Published on September 17th, 2011 | by CodCom
Interview With YouTubers #4: IIJERiiCHOII
For our fourth interview with YouTubers, I’ve once again managed to find a known YouTuber who’s willing to have an interview with us.
The lucky person this time is Tucker, also known as the guy with the 6 I’s in his name, IIJERiiCHOII. Like most YouTubers, Tucker has been around for long time, in his case it’s over 2 years. It was a blast for me to dig through almost all of Tucker’s videos (there are quite a few of them) and see the change he went through.
In his journey to YouTube fame Tucker keeps reminding everyone who listens of 1 thing and that is to have fun. Anyone watching his videos will see / hear that he sure as hell has fun doing what he does.
I’m always very curious about this first question. What made you upload videos to YouTube and how did you move from doing “Thoughts of the week” videos to commentaries?
Tucker: Initially, I think it was a combination of boredom and my friends telling me I should start a rant series on YouTube. I actually wanted to make montages, just like zzirGrizz did, but I had nothing to record with. Instead, I turned to making fun of video games and doing really blog-related stuff, even though my ties were with the gaming community.
Once I got a capture card, my “Thoughts of the Week” stuck with me because I started out that way. But they became really irrelevant when I started to build a heavily gameplay-centered audience. Now would be a good time to bring them back, because the gameplay boom is over.
I doubt you’ll ever forget it, but can you remember what it was like doing a “Thoughts of the week” video or a live commentary right after eating 2 Habanero peppers?
Tucker: I actually did another video over the winter where I repeated the feat, and one in the spring with some friends. I can tell you that at no other point in my life have I ever felt such a need for milk.
There are quite a few people on YouTube who aim to become a Machinima Director. You’ve been a Machinima director for over a year now. Did anything change for you when you partnered up with Machinima for the first time?
Tucker: I remember thinking that I’d never have to hold a job since I could make money by uploading to Machinima Respawn. Oh how wrong I was. It wasn’t until December (5 months after becoming a Machinima Respawn director) when I became a partner that I actually realized that I was in a unique position.
Being paid changes everyone, I don’t care what they say. For me, it makes me think twice about posting a sub-par effort, because any videos that don’t go over well directly effect your payments. You’re rewarded for producing great content that you can be proud of. That’s the way I look at it.
Shortly before Modern Warfare 2 was released you were all over the game. Once it was released you did quite a few commentaries with Modern Warfare 2 footage. But as the months passed it looked like you disliked Modern Warfare 2 more and more. How do you feel about Modern Warfare 3 compared to Modern Warfare 2? And do you think Modern Warfare 3 will be the Modern Warfare we as the Call of Duty community always wanted?
Tucker: Everyone goes through the cycle: pre-released games are held to unreachable standards that we all hope and pray it will live up to. The first month or so, we ignore the bad and broken, and hope for the best, but the haters grow and grow until one day you realize you’re not having as much fun anymore.
I feel that Modern Warfare 3 will me more like Modern Warfare 2.5. From my friends who’ve played it, they’ve liked it. I hope its more polished, more refined, and back to gun-on-gun skill like Call of Duty 4.
Is it going to be the Call of Duty we’ve always wanted? No, that would be Call of Duty 4 -version 2.
In your early days on YouTube you uploaded a few real life videos. In one of those videos you walked into a store and asked random people a question. What was it like going into a store and asking random people whether they knew zzirGrizz?
Tucker: Awkward. That was the first video in public I did, and once we got it rolling, it went fine. We told everyone it was for a school project (pro-tip: no one ever says no). I felt bad about it afterwards, but my friends didn’t believe I would go ahead and do it. Peer-pressure can be good sometimes… haha
How did you come up with the idea for the F.U.N. movement? Did it have anything to do with your commentary in which you point out that commentators aren’t doing commentaries anymore because it’s fun, but because they have other reasons to do them?
Tucker: It has something to do with that. It’s more about the fact that people forget that playing a video game is supposed to be about having fun, and that you’re not supposed to get up from your TV more stressed and angrier than when you sat down. The F.U.N. movement is a call for everyone to take a step back, chill the fuck out, and hang out with some friends, playing some video games.
The whole thing about commentators not producing videos because they enjoy was spurred by some who were putting out a few videos a day, and you could tell it was forced. The F.U.N. movement applies to a lot of things, really. Do it because you love it, because you enjoy it, and make sure that when you sit down in your chair to PwN some n00bs or record a video, that you get up feeling like a boss.
Soon after the beginning of 2011 you made a video with your bucket list. One of the things on your bucket list was putting a picture of yourself in someone else’s family photo. Did you ever get to do that? Did you ever accomplish any of the other things on your bucket list?
Tucker: HAHAHAHAH YES! Went to a party close to the end of the year and we slid a picture of me and my friend spooning in front of this girls family portrait. That awkward moment when her father found the picture the next morning. I’m proud to say that I completed everything on my high-school bucket list!
Before I ask you the question, I got to say your Friday parody made me laugh quite a bit. What were you thinking when you were doing Rebecca Black’s Friday parody?
Tucker: Oh god, my least favorite video to show off. I dislike the whole thing, but it was a blast to make. I actually got the idea from my friend and former college guidance councilor. Love that woman.
To finish this interview, if there was 1 tip you could give to anyone wanting to make a name for him or herself on YouTube. What would it be?
Tucker: Oh god. Just seeing this question makes me want to cry. Honestly, try to find a way to do it WITHOUT gameplay. You need to be unique, for the love of god, if you come up with an idea that no one has done, you’ll succeed. Try to have a big list of ideas BEFORE you make videos, that way you can put out consistent content. Another big one: don’t be flaky on your uploads. Finally, throw your personality behind it. Don’t be a soggy waffle. That is all.
I once again would like to thank Tucker for taking the time to set up this interview with me and I would like to wish him all the best, especially on YouTube.
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