Hello fellow followers of the gaming faith, and welcome to another review! Today we have a very special pair of people that need to be recognized for their videos and contributions to the youtube gaming entertainment industry! First off though I would like to go over what I shall be covering in this recommendation. I will be marking down what content is within their channel, the good qualities of their videos, and the bad qualities of their videos that I feel they need to be improved upon. So, now that we have all been briefed on the mission we have at hand, let’s BREAAAAACCHHHHHH!!!!…………. on into this review :).
- About their channel-
I would first like to touch upon what their channel is about. Jake and Josh take a lot of inspiration from the recent upheaval in the past year of scary gaming face-cam videos inspired and led mostly by PPPEEEEEWWWWDDDIIIIEEEE PIIIIIIIEEEE…. ahem, excuse me and have some rather unique twists to their channel. They take turns playing games that they enjoy, which can vary from extremely hard plat-forming games to scary dark and jump scare horror games and then back to the silly fun, yet shorter flash games. Jake and Josh also introduce some of their almost as whacky friends into their videos as well, to mix-up an already pretty funny pair to watch. Then to have an even bigger mix up, they do separate videos of themselves playing different games so you can receive a different perspective on the qualities that might not show when both Jake and Josh are together. I believe with that though, that I have mostly covered what their channel is about, and it’s now time for what I like to call the JUICIER sections of these blog series, the reviews!
- Improvements that could be made-
This is where I get into the bad qualities of the channels’ videos(because I like to finish off my reviews with positives, not negatives). I would like to start this out by saying, I know why you do certain things in many of your videos. You guys take a lot of inspiration from the face-cam, scary gaming commentaries where people freak out a lot and where a face-cam, I feel, is definitely necessary in order to see the full reaction of the commentator. My biggest gripe with that method though, is that the face-cam is used for EVERYTHING with those kinds of youtubers! I mean, if you put a face-cam in the video, you can see the reactions of the commentator, but you also have to think about how much space on the screen that face-cam is taking up. The more viewing area that you take away from the game that you are playing the less the viewer is able to see. For example, if you react and respond to something that happened in that corner of the screen where your face-cam is located, where the viewer is unable to see what is happening, he/she feels left out. The other thing with a face-cam is that it can cover up a lot of important user-interface such as the commentators progress in the game, the amount of ammo that the player has, and mini maps, these are all things that can be covered up by the face-cam that I feel a viewer might want to see. Essentially if there aren’t an amazing amount of good reactions in the face-cam video, I don’t feel like that it should be included in the video.
The quality of audio and video are absolutely, positively one of the top 3 things that I feel separates a good youtuber from an amazing youtuber and has a definite effect on how professional I feel that the channel is that I am watching. Most of the quality in your audio and your videos are quite good for a small youtube channel, such as yourselves. Sometimes though, and I think I saw these in the Dead Space series Jake was doing, the quality of the face-cam video could become very bad in comparison to the quality of the video of the game. Also the audio in those videos weren’t as good as well, I don’t know if you were using a different microphone, filming in a different location or something, but I just felt that the quality was lacking a little bit more than usual in that series.
Much of your entertainment I find is on silliness, and sometimes quite hilarious arguments between the both of you. Sometimes though, when either of you are recording by yourselves, you can become very silent because of how concentrated you are on the game. You have got to understand that the entertainment of your videos aren’t mostly for the game-play but for the interesting commentary over the game-play as well. This is a very big mistake by many smaller youtubers, some of the most entertaining parts of a video could not have anything relating to anything even remotely occurring in the game. I feel that something that could help with those moments of silence is training and watching another youtber to have examples of how much that they commentate over their video. Saying anything over the video for a commentary is better than doing nothing, but I point this out mostly for Jake because he can become so immersed in a game that he forgets to talk sometimes. Remember, something is ALWAYS better than nothing.
One other thing that I found was, you don’t do very many collaborations with other youtbers, besides the ones you did with neddy I don’t think I saw you with another youtuber for your entire channel. In order for your channel to expand you need to do more collaborations so that way it’s easier for other people to find you by seeing your content in another persons video! Collaborations are probably some of the biggest sources of growth that you will find and I feel that if you did more collaborations your channel would be much bigger than it is right now.
