YouTubers Are Helpful Afterall

YouTubers Are Helpful Afterall

[ Note, 01/11/2014, 17:41 GMT: This article’s title is not its original. ]

As someone who usually doesn’t have all that much expendable income from time to time as the months go on, I can say from personal experience how helpful (and how financially efficient) it is to have YouTubers who play video games–either on a full-time or a part-time basis–at hand, because I’m able to passively experience a given game as I watch any of my frequent YouTubers.

And it’s not just me, I reckon it’s helpful for quite a lot of other people, too, especially if they’re just scraping to make ends meet and can’t afford much for their personal leisure and enjoyment (because their money is dedicated to other things such as food, rent, household goods, savings, loans, and other things that are, in my opinion, consideringly more important).

Regardless of whichever YouTuber you watch, be them analytical, goofy, comical, or just an entertaining personality in general, you’re passively experiencing the games they play, and you either watch their videos for their personality or for the game they’re playing (or even both).

So, you’ve paid your dues for this month, and you only have enough to survive until the next paycheck, with little expendable income to enjoy. There’s a really cool game out (or coming out) and you want to buy it, but you can’t this month because of aforementioned lack of expendable income. Fortunately, a YouTuber you watch has just started a series of the game you want to buy. Perfect! Now you can experience the game and watch one of your favorite YouTubers play it. No money is spent, and your knowledge-base about the game in question has passively expanded.

Now, an argument to this is whether or not such a thing would hurt the developer of said game in terms of sales, or the games industry at large, because money hasn’t been spent on the game for it to be actively experienced. The counter argument to this can nullify it, because it would have been a lost sale anyway, as no money would have been spent to begin with.

Granted, to extrapolate that across those who do have the expendable income to buy the game they’re watching their YouTuber play might probably result in a loss of sales, but at the same time the game will be exposed to those who would really fancy actually playing it, and would save up accordingly to buy it.

YouTubers Are Helpful Afterall

And if they don’t want to spoil themselves too much about the game, they can watch the first few episodes of the series, decide if it’s something they want to play, and buy it once they’re able to, like what I’m doing with Shadow of Mordor .

I kept my eye on Shadow of Mordor once in a little while, and watched an analytical pre-release video by one of my YouTubers about the game that sucked me in. I then noticed that another YouTuber had started up a series, and I both wanted to watch it and experience the game on my own. So, as a compromise, I watched the first couple of episodes to get a flavor of what the game will be like outside of the impressions made from the analytical video, and find out the rest when I saved up to buy it.

You can experience a lot of games thanks to YouTubers, and there are games you can experience without spending a dime if you have none to spare. I, for one, am thankful for that kind of accessibility, as it means I can passively experience games that I can’t really afford, which is always good.

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