This is a social review post done when I should be doing technical posts but I REALLY enjoy this YouTube channel and as this particular YouTuber is moving to running his channel full time it seemed like a good opportunity to do a review.
The channel is called @ChristopherOdd and it’s a ‘let’s play’ channel or ‘long play’ as I used to know them, in which someone plays full video games while narrating what they are doing, there are hundreds of them out there so what differentiates this one from others?
Christopher Odds voice: His voice is far more like an audio book narrator than a gamer, he doesn’t get hysterical, he doesn’t make you wince, he doesn’t get over excited in a fake way (though he suffers baddly from jump scares in horror games) it’s a pleasant dulcet tone to listen too, as someone that listens to a huge number of audio books I’ve come to really appreciate the quality of a narrator and as far as I’m concerned Christopher Odd is the best narrator for games that I have currently met on any platform.
Mental speed: I don’t know his age and I haven’t looked into it (it feels a bit stalkerish to start looking at peoples age and things like that) but he’s about my mental speed, he solves problems at about the speed I do, I don’t want to jump up and down and yell for him to do things faster or slower, he just thinks at a nice pace and I feel after he has completed the game that I have seen all of that game and that it is as complete a play through as I would make.
Being correct without being too correct: Christopher is constantly correcting himself while he’s playing, you can see from one video to another that he is learning and changing his opinions as things grow and change, Cultural slips are corrected, things said in the heat of the moment are amended instantly and this is at a time when his popularity is at about 300000 YouTube followers when a lot of YouTubers think they can get away with saying offensive things without any backlash. It makes you think he is a good person in real life.
These and the choices of the games he plays result in a channel I can watch all day, a rarity in this day and age :)
But even if he is a joy to listen too, why would I want to watch a video of someone playing computer games? for me there are two reasons
He plays a series of games that I would never play!! I do not want to play Dark Souls, all the Dark Souls series are massively frustrating to play and that’s not something I am interesting in experiencing but I am fascinated with their worlds and want to learn about them 1.
He plays most of his games based on their story and that story is often better than a lot of TV series. To me watching him play is it enjoyable as a series, in fact more so because I can predict most elements of a TV story line (As can most people) but when watching a game there will be surprise elements based purely on his game play over and above the story, the same cannot be said of TV.
All this has meant that I am now a Patron supporter of his channel and treat the news of him going full time with great delight, his channel is by far the one I watch the most and at the current quality I see no reason to change that in the future. :)
As a firm insider on the IBM community I often forget how impenetrable IBM stuff is from the outside, I got this contact from a friend who no longer makes his living from IBM/Lotus products but still likes to keep up to date, they are less than impressed…
..quick rant to you … not at you at all.
Who do you know high up in Lotus/IBM that listen to their public? I find the product release and websites around the Notes/Domino product HORRENDOUS. Download 9 (yep, just found out it’s been released after searching many pages down in Google despite being a PARTNER!), get the release notes - click on the What’s new, takes you to Lotus site, click on the link there, takes you to IBM, click on Notes 9 stuff, takes you BACK to the readme file I started at - do I know what’s new yet? Yep, that nothing has changed when it comes to taking care of customers or the paying public - IBM/Lotus - go and talk to Atlassian, they know how to grow community, build awesome products and take care of customers and evangelists alike.
Try it out - search Google to find anything about the product being launched and fail badly. When you download, you can get to the release notes - I’ll save you the time - http://infolib.lotus.com/resources/domino/Notes/9.0/Readme/readme.html - now tell me what’s new?
Gladly share this with whomever you wish as high as you can - they are a bunch of absolute rubbish. And if they want suggestions of how to do it better rather than just a rant, I’ve got a LOT of suggestions but I’m not making them if none will be implemented (like me contacting XXXXX XXXXX directly to get the forums sorted out and it NEVER happening, so I stopped sending any feedback on any beta testing)
what can I tell him?