Why are Let’s Play videos so huge? The people at PBS-funded webseries, GAME/SHOW discusses this topic in their latest episode.

The idea of watching a stranger play a video game for hours seems counter-intuitive to many. But they are actually quite popular. HUGELY POPULAR, in fact. Let’s Play Video creator Pewdiepie currently holds the record for most subscribers, with over 12 million.

Considering that people could just play the games themselves, what’s behind the immense popularity of Let’s Play Videos? Is it about learning game strategies? Entertainment? Community? Mind Control?

In August of 2013, PBS kicked off a brand new weekly web series called GAME/SHOW, hosted by gamer and reporter Jamin Warren. The show provides relevant commentary on the current state of the video game industry in the same style as other PBS-funded web series such as Idea Channel.

You can follow GAME/SHOW on Twitter at @pbsgameshow or on Facebook. If you have suggestions, ideas or feedback about the program, send them to [email protected].

Check out Game/Show’s take on why Let’s Play videos are so huge right here: 

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