Whether it's online battling against some friends on Call of Duty, or racing your siblings in Mario Kart, we all have at least a little bit of gamer in us. However, some people are just bigger gamers than the rest, and these such people have turned this into a career, entertaining us with videos of playing against friends or ranking their favorite games for the year or even just videos of themselves around their house to shake it up.
It does take a while to build a fanbase, but many gamers have done so thanks to their funny commentary, good gameplay and seamless editing of their gaming sessions. There are probably thousands of successful channels out there, but I'd like to take a moment and look at some of the best (and my personal favorite) gamers out there.
**This List Is In No Particular Order; Videos Have Explicit Language**
Markiplier - 11 million subscribers, began in 2012
Mark Edward Fischbach, aka Markiplier, is known in the YouTube world for his wild reactions and crazy antics, especially in handling scary games, such as Five Nights at Freddy's and Alien: Isolation. What sets Markiplier apart from the other gamers playing horror games is his style of always having his face in the top left corner of the screen so that viewers can see his reaction, in addition to hearing it, and this helps further his appeal, as he makes some of the craziest faces you will ever see. Here's a compilation of his funniest reactions to playing the Freddy's franchise:
PewDiePie - 42 million subscribers, began in 2010
Felix Kjellberg, aka PewDiePie, has made himself into a brand just based on his YouTube name alone. He's made a success out of his channel thanks to going beyond horror games and making videos from software beta tests to playing with his dogs, spending time with his girlfriend/fellow YouTuber Marzia (CutiePieMarzia) or just being plain weird around his house. In 2013, he became the most subscribed to YouTube channel ever, surpassing the popular comedy channel Smosh. Felix is still publishing videos, and just starred in one of the new YouTube Red's first series, Scare PewDiePie, in which the gamer is put through real-life recreations of horror game situations. Here's a free episode of Felix's Scare PewDiePie:
The Sw1tcher/Super Best Friends Play - 598,935 subscribers, began in 2010
Now, the Best Friends' channel may not have nearly as many reads as the other players on this list, but they still have a big following across their social media platforms and through their website. The Sw1tcher often works with Machinima Inc. for "let's play" series, in which they play new games and comment on the game throughout, though much of the commentary is criticism from creators Matthew "Matt" Kowalewski and Patrick "Pat" Bolvin, as well as co-creators Woolie Madden and Liam Allen-Miller in more recent times.
One of the channel's best and longest-running series is their "Mystery Box" videos, in which they will play a random game in which only one of the players knows what is being played. The resulting chaos is typically hilarious, as the variety of games that comes from the mystery box is astonishing, ranging from Die Hard Vendetta to Animorphs: Shattered Reality to even Rambo: The Video Game. Typically, the reactions to the games from the guys playing are pretty angry. Here's one of their "Mystery Box" episodes:
Game Grumps - 3 million subscribers, began in 2012
The Game Grumps are another group of gamers who have made a name for themselves thanks to their "let's play" game series and animated sketches. Created by Arin Hanson and Jon Jafari, the channel has seen some of its members come and go, but it still is going strong with its constant posting and hilarious commentary.
One of the channel's most famous and shared moments was a moment in which during a playthrough of Super Mario 64, creator Arin and star Danny Avidan discussed a story in which a text message conversation spiraled out of control in relation to Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield and The Social Network. This conversation lasts for the first five minutes of the episode:
Daithi De Nogla - 4 million subscribers, began in 2012
David Nagle, better known as Daithi De Nogla, is an Irish gamer who is better known for his many Call of Duty zombie videos and many Grand Theft Auto V videos played with fellow gamers Vanoss and H20 Delirious (but we'll hear about them later).
Nogla is known more for his comedic videos than scary videos, especially known for random catchphrases that sound even funnier thanks to his natural Irish accent. While he's done a fair amount of let's play videos by himself, one of his funnier videos was his interaction with the computer simulation, Chimbot, which can be viewed here:
H20 Delirious - 6 million subscribers, began in 2007
Delirious is one of the "older' players on this list when it comes to producing videos, and in that time, we've seen him truly hone in on his craft. Delirious is also one of the only gamers on this list who's official face reveal has disappeared from the internet, as well as the announcement of his real name, causing him to live incognito behind the hockey mask.
Delirious is known for playing alongside fellow gamers Daithi De Nogla, Vanoss Gaming, MiniLadd and Cartoonz, among others, but many of his solo games videos really work thanks to his overdramatic reactions to playing horror video games. Some of his more popular "let's play" series are Outlast and The Evil Within, however, my personal favorite is his play-through of the demo for the cancelled Silent Hills sequel, P.T. The first part can be viewed here:
Vanoss Gaming - 16 million subscribers, began in 2011
Evan Fong, a.k.a. Vanoss, is sort of the glue bringing many gamers together, especially H20 Delirious, Daithi De Nogla, Mini Ladd, I AM WILDCAT and Terrorizer, amongst others.
Unlike Vanoss' friends, Evan sticks almost exclusively to multiplayer gaming on his channel. Vanoss spends the majority of his videos playing GTA V, Call of Duty: World at War zombie mode and the various Garry's Mod modes, primarily the "Prop Hunt" mode. Here's a compilation episode of Evan and friends playing Grand Theft Auto V: