VideoGameDunkey, a major name on YouTube, is a video creator, game player; ultimately an entertainer, someone who has managed to maintain a major amount of views throughout his time on YouTube. Showing us all that comedy is entertainment in its purest form, forget the CGI and set up pranks. Just one guy playing games, and voicing over his stream, collecting anywhere from two million to over seven million views per video.
If you haven’t heard of VideoGameDunkey then you probably haven’t explored YouTube all that much, and you definitely aren’t into League Of Legends as much as you should be. However just in case you haven’t heard of Dunkey, he’s been a YouTuber since October 2010, and ever since has been making many of us laugh out loud. Honestly, go watch his Ultimate Skyrim video, and you will be hooked searching his channel for hilarious videos, but I promise they’re all hilarious!
Individually, this is quite a sentimental subject for me, as without Dunkey I probably, actually, I definitely wouldn’t be into YouTube as much as I currently am, and there is no way I would be subscribed to as many channels as I am. Truly I first saw YouTube as pointless, like why would I watch someone play a game when I could just play it myself? Despite this, I thought I would check out a few channels my friends really enjoyed, mainly Dunkey and Syndicate, as he was tearing through zombie train records at the time. Yes, I checked out a few other channels, but nowhere near as much as these two, as I became excited when they would release new videos; fundamentally becoming enticed by their humor and skill.
Enough about me, let’s talk about Dunkey, the real star of this article. Through his first few years, he mainly produced League of Legends videos, with no real intent displayed, but just pure and natural content, in which he would add amazing voice acting. This voice acting seemed to somehow display how all League players felt at some point or wished they felt, as he would produce a play involving skill and luck to such magnitude, you felt starstruck. But his voice seemed to bring it all down to earth, as he expressed the same sensational surprise in himself and the play that we all felt as viewers.
In my opinion, this is why his fan base continued to grow and seemed like it would have no plateau. He wasn’t a pro that showed such natural talent, he was just a normal player who was above average, and gave the community an underdog to root for due to his ability and his entertainment. He was a player at a level anyone could reach with the right practice. On the other hand, he wasn’t the perfect member of the community and expressed the anger we have all felt at some point, with crude and sometimes violent behavior, though this was hysterical and hit every funny bone. Riot didn’t see the funny side though, leading to harsh bans.
Understandably, this led to his frustration and he began questioning the purpose in making videos promoting Riot’s game. This built up to the final nail in the coffin as he finally quit making League videos, and preached to his viewers to watch his other videos, which he clearly put more effort into. Whilst creating this video, Riot refused to unban him just to finish the video, despite his consistent promotion, and frankly his inspiration to players thinking of playing League.
Quick disclaimer: This video contains a lot of vulgar language. You have been warned.
Due to this, Dunkey moved on and began to make more videos, exploring more games from first person shooters such as CS:GO and Overwatch, to campaign games such as Uncharted, all the way to celebrated indie games, like Undertale; all with his own take on the game and its representation. For a while, I believe a lot of viewers doubted his ability when stretching out to other games and videos within different genres. Despite the fact he had previously proved this.
Still this didn’t stop the views flowing in, and he frequently created sensational videos across a wide range of games, showing us all no matter what game Dunkey was on, his voice acting was the real reason he was viewed, and no matter what, his high pitched shrieks would continue to have us crying with laughter.
I know I previously mentioned my sentiment toward Dunkey as a YouTuber but without him I really wouldn’t be anywhere near as immersed within YouTube or League of Legends as I am, so if anything this is a thank you, for putting the idea in my head that watching someone play games can genuinely have a higher entertainment factor than playing the game personally, and without the endless laughter I wouldn’t have realized that no matter how serious or competitive a game may feel, it was made for us to have fun, and honestly if more people realized that fact, game communities would be a lot less toxic and easier to fluctuate into.