we might as well make these posts interesting. One thing I noticed about the whole series is the awesome characters that you can unlock. Some, in particular, include Jak and Daxter from Jak and Daxter and Ratchet and Clank from, well, Ratchet and Clank (at least the game titles are rememberable). Other featured characters that cameo are Sweet Tooth from Twisted Metal, Sir Daniel Fortesque from MediEvil and Gex from Gex (again, these game titles). But overall, I think this makes the series more exciting to play, especially if some of your favourite characters are involved.
  • Secondly, this game actually had daily tournaments, leaderboards, and more online features, but unfortunately, this got shut down in December 2017. I personally never got to try them out, which is a shame. But seeing as the game was released first in Japan in 2011, it was online for about 6 years, which is a fair amount of time and I bet a lot of users had amiable fun with it. It’s still a shame that the servers went down about a month before I bought it though (oh, the frustration! Now I have no chance to show anybody my lack of golfing ability).
  • Oh yeah, and there are animals in the game. You can tap the screen where a cat is sitting and it will meow at you. That’s all I need to say. It’s brilliant.

OPINION

With all that being said, the game is very good for it being a sports title and all. It has beautiful over the top graphics and scenery, controls you can get used to (eventually) and plenty of stuff to learn and conquer (there is definitely a learning curve, believe me). There are challenges to motivate you and plenty of items to unlock in the shop. Honestly, you can unlock clubs, balls, artwork, soundtracks, little pieces to dress up your own miniature character in the lobby and golfers to play as. The only downfall is that the online features are discontinued, as I mentioned before, meaning that it is impossible to platinum the game (not that it’s easy, to begin with).

The game itself was very well received and was one of the best selling Vita games at the time of its release. Whether that’s because Japan loves golf or not, who knows, but critics described the title as excellent and enjoyable, and I can totally agree.

As I mentioned before though, there is certainly a learning curve, and you will suck. I’m sorry for not being a motivational coach, but you will. I managed to make a golf ball land in a tree though, which I think beats a hole in one any day. It’s quite funny though, as there is a woman shouting encouragement and (more likely) panic at you. You can get quite anxious at points, so if you’re playing for a long time, please, have a bath or something to calm your nerves.

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To be honest, though, I haven’t played the previous games. I’ve read that this game isn’t really much different from them, however, so I guess if you enjoyed the previous titles, this game will still be fun for you.

HISTORY

So, a little bit about the game series itself. The first title was actually developed in 1997 by Camelot Software (who have developed a lot of Mario sports titles) and was released on the PS1. Even this original game, despite not being a ‘proper golf simulator’ apparently, received great reviews and was praised for its vivid graphics and balance between simple and complex gameplay.

Since Clap Hanz started developing the games, another 11 have been released, including spinoffs. One, in particular, Everybody’s Tennis stands out to me. I’d love for another chance to play a game that reminds me of the times I played Wii Sports, and the tennis in particular. I gave many people bruises swinging that Wii remote around (not on purpose, of course). Plus, since it’s remastered for PS4, I feel like you can’t pass up some of that HD fun, and I don’t think I’ll end up bruising anyone with that controller.

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Of course, I’m aiming to collect the rest of the games in the series too, since they all appear to be fairly cheap. I mean, I bought Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational in the US for 5 dollars, and this is a Vita game we’re talking about, and they don’t usually come cheap.

Overall, there is a nice selection of the games to choose from, both on console and on portables. I yet to play one on a console, but I bet I’d be just as bad.

CONCLUSION

So, all in all, definitely a sports game I’d recommend, even if you’re not a huge fan of golf. Looking at the reception of the series, it appears that Everybody’s Golf 3 has one of the highest ratings, so perhaps check that one out if you just want to have a go. But with each game having wacky characters, bright scenery, complex yet fun mechanics and lots of experience to gain, I feel like you can’t go wrong. And hey, maybe you won’t suck at video game golf after all, although I can’t promise you’ll get any better at real golf. Just please, don’t try some of the stuff in this game on a genuine golf course, and you’ll be fine.

VERDICT

7/10 GOLF BALLS

 

Thank you for reading and Happy Gaming!

-LDG

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UPDATE: I’ve Returned

So, here I am, once again, with a blank canvas in front of me. Of course, there isn’t that much pouring out of my rusty dusty brain at the moment, as much as I wish I was drowning in ideas, I’m still in quite a slump, and the cogs are trying to turn. But, with that being said, at least some of my motivation is back.
Around the beginning of June I lost a lot of interest in playing games, and I mean a lot, and for the next two months, well, I’m really not sure what I did, since I didn’t even update my blog either during that whole period. I think I was in another world somewhere. But since my husband moved in with me a few weeks ago (after his visa was accepted- booyah!), I’m feeling a bit more, lets say, addicted to gaming again.


With that being said, I’m sitting here next to him repeatedly asking him to help me with ideas for a post. “What should I write about?” “Should I do this- should I do that?” Bleh, I don’t know. It’s pretty hard to come straight back into something after being in a big flop, but I think I want to take a more organised approach (ha, I’ll be lucky).

I’m still trying to decide how I want this website to be, so I’m jotting down some ideas because I really really want it to be cool, you know. If there is at least one cool thing in my life, I want it to be this. So there we have it. This week, my goal is to make this website a cool, fun place to be (please have mercy).

I’m not writing much for this post, just because like I said, I really want to get organised and make sure I know what on earth I’m talking about (which is never, usually). So please, bear with me, and more video gaming stuff will be coming soon. Very soon.


If you have any suggestions, please let me know. I’d be happy to write requests (as long as it’s not some sort of steamy fanfiction you want or something, I think I’ll need more practice before I delve into that sort of world -cough cough-)

So yeah!
Thank you for reading and Happy Gaming!

-LDG

 

When You Suddenly Don’t Feel Like Playing Games (or doing anything)

JUNE ISSUE: POST #3

I’ve hit a brick wall. Not literally, because that would hurt way too much and I don’t have enough money to buy new glasses again. But it’s gotten to the point where I look at a controller and I wonder how do I use this? What is this contraption that I hold before me? I start up a game on the PS2 and I’m fumbling around with a Wii remote bellowing why on earth won’t the dude on the screen run? I’m pressing ‘Y’ goddammit! I’ve literally become a temporary angry Granny at 22 years old.

I say temporary because this has happened before. I’ll suddenly lose all interest in what I’m doing, lose all basic skill and put my undivided attention into something else (although that new hobby hasn’t been knitting winter sweaters just yet). Although, thinking about it, I’m lucky that this doesn’t happen with people because I think both my Dad and my husband would be very upset with me at this point.

But with that being said,  I know that some people on this earth must feel the same as I do, right? Suddenly you wake up and you don’t feel like doing that one thing that you thought was your passion for the last month or something that actually made life enjoyable, and then you’re like, crap, well that’s the endI’m ready for the sun to explode and obliterate all existence.

But really it’s not the end. I know you must think I’m crazy, but if you’re anything like me, you just need a break (and a kit-kat).

I understand that some people never technically need a break though. They could play games (or do anything- …, no, not that) forever if they didn’t need to sleep or eat or, well, live, but we’re not infinite (unfortunately) and we’re not a cyborg. We’re like a Sim. That bladder meter is going to go into the red at some point, and if you don’t attend to that need, then someone’s gonna need to fetch a mop, and possibly a paper bag to hide your shame.
I understand also that there have been some stories of people actually dying because they get addicted and forget to tend to their basic human needs, which is a scary thought, and which is why the fact that I don’t really get ‘addicted’ to things doesn’t bother me as much as I thought. (I also would never put a hobby before food. Food is too important.)

