Outsidexbox, or Oxbox for short, is a popular YouTube channel based in the UK which is hosted by Mike Channell, Andy Farrant and Jane Douglas.
Outsidexbox are a partner of Eurogamer whose hosts all have backgrounds in gaming media, with Andy Farrant previously hosting Inside Xbox, Jane Douglas working as a writer and interviewer for Gamespot, while Mike Channell worked for Eurogamer and was deputy editor for The Official Xbox Magazine.
They are primarily known for their weekly show, titled Show of the Week, their Let's Play videos, their annual Christmas challenge, and list videos which (as of 24th January 2016) is entitled 176 Game Videos to Watch Before You Die - one notable aspect of these lists is they include games which are exclusive for Playstation or Nintendo consoles or PC, which invariably leads to at least one person in the comments section demanding to know why The Last of Us is getting mentioned on a channel with Xbox in its name.
There is also a semi-regular event held on the channel called the Far Cryathlon, featuring a series of events based either in the game itself (such as the Hang Glider Crash during the Far Cry 3 event or the Jetski Jump for the Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon event) or using the game's map editor (such as the Ski Jump of Death during the Far Cry 3 event, or Release the Hounds during the Far Cry 4 event)
A former pastime of the channel is playing Minecraft Pictionary, although since mid-2013 the only times it has appeared on their channel was to celebrate the 250,000 subscriber milestone and when the three hosts played live on stage at EGX 2015.
Show of the Week
Outsidexbox have a weekly show, Show of the Week, which is posted every Friday and has been since the first edition on August 24th 2012 (which was ten days after the channel's first video was posted)
The format starts with two of the hosts on the Oxbox sofa discussing the game of the week, which in the case of the first episode was Sleeping Dogs, before one of the hosts leaves the sofa to join the third host either in the kitchen or, since the January 17th 2014 edition, the prop room to read viewer comments. Since the March 6th 2015 edition, the show has a cold open on the sofa.
The current theme for Show of the Week is World Map from the YouTube Audio Library.
On October 19th 2016, OutsideXbox unveiled their second channel OutsideXtra, a channel devoted to wider gaming culture hosted by former XboxOn host Ellen Rose (who has her own channel icklenellierose, and previously made a guest appearance on Oxbox in late September 2016 playing Rise of the Tomb Raider co-op with Andy) and CNET editor Luke Westaway.
Notable Let's Plays
- Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China
- Assassin's Creed Chronicles: India
- Assassin's Creed Syndicate
- Battlefield 1
- Battlefield 4
- Call of Duty: Black Ops III
- Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
- Dishonored 2
- Dragon Age Inquisition
- Dying Light
- Dying Light: The Following
- Fallout 4
- Far Cry 3
- Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon
- Far Cry 4
- Far Cry Primal
- Gears of War 4
- Grand Theft Auto Online
- Halo 5
- Hitman Absolution
- Homefront: The Revolution
- Just Cause 3
- Mafia 3
- Mass Effect 3: Citadel
- Mirror's Edge Catalyst
- Mortal Kombat X
- The Park
- Quantum Break
- Rainbow Six Siege
- Resident Evil 0
- Shenmue 2
- Slender: The Arrival
- Splinter Cell Blacklist
- Star Wars Battlefront
- Tom Clancy's The Division
Oxbox Christmas Challenge
Since 2013 there has been an annual contest between the three presenters where each is set a series of four challenges on a variety of games, and the host with the highest score at the end of the twelve days wins Christmas
Oxbox Christmas Challenge 2015 - Andy won with three points, with Mike on two and Jane on one
Jane has an interest in science, as demonstrated by her knowledge of space travel in the video 5 Times Games Got Space really, Really Right, and she also revealed she has a degree in physics during the BioShock Infinite vs. Quantum Mechanics: The Real Science of BioShock Infinite video - while in early 2017 she underwent training with the European Space Agency as part of a promotion for Mass Effect: Andromeda. The best way to describe her playstyle is to e-mail the United Nations and ask what their definition of a War Crime is, considering some of her highlights include rampaging through a fortress on the back of an elephant while machine gunning Golden Path troops in Far Cry 4, advocating shooting the healer in Overwatch, and while playing GTA Online has seen her singing happily to herself while headshotting enemies with a sniper rifle during one of the heists as well as going on a rampage with a broken bottle. Outside of the Oxbox bubble Jane has appeared on the BBC documentary Are Video Games Really That Bad? in 2015, presented the award for Persistent Game to the creators of Prison Architect at the 2016 BAFTA Games Awards, and co-hosted the 2016 BAFTA Young Game Designer awards.
