If ya have read select previous KoopaTV articles, you might get the impression we got something against YouTube personalities. And you'd be right.
Whether it was Rawk (RIP) with his very selective war against JonTron, or me repeatedly deeming YouTubers as “talentless” or comparing them to slaveowners (which is not a compliment given KoopaTV's slew of pro-Confederacy articles — not to mention our KoopaTV-exclusive game Capture the Confederate Flag), we got a distinct anti-YouTuber attitude here. I mean, I even went and wrote an article more-or-less agreeing with Jimmy Kimmel about how lame YouTube Gaming is. There's nothing inherent about a video-sharing platform that results in losers rising to the top, but that's apparently the case and what's happened.
So when people ask me “What YouTubers do you watch?” — and multiple people have asked me that, because it's culturally a standard thing to follow YouTubers like it is to drink coffee and/or tea — and I respond “None”, I get weird stares or emoticons. And it's not just not watching “gamers” on YouTube — I don't watch people in general.
There's a little difference between Twitch and YouTube Gaming, by the way. Twitch streamers admit it's about the game. They show off the game. YouTube Let's Players have it all about the person, using the game's existence as an excuse to show off the player.
Right now, I have YouTube open in a Firefox tab. What is the video? It's the complete soundtrack to Kirby: Triple Deluxe. (I already wrote about how much I like the soundtracks to the Kirby series!) What are my recommended videos? Put another way, what does YouTube's algorithms want me to watch?
|It's all Videogame OSTs... and some Super Smash Bros. content. ...And uh, Fox News.|
I wouldn't consider Fox News personalities to be YouTube personalities (and... I don't watch them that much! They're just sometimes embedded on political web pages I visit!). There's ZeRo there, but believe me, I don't go out of my way to watch his stuff. He's not really a YouTube personality — he's a competitive Super Smash Bros. player that uses YouTube as a platform to talk/demonstrate things in that game. From an expert's perspective. Experts provide unique and informative perspectives that are presumably well-founded, and may teach you how to do something.
That's very, very different than your average Let's Player. They aren't experts, and probably know less about the games they play than a lot of the viewers. But I also don't watch other YouTube personalities outside of gaming, even though MULTIPLE people recommend nitwits to me like The Amazing Atheist.
They do that, as you might imagine, because they want to outsource their arguments, critical thinking, and belief system to a few pretentious morons talking in front of a camera. I mean, it's easier to do that, right? Have some charismatic jerk who may or may not have production values just tell you what to think. You'll eat it up.
|Twitch also has Kamek playing The Division with a KoopaTV advertisement.|
But, wait. KoopaTV asks you to eat up the stuff I write, and KoopaTV also would love if you shared our articles to your friends, enemies, and everyone else. What's the difference between KoopaTV and The Amazing Atheist?
For all of the supposed “scientific method” and inquiry that Atheists supposedly believe in, they don't question their own belief system. There is no back-and-forth. There's the comments section, but you're competing against videos. The medium isn't equal.
On KoopaTV, the articles are text. The comments are also text. People are encouraged to think for themselves and accept or reject the article premises. They can also write guest articles if they feel they need a bigger platform for their side than a comment.
You don't see YouTube personalities hosting guest videos from their fans or random people. It's one-way communication that you are told to accept. That communication is all about them. It's not about you.
Quite frankly, if I got my opinions from some of these YouTubers or other “thought leaders”, what would the point of KoopaTV be? Regurgitating those people? I'd much prefer for KoopaTV to add value. I can't add value if I don't have my own opinions. People — and companies — literally are just obsessed with certain YouTubers and what they think. I'm not.
As such, I consider myself... free. Free to think independently and originally.
In general, I also don't think most things people do on YouTube are funny or entertaining. I'm just grumpy that way.
Ludwig has a YouTube channel. You can watch it, but, really, most of the stuff uploaded nowadays is embedded to KoopaTV anyway, so you're not missing much. As long as you stay tuned to KoopaTV, you won't miss anything! Follow KoopaTV's social media accounts, too.
Ludwig's anti-YouTuber stance doesn't apply to Jareditton, and that's probably because he's covered KoopaTV content in the past.
It seems, from polling data, people actually get their opinions on what games to buy from Let's Players.