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What I’m basically saying is, losing interest in something for a while is okay, and losing motivation is natural, and this is what I’m trying to tell myself (even though it is gaming, which should be a crime). I received some really lovely replies and messages from people, saying that it’s okay if I need to take a break from gaming or writing, and while I feel kind of defeated, they’re right. It’s hard to discipline yourself and do something day in and day out, without it getting at least 1% tedious. We’re humans, not a bloody machine. As much as we’d all probably like to sit mindlessly at a computer with a mechanical brain doing all the work for us, it wouldn’t make life very interesting.

I ramble a lot, I know, but whilst gaming and writing isn’t my biggest passion right now, I have been attending to some other hobbies that I’ve neglected, such as language learning and art (and eating spaghetti). I find it hard to stick to everything at once, but my interests are always deep inside me somewhere (which makes me slightly uncomfortable. I’m glad they don’t talk to me.) and they’re ready to jump out again at some point, I know it. They just need time to reflect.

Sure, it’s a completely different story when you’re talking about work versus hobbies, because sometimes we just can’t control what we have to do for work. But as for hobbies, we can do them as little or as much as we want. So we have to be kind to them, otherwise, we may burn out and lose them forever.

So please, don’t be like me and feel guilty for taking a break from an interest or hobby. You shouldn’t force yourself to do something, because it might take the fun out of it and then where would you be? You’d be a grumpy Granny, and nobody wants that.

Thank you for reading and Happy Gaming (or Happy whatever-you-do-for-fun!)

LDG

 

Six Horror Games from Different Countries

JUNE ISSUE: POST #2

My previous post that featured horror games is actually one of my more popular posts, so I figured, hey, why not do another post on horror games even though you never play horror games? Great idea if you ask me. But, this post will also be tailored towards people who like non-English titles (as in, created by people where English isn’t their first language. Since everything is translated nowadays anyway), or towards people who are studying languages (like me) or just like to experiment and be open-minded (I like those people.)

So, let’s begin and take a look at what I found.

Unforgiving – A Northern Hymn (Sweden)

The first game I stumbled upon is a Swedish horror game inspired heavily by Swedish folklore. First of all, this what I love about Scandinavian games, I swear they just try and fit in some folklore at some point, and I don’t blame them. It’s interesting, fascinating and downright awesome. (Also the studio that made this game is called Angry Demon Studio. I’d like to know why they have a demon, and why it’s so angry.)

Back to the game though. This game, in particular, is a first-person adventure that uses the folklore and mythology to scare your nuts off. There are a bunch of famous creatures from Swedish folklore, that have haunted real-life children for decades. The game is noted to have a great atmosphere, great music, and a great story. So, overall, it seems great. I also read that it’s not full of jumpscares and puzzles, which is something I like. It sounds unique and it seems like there’s a lot you can learn and take from this game. I hope I can play it someday, but to be honest, I think it would give me the willies.

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I just hope that’s a big fluffy teddy bear. 

White Day: A Labyrinth Named School (Korea)

Even though I love Asian games, I don’t know that much about the Asian horror market. What I do know if that there are quite a few that seem to be set in High Schools, but I mean, schools are creepy, I’ll give them that.

This game is a Korean title from SONNORI Corp, which follows the story of student Hee-Min Lee as she braves the horrors inside of the school. He slips into school one day to hide a box of sweets for a girl that he likes, but then he suddenly gets trapped (that’s what kindness does to you) and is locked in the school with goodness knows what (well, a ghostly dead janitor apparently).

Apparently, there are lots of puzzles, multiple endings, and difficulty levels which change how scary the game is. The reviews of the game are quite varied, but overall it seems like a decent title, and definitely something you should check out if you like this style of game.

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He looks like he needs some sleep.

The Town Of Light (Italy)

I had actually heard of this game before I was doing research, so I’m not sure if it’s one of the more popular titles or not, but it does seem to be getting a fair amount of good reception. Developed and published by Italian developers LKA, this game is set in a hospital in Tuscany, Italy. You play a 16 years old girl called Renee, who was a patient at the hospital in the 1940s. You explore the world around you and relive the history of the main character and her confusion of the world.

