Just mildly curious, since there's not many quality people on the platform who don't have issues nowadays imo (Often drama/politics-related), I'm curious to see if anyone's got any recommendations for some good ones left.
Side note: I use invidio.us instances to avoid giving my data (and views) up to YT, plus its a lightweight front-end to youtube that doesn't get ads or anything like that. Would recommend it to anyone interested in those benefits.
Some of mine off the top of my head in terms of gaming that I regularly watch(ed):
SsethTzeentach - many already know about this dude, basically an old holdover memer from 4chan/8chan days who makes funny game reviews, he's an entertaining guy, though he has self-censored compared to his past self because of YT, still worth watching. He spawned a bunch of clones on YT and is probably this generation's equivalent of AVGN in that respect.
Mangs - Fire Emblem and Advance Wars (and strategy/tactics video games) youtuber, he's a pretty uncucked and funny guy. Does what he wants, shitposts and plays games, a lot of memes come from him. Was cancelled by pretty much the entire Fire Emblem community 2 years ago but still survived and stayed strong despite it.
LoreRunner - Probably autistic dude who does analyses of many different kinds of games, he's probably a mild to moderate leftist if I had to guess, but I've rarely heard him bring up politics and he's willing to justify villains in his analysis instead of being some cringy pearl-clutching guy. Seems alright to me at least.
AfreecaTV (and various other channels) - I just watch for the Starcraft 1 and 2 content, the ASLs and GSLs with Tastosis were nice; don't watch the Masters shit outside of Korea, its awful.
Used to watch Day9TV but he turned soy in the last 3 years, though if you want some great content, he had some great stuff pre-2020 (where Floyd turned even people like Day9 who never brought up politics into openly leftist ideologues). His Amnesia playthrough is still the best on YT imo, though I'd watch his stuff through a front-end like Invidio.us to not give views. He has some great playthroughs in the past and his old Starcraft 2 content is top-tier.
There's others I don't regularly "watch", but their stuff was always funny in the past if I go revisit it, like Manslay3r's gamer poop videos.
In terms of anime YTers:
Gigguk is a pretty funny guy who makes high quality videos ranging from tongue-in-cheek stuff, to recommending anime/manga, genre breakdowns, shitposts, abridged series, etc.
Joey/TheAnimeMan - More his old content, his new shit doesn't even talk about anime anymore, he's pretty pretentious and less interesting compared to Gigguk, don't expect too much but he's alright. He's a moderate leftist though, not a total pearl-clutcher since he's willing to defend controversial stuff in anime but a naive "nice guy" idiot.
Trash Taste is an alright podcast who features the above 2 youtubers, plus a guy named Connor and sometimes some big guests, they only occasionally talk about anime though so its kind of a meme now.
And various other YTers for one-offs and videos otherwise.
Yeah, I know the Trash Taste guys. Not normally my thing, but my fiancé likes them, so and I have enjoyed them when I have watched with her. I also very much enjoy Sseth as well.
As for my normal viewing channels beyond that, they are:
Graystillplays: An "older" Youtuber (in his early 40's) who does a lot of GTA challenges and plays a lot of trash mobile games while doing dumb shit in them.
Max0r: Does funny reviews of games involving significant amounts of jump cuts and a lot of millennial/zoomer type humor, but I do thoroughly enjoy his content. Especially since he does stuff like Ace Combat, which is usually outside mainstream gaming Youtubers. He is also the source of the "My source is I made it the fuck up" meme.
The Russian Badger: Does a lot of shooter games with his gang of friends, and is characterized by doing dumb shit with the purpose of having fun instead of being sweatlords trying to be ultra-tactical in everything. So they usually spend a lot of time throwing out jokes and memes while they are playing.
Rimmy Downunder: A mid-size Let's Play channel that does a lot of mil-sim and RTS. We generally have very similar taste in games, so I keep him on the list.
Adeptus Ridiculous: A 40K lore channel run by a youtuber named Bricky (who has done 40K stuff for a while), talking about 40K with his buddy who is new to the setting. Generally very good as a guide for getting people into 40K lore since he is having to explain it all to a total newb. Also is generally good on 40K matters, like standing up for the Imperium's place in the lore and saying that there shouldnt be female Space Marines.
