Alpharad, formerly known as AlpharadTV, is an American YouTuber who is known for creating highly edited videos of gameplay with humorous and observational commentary. He is best known for his comedic montage series "How to Play 101," in which he uses gameplay of a certain game or character as the basis for primarily visual and text-based jokes. He is also well known for his frequent Overwatch content and the popular "Not" series, which is the closest any of Alpharad's series' have ever been to rivaling the popularity of "How to Play 101," with the current most viewed video on his channel being his Overwatch and Paladins video titled "NOT PALADINS".
Over time, Alpharad has drastically shifted the style of his content. Starting with making comedic montage videos for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, he's transitioned into more improv commentary-styled videos, starting with his Splatoon series Squid Stuff, and later, A Story for Glory. He has gone on record saying his video titled "Overwatch: KUNAI WITH CHAIN," published on September 6, 2016, marked the point in which his channel began changing exponentially for the better, as he was less than proud of the content he had uploaded as a whole prior to that video's release. While "Overwatch: KUNAI WITH CHAIN" was when his video quality saw a resurgence, Alpharad's video "TENGEN TOPPA CASTLE CRASHERS," which he recorded with his friend Turvis and YouTube personality WEEGEE THE GOD, was the video he was most proud of at the time because of how well he felt he edited it, as well as the "enjoyability" of the video in general and how he undertook the task of highly editing a video that was about 18 and a half minutes in length. He reached half a million subscribers (500K) on July 29, 2017.
Alpharad has also helped create a Super Smash Bros. Melee mod entitled Silly Melee, which changes characters' behaviors and makes gameplay more "silly," as well as a Let's Play channel called Friends Without Benefits, in which he plays games alongside his friend dad_as_heck, with Major Duncan, Deezus, and WEEGEE THE GOD joining the channel about 8 months after its debut in June 2016.
On January 17, 2016, in his video “HOW TO PLAY AS SUBSCRIBERS 102,” Alpharad announced a series titled Replay Hut as a way to include more replays into a single video without having to compromise the time he must spend fully editing submitted clips in a fashion similar to the “How to Play 101” series; the first episode of Replay Hut aired two days later. Replay Hut is a community-based series in which viewers submit clips and highlights from various games to Alpharad’s subreddit page in hopes of being featured in the next installment. While this series of videos used to be hosted on his main channel and used to only feature Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U submissions, Replay Hut has since evolved into its own separate YouTube channel, starting after the 39th episode of the Smash 4 subseries in July of 2017. Replay Hut has branched off to other video games since then; the new channel’s creation marked the debut of the Overwatch, Rivals of Aether, and Project M subseries of videos being added to the Replay Hut series, as well as an “Anything Goes” subseries in which the community has the freedom to submit a clip or highlight of anything they desire, video game or otherwise, in an attempt to incorporate as much diversity as possible into the channel and as a way to determine which video game has the representation required for the birth of a potential new subseries of Replay Hut videos. This series is currently edited by Deezus of Friends Without Benefits.
- How to Play (Super Smash Bros. 4 character) 101
- How to Play (Video Game) 101
- Replay Hut
- The "NOT" Series
- Who is the Best?
- Steam Cleaning
- Opening the DMs
- Friends Without Benefits Highlights
- On For Glory
- A Story For Glory
- Mario Maker Minus
- Challenge Mode
- Squid Stuff
- Stream Highlights
- Alpharad occasionally changes his YouTube banner for brief periods of time.
- One of Alpharad's goals for his YouTube channel was to have the most viewed video on his channel not be a video in the "How to Play 101" series.
- This goal was achieved in May of 2017 by "NOT OVERWATCH."
- Despite announcing Season 2 of "Challenge Mode," Alpharad has only released a single episode of this second season. This episode featured EVO 2016 Champion Ally and was uploaded to his channel on August 4, 2016.