2015 is almost over. Soon it will be 2016. I first started on YouTube in 2006, meaning next year is 10 years on YouTube for me.
…that is, if I make it that long.
I’ve sounded off a lot in recent weeks and months about Gaming Video Hate, a social problem that I first started identifying when I uploaded a mashup video a few years ago that compared Elder Scrolls: Skyrim to Zelda: Ocarina Of Time. It was a neat concept and a great example of good games reminding me of other good games.
The video received crap views.
I’ve tried some other adjustments to the format for Play Some Schtuff, my ongoing gaming video series that has traditionally been a cross between reviews and Let’s Plays, of which before I started I received comments like, “You’re going to be doing Let’s Plays?!! That would be awesome!!!”
The videos have received crap views.
Across the board, if I dare to post a gaming video of any sort on YouTube – crap views – crap views – crap views. The net result has been that I have never felt this much like shutting down my YouTube channel as I do nowadays.
Oh, and by the way, when I say “shut down” I don’t mean merely taking a break from YouTube as I’ve done in the past. I mean shutting it down, as in the channel goes away, and so do all the videos – permanently.
I’ve heard the barrage of excuses. “Oh everybody wants a gaming channel nowadays.” “Too many people do gaming videos.” “It’s because of the games you’re playing.” “It’s not what I subscribed for.” Blah blah blah blah blah.
First off, my channel has ALWAYS been a variety channel, from the beginning. In 2006 I did tech how-to videos and more vloggy stuff. In 2007 I did some tech videos and some vlogs. In 2008 I started fiddling around with gaming videos in addition to tech stuff and vlogs. Play Some Schtuff today is the longest running series I have, eclipsing even the Wacky World Of MultimediaJay by several years.
…and once upon a time, gaming videos weren’t automatically doomed to receive crap views.
It was in those days that even though my style resembled Mark Bussler of Classic Game Room more than James Rolfe or Chris Bores during the heydays of AVGN Vs. Irategamer I could still see equal or greater views from my gaming videos despite having chosen the more “boring” style of being journalistic rather than satirical. My most popular video of all time is still the Play Some Schtuff episode for My Fitness Coach on the Wii from 2009, which had to be uploaded in 3 parts. I’ve thought of reuploading the review as one video, but why should I if it will only receive crap views because it was uploaded in 2015?
Some could say it’s a matter of preference, or that I’m “flipping the script” that if people subscribe because of “Dellasaurus videos” that I’m not giving them what they subscribed for, except in my 2015 overture video that is still the unsubbed trailer on my channel page I still list “Gaming Commentaries” as one of the types of videos I do.
Furthermore, if you remove the gaming videos from the equation, the rest of what I upload is all over the map. It’s not even close to being exclusively focused on computer hardware. Like it or not, Paul’s Hardware I am not. I have NEVER been a computer channel, and have no interest in being one. Multimedia includes computers, but isn’t exclusively about computers. Even my original 2006 intro merely lists “Computers” as just one of the things I talk about.
Gaming Videos have been unfairly and unjustly singled out, and it’s the ultimate slap in the face that if I or other variety channels dare to upload gaming videos on YouTube that they’re doomed to receive crap views just because they’re gaming videos.
I’ve tested this in various ways. In one case I literally uploaded the same layout of commentary about issues with World Of Warcraft: Warlords Of Draenor and made one a gaming video and one not a gaming video. The non-gaming-video blew away the gaming video in terms of views.
I’ve seen this on other channels too. This problem affects a wide range of YouTubers, from young kids playing around with webcams to seasoned variety channel folks in their 30s and 40s. I’ve even seen this on gaming-related YouTube channels that tried to mix gaming videos with gaming-related videos. Even the audience excuse goes out the window on that one. I had a hard enough time scratching my head at an audience full of computer geeks hating gaming videos and not watching them, but when CraigslistGameFinds can get decent views if they make videos searching for video games, but crap views if they show the very games they searched for, it’s really disheartening for someone who likes videogames like I do.
This is why people quit YouTube.
I liken this to suicides that pop up in the news where some smartass on the scene says something about how people ignored the warning signs, which is nonsense. People just don’t realize how pathetically selfish they are until something terrible happens, then it’s automatic damage control mode to save their own skins in the public eye.
Perhaps one day we will come to grips with the ways our pitifully self-centered actions damage and sometimes destroy others. Getting snotty over free entertainment on YouTube sadly hasn’t been exempt from this, especially with the comments, PMs, and arguments I’ve seen because I dared to stand up and say something about this problem.
Indeed, next year will be 10 years, if I make it. Quite frankly I have little to celebrate with how YouTube has become in the past 10 years.
…but none of that will matter, because the same trolls causing this problem will have most likely taken one look at this 1000-ish word rant on this and knee-jerk bellowed, “TOO LONG!!! DIDN’T READ!!!”
I thought getting a decent job again would help with the severe depression and feeling like nothing I do matters anymore that I very regularly experience. Obviously I was wrong.