YouTuber Review: Markiplier the gamer you may not know but should - The Rotunda Online : Arts & Entertainment
YouTuber Review: Markiplier the gamer you may not know but should
Often people search for a source of entertainment via the Internet. Whether it is a video, an article or a funny image one always heads back to that same place to search for more laughs. In my case, I enjoy heading to YouTube to catch up with the latest antics of my favorite Youtubers. As a gamer, I enjoy getting updates on game news and view tutorials of levels I may be having difficultly with. Sure, there are plenty of gamers on YouTube. The highest grossing, and most subscribed to YouTuber is a gamer, PewDiePie. However, there is one gamer that doesn’t get enough credit for the charity and sincerity he brings almost every day to his channel: Markiplier.
Markiplier is a slightly lesser known gamer on YouTube who releases a video at least once a day. He is well known for playing horror games, such as “Slender Man” or “Five Nights at Freddy’s.” However, he often plays lesser-known games, does funny skits and continuously plays games with long stories. The basis of Markiplier’s game play videos is usually the same; he is in the corner where the viewer can watch his funny expressions while he plays the game. Markiplier has a tone throughout his videos where he is serious about each review, even if he his screaming his head off from a jump scare or is laughing from the game’s awful mechanics. For someone that is not a gamer, but enjoys a good laugh, Markiplier has many videos that aren’t just video gameplays, but also offers skits and collaboration videos with other YouTubers. He’s even tried pole-dancing lessons a few times. Although enjoying video games can make one relate more to Markiplier, it is easy to fall in love with his humor and personality without much knowledge around a controller.
Markiplier is constantly interacting with his fan base. He doesn’t just address them with a greeting and a closing as all other YouTubers do than forget that the fans still exist. Much of his social media is filled with fan-art that he reposts and asks for feedback or suggestions for the next game he should play. Throughout his channel there are life updates and very personal videos, some of them emotional, where Markiplier thanks his fans for getting him through the rough life he has been through and making it to where he is currently. Unlike other YouTubers’ his “Draw My Life” video can easily make one shed a tear, especially if one has been watching him along the years.
Along with posting videos, there is one aspect of Markiplier that sets him apart from other YouTubers. Just about every month, he selects a charity then hosts a long, typically 24 hour, live stream event where he plays games fans select and hosts merchandise with proceeds that directly go to charity. I couldn’t help but buy his cute shirt that went towards the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge instead of actually doing the challenge. His incentive towards his live streams is what gets viewers to come back every month; there is always new merchandise that is only available during the live stream. That is, assuming one buys the merchandise before all the other 5.9 million subscribers do.
So, next time one is looking for a laugh, go and check out Markiplier on YouTube. He is sure to give you a laugh, and maybe his next charity event will be one you’ll support.
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