ShoddyCast: An Origin Story
The history of the ShoddyCast actually starts with another channel that was doomed by the powers that be and the lack of knowledge of FAIR Use. We planned to do a daily Skyrim show where we’d explain various topics within the game and have interesting bugs, exploits and other humorous outcomes to show. But the show soon died as a result of copyright strikes made against us. Our dreams of starting a YouTube channel as a hobby and potential side job was laid to rest. That is until Guild Wars 2 came into focus.
Some of you may be aware that Kyle was an avid fan of the Guild Wars series. It’s probably the only game that rivaled World of Warcraft in amount of time played. When Josh suggested we try the YouTube game again, Kyle was immediately convinced that this time, we’d pull through. So we created a new channel, but it needed a name. A name that would show that our content wouldn’t be completely serious and that we weren’t afraid to make fun of ourselves. We then decided that it would be fun to have a name that would become ironic overtime as the channel grew to be great. And in the end, we needed a name that would fit that channel should it end up being crap. Lo and behold that after 30 minutes of searching through various thesaurus results we fell upon the English word: shoddy.
adj.shod·di·er, shod·di·est1. Made of or containing inferior material.
2.a. Of poor quality or craft.b. Rundown; shabby.
And so the story truly begins in September of 2012 as two brothers, starting a new life in a new state (literally as we both moved to Florida), created a new YouTube channel named ShoddyCast!
Guild Wars came and we specialized in farming and money-making videos. We grew quickly as we started getting featured on various forums and reddit sub-threads. We quickly found, however, that the game wasn’t all we expected it to be and we starting losing interest and wanted another game to talk about. We had heard of Elder Scrolls Online before and neither of us were really interested in it, but then another podcast changed everything. Elder Scrolls Off the Record, formerly Skyrim Off the Record of Quest Gaming Network, gave us their first impressions of the game after being able to test it at Zenimax Studios Online. Josh had listened to it first and then told Kyle about it and we had come to the conclusion that this game might actually be worth looking into.
Kyle continued creating gold-making tips for our current viewers as Josh pulled information about ESO and started making our first ESO video: 4 Things Fans Want From The Elder Scrolls Online. It did fairly well and Josh continued to create these attention-getting videos that might help us segue into the new game. 21 Reasons to be Interested in The Elder Scrolls Online was released and within a couple weeks became one of our most viewed videos. At that point we decided that ESO would be our new game and Kyle began compiling all the information that was currently available on it and we started a brand new show called Elder Scrolls Online Weekly.
There was so much information available at the time that we experimented with having multiple episodes a week. And in-between all of those shows, an idea was brewing. A show that would explain the lore of a game in a documentary style that might be found on the History channel. A show that would feature actual in-game footage that would be stylized as if it were presented in a children’s storybook. On February 16, 2013 the Prologue to Elder Scrolls Lore Series was released and put us on the path to becoming the leading channel for Elder Scrolls lore.
We’ve experimented with many shows after that. Some successful, some not so much. But we’ve grown and will continue to grow as support from our viewers, both financial and through kind words, give us the opportunity to expand our channel and continue to produce the best content we can and keep our viewers coming back for more.