I joined YouTube on June 26, 2006. Since then, I have made over 500 videos (the majority of which were recorded and edited by myself).
2006 was a simpler time. It was before Google made many changes to YouTube, when videos were still standard definition, before the site resembled Facebook and looked more like its own thing, and before ads were shown at the beginning of (and during) videos. That year was also when creators didn't have to put so much time, effort, and stress into making videos. You could upload a video showing a few minutes of gameplay from an NES or SNES game, and people would love it. You'd get more real comments and less spam, with people saying things like "Hey, I remember that game!", "Thanks for the video!", or "Please make more videos." You didn't have to be well-known and popular. It was a time when you could have just 20-30 Subscribers, and your videos would get thousands of views, lots of 5 star ratings (remember those?), lots of positive feedback with many YouTube users wanting to see more, and didn't have to put up with a biased algorithm. Creators could also have fun browsing the site and watching other's videos, without being forced to watch ads (and pay for a Premium service if you don't want them).
This blog is about the good memories I have of the early days of YouTube, some not as good memories from later on, some lost videos that were once on my Channel but were later deleted and not archived, videos that I planned but never released, and my favorite Channels from other longtime YouTubers.
Channel Link: https://www.youtube.com/@MegaMan52
Original Link: https://www.youtube.com/user/MegaMan52
Memories of the Early Days
The very first video I uploaded onto YouTube was a video of Micro Machines for the NES, titled "Micro Machines Preview." I barely did any editing at that point, and it didn't matter. The video was only about two or three minutes long, showed the menu screens, and the Qualifying Race. That's it. The video was in the AVI format, and I uploaded the raw, unedited file to YouTube. People liked it.
Super Mario Bros. 3 Lost Levels Videos
Uploaded: Late 2006
In 2003 or so, I found out about some lost (unused) levels in Super Mario Bros. 3. I remember that Game Genie codes to access those levels were posted on GameFAQs by a user named "andrewo". A few years later, I forgot about the codes. Luckily, they were archived on an NES site called The Warp Zone (one of the sites I mentioned in my gaming websites blog), which I came across around in 2004 or 2005. In the Fall of 2006, after I joined YouTube, I thought about making videos showing the lost levels from Super Mario Bros. 3 as well as other things in the game that were found in the early 2000s that could be accessed with a Game Genie. I made sixteen videos showing the lost/unused levels. I also made and uploaded a video showing the original goal in World 5-1 from the Japanese version of Super Mario Bros. 3, which still exists in the American version and can be found by going through a wall in a hidden area of the level that has a Treasure Chest. I then made and uploaded sixteen videos showing all of the lost levels in Super Mario Bros. 3. In 2009, I made remakes of those videos and combined them into two parts (videos above).
Donkey Kong Country....on NES
Uploaded: November, 2006
Uploaded in November of 2006, this was probably my most successful video at the time. It showed a bootleg Famicom version of Donkey Kong Country, titled "Donkey Kong Country 4". It was made by a company called "Hummer Team", now well-known by many retro gamer's as a company that released several decent quality bootlegs (they also made a Super Mario World NES bootleg, and a Mario Kart/Street Fighter type game called Kart Fighter). I remember my video even made it onto YouTube's main page. The video got attention because this bootleg wasn't very well-known at the time, and many were surprised that there existed a bootleg NES/Famicom version that was pretty faithful to the original SNES version of the game. Some thought it was a port of the Game Boy Color version, but it's not. It's based on the SNES version. This bootleg version was released in 1997, while the Game Boy Color version was released in 2000. I made another video of this game in early 2007 showing more levels, but I didn't archive it. I did, however, make a remake of both videos in 2009, showing several levels in one video (video above). However, the original video from 2006 can be watched in my past videos compilation.
Donkey Kong Land....on NES
Uploaded: January 31, 2007
In January 2007, following up my DKC NES video, I recorded and uploaded a video of a bootleg Famicom version of Donkey Kong Land. It has five levels (technically fifteen, but the first five levels are repeated) and has music from Donkey Kong Country. This video didn't get as much attention as my DKC NES video mentioned above, but many still watched and liked it. The video was archived and is included in my past videos compilation.
