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I do NOT understand the appeal of these Minecraft videos ...

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Kids need to learn from this.

 

This is true. They ween themselves on this stuff until their brain develops more, so they can move on to REAL entertainment, like Fuller House, Duck Dynasty and Monday Night Football.

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Doesn't seem any different than the average looser that thinks their somehow important because they waste their life away on facebook. You know the type. The ones who have a need to constantly upload pics of what their eating and talk about how good a dump they just took. I love minecraft but most the videos sucked. I do on occasion look for informative videos like cool uses for redstone but those informative videos are few and fer between when you have to slog through so much garbage.

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SSSShhhhhhh...! Without Minecraft they'd go back to Legos. Legos on the floor leads to even more swelling and painful feet!

 

..just let them autoplay :P

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the only one i ever saw was the "original" of this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EoD3itpEtUU

 

maybe Tim and Eric got them to take it down. There were tons of comments on it by dumb kids saying that Tim and Eric stole the song from the people that made the minecraft version. Even though somehow the Tim and Eric version was made before minecraft was a thing.

 

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I'm subbed to someone who seems to post streaming videos of these minecraft games several times a day. It's getting so out of hand I'm thinking of unsubbing. Frankly I don't know how or where some people have this kind of time on their hands. It's like he never leaves his computer and what's worse is he is starting to beg for subs and has a running number at the corner of his screen with the number of subs he has.

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Personally I've never understood the appeal of "Let's Play" videos for any game. Back when I was a kid there was nothing more annoying and frustrating than having to watch someone else playing a game when you wanted to play it yourself. Like waiting in line at the arcade or waiting for a friend to lose at a home console game so that they'd finally pass the controller to you. I can understand watching strategy guide and game review videos, since I used to read strategy guides and game reviews in magazines all the time growing up and I still often reference guides and reviews on IGN and GameFAQs when I need a hint or want a professional analysis of a game's quality. But just watching a video of some random whoever playing a game has never been even remotely appealing to me. I just don't get the whole "Let's Play" phenomenon at all.

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I tried streaming for oh, about a week. It was okay I suppose, but I had some unwritten rules that I adhered to:

 

-Audio only. I have an aversion of pictures of me on the Internet. They exist, but are intentionally scarce-ish.

-Just play and do whatever I was going to do if no one was watching. This of course made me REALLY boring.

-Try to be a little entertaining, but keep it PG and don't try too hard. Also made me boring.

 

The "popular" streamers I have seen footage of I can't stand for more than 2 minutes til I am going, "Dude. Shuddap and play! stop filling the quiet with your incessant noises."

 

Since I have limited bandwidth available, and I'm terrible at PvP activities that was right out. I played a few rounds of Warframe and Guild Wars 2. I had one subscriber and he was a guild member. <shrug>

most of the time it was me mostly just quietly playing. I don't have time to move my mouth and discuss what's happening. I'm being shot at!

 

Of course, now I'm thinking about firing up Minecraft and doing what I do best in that game : Dig holes in the ground.

 

Hex.

[ Today's experiment . . . . FAILED! ]

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Yeah. I'm going to dig a hole right here. Dig. Dig. Dig. Lava or huge cavern. Dead. "And that's why you don't dig straight down." :D

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Don't worry, Jaybird, I've made this handy dandy flow chart that I think will help all of us get our heads around the whole Minecraft YouTube thing.

 

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Personally I've never understood the appeal of "Let's Play" videos for any game. Back when I was a kid there was nothing more annoying and frustrating than having to watch someone else playing a game when you wanted to play it yourself. Like waiting in line at the arcade or waiting for a friend to lose at a home console game so that they'd finally pass the controller to you. I can understand watching strategy guide and game review videos, since I used to read strategy guides and game reviews in magazines all the time growing up and I still often reference guides and reviews on IGN and GameFAQs when I need a hint or want a professional analysis of a game's quality. But just watching a video of some random whoever playing a game has never been even remotely appealing to me. I just don't get the whole "Let's Play" phenomenon at all.

