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Feb 9, 2009





LTT is pretty lame in a lot of regards but itís entertaining and a decent friendship simulator for people. The fans seem to love when Anthony, Riley, Dennis, Luke or James show up. Itís partly about the technical details but mostly about watching the fellas do some full send water cooling poo poo.

Canít believe that anyone was critical of GN Steve let alone his hair. Guy seems great and I applauded his clear disinterest in reading out webpages on camera.

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Lol that he named his company / channel after himself then. Heís a good guy but drat makes some odd choices.

You know what you tuber I canít stand? Bitwit/Awesomesauce/Kyle. Heía easily got the least tech knowledge of the crowd, lacks video skills and does those painful skits. At least Paul doesnít try to be entertaining and jayztwocents is incredibly skilled at builds. Kyle just has vlogs with his wife and terrible characters. I donít get the appeal.

well why not fucked around with this message at 02:13 on Oct 30, 2019

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Feb 9, 2009





Pretty sure heís 1/2 Japanese and the character ďLyleĒ (JFC) is explicitly a Chinese man

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Feb 9, 2009





he could be full blooded Chinese going back to 40k BC and that impression would still feel dreadful

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Happy_Misanthrope posted:

I saw a video of his once when he was wearing a t-shirt with 'Taxation is Theft' on it, and I think that pretty much says it all

I doubt heís actually smart enough to have an ideology so itís probably a reference to some vidya. That or heís a libterian and his wifeís speaking voice is beginning to make sense

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Feb 9, 2009





Scrapyard wars is fun to skim thru but it is pretty dull watching dudes scroll classifieds. At least Kyle isnít on this one. Actually, speaking of LTT staff Iím pretty impressed with Colton. Heís leading the charge on getting their setups, has a sick house in the woods and can cut down trees and is apparently the best gamer. I thought he was just an odd small weird guy to make Linus look tall and normal. Colton is kinda cool.

Teams are definitely stacked the other side tho. Alex / Jake / Luke are all powerhouses.

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Feb 9, 2009





Latest BitWit video has a straight up racist "joke" in the first few moments. CW: racism. "Why would I rat myself out, I eat rat for breakfast". What a scumbag. I don't know why I cant help but click his dumb videos.

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Feb 9, 2009





Yeah he always read off of a page. He writes most of it so whatís the big deal?

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Feb 9, 2009





Paul is ok but both he and Steve have muppet voices. Thereís not many great orators in this space which makes LTT Anthony even more special.

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UT guy always seemed like a huckster rear end in a top hat. I donít mean to be gatekeeping but he doesnít really come across as an enthusiast at all - bad vibes to me.

Lol at that Linus video. He really let that guy say some fruity poo poo

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Feb 9, 2009





ya thatís water cooling

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Feb 9, 2009





Wirth1000 posted:

I honestly have no idea how Unbox Therapy is such a big thing.... the guy is the most transparent shill I've ever seen.

I feel like the video is going to stop at any moment and he's going to start bullying me.

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Feb 9, 2009





We havenít really talked about Jay ITT but heís probably the most gifted at actual builds out of his peers. His channel isnít perfect (and sometime he really rubs me the wrong way) but when he whips out the tools itís always interesting. The Destiny themed ITX / external radiator mod he did for a friend was sick.

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Feb 9, 2009





Xerophyte posted:

This is kinda faint praise but Jay is really good at something almost every channel on youtube sucks at: doing sponsorship bits. His commercials are obviously separate from the editorial content, not shoved intrusively into the middle of his videos, for stuff he genuinely likes or uses and often actually funny. Sure, the man is paid to say he loves world of warships more than anyone reasonably could love world of warships, but he seems to have picked wargaming to sponsor him because he really loves boats and it shows.

His watercooling rundowns are very thorough and his builds and mods are definitely the best of the tech tube mafia, although for pure "watch man (plus adorable daughters) build ridiculous neon monstrosity for rich people" it's hard to beat the Pinoy cheer of Declassified Systems.