Action 52 Videos
Uploaded: June 10, 2007 ("Non Human"), August 21, 2007 ("Bubblegum Rosy"), January 2009 ("Lollipops")
Action 52 for the NES got a fair bit of attention in the early days of YouTube. Though it was already known to some collector's in the '90s and early 2000s, it, along with Cheetahmen II, became more well-known after videos of it were uploaded on YouTube in 2006/2007. Many YouTubers reviewed the game (LeisureSuitGaming and mpn1990 come to mind), and others uploaded gameplay videos. I uploaded an Action 52 video in 2007, showing one of its games: "Non Human". I also uploaded videos of some of Action 52's other games: "Bubblegum Rosy" (Active Enterprises' typo) and "Lollipops". All three videos were archived and included in my past videos compilation.
I believe the "Non Human" video was one of the first (maybe even the first) video I uploaded that included text/captions. This was in 2007, and by that point I was making simple edits and adding text to my videos with Windows Movie Maker. My editing skills got better as time went on.
One of the reasons why I made a video of "Bubblegum Rosy" was because of an area in the first level that people thought was impossible. Guides said it was impossible, and many players who uploaded videos of this game before mine was uploaded showed that they couldn't get past this part. Shown in this screenshot is a gap just to the left of the main character that is difficult but not impossible to jump over. You have to stand at the very edge of the platform on the left, then jump and hold right.
Another reason why I uploaded this video was to show a big glitch. If you get a game over on level 2, which is a car driving level, and play the game again, you continue driving the vehicle in the first level and the graphics become a huge mess.
For the "Lollipops" video, which was made in 2009, I did the unthinkable and spent a few hours during one night playing the game trying to get a good recording. The poor controls and frequent glitches meant I had to keep restarting the game from the beginning, and redo the recording several times. The game has only three levels, but like other Action 52 games it isn't exactly the most playable. The third level also has glitched audio, and after beating it the game goes back to the first level.
I later uploaded a video of Cheetahmen II, sometime in 2008 or 2009.
Mario Party Mini-Game Fun Series
Uploaded: Originally on August 4, 2008, re-uploaded on June 29, 2009
Once again, in the early days, you could make videos showing some gameplay of whatever retro game, and people would love it. I made a series of videos showing my favorite minigames in the Mario Party games for N64, as well as Mario Party 4 and Mario Party 5 for GameCube. The N64 Mario Party videos were originally uploaded in 2008, and later re-uploaded in 2009. The Mario Party 2 and 3 videos were split into two parts. I later made another video of the first Mario Party showing some of my other favorite minigames in that game, but it didn't get nearly as many views so I deleted it. However, I did archive it and it can be watched in my past videos compilation. My video of the first Mario Party got over a million views.
I had planned to make videos of Mario Party 6 and 7, but that was much later on (2016 or so) when uploading videos showing some gameplay was not what people were really interested in anymore.
Hot Wheels Turbo Racing Videos
Uploaded: Originally in 2008, re-uploaded in 2009
By 2008, I got a different Computer. One that was able to emulate N64 games better. I decided to record videos of Hot Wheels Turbo Racing for N64, which I remember renting in 2000 or so. I recorded videos of all eight tracks, and a "secrets" videos showing the locations of shortcuts and hidden cars. Nowadays, I am interested in buying the PlayStation version of Hot Wheels Turbo Racing because it has more tracks (twelve, instead of eight).
Mega Man X3 Sega Genesis Videos
In 2008 and 2009, I made a four part video series showing a bootleg Sega Genesis/Mega Drive version of Mega Man X3. News articles about these videos appeared on Rockman Corner and "Press The Buttons" in 2009.
Rockman Corner news article: https://www.rockman-corner.com/2009/07/mega-man-x3-snes-vs-genesis-bootleg.html
Press The Buttons news article: https://www.pressthebuttons.com/2009/07/mega-man-x3-for-sega-genesis-tries-hard-bless-its-heart.html
My Favorite YouTube Channels
While I've seen thousands of videos over the years from many YouTubers (big and small), the ones I enjoyed the most were from smaller YouTubers who joined the same year I did (2006) or only a year later.
Before I get into my favorites I just want to quickly point something out: Yes, I'm aware of and have watched videos from most of the early game reviewers from 2006/2007, including AkewstickRockR, Armake21, ericmansuper, Irate Gamer, Jedite1, LeisureSuitGaming (a.k.a. Silent Rob), mpn1990, Play it Bogart, and undercoverfilmer00v (now known as No1Run). I watched their videos in the early days and still remember them, like Armake21's Adventures in the Magic Kingdom and Gilligan's Island videos, ericmansuper's Where's Waldo video, LeisureSuitGaming's/Silent Rob's Action 52 videos, and undercoverfilmer00v/No1Run's Mickey Mousecapade review and GoldenEye stunt videos.
