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Alpharad


Added by Adam • Updated about a year ago by Adam
Added by Adam • Updated about a year ago by Adam

Alpharad
Category: Person Status: Submission Year: 2014 Origin: America Region:
Type: Gamer,
Tags: lets play, youtube, video games, ernie gang, super smash brothers,

Additional References: Reddit, Twitter, Wikipedia,
Alpharad

Category: Person Status: Submission Year: 2014 Origin: America Region:
Type: Gamer,
Tags: lets play, youtube, video games, ernie gang, super smash brothers,

Additional References: Reddit, Twitter, Wikipedia,

About

Alpharad is the handle of Jacob Rabon IV, a competitive Super Smash Brothers player and popular YouTube Let's Player.

History

Rabon IV was born in Oklahoma, USA on December 19th, 1995.[1] He uploaded his first YouTube video on July 22nd, 2014, showing some Super Smash Brothers Melee hacks. The video gained over 114,000 views (shown below).



Later that year, Rabon competed in his first competitive Smash tournaments, playing in a Project M and Smash Wii U tournament where he placed 9th and 7th, respectively. At the beginning of 2015, he began his "How To Play 101" series, in which he showed ways to be successful with Super Smash Brothers Wii U characters with humorous edits to his footage (examples shown below). These turned out to be one of the most popular series on his channels, with some of the videos gaining over one million views. He has also done "How To Play 101" series with different video games.



In September of 2016, his channel shifted from Smash content to more improv-comedy style Let's Play. According to his Wikia,[2] Alpharad marks a September 6th, 2016 video called "Overwatch: KUNAI WITH CHAIN" as the turning point for his channel (shown below).



Some other series Alpharad has started include the "NOT" series, in which he plays games that have close similarities to more popular games. His video "NOT OVERWATCH," in which he plays the game Paladins, gained over 2.2 million views (shown below). Other series include "CLICKBAIT," "Story For Glory," and "Steam Cleaning."



Alpharad helped create the Smash mod "Silly Melee," which alters certain character's behaviors, and is part of the YouTube channel Friends Without Benefits wherein he and other gamers compete at games. He has over 623,000 subscribers as of December 20th, 2017.[3] His subreddit has over 4,000 subscribers.[4] On Twitter, he has over 139,000 followers.

Ernie Gang

On November 22nd, 2017, Alpharad began a raid in a stream of VR Chat in which he convinced other online players to adopt a skin of Ernie from Sesame Street and go to other rooms. He first posted about the gang on that day in a tweet (shown below).


Ernie Gang tweet

A week later, on November 29th, 2017, Alpharad uploaded a video devoted to Ernie Gang. The video gained 315,000 views (shown below, left). The same day the video was posted, YouTuber WindyAura uploaded a parody of Gucci Gang called "Ernie Gang," which gained over 25,000 views (shown below, right).



Search Interest

External References

[1] Smash Wiki – Alpharad

[2] Wikia – Alpharad

[3] YouTube – Alpharad

[4] /r/alpharadtv


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