If it's crap ... We'll tell you
It was around July of 2007 when I first discovered the Youtube user known as thatguywiththeglasses aka Doug Walker. At that point in my life I was fascinated with a thirty minuet long PSA from the early 90s that had not so fond memories of called Cartoon All Stars to the Rescue. While watching it again for shits and giggles I discovered that the suggestions column contained a link to a review of the program. I clicked on the link and, I was introduced the Nostalgia Critic and what I thought was one of the funniest videos on Youtube. A few days later, another review was posted. This time, it was of the Power Rangers movie. By this point I decided to subscribe to the channel, and checked out it's sister channels that contained the TGWTG skits, and the 5 Second Movies. I stuck with Walker until he eventually got fed up with the constant abuse of copyright laws being committed by various media moguls, and left YouTube to start his own website. I watched the site grow, and gain it's regular members from the Spoony One, to Linkara, to Benzaie etc. And even though I disagreed with them on certain films, or games that were reviewed I stuck with the site and it's rapidly growing crew. However, at some point this year, I started loosing interest in the site. I wasn't watching the videos as frequently, and some of their new material wasn't catching my interest.
At first I felt that the cause of my weighing interest was the feeling that the videos didn't have enough substance in them. Unlike say the work RedLetterMedia or Sfdebris in which the reviewers dig deep into what makes a piece entertainment succeed or fail, the TGWTG crew seemed content with merely nitpicking, and shouting at the material. I was content with that explanation for a while, and then I found this piece by one of it's former contributors, the Distressed Watcher:
I know it isn't exactly a scathing tell all confession, but this video shows (for me at least) that the website might be in a steady state of decline. The reviews don't feel as funny as they used to be, many of the new contributors just don't seem work for me and at times it feels that they(Doug Walker mainly) are struggling for new material.
This is not to say that I'm going to start burning bridges here. I may return if the site gets its act together or if Spoony ever finishes his last review of the Ultimate Warrior comics, but for now I'm done with it, and I want to hear your thoughts on the matter.