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Monthly Archives: March 2016

The Fascination with Watching People Play Video Games

Today there is a relatively new entertainment sensation mostly for children that is watching people play video games.  They typically call it a “Let’s Play.”  I enjoy it myself, and it may seem strange, but it’s not going anywhere anytime soon, and it seems like there’s a lot more to it than it sounds.  If you think way back to when you were a child, you might have spent much time watching TV.  Whether it was sitting on a couch playing video games with a sibling, or maybe a friend, and you would have the right time laughing as well as chatting about a bunch of different things.  This isn’t quite so different from what that is some major companies are already taking video games more seriously by hosting what they call “e-sports” for video game competitions.

One famous “Let’s Player” who’s living is solely based on the videos people watch him play video games on stated that it’s not so different from people watching sports on television.  I’m not entirely sure about that, but the reason I enjoy it and get a good laugh out of them is for the brilliant improv comedy that is involved with professional Let’s Plays.  A may sound weird for me to call them professional, but I’ve personally watched an individual support himself by broadcasting live video of him playing video games while interacting with his chat generating over a hundred dollars an hour in small tips alone by his live online viewers.

The Pleasure of Opening a Book, Rather Than Turning On the TV

As almost a daily reader I pride myself in the fact that I unplugged my cable box from my wall, and threw it in the garbage about a year ago.  Not only do I feel more intelligent for the decision, but it led me to what I never thought I would be doing which is picking up an Amazon Kindle and regularly reading whenever I’m not busy working.  I suppose when you back yourself into a corner by taking away what is, for some, their primary source of entertainment the result can be fascinating.  Especially for a guy who is twenty-two years old and previously hadn’t read a book since he was required too in school when he was about twelve years old.

Don’t get me wrong I haven’t forsaken video entertainment entirely I just prefer to choose what now just seems to be a less propaganda and product drilling sides of video entertainment like movies or Youtube video series.  I have found that a book will get you so much more immersed in an incredible story that someone spent years writing.  They are much more inspiring and down-to-earth in the sense that they are censored so little, and have nearly no limitations to how long they can be. 

One of my favorite books I read, The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, got me so far visualized and immersed that it inspired me.  I have always been as an introvert who had never seen the state he was born, and I was inspired to go on an adventure for self-discovery in Los Angeles, California, which was a HUGE life changing event for me, and helped me become the person I am today.  I went traveling not only for the first time but by myself which was the scariest thing I could think of doing for a person my age which was exactly why I did it!