I love to watch games. To be honest, I prefer to watch other people play games instead of playing them myself. Because of this, I watch a lot of “Let’s Play” channels on YouTube. My new series “YouTube Game Channels” will illustrate some channels I have stumbled across in my viewing time. With that said, let’s dive into Volume 4: VanossGaming!
- ♦ Link: https://www.youtube.com/user/VanossGaming
- ♦ Subscribers (at time of publish): about 21,419,935
- ♦ Types of games played on channel: All kinds, see “Channel Synopsis”
- ♦ Commentary: Yes
- ♦ Kid Friendly: No no no no no
- ♦ Vlogs or additional content: Only if you count animations of their videos
- ♦ Post frequency: about 3-5/week
This channel consists of the owl-faced Vanoss and his friends getting together to play modded maps from various games (many of which come from Gmod.) There are many maps that have objectives to complete, such as obstacle courses or “death runs.” However, objectives often go out the window. An example of this is one of my favorite moments of the channel. In the Gmod Thanksgiving episode, Vanoss and friends have to traverse some large knives. Most of them fail miserably, but two especially suck at the task. The flailing animated bodies make me belly laugh every time I watch it.
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Based on my viewing, the average number of participants in a video is four. This previous video tags four other people, though. To be honest, I haven’t kept good track of the other contributors on his channel. However, the video descriptions generally have accurate record of who is participating.
Other types of objectives include something called “prop hunts.” This is usually played in Gmod with at least three other people. The object of this is as follows: one team hides on a map hidden as various items that can be found on the map. The other team has to find the hidden players before the time runs out. There are other restrictions, but this is the general idea. Here’s an example of a recent Prop Hunt video:
In my bluntest opinion, I hate this channel. But to be fair to the creator, I’ll at least review what I hate and why.
The first thing I don’t like is the gameplay style. The whole point of this channel is not to play a game to completion. Rather, the participants play their own constructed (or mod-generated) objectives. When I watch games being played or walkthroughs, I want the game to be more like a movie: a beginning, middle, and end; a distinct story; and relatable characters, to name a few criteria. The games I have seen them play don’t have a clear structure, there are no game characters to really speak of, and there are no distinct game stories in any of them.
Also, I detest the play style of the gamers.
When doing a review, I do have to give credit where it’s due. To me, this channel makes the viewer feel like they are with a group of friends playing a game together. I believe this is its appeal, the feeling of camaraderie. In high school, I had a lot of gamer friends. They would love to have LAN parties of Halo or Super Smash Brothers. Watching this channel sometimes reminds me of those days, watching and playing competitive games with a group of friends.
To say the least, this channel is not my cup of tea. As I stated to someone recently: “They just mess around on maps, like idiots. Not even playing a real game. I mean, they sort of construct their own games within the mods, but the games are primitive. And the whole frat boy feel of it is just jarring to me.” For all I mentioned, I give it a personal score of 1 out of 10. However, I don’t really think I’m this channel’s demographic anyway. This channel is more geared toward those who want to watch videos of guys having fun messing around on random maps. I must say, VanossGaming is quite successful at this goal. And for its success, it deserves a bit higher than my personal rating of 1/10. But because of the lack of diversity in game play, I think it deserves a 5/10.
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