Drachinfel: A naval history channel dealing with Age of Sail up through the end of WW2. He mostly deals with telling about what happened in different battles, and every week gives a 5-minute history of various warships. Also does a lot of in-depth analysis of things like the making of armor and guns for the ships as well as deeper breakdowns of things like the sinking of HMS Hood, as well as occasionally wargaming out alternate history scenarios (like the "Death Ride" of the German fleet in 1918, that was ordered but mutinied against IRL).
Shadiversity: Medieval weapons and armor history channel. Has also started getting into the Dissident Nerds sphere with the likes of Nerdrotic (also watch him) by writing his own books and doing reviews of movies and tv shows.
The Black Pants Legion: Mostly run by a guy named Tex, this channel does in depth looks at Mechwarrior lore and mechs, as well as Tex playing games he likes (usually RTS) and a lot of Space Station 13.
Also various Vtubers, but not as hardcore as any of the above.
Did he do an Ace Combat video? I'd given more attention to Project Wingman videos.
Two of them. One for Ace Combat 7, and one for Ace Combat Zero.
TheMightyJingles - Ex royal navy, plays and commentates on WH40K and other games.
Agadmator - Croatian chess youtuber, able to pronounce any name.
HistoriaCivilis - Makes interesting videos on Rome, etc.
BazBattles - Makes videos on ancient and medieval battles.
Drachinfel - Makes hour long videos on historical warships, etc.
ForgottenWeapons - Gun Jesus
GarandThumb - Flannel Daddy
Ahoy - Makes videos on video game weapons and their history
TheOperationsRoom - Makes videos on modern battles
TheIntelReport- Sister channel to the above
JayLenosGarage- Kinda self explanatory
sLASH- makes videos of music made with ProTracker II
ThomasHeaton- Scottish Photographer
Edit: Forgot to mention Paul Harrell, most underrated gun channel on YouTube imo.
But watch this.
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Brandon Herrera (The AK-Guy). Best gun and meme vids. Sometimes watch Taofladermaus or Garand Thumb if an interesting Related vid pops up in the sidebar.
The Why Files. Great storyteller about Conspiracy Theories, and then breaks them down or props them up with logical and skeptical analysis after the fact.
Zeducation. For the memes.
AwakenWithJP. Anti-Clown world humour.
Comedy: Tim Dillon https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4woSp8ITBoYDmjkukhEhxg Internet Historian https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCR1D15p_vdP3HkrH8wgjQRw Casually Explained https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCr3cBLTYmIK9kY0F_OdFWFQ Paymoneywubby https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4P1wf7gNZ1A19xNw863KwQ Kyle Dunnigan https://www.youtube.com/c/KyleDunniganComedy
Media critics: RedLetterMedia https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrTNhL_yO3tPTdQ5XgmmWjA Critical Drinker https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSJPFQdZwrOutnmSFYtbstA Mauler https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXX1iQGufHujuIvQ38MPKMA Voxis https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVm16YNvy3AaEG7T8bcPGtQ
Game reviews (some are more like comedy): FG3000 https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpSnnINsuhXB7SZ3BaKWZFA Worthabuy https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCywBfpGBYhsczNuyyh6Cf6w SsethTzeentach https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCD6VugMZKRhSyzWEWA9W2fg ambiguousamphibian https://www.youtube.com/c/ambiguousamphibian Nerdslayer https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiwFcYaaqDSkzaA0CipV2BA Mandaloregaming https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClOGLGPOqlAiLmOvXW5lKbw The Spiffing Brit https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRHXUZ0BxbkU2MYZgsuFgkQ Dunkey https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsvn_Po0SmunchJYOWpOxMg
Politics: ADV Podcasts https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcukTqc1cJJ4K3c4uzxTzjA Ben Shapiro https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnQC_G5Xsjhp9fEJKuIcrSw JohnStossel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjo1uN-aM3rmBV46xj7l2KA Shoeonhead https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0aanx5rpr7D1M7KCFYzrLQ
War/history related: Kings and Generals https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMmaBzfCCwZ2KqaBJjkj0fw World War Two https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCP1AejCL4DA7jYkZAELRhHQ
Walking around Japan. Rambalac https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAcsAE1tpLuP3y7UhxUoWpQ Japan Backpacker https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfyRqKZN7LKXItwXKp3K4ug Abroad in Japan https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHL9bfHTxCMi-7vfxQ-AYtg
Educational: PBS Spacetime https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7_gcs09iThXybpVgjHZ_7g Half as Interesting https://www.youtube.com/c/halfasinteresting
Your list is the first one where I actually watch some of the creators semi- regularly, let alone have heard of them.
