Pick of the Week – August 24-30, 2015

As in touch with pop culture as I like to think I am, I realize that I am way behind when it comes to what teenagers (at least my son and his friends) are actually watching.  What they aren’t watching is television.  Sure, they may binge on a show on Netflix occasionally, but mostly they’re watching original content on YouTube.  Some of my son’s tastes are surprisingly educational, such as Crash Course, or about current events, such as The Young Turks

The vast majority of what he watches, though, are videos about video gaming.  I’m going to sound like an old fart here, but I have to admit that I don’t get the draw of watching videos of other people playing video games.  They are immensely popular, though, and apparently profitable.  According to THIS ARTICLE, one YouTube gaming personality, PewDiePie, made over $7 million last year and $4 million the year before that.

While most of these videos don’t do anything for me, there is one YouTube gaming commentator that I’ve come to really enjoy.  He goes by the name of JonTron.  Rather than focus on playing a single game, JonTron often does overviews of some of the odder ends of the video game world.  For example, one episode was devoted to bizarre Japanese shooter games and another covered terrible anti-drug-themed games.

For this week’s Pick, I’ve selected my favorite of his videos: an overview of Games about the Titanic, many of which are based on the 1997 James Cameron film.  Yes, there are enough for an entire video, and (I know this is going to come as a shock to you), they aren’t always accurate to the movie or history. 

The video is entertaining even if you are into video games, but I will warn you that JonTron does engage in some NSFW language. 

This video was also the inspiration for THIS SONG, created in collaboration with the folks at Schmoyoho (Known for Songify the News and the opening theme to The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt). 

If you end up enjoying the Titanic episode, I encourage you to check out his StarCade series, in which he is going through the history of Star Wars video games.  There are three episodes as of this writing, and the first is HERE.

- Alan Decker

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