A week ago, the members of the YouTube channel RiverCityGamers announced that one of their members, Maarten Amkreutz—better known to his followers as Amayirot Akago—had passed away. For further information, please observe their video here:
I’d checked the fellow’s work out years ago when he was still very much alive, and even though I’d never even known about many of the video/computer games, movies, and television shows he’d reviewed, I’d be lying through my teeth if I’d said that I didn’t enjoy his work. He was sharp, witty, animated, and knowledgeable, able to present information about each piece of media he’d introduce to his fans—most of which was obscure to the masses. I especially got a kick out of his review of Dr. Who: Destiny of the Doctors and the Dr. Who television movie, and I only know just enough about the Dr. Who franchise to identify the basic premise of the franchise. His retrospective of Alfred J. Kwak likewise introduced me to a cartoon that I no doubt would have enjoyed as a kid, had it been available where I lived at the time. I could go on, but for those of you who are still interested in finding out about him and his work yourself, take a look at his YouTube channel for yourselves, which is presently still available at the moment.
Sadly, because Maarten is no longer with us, I find it only fair to commemorate him with the following poem. I hope you all get something out of it upon reading it, and my condolences to the Amkreutz family and all of Maaten’s loved ones during this time.
Dustin M. Weber
R.I.P., Maarten Amkreutz: A Tribute to YouTube Media Reviewer Amayirot Akago
June 21, 2018
I hardly even knew you, but now that you’re away,
This world has grown less vibrant as I know well that each day,
Your desire to share your knowledge and enthusiasm
For that which many find obscure has faded to ectoplasm,
For many For many were the stories you were gracious enough to share
Via the ‘Net of that which I at least would not have cared
About otherwise, had I not chanced to watch your show one day
And listened as you informed me in your lively, cheerful way
About that which you’d played and watched during your younger days
And why you still enjoyed it. Heck, I even chose to stay
And hear you methodically dismantle that which you despised
For this and that reason that you let play before my ears and eyes.
Thorough you were and to the point ‘bout each item, trash or treasure,
Keeping feelings and facts separate yet present in equal measure.
You were never boring, either, working hard to entertain
With quips and sketches here and there, seeking only to gain
The respect and appreciation of your peers and hard-earned fans
Not only with your reviews, but also at whatever you tried your hand
At, be it singing computer game tracks or art inspired by cartoons.
Whatever you did, you had the knack to make your followers swoon.
More importantly, though, you were a good friend to any you knew,
Always giving feedback and encouragement to creators just like you,
Urging them to keep on working on and improving at what they do
So that they could succeed as you had over the years ‘til you’d left
With your legacy tragically cut short and your loved ones left bereft.
If only I’d paid closer attention or had the faintest clue,
I might have done whatever I could have to have reached out to you
And saved you from the fate that claimed you so suddenly one day,
And this poem I wouldn’t have had to write, knowing we’d see more days
Of you entertaining and informing us of more gems hidden.
Alas, such is not the case, though your memory lives on,
Forever touching many lives through video, art, and song
And now in poetry as I take this time here to salute you
For the joy you brought people like me in all you used to do.
Rest in peace, then, Maarten Amkreutz, and may we never forget
The joy you brought into the world, which I at least don’t regret
Discovering once upon a time that nowhere else I could find.
May the legacy you’ve made for yourself never be left behind.