Internet Historian is such an interesting dude.
Publishes one video a year. Rents an office outside his home because WFH drives him batty. Wakes up in the middle of the night to go to the office to "get some work done before anyone gets there". Employs some sort of on-site staff to help him make videos.
Somehow still only makes one video a year.
He has another channel that is updated fairly regularly, think it's called "Storymode"
I know he has some secondary channels (one doing video game story reenactments - but mostly voiced by employees who aren't IH, & another one where they do humorous more artsy parody melodramas).
I like most of his content, but everything else comes a distant second to his main channel videos (other than his In the Field collab vids where he does shower thoughts and memes with another YT creator).
It depends on what I'm after since I can go to YouTube for info or be entertained, to stay entertained:
Solus Astorias: who knew that providing dubbing over Internet comics could be so entertaining as he mostly uses two artists, Baalbuddy did my favourite apocalypse scenario while Centurii does good historical parodies in an all female cast
Bread boys: simple skits usually ending with a shotgun and screaming
Rimmy downunder: Helps fill my RTS desire though Ironically I found him the shit show that was the Fallout Frontier mod debacle
Shadiversity: Love medieval history and how he explains weapons both historic and fantasy
Solid JJ: simple parody skits using shows from my childhood
Also like Trash Taste for the banter and guest to have in the background, and sometimes go into a lot of Japan based stuff through them.
On a more informative side:
Viva Fri: having their livestream recording on in the background to get a law perspective of current events
The Archcast: nice hearing from someone as cynical as me on media
Razorfist: his recent Lincoln video was fantastic
I do watch Shortfatotaku and Shoeonhead so not to get too tunnel visioned and only see from one perspective, I'd recommend them if you have the same attitude as they won't make you want to bash your head into a table listening to them.
Then cause I can I'd recommend Kane Pixels as a '17 year old schools all of Hollywood on how to do a series correctly'
Short commie still makes me want to bash my head in, but Ive been quite far gone past fenceshitter takers for a while, so more power to those of you that can still listen to somebody like Peterson without wanting to throttle them for their lack of a spine.
Perun - Aussie armchair analysis on the Ukraine war. Is doing pretty decent hour long power point presentations about logistics and the like.
WickedWiz - Has a few good vids on how MMOs failed.
Doomkemon - SK animator that put doomguy in pokemon.
eli_handle_b․wav - His edits are god tier.
3klicksphilip - Don't even play CS:GO but he has entertaining vids on the most minute of topics.
Historyfeels - Some really good mashups with wojacks that arn't cringe.
Leonardo of biz - /biz/ content creator
Oboeshoesgames - twitch streamer that condenses his hours of stream into a 10 minute youtube vid, recently been going through 7th gen shooters.
Accursedfarms - Ross
Raycevik - Another game reviewer
Fleekazoid - Former game guide channel rebranded as game reviewer. He has a really good sense of humor, compares big brested anime women to today's diversity women as "Budget cuts."
Spirit of the Law - AoE 2 Youtuber. Good content
Ymfah - Dark Souls glitcher.
. - Philosphy of Kreia video. Nuff said.
Empty Industry - A minor russian youtuber who makes vids on niche games, darkest dungeon, lobotomy corp.
Polymatter - Some really interesting vid topics. Don't sign up to nebula.
e;r - Actually started putting out vids again.
