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YouTube Highlights: October 2016

We interrupt our regularly scheduled Zelda-ween celebration to bring you some gaming videos! Even though we’ve got a good thing going, we must review our month in YouTube, because it’s been a great one; one that was filled with excellent gaming moments of all sorts. So let’s get to the rundown!


We’re going to start this week with that puffy, fluffy, vacuum cleaner of renown..it’s Kirby! The Duck of Indeed’s playthrough of Kirby’s Return to Dreamland really “chilled out”  in October as the gang ventured into the snowy stages of World 4.

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YouTube Highlights: September 2016

With Fall in full swing, it’s the perfect time of year to snuggle under some blankets and catch up on some gaming videos. Good thing you’re here, because we’ve got just the post for you! It’s time to take a look back on our video ventures from the past month. Come along and watch, won’t you?


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YouTube Highlights: July 2016

The end of July is nearly upon us…and that means it’s time for another look back on our YouTube happenings from the month! We’ve been fantastically busy keeping up with Let’s Plays and playthroughs and general gaming fun, and here’s a round-up of just a few of our highlights.

At the start of July, The Duck of Indeed kicked things off with another entry in her playthrough of Kirby’s Return to Dream Land for the Wii. Here Kirby’s on a quest to help restore the Lor Starcutter, the broken-down ship of Magalor, which he needs to get home. Will Kirby’s super inhaling-powers enable him and his friends to help Magalor? Tune in to find out!

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YouTube Highlights: June 2016

Another month nearly done; another look back on our month in videos! If you like watching people play games (and be people, I mean myself, The Duck of Indeed, and Hatm0nster!), please do subscribe to our YouTube channel. Every little bit of support goes a long way in keeping us motivated to make great videos just for you. 🙂

Now…on with the show!

The month started out with The Duck of Indeed’s new playthrough of Super Mario Galaxy. This unique and now-classic entry into the Mario series is amazingly fun to watch and remains one of Nintendo’s best games in recent memory. Seriously, who could forget Bee Mario!

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YouTube Highlights: April 2016

Greetings, fellow gamers and content creators! We’re happy to introduce here a new monthly feature on the site called “YouTube Highlights,” which is, well…all about highlights from our YouTube channel! For many months now, myself, The Duck of Indeed, and Hatm0nster have been hard at work making all sorts of gaming videos. As such, it’s easy for videos to get lost in the shuffle that is YouTube. To help folks navigate their way through our channel’s waters, I’m going to be featuring a handful of our videos in a post like this very one you’re reading at the end of each month. That way, if you don’t have time to cull through ALL our videos (we know, it’s a lot, and there’s plenty more to come!), you’ll at least get to sample some of our wondrously delicious gaming fare.

So, without further ado, let’s get to our April highlights!

First up, let’s talk about The Division! The hype surrounding this game’s release last month was overwhelming , and it continues to be a juggernaut. Part of the game’s appeal is it story, upon which Hatm0nster capitalized in the video “Division Lore: The National Guard,” the first of a series.

Next, April saw the continuation of a couple of our Let’s Play series by the Duck of Indeed of Super Paper Mario and Donkey Kong Country 2. Both of these fantastic games remain fun and challenging, no matter if you only ever played them once or a hundred times!

Here you can catch the Duck, er…the Kongs swinging through Barrel Bayou:

And in Super Paper Mario, what’s up with Princess Peach in this creepy, oddball land?

If classic gaming is your thing, then our Nostalgic Notions series is for you! This month I returned with games from the Activision Anthology, and The Duck ventured onward with games from Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection.

As far as Atari games went, could they have been any stranger than Kabobber?

Yes, they could have, and they did, especially with Decap Attack, which The Duck played. It features a mummy with the ability to shoot…his face. Yep, that’s strange, all right.

Finally, this past month The Duck returned to the terrifying realm of Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza with Five Night’s at Freddy’s 2! It’s a must watch! If you dare watch, that is.


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Playing Games of the Past in the Present, or, Ready Player Two?

Image by Flickr user Andy Pixel (CC)
Image by Flickr user Andy Pixel (CC)

It’s easy to forget that the video game industry hasn’t been around forever. In terms of mass producing games, it hasn’t even reached the half-century mark. (I cite Pong [1972] as the first mass-produced game – the choice is debatable.) And in terms of its competitors in the “sports and leisure” Trivial Pursuit category, such as, well, sports and leisure, it has quite a ways to go. It helps to keep in mind that the 40-plus year history of game mimics our own path with technology generally. Of course, there was no way my TRS-80 self with those cassettes and BASIC programs could have predicted what was to come. I was just enjoying/despising the technology that was available to me at the time. We all did, and the same was quite true of games.

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YouTube Time: Activision Anthology (PS2) – H.E.R.O. (1984) – Nostalgic Notions

Part platformer (sort of), part dungeon crawler (sort of), the game H.E.R.O. (1984) actually tuned out to be kind of fun. Though it’s probably a little hard to tell that from my video below. I guess rescuing people trapped in mines is not my thing. Best to leave that to the professionals.

This game marks the end of my run of Nostalgic Notions videos (for now), but though be sure to keep your eye out for different runs with classic games from other UWG folks. The best way to do that is to subscribe to our channel. And if you like what you see, let us know. We’re always looking to add fun, new content, and your input will help up keep growing!