In March 2007, I watched undercoverfilmer00v/No1Run's Mickey Mousecapade video and made this "map" of the Pirate Ship level for fun.
Now, here are my favorite YouTube Channels. I've also known about most of these since 2006/2007.
Channel Link: https://www.youtube.com/@ericmansuper
Did game reviews inspired by the Angry Video Game Nerd (then known as the Angry Nintendo Nerd), and was one of the early game reviewers on YouTube. He did reviews of NES games like Where's Waldo, The Simpsons: Bartman Meets Radioactiveman, and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. While his videos were inspired by the AVGN, he did reviews of those games long before James Rolfe (the AVGN). Though he didn't make very many, his videos are still quite enjoyable to watch after all these years.
Channel Link: https://www.youtube.com/@Blaziken257
Often uploaded videos of the Donkey Kong Country, Donkey Kong Land, and Wario Land games. Some of his videos were playthroughs of certain levels in the Donkey Kong games. He found unused material in the Donkey Kong Land games, such as unused bonus levels and an unused music track in Donkey Kong Land 2. He released a Spanish translation of the Game Boy Color version of Donkey Kong Land 3 (which was released only in Japan). He was one of several who disliked the many changes Google made to YouTube over the years. He quit in 2013, but sometimes posts messages on his about page.
Channel Link: https://www.youtube.com/@Tailz64
Did playthrough videos of several NES, SNES, and Genesis games. I remember watching several videos with commentary of people playing games, and the commentary would often be annoying. This guy provided commentary in most of his videos, and usually didn't sound annoying. He did playthroughs of NES games like Tiny Toon Adventures and Ghoul School, and SNES games such as Super Mario RPG. Lots of YouTubers called their playthrough videos "let's plays", but this guy usually called them "Two-Tailed Playthroughs" (referencing the fact that his username was "Tailz64", and Tails having two tails).
Channel Link: https://www.youtube.com/@khaotix64
Now known as khaotix64. Though not very many videos stood out to me on the guy's Channel, this guy stuck around on YouTube over a decade and his Channel, in a way, kind of takes me back to the early days of YouTube. I do remember watching some of his early videos from 2007, which were also game reviews and some videos of his game collection. I recall he had his own original series called "Pennsylvania" or something. I don't remember if it was about Pennsylvania, Castlevania, or something else, but just remember he had some original content in the early days of YouTube. Last time I checked, he did Livestreams of various games (like Super Smash Bros. on N64 and some Sonic the Hedgehog games). He subscribed to me in 2007, and commented on some of my videos.
Channel Link: https://www.youtube.com/@yearofthe
Did playthroughs of and uploaded music from several Spyro the Dragon games. Later got a new Channel, called "SpyrosKingdom." Disappeared around when Spyro: Reignited Trilogy was released.
Channel Link: https://www.youtube.com/@uethenfaif
I know nothing about the guy who created this Channel, but like the videos that are on it. I can remember a lot of people doing speed runs of NES games in the early/mid 2000s (anyone recall seeing a video titled "Some Guy Beats Super Mario Brothers 3 In 11 Minutes"?). This Channel has a lot of speed run videos from those years, in glorious 240p.
During my first few years on YouTube, there were a few videos on my Channel that were later deleted. Some of those videos are in my past videos compilation, while others weren't archived and are just gone. My Micro Machines video mentioned above was one of those videos, but here's a list of some of my other lost videos:
R.C. Pro Am II - I uploaded a video of the first R.C. Pro Am in 2006, which was archived and included in my past videos compilation. The same year, I also made and uploaded a video of R.C. Pro Am II. It was very short (less than five minutes, I believe), and only showed the first two or three tracks. I didn't archive the R.C. Pro Am II video; there was really nothing great about it. Even for 2006, this video was lacking. I later uploaded playthrough videos of both NES R.C. Pro Am games (above) with most of the tracks in each game and recorded from a real NES.
Donkey Kong Land...on NES (Part 2) - A second part of my "Donkey Kong Land...on NES" video, showing the rest of the levels in the game. Only the first part was archived and included in my past videos compilation (above).
Mega Man 3 Prototype Videos - I made a few videos in 2006 showing a prototype version of Mega Man 3. It was basically the same as the released version, but with some extra glitches. The videos weren't archived, but the pictures above are from those videos (notice the compression, as well as the graphical glitches from the game itself). I made a page about it 2006/2007 on my website (the page hasn't been updated since and remains for archival purposes only).
