Every Tuesday I like to take some time to focus on the hardworking and dedicated “YouTubers” within the gaming community. This week features a slight deviation from the usual content for YouTube Tuesday with a video that reminds us that we all play games in our own way. I’m not necessarily talking about video games, each of us at some point or another have spent some of our time interacting with the real world by playing what this video identifies as “semi-conscious fleeting games.”
Ever try and get a perfect pump at the gas station? You know, when you hold down the handle until the last second, hoping for that perfect $40.00 stoppage point. What about avoiding cracks in a sidewalk? Or just randomly pulling on some grass? According to YouTube user followthefoot, everyone plays their own fleeting games, whether it’s in a car, walking down the street, or just a good old jump and touch on a low hanging branch.
I have to say I really didn’t think of things like this before, and I’m one of those don’t step on a sidewalk crack kind of people. But what else can you call it other than a game? If you think about it, a game is nothing more than a set of rules with success or failure determined by how well you operate within those rules. Would basketball be as interesting if players weren’t required to dribble the ball? Would Soccer be as fun if players picked up the ball whenever an opponent got too close?
This video is a friendly reminder that all of us are gamers in some way shape or form. While the term gamer has traditionally been used to identify those with an Xbox or some other console, it’s really anyone who gives themselves a semi-conscious fleeting game that counts as a gamer.