Big Boss - Said fug it, I'll do it myself to Internet Historian's slow upload schedule.
Scorched Earth - C&C Memes
Warlockracy - Russian youtuber covering older titles. Sounds like Werner Herzog. Is a lefty but mostly keeps his politics out of his videos.
Yrridian - Creative Assembly titles.
Karl Jobst - Youtuber covering speedrunning.
Wirtual - Trackmania speedrunner
Pipkin Pippa is a good choice if you want vtuber animu parasocial content, but without the leftwing moralfagging. It's a joke to feel sorry for her poor PR manager, but she's the embodiment of "based" as a meme. She'll do segments with Infowars as the backdrop, and just drop wisdom on the masses sometimes.
GiantGrantGamesArchives is a daily upload channel of Giant Grant Games, an SC2 youtuber. He makes fairly active effort to not include any politics in his videos, though he is a lefty. Generally jovial, and very open about how YouTube's policies fuck over content creators (one of his main channel videos goes into that in-depth, even though he usually sticks to SC2 or RTS games generally).
And I'll second/third/fourth Shadiversity. The patron saint of giant swords and boob armor aesthetic. Good history knowledge, but also good sense of humor, and humble religious fellow.
Viva Frei makes longform lawyer podcasts on both current legal events, and just general chats with various people. Used to be Canadian, I believe he moved to Florida to be with his true people.
What I've Learned: Well produced and entertaining heterodox health videos.
Dr Sten Ekberg: Drier but more detailed heterodox health videos. He goes into some stuff that I'd consider wacky like acupuncture but he's right about a lot of stuff so maybe there's something to the wackier stuff.
Donut Media: Fun car videos. It's the fluffier side of car stuff for sure though.
Ordinary Sausage: Let's saaasauge.
Wintergatan: A Swede slowly descends into madness trying to make a practical version of his viral meme instrument.
Love me some Gigguk. Dude has remained remarkably consistent over the years. Never really got why people liked Joey. Trash Taste was interesting to me for like an episode or two, but in the end I really can't be bothered to listen to people I only somewhat like talk about something I like; I'd rather just spend time enjoying the thing itself. Even worse if they don't even talk about anime as much anymore.
My two underrated guys are:
Marcel Vos. An accented European, Dutch I think, who does nothing but Roller Coaster Tycoon 1/2 videos. Mostly autistic breakdowns of every single game mechanic to a level you probably didn't even realize was worth thinking about. Great relaxation content.
Tehsnakerer. Guy covers games no one else will ever even know exists, like an RTS entirely about Soccer Hooligans or the obscure Japan only prequel to EVO. And when he does cover things you know (like Yakuza), its with a level of depth and analysis of all systems instead of just memes and whatever fits his building conclusion. Including praising games he absolutely hates when they do things well.
Very few YouTubers because a lot of them are full of themselves or can get annoying fast.
GamersNexus - A tech review YouTuber that does actual news on what’s going on in the tech world and does legit reviews.
Jayz2cents - Another tech YouTuber, but covers more gaming PC related tech and seems a bit more opinionated. Not in a shitty way though. The only thing I don’t like is that the titles to his videos seems a bit clickbaity.
IAmCrusty - Just a heads up the thumbnails and titles to his videos are very clickbaity, but I think he’s playing into how YouTubers do this for clickbait. Hard to explain. Anyway, this guy is comedy gold. He takes SkyrimVR, FalloutVR, and HitmanVR and is acting out the part of insane people in the world.
UpperEchelon - I’m sure most people here already knows about him. He covers internet scams and anticonsumer shit.
Kings and Generals - Covers historical battles and goes into detail about how the conflict started between the countries what took place during the battles and what was the aftermath of the conflict. Sort of an annoying voice, but is very detailed in his analysis. He also has a side channel called Wizards and Warriors that does the same thing, but uses fantasy lore. Such as Lord of the Rings and Warhammer.
