My oldest son is often asking me to watch some of these YouTube videos created by gamers. In these videos, the gamers do this thing called “trick shots.” Evidently, this is the rage these days among the youth. I have to be honest, I don’t fully understand this deal. I used to be a pretty solid gamer when I was younger as evidenced in this post.
While games are so much more technically advanced than the games I had as a teen, I think that the entertainment value is so lacking in them that kids need to create their own fun by way of “trick shots” and other devices.
On the topic of “trick shots”, I have learned a few surprising things from my son.
1 – There are actually games set up wherein people help each other by taking turns “trick shooting” each other. They record a video of the action, edit it together, and then show it off to sometimes millions of YouTube subscribers. I’m guessing that the real point is to capture this in a real game, not a set up situation where you get to make an unlimited number of attempts to get the “trick shot” on video. I guess it’s that much different from some of the stunt shows or videos where people make amazing basketball shots or they make a one in a million catch. They usually don’t include the fifty or so takes of the misses and drops. This is just the virtual version of that.
2 – I have seen with my own eyes, a round during a video game where players were getting mad at other players for not helping them get their “trick shot” footage. If you were asked to stand there while KippyKipperson4567 takes 1,400 attempts at flipping off of a building while trying for a no scope, quick scope, head shot, head glitch, hit marker, full scope, Scope mouthwash and you get tired of waiting for his skills to catch up to his ambition, you might decide that you’re tired of waiting and you want to actually go play the game. Now you’re a jerk or a couple other adjectives that are the gamut of insults that run rampant in the gaming world.
3 – These videos are quite popular. They make people a lot of money per YouTubes monetizing options. That’s amazing! I never thought that would become a reality. What will they think of next? Flying cars?
So, my son finally got me in a moment of weakness and he encouraged me to watch one of these videos. The results are as follows: