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As everyone knows, 2017 has been a terrible year for YouTube. Channels are being wrecked by demonetisation schemes and ruined by content violation claims. Copyright and content ID bots have gone berserk, with even more channels being struck for content that clears fall under fair use laws. And well, as far as clicks and subscriptions go, it’s not good news there either. Basically, it’s a turbulent time for everyone on the platform, especially as the year draws to a close and bills need to be paid.
And this is even more true of the underdogs. The unknowns, the channels that need traffic to survive, yet find their work overshadowed by a dodgy algorithm and the push to celebrity culture and gossip.
So, to celebrate the new year (and bring more attention to them), we’ve created another list. Hence here it is. Here is our latest list of underrated gaming channels to check out in 2018!
Topic: Unusual Video Game Music Covers
Starting with the interesting music channel New Game Plus. Why interesting? Because they don’t just make any old video game cover. They’re not yet another channel doing rock or metal versions of familiar songs, or remixing said songs with standard instruments/
They’re the type of channel that tries to truly change how the songs feel, or see what interesting setups they can create based on them. For example, they turned Delfino Plaza’s upbeat main tune into something out of a horror movie:
As well as the Luigi’s Mansion theme into a peppy pop song you might hear on the radio:
It’s a really neat effect, and reminds me a lot of those parody ads that reframe the Shining as a happy go lucky family film (or Mary Poppins as a horror flick).
And while their back catalogue is hardly extensive, the other covers they’ve made are pretty neat none the less. So, if you’re after something a bit more quirky and experimental than the well-known remixers, check ‘em out.
Topic: Off Camera Exploration
Either way, onto the next one now. Namely, Slippy Slides, a channel which goes outside of the boundaries of various game worlds and shows you what’s going on there…
Wait, that sounds familiar doesn’t it?
Yep, Slippy Slides is basically in the same genre as Boundary Break. They do the exact same ‘explore outside of the world and see what’s happening beyond the camera view’ gimmick, to the point they’ve actually covered many of the same games.
But Slippy Slides isn’t a mere knock off here. Nope, while it’s covered some similar games to Boundary Break, it’s covered very different aspects of them. For example, note how their Resident Evil 4 episode focuses on objects like chests found outside of the world.
Whereas Shesez’s version focuses more on things like where the road goes or what details can be seen on the castle when it’s far into the distance. They’re different takes really, and give you a lot more insight into the game than any one channel could on its own.
Add to this how different their choices of games usually are (Shesez is more Nintendo focused, these guys are more PC game focused), or how clones generally become a genre after some point (see Doom Clones -> First Person Shooters for instance), and it feels like these two channels work really well together, and offer tons of value for anyone who wants to see what goes on behind the scenes in their favourite games.
Check them out!
Topic: Game Mods (and interviews)
Next up on our list, we have an interesting gaming channel that focuses on game mods and emulation. Named REGNR8 (and run by a guy called Jeremy King), it talks quite a bit about Zelda Breath of the Wild and the various mods made for it.
Like say, this one that makes all weapons unbreakable:
And this code to spawn anything in game anywhere you like:
But those are only the tip of the iceberg here. Why? Because REGNR8 also does something else that’s quite interesting too.
Namely, the nearest thing to actual journalism the modding scene seems to have nowadays. For instance, do you remember that Breath of the Wild online multiplayer mod? The one that turned out to be a hoax cause the ‘creator’ had merely mocked up the screens in Photoshop?
Yeah, we do too. We covered it on Gaming Reinvented. Either way though, REGNR8 was the channel that basically brought that hoax to light, since they went and did a full interview with the game’s ‘creator’ and asked point blank whether the mod was actually in development yet. It’s not much, but hey… it’s a going further than most did when the story broke out, and shows a ‘blogger’ doing some actual research rather than just copying information over from their competitors without questioning it.
So check ’em out. They’re great modders and journalists, and they definitely deserve more than the 1,973 subscribers they have at the moment.
Topic: Terrible Old Game Mockups
And that’s also very much true of the next channel on our list too. One which is actually one of the most intriguing channels we’ve ever covered here on Gaming Reinvented.
Because it’s completely different from anything we’ve ever seen on YouTube before. Namely, it’s a channel devoted to…
Mocking up non-existent 80s NES games based on the popular films of today.
Like say, this fictional platformer loosely based on the recent IT movie:
Or this resort simulator inspired by Rogue One:
In other words, it’s like imagining what LJN may have made in an alternative universe. A world where the films of the 2010s were adapted for the NES and SNES, with all the questionable design decisions that implies. It’s a fantastic concept, and definitely one to check out if you’re into retro gaming.
Last Friday, Nintendo released the Champion’s Ballad DLC for The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild. Based around Link exploring new shrines and conquering new challenges to find out about the Champions and their backstory from before the Calamity struck, the expansion is a complex affair, adding tons of new armour sets to find and things to do.
As a result, it’s quite easy to get stuck and struggle to progress in the expansion. Whether it’s finding the new armour, activating the extra shrines or clearing the new dungeon, every step is filled with little things that may make you struggle for whatever reason.
But that’s where we come in! Thanks to our handy new FAQ for the Champion’s Ballad DLC pack, we’ve answered all your questions about the DLC, as well as various questions you probably wouldn’t think of asking but may want to read about anyway. So, if you’re interested and want to find out how this whole thing works, keep reading!
Starting with a few answers to the more basic questions you may have about the game. These aren’t shrine or quest specific, but they should at least help with some overall queries you may have about the DLC or its quality as a whole, as well as the structure it uses.
Where do I get the expansion?
If you’ve bought the Expansion Pass, you get it by updating the game from the Switch menu.
Does the expansion need a new save file?
Does it take place after Ganon as a postgame?
Is it a prequel set hundreds of years in the past?
There are memories from back then, but the actual gameplay takes place in the present day.
Do you play as Zelda or the Champions?
No, just Link
And how do I actually start it?
Well, you’ll need to have beaten all four Divine Beasts first. Once you’ve done that, Zelda will send you a message saying you should head back to the Shrine of Resurrection and place the Sheikah Slate in the terminal. This makes the One Hit Obliterator appear, and the quest begins.
Wait, what’s the quest format here?
It’s basically a challenge on the Plateau, a bunch of shrine missions related to the champions and then the new dungeon promised earlier.
There’s a new dungeon?
Yes, and it comes with quite the interesting final boss too.
Oh, okay. What about the armour? Where can I get that?
From various chests found in the world. Our guide will list them soon.
How about the horse armour?
Same deal, they’ll be in the upcoming guide.
And what does the horse armour even do?
The Ancient Bridle gives your horse two extra stamina when equipped, and the Ancient Saddle lets you teleport your horse to you when you whistle, regardless of where in the world you are at the time.
So it’s like how Epona worked in past games?
How do the extra spurs work?
They’re added on top of your horse’s stamina, to a maximum of ten. So if your horse has five spurs naturally, then it’ll get two from the Bridle and three more if it eats an Endura Carrot.
It doesn’t work on Epona or the Giant Horse, since you can’t change their bridle or saddle.
Okay, makes sense. What effects does the armour have?
The following ones:
- Royal Guard Uniform: Decreases the amount of stamina used for any action. So swimming, climbing and spin attacking uses less stamina now.
- Phantom Ganon Armour: Increases the power of bone based weapons (like Dragonbone Clubs or Stalkoblin Arms), acts as a disguise to stop enemies attacking (like Majora’s Mask) and makes you stealthier.
- Ravio’s Hood: Increases sideways climbing speed
- Zant’s Helmet: Stops you from being frozen by ice attacks. Like the Thunder Helm, except for ice stuff.
- Island Lobster Shirt: Grants heat resistance, for desert exploration purposes.
Is any of it useful?
Well, Zant’s Helmet is a nice thing to have when exploring the Hebra region (since it means you don’t need to equip the whole Snowquill Set), the Royal Guard Uniform is a decent exploring kit (because it reduces stamina usage for actions) and the Phantom Ganon Armour has neat side effects, but they’re all pretty situational.
Can any of this armour be upgraded?
No. Annoying, I know, especially given how amiibo armour always seems to be upgradable. Hmm.
Can the armour be dyed?
No. Seems like any DLC or amiibo armour can’t be dyed for whatever reason.
What’s with the tall shrines?
They’re shrines exclusive to this expansion pack. That’s it, they don’t act any differently from any other shrine you may come across.
What’s the deal with the bike?
It’s called the Master Cycle Zero, and acts as a new means of transport in this expansion. If you want to know more about how it works (and don’t mind spoilers), read the spoiler questions below.
Will there be more DLC in future?
Maybe. There’s a special broadcast about the game coming on the 12th December, and with the Champion’s Ballad already out, it’s anyone’s guess to what exactly will be included in it.
Honestly, if I had to be the guessing type, I’d say we’re getting at least two more expansions for the game, since the total number of upgrades you can get is always two short of a full health bar and stamina wheel. Add how a non amiibo player will still be short of armour, how the term ‘Expansion Pass’ likely implies more than just two expansions and how most Zelda games take time to develop, and I can see Breath of the Wild getting regular updates for another year or so just to hold people off until the next big game.
