Trivia: R.L. Yoshi

Actual Trivia

  • Video making equipment (gathered from comments or what he's said in videos):
    • Video recorders:
      • PC games have always been recorded with Fraps.
      • For early let's plays on consoles, he used a Dazzle.
      • He later switched to a Roxio game capture card.
      • He 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.
      • He later upgraded to a Logitech gooseneck microphone.
      • He then switched to a Blue Yeti, which afterwards he still used for non-let's play videos.
      • For let's plays, he used to use a Turtle Beach headset mic. This can actually be considered a downgrade from the Blue Yeti, though admittedly not by much.
      • He currently uses an Audio-Technica AT 2020 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.
      • He later switched to Vegas Movie Studio 8.
      • He currently uses Movie Studio Platinum 12, but has expressed interest in switching to something else.
  • 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.
    • 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recorded so much ahead of time that by the time Max got around to editing some later episodes, their conversations were outdated, as was the version of the game.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.
    • 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.
    • 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).
  • 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 two - Peter and Schuyler - are people Max has recorded with in person.
    • 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 four 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: His appearance in ERBParodies brought himself a moderate influx of attention. Worked the other way too, with ERBParodies becoming substantially more popular after he joined.
    • Max managed to get Part Time Job quite a bit more attention by playing it.
  • Development Hell: Plenty of his LPs have gone on hiatus at some point. Nowadays, since he doesn't schedule the uploads of specific LPs, this only comes into play when something goes on an official hiatus or gets outright cancelled, such as Halo 4.
  • Doing It for the Art: He doesn't do any of his stuff for money, and he doesn't stop doing it just because some people don't like it. He only stops if he himself doesn't like it. Even after he partnered with Maker Studios, his quality has stayed the same.
    • The Batman voice (or "demonic voice") also counts as this. It hurts him greatly to do it, due to harming his throat and making him lightheaded (and even sick at one point), but the keeps it up because it's entertaining. (He did eventually stop doing the videos with it, though.)
  • Fan Community Nicknames: He calls people who watch his videos "the viewers".
  • He Also Did: There are very few people who watch Max's YouTube videos and are also aware that he writes My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fan fiction as well. Works the other way too, as few people who read his stories are aware that he does YouTube videos.
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Throw It In: Max often puts little clips at beginning of episodes before his intro. Usually these clips are of things that happened before the recording officially started, such as conversations.
  • What Could Have Been: Battletoads was going to resume with Marioman2233 still co-commentating, but due to Max losing contact with him for unknown reasons, Zero joined instead.
    • When playing The Walls, they were apparently planning to have a free-for-all at one point, but ran out of time.
    • Before creating Challenge Foolishly Accepted, Max had planned a short series titled "Wiisomnia", where he would play three Wii Play games every day for three days, not sleeping during the nights in between, to see how his playstyle changed. When he lost the recording of the first day, he just scrapped the idea. He later came back and played all nine games for Challenge Foolishly Accepted, but with only one night of no sleep.
    • 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.
  • Word of God: Max has a Twitter and Tumblr account, which he sometimes uses for Foreshadowing or justification.