Things You Should Know: The Video Game Online Series Edition

Today’s post comes from Ypulse Research Associate Phil Savarese.

 "Gamers" aren't only found in the confines of the games they play, gaming has become a lifestyle and entertainment genre all its own, and that lifestyle is rapidly being pushed into various forms of media. Earlier this month, we talked about the rise in popularity of online only web series, and the ones that you should be watching right now. Couple that trend with the recent explosion of video game-related content and you have an entirely new realm of entertainment.  We are seeing more and more web series cropping up with stories and content grounded in the gaming lifestyle; from commentary and analysis to scripted shows and hysterical shorts. Here are just a few of the gaming web-series that you should know: 

 

Day[9].tv and the Day[9] Daily

349,120 subscribers on YouTube & 108,737 subscribers on twitch.tv

In 2010, Sean Plott and Eric Berkhart, founded Jink.TV, a company dedicated to providing “smart, funny content on topics that matter to the serious gamer.” Their flagship series “The Day[9] Daily,” or D9D, airs twice a week on twitch.tv with archived episodes on Day9.tv and YouTube. Plott took a childhood hobby and created a career and a brand by beginning Day[9].tv. He was a nerdy kid from Kansas just a decade ago, and in 2011 was named one of Forbes’ top 30 under 30 for entertainment, placing him in the ranks of Millennial icons Jennifer Lawrence, Donald Glover, Lebron James, and Lena Dunham. Day[9].tv may not get millions of views per-video, but they operate perfectly within their niche by providing quality, scheduled content and fostering incredibly high viewer engagement. The discussion boards of the site operate during live streams of Day[9] programming, which gives the web-series a deep social…

 
 

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“There are alleys with street art that I've walked out of my way to take pictures of to share on Snapchat/Facebook.”
—Female, 32, IL

Mattel’s new toy franchise Enchantimals is inspired by Instagram and Snapchat filters. The new line of 14 dolls are all half-animal—think the bunny and deer filters—and each “shares a ritual trait with her animal friend.” Their origin and the YouTube series starring the girls are no doubt a part of Mattel’s “five-pillar strategic plan” to be a more digital brand. Appealing to Millennial parents and their kids has been a tough sell for Mattel, but they’re making moves like changing up Barbie’s body type and asking kids to pick the next big toy on TV to keep up with the next generation. (Kidscreen)

Harry Potter fans, raise your butterbeers up, because this franchise and its fandom will never die. Two more books from the Harry Potter universe are hitting shelves this fall—though they aren’t actually written by J.K. Rowling. Harry Potter: A History of Magic and Harry Potter: A Journey Through A History of Magic are instead both written by the British Library, to coincide with an exhibition dedicated to celebrating the twentieth anniversary of the first book. The two new works will include “exclusive manuscripts, sketches and illustrations from the Harry Potter archive,” to delight serious fans of the series. (USA Today, New York Times)

Restaurants are being designed with Instagrammability in mind. From unicorn foods to neon signs and tile floors with hidden messages, restaurateurs aren’t just tolerating Instagrammers, they’re intentionally acting as “Instagram bait” to earn some free press. And it doesn’t end at Instagrammable design touches. Many restaurants stress having perfect lighting, and one even provides “Instagram packs” at customer request, consisting of “a portable LED light, multi-device charger, clip-on wide-angle lens, tripod, and a selfie stick.” (The Verge, Grub Street)

Some student loan debt is getting “wiped away” in court because of missing paperwork. Students defaulting on their private loans are getting taken to court by aggressive creditors, but as it turns out, many don’t have the required documents to make them pay up. National Collegiate is at the center of many of these trials—one lawyer in Iowa represented 30 cases brought on by them, and 27 were dismissed because of “critical omissions or flaws” in the paperwork. Some Millennials prioritizing paying back debt might just catch a lucky break. (New York Times)

Millennials want older generations to know why they stand by political correctness. While some may despair the overly PC state of the world, many young consumers see political correctness as protection from prejudice, and a show of respect. What some may view as an over-sensitivity epidemic, many Millennials see as “being morally minded.” Ypulse’s PC Police trend tackled this topic, and found half of 13-33-year-olds would describe political correctness as treating others with respect, and 66% agree that political correctness is one way to make culture kinder and more inclusive. (Business Insider)

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