It’s easy to forget that some of 2014’s biggest YouTube gaming personalities, such as CaptainSparklez (now a Minecraft guru) and Tejbz , began their YouTube careers on the Machinima YouTube channel. Some of my old favourites included Ken Burton (who was let go by Machinima after a UK channel project failed to generate interest) and OnlyUseMeBlade.
It’s surprising to think that the Machinima Respawn channel used to be the ultimate goal for Call of Duty gamers, too. It was a case of ‘if your gameplay is featured on Respawn, you’ve made it as a COD YouTuber’. That’s not really the case anymore. If anything, there’s something ‘uncool’ about Machinima now that the team behind the channel has left, and focus has shifted to getting your channel ‘partnered’ rather than uploading entertaining clips.
Simply put, I miss Machinima Respawn.
I don’t want this new, lifeless Respawn. I want the old team back together. I want Hutch, SeaNanners and Sark in a room, taking questions from ever-growing numbers of entertained and excited viewers and talking rubbish like they used to.
Sadly, it doesn’t look like I’ll be getting my wish.