Great Job, Internet!: Read This: The loud, flashy world of YouTube slot-machine videos

Like most large internet platforms, YouTube is home to any number of strange, esoteric subcultures whose ways might seem incomprehensible to newcomers or outsiders. Writer Kelli McDonald explores just such an eccentric group in a piece for The Daily Dot called “Inside YouTube’s Neon Hive Of Vegas Slot Machine Videos.” As McDonald discovered, there is a thriving community built around videos of people playing slots, usually in Las Vegas. Many YouTubers are posting smartphone-shot videos of game play, the article reveals, and many more are apparently content with watching others play. It’s not so unusual, McDonald points out, when one considers that YouTube’s single most-popular figure, PewDiePie, has built an empire around videos of himself playing video games. And today’s flashy, noisy, fully computerized slot machines are actually video games, the mechanical “one-armed bandits” a thing of the past. Many modern machines even have pop-culture themes …

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