HyperNormalisation and Gaming

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Horricule : Man, you've had some interesting life experiences. Great editing by the way.

The Envoy : I can relate to the whole "losing purpose in life" aspect as I am also in the military. I joined the Navy out of high school with no idea of what I wanted to do or rather who I wanted to be, so I sold my life away for eight years. Eventually, I realized that I just want to help people, so now I am at college seeking a medical degree. Anyways, thanks for the insightful video! Hopefully, the video game industry will change in the distant future.

Azronger : Apathy is death. Brilliant video, btw. Subscribed.

E7san : Thanks for the video. It came at the right time. I'm from Egypt and the scale of hypernormalisation we've been subjected to the past few years is just staggering. I keep swinging between hope and despair, but whatever state I'm in I keep telling myself that it's still better to say what I think is right. When I'm hopeful I do it because i think it boosts the morale of those who agree with me and may change the minds of those who don't, and when I'm desperate I still do it because I don't want to be a willing participant in a world were all of this shit is normal. I hope you get more subs. The only way out of this is if we spread our opposition to the myopic greedy assholes trying to ruin it for everyone else.

Neiva : People are so unaware about all the data mining that goes on, down to the OS level (windows 10) and they just don't care... It's sad to see, and more and more companies are getting on it... Literally everything is a botnet... Heck, even Nvidia Drivers now have telemetry... WTF It's funny, look up "instagram pranks" or whatever, a friend showed me... Basically "nearby" users were flagged on a map and the guy would walk up to them randomly, call their name and any other information they could find on Facebook / Instagram etc... They were completely blown away by this and some even said they were going to crack down on their "privacy" settings...

Notthedroids Yourelookingfor : The way you make your points turns disagreeing with you into an opportunity to learn and challenge oneself. Thanks for your time and effort.

Umbra : Can you imagine the issues that the 10 year olds who gamble on crates in cod, overwatch and csgo will have when they're grown up?

Volcanus : My god.. Watching this, after bethesdas 'creation club'... I cant believe some people are actually defending that.

The Hunter x Hunter 2011 Dickriding Association : You know you're doing something right when all the criticism against you is strawmaning XD

Nick Lanni : Hold up. You were fed up with being a pointless cog in the machine stripped of all individuality serving a greater body of morally bankrupt intentions, so your solution was to leave and go become a pointless cog in the machine stripped of all individuality serving a greater body of morally bankrupt intentions?

Todd Ellis : Goddamn, I feel like I just watched the Zeitgeist film of gaming. Great vid man.

Jeremiah S : Not sure how your channel came to be in my recommended feed, but this is something I needed to hear. I have come to understand how complicit I've been, in an innumerable amount of happenings. Things I should care about given what I know, but I do nothing, say nothing, and feel no urge to make myself do something. This apathy is worse when you're conscious of it, watching things play out in 3rd person.. Then you just shut the doors when you're bored of the show. It's a lack of perceived weight, the thought that these important happenings wont effect me.. I have nothing to gain by partaking, I tell myself that while knowing I only stand to benefit. We all stand to benefit when we fight for what we want, it enriches our being.. Ignoring that only makes you so much less than what you can become. I've become complicit in myself and yeah.. It doesn't feel good, nor do I know what paths I can take to break free of this ugly existence. Because I do see it as quite detestable, I can make no excuses for it, but it's me. Loved the video man, I can say with confidence that you have found something you can be proud of. The sheer level of detail you put into this, was very inspirational. My boss recently offered to help me get a promotion at work and I couldn't give him a straight answer. I don't want it, I hate this job, it's so mundane, and yet I'm still there, making no attempt to propell myself away. Sigh.. I have no idea what I'd do, like the structure of this comment my head is a mess. Anyway in closing, I hope to listen to another one of your videos and be inspired to gush the nothings of my mind again.

dale lamoureux : I've had a similar experience to the brainwashing effect of the world around you, my once favourite teachers, those who I looked up to for their intelligence, became my enemies on a dime when they chose to take the side of science and reasoning on the issue of climate change. My parents, aunts, uncles, you name it, will deny climate change in every way you could imagine, years back I would challenge them on this issue whenever it was brought up, but I slowly stopped fighting over time, and began agreeing instead. Despite countless experts and researchers coming to the same conclusion that this is real, I began to make up reasons for why it wasn't, I had laughed at people who thought the Earth to be flat, yet I lived in my own bubble of denial, while you didn't wake me up to this, you certainly helped organize my thoughts on it. Great video by the way, really dragged the dark reality of the Information Age into the light, you deserve more subs than you already have.

Relmfig : this is a REALLY cool video. the way you can move so well between personal stories, world issues and the games industry is really captivating. A+ content, definitely subbing.

Maximilliongalactica : Oh man. I would recommend the TV-series Black Mirror, especially the episode Fifteen million Merits. It challenges a lot of how I view Hypernormalisation.

Sprightly Barrel : This channel is gonna be huge .As long as you keep this level of quality and dont devolve into low effort livestreams, those niches have been filled .This is a new type of content that can have its own niche.

predalienmack : Capitalism and the greed it rewards is the primary source of virtually every issue you talked about in this video, from the problems with microtransactions in the gaming industry to invasive advertising practices on social media to the demonization of whistle blowers by media outlets and the state. The ruling class (capitalists) wish nothing more than to stay in their positions of power and to further increase their hold on that power, which means they will parasitically drain the resources of the majority of people as much as they can without causing significant backlash, while simultaneously making any sort of backlash more and more difficult to organize on a large scale through constant sensationalism and distractions to keep people docile and obedient to the system and its rulers. The future is looking pretty bleak, especially considering how technological innovation has only deepened the capitalists' control over our lives.

RegicideKo9 : quick tid bit, that saying "the poor get poorer while the rich get richer" isn't true. The poor are just getting richer at an INCREDIBLY slower rate than the rich, but they are making more nonetheless. Interesting video though.

Михаил Найденов : Nice vid, however. Be careful with documentaries, both "triple A" and "indie". I am yet to encounter a doc which is not also a propaganda of some sort and/or at some level. Very often b/w facts there are mainly opinions presented as facts. Take for example the synopsis of HN: "Adam Curtis explains how, at a time of confusing and inexplicable world events, politicians and the people they represent have retreated in to a damaging over-simplified version of what is happening." This looks like some "well established facts", but it is 100% speculation if you break it down. Any word of it. Second. If someone is trying to make you feel in some way, he is either trying to manipulate you or entertain you or both; almost by definition.

Dang dude, I : What is your opinion on the creative club that Bethesda recently announced? I have a bad feeling about it, something is off.

Steve Gais : Fantastic video, its amazing to hear from someone who was a skeptic, had that removed, then had to be a born again skeptic. The real question is, how do we encourage the same transformation in others.

Ezekiel Goldberg : Risking your life fighting jewish wars. What a subhuman.

chilldude30 : The irony is that this video got on my recommendations list, and so I saw it, because I like these kind of editorial gaming videos and also HyperNormalisation and Adam Curtis and the algorithms presumably put these together and showed me this. I watched the whole video and found it very interesting, particularly the beginning story about being in the army.

Jemolk : Thanks for this wake-up call. So many people have gotten increasingly apathetic, or even started to defend the practices that serve only to screw them over. I still fight, though. When it became too much to sort out the information dumps and hype trains prior to AAA releases, I stopped buying AAA games. The more normalized DRM becomes, the more inclined I am to only ever buy games that do not have it. Games with microtransactions are things that I still fight, and to this day I do not have a Facebook account nor Twitter. I use the browser extension NoScript to prevent data collection, and soon enough I aim to use a VPN to connect to the internet at all. I have an adblocker basically permanently in place, though I will occasionally turn in off for certain sites. A handfull have tried to force me to allow ads by creating pupups that prevent me from dealing with the site if they detect an adblocker; in response, I kill scripts from the site rather than disable the adblocker. I'm still hoping to be able to program an addon that allows me to kill certain script functions globally, specifically tracking and anything that makes a sound or moves without my express approval. I use DuckDuckGo as my search engine instead of Google, and downloaded Firefox on my phone specifically to not have to use Chrome. I've killed numerous means of tracking me through my browser, and have as thoroughly as possible scrubbed my real identity from association with this online pseudonym. It's a fight many have given up willingly long ago, but I still fight. I will give up niether liberty nor privacy without a struggle.

BP : Too much overdramatic BS. Stick to the game talk. The first 13 minutes could have been done in a paragraph.

yhwh88 : I like how your story about rejecting groupthink led you to unquestioningly adopt communist dogma. Cool story bro.

TTuoTT : Do you get the irony of you talking first in such seemingly authentic compassion and clarity about fundamental perceptions of the individual beeing at the mercy of socio-political power strucutres and than doing nothing much more than using the conclusions to explain why the entertainment industry is not fitting your needs?

Orl Cal : I want to buy you a drink.

richie4956 : hey man, just subscribed tonight because I love your vids and want more shit like this on my youtube feed, you are doing the work I need to see in gaming media. Another side note: you score your videos with amazing music. I feel there is much more for you to have said in this video and I only criticize because I value your opinion. I hope to see much more of this type of analytical work of yours in the future! You, unlike most YouTubers, actually got me thinking.