- Things done well on your channel-
Much of your channel is about you two collaborating together and having the other back-seat game. I think that’s an amazing idea for a channel and I haven’t seen people do channels like yours very frequently so it’s a very unique kind of channel. I also feel that having filler videos for when you guys can’t be around each other all the time is an amazing idea as well. Such as doing games by yourselves or having other people play a game with you that the viewers haven’t seen before. I also love how both of you freak out and try to inform the other of things that are happening in the game when you are back-seat gaming it’s almost like having a viewer while you’re playing the game because what you’re saying or telling him about is what I’m thinking at times as well.
I really enjoyed when you guys did acting improvisations for your “need for speed: the run” and the “final fantasy 7” series which I found it hilarious when you were acting like you were heading to vegas from california, very funny and I would highly recommend you do more of that as well.
I especially love the intelligent conversations that you guys can sometimes have which are quite interesting at times….. to put it simply the conversations you guys have can SCIENCE very much at points in your videos. I also love how you guys try to voice act the characters you are playing in your video games, I would like to see more of such things as these, I say, more!!
- Finishing up-
I know that this seems like I have a lot more bad things listed that need improvements than good things listed, but that’s only because I want to see you guys do good and become successful youtubers. So, I kind of have to give some tough love in order to make you stronger and help you guys recognize that tons of people are going to criticize your style because it is definitely much different from a lot of other people even though your videos may need improving. Your characteristics are your best qualities though among every thing that I have seen on your channel. Never let anyone tell you to change that about yourselves because you guys are amazing. You also asked me a question on why your past videos have more views than the more recent ones do, it’s because they’ve been out a longer period of time! To be quite honest too, if you can have several viewers that visit your channel regularly that is much more rewarding than having people just visit once in a while to check up on how your channel is. The regular viewers, will check your channel everyday, because they actually CARE about you and your videos, so keep that in mind when you are gaining subscribers. This has been it though guys, I hope you took a lot from it and I hope that you might capitalize on my recommendations. I have some links below to some of my favorite videos playlist for their channel and some links to my favorite series that are being regularly updated at this time on their channel. Remember though to keep your faith unquestioned to the lords of gaming such as Mario, Zelda and all the characters we have gained from in our lives. Retain your gaming faith guys, stay safe.
All the best, Zicameau
Agreed. We do have much to work on to get to be amazing, but we are glad that we are doing well. Thanks for all the feedback, Zicameau. We really appreciate it. :)
~Jake and Josh
Our Youtube channel got reviewed. That made my night. ^_^
Josh is out of the hospital!
I was given a cup of ice.
Josh took Fall Out Boy’s song too literally. He accidentally had his face blasted with fire.
My face went “Through the Fire and Flames.”
Tumblr was our world, instead of Earth. And each fandom was a nation. There was to be a war between the Crash Bandicoot fandom and the Spongebob Squarepants fandom. Since these were two smaller nations, the High Council of Three (Supernatural, Doctor Who, and Sherlock fandoms) sought not to intervene. I had been asked by the Spongebob fandom to spy on the Crash Bandicoot fandom which was on their western border. After hearing plans of the first strike, I rushed back to the Spongebob fandom’s massive sand castle base (Of course, it’s a flipping sand castle). Oh and all the Bandicoot fans were (what else?) Bandicoots, and all the Spongebob fans were (you guessed it) fish folk. After rushing into the massive sand castle, I ran all around, warning the people inside of the oncoming attack, and everyone quickly took up arms. Moments later, a commotion could be heard outside. Peeking out the door, I could see several of their Bandicoot troops marching towards the castle with swords, spears, and of the like. I could hear someone behind me nervously whispering, “Close the door, close the door, close the door!” I did, but moments later, after I had ascended the staircase, I saw the door burst open in front of me, and a floor of enemy combatants rush in. I led our army’s charge. Oh, and for some reason, I had a keyblade. It was pretty weird, yet strangely awesome.