Let’s Plays for Relaxation

Many of you have told me that you watch my videos while falling asleep, or just to relax at the end of the day or whenever you feel like relaxing. I’m the same way with my LP watching habits – I watch different people’s videos depending if I want something low key or more upbeat and entertaining. I know that I am not the Queen of Comedy and that, while there are funny moments in my videos, they are not going to keep you loling or rofling.

Recently I found out about something called ASMR. You can look this up on Google, Wikipedia, or if you for some reason want to use the Encyclopedia Brittanica your grandfather has in his garage, go ahead. Just make sure that when you pull it out from under the table leg that those priceless teacups don’t fall and break.

If you already know what it is then keep reading.

 

Only if you already know what it is.

 

Well,  you can keep reading anyway…but I won’t go into detail about what it is, I’m just gonna talk about it like you’ve looked it up or are familiar. When I first found this through sheer accident by simply spending so much time watching YouTube, I found strange videos where people talked in whispers, and did “role play” situations of going for haircut, manicure, etc. I thought it was super duper strange. They all had ASMR in the title so I looked it up. I thought, “Oh yea, I know what that is. But I don’t think I am a person who can get that true response from a video.” Anyway, being interested in strange things, I kept looking up ASMR videos. I found an extremely wide variety including one where people just made certain sounds (like tapping on an old hardbound book). This sort of thing was very calming for me to listen to, if nothing else.

There are other sorts of things people enjoy watching others do – paint, draw, prepare a meal, show off a collection, or even…play a game! Yes it became clear to me, why people might enjoy watching YouTube and certain videos in particular, like the Let’s Plays or videos in which people simply show how to do something or even just show what sort of things they have, like make up or books collections. Of course there are many reasons people enjoy these types of videos. And not all of the videos are in this calm “ASMR” manner or style, which of course is widely used and is probably not all “true ASMR”.

But for whatever reason you watch a video, it might be nice to have a let’s play video specifically designed to be calm, with quiet voice (not whisper because that is actually difficult to do for extended times and I find it a bit strange to do the whispering. I do not enjoy listening to a whispering voice.), and a casual game. One where the commentary did not necessarily have to be focused solely on the game, making the video something you did not have to watch to enjoy (I will often listen to videos on a phone or tablet at night, to fall asleep and I don’t watch the videos but only listen). But if you wanted to watch, would not be boring to look at either.

 

I am not sure how popular this series would be, but I aim to try one for a few reasons:

-I am interested in this sort of content, I watch some videos I consider to be in this style even if they are not labeled as “ASMR”. This is a way of giving back to that community.

-I do not always feel like recording a video with my full energy put in, with a fast paced game or a game where I have to pay close attention to my next step. But sometimes I do feel like recording something, just to talk about things that happen during day, thoughts, etc.

Here is an LPer I found who does this sort of content:

http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCN0qX9QlYTv3bRD9jmNkmtA

 

I do not know yet when I will upload an experimental slice of my own project of the ASMR style, to see how it is received.

 

Steam Sale Summer 2013

Well, due to last week’s posts lack of enthusiastic responses (or any responses, for that matter), I am feeling I should keep this blog lighter and possibly more related to gaming. Yea, I hear what you want. I don’t know if I’m gonna give it to you. But I hear it.

 

OK, here. Some video game talk. Here’s what I’ve gotten so far in the Steam Summer Sale:

Bioshock 1 & 2 – I already had Bioshock Infinite, but I have yet to actually play any of the games in the series. I know I’ll enjoy them, because I’ve seen parts of some LPs of all of them – they are my type of game.

Tomb Raider 2, 3, and Anniversary – this is a purely nostalgia purchase that I regret a bit. I have the newest Tomb Raider game, and am about 25% through and enjoying it. Of course I’ve played the other 3 before, but over the years all of the discs have gotten lost. So I bought them at a decent price, about $10 for all 3. Unfortunately, TR 2 & 3 are sorta unplayable due to the control system – it differs so much from new games. I remember being pro at it when I was 13, but now, my brain and motor functions are confused by not being able to use the mouse to look around, frustrated by trying to platform in this situation. I suppose I have been trained out of the techniques involved in the game (seriously, spacebar is not even the default jump key…)

Today I picked up Dust: An Elysian Tale in the last few hours of its sale price. It’s a fun little side scroller but actually not very interesting. If you really enjoy the side scrolling adventure, this is one I’d recommend over Trine (I just can’t get into those). But in all honesty a game like Torchlight is more fun, has cuter animation, and at this point should be about the same price.

 

That’s all I’ve gotten, because I still haven’t convinced myself that Skyrim DLC is more important to buy than new work out equipment (my year end goal is to be able to do some chin ups, something I am sure I haven’t accomplished since middle school. I have a doorway pull up bar on the way). I also got an influx of great new games with the graphics card I bought last month (Tomb Raider, Bioshock Infinite, Crysis 3), so I didn’t need to buy any of the new games.

…and I also got about 5 or 6 of the silly trading card things that look like they might be worth a sum total of $0.75

Wednesday Blog #1

Wow, there are so many things that I could talk about in this first week of weekly “Wednesday Blogs”. I had ideas lined up – should I talk about depression (maybe not “clinical depression”, but general feelings of being down)? Should I talk about the idea of doing weekly blogs and what that entails for my life? With a friend who’s just had a new baby, another friend in Germany who gave birth last month, and a friend about to give birth in September, should I talk about moms and new life? On the other hand, I’ve experienced my share of loss this year. Both of my grandmothers passed away this year, one in January and one just this past week. So I suppose I lost a grandmother this month but gained a “niece” (not a blood related niece but close enough). My grandmothers were both in their 90s – no surprise to see them go, but emotional none the less. I have learned so much from them. 

I don’t think I want to get into detail about any of those things. First of all, they are all fairly personal. I don’t think any of my close friends (well, maybe one or two) read this blog. But most who read it, I have never met. Personal stuff can be embarrassing to share, and also boring to those who are not involved. 

To be honest, I don’t know who reads this blog, anyway. I don’t know a whole lot about my “fans” in general. So that is what this post will be about. If you wish, I’d like if you left a comment with a fact about yourself. As much or as little as you’d want to share. Can be personal or not, I understand, this is the Internet and I don’t think there’s a way to make it private (tho if you want to share annonymous comment go ahead, it makes no difference to me, I’ll know you’re a reader!). By doing this you’ll help me better know who I’m “speaking” to when I make blogs/vlogs/gaming videos. I do know some of you and it’s amazing the sort of connection you can make just through knowing someone online. It’s pretty neat. 

 

Since I”m doing weekly blog posts now, it’d be pretty cool to know a bit more about what you readers are like, and what you’re interested in! I don’t want this to be a place, like my personal journals, where I just come to rant about what is on my mind! I can write on nearly any topic, so go ahead and choose/suggest my topics for me! If I don’t know anything about it, but am curious, I will research it and report my findings here! OK? 

 

Cool, ok, go!

 

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