Inside Gaming, long a staple of Machinima’s YouTube video offerings, will be parting with the company after their latest video. The daily news program as it exists now was largely created by host Adam Kovic and survived the massive Machinima layoffs as well as a reformatting with new staff members like co-host Bruce Greene.
The staff was quick to assure their followers that they would be remaining together as a team but have yet to announce what their next move will be. Whether they retain the Inside Gaming name remains to be seen, but odds are that their brand of humor will remain intact.
I have long been a fan of the Inside Gaming team’s brand of off-kilter news delivery, rote with sarcasm and crass jokes. Mostly because at the end of the day, they found a way to make news and speculation entertaining. Be it through their natural camaraderie on camera to their “Best Video Ever” ending tag or hand puppets molesting one another.
Inside Gaming provided a great deal of inspiration to me personally, through my interactions several years ago over Twitter with several of the staff members. While they always were quick to joke that the work they did doesn’t actually matter and they might be out of work in a few months, they were always passionate about the fact that they got to do what they loved for a living.
The separation between Inside Gaming and Machinima is another in a series of drastic departures that have occurred across the games media industry. With the lead editorial staff of IGN departing their company to go independent and the report that AOL will be shutting Joystiq down, the climate of the industry is certainly in flux. Even minor moves like Polygon essentially becoming old-Kotaku 2.0 and major staff members shifting from Game Informer to Giant Bomb to Kotaku (Dan Ryckert and Patrick Klepek respectively) have been more pronounced as 2015 marches on.
Whatever Inside Gaming does, I will most certainly keep tabs on them, partially because of my longtime entertainment I have received from their programming, but mostly because my views fall in line with much of their views on the climate of the games industry. Be it more YouTube videos or even a Patreon service, they are a talented and entertaining group of guys whom I wish the best.