Trivia / R.L. Yoshi

Actual Trivia

  • Video making equipment (gathered from comments or what he's said in videos):
    • Video recorders:
      • PC games used to be recorded with Fraps, but recently Max has switched to Bandicam.
      • For early let's plays on consoles, he used a Dazzle.
      • In mid-2014, he switched to a Roxio game capture card.
      • In early 2015, he switched to and currently uses an Elgato game capture HD recorder.
      • Live action stuff used to be filmed on an unspecified video camera, though he now uses a GoPro.
    • Audio:
      • He uses, and has always used, Audacity to record audio.
      • His first microphone was built into his computer.
      • After his Ocarina of Time playing, he upgraded to a Logitech gooseneck microphone.
      • In 2013, he switched to a Blue Yeti, which afterwards he still used for non-let's play videos until mid-2015.
      • In early 2014, he switched to a Turtle Beach headset mic for let's plays only. This can actually be considered a downgrade from the Blue Yeti, though admittedly not by much.
      • In mid-2015, he switched to and currently uses an Audio-Technica AT2020 cardioid condenser microphone, though as of writing this, some videos going up still use the headset mic due to having been recorded before the switch.
    • Editing programs:
      • He started out using Windows Movie Maker.
      • In 2012/2013, he switched to Vegas Movie Studio 8.
      • He then switched in 2013/2014 to Movie Studio Platinum 12.
      • In late 2015, he upgraded to Movie Studio Platinum 13.
  • Known reasons for cancelled let's plays (don't add to the list if the reason is "Max lost interest"):
    • Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door - Max wanted to do more games, and the RPG format was boring him. This eventually led to his current style of doing several different let's plays at once.
    • The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword - the save file was lost.
      • He started a new let's play of it in late 2015, with Rhino co-commentating rather than having Peter there to switch control with.
    • Minecraft Tekkit - they recorded so much ahead of time that by the time Max got around to editing some later episodes, their conversations were outdated, as was the version of the game.
    • Left 4 Dead 2 - they couldn't get everyone available at the same time.
    • Borderlands - Sam and SwiftEthan were no longer interested, and Dan had been all but dropped.
    • Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors - it became too big a task for Max to edit together everything the way he wanted to.
    • Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky - Fraps, for some reason, stopped recording his emulator.
    • Wheel of Fortune - the game kept glitching and desynchronizing when played online.
    • Hyrule Warriors - Max couldn't get past Death Mountain and pulled a Rage Quit.
    • Quantum Conundrum - anything Max tried to record, he decided his commentary was too bland because he was also trying to solve puzzles.
    • Shovel Knight - Dan's audio was very bad quality, and so Max decided it wasn't worth trying to cover it up in editing, nor did he want to release it with bad quality.
      • A proper and full let's play with better quality has been started.
    • Splatoon - when Max returned to the game, he kept ending up in games with very high-leveled players (apparently almost always having at least one or two people at the maximum level) due to the game not matching players based on level. This made for just a series of Curb Stomp Battles with Max on the receiving end, and he decided the game was no longer enjoyable because it was now nearly impossible to have a fair match.
    • Shape Up - it became too difficult to actually record while getting a proper workout (due to the addition of commentating).
    • Game Dev Tycoon - Max did a second recording session, but found that the game got boring and repetitive.
    • Let's Race Pokemon Zeta And Omicron - they lost Rhino's footage for a lot of the race, and didn't want to restart; originally they were going to find a solution, but Max eventually decided to just call it off. However, the person who was in the lead at the time is still considered the winner of the race.
  • Max's usual intro ("What's up, YouTube? This is RLYoshi as usual") was coined back in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, his second playthrough ever, and is still used to this day.
  • The very first sound in Max's let's plays, way back in the first part of his Ocarina of Time let's play, was a lip smack. The same lip smack that later became his Most Annoying Sound.
  • Before he did let's plays, Max made Super Mario 64 machinima. All videos of this sort have since been deleted, but references to them in his much older videos and comments can be found.
  • Out of all the guests he's had, only three - Peter, Schuyler, and Spark - are people Max has recorded with in person. And in the case of the last one, they only recorded a vlog.
