YouTube got chic with geeks all week, with their inaugural Geek Week campaign to highlight gaming, superheroes and highly illogical feats of science. The best YouTube science channels have been given special promotional attention and a big-budget emphasis all week, with trailers for YouTube Geek Week playing after the credits of big summer movies and Geek Week Easter eggs sprinkled across various YouTube properties. YouTube is making a big deal about their science and science fiction channels for Geek Week, premiering blockbuster comic book movie trailers and hiring the Hollywood experts for how-to cosplay videos.
YouTube Geek Week is a great idea for highlighting some of the massive amount of videos uploaded hourly on the site, and YouTube even added a Geek IQ test to see if you qualify as a geek. Finding the top Geek Week videos on YouTube is hard, though, because their page mostly just shows off the videos being hyped for promotional purposes. Finding the top Geek Week videos on RealPlayer Daily Videos is easy because RealPlayer Daily Videos ranks the most popular videos that day.
TOP GEEK WEEK VIDEOS
Five YouTube Geek Week videos got more geek love than any of the rest. Let’s look at this week’s five best Geek Week videos from the RealPlayer Daily Videos Popular videos channel:
Discover The Videos Everyone Will Be Talking About
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5. “WHAT IF BATMAN DROVE A NISSAN?”
Two jokers trick out a standard Nissan sedan into a fully functional Batmobile, complete with machine guns, flamethrowers and ejector seats in What if Batman Drove a Nissan? These two jokers run a YouTube gaming channel called FearCrads, but this entertaining video shows they still have way too much time on their hands.
4. “MULTI-PLAYER – GAMES BRING US TOGETHER”
Online gamers might need to break out the Kleenex for Multi-Player Games Bring Us Together, an incredibly moving little documentary where real human dialogue is articulated by computer-simulated gaming avatars. The online gamers behind the popular Polaris YouTube channel explain what drives their passion for online multi-player games in a surprisingly touching and funny defense of Internet video game obsession.
3. “10 SUPERHEROES YOU’VE NEVER HEARD OF WITH SIMON PEGG & NICK FROST”
Those British comics from the Shawn of the Dead and Hot Fuzz movies have their own YouTube channel, too. In 10 Superheroes You’ve Never Heard of with Simon Pegg & Nick Frost, the duo tries to keep a straight face through a combined list of real life costume-wearing superhero impersonators and YouTube superhero comedy sketches. A spoiler playlist at the end helps you guess which was which.
2. “THIS IS WHY WE LOVE COMICS”
Buzzfeed Video lists their reasons for getting nostalgic over the old printed comic book medium in This Is Why We Love Comics. The two-minute video takes a stroll through the past century to look at the influence of comic books in contemporary pop culture.
1. ” THOR: THE DARK WORLD OFFICIAL TRAILER HD”
Thor is the mighty winner in the YouTube Geek Week popularity contest, as the Thor: The Dark World Trailer nailed down nearly 5 million views in its first two days online. Handsome Chris Hemsworth has Natalie Portman along to battle universal forces that destroy vast amounts of real estate in the preview for the upcoming Marvel Comics epic.
Know of any better geeky science or science fiction videos? Did the “Multi-Player Games Bring Us Together” video give you get a lump in your throat? Were you able to get an acceptably geeky score on the YouTube Geek IQ Test? Geek out with your esteemed opinions in the comments section below.
Joe is a San Francisco tech blogger, sports journalist, and regular contributor to the RealPlayer blog. His background writing technical manuals and internet marketing content fostered his interest in web video, while his two years writing for NBC fostered his interest in cracking bad jokes. Joe’s work has been quoted in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal on days when their editors made particularly strange decisions.