This is a topic that I’ve been thinking a bit lately because it’s a topic that a lot of people haven’t talked about and it’s about gaming news channels. Now I’m not talking about big-name gaming news publication sites like IGN, Gamespot, Polygon, etc, I’m talking more about independently run channels like ReviewTechUSA, YongYea, Optimus, LegacyKillaHD etc. Channels that are usually run by one person. These channels while not massive, still gain a lot of views and attraction and occasionally can get a million views. While these channels do report on news, they also give their own insight into the news. But the problem is from what I’ve noticed, is that their insights/opinions often feel like kneejerk, angry, emotional reactions instead of giving more insightful views. They often don’t seem to give a more proper analysis on certain situations and also rely on clickbait-y titles to attract viewers. Some of these channels present themselves in a professional manner that makes themselves look legitimate but since it’s also run by one person, the way they interact with viewers also creates a parasocial relationship. To give an example, look at YongYea’s video on Alien Blackout
YongYea reports on the news at the beginning which gives him credence but when he discusses the game, he doesn’t really analyze what the game might actually be about. Instead, he simply makes assumptions that the game is a FNAF ripoff and a cash-grab despite the fact that we haven’t seen any gameplay.
This can be a bit concerning when some of these YouTubers like RTUSA have some right-wing views and make comments about “SJWs”. To give another example watch Optimus video on why he claims that women in the gaming esports aren’t oppressed
Even though these people aren’t right-wing per se, they still espouse right-wing views. My point I’m trying to make isn’t to attack these YouTubers or people who watch them but to talk about how they have an impact on the gaming community on YouTube and how their words can have an impact on gamers and make them believe in a certain view without taking a more objective stance on the complications. Honestly, I could be blabbering here but what do you think?