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The Death Of TV In The Eyes Of Video Gamers Everywhere

Posted on Thursday, January 9 @ 19:44:10 Eastern by


I haven't watched TV in days. I'm completely unplugged from a weekly routine of sitcoms and dramas, plenty of Law & Order, CNN, nightly news. None of that. All I've been watching is the Awesome Games Done Quick marathon stream. I know none of these people, but I now see why a television channel for gamers could never survive.

Only gamers could produce the kind of content gamers wanted to watch. AGDQ2014 is running almost 24 hours a day this week, and the community around the marathon all seem to genuinely like each other. Sometimes they make no sense. Sometimes they're unwatchable, then other times, they destroy everything you thought you knew about one of your favorite games.

There was a Bioshock speed runner who jumped over trees to skip objectives. Minecraft too. Others ran Mirror's Edge at blistering speed and total abandon for rules and laws of nature. Then they put StarFox 64 on.

I don't remember the runner's name. I don't think I'll ever care to watch again (like much live television, you don't care if you miss it), but seeing the game I've held so dear be torn to shreds by knowing hands was powerful. Others watching the stream started to put money on the line for a runner attempting the infamous Area 6. They'd double their donation to the Prevent Cancer charity if the runner could score 700 hits.

The runner ended with over 650. I've only ever scored 230.

This is the death of television. While there will always be some market for produced content, specialist programming like this will overtake the larger corporations around broadcast and cable networks currently. They won't be able to keep up with this, where organizers and funders and donations put on hours of entertainment to the tune of peace on Earth and good will towards man.

While I wish I could donate more, it is interesting to hear the varying amounts of money people are willing to part with to ensure their message is read on the air. Part sillyness, part serious, gamers have put their money where their mouths are with every dollar against cancer.

And still, it's all been brought to you by the likes of Nintendo, Sony, Sega, Blizzard, and more. These companies will continue to enjoy popular growth when they're associated with such good vibes.
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