Why are Scary Games Popular on YouTube?

YouTube is filled with Resident Evil 7 gameplay this past week. Its a scary game and people love scary games. So why are scary games so popular on...
By GameOverViper, Published: Jan 30, 2017 | | |
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    You're most likely a big fan of scary games. They're fun to play because you like to be frightened. You're open to being frightened when you know that its just a video game, so you're more likely to play a scary game on your television than you are to go inside a real haunted house to spend the night.

    People like the adrenaline rush that comes from playing scary games. You're more focused when you play a scary game, because you know eventually something is going to pop up and scare the shit out of you. The jump scares freak people out.

    People love to see the reactions of people freaking out from something scary. Lots of videos on YouTube today are scare pranks and they accumulate hundreds of views because people find it entertaining to watch. Many are great to watch, others not so much.

    So when Resident Evil 7 released last week, it was no surprise that nearly every YouTube creator was recording lets play videos of the game. Each person also had a video camera recording there reactions as well.

    More and more YouTube creators have started using video cameras to record both gameplay and them self playing the game so that they can share there reactions with the viewers. That's why you're more likely to get more views from a video playing Resident Evil 7 with a video camera of yourself, than a video playing Resident Evil 7 without a video camera of yourself. However that's not always the case like you can see theRadBrad plays without a video camera and has gained well over a million views.

    PewDiePie, the most subscribed channel on YouTube has played many scary games over the years. He thrives on them. He knows things are going to scare the shit out of him, but he does it anyways because its both fun for him and fun for the viewers watching him freak out. He also uses a camera to record his reactions. People love to watch his reactions. So maybe that's why his videos receive far more views than theRadBrad. However, there's a 45.9 million subscriber difference between the two channels so its debatable.

    Now, many times YouTube creators can be a little ridiculous when it comes to reactions and it not always looks surreal. So don't pretend to be scared if you're not scared. People are quick to notice when someone is faking stuff on YouTube. So if you're not scared when it comes to scary games, maybe scary games are not something you should record for entertaining YouTube videos. I'm not saying don't play them. If you want a challenge of playing a scary game and you know you're not scared easily, then point that out in the beginning of your video series and let the viewers see whether you end up standing strong or end up crying yourself to sleep in a corner.

    Have you recorded a scary gameplay video before? Do you use a camera to record your reactions?

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  1. Sarcosana Gaming
    I only started camming a few days ago and I haven't played horror stuff with it yet. But faking reactions sometimes work. I'll never do it, I am against it, but some people look passed that!