A few weeks back, our friend. . . we'll call them KingLouie, suggested that we watch a show on Youtube called Monster Factory, with the premise being that these two guys (brothers?) try to take the in-game character creation to its strangest limits. To be honest, I was a little skeptical about watching a video with anyone trying to make the ugliest character possible, but it's a bit more/different than that. And like you, reading my words about this half-hour show probably won't have the intended effect. In the end, I want you to watch it. Maybe even showing pictures like the following won't generate the amount of interest that both Conklederp and I now have in this show:
But because this is a blogging site and not a vlogging one, I will briefly use my words, occasionally hyperlinked to make your lives a little bit easier and mine a little more interesting.
Monster Factory is a show on Polygon's Youbube channel, and on an average, about 2/3rds of the show is these two gentlemen creating their character. They don't typically start with a plan in mind, just testing out the limits of the character creation, and in the case of Mass Effect 2 above, using console commands to greatly exaggerate the look of the main character. The rest of the time is spent in the game and having the characters interact/play as their created persona.
Another interesting aspect of this show, is how the game parts look when they're not operating correctly. Take Shepards face above. Bioware created the entire eyeball, not just the visible part not covered by the eyelids.
Perhaps it's an odd comparison to make, but listening to these guys talk reminds me a lot of Click and Clack from Car Talk. What they're saying isn't always funny, but coupled with their laughs (which are infectious) and the frequently uttered "why would you let me do this!?" makes the show pretty hilarious. It's actually caused me on occasion to grip my side out of pain from laughing and not being able to take in enough air to breathe regularly.
Some of the episodes, such as Fallout 4 do give away some story spoilers, but that's only if you haven't played the game and don't want to know anything about any aspect of the story. Also, their Dark Souls 2 video gives about as much of a spoiler in the Dark Souls universe as you can expect. And, since they're not actually in the market of creating walkthroughs or LetsPlays, other than what is witnessed through game play, they do a pretty good job about avoiding spoilers overall. I should probably also add that having played the game does add to the enjoyment of the video, it is not necessary, but it just means that you'll know what's going on. Sort of.
Basically, if you have half-an-hour to kill, if you like video games, and if you don't mind two guys talking and laughing at their own creations, then you might want to give Monster Factory a try. It's a lot funnier than I make it sound and it really is one of those things that it's funnier when you actually watch it, preferably with other people who might find it humorous as well. Or just by yourself.
P.S. The first video that Conklederp and I saw was their "Boy-Mayor of Second Life." It's not a bad place to start, never having played Second Life, although I do know of its existence.
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I also wanted to share this screenshot from their second episode, using The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, which I found to be amusing, just not as legitimately laugh out loud hilarious as some of their videos that we had previously watched.