Web Video: Microsoft Sam Reads Funny Windows Errors
Microsoft Sam Reads Funny Windows Errors is a series by YouTuberThunderbirds101. Although by no means the first of its kind, the resulting popularity and subsequent influence within the "Text-To-Speech" community has helped it define and influence an entire generation of text-to-speech video makers, for betteror for worse.The series is Exactly What It Says on the Tin; popular Synthetic Voice Actor Microsoft Sam (With companions, on occasion) reading humorous Windows errors. Some of these are standard system problems, some are more condescending...others tie in with The End of the World as We Know It, meanwhile others make Sam mad due to the errors either taking stuff he likes such as his IWAY Cookies, or messing with his beloved pronz with stuff that makes 2Girls1Cup look tame. Regardless of how things plan out, we can all be sure of one thing - Sam is going to be PISSED.There are many sister shows to MSRFWE (the most notable is Reads Stupid and Weird Signs, which is actually the series his first video is part of), but all of them are to be referred to in this article.
This series provides examples of the following:
Big "NO!": When something upsets Sam a lot, he does a rather humorous one: "NO-O-O-O-O-O-O-O-O".
But Thou Must: Many errors have desirable options greyed out, with only the undesirable options left.
Cerebus Syndrome: Happened to a degree in the third and fourth seasons, with a greater emphasis being placed on story rather than just classic, random, goofy shenanigans while reading errors. Later inverted in Season 5, which featured a return to the original format.
Green Eyes: Subverted in many ways with Mike and Scotty.
Follow the Leader: Spawned a host of imitators, and was in itself based off of a pre-established video style which it expanded on during later seasons. Unfortunately, Sturgeon's Law results in the majority of imitators copying the same jokes and, in some cases which we shall not name, the same artwork and concepts.
This also seems to apply to continuities between channels, with one character declared dead by another user on the wiki. This was RetConned to prove the point that inter-channel continuity that isn't premeditated is a bad idea.
Synthetic Voice Actor: Played straight as the same basic premise. Subverted at one point where one error is read out by Thunderbirds101.
Stupid and Weird Signs provides examples of the following:
Berserk Button: Any signs with poor grammar, especially unintentionally sickening typos. Sam even kills the "King of Poorly Translated Restaurants" at one point after too many nauseating Engrish menus.
Disproportionate Retribution: Sam punishes Blittle for (reluctantly) infecting them with the Soccer Mom Virus (because he had a phobia of using swearing, even on the Internet) by attempting to kill him with a ROFL-47. It doesn't work and backfires. Horribly.
Driven to Suicide: Sam after being trapped in Windows Blittle McNilsen Torture Device Edition. He gets revived later, though.
In Your Nature To Destroy Yourselves: Blittle stated that the TTS voices are always at each others' throats for no good reason. Sam, however declares that a defining part of the TTS civilization.
Sam: If you take away that, you take away part of what makes our multiversal continuum so ridiculously absurd, and that is something I will not stand for. But perhaps, we can lay off the whole killing-each-other-for-no-good-reason thing just a wee bit...
alternative title(s): Microsoft Sam Reads Stupid And Weird Signs; Microsoft Sam Reads Funny Windows Errors; Microsoft Sam Reads Funny Windows Errors; Microsoft Sam Reads Stupid And Weird Signs; Microsoft Sam Reads Ridiculous Windows Errors; Microsoft Sam And The War Trilogy