Andy has an interest in history, saying how he enjoyed making videos about pirates (namely Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag and 7 Dumb Pirate Myths You Won't Find In It and 5 Real-Life Pirates You'll Meet in Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag) in the 1000th Video Special and his masters degree has been brought up in 7 Non-Swimmers Whose Worst Enemy Is Water, and he also used to be in a band named Capisce? Of the three hosts, Andy is the most adept at stealth games, as evidenced by his demonstrating the Ghost playthrough on Splinter Cell: Blacklist and non-lethal playthrough on Dishonored - although he is let down by being utterly petrified when playing horror games, most famously Slender: The Arrival. Of the three hosts, Andy is the one who wins pretty much every contest the hosts take part in, being a two-time winner of Christmas for the Oxmas Christmas Challenge in 2014 and 2015, winning the games charades in the 2014 and 2015 Christmas episodes, as well as winning the quizzes about their combined inability to stealth, Fallout 4, their horror responses, and how they died playing GTA Online.
Mike has an interest in cars, narrating videos about some of the cars available in Forza Horizon 2 and Project CARS as well as showing his knowledge in 7 Times Cars Don't Work That Way, You Guys. He describes himself as not having a stealthy bone in his body, which has regularly caused problems in various Let's Plays, most famously his grenade gaffe while playing Payday 2. Mike has a habit of remaining eerily calm when playing horror games, even though Jane and Andy regularly get freaked out by jump scares while sitting right next to him - with the obvious exceptions of Alien Isolation and what what the NBA 2K15 face scan came up with when scanning Jane's face.
- There is an unofficial fourth member of the Oxbox team, cameraman and editor James Hills. James has featured on the channel in the past, both indirectly when his reflection was seen on the gold play button, as well as directly when he played State of Decay
- The Xbox version of Worms: WMD has an OutsideXbox pack featuring the voices of Mike, Jane and Andy
- Mike, Jane and Andy became official members of the Halo canon in September 2016 with the short story Breaking Strain by James Swallow featuring the characters Corporal Douglas, Farrant and Channell appearing in the book Halo: Fractures
- "Much like Godzilla, space is big, beautiful, and indifferent to human life. It doesn't want to kill you, but it will" - Jane
- "Whoops, that's a grenade" - Mike as he accidentally tosses a grenade within seconds of a Payday 2 heist beginning, messing up the heist by alerting every guard in the map to their location
- "Aww, Simon, you're a monster" - Andy, after unleashing Simon the Sabre Toothed Tiger
- "Silent Hill 2's Pyramid Head, or to give him his full name, "sh*t sh*t sh*t Pyramid Head f***********CK f*ck f*ck oh f*ck", is a mostly naked man who's wearing a... skirt, I want to say? And a big, metal pyramid on his head." - Jane in The 8 Most Relentlessly Scary Enemy Monsters That Just Won't Quit It.