Mega Man 3 Prototype Page: https://www.angelfire.com/ultra/megamanworld/mm3proto.html
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 Glitch Video - Don't remember the exact title of this video, but it showed a glitch in the Los Angeles level in the N64 version of THPS3 which I remember coming across when I had the game in 2003 or so. If you went inside the Elevator that was located in one section of the level and jumped/ollied while it was moving up, you'd fall through the Elevator and land at the bottom part where the Elevator was before it started moving. I think I uploaded this video in 2007. I guess it was a decent video at the time; people watched it and left positive comments. But honestly, there was really no point in archiving it. It was another early video lacking in content.
Ninja Turtles: Tournament Fighters - I don't remember the exact title of this video either, but it was a video of the Tournament mode in Ninja Turtles: Tournament Fighters for NES. I believe I uploaded it in 2007. I played as Raph, and I think the other Turtles were who I chose as computer-controlled characters. I uploaded another Ninja Turtles: Tournament Fighters video in 2021 (above), also featuring a playthrough of the Tournament mode (and recorded from a real NES).
Operation C - Uploaded in 2007, this was just a gameplay video showing the first level in Operation C for Game Boy. Again, these were the kind of videos gamer's liked in the early days of YouTube.
Batman Forever (SNES) Part 1 and Part 2 - Videos of the SNES version of Batman Forever, also uploaded in 2007. The first part showed a playthrough of the first level, while the second part showed some of the second level. The second part also included footage of the SNES version of Batman Returns near the end, which I thought was a better game. I remember I used to have Batman Forever in my SNES collection in the early 2000s (complete with box and manual), and I didn't really like the "HOLD ON" loading screen that appeared everytime you entered a room. Yes, EVERY room you entered in this game required a few seconds of loading because the game used pre-rendered backgrounds like the Donkey Kong Country games. But the difference with those games is that they were actually fun; this game wasn't. Around the same time (or maybe in 2008), I watched videos of the Genesis version of Batman Forever. This version, while basically the same game, doesn't look or sound as good as the SNES version, but fixes one of the SNES version's biggest problems: the game loads each room instantly; there's no "HOLD ON" load screen in the Genesis version. As flawed as this game is, though, I do like some of its music, like the music that plays on the title screen in the SNES version.
Super Mario Bros. 3 - Fourth Whistle
There are really only three Warp Whistles in Super Mario Bros. 3. But if you use Game Genie code AOSUZI (which allows you to pull out blocks and basically delete graphics) in the World 1 Mini-Fortress, you can move through the wall at the end of the room with the spiked ceiling. This allows you to reach the hidden room with the Warp Whistle, but on your way another chest containing another Warp Whistle appears in the wall. It's best to be small/regular Mario because if you're Super/Raccoon, you might get pushed through the wall and might not be able to get back to the extra chest.
It is possible to run up to both chests before the game goes back to the map screen, but you'll only actually get one Whistle. I made a video showing this in 2007/2008, but didn't archive it.
Ultimate Air Combat (NES) - Tub Buster - Ultimate Air Combat for the NES was probably the first flight simulator I ever played in the '90s. The game has real Aircraft (like an F-14 Tomcat), several voice clips, and a pretty high quality soundtrack for an NES game. I recorded a video of the game's Tub Buster mission, and chose the F-18 Hornet. The video was uploaded in 2008. I didn't archive it. It was another gameplay video that people may have enjoyed in the early days of YouTube, but was lacking and became irrelevant later on. The year I uploaded this video, I visited a Museum that had some Aircraft. I've had an interest in Aircraft for most of my life, and also had Flight Training in the past (and earned a jacket). These are reasons, besides the fact that I liked the game, why I decided to make a video of Ultimate Air Combat in 2008.
Misadventures of Pac-Man (Part 2) - Pac-Man 2: The New Adventures is one of the funniest games I've ever played. In 2008/2009, I came across a video titled "Misadventures of Pac-Man" showing many of the funny things that can happen to Pac-Man in the game. That's why I put "Part 2" in the video's title. It was a sort of follow-up to the video I found, showing other funny moments that weren't included in that video. Some of those moments included spinning on a Chair super fast (which made Pac-Man dizzy), stepping on a Raker and getting hit in the face, or getting ketchup poured on him by a Hot Dog vendor. I sent this video to the maker of the Misadventures of Pac-Man video as a video response (which is something else you don't really see on YouTube nowadays).
