Matt Pierson Artworks | Artist Update | Treat Yo' Self | 3-13-20
Mar 13, 2020
Treat Yo’Self (or just binge-watching YouTube)
Occasionally when I get a little lazy, I go on a YouTube video binge. Usually on topics that I have been particularly interested in at that time. One of the more recent escapades in YouTube tomfoolery has been watching old Nintendo game play-throughs. It is when you watch someone play and beat an old game from start to finish. I guess I was feeling a bit of nostalgia watching games being played from my childhood.
I often go on the video binges near the end of the day when I have a few more tasks I need to get done, but I just don’t feel like doing them. Usually, by that time it has already been a full 14 hours non-stop work and I am beginning to run low on energy levels. Basically my tank is on “E” and I just want to call it a day. I like to at least be in an area where there is a possibility of doing something constructive so I usually watch YouTube on my computer. Simply on the off chance that I might actually do something productive. More often than not I do nothing, but sometimes I grab a hold of the metaphorical reigns and do one last small thing for the evening.
One of the most recent YouTube binges involved watching a playthrough of Wolverine. An incredibly bad Nintendo game from the days of yore. It led me to an even more terrible game, The Uncanny X-Men, by the created by the same game company. Now that game was so bad that it steered me towards watching a YouTuber, the angry video game nerd, who made a pretty hilarious video about how bad it was. I even went further and found a few game emulators, that allowed you to actually play the game on the website. Needless to say, I really only played for a few minutes because I kept dying.
Even though I get down on myself when I spend my time on frivolous things such as this, I think it is good for my sanity. When you are working as much as I am, it can begin to feel like the things I enjoy, like my art, can become laborsome. I already have enough work in my life, I don’t need any more of it. So I guess an escape into YouTube nostalgia is alright every once in a while.