Growing up, Ivideo games. The first stop once I got home from school would be the TV, to The Legend of Zelda or Super Mario 64 until my mom threatened punishment for avoiding homework.
Yet since coming to Japan, I've rarely picked up a controller and own zero. I simply lack the time to properly the newest Pokemon game. Recently, though, I've discovered I do have the time to watch other people play games.
Ithe world of YouTube gamers. These are people who simply film themselves playing various video games, while talking about them and reacting to what's happening. It sounds silly, but some of YouTube's biggest creators by offering witty commentary while playing games. They include Markiplier and jacksepticeye — PewDiePie, who has the most of anyone on YouTube.
There is the samein Japan, and it has roots in TV. game shows in the 1980s video games . (There were similar TV shows in the United States in the 1990s.) The arrival of Japanese video site Nico Nico Douga in the mid-2000s allowed anyone to broadcast videos of themselves playing games and chatting.
Now YouTube is thefor this world in Japan. The popular 2Bro channel features two guys who play everything from to puzzle games while . They post videos almost every day and have almost 2 million subscribers. YouTube gamers can make even more money from sponsorships or selling their own .
I used to think this wholewas deeply . Honestly, I still do. But I also find the videos somewhat relaxing to watch. I first realized this while watching Cuphead, a fast-moving game where a cartoon cup fights a bunch of colorful bosses. It's a very hard game, forcing the player to move the character past a . I could see myself breaking numerous controllers out of if I had played it when I was a teenager.
But watching someone else go through these challenges isand entertaining. And also really funny. Maybe I'm bored of regular TV shows, where everything . Gamer videos include all the mistakes and restarts in them. Watching the cartoon cup die over and over again — and hearing the YouTuber scream out in frustration — is different.
It's anaddition to my entertainment schedule in 2018, but one I've enjoyed. Plus, I save a lot of money by not having to buy a Nintendo Switch when I can just watch others enjoy it.
The Japan Times ST: February 2, 2018