Ep. 07: The Pleasures of Back-Seat Gaming (Video Games with People Who Don’t Like Playing Video Games Part 2)
JD brings it home this week... by literally interviewing the other person who lives in her home, Nora Green.
Nora, JD's roommate, is an avid video game spectator. Rather than playing games, Nora prefers to spend countless hours WATCHING people play games. She spectates in a number of ways: by sharing time with her gamer friends, viewing video game walkthrus on Youtube, or following Counterstrike competitions on Twitch. While Nora has played games before, and has even used some games as stress relief when crying in the bathroom at work, being a "back-seat gamer" just FEELS better than playing through a game herself. Nora would rather watch skilled gamers achieve incredible feats of gaming glory than slowly hiccup her way through a game with her "less-than-professional" skills. As game spectating, and Electronic Sports (eSports) in general, gains in popularity, this episode gives you unique insight into the life of a gaming fan who finds observation more fun than playing.
This is the second interview in a series of interviews about video games with people who don't like playing video games, inspired by Brie Code and a panel from SXSW (titled "Video Games for People Who Don't Like Video Games"). See Episode 06: Crying in a Closet, an interview with non-gamer Bailey Morrison about games and anxiety, for part one in the series.
Stuff we mentioned...
Spider with Lazer Eyes
Atomic Purple Gameboy Color
Luigi's Ghost Mansion
Team Fortress 2
Pyro (TF2 Character)
Cloud9 (Counterstrike Team)
First Person Shooter
Crying in a Bathroom
Research on highly committed gamers making their gaming experience "less sensorially realistic"
Nora Green (The Cast)
*Note*: Is narcoleptic and has no time for social media
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