- "I'm going on record now to say this is what I want played at my funeral" - Andy, about "You Are Dead" from Total Distortion
- "In Jedi Knight 2, the smuggler's moon of Nar Shaddar, which is Scottish for 'No, it's your dad...'" - Mike
- "Cheeky" - Jane's response to when Lara Croft says she should take off her wet clothes
- "LOOPHOLE!" - Andy, when Batman breaks his moral code in Arkham Knight
- "Don't stand in the middle of a bear argument" - Mike giving some sage advice during Release the Hounds
- "Hello, Amnesty International? Yeah, I'd like to report a school for child soldiers. No, it's in a video game. No, you're wasting MY time!" - Jane, on Balamb Garden
- "Yes! Bus time! Yes! Bus master!" - Andy getting control of the prison bus playing Prison Thugz on GTA Online
- "Oh [bleep], a giant hypnotist carrot..." - Mike while previewing Cuphead
- "And I will call him Stampy" - Jane naming the elephant that she's rampaging through a fortress as she plays Far Cry 4
- "Oh, is he jealous of my firm, non-ghouly flesh?" - Mike's response to hearing Hancock is the Fallout 4 companion who reacts worse to your character being naked during the Fallout 4 Quiz
- "You should've free poured the grenadine and been a grenegade" - Andy, as Mike attempts to mix Love Potion #728.
- "Press Y to make love to your dog." - Mike's response to an onscreen prompt in Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain
- "Don't see me. I'm behind a crate, that's the law" - Jane, playing Assassins Creed Chronicles: China
- "Did you touch Terrence?" - Mike, playing Dark Zone on The Division, before charging in to melee the player who interfered with Terrence the Flame-Throwing Turret
- "Have you seen my split-toed shoes? I look like a ninja turtle :D Look! Look at my feet! I've got like a hoof!" - Jane in Let's Play Co-op Dying Light Ep. 1 - Co-op Xbox One Gameplay
- "'Activate Fence Trap'? How does that work? Oh, does it electric? *activates fence trap* Electric... *it electrics* It's electricking! *Mike falls off ledge* Ow... I fell off, I was so staggered by the electric." Mike at the Tower entrance in Let's Play Co-op Dying Light Ep. 6 - I'm a Goddamn Parkour Instructor
- "Ha-cha! Look at it!! It's magnificent! Ah... this must be what it's like to give birth.... To create life... but pointier." - Jane, after crafting the Korek Machete in Let's Play Co-op Dying Light - Give Us Your Booze and Metal (Ep. 8)
- Slenderman suddenly appears in a canyon* "Ohhh!! There he is, there he is... doo doo-doo doo-doo... not walking down your canyon--you can have it, man! It's cool! I don't want any trouble!" - Andy playing Slenderman: The Arrival with Mike and Jane in TERROR IN THE WOODS! Slender: The Arrival - Xbox 360 Gameplay
- Slenderman suddenly appears again at a tower*
- Andy: AHHH!! OHH!! ♫Ohh~ Slenderman~ Leave us alone~ We don't want any trouble from Slenderman!♫
- Jane: Soothe him with your music, Andy! Soothe him!
- Andy: Nononononono--
- Jane: Okay--alright, alright... we need more pages first--*static crackles, indicating Slenderman is nearby*
- Andy: NOOOOOoononono, no!
- Jane: Down the--down the path!
- Andy: What path!?
- Jane: If you wanna win, we gotta get the pages!
- Andy: YOU're a... page!
- - Andy playing Slenderman: The Arrival with Mike and Jane in TERROR IN THE WOODS! Slender: The Arrival - Xbox 360 Gameplay
- Andy gets shot pulling out his phone instead of a gun in the middle of a heist shootout*
- Mike: What are you...?!
- Jane: Oh, Andy! What is wrong with you!!
- Andy: What's wrong with us is that we're not invulnerable to bullets... and the bullets went into us, and made holes in us, and all our blood came out and we died.
- Jane: Yeah, I'm hearing a lot of excuses, Andy. I'm not hearing a lot of solutions... to you being dead.