    • Add Blake (from some Cards Against Humanity and Fibbage games) and Pony Vegeta (from the original Castle Crashers let's play from early 2014), and those five are the only ones Max has even met in person (as far as we know).
  • Max once had, but removed, a let's play of Slender that was uploaded sometime in 2012. To date, it is the only let's play video he ever took down.

Trivia Tropes

  • Accidentally Accurate: Max jokes near the beginning of Digital: A Love Story that the people he talks to can't be human, because they're too polite to be a human being on the Internet. As it turns out, most of the people he was referring to are actually AIs and not real people.
  • Approval of God: The creator of Part Time Job saw his let's play and apparently liked it.
  • Attention Deficit Creator Disorder: He has tons of projects going on at once, particularly let's plays.
  • Colbert Bump: Max managed to get Part Time Job quite a bit more attention by playing it.
  • Development Hell: The third board of Minecraft Party, Towers of Torment, had its first episode released on October 4th, 2015. Over four months after the finale of the previous board, Vault 14.
    • Fallout 3 and HuniePop fell into this as well. For the former, it was due to an Epic Fail on Max's part believing he somehow lost the save data when it was just on another account all along; for the latter, it was due to trying post-recorded commentary over the date puzzles, only to discover this wouldn't work and leaving him with "incomplete" commentary. Both were eventually resolved - the former due to finding the save data, and the latter by just temporarily speeding the dates up and having shorter episodes for a while.
  • Fan Community Nicknames: He calls people who watch his videos "the viewers".
  • He Also Did: Fans of Cutie Mark Laboratories usually ignore Max's let's plays or are unaware they exist.
  • Meaningful Release Date: A subtle one. The first part of his Fallout 3 let's play (the proper one in 2015, not the cancelled one from 2013) came out on February 16th, also known as 2/16. Revelation 21:6, anyone?
  • Old Shame: His Ocarina of Time let's play; he really doesn't like it.
    • His work in ERBParodies, and the rap battle community in general. He no longer talks about it.
    • Pretty much anything he did pre-2014 falls under this, with few exceptions.
    • His second Cutie Mark Laboratories episode on whether or not Rainbow Dash was a lesbian. Since the episode was made back before he really did serious research, he resorted heavily on random assumptions and Insane Troll Logic for entertainment rather than accuracy, and he has stated he no longer believes a single word of the episode. Best exemplified in his more recent "Would AppleDash [shipping] Work?" episode, where he states there is no proof whatsoever of Rainbow Dash's sexual orientation; the thumbnail of the "Is Rainbow Dash Lesbian?" video creeps onscreen, and he suddenly lashes out at it and says to "get that bullcrap video out of here", sending the thumbnail flying away, before going right back to calmly speaking.
  • One of Us: Max, Schuyler, Zero, Enigma, and Dan seem to be tropers. Dan, Enigma, and to some extent Max himself often reference tropes by name. This also applies in regards to other things:
    • Literally everyone who's appeared on the channel so far (possibly excluding Marioman2233 and a few one-offs) is a brony.
    • Max, Dan, Jero, Rhino, and Spark often make references to Rooster Teeth, Game Grumps, and The Runaway Guys, though the latter is usually only referenced by Dan and occasionally Max.
      • Max and Dan can be expected to sing Starbomb songs when in a video together.
    • Jero, Rhino, Tim, and Wren (and implicitly Spark) are fans of Steven Universe. Max also watched the show, but didn't like it, though he still tosses around some references occasionally.
      • Given how Max occasionally bemoans how everyone he knows loves the show while he doesn't, it's likely that others on the channel watch it too and just don't talk about it in videos.
    • Old shows such as Kim Possible and Danny Phantom are occasionally the topics of nostalgic conversation between people, including but not limited to Max, Rhino, Dan, and Jero.
    • Jero is a big fan of Game of Thrones. He's apparently been trying to get the others into it, unsuccessfully.
    • Dan occasionally will start talking about various cartoons or anime, such as Star VS The Forces Of Evil. Bonus points if nobody else has any clue what he's talking about.
