A game’s title screen appears in front of your eyes and a disembodied voice urgently whispers the game’s name, followed by “is it worth a buy? Let’s read! Let’s read the words of the developer!”
This is how Mack starts most of his ten to fifteen-minute reviews, and then he attempts a serious reading of a game’s box blurb (well, what used to be box blurbs when games still came in boxes). Sometimes he can’t stop himself and has to laugh or sigh at all the bullshit that triple-A publishing houses make the marketing people write. The cynicism is oozing from his voice in such readings, and that really sets the stage for the rest. You just know what to expect.
Mack does not approve of shitty cash-grab games made by greedy cunts (his words), he does not enjoy vapid playable eye candy the likes of Batman: Arkham Knight. He’s more of a refined gamer who puts quality, mechanics and playability first, everything else is a bonus but definitely in second priority. Mack is blunt as Romanian pimp when he disapproves, so you won’t have the slightest doubt figuring out if a game or a developer has his sympathy or not.
But underneath the cursing and bluntness, which is some of the most entertaining kind that has ever raped my ears, is great expertise. You smell a fellow veteran gamer, Mack is one of us. To a younger gamer he might even seem like a fatherly figure because he radiates authority like that. Things are the way he says they are, no margin for error.
It’s refreshing to see someone speak out so clearly, especially in an industry where good review scores can often be bought, another thing he deeply disrespects. He keeps his channel clean, not by actively opposing sponsored games (he did receive a review copy here and there), but by being incorruptible and loud, so the industry doesn’t have a great interest in seeding him with freebies.
Normally he qualifies his opinions. He can very well differentiate between what’s fitting for him and his style of gaming and what might not fit him but someone else. You get a good idea about whether you’d enjoy something even when his raving screams coming from your speakers are scaring the neighbors.
And talking about raving, sometimes he talks himself into a rage and at the peak of it he hits a little bell — DING DING DING DING! This is a a fantastic little audio effect and adds a bit of dynamic at the right spot. Not that Mack would ever be in danger of running into a monotone, but still, it’s a very cute gimmick and adds to the whole raving lunatic image. Plus, it’s recognizable, I know no one else who does it.
Now what if you don’t even like games? I think you’d still enjoy Mack’s stuff. The man has a golden hand for pacing and timing, dropping into a fight with himself (“Mack! Get on with the review!”) when he’s explored a tangent for long enough. Or sprinkling his videos with social commentary; there seems to be an issue involving pajama-wearing lazy arseholes in his town. This is refreshing and unused.
I don’t know what more to write, you just have to listen to this grown man starve ponies to death in Pony World 3 because, guys, isn’t this the right way to treat our favorite little industry?
He should put his stuff on DVD, because it’s (hold your breath), definitely worth a buy. Yeah. Like you didn’t see that one coming.
- Veteran gamer who does honest reviews with zero tolerance for bullshit.
- Prioritizes mechanics and gameplay.
- Disapproves of AAA cash-grabs, enjoys the indie scene (when it’s good).
- Curses like a drunken whoremonger.
- Pacing and comedy might even be fun for non-gamers.
- Don’t watch this with your kids.