Offering my insights on video games, collections, and gamer culture.
I'm a video gamer from way back. My first home console was a Colecovision and I've been hooked ever since. I love the media, industry, and culture surrounding video gaming and I want to contribute positively to my peers.
I have a large game collection and I like to share the ways that I've solved different issues that this can introduce. I've done this primarily through my YouTube channel that you can find at youtube.com/topspot123.
Tower defense games are fun! Of those that I’ve put serious time into, my favorite so far has been Defense Grid. This genre seems to be pretty dormant these days, sadly. In my mind, even though there has been lots of variations and great games, there is only so many ways this genre can be presented. Even the new PixelJunk Monsters 2 is only receiving middling reviews.
I love YouTube as a platform and I am a big fan of lots of the more popular creators on it. But as a very small channel, I feel like I’ll find more kinship with other newer or less known creators. I’ve spent some time this week trying to find some of these channels and look at what they offer. I was able to check out Retro Nonsense, specifically the first episode of his series Stuck in the 80’s. It was a fun and funny watch. He’s created a really good format and it definitely oiled my nostalgia gears. I haven’t watched his other content yet, but I’ll pay close attention to new episodes in this series. If you find other videos on his channel you liked, let me know about them and tell him I sent you.
I feel, at least for me, that some part of being a collector of things is the attached sentimental value. This isn’t true of all aspects of every type of collection I have, but I know it is a big part of the oldest pieces of my video game collection.
Ok, this one is a little different. Meet Crt-Hero, a game collecting/comedy channel that I found by his Game Room Ideas video. Not exactly family friendly, hovering somewhere in the grey area between hilarious and cringe. He may not be the hero YouTube needs, but he might be the hero YouTube deserves. In all seriousness though, I like this ‘how to’ playlist and the channel’s overall style. If you’d like to see something on the quirkier side, be sure to check him out. Tell him I sent you.
The following post reflects my personal experiences and feelings and may not represent yours.
Gaming can and should be a social hobby. Probably like you, many of my fondest video gaming memories involve gatherings of friends enjoying each other’s company while trying to best them at everything on screen. While some gaming stigmas still exist, video gaming as a hobby has Continue reading “The myth of the lonely gamer.”→
The Nintendo Switch was released world wide on March 3rd, 2017. Due to extenuating circumstances, I wasn’t able to order one until August 17, 2017, over five months later. As I explained in a previous post, having to do without when it comes to my video gaming habit can make me a little manic. My curiosity can override my patience and I have to fill in the experience gap. Fortunately for me, the unique features at the forefront of the Nintendo Switch are much easier to grasp than the more nebulous idea of motion controls. And most of these gaming innovations were available piecemeal through other methods through gaming’s history.
On YouTube (as well as in life), I’m an extremely small fish in an overwhelmingly large pond. Even so, one of my recent videos has helped push me to over 2000 subscribers and I am very humbled and grateful.
To show my appreciation, I want to take an opportunity on occasion to highlight smaller YouTube creators that I feel have quality offerings and help them find a larger audience. Today I found the channel Disk Cart.
I’m working my way through his videos but I’ve mostly been focused on the topic of game collection display ideas. His videos are brief, so they don’t waste your time, but they still give a thorough explanation of the stated topic. He has some good ideas and also shares more common solutions to these problems as well. If you like my ‘Game Room Ideas‘ series, are a starting video game collector, or just like to help give somebody a nice start, please consider checking out his work. He’s really new, so I’m sure he would also appreciate some feedback and subscribers if you’ve like what you’ve seen. Tell him I sent you.