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The story behind the man who made playing classic NES games a full-time job

The story behind the man who made playing classic NES games a full-time job

I don't know what's interesting about watching someone play classic games while talking their way through it, but to this guy's credit he seems equally befuddled about his own charm. This is an interesting story about someone who basically backed into a huge following and a full-time career almost by accident and seems rather happy with the result.

The whole "Let's Play" thing leaves me cold, but if that's the way people like to interact with games and their favorite online personalities, who are we to judge? It's worth looking at this stuff and trying to figure it out; obviously a bunch of people see the value here.

This story touches on Nintendo's attempts to grab the ad revenue from Youtube personalities, the effects of ad blocking software on the video industry and a bunch of other stuff, but above all the subject of the story just seems so likable. It's great when good things happen to people who seem to be good themselves, and this is a neat look at a new way of appreciating older games.