He probably never thought it would go this far. But YouTuber EpicNate has become one of the most prominent historians on The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
EpicNate started his YouTube channel seven years ago assembling gameplay tips and tricks for Call of Duty games. Each one managed to pick up a few hundred views, with the occasional video spiking into the thousands. His Minecraft videos did even better. Tens of thousands better. Then one day he posted a video on "How to be IMMUNE to Radiation in Fallout 4." Boom. Hundreds of thousands of views.
Two years ago, EpicNate started making lists of things people might've missed in their playthrough of Skyrim. At that point, Skyrim was already five years old. The remastered Skyrim Special Edition had been out for several months, too. As fast as the video game industry moves, talking about details folks had missed in Skyrim was starting to move out of spoiler territory. The game is so massive that even if you had noticed EpicNate's details during your playthrough, there was a reasonable chance you'd already forgotten them, or simply let them get buried in your memory as an endless number of other quests continued to pile onto your saved game.
EpicNate's 10 Tiny Details series exploded. The series started raking in viewers. Not thousands. Not tens of thousands. Hundreds of thousands. Even people like me that had sunk hundreds of hours into the game already were hungry for these 10 tiny details. Mostly, at least in my case, for the aforementioned reason that there was just too much to see and do in Skyrim that there was no way to keep it all front of mind. Yes, the game was only five years old, but watching EpicNate comb through places I'd been and talking about NPCs I'd met was almost triggering a nostalgia for Skyrim. Nostalgia for a game I was still actively playing myself.
EpicNate's video-making work ethic, even as he's held down day jobs, is admirable. In two years he's made over 250 videos about Skyrim alone, and not just his 10 Tiny Details series. His various series, which also show some love to Bethesda's Fallout 4, cover mysteries, mods, and even Things You (Probably) Didn't Know You Could Do videos.
To celebrate specifically hitting his 50th 10 Tiny Details video, right along with his 500,000th subscriber, EpicNate make The Top Ten 10 Tiny Details You May Have Missed in the Elders Scrolls 5 (see below). Keep up the good work, EpicNate. My nine-year-old daughter has veritably grown up playing Skyrim and, in more recent years, listening to EpicNate's increasingly radio deejay voice affectations connect the dots regarding her time running around good ol' Skyrim.