Mega Man (Legends) 64 Playthrough - I played Mega Man 64 a lot in the early 2000s. In 2009, I decided that I wanted to do a playthrough. Only problem was I didn't have it for my N64 anymore, so I had to play it on my Computer with the Project 64 Emulator. I used FRAPS to record videos of N64 games. I used the free version of FRAPS, which only recorded for thirty seconds. That meant I had to press the record button every thirty seconds, then combine the clips into one video. Every thirty seconds, there would be a skip in the footage. Nowadays, and for several years now, I've had a capture device, so recording playthrough videos (or other kinds of videos) of N64 games is a little easier and better. But using FRAPS and pressing the record button every thirty seconds for an entire playthrough was not worth it. I only got partway through the game before deciding that.
These were only some of my lost videos. The total amount of videos I've made since 2006 is well-over 500.
Mega Man 6 Playthrough - I uploaded multiple playthroughs of Mega Man 3 (two console versions, and a hacked version) and wanted to record a full playthrough of other Mega Man games. I chose Mega Man 6. I recorded another near-full playthrough. I made it through most of Dr. Wily's fortress and decided "no, I don't want to release this footage." It's not that there was anything really wrong with the video. I recorded the video from my NES (not an Emulator) connected to my Elgato Capture Device, and the playthrough turned out reasonably well (I tend to be pretty good at most of the Mega Man games). The thing is I recorded this video in 2016 or so, and by then gameplay and playthrough videos weren't really the kinds of videos my viewers wanted anymore.
The Flintstones: The Surprise at Dinosaur Peak (NES) Debug Mode - There's a button code that can be inputted on the title screen in this game that brings up a hidden screen featuring a sound test and debug mode. The numbers on this screen didn't just represent the game's music, but also a level select. Some glitched levels can be seen by choosing a level on this hidden debug mode screen. I recorded a video showing this screen, the debug mode features, and some glitched levels. It was on my Channel briefly in 2009, but I deleted it in less than an hour. I guess it was kind of interesting, but I really wasn't happy with it. I didn't archive the video.
Pac-Man World 2 Playthrough - I've played and beaten this game numerous times, so I thought about recording a video and playing through the whole game. Decided not to. My Channel needed other content.
Mario Kart: Double Dash!! Playthrough - This could also be considered a lost video, because I actually did record footage of this game showing an almost full playthrough. However, I never released it and I didn't save it either. Again, my Channel needed fewer playthrough videos and more videos of other content.
Mario Party 6 and Mario Party 7 Mini-Game Fun Videos - I mentioned above that these videos were being planned. They were indeed planned in 2016 or so, but never made.
The Beginning of The Modern YouTube
In 2009, I noticed YouTube was changing. And not necessarily for the better. It wasn't quite the YouTube that longtime users remembered during the site's first few years. The first change was the appearance of the Channels. I remember almost no one liked the change, and Google received numerous complaints about it. There was a video about the new Channel appearance and some of its new features, which received thousands of 1 star ratings and comments complaining about the change and people wanting the older Channel appearance back. Google, however, didn't seem to care. This was one of the early instances on YouTube where Google made it clear that they had basically no intention of listening to YouTuber's feedback.
Another change I noticed in the Summer of 2009, which I disliked even more, was that my earlier videos from 2006 (such as my Super Mario Bros. 3 Lost Levels videos) became nothing but audio. Some of my viewers complained. I didn't know why this happened. What I did know was that my earliest videos were in the AVI format and were usually just the raw video files with no edits, while my videos from 2007 and later were in the WMV format. Apparently, Google didn't want AVI videos. These videos were on a different Computer that I no longer had and they weren't saved onto a Memory Card, so I had no choice but to use HyperCam to save any of my early videos from 2006 that hadn't been affected (the NES videos that I uploaded in 2006 were originally recorded with the FCE Ultra Emulator's built-in video recorder).
One other thing I noticed was that videos weren't being uploaded as frequently on some of my favorite Channels. Other users I remember just sort of disappeared. Perhaps these creator's were busy with work, or had other things going on in their lives that prevented them from uploading videos as often. Or maybe some were disgusted by some of the changes that were being made to YouTube.
