Full disclosure: as I write this, it’s 2am. Last night I wasn’t feeling well and went to bed early, which was good and necessary, however I woke up at midnight wide awake and here I am.
As I’ve mentioned before, there are many days where I have no idea what to write. Usually Thursdays are easier, as I can wax about anything (not just games), but, today, in the wee dark hours of the night, I was stumped.
So I turned to YouTube for entertainment.
I haven’t had proper television since around 1999. Sure, I’ve had televisions (for gaming and DVDs/Blu-rays), but no cable or even standard television channels. The only times I can even say I watch TV is when I connect our digital antennae and that only happens for royal weddings and the Olympics.
Because of this, YouTube (and Netflix and Prime Video) is my main source of video content. I watch an abundance of Game Informer’s video content, as well as some Byf, Datto, and various other channels.
But, as I was sitting here trying to figure out what to write about (while everyone else sleeps), I absentmindedly started watching top ten list after top ten list.
I like top ten lists. I like them whether I agree with them or not. I like being exposed to new content. I like hearing about movies or books or games I hadn’t heard of. I like hearing what people have to say about those things.
But let’s be real: this is a rabbit hole on a good day.
I’ve watched a bunch of top ten lists on horror movies. I’ve found many horror movies I’ve never heard of that way. I’ve watched a bunch on games and gaming. I’ve also found many games that interest me that way. I’ve sometimes started those top ten lists thinking OH I WILL ONLY WATCH ONE MORE and then an hour later I’m like WHAT AM I DOING WITH MY LIFE?
To be fair, this also happens with adorable animal videos. I will look up videos about puppies and the next thing I know I’m watching videos about capybaras and how they are possibly the most chill creature to exist. Then I will look for videos of pangolins because come on, they look like sentient horizontal pine cones and how is that not endearing?
Then I realize I haven’t looked at videos of quokkas for a while and OH MY GOSH THEY ARE IMPOSSIBLY CUTE.
You see how this can go.
So really, I guess I’m wondering how much of my life has been spent watching video after video on YouTube without realizing how much time has passed?
A lot. A lot of it I have enjoyed, but still, yeesh. There have been times where I’ve watched more videos on gaming than I’ve actually been currently gaming. I think those are the only times my watching patterns depress me because I want to be out there playing those games.
Does this also happen to you? Do you find yourself watching video after video without realizing it? Which types of videos do you find this happens most with?
And now, since I’m still wide awake, I’m going to go play some Donut County. I’ve been compared to a raccoon before (I believe it started because of my obsessive need to wash my face and hands around a dozen times a day), so a game where I get to play as a hole controlled by a raccoon appeals to me.
I hope I sleep again before it gets light out.