Yeah respect to the guy for his ethics w/r/t sponsors. IIRC his dad was a navy guy and they were pretty close.

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Feb 9, 2009





Linus is only like 31 I think. Dozens of staff, huge contracts, tight deadlines and two or three kids. Stress factory. No wonder he drops poo poo. I think scaling back is wise. Everyone loves his other hosts anyways. Most recent videos heís kinda in the passenger seat while someone else does the real work which seems like itís an easier role. Alex does 90% of the stuff to watercool the RED (thankfully as he seems to semi know what heís doing).

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Feb 9, 2009





that creeper build is pretty sick, shame it's going to a scumbag. wtf linus.

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Feb 9, 2009





They're basically the audiobook versions of the articles. decent background noise. I think the video format is worthwhile when they're tearing poo poo apart, doing experiments or showing off cases. When it's just product shots and him reading an A4, it's just dull. Not a dig on Steve, he does seem cool and is 100% in on the joke that his youtube presence is often about as gripping as a fish tank.

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Feb 9, 2009





you're not wrong but GN know their niche, and that niche is Steve reading walls of text and showing massive charts. It's the PC gamer's PC gamer channel.

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When you read Jay saying "trained a long time ago how to mentally prepare for the idea of defending myself" keep in mind the guy was like 180kg + for much of his life. I've unsubbed from him anyways, he's a talented case modder but that's it.

Linus is a goof but at least he's not a castle doctrine idiot. He's not wrong but the way that message is worded is just so off kilter.

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Feb 9, 2009





that's more like it :

https://twitter.com/LinusTech/status/1270449908567273472

20k is pretty serious money, even for someone as cashed up as Linus

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Feb 9, 2009





yeah I've thought about it a lot too. His studio has a lot of staff, even for a 10m+ channel, but makes more videos than most other channels the same size. It seems like the staff are pretty well compensated - they all have new toys and seemingly nice homes. I'm thinking of Alex's apartment and car, or Colton's countryside house, not Dennis' weird Always Sunny squalor.

He's definitely dealing with tens of millions in turnover a year with various manufacturer deals and the constant sponsor spots. He's also mentioned that he has a "favourable" youtube contract due to the channel's age. There's also LLT Store, affiliate links, the other channels which also run ads... it goes on. So yeah, high expenses, but high income too.

I wonder if FloatPlane makes money yet? That's surely a money pit.

I don't think he spends any money on himself that's not a tax write off. The cars are probably "work vehicles", he seemingly has one pair of jeans and LTT merch he'd get for near free. I wouldn't be surprised if the house is somehow a work premises too, it's certainly big enough.

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Feb 9, 2009





https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=so4FwjfQ7YI#t=195s

3m20s

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Feb 9, 2009





just when i think i understand america's gun situation i'm introduced to squads of texans carting around ARs for fun and "educating the public". Also lol that they went to a subway and a comics store.

actual content that won't start a 2A nightmare derail :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xh0bdzeAZ1w

LTT finished their custom Mac Pro G5, hackintosh finally. Took like 4 months and it's a rattle can paint job with some components being taped on. What a channel.

well why not fucked around with this message at 03:56 on Jun 15, 2020

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Theophany posted:

That video has the overarching feel that they thought they were going to slam dunk the Mac Pro and by the end it was just like 'what the gently caress are we doing?'

Alex, from offscreen: "The script is written as if the Mac Pro wins this part". This one seems like a COVID scramble, haha. Having two Mac Pro competitor videos in two days is wonky, even for LTT. I'm guessing the schedule got all hosed up and this is how it had to be to meet the sponsorship contract or something.

That PC, despite being 30k just seems so lovely compared to the (admittedly less powerful) Mac Pro. The connectivity is whacked, the case is awful (although the 2-way mirror idea is neat, this is a bad look), the "no video outs" issue is weird. 30k is a lot of money for something you have to build yourself.