As a kid I didn't have a Nintendo but would watch others play for hours. I was deprived, and very self concious. I sucked at games because I had zero play experience. So rather than embarass myself in front of others, I quietly watched through the eyes of an outsider. Didn't stop me from begging every year for an NES. I would sit in Mall Santa's lap even though I was getting way too big, carrying out the charade, asking him loudly for an NES while my patents were in earshot, believing that if my parents believed that I still believed in Santa, they would buy me whatever I asked Santa for. I got Legos instead... :P

 

Fast forward some years till I was 21, after my father passed, I discover a CIB NES Action Set stuffed in the garage, with no explanation as to how it got there. My mom finally bought one and stowed it away for Christmas, then promptly forgot about it. How do you forget buying something like that? :ponder:

 

That didn't matter. Like a kid in a candy store, I walked into GameXChange and literally went berzerk discovering my lost childhood! :grin:

 

As for Let's Play videos, I do find some of them mildly amusing, others not so much. Also I enjoy watching Speedrun and TAS videos of games I could not beat in a million years...

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As a kid I didn't have a Nintendo but would watch others play for hours. I was deprived, and very self concious. I sucked at games because I had zero play experience. So rather than embarass myself in front of others, I quietly watched through the eyes of an outsider. Didn't stop me from begging every year for an NES. I would sit in Mall Santa's lap even though I was getting way too big, carrying out the charade, asking him loudly for an NES while my patents were in earshot, believing that if my parents believed that I still believed in Santa, they would buy me whatever I asked Santa for. I got Legos instead... :P

 

Fast forward some years till I was 21, after my father passed, I discover a CIB NES Action Set stuffed in the garage, with no explanation as to how it got there. My mom finally bought one and stowed it away for Christmas, then promptly forgot about it. How do you forget buying something like that? :ponder:

 

That didn't matter. Like a kid in a candy store, I walked into GameXChange and literally went berzerk discovering my lost childhood! :grin:

 

As for Let's Play videos, I do find some of them mildly amusing, others not so much. Also I enjoy watching Speedrun and TAS videos of games I could not beat in a million years...

 

Like the story, but depending on your age, you were better off with Legos, especially if they were mostly blocks where you had to use some creativity.

 

I am not sure if it is good for young kids to be exposed too much to video games, cell phones, etc in the first place, but that is a whole other topic.

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Like the story, but depending on your age, you were better off with Legos, especially if they were mostly blocks where you had to use some creativity.

 

I am not sure if it is good for young kids to be exposed too much to video games, cell phones, etc in the first place, but that is a whole other topic.

I also believe waiting until I was grown developed a deeper appreciation for the games than if I'd had them growing up. Also as an only child with severe ADHD, I was very much a social recluse as a kid. Playing solo for hours on end in my bedroom would not have furthered my social skills much.

 

As a young teen, I was in a downward spiral such that my mom shipped me off to boarding school. My mom allegedly bought the NES from the son of a church acquaintance who needed the money to buy a Super NES. At some point during my 8th grade year, my behaviour went completely down the toilet such that my parents shipped me out of state to get the treatment I needed, so it isn't surprising the boxed NES sat neglected in the garage for nearly a decade. My social well being was more important.

 

Fast forward eight years. After my dad passed away in fall 2002, my mom and a helper were cleaning out the garage when they discovered the system. I literally came home one afternoon from community college and found the NES Action set and a cheap 19" CRT TV sitting on my bed. My friend came over and we must have spent nearly an hour blowing on the carts and jiggering with the loading tray before we got a stable picture that didn't blink. We had Abadox, Bad Dudes, and two other crappy games I can't recall. Anyway having confidence that the system still worked, we went to GameXChange the next day to buy some games that didn't suck, and boy did that place have a endless bonanza of old games! I was instantly hooked, and the rest is history... ;-)

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Thanks for the responses, everyone! Interesting range of opinions.

I had the chance recently to actually watch my nephews play Minecraft on their own. As I recall, their game amounted to building simple structures out of blocks, laying them down and then erasing them to build something else, over and over again. It occurred to me that this was, in principle, exactly the same thing that I used to do with the "Video Graffiti" mode in Atari 2600 "Surround": if you take "Video Graffiti", make it 3D, and change the blocks into gray stone and the background into a green field, you've pretty much got Minecraft (at least the version the kids were playing).

