The State of the Sundry - Co-Optitude

geekandsundry For those of you that have followed Geek & Sundry on YouTube, you know that they recently received funding for a second year's worth of shows (started in April).

In their first year they had some splendid programming. Not only did the fantastic Tabletop debut, but Dark Horse Comics did an animated series of comics, the last season of The Guild showed, Paul and Storm created Learning Town, the Sword and Laser podcast came to video, Space Janitors created really funny Star Wars episodes, Written By a Kid was very creative, and The Flog kept us up to date with neat and interesting things on the web and we got to see Felicia Day be a goofball.

Some of their offerings didn't appeal to me personally -- Vaginal Fantasy, a racy book club on G+ and On The Table which didn't speak to me because of its fast reviews of games and heavy focus on miniature gaming.

This year, as far as I can tell, they threw out most of their programming from last year and are trying new and different things. Felicia Day posted a video at the start of their second year explaining she felt that the Geek/Nerd identity was being commodified and that they would be changing up their programming so as to not be a part of that.

I am very sad that Sword and Laser is gone. I didn't watch it regularly because it required an hour+ of viewing per week, but when I did tune into it it was delightful. That show inspired me to read a couple of new books as well, and I don't often have that response to a show. I'm also sorry that Felicia stopped doing The Flog. I found that show to be informative and entertaining. I also enjoyed Written By a Kid and Learning Town, but I haven't heard if those shows will be getting second chances.

This season, Space Janitors has continued. It's really well done. I'm not overwhelmingly compelled to watch a show set in the Star Wars universe, I guess. The Player Ones/Fetch Quest is fantastic, but I don't have enough of a sense of the schedule of that show to have kept up with it -- I think its season is already over as well.

G&S has premiered a Vlog channel as well, which has seven regular Vlogs currently featured. Maybe I'm just not the type of person who will regularly make the time to watch someone's Vlog each day/week, but this idea just doesn't appeal to me.

The other new show that's running on G&S is Co-Optitude. It's hilarious. If you've ever gone back and tried to play old video games and gotten insanely frustrated doing so, you'll enjoy this show. I've got a stand-up arcade console with a Mame emulator with 100+ games on it. I've gone back to play old favorites like Centipede, Pac-Man, Frogger, Joust, etc. and can find them frustrating at times. This show features Felicia Day and her brother Ryon playing classic console games like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Sonic 2, Road Rash, etc. These are all games I remember playing when I was in college. It's fun to see the two of them get crazy frustrated by the old games.

In general, I'm a huge fan of what Geek & Sundry is doing. I'm not sure I like or understand the change in direction of their programming, but I'm happy Tabletop is still around.