With the dawn of Twitch and Let’s Plays on YouTube, it is apparent that people love watching others play video games. In fact the number one subscribed channel on YouTube is PewDiePie. He does tons of Let’s Plays and that is how he gained a massive fan base. So this time the staff answers whether it is fun or dumb to watch others play video games.
Joe Morgan – Is it fun or dumb to watch someone else play video games? What kind of question is that? I’ve been around this hobby for over a quarter century and whether I’m playing or not, it has always been entertaining to watch folks play video games. Sure, it may also be “dumb,” but it’s no dumber than watching television or listening to a podcast.
Whether you’re sitting on the couch beside your sibling or significant other as they work through a rough patch or you watch someone play through the magic of the internet, it can still be entertaining. It doesn’t matter if you’re watching a novice streamer (*cough* JoeKnowethGames *cough*) or a professional, it can always be an enthralling experience. Many of the smaller streamers will engage their audience on a more one-to-one basis while the big wigs can employ all kinds of tools to give their viewers a clean, professionally produced experience.
If you’ve not watched others while they play a game, I’d like to encourage you to set up an account, follow our own streamers here (or our official Geeks Under Grace Twitch) and see what it’s all about. Maybe you’ll have some dumb fun.