WATCHING PEOPLE PLAY

peggleIn our favorite non-violent action game is Peggle, a kind of cartoon pinball game. We once made a move so cool we would have liked to share it with others. Now the instant replay feature of the free game service “Raptr” lets you save video clips of your game play in any length up to 20 minutes. You could use your clips to start your own video channel online. There is a surprising large number of people who like to see video game replays.

If that sounds far-fetched, consider this: Watching other people play video games has become hugely popular. In 2012, 1.3 billion hours were spent watching other people play. That number nearly doubled last year, to 2.4 billion hours. It’s expected to be 6.6 billion by 2017, according to Raptr. It’s like watching football, and you can add sodas and potato chips.

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