- - Let's Play GTA Online Heist Mission Steal Meth - Series A Heist, Xbox One
- "Alright, Top Gun, land us. Get on the helipad, it's got 'H' on it! Helicopter go here! No, not in the jacuzzi! No, not in the ocean! He's flying us away! We're flying off into the sunset. Uh-oh, I think we're crashing into the ocean again. I'm just going to bail.... Whoaaa I face-planted right onto the deck." - Jane dealing with a difficult GTA online intern in Let's Play GTA Online Drug Yacht Heist Mission: Series A - Coke on Xbox One
- Andy: We've only got two of nine cokes. That's not nearly enough cokes.
- Mike: Don't they come in six packs?
- Mike is playing Alien Isolation while having his heart rate monitored and is getting freaked out
- Jane: It's for science, Mike, stick with it.
- Mike: [bleep] science!
- Speculation reasons why Nick Valentine might be in a mood with Andy's character, Fallout 4 Far Harbour DLC
- Mike: Are you on drugs again Andy?
- Andy: Me? I'm on some drugs probably. Usually...
- "Get...off...the building" - Jane, while attempting to kick a couple of GSEC guards to their doom on Mirror's Edge Catalyst
- "I recognise that I've gone a bit off book here, but you can't just put a wood chipper there and not expect me to feed a body into the wood chipper. Them's the rules." - Mike knowing what needs to be done on the Sapienza mission of Hitman
- "Yeah I've got a settlement that needs YOUR help" - Andy to Preston Garvey, Fallout 4 Contraptions DLC
- Mike defends his stealth abilities
- Mike: Hey I'm stealthy! Ever heard of stealth bombers?
- Jane: Yes...
- Mike: Those things blow things up! I rest my case.
- Like button, nothing rhymes with button, but you should press the button anyway/Like button, I don't know what the song is, but you should press it anyway/Like button, everybody press it, please press it so I don't have to play this song/Everybody press the like button, nothing rhymes with button...sort of - Andy's song about why you should click the Like button
- Mike and Andy play Outlast 2
- Andy: In the original Outlast somebody would've appeared at that window and cut their own genitals off with a rusty scalpel already. That would've happened by now.
- Mike: Well...fingers crossed something similarly horrifying happens.
- Andy: No, fingers not crossed that that happens. Fingers crossed that it continues to be nice.
- Mike and Andy tracking the tenth illusive target in Hitman, the wily and dangerous pharmacist
- Mike: Oh there she...no, that's him, that's that guy
- Andy: That's Viktor Novikov
- Mike: Sorry, she's wearing like a white suit, and that looked white in the light
- Andy: That is a man in a grey suit
- Mike: Yeah, but I'm on a hair trigger here Andy
- Andy: Or a no-hair trigger, 'cause he's bald.
- After much prompting from Jane and Andy while playing Overwatch's Halloween Terror mode , Mike learns that Soldier 76 has a healing ability:
- Jane: So, Soldier 76--that's you, right, Mike?--You know, you've got healing as well.
- Mike: Yeah--
- Jane: Okay, good--
- Mike: I what? *laughs*
- Andy: Mike!
- Jane: You've got healing! You know... he knows. He's trolling me. I think he's trolling me? He'd better be trolling me.
- Andy: Well I--I didn't get healed by him at all--
- Mike: ...I mean I can shoot things.
- Andy: No, you also have healing; you definitely have healing.
- Jane: You've got a healing, like, AoE thing; you drop a healing sort of pod, and it radiates healing.
- Mike: Okay.
- Andy: Oh my God, have you not been--
- Jane: Have you not been healing?! Ohh...
- Mike: I'm too busy shooting!!
- Jane: Aghhh...
- Andy: Well also be busy healing!
- *3rd round starts*
- Mike: ...oh yeah, RB. Fancy that.
- *Andy and Jane bust out laughing*
- Andy: Oh my God. Oh my actual God.
- Jane: OMG. OMGod.
- Andy: Oh my God--L2P nub!
- Jane: *laughs* yeah, what Andy said! That's amazing.
- Jane and Mike are shown a picture of Zaeed in the Mass Effect quiz and asked to name him
- Jane: He was DLC, he doesn't count.
- Mike: Dave...no, Space Dave.