What’s interesting is that the story can develop in different ways and that the story is actually based on real facts and events, and horror games are always scarier when they’re supposedly based on true stories.

Also, this game supports VR. So, if you really want to be transported to the first half of the 20th Century to a place that actually existed, then this is your chance.

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Stifled (Signapore) 

Now, this next game’s design (from Singapore developers Gattai Games) looks so amazing.  You see and hear your enemies through your microphone input. Yep. You heard me correctly. This is a game where you use ‘echolocation’. You create sound waves to reveal things. How rad is that?!

The sounds made by your in-game character and yourself reveal objects, however, by doing this it also makes enemies and creature aware of you, which is downright terrifying in my opinion. You have to make the choice of being quiet and staying hidden or making noises to progress (of course, you don’t have to make noises. You can bind it to a key if you want instead. But where’s the fun in that? I want my neighbours to think I’m crazy.)

This game follows the story of David Ridley, whose memories of trauma are turning his world into darkness. The developers of this game previously also made a game called Lurking, so if this style of game appeals to you or you want to try something new, then I suggest you check them out.

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Among the Innocent: A Stricken Tale (South Africa)

Then we have the walking simulators of horror, although I believe that this is more of an adventure thriller game. Plus, there’s also point & click aspects, so it’s not entirely a walking simulator. I read that this is basically a ‘spooky adventure game’ with puzzles rather than a thrilling game with jumpscares, so that makes a nice change. The aesthetic of the game is inspired by horror though, as is takes place on an abandoned farm in the eastern Free State in South Africa. And nobody likes abandoned places.

The game follows struggling writer Peter York who becomes trapped in this place and has to confront a dark history in order to have his freedom. Your character is dealing with pain and loss, and you’ll be engaged in a story which spans multiple decades.

This game is the first of five planned instalments to the series, so I think it’s worth keeping an eye on (or two).

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Doorways (Argentina)

Doorways is an episodic first-person horror game, filled to the brim with horror and atmosphere. Again, this is a game that doesn’t seem to focus on jump scares but just makes you feel more and more uneasy as you progress. So that’s lovely.

You play as Thomas Foster, a special agent who has to find and track down four psychopaths. I always wondered what it would be like to have that kind of job, and now I can experience it virtually. The best chapter with the highest reception seems to be Chapter 4: Holy Mountains of Flesh (which is a great name for a chapter, by the way). All of the chapters are available in English and Spanish, so if you’re learning Spanish and like horror games (and tracking down mean people), then perhaps you should give this game a go.

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So there are some horror games that I stumbled upon this morning! I really enjoy looking around and searching for games like this, it really makes a change and some of them are really really awesome. Especially ones that incorporate history and mythology into them, I would certainly do that if I knew lots more about that sort of thing. I really need to crack out some folklore books.

Thank you for reading and Happy Gaming!

–LDG

Looking Back at May and A Fresh Start

JUNE ISSUE: POST #1

Recently, I’ve been in a bit of a rut when it comes to writing. I’m not sure how often or how much I want to do it, and I don’t know what to write about and if it’s even good in the first place. But, I woke up today feeling like writing about something. So here’s a post for you. Apologies for not posting much this last week, but it’s June now so perhaps I can have a fresh start (hence part of the blog title, “A Fresh Start”. I knew the title would link to this post somehow). Although I guess I’m on a semi-hiatus? I’m still experimenting with my hobbies and every now and then I need a break to rethink things, since writing is by no means easy (for most people anyway), especially when it’s only something you got into a few months ago.