However, the real answer is that we don’t know. Nothing has been said one way or the other yet.
Wait, you’re limited in how much armour you can hold?
Yeah, at 100 pieces. It’s the same reason you can permanently lose the Thunder Helm or Champion’s Shirt if your inventory is full (since it doesn’t expand to accommodate them, and NPC gifted armour has questionable ‘checks’ for validity.
Damn, that sucks. Still, can I at least get duplicates of the DLC armour if I lose it?
Yes, you can repurchase DLC armour from Grante in Tarrey Town. You can also buy at least one copy of each set there too, meaning you can now have multiple copies of any DLC armour you like.
Last but not least, should I actually buy the Expansion Pass? Is the Champion’s Ballad (or earlier Master Trials) expansion worth the price?
Honestly, it depends on how much you liked Breath of the Wild without the DLC.
Did you adore it and think the game was one of the best ever made?
If so, buy the Expansion Pass. Both packs are literally just more of what you liked the first time around, and both the new armour and additional shrines/challenges are as well designed as the stuff in the original game.
However, if you didn’t like it that much…
These expansions will not change your mind on the matter. They don’t revolutionise the gameplay, they don’t replace the whole story, they don’t add giant traditional Zelda dungeons to the overworld and the number of new enemies introduced is fairly minimal.
So that ends our first set of questions. If you want to avoid spoilers, stop reading now, since the ones below are all about specific issues people may have in the expansion. If not (or you’re just plain stuck in one of the new shrines or challenges), keep reading!
Well, it’s happened again. Despite Nintendo trying to avoid leaks by restricting review copies, Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon have leaked online, a good full week before their official release date. That’s pretty embarrassing given the situation with the original games. Or the likes of Breath of the Wild, Mario & Luigi Superstar or Super Mario Odyssey since then.
But it’s also good news for us too. Why? Because it means that thanks to some plucky dataminers, we now have information about all the new Pokémon and story elements added in the new titles! So, if you want to find out about Necrozma’s new forms or the new Pokémon included in the new titles, keep reading!
Given the sheer scope of the game, it was always inevitable glitches were going to be found in Super Mario Odyssey. After all, bugs are unavoidable in video games, with the more ambitious titles having the most by default. And well, every Mario, Zelda and Pokémon game in the last twenty years has been filled to the brim with interesting glitches to play around with it.
So, it’s no surprise some interesting stuff would be found in Odyssey. But what is interesting is the sheer scope of these bugs.
Why? Because despite the game not being out for more than a few weeks, they’re not minor bugs that have Mario clipping a few pixels into a wall or the font getting screwed up. Nope, they’re full blown game world time crashes, massive out of bounds tricks and much more besides. There really is a ton of interesting stuff to see here.
Hence if you’re interested… keep reading!
6. Out of Bounds in the Luncheon Kingdom
Effect: You go straight through a wall and out of bounds
Starting with this nice, simple out of bounds trick in the Luncheon Kingdom. To use it, first Capture a Fire Bro in this area here:
Yeah, I know, you can technically Capture one anywhere in the level, but this is a lot more convenient given where the glitch takes place.
Either way, once you’ve done that, then bring him over to this corner here:
And hop towards it. If you did it right, you’ll go straight through the wall and end up out of bounds. It really is that simple.
However, simplicity comes at a cost, and this time the cost is that going out of bounds here isn’t actually all that useful. Yes, you can walk behind the shops and appear to be standing on thin air. Yes, you can get some nice pictures by having Mario appear to be behind the 8-bit volcano wall or what not.
But as far as breaking missions go, no dice. You can’t get into the shop without the chef outfit, since the place has a back wall and the loading zone wouldn’t be active anyway. You can’t go too far back to reach other areas, since there’s actually an invisible wall right in the middle of this area for whatever reason.
And if you decide to leave the Fire Bro’s body for whatever reason… well just enjoy seeing poor Mario plummet to his death. For whatever reason, the invisible ‘floor’ you stand on doesn’t seem to support Mario when he’s not in the form of an enemy, so a quick demise awaits anyone who tries to go exploring on their own.
Still, it’s an easy glitch, and it acts as a nice introduction to the possibilities glitches in this game allow. So, test it out, mess around a bit and then get ready for the next bug on the list…
5. Inside a Building in the Metro Kingdom
Effect: You end up inside a building, because your scooter sent you through a wall
Which happens to be both a fair bit more annoying to pull off and a tad less limited at the same time. That’s because unlike the one in the Luncheon Kingdom, the Metro Kingdom/New Donk City out of bounds clip requires a precise angle to pull off, as well as the use of a moped found in the stage.
