Stephen Georg was born March 20, 1989 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. He is 6'6" tall. At age 12, he received a video camera and began to make silly home videos with his friends. In 2005 he began a website to host all of his video creations, and garnered attention from various news outlets, being written about by the Canadian press and even featured in video game magazine Electronic Gaming Monthly for his various works.
In 2007 he started college at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in Savannah, Georgia. While in college he became "serious" about YouTube, starting StephenVlog (2009) and StephenPlays (2011). He graduated with honors with a BFA in Film and Television in June 2011 with a focus in video editing. He married his fiancée, Mallory, two months later. They previously lived in Columbia, South Carolina. Stephen and Mallory then moved to Myrtle Beach in July 2012. Creating content on YouTube is Stephen's full-time job.
Stephen had originally seen vlogs of people who sit in front of their computers and talk to the camera, and he thought it was terribly boring. In November 2009, however, he saw a few vlogs where people were leaving the house and not simply talking to webcams. He decided that once he went home for winter break that he would start "StephenVlog", and attempt to film his life for a living.
In his first video, Day Zero, Stephen explains that he doesn't know how long he'll be doing "vlogging" for. He has been doing it every day for over ten years now. On Day 364, he received his YouTube partnership. There are now over 3,000 StephenVlog days (and counting).
For notable days of StephenVlog, please see the Best of StephenVlog page.
Stephen's original exposure to Let's Plays was through Emile, a personal friend of his. They had met on EarthBound fansite Starmen.net in 2005, and always kept in touch. Emile would frequently bring projects and episodes to Stephen for critique before releasing them to the public, as Stephen was an experienced editor.
In late 2010, after successfully vlogging for one year, Stephen decided he would start his own Let's Play channel "StephenPlays" in February 2011. In September 2011, he joined The Game Station network.
On August 10, 2015, StephenPlays hit 100,000 subscribers.
A complete list of Stephen's Let's Plays can be found here
Other Projects on StephenPlays
- Memorable Moments - Highlights from favorite StephenPlays episodes, debuting every Monday and Thursday and one every day in the month of May.
- Demo Fridays - A series where Stephen plays the demo of a game and gives his thoughts as he plays.
- First20 - A series where Stephen (and sometimes company) play(s) the first 20 minutes or so of a game, and then give their early impressions of it.
Devotion to Fans
Stephen has attracted attention to his channels by acknowledging that he does his best to read every comment posted, and will reply personally to any comment that requires a response. He likes to be easily reached by anyone, and reads and replies to all tweets he receives. On February 11, 2012, he uploaded a Network Spotlight video for TGS, predominantly featuring his fans.
One of his completed LPs, Skyrim, focused on putting the "let's" back in "let's play". Unlike most Let's Plays, which are completely pre-recorded, Stephen's Skyrim LP was recorded one at a time, giving the audience time to comment on the video and offer suggestions, advice, or pointing out things he may have missed. Roughly a year later, he returned to this one at a time Let's Play format in Fallout 4.
- Mario Party Boards (with Emile)
- Pikmin 2 Co-Op with StephenPlays! (with Emile)
- You're In The Movies (with Emile)
- Minecraft Custom Map: The Code (with Josh)
- The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures (with TRG)
Stephen's Vlogs were primarily shot on the Flip Ultra HD camera until Day 899 of the vlog, when Stephen switched to using the Canon PowerShot Elph 300 HS. On Day 2320, it was retired, and Stephen replaced it with the Panasonic Lumix ZS100 as the everyday vlog camera. Stephen's LPs are recorded using Screenflow (Mac recordings), Fraps (Windows recordings), and the Black Magic Intensity Pro (console games). Stephen used to use a Hackintosh computer with OS X Yosemite, but now uses a 2016 Macbook Pro. He does all video editing in Final Cut Pro X.
Stephen has run several other channels on YouTube.
- xfisjmg1 (Now called Stephen’s Basement) - His original YouTube account, containing old projects.
- NintenSpeaks - A video series based off of Mother 1's main hero, Ninten, several years after his adventure.
- DailyPack - A channel about booster pack openings of Magic, Pokémon, and Yu-Gi-Oh. (officially discontinued on Day 1405)