From time to time, people ask me what I do for fun, and, being the some would say needlessly problematizing overthinker that I undoubtedly am, I can understand why that question comes up. Inspite and because of their many problems, however, I actually do enjoy music, films, literature, art and gaming. By extension, I also enjoy youtubers who (humerously) comment on films, literature, art and gaming (and aren’t afraid to take a political stand whenever necessary).
Hbomberguy, a strange self-proclaimed SJW Brit who calls himself Harris (this may or may not be his real name), is currently one of my favourite youtubers. Although I don’t always agree with him and I believe that cis-male straight white British youtubers are overrepresented on the platform, I enjoy his dry and often self-deprecating sense of humour, his intelligent analyses, his penchant for overanalyzing and his critical thinking.
I first stumbled across hbomberguy’s 2 hour (!) long review of why he believes the BBC show Sherlock is “garbage” a couple of months back. Fully intent on becoming upset at what I was about to see and clicking away in about five minutes, I went ahead and clicked anyway (“hate watching” is another one of those fun hobbies of mine, after all). But what followed was a really well constructed and highly entertaining argument as to why Sherlock was, in hbomberguy’s opinion, a flawed show to begin with:
Aside from this in depth review of Sherlock, hbomberguy has long, critical reviews of popular computer games like Fallout 3 and Dark Souls 2 on his channel, as well as interesting takes on indie games like Lisa and Undertale. On top of that, however, he also does a series called A measured response, where he replies to right-wing youtubers with antifeminist and racist views in a humerous manner (which, however silly and inane it may seem, is quite important in today’s political climate, due to the fact that a lot of people under the age of 25 prefer getting their (political) views of the world from youtube rather than other sources). For example, he responded to critics ofStar Wars: The Force Awakens (who disagreed with the casting of a woman and a POC in lead roles in a Star Wars movie) when it first came out, as well as to the thankfully declining trend of “Pick-Up Artistry”. He also has a video that came out just before the British election that I highly recommend watching:
More recently, hbomberguy has delved into how technical progress has changed the way we consume media, focusing on the impact of VHRs and video gaming dreams and ideas in the 80s. The overall research and editing effort he puts into all of his videos is highly commendable, and I like his argumentative style and the lengths he will go to in order to prove a point (his most recent reaction to radical right-wing media outlets calling the consumption of soy into question, because it presumably promotes weakness in men, led to him embarking on a “soy boy” diet for the month of December).
If you don’t know hbomberguy yet do yourself a favour and go check him out! He’s definitely one of the most interesting and talented youtubers out there at the moment, and his take on what youtube could be is, in my opinion, a notion worth entertaining.