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    • As we're all stuck at home during this pandemic, I'm sure consumption of digital entertainment has skyrocketed. Netflix announced a surge in new users recently, and together with YouTube, has decided to lower streaming quality to compensate for the increased number of concurrent users on its site. So my question is, what have you been watching on YouTube recently?

      For me, it's more of the same and nothing much has changed. My main genre of choice is gaming videos, but not in the broad sense. There's a group of friends based in Bristol called The Yogscast, and they've been on YouTube for more than 10 years now. Their style of gaming content isn't based on pro plays or anything of the sort, it's gaming entertainment. Most members of The Yogscast have their own channels, but it's rare for any of them to upload videos of them playing games alone. They will almost always play games with their friends, which is what makes it entertaining. YouTube Memberships have just launched in Malaysia, and so I even joined this channel to give them some financial support and as a thank you for the years of entertainment.

      Other than gaming, mobile tech is another genre I consume a lot of, which I think many people who know me won't be surprised by. Michael Fisher is currently my favourite reviewer, not just because of his opinions and point of views, but also for his unique and original content. For example, he did a video covering his tech at home amidst the COVID-19 pandemic keeping everyone cooped up indoors, and since he loves new and exciting tech, he made a video (which will be the start of a series) dedicated to folding phones. I've also taken a liking to Sara Dietschy, whose videos have a bit more of a casual, laid-back vlog-esque feel to them.

      I don't follow any travel or food vloggers, but iChang is the exception. She and her husband are a couple of Japanese YouTubers who stay in HK who have fallen in love with Malaysia, and Malaysian cuisine. They've come to Malaysia on more than a few occasions, mostly to eat. At first they came to Malaysia to get fresh durian, which was the catalyst to their love for the country. After durian season ended, they still came to Malaysia to eat all kinds of local cuisine. Now they're stuck in HK because of the pandemic, but that hasn't stopped them from getting the Malaysian food they crave. They've made nasi lemak, chicken curry, and even roti canai, which is very impressive.

      Lastly, as a direct result of the pandemic I've started watching Some Good News, a YouTube channel by John Krasinski where he shares, well, some good news to break through all the depressing and sad news that dominates our social media feeds regarding the pandemic. His humour and charisma make the videos quite enjoyable to watch, and hopefully he keeps it up even after the pandemic ends.

      Other than that I watch a random assortment of videos ranging from some k-pop music, Whose Line Is It Anyway clips (love that show), wrestling clips from the old days when The Rock and Stone Cold dominated the industry, and interviews or videos about the latest movies or TV series.

      Has your YouTube consumption increased in the last month? What do you usually watch? Have you found any new content that you like?

    • Bonus question: How much YouTube do you watch a day? You can get these stats from the YouTube app on your phone (not supported on desktop for some reason). I'm averaging just over 3 hours a day currently.

    • I think YouTube is one of the greatest inventions of man, seriously. My wife and I take my iPad to bed and watch 30-60 minutes of shorts that make us laugh or amaze us. We never miss Trevor Noah or John Oliver. SNL Cold Open. And oh my God, some of the talent. How can you believe your eyes as Oeter Bence plays Bad? I can’t even play the wrong keys this fast!

      I watch a lot of product reviews and lately they have to do with camera and sound gear, as I’m building a studio for YouTubing and streaming.

      I watch a lot of scientist talks and interviews. When I watched the interview with South Korea’s chief epidemiologist I thought oh my God he’s so far ahead of Dr. Fauci, our top guy, whom I greatly admire. Without YouTube there would be no interview like that I can access.

    • We shared a data center with YouTube in the early days when they were struggling to get traction and were handing out fliers to Stanford students near their dorms to get them to upload cat videos. I felt sorry for them as Viacom tried to sue them for something like $2 billion and Google was trying to crush them.

      I remember some of the early videos that went viral, like double rainbow guy. I knew they had something when this hit:

      And then this astonishing follow up to show how great the videos could be.