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Ok OCN, I have a proposal and need EVERYONE'S ADVICE/OPINION on this one.

I am considering making a YouTube account/channel about gaming and showing my game plays and advice on certain popular games like BF 3, Skyrim and Minecraft.

Would you recommend me doing this or do you think it is kinda pointless and a waste of time and effort?

I was thinking of buying a program like FRAPS, Bandicam or Dxtroy to record my gameplay on.

Thanks for your input in advance everyone
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Plenty of competition out there. Unless you've got something special to really make yourself stand out, your channel might not be too popular (unless you're okay with that)
 

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Definitely not a waste of time. You'd grab a great audience if you can make it well rounded as opposed to other channels that focus on a single game. Most people would choose yours because you have guides to multiple games that they play.

Also, it's never a waste if you're enjoying the process. If it's part of the fun, then go ahead despite what people say or how many views you get. Enjoy your games, spread your love of the games and maybe make some friends in the process
 

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Plenty of competition out there. Unless you've got something special to really make yourself stand out, your channel might not be too popular (unless you're okay with that)
To be honest, I did want to become popular.

Also do you think my age would effect my views/likes/subscribers? I am 14.

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14 is fine. Yes, your views will be less mature. That's not a slight on you or anything. I'm just saying our minds work differently as we get older. But that doesn't mean your info will be useless. Hell, I'd prefer different perspectives if I wanted good info that's not biased. It also leaves you time to learn from your own experience as time passes on to improve upon your teachings. The best teacher is the accumulation of your own mistakes and the sooner you start teaching, the sooner you'll start learning.
 
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Most likely wasted effort, and it'll be frowned upon since you're 14.

Unless you have different deadly Australian animals in the background of each video you do, then I'll subscribe and watch.
 

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Definitely not a waste of time. You'd grab a great audience if you can make it well rounded as opposed to other channels that focus on a single game. Most people would choose yours because you have guides to multiple games that they play.
Also, it's never a waste if you're enjoying the process. If it's part of the fun, then go ahead despite what people say or how many views you get. Enjoy your games, spread your love of the games and maybe make some friends in the process
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14 is fine. Yes, your views will be less mature. That's not a slight on you or anything. I'm just saying our minds work differently as we get older. But that doesn't mean your info will be useless. Hell, I'd prefer different perspectives if I wanted good info that's not biased. It also leaves you time to learn from your own experience as time passes on to improve upon your teachings. The best teacher is the accumulation of your own mistakes and the sooner you start teaching, the sooner you'll start learning.
Yeah that is some words of wisdom. Like said before, there is a lot of competition out there which will make it hard to become noticed/popular.
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Most likely wasted effort, and it'll be frowned upon since you're 14.
Unless you have different deadly Australian animals in the background of each video you do, then I'll subscribe and watch.
This makes me think it might not be possible for me. I would try to make my videos interesting like how UberHaxorNova does or iPwnstar4hire. They seem to make them funny and interesting to liten to.

Thanks and more input is needed
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You don't even need to be all that great at the games. If it's a game where you can save the game and replay it from any angle, you can also teach about what you did wrong and what someone else did right. That way you're learning in the process as well. Some tutorials teach about what to do generically but don't go into more specific 'Stupid things I did that cost me the game' type lessons and you can go more in depth unlike most commentators on games. Don't be afraid to pause the video and scrolling around the arena to show things in depth. I hate it in tutorials where the commentator just continues to talk through a constant gameplay video without pointing anything out or says things that just aren't based on facts period. But yeah, in the end, most of these things become popular for one of two reasons.

First is that they are completely serious at giving you the best up to date information as they possibly can and assumes everyone watching is already familiar with all the lingo and basic tactics. These types of videos go very fast and usually aren't good for beginners or middle gamers. These are for the Ladder people who are truly competitive. I'd say stay away from this area because aside from the viewers only wanting the best advice, you'll severely limit your potential views because it's not in the taste of most people.

The second type that easily become popular are the comedy ones. There's less information overall but they intertwine comedy (ie. a bit of time wasting for the sake of enjoyment) with easily digestible information that people can understand. Just make your videos an enjoyable event as well as a teaching tool and you'll get hits from people who just enjoy the game or want to watch something fun.
 
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I personally have a channel setup with a friend. We do SSF, UMVC3, BF3, MW3, Tribes, TF2, CoD4, and whatever else we feel like playing lol. It is only a waste if you don't enjoy putting in the effort for editing and polish (trust me it's work). Getting popular would be nice obviously but we just do it for fun and it really is if you are into it. I'm rendering a video for it right now in fact.
 

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I think I might actually do this.

Now I just need to figure out what recording equipment I should use? Dxtory or Bandicam?

Thanks for the input.

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Well I don't know much about those programs because I don't do this myself but hopefully someone else can give you insight on which may be better. Free bump and good luck on your endeavors.
 

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Wouldn't really bother, honestly. There's already hundreds of channels out there that are active and do those things. You're going to have to come up with "What do people want to see that other people aren't offering" type thing. So for example, play games that aren't as popular, but have a large enough base for people to watch your videos.

Something that's rather popular right now is channels dedicated to uploading video game bug footage, because it's hilarious, and has a rather large community / fan base.
 

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Thanks for the input.

I think that I might just play my games and enjoy them by myself (not to sound selfish or anything). I might as well save my money on the software and time if no one is going to watch it.

Thanks for all the input
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