I do enjoy writing stories, however, and I was thinking about writing some based on video-games, but whether people would enjoy them or not, I have no idea. But again, I just want to do what I feel like doing, even if one day I have passion and other days I don’t, I think it’s okay. If one day I want to try something different- I want to be open-minded and give it a shot. So that’s what I’m aiming for. Perhaps you’ll see more stories and artwork on here for the month of June. Maybe even some photography. Or something completely different. But, whatever I post, I hope I’d have some support. Even knowing that one person is supporting me makes me happy. So thank you. And here’s to another month!

That means that yes, somehow May is already over, and if you look over at this post Ten Gamer Goals for May you’ll see that I was trying to complete some goals. And, I think I failed. A lot. But nevermind, I’m going to be trying out some of these same goals for June, so perhaps it’ll go better this time around! Let’s have a look back at how I did.

1) Do a video game book reading challenge

I didn’t read as much as I wanted to, but I did finish the novel adaptation of Alan Wake by Richard Burroughs. It was pretty good. I really felt like I could imagine the whole game while reading (it’s a great game, by the way). The writing could have been better, but I’m happy I read it nonetheless. Next up I want to read the books for BorderlandsDragon Age, and BioShock. So, wish me luck!

2) Read Game Studies books/articles

I didn’t do this at all. I really should have since I have some Game Studies PDFs and all, but it’s okay. It’s just another fresh goal for June. Bring it on.

3) Read Game Magazines

I didn’t really do this that much either, but luckily I did pick up a few more for super cheap. So even though I didn’t read many, I did improve my collection at least. (Picking up more things instead of playing them? I think everyone can relate, right?).

4) Beat 5 Games

Last month I beat, let me see… 3 games. Which is a lot less than I wanted to beat, and a lot less than I was beating monthly last year. But hey-ho, they were games I really wanted to beat so I’m cool with it. They were the Dreamfall Chapters, Beyond Good & Evil and Edna & Harvey: The Breakout, so I’m pretty happy. I recommend all of them, too.

5) Earn one Platinum

Nope. Noppity-zero-none-nope. Nowhere near, unfortunately. This month I will conquer a game once and for all! (I hope.)

6) Play Silent Hill

Well, I did play it. I played some of it. I tried it. I was terrible at it. I really am not used to those controls. This isn’t going to be a goal for June since I’m probably not going to pick it up again for a while. Not until I do some hand exercises anyway.

7) Get 50 WordPress followers and maybe some gamer buddies? 

Oh! Neat. I actually did get over 50 WordPress follows, so that’s awesome. I won! I completed a goal. Now, am I trying to get to 100 follows in June? We’ll see. (Thank you to all my followers and readers, by the way).

8) Become more knowledgeable about games in general

I probably am somewhat. I read about games every day so I’m pretty sure my stats in gamer knowledge have risen. So, yay for that! More stats!

9) Watch some tv shows/movies based on video games

I thought I did this, but I actually didn’t. I went on a Jimmy Neutron binge instead. Oops.

10) Have fun!

Oh, I try. It’s hard, but I try. I need some tips to try and have more fun. How do people have fun nowadays? Please do let me know in the comments.

So, yeah! Those were the 10 gamer goals that I had set up for May, aaaaand I didn’t do so swell. But that’s okay, I mainly want to focus on beating more games and reading and trying to write what I can for this next month. Having goals is nice but you shouldn’t let them control your life.

What goals do you have for June? Let me know and we can support each other!

Thank you for reading and Happy Gaming!

-LDG

 

My Favourite Songs on Rock Band (Wii)

MAY ISSUE: POST #30

Since I lost a lot of motivation to write anything today, I thought I would do a simpler post and also share some good (or good in my opinion at least) music while I’m at it. I like rock music, and I like Wii games, so when I finally received Rock Band for Christmas one year, I didn’t put it down for months. Years, even. I was constantly rocking. I didn’t actually play Guitar Hero at all until 2016. I was a full-on Rock Band person.