Here’s a video showing how it works:
As you can see, it’s a pretty limited area to run around in, with a few buildings to explore and the ability to collect a few well-placed items if you know what you’re doing. Again, like in the Luncheon Kingdom, you’re not gonna be using this to skip any missions here. It simply doesn’t allow for anything quite that interesting.
But it does allow for you to see something you may not expect in New Donk City. Namely, a perfectly solid looking brick wall Mario can walk straight through. It’s pretty bizarre really, especially given how exactly one wall (which you’re never meant to interact with) just happens to be solid. Eh, maybe Nintendo had plans for that building in a beta version of the game or something. It wouldn’t be the first time they left unused objects and collision lying around in levels.
Still, I’m sure you’re getting bored of the tiny areas to run around, so let’s look at a bug that’s a bit more… interesting in its possibilities.
4. Underneath the Cap Kingdom
Effect: The Paragoomba you’re controlling goes through a solid wall and ends up underneath Bonneton
As well as so easy to pull off that it may actually be the easiest glitch in the entire game.
Seriously, you can activate this one without even trying if you know where to go.
So, to use it, return to the Cap Kingdom and Capture a Paragoomba. Once you’ve done that, just head over to this corner here:
And fly into it. If done ‘correctly’, you’ll fly straight through the wall and under the level.
Yeah, it really is that easy. The corner seems to have no collision detection whatsoever, so there’s not even sort of knack needed for it. Here’s a video showing it in action, in case you’re still a bit sceptical:
Once you’re in, well you can pretty much go anywhere you like to your heart’s content. Want to head behind a Cap Door early? Sure, go right ahead. Want to go underneath a shop and see if you can land next inside the hat stand? Sure, I guess.
You can also land in the water underneath the plugged pond in the level. Not very useful, and you have to keep pressing the jump button (since Mario tries to sink down automatically), but it’s a neat extra.
So, check it out if you’re interested. The possibilities here are almost endless!
But compared to the next three… it’s nothing…
In recent years, the video game community… hasn’t exactly gotten the best reputation. Indeed, thanks to all the controversies in the industry and responses on social media, many people have gone as far as to label it toxic, with some developers even stating that’s a reason they don’t give much information about their games’ development process.
But here’s the thing:
This couldn’t possibly be further from the truth. Indeed, not only is gaming generally not toxic, but in fact it’s actually far less so than many other groups out there. Every hobby or interest has its more unhinged followers, and many of those actually make gamers look utterly tame by comparison!
For example, there are obviously the cases of more ‘serious’ topics like politics which have more than their share of crazy fanatics, and ten times more hatred and trolling on social media than gaming could ever have.
And there’s been a fair bit of violence associated with real life sports too. Forget eSports, its real sports which has the gangs and riots on certain occasions and that was once one of the catalysts for a literal war.
But even ignoring those examples, what about other media. Are gamers ‘uniquely’ bad compared to music or film or TV fans?
In fact, even compared to many music or film fans, the gaming community is actually pretty damn normal.
Take the Justin Bieber fanbase for instance. Everytime he gets a girlfriend, the woman gets flooded with threats from jealous fangirls. Everywhere he goes online falls into insanity. Heck, there was even a case where a hotel he was at needed to change their number, cause his fans flooded the telephone lines with calls and made it impossible for anyone else to use the phones there.
And other instances of such insanity have been found with every musician and band. There are fans who’ve tweeted enough for a restraining order. Fans who’ve broken into their idol’s house and wrote on the walls. Even a horrifying case of potential animal cruelty caused by the same. Where someone seemingly murdered their dog because their favourite band didn’t follow them on Twitter.
Film fans and TV show fans aren’t much better. The fandoms for Doctor Who, Star Trek and Sherlock alone can be a hotbed of flame wars and trolling, with one of the showrunners from the former practically driven off Twitter because of it. Book fandoms? Well, Lord of the Rings, Twilight, Harry Potter… they’ve all got their insane individuals too.
And the same goes for practically every hobby or interest in existence. Are you into technology? Then you’ll find ‘toxic’ individuals there. Tabletop games, pro wrestling, comics, fashion… heck even stage magic and scrapbooking have insane people who are interested in them. Karaoke has gotten people murdered in some countries too, with fights breaking over songs picked in bars.
Even managing forums is serious business to some people. To the point flame wars break out over whether vBulletin, XenForo or IPB is better. Where developers are followed around by haters who comment on every post about how they’re ruining the software.
Basically, crazy folks are everywhere. Psychopathic nutcases exist in almost every field you can end up in.