Who I'm subscribed to (curated list of 102 total subscribed channels:)
vehcor - rebuilds wrecked cars to sell, very unique sense of humor. Cuts off bent unibody panels, welds on straight ones, very high build quality, even though he doesn't clean anything (watch the videos, you will see what I mean)
Gingium - builds custom cars, he built a mid engine Eclipse that he was going to give away, but it caught fire.
Junkyard Dave - he is building a Dodge Charger station wagon. No, Dodge never offered one, he grafted on the wagon part of a Dodge Magnum to a Charger. Yes, it looks outstanding, yes Dodge should make one OEM, because who wouldn't want a 720hp Dodge Charger wagon?
Sara -n- Tuned - former Air Force chick who also has an oddball sense of humor
Mighty Car Mods - who doesn't watch these guys if they like cars?
B is for Build - Portland guy who also builds one off and custom stuff. I started watching when he was rebuilding a wrecked Lotus Elise
Lite Brite - off road stuff, the blond chick is smokin hot
StanceWorks - because he had the balls to Honda swap a Ferrari 308b, and then take it to SEMA this year.
RRC Restoration - full on frame off restorations, British. We're talking replating hardware level restorations.
Bad Obsession Motorsports - Project Binky, cramming the 4 wheel drive running gear from a Toyota Celica into a Mini shell. Way overdue for an episode, build has been going for more than five years.
Ronald Finger - shoestring budget rebuilds, also has a weird sense of humor. I watched him fully rebuild a 1984 Pontiac Fiero. He's currently working on a Trans Am, circa 1981, but with a Wieland blown big block.
Mike Patey - if you know what Draco was (he crashed it), this is the guy who built it.
Rebuild Rescue - rebuilds airplanes, just got a Cessna 401 twin engine for free that sat for more than 20 years, is doing a wings off full restoration
I sub to a whole bunch more, on a whole range of topics, but you get my drift. I don't watch political stuff on YT any more, I go elsewhere for that.
Don't forget about Cleetus McFarland as well. He does a lot of awesome race car stuff, as well as general car shinnegans, burnouts, RC planes, jet boats, wagyu beef review, lawn care and just general Floria man stuff...
Steve Morris Engines for cool engine builds and race car stuff.
Tom Baily - another race car channel, pretty sure he has the fastest street car which does sub 6 second quater mile runs. He also hosts Sick Week and Sick the mag which is all about drag and drive events & cars
Clay Milligan - for behind the scenes NHRA Top Fuel drag racing stuff which is awesome
Riding With Alex Taylor - another drag & drive car builder / driver.
Let's Game It Out - This guy breaks games in spectacular ways, devs fear him
While I think Let's Game It Out's gimmick tends to wear a little thin (let's put a million objects into a poorly optimized game) the way he flooded his Dinkum town was genius.
It's interesting that Let's Game It Out started out as a buddy channel doing Let's Play with a friend called Anthony (before he got big).
Then they did a video together that mentioned at the end that Anthony was leaving (but never explained why, but it didn't seem acrimonious), then his partner was never mentioned again.
I watch Cleetus, sometimes, but am not subscribed. I'm not huge a straight line fan, I prefer closed wheel road courses. IMSA from back in the day was my thing, also Trans Am.
I would also recommend M539 Restorations to the car list, he specializes in taking old, neglected BMW's and restores them to their full glory. Good sense of humor and great work ethic.
I am pretty, very sure that sara-n-tuned should be renamed sara-n-trooned. Edit: please prove me wrong, also "she" is blaire white acceptable levels of troonery at least. And my dick doesn't appreciate me thinking that.
Like for what? I've been watching Fallout lore videos with TheEpicNate315 and I watch Andrea Mengucci play Magic the Gathering, and Engineering Explained for mechanical stuff.
Some good recommendations here, adding some of my own in no particular order.
Post 10 - Wholesome channel about a guy cleaning up his community and living with nature.
The 8-bit Guy - Covers interesting and obscure tech from the 8 bit computing era.
VASAviation - Covers and animates real ATC communications and emergencies in the air.
Hardware Unboxed - GamersNexus but from down under, does good tech reporting and huge benchmark charts. Great monitor reviews on second channel.
Level1Techs - Great tech content, covers more in-depth topics regarding the server hardware/software space.
