Look, I can’t really explain why this clip is so entertaining. You’re just going to have to see it for yourself.
Alright, let’s try to break this down.
We have a classic videogame (Paperboy 2, for those keeping score at home), a tiny prop piano taped to the screen, a scrolling effect that gives the illusion of movement and some dude in the background making noises and shaking a piece of cardboard. Y’know, actually it makes even less sense when you take the time to think it through.
But, I’m a professional. I can totally generate topical conversation based on a video that may very well only be hilarious to me and three other people.
Alright, so compare this clip — this incredibly low budget, amateur clip — to something like this recent professionally animated trailer for Lego: Harry Potter. Which clip do you prefer? Which clip suddenly fills you with a desire to play its respective game? Which clip actually inspires genuine human emotion?
I’m not demanding that you laugh along with Paperboy’s piano towing adventure, I’m just asking that you examine your feelings about what makes a quality gaming video. Is it big budget effects, or simple human ingenuity?
(And if you don’t believe any of that, let’s blame this all on the calendar. Internet quality standards go right out the window on Friday.)