Have you ever been sitting around and wondering, “If only I had some way of listening to cutting edge culture critique mixed in with some pop philosophy” ?
I have good news for you! You can! Today we’re serving up a fresh appetizer platter of our favorite video essays in recent memory, let’s dig in:
Umbrella Terms remains a personal favorite of mine with her knack for rummaging up some of the strangest titles out there and keen sense of analytical insight. Watching her channel continue to grow over the past year has been a real treat, and we’re excited to see where she goes next.
Soft and Hollow is another young channel slowly growing on the horizon, while she doesn’t post as often as Umbrella Terms, her channel offers up a unique perspective that compliments the works she focuses on quite nicely. A little more long-form, her video on Anatomy makes for healthy watching to throw on in the background.
Jacob Geller isn’t exactly starving for views, but at a time when it’s become increasingly difficult to stomach the unending stream of sophisticated intellectual youtube critic, Geller is a fresh breeze in from the ocean. His exceptionally sincere mannerisms underline his succinct composition skills, there’s no cynical hot takes or cold thought experiments on display, but meaningful passionate analysis.
There isn’t much that I can say about Chris’s incredible work that isn’t self-evident. As a fixture within the game critique community for the past ten years, Chris has made a sincere meaningful commitment to covering indie games of all shapes and sizes. In an industry dominated by demand for synergizing with the algorithm, his stand against the tides of consumerist hyper-reality is an inspiring gesture.
Relatively new to the scene, Just Add Monsters is the work of writer Jordan Black, in particular their analysis of CONTROL through the lens of Kafka and the writings of Sartre was an eye opening piece of critique that fit perfectly into place with the subtext of the game. I’ve heard good things about their Star Wars: Fallen Order video, and I can’t wait to see what they come up with next.
Perhaps, Dear Reader, you were familiar with some of these, but I hope today you’ve discovered some new favorites! Until next time..
Emily Rose is an indie developer who writes for rebind.io and resides in the pacific northwest. She’s often seen in the local VR arcade and developer community participating in pushing the medium’s horizons. You can find her on twitter @caravanmalice