I remember long ago when the internet was a place you would read stuff and look at pictures because that’s all the bandwidth would allow at the time, because video compression was not yet very good. Eventually though, compressions got better and you could at least download videos. Then compression got even MORE better and suddenly just as we could use the internet for text, graphics and audio so to now did video enter the fray with YouTube and Flash video finally offering a great means to get video on the web and freely accessible to everyone. This opened a whole new world of possibilities as video-based media could be made and distributed by anyone. Over time, video has become a highly prevalent part of the internet with regular series or “internet celebrities” becoming more commonplace.
Today’s Five deals with videos by people/series that I really enjoy watching on a continuing basis. They cover a whole breadth of areas from opinion, to music, to parody and more. In keeping with the family friendly nature here at GeekLore, I will forewarn you that some of the outgoing links I’m providing may contain NAUGHTY WORDS that your children or boss may not like hearing. Not that you should be watching internet videos at work, but you know you’ll do it anyway. That being said, let’s hit the old digital trail and discuss just who grabs my attention.
I talk about video games quite a bit. Understandable, I enjoy them. I’m not hard-core by any means, nor am I casual. I’m just your run-of-the-mill person who has spent a life time playing and enjoying the interactive medium. I’ve watched the industry grow and expand, and begrudgingly reach some modicum acceptance by the general public.
At one point, I was introduced to a online video games video review series called Zero Punctuation. Each week, Ben “Yahtzee” Croshaw rambles at incredible pace with colorful (read: really NSFW) speech in which he eviscerates the industry’s latest and greatest. The series runs on a site called The Escapist. Eventually, they started another series called Escape to the Movies in which MovieBob, more tactfully than Yahtzee, reviews the movie industry’s latest and greatest.
Then one day came a new series: Extra Credits. The lead member behind this originally posted some videos on YouTube that I had seen previously. The series basically discusses games, the industry and the community through a looking glass. It covers a wide berth of topics ranging from writing, to controversy, to music and more. It is masterfully written and fun to watch, even if Daniel’s sped up voice gets a little annoying at times. It takes games seriously, and constantly challenges players and developers to push the medium forward. I can’t think of a single time I’ve disagreed with what is said on this show. If you care about games, you really need to check it out.
I’ll leave episode one here for your enjoyment, but you can catch Extra Credits every Thursday over at The Escapist.