Hello everyone! Today, I’m going to be talking about my favorite content creators on YouTube. I watch a LOT of YouTube, so I figured why not share my favorites with you guys?
A quick note: I’m calling them “Content Creators” because for the most part, everyone on this list is more than just a YouTuber. They all have various projects and work on all sorts of different platforms that I feel like it’s unfair to just call them YouTubers. They deserve a proper title for all the hard work they do!
Game Grumps/the Grumps
First on the list is Arin Hanson and Dan Avidan, the faces of Game Grumps. Game Grumps was started in 2012 by Hanson and his friend Jon Jafari, aka JonTron, as a Let’s Play channel (for those who don’t know, Let’s Plays are simply videos of people playing video games. I like them because I have always loved to watch people play games!). JonTron left in 2013 to explore his solo career, leaving a spot open for Avidan (of Ninja Sex Party fame) to swoop in and take on the role as cohost.
Together, the two of them have created a successful business, taking on many projects such as a touring company (Real Good Touring), releasing two video games (Dream Daddy and Soviet Jump Game), starring in a YouTube Red exclusive series (Good Game), and starting a second channel in 2018 (the Grumps), among many other adventures.
I love watching Game Grumps because they are just fun, goofy dudes hanging out and playing games. I also really love supporting them and their affiliated channels/friends (such as Ninja Sex Party, Avidan’s band, as well as Psychic Circle Oddities, Hanson’s wife Suzy Berhow’s business, among many others). The two are in their 30s and 40s respectively, so it’s also fun to watch them play both “old” games that they’re familiar with (like the OG Legend of Zelda and Super Mario), as well as the newer ones coming out (like Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey). Their reactions are genuine (most of the time) and they are seriously funny comedians in their own right.
Their Let’s Plays have been consistently well received, and in 2018 they began a live-action channel called the Grumps, where they do a show called the 10 Minute Power Hour, as well as another show where they do miscellaneous stuff called Good Content. I particularly enjoy their live-action stuff because I think it showcases their comedic prowess even more.
All in all, I love Game Grumps because they’re funny, they play fun games, they make really cool stuff, they’re an all around fun channel, and they have a great community that I love being a part of.
Matt Watson and Ryan Magee of Super Mega fame started out as any good Millenial-ran company does: dropping out of college and moving out to LA to start chasing a crazy dream. Magee and his friend, Daniel Kyre, moved out to LA mid-2010s while running their passion project, Cyndago. Meanwhile, Watson had his own channel, Kids With Problems. He moved out to LA shortly after Cyndago and together, the three of them made “Blonde Boyz”, one of the most popular, if not the most popular, video the two Super Mega boys have ever been involved with.
Unfortunately, Kyre took his own life a year or so after moving to LA, and Cyndago was no more. After a time, Watson and Magee got together again and created Super Mega, a variety channel, in 2016. Throughout these past four years, the two boys have begun their own small empire that includes a Patreon page, a successful podcast, their own office (finally), travelling all over the world, and doing countless live shows around the U.S..
I’ve been watching these guys since the beginning (starting with “Blonde Boyz”), and what I love about them is that they’re guys that I could see myself hanging with on a Saturday night in, having a chill time and playing video games. They yell, they laugh, and they seem like they genuinely enjoy each other and the games they play. They also do lots of live-action stuff as well, which only makes me want to hang out with them more! They explore Los Angeles (and other locations around the world) and have stupid fun doing it.
The two of them have brought in some great guys for their budding business, including their friends from South Carolina the Tucker Brothers (who are hilarious in their own right). They also have a lot of cool musician and content creator friends (FrankJavCee, Kill Bill: the Rapper, Nothingbutlag, ect.) so they’ve opened my eyes to some new music and new content that I otherwise would’ve missed. I genuinely think that Watson and Magee have something special, and I love keeping up with them!
Chris O’Neill, aka OneyPlays, is an animator as well as a Let’s Player. He began uploading on YouTube in 2014, and since then has had an array of cast members (aka his friends) play video games with him including Psychicpebbles, Lyle Rath, and Ding Dong and Julian, among other fun content creators.
I will admit, his content and his personality is very divisive. People either like it or they hate it. I personally think he’s funny, even if he’s a little intense. The jokes and the comedy that he and his friends present is very stoner-friendly. Literally the only way I can describe his sense of humor is meme lord meets a shit ton of weed. I’m honestly here for it, as I think he’s funny whether I’m under the influence or completely sober.
In 2018, Ding Dong and Julian, my favorite cast members, left the Let’s Play scene to create video games as their own entity (Wan Wan Games). Psychicpebbles and Lyle Rath took over as the main cast members beside O’Neill. Because of Ding Dong and Julian’s departure, I’ve noticed that lots of OneyPlays fans have left, and outright even rejected OneyPlays as a channel.
Badmouthing something that one use to love seems common in the OneyPlays community unfortunately. I tend to ignore it because I genuinely enjoy all the content that O’Neill creates. A lot of his old fans harass him online, and it’s admittedly fun to watch him interact with them because it seems he genuinely doesn’t care if people like him or not. I respect someone who keeps chugging along, making their work happen regardless of if people want them to or not. O’Neill may be a divisive person, but I really enjoy his work!
His animations are creepy, his Let’s Plays are insane, and his sense of humor is off the wall. I think these three things combined make him one of my favorite content creators to keep up with, because he’s just simply insane. Along with his reoccurring cast members (aka his goofy friends), he consistently keeps me laughing every day.
That’s it for now, everyone! I watch A LOT of YouTube, so next week I plan on sharing three more content creators that I enjoy. In the meantime, I hope you all enjoyed this post and if you want to go check out any of the content creators above, I’ve linked their stuff throughout the post for y’all to click on and explore!
(Edit: Sorry this is a day late! Hopefully learning about stuff I like helps ease the lack of a promptly delivered blog post!)
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