- Jane playing Dishonored 2's Crown Killer Mission : "I haven't actually used my Shadow Walk yet, so let's break that out, bust out my new power. Yeahhh! Shadow Walk~ Shadow Walking~ Shadow--oh!! Oh, they're seeing me! What?! I thought the point of Shadow Walk is they couldn't see me! Ahhhahaha! Ahhh, they're attacking me, they're attacking my shadowy behind! Oh, I must have misunderstood... I must have misunderstood the point of Shadow Walk; it is not like an invisibility mode or anything. Ahh! Okay--ahh--j-- *blinks forward, kills a man* Sorry! Ah! Sorry, sorry... sorry... See, when I panic, I get murdery. So just don't surprise me, guys, and everyone will be fine."
- Mike uses an explosive rubber duck to kill Hitman's 14th elusive target within seconds of the mission starting, before casually walks to the extraction point to end the mission without being detected
- Mike: There we go, got him!
- Jane: Run! Run!
- Andy: Oh you did it? Alright.
- Jane: Friggin' run!
- a moment of silence as it dawns on Jane and Andy that the guards are not looking for Mike
- Andy: I don't think they know it was you.
- Jane: Oh wow!
- Mike: I'm not running. I'm not running anywhere.
- Andy: Oh my gosh.
- Jane: Jeeeeeeeez.
- Andy: That was so...
- Mike: That is how...we do.
- Jane: Oh my goooooooood god.
- Andy: Wow...
- Jane: Wow, that really paid off for you there Mike!
- Mike: It certainly did.
- Andy: You only killed the target?
- Jane: How is that possible?
- Andy: I don't know.
- Jane: How did that explosive duck not...oh, I forgot, social media professionals are immortal.
- Mike: So I'm just going to stroll out if that's cool with you guys.
- Jane: Yeah, play it cool. The more relaxed you look, the less they will suspect.
- Andy: Man, this is bull[beep], how do I spend so much time planning strategies and you just throw a duck at someone?
- Mike: I knew my play style would finally pay off once.
- Jane: Eventually.
- Mike: ...and this is it.
- Jane: He's been playing the long con. It was a hustle. Should've put money on it Mike. "Wow, you know I'm not very good at Hitman, how about we make this more interesting?"
- Andy: "A thousand pounds!"
- Mike: So, umm, yeah I don't even need to run, really. Just stroll out.
- Andy: No, just casually...
- Jane: Yeah, savour it Mike.
- Mike: I can't wait to see my score. If I don't get more than one Hitman this time I'm going to be so upset.
- Mike reaches the extraction point
- Mike: See you guys! I'm out of here.
- The end cinematic plays
- Mike: There you go, that is how it is done Andy.
- Andy: Well...
- Jane: Alright, it's all about scores now, let's see what Mike got and then Andy, you have to beat that.
- The final score of 118,143 comes in
- Mike: 118,000? That's the greatest score I've ever had!
- Andy: That's three Hitmans.
- Jane: Alright, that's the one to beat Andy.
- Andy: Alright, okay...
- Jane: I can't believe you didn't kill anyone else. You used a throwing explosive!
- Andy: So jammy...
- During his playthrough of Dishonored 2's Dust District, Andy sneaks up on a guard and is preparing to non-lethally take him down and has his non-lethal kill quip ready
- Andy: Alright, just this guy, who seems to be enjoying some breakfast. Well I hope you made room for some...
- just as Andy is about to strike, the takedown prompt disappears
- Andy: *sigh* game
- the prompt reappears
- Andy ...I hope you made room for some...
- the prompt disappears again, then almost immediately reappears
- Andy: I hope you made room for some choking!
- at long last, Andy chokes out the guard
- Andy: I mean *sigh* I don't think it was good enough to warrant that level of buildup. It would've been fine if it had happened the first time the prompt came up. Why have you have to make me look like an idiot, Dishonored 2?
List of Subscriber Milestones
Outsidexbox hit 1 Million subscribers on July 9, 2015.