It's a pretty good illustration of why a Mac is kinda desirable. You just have your company buy it, plug it in and you're generally pretty good to go. At least the mac pro has video out and wifi/bluetooth out of the box.

I can't help but think the final "drag race" with their hackintosh build is going to be ... pretty much the same thing. They've already spent a huge amount of money on it to the point where the "PC is cheaper" mantra is likely long forgotten. To say nothing of the time spent. I'm pretty sure you can order a Mac Pro and have it within the week.

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Feb 9, 2009





https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wIYJRlL6QNw

finally some true hardcore gamer content

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Feb 9, 2009





The bald faced contempt for having to make videos is the charm

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Feb 9, 2009





Just lol if you watch LTT and expect it to be anything more than a fun gently caress around with tech with info / opinion sprinkled throughout. Whole Room Watercooling was like 5 years ago, if you haven't realized at this point that the channel is a little tiny bit not educational i don't know what to say.

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Feb 9, 2009





Linus just built a bath PC

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Feb 9, 2009





I want a video about Alex' sick dune buggy but i get that doing nvidia press releases pays the bills.

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Feb 9, 2009





Warmachine posted:



tl;dw: surprisingly effective, and possibly economical depending on where you live.

This rocks, it owns when they let the second string hosts do loopy poo poo. Alex shotgunning a can of coffee in the ad spot really sets the tone.

well why not fucked around with this message at 23:25 on Sep 28, 2020

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Feb 9, 2009





Some Goon posted:

I don't know how Steve doesn't go off on reddit for being dipshits.

I also don't know why Steve reads reddit.

he posts pretty often on there:

https://www.reddit.com/user/Lelldorianx

he's one of the special people whose voice is apparent in text.

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Feb 9, 2009





https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-zt57TWkTF4

LMG transparency is pretty neat

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Guitarchitect posted:

Back on-topic, i'm really curious as to who Linus is building that wonky pyramid PC for - he constantly trashes the person/client so it must be a friend of his or someone who gets a kick out of being humiliated?

It's weird because if it were someone noteworthy it'd be a cross-promotion or at least mentioned. If it were PDP or Ninja or some other twitch/esport/gaming celebrity they'd be in the videos.

They've obviously got money to burn on the world's most distinctive and visible computer, but they're still incognito. How on earth do you get a one-off custom PC from LTT but not mention it anywhere online? Is some nobody going to post it on /r/battlestations and just be like "i have money" in the comments and go into no detail?

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Feb 9, 2009





The vibe I got from Riley's home was that they bought the place and were not planning to have a baby whilst living there.

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Feb 9, 2009





almost as embarrassing as the guy's racist impersonations. almost

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Feb 9, 2009





Huge mistake to piss of youtube channels in the one market they have the most power. Seeing Linus get defensive of a smaller channel is always good. It's really lucky that he's such a good guy, considering how powerful he is now.

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Feb 9, 2009





Hi Steve,

Not sure if you'll even read this but whatever, who cares, what's the point. I'm so hosed up and can't stop crying, I hosed up how could you ever love me again. I'm such a bad person. No one cares i'm a nobody. just a failure.

you all work so hard i'm just a screwup. i'm crying and shaking right now and i punched a wall


all the best,

BDR

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Feb 9, 2009





I remember hearing a "cautionary tale / brag" that kids would bunch their legs up in a crouch either side of the electrical socket, then jam something in. The spasms would lock their legs straight and they'd shoot across the floor.

Probably not true, but lol at whatever idiot uncle told me that when i was 7. Super cool thing to tell a kid.

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Feb 9, 2009





https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-zt57TWkTF4

Linus goes into the finances a bit. Basically he gets yt money, merch money and partnered video money. He's a massive presence in the industry - it wouldn't be crazy to see, say, the owners of a large PC gaming magazine in 90's living with his lifestyle, would it? He clearly pays his employees well (does Jake have a BMW M3?) so it's hard to fault him.

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