Best Of YouTube: Animators – Egoraptor

So this is going to be incredibly hard for me to write because my brain is thinking about everything at once. Today is hopefully the day we find out whether we got the house or not. So by the end of the day I’m going to be one of 3 things; really happy, really depressed, or really anxious if they decide to leave the decision for tomorrow or the next day.

I woke up at 6 it’s now only 7.10, lets see if I can crap on enough for a few hours.

So, second thing in a sub category whooo! I’m going to just keep posting in order unless anyone wants to suggest a category they’d like to see more of or whatever. Because if you don’t suggest something I’m going to be o to the c to the d about it, and it’ll just go in this loop forever (or until I run out of you tubers which I don’t think will happen for a while).

Egoraptor

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This is Arin Hansen aka Egoraptor. This guy has been brought up briefly in at least 3 of my posts. This man is a genius. He was one of the first animators on Newgrounds, and he was the first to start a lets play channel that followed a completely different formula to every other lets play channels called The Game Grumps. What makes The Game Grumps different from any other lets play channel was the fact that comedy and entertainment were the priorities of the show, not the game. The fact that they use no face cam at all, so you can only hear their voices makes it funnier, and less pompous considering every other lets player has a face cam in the corner of the screen somewhere so the audience can see the facial reactions when they do something in the game they’re playing. The Game Grumps is basically a podcast with a video game playing as your visuals. Arin and Danny are comedians, Danny is a muscian from a band called Ninja Sex Party, he’s turning 39, he can’t play video games for shit, it’s fun to watch him try though. Game Grumps isn’t really about playing video games, it’s about comedy and having a laugh with your mates, the whole original reason of what video games were meant to be about.

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(Hey I’m grump. I’m not so grump. Aaaand we’re the Game Grumps.)

But the thing is, Arin is good at video games too, most of the time better then some of the bigger lets players such as Markiplier and Jackscepticeye who follow the one man cam layout and still can’t concentrate enough to be really good at the games anyway. Arin was a good enough gamer to make it into the Nintendo Championship finals (yes, being good at video games is officially a sport now), he didn’t come first but he made final 10 cut, in the world, that’s fucking impressive. I’ve seen single lets players struggle to keep up with being comical and funny whilst still being good at the game they’re playing. I’m sure they’re great at those games usually, but it’s incredibly hard to have to think about things to say and be funny whilst concentrating on just not dying in the game. Arin has the ability to let the jokes and banter flow naturally with Danny (who just sits there and talks but will sometimes play a video game, which he’s usually pretty shit at) whilst being able to play some of the toughest games out on console at the moment, like Dark Souls and Bloodborne.

Arin is also a professional voice over actor, even making an appearance (as a robot) in the very last episode of season 2 of Rick & Morty. He understands he’s not really a muscian but clearly wants to do music. He has also performed Game Grumps with Danny as a live performance, as well as starring in 2 reality tv series with one being a dancing competition show. He’s made appearances (and sung/rapped) in a few channels videos such as Ninja Sex Party (obviously) and NateWantsToBattle. Considering his love of music and friendship with Danny it wasn’t a huge surprise when they started a band together called Star Bomb, which are all original Nintendo themed songs with animations from everywhere.

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(This is on the set of a Ninja Sex Party song. The other guy is Barry who hosts a section on the Game Grumps channel called Steam Train, he was also the editor for Game Grumps and got promoted to one of the main managers of the Game Grumps company.)

I think Arin Hansen made the Internet a slightly better place to be fair. If you ask any animator on YouTube who Egoraptor is, they’ll tell you he’s the top guy. He started a series called Game Grumps animated, where he cut and pasted sound clips of him and Danny talking on an episode, and then created a cartoon around the speech and encouraging others to do the same and to send it to him so he can promote them on Game Grumps. In doing this it opened up new ideas for animators, especially for the people who only knew how to draw and wouldn’t have the first clue about script or character vocalisation. Now everyone does this style of taking sound bites from lets players and turning them into full animations that always had different stories to them. People started to animate other lets players too like Pewdiepie, Markiplier, Jack etc and now it’s a new thing. But it was Arin Hansen who thought of that idea, and still continues to encourage and promote smaller animators.

These guys are famous. Not Pewdiepie level but different level. In the past week they have guest celebrities on their show such as Rob Schneider, Steve-o from Jackass, an importantish character from Game of Thrones and the lead singer of a band is never heard of that makes crappy emo music. But that was in the space of a week, celebrities think these guys are the best. They get referenced and quoted all the time by bigger celebrities, especially Jackscepticeye which is funny considering he has like 5 million more subscribers. They have big you tubers wearing their merchandise all the time. They are never preachy, they never get into the drama, it’s safe to assume that you’ll always get your 3 15 minute episodes a day of the series of whatever video games they’re playing at the time.

So why just put Egoraptor when I’ve mainly just talked about Game Grumps? Because even though it’s funny people have a hard time looking past the fact that they’re playing a video game. I understand but it also pisses me off that people always crap on it. These guys make a living off playing video games, that’s pretty fucking genius in my eyes.

I’m going to put 3 examples, but I’m also throwing Starbomb in there as one of the examples because it’s still so small that it doesn’t even have its own channel yet.

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This is a stupid, little sketch that originally came from Newgrounds back when Arin was a lot younger and primarily working on animations (this was pre Game Grumps). This pretty well shows off what silliness Arin is in a nutshell, it’s also cool to see a young OneyNg make an appearance: The Best of YouTube: Animators – Oneyng

Luigi’s Ballad -Starbomb

(For the record I’m doing this on an iPhone which is like trying to write a blog on a satanic device that purely wants to make me suffer. So don’t even ask me why some paragraphs are in quotation form, I didn’t want it to be like that but I’m not prepared to lose the whole post over it.) So I told you I’d post a Starbomb song. I picked this one as everyone knows who Mario and Luigi are, even if you aren’t from my generation, if not where have you been? Luigi has always taken second place to Mario as Mario is the star of all the game titles and Luigi is just his brother. And if you are a Nintendo fan who likes to theorise games, you came to the same conclusion that Mario is a horrible person who purely does things for his own gain and not because of any sense of moral duty. Whereas in Luigi’s Mansion, the aim of the game is to catch ghosts and save Mario. Luigi goes through so much to save Mario, having to fight spooky ghosts with a vacuum cleaner and nothing more, then when you do save Mario you don’t even get a thank you from him. Poor Luigi.

Pokeawesome – Just Another Battle

There’s no way I could leave this post without putting up my favourite animated series by Egoraptor. As the name suggests it’s about Pokemon, but more based on the kids tv series and not the game itself. I think it’s cute and funny and I wish he still had time to continue it.

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