Let's get the big ones that always get posted on FP out of the way
I'm sure a lot of you have heard of The Great War, but I hadn't, for the longest time. They did this series on World War I with weekly reports, so that you could follow along as if it was happening in real time, over the course of 4 years. They're done with it now, but it's very much worth sharing:
For movies and such:
Other mentions (though most of Brutalmoose's and Sseth's uploads get posted anyway, I think):
Youtube's recommendations are trash. If it were up to them, you'd watch the same video over and over. What else is out there? Do you have any favorite channels you want to share?
I feel like, through osmois and being on facepunch with you all as long as I have, I'm subscribed to pretty much all of the above, except 5.
Still, it's nice to share to those who might have missed a couple of these jems.
There's so many shitty video essay channels out there and I think Mandalore Gaming does the best ones about video games.
Uncle bumblefuck tears down tools and also puts em back together.
This fella knows what he's talking about (most of the time)
and it's really fun watching him talk shop (all the time)
More people need to check out DONG
How did we get this far before out lovely
He plays a lot of indie games and basically tries to break them in the funniest ways possible. I've picked up a couple of games that I otherwise wouldn't have found thanks to his videos.
I don't know if this is everyone's cup of tea, but I always enjoy watching Sark's videos. Some of you may remember him from Machinima back in the day, primarily on Inbox.
This channel's my new addiction
Wanted to shitpost but the people i had in mind are all deplatformed
These channels offer pretty interesting insight into playing (Age of empires 2, Warcraft 3, CS:GO) professionally while keeping commentary lively, not too obscene, and give off a pretty comfortable vibe. They're not so much 'professionals' themselves, however, they do possess knowledge required to look into situations in-depth and explain to the audience what exactly is going on, the strat being used, and particular mindsets or techniques professionals possess at the time of the play. Personally, Warowl has kinda fallen off the spectrum for me since he hardly ever posts casts of professional games anymore from what i've seen on his channel, but what he does have is pretty good, even though it can be years old by this point.
Chipcheezum deserves a special mention. From channels that i've seen, he's by far one of the most methodical and detailed lets players to watch. Very detailed lets plays of games, rehearses and refines his gameplay to keep the video concise and doesn't waste much time unless its show of a specific, silly, or interesting occurrence in a game. Is somewhat of game designer himself, so he can explain some nuances here and there, but very informative of game mechanics and the on-goings behind the scenes of a game's development, and can elaborate on these details very well. One of my most favorite lets players.
This dude seems alright.
He uses sfm though, so he's probably a weirdo who makes porn.
Plays spoopy games, doesn't spoopy react
Talks about spoopypastas, doesn't spoopy react
If you are into dead malls and retail history stuff, then these channels will suit you nicely.
Other interesting channels:
Honestly I still find it hard to believe that people are still making Gmod TF2 videos, but not only does this guy still do it, but his work is amazingly high quality.
This dude makes knives out of whatever the fuck he feels like, entirely speechless, and has a bit of comedy to go along with it.
This dude makes a lot of videos about retro hardware, and most recently did a couple of videos on self-correction methods on typewriters. Really cool dude.
These lads are a bunch of funny fucking Aussies - arguably most famous for their web series 1999. Everything they make is fucking hilarious.
This dude restores old Hot Wheels and Matchbox cars, along with other diecast car models. Very relaxing to watch, excellent at explaining his process.
This guy makes some phenomenal videos detailing various technical mechanics, glitches, and arbitrary code execution glitches in Pokemon RBY and GSC.
This guy makes videos showing off now-defunct viruses for DOS and early Windows systems.
The man famous for completing Watch for Rolling Rocks in 0.5x A Presses - hasn't uploaded since that video. This and his uncommentated channel are an absolute treasure trove for deep dives into the mechanics of Mario 64 and its TASing.
This guy has been making a fairly detailed series on the various features and inner-workings of the Super Nintendo, but has also made a few other videos about other games and systems.
This dude makes videos about how glitchy Paper Mario is.
This guy speedruns Bethesda games and is fairly funny, a lot of deadpan humor.
I don't think I can describe this channel properly.
This old dude is like the shop teacher you wish you had in high school.
lego great ball machine maker
Came here to post John Wolfe. Just want to say that he is IMO the best let's player out there, especially horror games. He has a massive catalogue of games
Honestly yeah I agree, he's pretty damn great. It's also nice to have such genuine reaction and you can see how his nerves settle over the course of the channel
I discovered him around the time two best friends play had their latest (and last) shitstorm, where I was finding the games to be trite and the reactions to be boring and needed something to fill that October itch
He's done that and more, there are so many games I wished I either saw played or completed and his catalogue is expansive and growing
All of my subscribed channels are about games I don't play but still find cool.
Bacon, posts brief uncommented clips of Bethesda games that highlight the realistic AI and believable voice acting.
Kruggsmash posts HAND-ILLUSTRATED DWARF FORTRESS LET'S PLAY about his ongoing fortresses or adventurers. Well edited Let's Play that is consistently uploaded once a week despite being edited and illustrated so well.
Matt Coleville is a longtime Dungeons and Dragons Dungeon Master. He makes long edited videos about his campaigns, guides for getting into DMing, and hosts a weekly live-streamed D&D Campaign. Very engaging even if you never plan to play D&D.
Bruva Alfabusa is the lead creator of the collaborative animated fanfiction for Warhammer:40000: If the Emperor had a Text to Speech Device. Think DBZ abridged but WH:40k and using original animation(as original as puppet warping images from the wiki).