Memories of the Later Years
The 2010's were quite different than the late 2000's on YouTube. Google ditched the star ratings in favor of likes and dislikes, making YouTube appear a little more like Facebook. HD was standard, and some people would complain if new videos were still in standard definition. Google also got somewhat greedy, forcing people to watch ads before or even during a video unless they paid for YouTube Premium. The ads got so bad in 2017/2018 that I downloaded an Adblocker. The appearance of Channels was changed once again. And in 2021, Google hid the number of dislikes videos have.
In 2015, I got an Elgato Game Capture HD. Despite having HDMI ports and recording in HD, it is also compatible with retro consoles as well. It includes a Component adapter for any console that has a Component video cable. The red plug on this adapter also works with Composite, allowing retro consoles like the NES to be hooked up.
The following year, in 2016, I got an HD Camera. That year, I made this Battletoads video as a way of testing out this Camera.
I'd been uploading mostly videos of retro games during my first ten years on YouTube. In 2017, I got a Nintendo Switch and 3DS and decided that I should also upload videos of modern games. So, I uploaded videos of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Animal Crossing: New Leaf.
For retro games, rather than showing a few minutes of gameplay or doing playthroughs, I would either show videos of unused content in these games, record soundtracks, or get creative and show other things, like recreating the Mega Man 30th Anniversary logo in Animal Crossing for GameCube and using it on clothing, doors, signs, walls, floors, and the Animal Island flag.
Imports are my favorite games or game-related items to collect. In 2016, I'd collected so many imported games and other items that I decided to make a new video series called "A Look at Imports." I didn't just show imported games, though. I also showed a Mario Party 3 soundtrack CD imported from Japan, as well as a Blu-ray Steelbook of Star Trek Generations that was released in the UK.
2016 was the year I started to make game night videos with my friends. We played several NES, N64, and Game Boy games, and the Sega Master System version of Double Dragon (which one of my friends would give to me later, along with the rest of his Master System collection). We sometimes made use of certain accessories, such as the NES Advantage Controller and NES Four Score (which we used with Super Off-Road, R.C. Pro Am II, Super Spike V'ball, and Smash TV). We even played a few bootleg games for the NES and original Game Boy, such as a 110 in 1 NES multicart and a bootleg Game Boy version of Mega Man 8 (which I have videos of on my Channel). We continued to make game night videos until 2020. GoldenEye With Mario Characters was our last game night video. However, I still play games with my friends on occasion. Last year, I played a Super Mario Bros. 3 bootleg cartridge with one of my friends (which he gave to me, knowing I like imports). Earlier this year, we played R.C. Pro Am II on NES and Surf's Up on GameCube. Note: I'm not seen or heard in these videos, just my friends. I chose to be off-screen and silent.
In 2018, I traveled to the Vancouver Island and happened to come across one of the filming locations for the first Sonic the Hedgehog movie located in Ladysmith, B.C.
In 2020, I decided to get into online gaming. Prior to this I didn't really have any interest in playing video games online, preferring to play with friends instead of random gamers who I don't know. But there wasn't very much people could do outside at the time, so I decided to get a Switch Online Membership. I also wasn't making blogs at the time, so I had some time to play games online. I mentioned in other blogs that I've played Switch games online, such as Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (most people who participated in the VGS game nights from 2020-2022 probably remember), Super Mario Bros. 35, Super Kirby Clash, and Pac-Man 99 (which is having its online features shutdown).
I made a blog about Super Mario Bros. 35, and for anyone who's interested in seeing footage of it I have an entire playlist on YouTube full of videos of the game.
I participated in some Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Tournaments, such as the North American Open Tournaments and a Holiday Fun Run Tournament in Dec. 2021. The competition was fierce in these Tournaments, but I still managed to do reasonably well. One VGS member and game night participant joined me during the Holiday Fun Run Tournament and was surprisingly competitive.
From 2020-2022, I participated in many VGS game nights. I also have a playlist on my Channel with some VGS Game Night videos, including a Mario Kart 8 Deluxe video from 2020 showing the first VGS game night I participated in.
MegaMan52 blog #26 completed.
YouTube has sure changed a lot over the years. It's still fine for those who just want to watch some videos or listen to some music. But for those who joined in 2006 and made a lot of videos, the site just isn't quite as fun as it used to be. At least some old Channels remain.
But there were still some fun times in the early days of YouTube, and making videos was one way to stay productive on a day off work. It's a stressful, but fun hobby that I still enjoy to this day. I've gotten nearly 23 million total video views since 2006. I've also uploaded videos on Twitter (or "X" as it's apparently called now), Instagram, and Pinterest.
Edited by MegaMan52
Fixed typos and added pictures