Don’t Underestimate Your Impact on the Gaming Community

A recent interaction I had with my 3-year-old nephew got me thinking about our impact on others within the gaming community. Through gaming, the influence of others has greatly shaped me into the person I am now. Odds are, I’ve had a major impact on others through this mutual hobby as well. We all have the power to make a difference in the lives of our family, friends, and fellow gamers through our words and actions. What will you do with that power?

This one started out as a personal anecdote with no real direction. However, as I got going, it felt like an opportunity to discuss how one voice can really make a difference. Adding some of my parents home footage of me and my brother gaming as kids really added to that point. Stick around to the very end to see the moment when I got a Super Nintendo for my birthday! In retrospect, that moment really changed my life!

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Streaming to a younger audience and the greater discussion of how one’s work can impact the world

In Third Person at its core has always been a personal outlet. Taking my deep thoughts and feelings around video games and translating them into text, I didn’t really pay any mind to who was on the receiving end of my content. When I started making YouTube videos, I got a bit of a better idea of who that was. Based on their demographic data, the audience for videos was 99% male, ages 18-34. Regardless of what demographic gravitated towards my work, I always felt like the thoughts and feelings I wanted to share in the moment were more important than trying to appeal to an audience.

Things are a little different on Twitch. While I’m pretty sure the vast majority of my followers are male, I’ve chatted with a number of viewers who have identified themselves as being high school or elementary school students. It has caused me to think more about those on the receiving end and the impact I was making on the world.

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Video Game Guardian

As the oldest child on my mom’s side of the family, I learned very quickly that I would have an influence on my younger siblings and relatives wheter I consciously tried to or not. Before my younger brother could ever get into playing toys, he got a hold of a Gameboy and a Super Nintendo controller and never looked back. At the time, I figured it was just the kid thing to do, but those early days of playing Super Mario World really did change his life.

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