Spirit of the Law makes Age of Empires II analysis videos that focus on math to break down this classic strategy game.
TierZoo makes video essays about understanding zoology through the perspective of game design and balance.
Mmm. Nothin' like unbiased tool reviews and general shop bumblefuckery.
OUB's Irish brother, only he works with the magic pixies.
JW's delivery is a bit dry, but his videos are great. Particularly electrical autopsies. Primarily works with mains voltage stuff.
General electronics stuff, with a focus on SMD/computer-related stuff. Also does some hilarious debunk videos of related topics(Solar Freakin' Roadways!)
This guy makes me want to get a vacuum tube radio on my desk, restore it, and have it playing all the time. And also, in general, just dick around with vacuum tubes. He also does repair work on more modern stuff as well, with the added spice of using ancient vacuum tube test gear to work on <5 year old stuff!
Does Mehdi even really need a blurb?
About as close as I get ot audio-phile ness. Also does dashcam reviews, but I'm mostly only there for unique and antique audio/visual stuff. Has collaborated with other channels too!
Restores 8 and 16 bit stuff, other related content as well. Has collaborated with Techmoan as well!
Watch a New Yorker go completely mad trying to fix Apple products!
Watch the above New Yorker go completely made trying to fix Apple products, but live and unedited!
Average bloke in the UK somewhere that buys random electronic junk off eBay and tries to fix it on camera. Toys, phones, consoles, it doesn't matter, he'll give it the ol' college try. Great vids!
Not the most active bloke on YT, but Ed's a great tinkerer with the occasional dabble into Electronics. Well worth poking through his back catalog if nothing else.
Canucks doing silly things with really old cars. How can you not like?
AHh, Flite Test. Making Dollar Tree Foam Board do crazy shit for nearly a decade now. Well worth a watch if you have even a passing interest in model aviation!
FT has a channel about surface stuff too. Not much on here as of yet.
RC ratrods and a super cool scale garage. How can you go wrong?
Peter's a mad scientist who also happens to play with RC stuff. Also used to work for Flite Test(You'll see him in older videos and he has given them several designs that they still sell kits for to this day) and still works with them from time to time.
RC construction, heavy haulage. German channel. Very little dialogue.
DJ Medic does some crazy shit with RCs, too! Would love to bring my fleet up to his place someday but the drive from mid TN to his part of Canadia is a bit of a pain.
This guy's scratchbuilding a 1/4 scale model of a grave digger so realistic it uses an actual, honest to goodness, supercharged V8 engine.
Kev's a bit of a chav and rather controversial amongst RC groups, but where the fuck else you gonna see someone take a crawler that's designed never to go more than walking pace and yeet it over a garden shed at 45+ MPH by installing a crazy brushless system and 20+ volts of lipo power in it?!
Musician turned machinist, does a SHITTON of content on small steam engines. Love it!
Roadking and his gaggle of compadres work on small antique stationary engines, hot rods, and general home machining stuff. Love to build crazy things out of Briggs engines, too.
Restores antique stationary engines. Hard to understand his words, but you also don't really need to.
Foxxy shenanigans were never this adorable!
Slowmo Cameras and Firearms is a recipe for fun!...and demonitization, fuck you Google. Worried about this channel's future because they make awesome content that Youtube irrationally shits on, just like Ian with Forgotten Weapons.
What happens when you cross a Russian gearhead with an unending supply of welding rod, vodka, and Ladas, then give it an internet connection? Shenanigans! Voiceover and subtitles by BMI Russian.
Use By dates are just a suggestion, after all...
itt: plug other peoples channels
Here are my favs. Some duplicates that were posted before, but hey. The extra time exposure can never hurt.
Both simple and complex recipes from all over the world. Lots of finger food and cakes. Great chefs too. Extra mention for Frankie Celenza with his low-budget Struggle Meals series. He explains a lot about the why behind cooking so it's a great place to start for the beginning cook.
Funny and wholesome Chef John. A mountain of recipes ranging from classic American to Asian. Slow paced videos also make his videos a great place to start.
Not active anymore sadly, but over 500 recipes that all have a "homely" feel. While she has a lot of "normal" recipes like good ol'Chocolate Cake, she wasn't afraid to delve into more obscure kitchens like African, Middle-Eastern and Jewish.
Can't have a list of cooking channels without Babish. Not much else to say.
Fairly simple Japanese recipes. Nice slow paced with clear instructions.
Very similar to RunnyRunny999, but with a bigger focus on sweets and cakes.
No worries. No dog is involved with the cooking. Great Japanese recipies both savoury and sweet from a friendly Chef. If you have ever searched for Melon-pan, Taiyaki, or Chocolate Corners, you probably already know this channel.
Bunch of British guys having fun with food. Amazing.
A guy with a passion for the lifestyle of the 18th Century. Has a bunch of classic recipes that he has dug up from old cookbooks.
Authentic Chinese recipies. Great focus on technique. Looking to make a step into Chinese cuisine? Then this is a great place to start.
Grandma Clara shares old recipies from her youth during the Great Depression. Has sadly passed away, but visiting this channel is like visiting your grandma. Wholesome.
Geeky nerd stuff
Tinkering. Getting deep into how things works. And some dry humor every now and then. Especially Technology Connections. That dry humor of his is so awful that it's amazing.
binging with babish is a baad channel and the just hearing the name in my own head sounds like fingernails on a chalkboard