About Me

My photo
Greetings. I am the Illusive One. For many years now I have been a huge video game player, movie viewer, and book reader. For almost as long, I have been a critic of these things and many people respect my opinions of these things and have often said I belong on G4 doing reviews on X-Play or a similar show. Sadly that is not likely to happen. So instead I shall do reviews for you, uninfluenced by other reviewers, of video games books, movies, and, occasionally, music and political actions. I hope you find this informative and helpful. Thank you for your time.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

On AMVs and GMVs

            Before the autumn of 2007, just about anything could be posted on YouTube and just about everything was.  These videos would often range from people acting like idiots to full films posted on the site.  Eventually, however, many entertainment groups, ranging from film studios to record companies sued YouTube over the material that was being placed on the site, sighting copyright infringements.  This eventually led to what I called the 2007 YouTube Purge, where just about every video that contained a hint of copyright infringement was removed from the site.
            Most people agree that this is when YouTube started to go downhill.  Not long after, their opening web page started to contain advertisements and minute long ads started appearing before various videos.  While everyone hates it, most people just gritted their teeth, made a few hateful comments about it, and accepted it.
            Before the Purge, I remember things called AMVs and GMVs that ran rampant on YouTube.  For those of you who don't know, and AMV is short for an Animated Music Video and a GMV is a Game Music Video, (often the GMVs were mistakenly called AMVs but because they were so similar no one really cared).  With AMVs people would take clips of various cartoons or anime series and put a song over it, trying to get the images to match with the song.  GMVs, on the other hand, used cut scenes, trailers, and actual gameplay from games with a song over it. 
            About 85% of these would have random scenes playing with a song placed over it and weren't very good, (for example I remember one that was just a bunch of fight scenes from Dragon Ball Z with Down with the Sickness playing over it).  Another 10% would be ok and every now and then you would find one or two that were perfect or very close to it.  Before the Purge I only found two that were perfect and another two that were damn near perfect and I watched hundreds of these things.  Unfortunately, these videos can no longer be seen, as they were all removed in the Purge along with most of the others.
            A few months ago, however, I realized that a few of the old AMVs and GMVs had survived the Purge and new ones were being made today.  One of the few that survived the Purge is the video posted below.  The video's credits show Poo Chan Productions as its maker but it happens to be one of the most circulated AMVs in existence, so who actually made it is anyone's guess.  It contains footage from the anime series Naruto and uses the song Before I Forget by Slipknot.  It wasn't perfect by any means but it was one of the first I saw and I felt warranted a mention and showing of the video.

            Pretty cool to watch wasn't it?  Rewatching this old one, however, didn't really renew my interest in AMVs and GMVs.  Maybe it was because I had already seen it so many times or because I'm not that in to anima anymore.  To me it just seemed like a brief trip down memory lane that was quickly forgotten about five minutes later.   The one posted below, however, is the one that more or less renewed my interest in them.  The video is actually one of the original trailers for the MMORPG Star Wars: The Old Republic, (a game that still hasn't come out yet), and the song is Die Mother Fucker Die by Dope.  Take a look.

            Not bad was it?  Granted, I have seen a lot better and it just so happened that the song matched the trailer fairly well but it certainly wasn't the best.  After watching this video a few times, I lost interest in them again.  Then I found this video a couple of weeks ago.  It contains images from the Halo games and their trailers with the song Warrior by Disturbed covering it and was made by YouTube user patton71489.  Take a look.

            Now that was a great one.  It wasn't perfect but it was a lot better than most of the AMVs and GMVs I've seen.  You might have noticed he had a few disclaimers on it and a credit roll to the images and songs used.  It seems that’s what it takes nowadays to keep a video like that online. 
            Before I move on, here is another one he did that was damn near perfect and a testament to what AMVs and GMVs should be like.  This one is of the video game Batman: Arkham Asylum and the song Asylum by Disturbed and I feel it's a feast to the eyes.

            Despite the fact that some of the image work with the game scenes could have been better I really liked this video.  I felt it was a great combo and wish there were more like it.  For the record I will be doing a review of this game later this year. 

            Last to note, is this video made, once again, by patton71489.  This time it used images from the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare games and the song Devour by Shinedown.  Take a look because this one is arguably the best of the bunch.

            Now that was good.  I felt that the images and music went very well together and the fast pace of the song matched the fast pace images of the games.  Again, I will be doing a review on both of the Modern Warfare games later this year.  

            In the end, I have mixed thoughts on these new AMV's and GMVs.  With them we now tend to get quality over quantity and I like how easy the new ones are to find.  Unfortunately, they don't have the same nostalgic quality the old ones did.  I found that I actually miss having to hunt through page after page of videos before finding one that was nearly perfect and those are internet memories that will last a lifetime.  For those of you who hadn't known about these before and have some spare time on your hands, check them out.  Perhaps you will find the same enjoyment in it as I did and grow to like these videos the way I did. 
            So until next time, this is The Illusive One saying thanks for reading and thanks for watching.

1 comment: