HyperNormalisation and Gaming

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

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?

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...

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

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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?

Nick MaGrick : I would NOT survive in the army. at all. I dont listen to authority well. I imagine id be dead or get a dishonorable discharge, rather quickly.

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.

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.

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.

CrabTastingMan : 22:20 Paying for a chance to win something virtually unobtainable through normal means? How is this news? From my experience this shit was normal in places like Japan since the 80s. The reason they got this so early was because Japanese are people living in a "democracy" who are the most fearful of standing out or speaking out. They lived through 800 years of shogunate military dictatorship where disagreements were settled with bloodshed glorified as dueling, and people kept in line by making individuals' mistakes accountable by their family. Even the most self-sacrificing person succumbs if their family is held at swordpoint. *This is the ORIGIN OF THE HONORABRU stereotype of Japs.* In the 20th century they were ruled by imperialists and military who were so powerful they could ignore the emperor they were toting to derive some divine right for the military to rule Japan, and draft any dissidents and send them to die in the bloodier campaigns (Shinmyo almost being sent to die in the Pacific Campaign when he wrote in a newspaper in 1944 that civilians "Cannot fight [Americans] with mere Bamboo Spears [as the Jap Army forced them to]" Incident comes to mind). The last chance they had to break out of this tendency to keep their heads down was in the 60s-70s when activists were speaking out against so-called "democrats" who were rich people who gained power during WW2 through warmongering, and passing their political positions to their sons. They were quelled with violent policing and smear-tactics of focusing media attention to the most violent radicals among the group and portraying all the activists to be just as violent (Asama Lodge Incident). Defeated, the intellectuals went into public media as a last effort to awaken the people, *which is why you see anime with anti-militarism/corruption/totalitarianism by animators* like Miyazaki, Tomino (Gundam), Oshii (Jin-roh). Not like the 90s where everything become commercial (mainstream robot anime geared to selling toys, magic girl anime made to sell magic wands), and 2010s where we see more rightwing propaganda anime.

MF Whom ? : More people should watch Hypernormalization.

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.

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.

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.

Christos Karsanidis : HyperNormalisation = the boiling frog experiment, in other words. I am interested to know about the gamers that care about Homo Ludens [before Hideo Kojima made it famous] more than anything. This type of gamer genuinely, i believe, has no interest in buying all that bullshit but also feels the demise in gaming industry. The fall in quality and depth that only a handful of games each year deliver now. I hope, that is. Games are made now centered for the "whales" and because they are appealing and shiny, the "whales" started creating arguments about them. Weak and stupid but nevertheless. They are arguments for them, not for the opposition. "I am right, i deserve more, i am entitled to everything" and so on. There's almost nothing that hasn't been already said or cannot been found in a book somewhere, a study or an essay. Though, we need someone to re-explain things in a more simply way so we, the usual people, understand the underlying hypocrisy and pure greed of the industry.

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.

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

Andrés Rafael 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

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.

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

EjectorSeat : This is interesting. But it isn't what Adam Curtis means by hypernormalisation. Hypernormalisation was a state of mind used initially to describe the 1980s USSR, where politicians were lying and had no power, the people knew it, and, importantly, the politicians knew that the people knew it. Because there was no imaginable replacement for a decrepit system that no longer worked, everybody just went along with the charade in the full knowledge that it was bullshit. Hence, it was "hypernormal" - everybody acted normally, but nothing worked. I think what you're talking about here is more like gaslighting or manufacturing consent - or maybe even shock doctrine or cult initiations.

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.

Justin Kase : Christians vote for politicians who would get rid of welfare programs because that is not charity. That is forced charity, AKA theft. Also, when you look at a larger time scale, which is required to have a real understanding of climate trends, it becomes obvious that there are things at play other than industrialization. It can not be determined to what extent the warming trend is the result of industrialization or even how big of a deal global warming is. The predictions are always considerably off so that makes them useless. Smog IS NOT a huge problem in the US in general, but it is worth paying attention to and working on.

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

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.

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

migkillerphantom : >has understood how slow normalization works >doesn't see how denying reality on a fundamental level has been normalized through the lens of "equality" it's amazing, it really is

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.

vin 950 : Crazy that we would vote for those who get rid of welfare programs? I suppose in your mind people get rid of welfare programs because they hate the idea of others getting help right? Please look up the arguments against welfare before taking the easy way out and pretending that those who oppose welfare are merely doing so out of greed. There are a lot of good arguments for why the welfare state does not help those it is supposed to. There is nothing quite so dangerous as someone who claims they know best to help you, and won't take no for an answer. Which is exactly what the government does. The very same reason that makes me wary of the government's intrusion into the data of private citizens makes me wary of their repeated attempts to redistribute money. If you really are interested in knowing more about the world, I hope you look up the argument against the welfare state instead of pretending that conservatives are just evil money grubbers out to deny people things. Its always easy to defeat the weakest argument of the opposing side, but it is always much more useful to refute their strongest one.

Lucky Chops : I gave up on video games a while ago for many of the reasons mentioned. I was basically forced by a job to have a Facebook account, but can not remember the last time I went on it for many of these reasons. I try to focus more on reading and listening to professors on YouTube than on CNN or newspapers for many of these reasons. All of that said, such things so permeate our society that on many levels I find it difficult to relate with my coworkers and old friends, and still feel I am being indoctrinated on many levels by exposure to many of the things mentioned here.

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

Benschachar : "That the rich are allowed to get richer while the poor become poorer." That is an insipid cliché. "Christians who believed in charity would vote for those who vow to get rid of welfare programs." Welfare isn't charity it's compulsory and doesn't help. "That we would live in places where smog hangs over our heads and chokes us in our sleep and deny that pollution is a problem we should curb." As far as I can tell that is a China thing.

Fürchtegott Gellert : When you know about the lights bouncing, then you too have to know why solar panels can not be a solution, since they end the bounce, transform the energy till it gets transformed back into basically heat, for example in a solar powered pc. No, I don't favor any side of the debate, just point out, both have their fair share of fools.

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.

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

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

pete cruickshank : I boycott all these pay to win games. I advice everyone else to do the same. The consumer has the power, use it.

Mohannad Alrashed : I love your work

Fascist Wolfe : This is dumb.

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

Slow Moe : This is the most personal video I have ever seen anyone make on youtube. This was amazing.

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

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.