Nick Robinson (YouTuber)

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Nick Robinson
Personal information
BornMarch 17, 1990-1991
  • Internet personalist
  • Journalist
YouTube information
Also known asBabylonian
Years active2014–present
GenreVlogging, comedy
Subscribers710 thousand[1]
Total views123 million[1]
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg 100,000 subscribers 2019[2]

Last updated: August 29, 2020

Nicolas Robinson,[3] also known as Nick Robinson or Babylonian, is an American YouTuber and gaming journalist known for solving video game-related mysteries, notably for finding the character Pappy van Poodle in the 2013 video game Rusty's Real Deal Baseball. Robinson is also a former editor for video game website Polygon, however, he parted ways with the website in 2017.[4]

Early life

In elementary school, Robinson attended North Chatham Elementary School.[5] Robinson was an intern at the American gaming website Giant Bomb.[6][7]



In August 2016, Robinson and Griffin McElroy started the series Car Boys on the Polygon YouTube channel,[8] a weekly series that aired on thursdays[9] where Robinson and McElroy played the 2015 game[10] The series ended in May 2017 and had a total of 38 episodes. During its run, the series was well-received, and Jalopnik's Raphael Orlove said that it's the "only YouTube [series] worth watching"[11] and Popular Mechanics' Andrew Moseman stated that the series had "great BeamNG[.drive] videos."[12] Wired's Julie Muncy stated that Robinson and McElroy make some of the "funniest videogame stuff on YouTube".[13] Robinson and McElroy also hosted the series Touch the Skyrim.[14] In March 2017, Robinson was in an episode of Too Embarrassed to Ask.[15]

Following Robinson's criticism of the Nintendo Switch port of Overcooked, a former Polygon employee stated that she had been sexually harassed by Robinson through Twitter.[14] This caused numerous other females in the gaming industry to further back the claim by sharing their history with Robinson.[16] Robinson later made a statement about the accusations and apologized for his actions.[17] A few weeks after Robinson's apology, he returned to actively using Twitter,[18] which he was criticized for.[19]

After Robinson's sexual harassment allegations, Robinson was suspended from Polygon and was pending "a thorough Vox Media inquiry".[4] Robinson was later released from Polygon as announced by the senior vice president of the website, Chris Grant, in a now-deleted tweet.[20]


On November 13, 2017, Robinson uploaded a video titled "Mario's Troubling Relationship with Death",[21] a comedic "playthrough" of Super Mario Odyssey.[22]

On June 25, 2018, Robinson uploaded a video titled "A 1989 TETRIS Expert Plays TETRIS EFFECT for the First Time",[23] in which he played Tetris Effect with professional Tetris player Trey Harrison.[24][25]

On October 20, 2018, Robinson uploaded a video titled "SPIDER-MAN 2 (2004) Game Designer Tries the PS4 Game for the First Time",[26] in which he played Spider-Man with Jamie Fristrom, the game designer of Spider-Man 2.[27][28]

On April 19, 2019, Robinson uploaded a video titled "Nintendo's chair controversy, explained",[29] in which he brought attention to how former president of Nintendo of America, Reggie Fils-Aimé, who had recently retired, had been sitting in a "cheap" chair during his time at Nintendo.[30] In the video, Robinson also promoted a petition to give Fils-Aimé a new chair.[30] Later on May 6, 2019, Fils-Aimé received a new Herman Miller chair.[31]

On May 15, 2019, Robinson uploaded a video titled "The Nintendo character with zero Google results"[32][33] where he covers how he found the character Pappy van Poodle in the game Rusty's Real Deal Baseball, who at the time, had 0 Google results.[34] The video quickly became popular and Robinson gained over 100 thousand subscribers 10 days after the video's release.[35]

On December 7, 2019, Robinson uploaded a video titled "How I solved Super Monkey Ball's biggest mystery",[36] in which he revealed the voice actor of the announcer in the Super Monkey Ball series, who was previously uncredited.[37] As of 2020, the video has surpassed over 1.9 million views.

On June 12, 2020, Robinson uploaded a video titled "How I leaked Sega's next game",[38] in which he reportedly leaked a new mainline installment in the Super Monkey Ball series.[39][37]

Personal life

Robinson's father is also named Nick[40] and his younger brother, Porter,[41] is a musician.



