My Favorite Cuber
Nick Wright (37, USA)
Since starting my cubing hobby, or obsession depending on who you ask, I have come to appreciate the great cubers of YouTube.
I have utilized several different people on YouTube and subscribe to several. I began my cubing trying to learn from the Rubik’s brochure and their videos but needed somebody to break it down a different way for me. Once I mastered the basic method, I decided it was time to up my game and learn F2L. I’ve become good at F2L but haven’t stepped into the ring to conquer OLL and PLL just yet. Maybe one day.
As I pondered who I would select as my favorite cuber, several “YouCubers” came to mind. I thought to myself, do I choose the person who helped me learn the basic method and helped me solve for the first time? Do I choose the person who helped me understand F2L? Do I choose a person who mostly reviews cubes? I knew this would be a tough decision. After much consideration, I boiled it down to just a few people and finally it was a battle between two.
Ultimately, I have selected the YouCuber “JRCuber” (https://www.youtube.com/user/JRCuber). JR makes very high quality, professional videos. He does a great job with his videos, not just in the technical aspects such as lighting and camera, but in his descriptions. I appreciate that he “speaks from the heart” about what he feels when he first turns a cube. He is an accomplished cuber, having been at it for just over 5 years. Other than the older videos from before his voice changed, you wouldn’t know he is teenager. He exhibits a maturity, skill level and certainly professional production skills far beyond his age. In addition to reviewing cubes in his “unboxings” he also produces videos for walkthroughs, solves, “CubeEd” and even some look back videos reminiscing on his older videos. JR’s videos have professional intros that are just the right amount of time. He doesn’t waste time with babbling, but instead gets right to the purpose of the video.
JR’s videos have helped me make decisions on some cubes, both good and bad. I also appreciate his humility. While he is clearly a skilled cuber, there are times he is honest and humble enough to admit a certain type of cube isn’t his specialty. He laughs off his mistakes and moves on.
I am involved in teaching and interacting with Youth (teenagers, 13 to 18 years old) on a regular basis. I know many are misunderstood, underappreciated and written off as “just a kid.” Adults oftentimes don’t know just how great our youth are. JRCuber seems like a sharp young man with a bright future ahead of him. I look forward to the development of his video production skills, and certainly his cubing skills, as he ages.