The thing is, I remember "Video Graffiti" as a stupid and non-demanding diversion that would entertain me for about five minutes between real games, games that I had to work hard to master (and not just video games, either). For kids like my nephews, it is the "real game." Between that and the junk they seem to watch all the time on YouTube, I can't help but think that they're missing out on a lot compared to what I got to experience years ago. When I watched TV as a kid, I watched "3-2-1 Contact" and "Mr. Wizard's World", and so did most of my pals. My nephews, on the other hand, get to watch obnoxious YouTubers trying and failing to play simple games, laughing all the while at their own unfunny jokes. How did popular culture manage to devolve to such an extent within about 30 years?

There's a predictable response to that, of course: "You're just older. Your parents probably said the same thing about the things you liked when you were a kid, and someday, those kids will say the same thing about their kids. It's all relative; nothing is inherently better than anything else; it's just your opinion." That strikes me as a cheap and easy way of avoiding the issue, but at some point, I think one has to objectively look at the kinds of readily-accessible entertainments that kids are exposed to today and wonder whether they're really any good for them as a steady diet. But that's a whole other subject, of course ...

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Assuming that your nephews are teens, I have no explanation because when I think of my teen self having access to today's internet then I can only come to one conclusion. Porn! Lots of it! For breakfast, lunch, and dinner! Like a Chewbacca palms amount! Kids these days just don't respect the technology they have and understand how easy they have it. I had to resort to the underwear section of the Sears catalog and now what do kids do with today's internet? Minecraft videos. WTF?! I mean, Google Images with safe search off is infinitely better than the Sears catalog and that isn't even the full internet!

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My step-sons watch videos like these when they go by their dad's. There are songs parodied using Minecraft as the subject, which they would sing while doing dishes. They would also talk about Stampy Cat, which is a YT personality that visits different Minecraft "worlds". Kinda like the Robin Leach of Minecraft.

 

I've only seen a couple of the Stampy videos on my own, which aren't bad but doesn't keep my interest long. The time invested in the worlds he visits boggles my mind. To scale ocean liners, a Star Destroyer, a city with a helicopter....good gravy! The amount of work going into these places just astounds me!

 

What's interesting is that they watch videos and then mimic the ideas. The kids want to build houses and other structures. I have a Chef Wolf-craft Puck always talking about finding mushrooms and making stews or having cattle for meat. They are totally lost at the concept of exploring, which is what I do if I get a controller in my hand. They always ask why I don't build a house first.

 

My girls play Minecraft like it was a virtual doll house. They build and such but then put animal skins the character models and pretend they are toys and go about their play, with a Mom, Dad, etc. etc.

 

What's interesting is that, by seeing some videos and watching my kids play, is that this game can be almost anything you want it to be. That's pretty amazing.

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My step-sons watch videos like these when they go by their dad's. There are songs parodied using Minecraft as the subject, which they would sing while doing dishes. They would also talk about Stampy Cat, which is a YT personality that visits different Minecraft "worlds". Kinda like the Robin Leach of Minecraft.

 

I've only seen a couple of the Stampy videos on my own, which aren't bad but doesn't keep my interest long. The time invested in the worlds he visits boggles my mind. To scale ocean liners, a Star Destroyer, a city with a helicopter....good gravy! The amount of work going into these places just astounds me!

 

What's interesting is that they watch videos and then mimic the ideas. The kids want to build houses and other structures. I have a Chef Wolf-craft Puck always talking about finding mushrooms and making stews or having cattle for meat. They are totally lost at the concept of exploring, which is what I do if I get a controller in my hand. They always ask why I don't build a house first.

 

My girls play Minecraft like it was a virtual doll house. They build and such but then put animal skins the character models and pretend they are toys and go about their play, with a Mom, Dad, etc. etc.

 

What's interesting is that, by seeing some videos and watching my kids play, is that this game can be almost anything you want it to be. That's pretty amazing.

 

No wonders why over 20 millions of copies of Minecraft are sold.

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