The first Rock Band game was released on Xbox 360, PS3, PS2 and Wii around 2007/2008. It was developed by Harmonix, distributed by EA and published by MTV Games. The game allows you to play with up to four people (or you can wing it solo, like me. Because I didn’t have friends that were as cool as me. Cough cough). You can play guitar, bass, drums or sing (if you want to deafen your neighbours), and even keyboard in the later editions of the game. The great thing about it is that you actually play physical plastic instruments, and that was the real fun part.

So what songs can you expect from Rock Band? Well, I’m mainly talking about Rock Band 1 and here, although there is, of course, another two games and Rock Band: The Beatles and Lego Rock Band to browse through if you so wish.

Let’s have a listen. Here are some songs that I played many many times.

Thank you to all the YouTube channels I got the videos from, and 
thank you to all the bands for making these great tracks in the 
first place.

1. Dani California – Red Hot Chili Peppers

No, I’m not singing along at all. Why would you even think that?

2. (Don’t Fear) The Reaper – Blue Oyster Cult

This song was on the first Rock Band but I’m linking this video because of the good quality. I love this song to death. This is probably one of the songs that I’ve continued to love and listen to for years and years.

3. Detroit Rock City – KISS

Can’t go wrong with some KISS. I remember buying the song after I played it in the game, although I don’t really love it as much recently. But, of course it’s still great, and I would love to be able play it on guitar one day.

4. Foreplay/Long Time – Boston

Boston is a great band. ‘Nuff said.

5. Tom Sawyer – Rush

This song is one of the best songs in existence though, to be honest, and I’m going to bless you with Rush playing it as well as the song itself. I’m too kind. Please, rock out all you wish, but don’t give yourself a concussion.

6. Welcome Home – Coheed and Cambria

I definitely played this song the most. Oh man, this was one of my favourite bands for a while, and a lot of their songs are still my favourite songs to date. I really need to play this on Rock Band again. I’m ready for some nostalgia.

7. Aqualung – Jethro Tull

I actually have a big history with Jethro Tull and his music. My Dad was and still is an avid fan, and he passed that onto me. So, I’ve seen him live numerous times. He’s incredibly talented.

8. Eye of the Tiger – Survivor

Come on, you have to mention this song. I’d be a criminal if I didn’t.

9. Man in the Box – Alice in Chains

Alice in Chains is another great band. I’m so glad this game introduced me to a lot of this genre music, whether it’s good that it was the game that did that though, I don’t know. But, hey, at least I got into rock even when I was a weird looking nerdy kid.

10. White Wedding – Billy Idol

And finally, don’t lie and tell me you don’t do a little shakey-head-nodding thing at the opening guitar riff.

What were your favourite Rock Band songs? Comment below!

Thank you for reading and Happy Gaming!

-LDG

A Few Video Game-Related YouTube Channels You Should Watch!

MAY ISSUE: POST #27

I’m looking at the clock, and I literally have one minute to type this post. The reason being that I didn’t sleep too well and I woke up late and I missed my deadline, but since this is the first time ever that it’s happened since creating this blog, I’m allowing it.

Therefore, (as much as I don’t like YouTube anymore), I thought I would write a post about some YouTube channels that I don’t mind watching.

I used to be on YouTube myself and I used to use it probably close to 24/7, but its changed so much in recent years, and with all the drama that goes on behind closed doors, I don’t really feel comfortable browsing around it anymore. Of course, this is just me personally. It’s like this nostalgia thing. I love nostalgia, and YouTube is so different to when I used to use it back when I was an early teen. It seems crazy that so many people now use YouTube to earn money or to spread so much good or bad information, and that you have to have the most high-tech equipment and well put together videos to be popular and- no, it just doesn’t feel right to me. I miss the bad quality microphones and video. But of course,  I do respect people who do earn money from YouTube, don’t get me wrong, it’s awesome. But I personally only stick to channels that I like and make me feel good and happy or nostalgic. I do also watch a number of gameplay videos in other languages, mainly Japanese, but I won’t be mentioning those this time around.