Pekka Laitinen : I clicked at this expecting to see a rant about games but got sucked into a half-hour information vortex during which I can't even blink 10/10

FiestaVan : Christians who value charity and vote for the removal of the welfare state are remaining philosophically consistent in their views. Welfare is not charity, its the redistribution of wealth at gunpoint. come on man.

H : Global Warming is still BS. Another fear tactic pushed by the media.

Dmitriy Shmanko : Call your channel "Too deep gamer rants"

ned flanders : thanks for helping bring people out of ignorance.

T H R E A T W A V E : Can you please tell what ambient music you've used in this video?

Harrus : so deep I wish I could unwatch it, like really it was really bad.

LanarFalcon1 : 8:15 when that first note struck I knew exactly where it was from

Creepmobile : You're saying things that need to be said. Thank you so much.

William Jenkins : I think your outlook is a bit too suspicious and pessimistic. Not all changes are bad. This was a well thought and edited video though. You raised some interesting points. I'll sub and look forward to more interesting ideas.

jamesc55155 : I'm surprised an american has seen HyperNormalisation. Easily one one of the best documentary's I've watched.

Empee arr : capitalism is the problem.

Astray & Wandering : I really feel like you missed the point of Curtis' Documentary. Conflating a well precisely defined phenomena "Hypernormalisation" with companies not been honest. Curtis says Hypernormalisation is the process whereby people lose complete confidence in politicians, and the truth, so that they get detached from the world. You basically seem to think it's when game companies try to rip you off. - They've been doing that since forever mate.

IceJT15 : The thing that is hypersensationalist about day one dlc and pre order dlc is that it's completely ignorant of how games are made and how much time and effort it takes to make them. Day one and preorder dlc is not happening to test how much they can fleece the consumer, rather it's a way to cram more content into a game in a market that doesn't respond well to the price increases that require that extra commitment. "But Ice, that's stupid, why don't they just not make that content then!?" Because dear reader; game development teams are not linear pipelines that have content being finished the moment the game is bug tested and ready to launch, the 3d modellers are the first to be finished their contribution to the game, so having them work on other assets that they can then sell as dlc that requires a lesser contribution from other parts of the art/design team only makes sense. They can't have the modellers sitting on their asses for months on a payroll and adding that stuff in for free doesn't make sense either because it's not worth that much. So really it's this simple: You have to pay for more content, it's that simple, you pay for it in some way or otherwise it simply isn't made. Game Companies have actually some of the fairest implementation in that it's entirely opt-in.

Andres Valle : Good Lord man I'd just like to give you some props, this one of the best videos I've ever seen on youtube! The topic itself is fascinating and bites directly at, not just gaming, but the human condition. To think I was watching dank memes two clicks earlier! Top stuff mate, don't stop

DJ HEX : This was the best video I have watched in a year or more. Thank you for sharing your experiences and the point you make here are spot on. Even digging into government conspiracies. Keep up the good work and expect a new patron supporter once I get paid haha

PG Skills : Great job on this vid. It's a shame that most people nowadays lack the attention span, awareness, or appreciation of critical thought necessary to really hear what you're saying. You've more than earned a new subscriber here.

daycare : Taxation is theft.

CitizenLach : I have a friend who wastes so much money on in game content for games he doesn't even like in the first place. Like if he spends enough money on it, it will become the game it was hyped up to be. Pointing out the fact that he was scammed only makes him mad at me, rather than at the people who made the game this way. It's some kind of brainwashing, there is no reversing this trend I fear.

Mikail Elchanovanich : man, i know people keep saying this channel is gonna blow up soon, but they're right, and i've got a hunch this is the vid that's gonna do it.

boijorzee : As much as I believe that large parts of Adam Curtis' documentary is true I'm not sure you can apply it to what is happening in the gaming industry. The main difference I see is that the gaming community is generally well informed and militant if they feel they are mistreated as consumers. The whole XBOX One launch debacle stands as evidence of that, or the recent GTA clampdown on mods. The problem is that while people show extraordinary resolve to unite when their favorite hobby is threatened by corporate greed ,they are much more apathetic and misinformed when it comes to politics. The only people who seems to be ready to take political action in the US for example are the extremes. This has resulted in a non-debate between so called SJW's on one side and anti-feminist and alt right pundits on the other side. The constant emotional debates over gender politics or the so called culture wars has as a result that the status quo is guaranteed. With a president in power who plays right into the hands of this phenomenon by confusing people over what news sources can be trusted we should be rallying to defend our free press, but we don't. Instead we retread into the things were we still have some power, like gaming.Divide and conquer is an age old tactic of power that has secured the position of the elites for centuries. Instead of fretting over DLC and micro-transactions young people should be focusing that energy to forming an answer to the way their future is being tampered with by those in power.