Dave's Garage - Autistic ex-Microsoft employee. Interesting stories from the heyday of MS. Good tech content including program language drag-racing.
Townsends - Covers 17-19th century cooking, construction and lifestyle. Inspired me to build my own earthen oven.
Invicta - Primarily Roman history documentaries but has occasional focus on other history subjects. Has done some responses to woke "history" articles.
Cowboy Kent Rollins - Authentic cowboy camp cook. Good recipes and just wholesome content.
MeatEater - Good hunting and fishing videos. Even demonstrates how to field dress game. No idea how this is allowed on modern YT.
Coffeezilla - Great reporting work, one of the few trustworthy sources in the Crypto/NFT space.
HowToBBQRight - Good ol' boy who will teach you some fantastic BBQ recipes.
Base Camp Chris - Typical bigfoot /scary stories channel, except he goes out into the middle of the woods at dusk to tell them. Nice atmosphere.
Bob Gymlan - Interesting bigfoot content covering less known stories. Excellent hour long doc on the Man-Eating Lions of Tsavo.
Paul Harrell - Firearms channel with many ammo type and caliber comparisons. No idea how this is allowed on modern YT.
Steve1989MREInfo - OG MRE channel. Posts infrequently but well worth a watch when he does.
Never heard of any of these. Thanks! Will check them out
Lots of good suggestions here. I like Active Self Protection. Great channel that breaks down various police badge cam/surveillance videos and analyzes what went right or wrong. I watch a guy named Mavrick who camps in his truck. BaldAndBankrupt: British guy who really likes backpacking around former Soviet states. Joel Hansen: 170 pound guy who never loses restaurant's eating challenges.
been watching lore since mass effect 3. god what a shitshow that whole thing was.
QRD on Mangs? I heard a lot of people in the FE community were getting cancelled but I want the juicy drama details.
Styxhexenhammer666 - Political news from a right-leaning occultist libertarian
Timcast - I know, I know, but he does cover stories that don't get much attention from MSM
The Critical Drinker - Generally focused on movies/shows
It'saGundam - Comedic gold about current social issues
Jacob Gellar - Really interesting, shorter, video essays that usually cover phobias and bizarre history
Wendigoon - Long form video essays covering multiple types of horror, from movies to analog horror to real-life
Matt McMuscles - Shorter video essays generally focused on flopped and horrible video games
For Fun/Just Because
Guga Foods/Sous Vide Everything - Steak, grilling, and sous vide. Entertaining experiments involving food.
Ordinary Sausage - Dude makes sausage from odd ingredients. That's about it.
Tasting History with Max Miller - Guy makes food and recreates historical recipes while explaining the stories about said recipes.
Townsends - Colonial larper that explains life and food from that time period.
Nuke's Top 5 - Spoopy ghost videos. All fake of course, but sometimes you want to watch people freak out over a shadow they MIGHT have seen.
Roanoke Gaming - Science guy breaks down horror stuff
Kyle Hill - Science guy breaks down pop culture stuff and talks about nuclear power in a good light
Goniloc - Goofy weirdo makes humorous videos about heafy metal
Isaac Arthur - Sci-fi themes talked about from a standpoint of real world physics and science.
FoundFlix - Horror movie breakdowns and reviews
ACG - Game reviews with a rating system that actually makes sense (Buy, Wait for a Sale, Never Buy)
If you would like to dive deep into how truly screwed our world is, might I suggest Shaking My Head Productions?
Whang, pippa pipkin, LGR
Shadiversity (and the second channel, Knights Watch)
Metatron - for the history buffs and Japanophiles that aren't degenerate vermin
Flair - if you like hunting, fishing, and other country boy shit.
Abroad in Japan - if you're into Japanese shit that isn't degenerate.
Noriyaro - if you're into car culture, Japanese car culture to be specific. Mostly centered on drifting. Think Tokyo Drift minus degeneracy. And 0% Bow Wow.
VideogameDunkey - Need I say anything? If you have a video game guide, you don't need video games.
None, because YouTube is the enemy.