So, without any further delay (since this post is already late) let’s get to it.

MetalJesusRocks

This is my ultimate favourite channel, which weirdly I only started watching no more than half a year ago. MetalJesus‘s videos feel more like a chill TV show of some sort (with a rad opening tune), and this is why I like it so much. He puts a lot of time into his content, and he has a crew with which he often records videos with and a massive growing collection which is a must-see. There’s a lot of information to be gained from this channel, and it’s entertaining and funny, and it’s easy on your ears if you want to leave something on in the background for a while. He currently has 538K subscribers, and I think he deserves way more as his videos often revolve around hidden gems on different systems, buying guides and pickup videos. My favourite videos, in particular, are the pickup videos with Radical Reggie, which is another channel you should check out because he seems like such a chill and nice dude, and definitely needs some more support. Let’s give these channels some more love, people (I’m counting on you!)

Yogscast/Angory Tom

Now I’m really opening up the doors to nostalgia. Oh man, the Yogscast channel is the channel I binged watched for years and years since around 2009. I watched right through their original Minecraft videos, and right through all their other early gameplay content as well (I even experienced their face reveal days! I also have an old t-shirt. I’m not trying to brag or anything). Recently, I haven’t watched their videos as much as their content has changed quite a lot, and I for one, love Lewis and Simon the best, so it’s been sad to not see them be a duo as much anymore. However, the whole crew is great, and they’re always up for a laugh and that’s what makes the channel fun to watch. I for one, will always watch their old videos and listen to their old podcasts, but as a channel as a whole, and with 7.2M subscribers to date, you can’t really miss out on giving them a watch.

Simon of the Yogscast has recently been in videos with Angory Tom a lot (fyi. who’s also part of the Yogscast), and Tom has one of the best voices for laid-back videos ever. Seriously, not being weird, but you could fall asleep to it. I absolutely loved his City Skylines and Planet Coaster and Parkitect videos, and now I’m obsessed with any new video which features Simon as well. He currently has 141K subscribers, but with content on the Yogscast channel as well, you can’t really miss him.

Game Grumps

Okay, I admit it, I haven’t been watching Game Grumps as much recently, and only because I haven’t been watching YouTube in general recently. I do miss them though, and although I’ve only been watching them for a few years, I do prefer a lot of their older content (Danny is my favourite. Just to say. I fangirl). One of my favourite series by them is, of course, their Sonic Boom series. It’s hilarious, and you really should take a look if you haven’t seen a Game Grumps video before. With 4.5M subscribers, you could also say that they’re on the popular side. They’re super nice people though (or so it seems), and they contrast nicely with the Britishness of the Yogscast, and Danny is also part of a band called Ninja Sex Party (you know you want to click that link).

ProJared

Last but not least, let’s go for another pretty calm channel. ProJared is definitely a smart guy though, and his videos are a great insight into a lot of games, and he gives very professional opinions (but also whilst being comedic. Which is important.) With 1M subscribers on his main channel, he talks to us as if he’s having a conversation with us, and that’s always nice when you want to feel less lonely but also want to become more knowledgeable about certain games (and also be a nerd). He uploads gameplay videos on his other channel, and they’re definitely work checking out too. Again, ProJared’s videos are nice to leave on in the background if you want to, for example, play games while listening to something. Then you’re double gaming almost. Or not. Just go watch his channel and stop reading whatever I’m rambling on about.

Something I’ve noticed with all of these channels though, is that they’ve been on YouTube for a long ass time. And maybe that’s why they’re so good. They’ve been through it all, so to speak, but I also believe that there hasn’t been much drama revolved around them, which is also nice. People have tried to show me other channels, but I’m pretty darn picky, and that’s okay. We all have our preferences. So with that being said, what are your favourite gaming-related YouTube channels? Should I go out of my comfort zone and check them out? Comment below!

Thank you for Reading and Happy Gaming!

-LDG