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    So, I don't have any kids of my own, but my close friend's kids are around the 5-8 age range. I guess the new rage is to WATCH someone play video games on Youtube rather than actually playing the game to experience it for yourself and, you know, getting some feeling of achievement as you progress.
    Well, this may take collecting to a whole new level. Rather than chase cards that I've been hunting for 20+ years, I think I'll just watch Youtube videos of people showing off the cards that they have in their collections and see if that gives the same satisfaction as actually acquiring the card myself. For instance, I found a video of a guy who was showing off a 1952 Topps Mantle...WOW! UNBELIEVABLE! I can't believe I was lucky enough to snag such a video! It's in my video collection and is for trade if anyone wants to swap for a video of a 1996 Select Certified Mirror Gold Frank Thomas #1. I'd prefer a high quality video or even HD because this is a '52 Topps Mantle video you're trading for. Let's deal!

    Obviously, this post is pure sarcasm and I'm being facetious, but I do find it sad that kids' interests are moving in this direction.
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    They're all brain dead. Or heading that way.
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    Happens with ripping hobby boxes too. I know there's a market for it...obviously since more and more people are posting videos doing it....but for me, I don't want to pay for a box of cards and have someone else open them for me. I'll admit, I watch them periodically to see what good pulls are out there, just never understood the rush of having someone else open a box I paid for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Letch77 View Post
    I guess the new rage is to WATCH someone play video games on Youtube rather than actually playing the game to experience it for yourself and, you know, getting some feeling of achievement as you progress.
    Obviously, this post is pure sarcasm and I'm being facetious, but I do find it sad that kids' interests are moving in this direction.
    Actually, the number of kids playing video games and game sales are higher than ever.
    The gaming videos are so popular because kids can't get enough of the games they love, like Minecraft and Overwatch, for tips, ideas and entertainment, not because they're not playing games anymore.
    The Nintendo Switch is selling at a record pace.
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    I saw an episode of South Park last week that had the kids playing Guitar Hero. When Randy pulls out his actual guitar and actually plays Carry On My Warward Son, the song they were clicking along to in the game, they told him to get lost. That episode came out a decade ago, and it's not gotten any better. I was a fair amount of MTG on Twitch because I actually play the game myself, and a large part of it is learning what is good and helps win and what's bad and doesn't. I don't get watching things like Fornite or LoL, but I don't play those games. Since I don't, it's hard to follow what's happening since it's just a blur of colors, symbols, and tiny words. It doesn't seem like you can really learn anything there, or be entertained, but I'm willing to be wrong.

    The same thing with box breaks. I have watched the few I've been in on, but I don't get the people who just have them on continuously streaming. Maybe you can see a card you want get opened and maybe somehow contact the person who won it? No idea.
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    Just donít google that Ryan kid who has that Nickelodeon show my kid likes (Ryanís Mystery play date) and see what heís pulling in, pretty sure he got his start opening toys and playing with them on YouTube or whatever


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    Around here, we've had to severely limit screen time. That goes for phones, iPads, laptops, televisions, everything. If we didn't, the kids would be mindless zombies watching this stuff and attempting to recreate it themselves. They've even gone so far as to act like they are the YouTubers and pretend that they're recording videos. I've heard them say things like, "Hey guys! Thanks for watching. If you like what you've seen, please hit that like and subscribe button and don't forget to ring the bell." Mind you, these kids here are NOT actually recording anything.

    After several attempts to get them into trading cards, they've not shown much interest. The excitement level just isn't comparable to their video games I guess.

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    Loved the OP. Sounds like the kind of thing I'd rant about too. The comment about trading videos of cards, and the whole idea of getting into watching something rather than doing it, reminded me of Hideki Matsui casually dropping a line about his porn video collection in an interview while he was with the Yankees.
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    It reminds me of "World of World of Warcraft"

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    Kinda like watching baseball instead of playing it, eh?
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    Quote Originally Posted by JVHaste View Post
    It reminds me of "World of World of Warcraft"
    :LOL: :LOL:
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    Quote Originally Posted by theplasticman View Post
    Kinda like watching baseball instead of playing it, eh?
    ^^^

    This is what I say every time people laugh at the idea of people watching other's play video games. They always get a confused look on their face as they slowly realize there's literally no difference.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RyanHowardCollector6 View Post
    ^^^

    This is what I say every time people laugh at the idea of people watching other's play video games. They always get a confused look on their face as they slowly realize there's literally no difference.
    It IS different, though. You can't play baseball by yourself...and when you watch a baseball game you're watching a competition, not a few average guys hit and throw the ball around. No one goes online to watch their local rec league practice.

    I've seen what my buddy's kids watch; it's not even gameplay with the purpose of completing a level. It's just a guy that likes to hear himself talk wandering his character aimlessly through a video game. I can appreciate watching a video on how to pass a certain level or beat a level boss - I've done that many times myself - but I always go back to the game to actually accomplish what I've learned. There's nothing to be learned from these videos; no story, no strategy, no hints/tips/tricks.
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    Kids are turning into zombies. They walk among us. Even driving and texting. I call them the driving dead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Letch77 View Post
    It IS different, though. You can't play baseball by yourself...and when you watch a baseball game you're watching a competition, not a few average guys hit and throw the ball around. No one goes online to watch their local rec league practice.

    I've seen what my buddy's kids watch; it's not even gameplay with the purpose of completing a level. It's just a guy that likes to hear himself talk wandering his character aimlessly through a video game. I can appreciate watching a video on how to pass a certain level or beat a level boss - I've done that many times myself - but I always go back to the game to actually accomplish what I've learned. There's nothing to be learned from these videos; no story, no strategy, no hints/tips/tricks.
    My comment is in reference to people's reaction to me watching pro league of legends, which IS the same thing as watching any other pro sport. If you're talking about non pro gamers, that's different. That's more akin to listening to a podcast or a reality show or something, and its usually done because they like the streamer's personality. To you it may be an annoying guy who likes to hear himself talk but if kids are enjoying it, they probably like the person's personality. And to each his own, I don't see why it really matters whether other people enjoy harmless entertainment. We collect expensive cardboard for fun lol
    Collecting Roger Maris, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, and Jimmy Rollins

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