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 or his phone.
    • 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.
    • 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 13 Platinum.
  • 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 four - Peter, Schuyler, Spark, and Jero - are people Max has recorded with in person. And in the case of the last two, 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 six 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

  • Approval of God: The creator of Part Time Job saw his let's play and apparently liked it.
    • Mental Block Gaming, the creators of the Templars of Hyrule map, are following along the Mirror and Sol playthrough of it and enjoying it. They even gave Max a tip on one of the puzzles being potentially broken and how to fix it.
    • Blue Giraffe, the creators of the Heart's Medicine series, credited Max (and by extension Rhino) in the credits of Heart's Medicine - Hospital Heat among other streamers and let's players for doing the first two games in the series.
  • 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.
  • Creator Backlash: Max, Dan, Rhino, and Jero were all immensely relieved that they never had to play Fortune Street again. At the very least, Max stopped finding the game fun (on its own merits) not long in, and he said that besides maybe Rhino, none of them want to touch it ever again.
    • Max frequently regrets making Cutie Mark Laboratories because every time he tries to focus on something else, fans come out of the woodwork to yell at him to make more. At the same time, though, he does appreciate that people like it, and he does work on it when he can; he just hates that people think "when he can" means "every waking moment".
      • More specifically, he hates almost every first season CML episode he did, especially the second one - see Old Shame below.
  • 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.
    • And then Strife Clouds started being released near the end of February 2016. Almost five months after the previous board.
    • Later boards have taken even longer, which is odd when you consider that (as of this being written) only six boards have been released in full while eight have been recorded.
    • 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".
  • Fan Nickname: "Rhutho" for Rhino's memetic Ruth voice (from the Heart's Medicine games).
    • "Courier Salt" for Dan's angrier moments. "Dan the Man" for his awesome moments.
  • 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.
    • Max, Rhino, Dan, Tim, and Jerry all enjoy Dungeons & Dragons and frequently stream it.
  • The Pete Best: Zero first appeared to replace Marioman 2233 as a guest commentator for Battletoads. Before 2016 he was 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. Some days are still missed due to him being busy.
    • 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 Marioman 2233 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.
    • A lot of let's plays got cancelled due to intensive editing and low viewer interaction.
  • Word of God: Max has a Twitter and Tumblr account, which he sometimes uses for Foreshadowing or justification.
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