So over the past two weeks I talked about two shows I loved growing up, both on cable TV. Now it’s time to move to the realm of YouTube, and oh boy, believe me when I say I love YouTube.
So my love for YouTube started the summer of 2012 after a friend of mine showed me to these YouTubers called Achievement Hunters. The Achievement Hunters are a group of guys ranging from their late twenties to early forties who play video games online. Pretty plain and simple actually, but before you make any judgments about who these people are, let me tell you they aren’t the stereotypical gamers who stay indoors all day and only eat Doritos. The Achievement Hunters are just a group of guys who love to yell an curse while playing video games. Many of them are married, fathering children, have voice acted for many animated tv series, or have been in of filmed many blockbuster movies. You might not find action stars or parenting exciting, but when you were 13 when you found people screaming and yelling expletives, you kinda get attached.
Now not to get into too much detail, there are six Achievement Hunters. Geoff Ramsey, Jack Pattillo, Ryan Haywood, Michael Jones, Gavin Free, and Jeremy Dooley. These six are the main performing in their videos they post on YouTube. And as I’ve mentioned, these six have been recording themselves play videogames for over five years now, so the amount of chemistry and inside jokes they have is truly amazing.
One of the main shows they do is called Let’s Play Minecraft. It’s when they play the game Minecraft, of course, but each episode is different and unique. Most of them involve the six teaming up to win or a free-for-all where all hell breaks loose. Geoff, the founder of Achievement Hunter, usually thinks of a challenge for the rest to complete, and whoever wins that challenge first, wins the price. The Tower of Pimps. Made up by Gavin while drunk in a video, The Tower of Pimps is a tower entirely made up of gold. Each week everyone fights to be the winner, and for over 297 weeks, the Tower has changed hands many times.
Their second longest series the AH crew has is their Let’s Play GTA V series which has about 230 episodes. Just like their Minecraft series, the GTA series uses unique ideas or game types created by the Achievement Hunters themselves or the community behind them. But some of their most viewed videos in the series are the self-made heists. When GTA Online (this is where they create all of their content) was released, the promise of in-game heists were not met. So, to combat the lack of heists in the game, the AH crew started to make their own. In this miniseries, the crew creates, setup, and execute a heist. These episodes create the most tension and the most action out of any video the AH crew makes. To pull the heist off perfectly: Teamwork, Communication, and Skill are needed to get the task done. Sadly, the AH crew usually lacks all three. Nevertheless, they produce content gold with each video easily getting over 2 million views. The commitment the crew has to their on-screen characters shows how well of actors they are. They are willing to do anything to create the best content for their audience. There are moments when you are watching that you can’t sit down. The emotions they create are so real and awesome and everything and awesome.
The main jest of that I’m trying to get at is that the Achievement Hunters aren’t just your average videogame players. They are talented storytellers with terrific chemistry with one another. They have the ability to make you laugh, cry, and yell at your computer because they are so bad at videogames.