    • Max loves Twitch Plays Pokémon and has participated in most, if not all, of their runs since the beginning. He also claims he was one of the people who would type "down" to send Red off a ledge.
    • Tim is not only a League of Legends fan, he's also a writer for various League articles on GosuGamers.
  • The Pete Best: Zero first appeared to replace Marioman2233 as a guest commentator for Battletoads. Now he's probably one of, if not the, most well known guest on the channel, while very few people even remember Marioman.
    • Despite having an almost identical name, Peter Best applies on the opposite end; he and Schuyler both first appeared way back in Max's Ocarina of Time playthrough, and while both kind of switched back and forth with who was appearing in episodes, Schuyler appeared first. Yet Peter appears in far more stuff and is more easily recognized. Downplayed, as Schuyler still appears rather than having been completely dropped.
  • Schedule Slip: Frequent early on, but has decreased lately. Nowadays, the closest he comes to missing a release date is when a video goes up a few hours late.
    • Cutie Mark Laboratories videos used to be bi-weekly on Sundays. Then they became bi-weekly on any day of the week. Then just "twice a month". Now they're monthly and usually come out near the end of the month, and the only confirmed schedule for it is "whenever an episode is done".
  • Throw It In: Max often puts little clips at beginning of episodes before the episode actually starts. Usually these clips are of things that happened before the recording officially started, such as conversations.
  • What Could Have Been: Many examples.
    • Battletoads was going to resume with Marioman2233 still co-commentating, but due to Max losing contact with him for unknown reasons, Zero joined instead.
    • Before all his let's playing, Max did machinima. And then live action videos.
    • Cutie Mark Laboratories was at first going to be live action, and borrow more from Bill Nye the Science Guy than from Game Theory. In fact, Max had never seen Game Theory until someone mentioned the similarities it shared with his planned ideas for Cutie Mark Laboratories. He ended up adopting Game Theory's editing style when the live action idea didn't work out.
    • Max had originally planned to enlist in the military after high school, but when his weight went up, he decided to focus more on videos instead.
    • "Let's Playtest" was originally called "Let Them Play" (Max even calls it that in the first part).
      • The map Tim and Rhino played, Facility of Perplexity, also had some changes done before the public release. Most of the changes were fixes to problems discovered during the playtest, but one particularly large change was reworking the black wool puzzle: originally, you had to go to all the previous puzzles, find hidden buttons, and press them all to get the black wool. Now, you just go into the room you started in, look up, and shoot a button on the ceiling.
      • There was also originally a third room in the ice sliding puzzle, but because the second one took Max literal days to make, he scrapped it.
    • The Pokémon Showdown Tournament was going to have eight people from the channel, plus four special guests. Most of the guests Max invited declined, however; only Squillistipated agreed, meaning they had nine people. Dan, who was planned to be the eighth person from the channel, volunteered to drop out, allowing it to be a simpler eight.
    • The second Minecraft Party board was going to have the same people as the first one. However, due to Zero getting busy and Jero's computer no longer being able to run Minecraft properly, they were replaced.
      • Furthermore, Jerry wasn't going to be in it; originally the participants would have been Tim, Rhino, Enigma, and Spark. Spark was replaced at the last minute (as in, everyone except him was already in the game waiting to begin) by Jerry, who was the only person Max knew who A) could record Minecraft, and B) was around at the time. Spark later showed up for Towers of Torment, though.
    • Max and Rhino were going to have a race in the original Portal, not Portal 2. However, Max had framerate lag (which, for some reason, didn't occur on the more intensive Portal 2 or Aperture Tag), and eventually they called the race off because he was at a clear unfair disadvantage.
    • In Fallout 3, Max was going to give a more realistic portrayal of drug addiction by becoming more and more casual and frequent with his use of Buffout; he first seemed reluctant to use it, but as time went on he'd become more and more reliant on it, until the in-game addiction status kicked in. This ended up not working out because he got addicted to it after using it maybe three times. Considering it has only a 10% chance of becoming addictive, it's pretty surprising it happened that fast.
  • Word Of God: Max has a Twitter and Tumblr account, which he sometimes uses for Foreshadowing or justification.