  1. 1.0 1.1 "About Babylonian". YouTube.
  2. Robinson, Nicolas (June 4, 2019). "Unboxing my YouTube Play Button". YouTube. Retrieved May 26, 2020.
  3. Robinson, Nicolas (April 1, 2019). "Can I visit a Coin Convention without touching a single coin?". YouTube. Retrieved May 26, 2020.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Plunkett, Luke (August 11, 2017). "Polygon Parts Ways With Nick Robinson Following Twitter Claims". Kotaku Australia. Retrieved May 26, 2020.
  5. Robinson, Nicolas (May 30, 2017). "oh my god… my dad just sent me a "book" i wrote about the Sega Genesis when i was 7". Twitter. Retrieved August 1, 2020.
  6. Radzewicz, Szymon (September 11, 2017). "Gdy Polygon walczył o prawa kobiet, jeden z redaktorów... nagabywał panie z branży o nagie zdjęcia". Spider's Web (in Polish). Retrieved August 28, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)
  7. Zelada, Sebastian (August 5, 2017). "Schwere Vorwürfe: US-Spielejournalist soll Frauen belästigt haben". PC Games (in German). Retrieved August 28, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)
  8. Robinson, Nicolas; McElroy, Griffin (August 8, 2016). "Car Boys - Nick and Griffin Play — CAR BOYS, Episode 1". YouTube. Retrieved May 26, 2020.
  9. Feldman, Brian (October 14, 2016). "Car Boys, the Hilarious Existential Horror Car-Crash Series, Is the Best Fall Show". New York Magazine. Retrieved August 3, 2020.
  10. Vincent, James (December 27, 2016). "First Click: This was the year I gave up on TV and just watched YouTube". The Verge. Retrieved July 31, 2020.
  11. Orlove, Raphael (September 23, 2016). "There Is Only One YouTube Channel Worth Watching And It's Car Boys". Jalopnik. Retrieved July 31, 2020.
  12. Moseman, Andrew (October 20, 2017). "A Car Driving Over 100 Straight Speed Bumps Until It Flies Apart Is Magic". Popular Mechanics. Retrieved July 31, 2020.
  13. Muncy, Julie (March 23, 2017). "5 YouTube Gaming Channels That Haven't Gone Full PewDiePie (Yet)". Wired. Retrieved August 5, 2020.
  14. 14.0 14.1 Klepek, Patrick (August 7, 2017). "We Discuss Nick Robinson, Harassment, and Power Dynamics on Waypoint Radio". Vice. Retrieved August 10, 2020.
  15. Johnson, Eric (March 10, 2017). "Is the Nintendo Switch as fun as the Wii?". Vox. Retrieved August 31, 2020.
  16. Kaser, Rachel (August 28, 2019). "Women in gaming open up on Twitter about sexual assault in the industry". The Next Web. Retrieved July 31, 2020.
  17. Kilman, Joakim (August 12, 2017). "Speljournalisten Nick Robinson får sluta på Polygon" [Gaming journalist Nick Robinson leaves Polygon]. Svenska PC Gamer (in Swedish). Retrieved August 10, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)
  18. Smith, John (September 9, 2017). "Nick Robinson is not a sexual predator". Medium. Retrieved August 30, 2020.
  19. Valens, Ana (June 10, 2019). "Former Unity executive claims CEO repeatedly committed sexual harassment, fostered hostile workplace". Retrieved August 31, 2020.
  20. Sheehan, Gavin (November 13, 2017). "IGN Issues Statement Regarding Alleged Treatment Of 2 Employees". Bleeding Cool. Retrieved August 31, 2020.
  21. Robinson, Nicolas (November 13, 2017). "Mario's Troubling Relationship with Death". YouTube. Retrieved May 26, 2020.
  22. Valens, Ana (May 31, 2019). "Nick Robinson and Matt Conn faced sexual harassment allegations. Why are they still in games?". The Daily Dot. Retrieved May 26, 2020.
  23. Robinson, Nicolas (June 25, 2018). "A 1989 TETRIS Expert Plays TETRIS EFFECT for the First Time". YouTube. Retrieved August 3, 2020.
  24. Vincent, Brittany (November 15, 2018). "What are Ultimatris, Perfectris, and Decahextris in Tetris Effect". Shacknews. Retrieved August 3, 2020.
  25. Winslow, Jeremy (June 25, 2018). "Watch A Tetris Expert Absolutely Dominate PS4 Tetris Effect". PlayStation LifeStyle. Retrieved August 3, 2020.
  26. Robinson, Nicolas (October 20, 2018). "SPIDER-MAN 2 (2004) Game Designer Tries the PS4 Game for the First Time". YouTube. Retrieved August 3, 2020.
  27. Fischer, Tyler (October 21, 2018). "WATCH: 'Spider-Man 2' Web-Swing Director Plays 'Marvel's Spider-Man' For The First Time". Comic Book. Retrieved August 3, 2020.
  28. Tailby, Stephen (October 22, 2018). "The Inventor of Spider-Man 2's Web Swinging Takes Spider-Man PS4 for a Spin". Push Square. Retrieved August 3, 2020.
  29. Robinson, Nicolas (April 19, 2019). "Nintendo's chair controversy, explained". YouTube. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  30. 30.0 30.1 Doolan, Liam (April 24, 2019). "Random: Some Nintendo Fans Think Reggie Deserved A Better Chair During His Time At Nintendo". Nintendo Life. Retrieved July 31, 2020.
  31. Craddock, Ryan (May 15, 2019). "Random: 23,000 Fans Petitioned To Get Reggie A New Chair, And It Worked". Nintendo Life. Retrieved July 31, 2020.
  32. "Pappy Van Poodle: Rusty Slugger's Long Lost Friend". Heavy. May 16, 2019. Retrieved August 1, 2020.
  33. Robinson, Nicolas (May 15, 2019). "The Nintendo character with zero Google results". YouTube. Retrieved May 26, 2020.
  34. Doolan, Liam (May 16, 2019). "Video: Meet Pappy Van Poodle, The Nintendo Character Nobody Knew Existed". Nintendo Life. Retrieved May 26, 2020.
  35. "Nick Robinson's YouTube Stats (Summary Profile) § Detailed Statistics". Social Blade. Retrieved May 26, 2020.
  36. Robinson, Nicolas (December 7, 2019). "How I solved Super Monkey Ball's biggest mystery". YouTube. Retrieved May 26, 2020.
  37. 37.0 37.1 Doolan, Liam (June 23, 2020). "Is The Original Super Monkey Ball Announcer Teasing A New Game?". Nintendo Life. Retrieved July 31, 2020.
  38. Robinson, Nicolas (June 12, 2020). "How I leaked Sega's next game". YouTube. Retrieved August 3, 2020.
  39. Fischer, Tyler (June 13, 2020). "New Super Monkey Ball Game Reportedly in Development". Comic Book. Retrieved August 3, 2020.
  40. Robinson, Nicolas (October 14, 2016). "hahah my dad is also named Nick!". Twitter. Retrieved May 26, 2020.
  41. " / Porter Robinson / Porter Robinsonに直接聞いてみよう!". asQme. September 7, 2015. Retrieved August 30, 2020.

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