by Brandy D. Anderson
Google Plus gets an unfair rep sometimes, and I think if more people gave it a chance, they would find it to be a fun and easy way to connect with other platforms. A lot of YouTubers are just now starting to embrace G + because unlike Twitter, you can easily share videos and comments without having to worry about that pesky character count. Although some of the bigger names in YouTube haven’t quite embraced G +, many of the up-and-coming acts are taking to the Google site regularly. I’ve combed G + for the best new, or lesser known, gaming acts out there and these are the four greatest:
About: “We provide to you your daily dose of gaming! We are a channel consisting of 4 raptors: Blue Raptor, Echo Raptor, Charlie Raptor and Delta Raptor. We do a lot of games such as Star Wars Battlefront II, Team Fortress 2, Paladins, Stranded, Risk of Rain, Gmod, and much much more!”
Although this new gaming group is just beginning, they have been getting some enthusiastic attention already. The Raptors are made up of four gaming teens who seem to have a whole lot of fun. Sometimes they record Let’s Plays together, but more often than not, they each run their own series which provides a healthy dose of diversity to the channel. The most prolific Raptors are Blue Raptor and Echo Raptor, and they’re both running a few different game series at once. They also have access to some brand new games, such as Paladins and Stranded Deep, both of which are still in early access beta. Their style is friendly and ebullient.
Their Google Plus page is less than two weeks old, but they already have more than a thousand views and counting. These gamers are really in tune with all of the latest gaming trends, and they talk about gaming news whilst playing, giving viewers a nice mix of reports along with the entertainment. They’ve also started a series for Five Nights At Freddy’s, one of the biggest games in the business right now. Their G + page reflects their fun flair, the profile photos feature exciting raptors, they share updates often, embed many of their videos onto G +, and they engage viewers by asking what they want to see and running polls. The names of their videos are quirky: “FnaF 3: #1/ Where are You Springtrap!”, “Team Fortress 2: ep. 2/ How to Get Banned From a Server w/Raptor Blue”, “Blowing Up the Island/ Gmod”, “Star Wars Battlefront II ep. 1/ Darth Vadar’s AT AT”, and “Risk of Rain ep.2/ Hot Spots to Kill”. These witty Raptors update with a video a day on average.
About: “Daily Destiny content on YouTube. Subscribe for more Daily Destiny! youtube.com/zenpharaoh”
Zen Guardian only plays Destiny, but even though his focus is on one game, his content is still pretty diverse and entertaining. His Google Plus page has more than one hundred thousand views, proving that a one game channel can be very successful. It’s also nice that he labels any videos containing “bad words” with a warning. For instance, the latest upload contains this warning: “WARNING: This video contains very explicit language, viewer discretion is advised. In this video we’re going on a hilarious journey on a downhill path of UNFORGETTABLE RAGE! The Iron Banner has returned to Destiny: April Update, and with it comes Lord Saladin, a bunch of god roll weapons, and of course RAGE!”
His gaming videos are embedded on his G + page and the titles give you a nice sense of what to expect. For instance, one of his recent videos is called “Destiny: Major Drama/ Rage Quitting/ Losing Friends!” and in it, during the Let’s Play, he tells the story of how he played with a group of Destiny players when one of them started trouble. Zen Guardian recounts: “We bring in one kid who knew what he was doing, and unlike a few people in the group, had just a little more experience, but was also a lot more bolder and honest, I guess you could say, and began calling one of my closest friends a noob.” The story goes on to relay the drama and it’s pretty entertaining, although I’m sure it wasn’t for the players at the time. He posts a video a week on average.
About: “I am Hawkeye – Father, Husband, Gamer, Impressionist, Scientist, etc… I was brought into the Cyberdog fold by the likes of Baergo and Razor. This group has and always will be like a family to me. I profess to remain as young in mind and spirit as possible. I am a 49-year-old kid and proud of it! Unfortunately, facecams and pictures of myself are not possible. Although I personally have nothing against this, my wife (Hawkeyesbaby) had asked me to promise to never reveal my face or real name. She has her reasons and I respect them.”
Hawkeye’s Google Plus profile shows pictures from Minecraft, theHunter, 7 Days to Die, Skyrim, and Fishing Planet: The Ultimate Fishing Simulator. His G + page bears an impressive amount of views, clocking in at a staggering one million nine hundred thousand! It’s easy to see why he’s so popular, he plays a wide variety of games and his love of the games comes through not only in his videos, but also in the comments he provides in each G + share.
Here’s an example of how keen he is on the games he plays: in “7 Days to Die, ep. 5: Every Dog Has Its Day” he says, “Hey guys! It’s Dog Day in my single-player 7 Days To Die series. Every 5th day of a 7-Day cycle is what is “affectionately” known as Dog Day, On this day, Zombie Dog Hordes/Packs can spawn at any time, any where to really ruin your day!” In “The Gaming Grandpas Present – theHunter 2015 – Caribou, Moose, and Bears…Oh My! – Part 1” he writes, “Hello fellow hunters! With the update to my Season 1 Intro, I have decided to advertise my original theHunter series so my new viewers can see how I learned the game and how Dulakaba/Kache and I learned to work together in this series!. In this 2-part hunt, Dula takes me into the Hemmendal to hunt Reindeer, Caribou, and Moose, only to get tracked by a Grizzly!” Hawkeye M usually posts a video a day.
About: “The Best Junk Content On Youtube”
Mr Foxhound has a highly unusual style, one which has earned him over six hundred thousand views on Google Plus. His videos very rarely have commentary, instead they bear interesting music soundtracks put over his Lets Plays. “Wanted in Haroingori” gives you a really cool sci-fi experience as you listen to futuristic music and watch him control a space ship, with the neat orange and blue lights whirling at the bottom of the screen. That’s a good indicator of what you’ll find here, lots of embedded videos of mostly indie games set to a variety of instrumental music.
There are fun titles for many of the uploaded videos, such as: “What’s Your Business Around Here?”, “Hans Gruber!!!”, “CMDR Kamikaze Shrimp Script Noob Idiot”, “But the Wall’s Not Finished!!!”, and “More Trouble”. I will say it’s a bit off putting sometimes that the name of the game isn’t always included or shown in the video, so sometimes you’re left wondering what in the world Mr Foxhound is playing. However, the original and quirky presentation makes up for it and keeps you watching anyway. It’s a bit unsettling at times to watch one of the videos, with the regular music playing, when suddenly Mr Foxhound will comment on something in the game, maybe for two or three minutes, before he falls silent once more. It’s rather funny. Mr Foxhound uploads anywhere from four to six new videos a week, and he always uploads them to his G + page.