What happened to Honest Game Trailers? 

Honest Game Trailers, once a titan on YouTube for its candid game reviews, experienced an abrupt halt in 2017. This was due to sexual harassment allegations against its creators, Screen Junkies and Andy Signore. Though the series briefly returned, the fallout from these accusations and subsequent changes in ownership led to a significant shift in its content availability and viewership. Here’s a deeper look into the rise, controversy, and transformation of Honest Game Trailers.

What are Honest Game Trailers? 

This Youtube channel focused on gaming content is a spin-off of Honest Trailers’ popular comedy series. In case you don’t know, the Honest Trailers franchise is an online show dedicated to satirizing and reviewing different flicks and TV shows. That’s why after their popularity and particular humor, they created this other comedy web series aimed only at games. The most creative part of these videos is that they make fake trailers, and the host reviews humorously tell the bad things about the games. The episodes were primarily narrated by Jon Bailey, a well-known and talented professional voice actor born in the United States.

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The first video of Honest Game Trailers was launched on March 8, 2014, and since then, more than 350 episodes have been produced and uploaded to the channel. Every episode is usually between 3 to 5 minutes, which makes it easy and not dull for fans to learn about some of the best content in the gaming world. But fans adore that this review series frequently discusses the evolution of some of the most popular and thriving gaming franchises. 

Most relevant content 

As mentioned above, Honest Game Trailers had a lot of creativity behind the scenes, and here’s a brief look at more content they created.

  • Best console generations: The comedy series has produced so far four honest videos about the best and most popular game consoles, which are Xbox One, PlayStation VR, Nintendo Switch, and Nintendo 64. Here, they talk about the highlights of these incredible devices’ technical developments and recap the fantastic game generation behind them.
  • April Fool’s Day joke: In this video, the writers made up the existence of an alleged new and exciting game that would be released at the time. They pretended that the game would be one of the greatest in history to create euphoria and prank their followers.
  • Year in review: It was only published in 2017 and summarized the latest trends in video games and how the gaming industry was changing with the new technology. 
  • Conference HGT: This video was a parody of the E3 video game conference, a momentous event where companies can discuss their upcoming game releases.
  • Retro 1930s narration: Here, the narrator parodied a 1930s early narration style, different from the 1980s and 1990s they commonly did.  
  • Voice artists variety: Sometimes, the channel rotated voice artists to try a new style according to the game’s type, but some people didn’t like the idea as they were used to Jon Bailey’s flawless narration. 

What happened to them? 

Even though the Youtube channel was at its best, the production was suspended on October 10, 2017, following sexual harassment accusations against the program creators Screen Junkies and Andy Signore. After two weeks, the series returned on October 24, 2017, but due to the considerable pressure of the allegations, both founders were fired. In July 2018, Defy Media, the production company, decided to close and look for potential buyers.

It wasn’t until February 2019 that Honest Game Trailers was finally sold, and it was later discovered that Fandom Games was the franchise’s new owner. However, shortly after the purchase, all the content was sadly put on private, which depressed fans a lot for not seeing their favorite game reviews. Luckily, on June 4, 2019, almost all videos were successfully transferred to the new channel; just four were missing. Nevertheless, since their selling, Honest Game Trailers has decreased their viewers despite the new owner’s efforts to improve the show. But what’s still perfect is that the excellent Jon Bailey continues being the voiceover narrator for this new product that launched a new episode every Tuesday.

Summary 

Although Honest Game Trailers was once one of the highest-viewed series on game reviews, now it isn’t as popular as it used to be. It’s a shame that such a fantastic franchise had to be sold because of the creators’ incidents and mistakes, mainly because nowadays, it’s pretty hard to find honest gaming content. All we have to do is be positive and rely on the new content to improve, so we wish all the best of luck to the new Honest Game Trailers. 

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